Markets are always a must to explore when travelling abroad and Mauritius surely has a few to choose from. In fact, the traditional markets opened many years ago when the first port was build which allowed locals to buy imported goods arriving by the merchant ships in one place. The market tradition is today a rooted part of Mauritius and while visiting the markets you are sure to explore massive crowds, discovering an endless amount of vegetables, herbs and spices not to forget to mention all the tourist souvenirs, local artworks, textiles, costume jewellery, DVDs, CDs and books. The markets in Mauritius are also the place to try the local street food which offers local delights, rotis, dholl puri, samosa, gato piment, and the delicious Alouda drink. We have listed a few of the markets for you here.
Port Louis Central Market
The most famous market in Mauritius is the Central Market in Port Louis. You will find it crowded as the market is highly visited by tourists as well as locals and is a popular meeting point. The market is divided in sections, a section selling fruit, vegetables, spices, herbs and local food snacks, a section selling meat and sea products, a section upstairs selling souvenirs and a section selling clothes.
The market is open Mon-Fri from 09.00 to 18.00. Saturday half day, Sunday closed.
Quatre Bornes Cloth Market
Quatre Bornes Market specializes in textiles and is therefore known for its cheap buys of clothes, casual wear, dresses, t-shirts, cloths by meter and many other sorts of textile. A great visit and opportunity to make a cheap deal. The market is located in the heart of Quatre Bornes and around the market you will also find normal street stores with a bit higher pricing. It is also possible to enjoy local snacks and drinks around the market.
The market is open Thursdays and Sundays from 09.00-18.00.
The Flacq Market
The Flacq Market is an extremely colourful outdoor market offering different textiles, fruits and vegetables and extraordinary local herbal teas and fresh vanilla. The Flacq area is known for its production of tea which is why you will find many different teas at the market.
The market is open Wednesdays and Sundays
How to bargain and negotiate at the markets
Negotiating is an absolute must when visiting the many markets in Mauritius. You will notice that many of the items are highly overprized and that you can actually get it for half the price! Never buy at the first shop that you see, check out the prices at the whole market and then decide which one you will go for, in that way you will get an overall feeling of the prices and avoid paying overprice. When you negotiate the price we recommend to always start very low and move up as the sale evolves. So if a seller wants a 1000 Rs, your offer should be around 300 Rs and the ideal is to settle at 500. If the seller will not accept your offer you simply walk away, the seller will either let you go or run after you and accept your offer. If he lets you off, you can easily find another stall selling the same product and renegotiate.
Other markets in Mauritius
Grand Baie Market: Open Mondays to Saturday and closed on Sundays.
Goodlands Market: Open Tuesdays and Fridays.
Mahebourg Market: Open only on Mondays.