Port Louis Central Market
Port Louis Central Market © Evan Bench
The diversity of the Mauritian population is never more obvious than during a visit to the lively, bustling and colourful Central Market in Port Louis, accessed from Farquhar Street, near the harbour. When visitors enter they should note the intricate ironwork on the gates, erected in 1844, and dedicated to Queen Victoria. Inside the market they will find a whirl of Muslim traders, swarthy Indian touts, Chinese and Creoles, all demanding attention as they offer their wares. Shoppers can buy almost anything in the market, including fresh produce, clothes, crafts, art and souvenirs. Textiles, carved wooden figurines, essential oils and spices are all good buys.