The 3 Best Markets in Mauritius You Must See

Constance Le Prince Maurice
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Mauritius conjures images of untouched beaches, swaying palm trees, and luxurious resorts. But this tropical paradise offers so many things to do that are much more than just relaxation by the sea.

During your visit, venture beyond the shoreline and discover an exuberant world of bustling markets, where the true essence of Mauritian life unfolds. Let’s embark on a journey through the 3 best markets in Mauritius, where you can unearth unique souvenirs, indulge in fresh local produce, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the island.

Markets in Mauritius: Port Louis Market

Markets in Mauritius: Port Louis Market

1. Port Louis Market

Calling all shopaholics! In the heart of Port Louis lies a treasure trove – the Port Louis Market, also known as the Port Louis bazaar.

It’s a place steeped in history as it’s been at the heart of the city’s commerce dating back to British rule and a testament to Mauritian cultural evolution. This animated market is a must-visit for anyone seeking an authentic experience.

What to find at Port Louis Market

The market caters to a wide range of interests.  From fresh seafood and exotic fruits to fragrant vanilla pods and intricate handmade baskets, you’re sure to find something special.

There’s even a section dedicated to traditional herbal remedies and musical instruments.

Where to find Port Louis Market and when to go

Located conveniently at No. 9 La Corderie Street, Port Louis, the market bustles with activity from 08.00 am to 05.30 from Monday to Saturday and from 08.00 am to 11.30 am on Sunday. Be aware though, opening hours vary slightly depending on what you’re looking for:

  • Fresh Produce & Flowers: If you’re an early bird, head to the market for the freshest picks. These stalls open daily (except Sundays) from the crack of dawn until around midday.
  • Spice Enthusiasts: Don’t miss the aromatic spice stalls! They typically open a bit later than produce vendors, from mid-morning until late afternoon every day except Sundays.
  • Souvenir Hunters: Looking for unique keepsakes? Souvenir and handicraft stalls generally operate daily (except Sundays) during mid-morning until late afternoon. Be prepared for some vendors to close for a siesta during the hottest part of the day.

Insider Tip: Remember, weekdays tend to be less crowded than weekends, especially Saturdays.

So, grab your shopping bags and get ready to be dazzled by the sights, smells, and thrilling atmosphere of the Port Louis Market!

Flacq market

2. Flacq Market

Adventurers, rejoice! Flacq Market on the Mauritian east coast boasts the title of largest open-air market in the region. Prepare to be captivated by a sensory explosion as you navigate a maze of stalls overflowing with fresh finds, local treats, and handcrafted delights.

What to find at Flacq Market

Flacq Market promises an unforgettable shopping adventure, offering everything from exotic fruits and fragrant vanilla pods to multicoloured textiles and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

When to go to Flacq Market

While technically open every day, the true magic unfolds on Wednesdays and Sundays. Here’s a breakdown to plan your visit:

  • Weekdays: A smaller selection of stalls, mainly focused on daily essentials, might be open during the mornings.
  • Wednesdays & Sundays: Brace yourself for the full market experience! The majority of vendors set up shop from mid-morning until late afternoon on these designated days.

Insider Tip: Wednesdays and Sundays are prime time for experiencing the vibrant atmosphere and scoring the best deals. Make sure to arrive early to snag the freshest produce and unique treasures.

Where to find Flacq Market market

It’s the closest market to our luxury Constance Mauritius hotels. It’s conveniently located in the heart of Centre de Flacq at Royal Road, Centre de Flacq, Mauritius.

Embrace the friendly Mauritian tradition of bargaining and delve into the local spirit.

Markets on the East Coast of Mauritius

3. Rose Hill Market

Nestled in the heart of Rose Hill, Mauritius, lies a gem for budget-conscious shoppers and those seeking an authentic Mauritian experience – the Rose Hill Market.

This lively marketplace offers a glimpse into the daily lives of locals and boasts a reputation as one of the island’s most affordable options. Unlike some of the larger, tourist-oriented markets, Rose Hill Market caters primarily to locals.  This allows you to experience a more genuine slice of Mauritian life and daily shopping routines.

What to you find at Rose Hill Market

From fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and delicious street food to everyday essentials and unique souvenirs, Rose Hill Market promises a delightful shopping adventure that’s kind to your wallet.

When to go to Rose Hill Market

While specific opening and closing times can vary slightly depending on the vendor, here’s a general guideline:

  • Market Hours: The market typically operates from early morning until the late afternoon, Monday through Saturday. 

Insider Tip: Many vendors tend to pack up earlier in the day compared to some other markets on the island, so plan to arrive on the earlier side for the most comprehensive selection.

Where to find Rose Hill Market

Finding Rose Hill Market is a breeze. It’s situated in the bustling centre of Rose Hill, making it easily accessible during your exploration of the town. The exact address might be difficult to pinpoint due to the market’s open-air nature, but keep an eye out for the vibrant stalls and friendly atmosphere as you navigate the streets.

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