Shopping, Restaurants and Nightlife in Mauritius
Shopping, Restaurants and Nightlife in Mauritius
From shopping in craft markets, doing duty free shopping or visiting shopping centres, shopping in Mauritius is an amazing experience. Apart from the many local markets, many modern shopping centres have been developed in recent years. These centres offer many prestigious international brands, as well as products and labels from Europe and South Africa. Most of the centres incorporate supermarkets, restaurants, food courts, cinemas, children’s entertainment and fitness and leisure facilities.
South African’s will feel at home in the three Food Lover’s Market shops on the island, and clothing stores such as Woolworths, Truworths and Identity in bigger shopping centres.
Familiar South African restaurants such as Nando’s, Debonairs Pizza, Mugg & Bean, Ocean Basket, Panarottis, RocoMamas, Spur and a favourite meeting place, Vida e Caffe, can be found all across the island.
Shopping Centres in the North:
- Grand Baie La Croisette – Pleasures of island living combined with international lifestyle is what you will find at La Croisette. It harbours several activity and leisure zones, residential apartments, office floors, shopping mall, cinema, medical facilities, and a sports and wellness centre.
- Grand Bay Coeur De Ville – located just a few metres from the public beach you will find Grand Bay Coeur de Ville. Offering shoppers a Super U hypermarket, pharmacy, homeware shops, footwear and clothing, food court, entertainment centre and a craft market decorated in an Asian style.
- Mont Choisy Le Mall – In the heart of the northern region, you will find Mont Choisy Le Mall with beautiful architecture and ample parking space. Harbouring boutique-size retail shops offering specialist products and several al fresco restaurants opening onto a beautiful garden.
Shopping Centres in the West:
- Cascavelle – Cascavelle Shopping Village is the one stop shop of the West of Mauritius. It has a lively open-air setting with more than 60 shops including a supermarket, clothing, footwear, jewellery, sports and home décor and completed by a food court with various eateries.
- Coeur Cap Tamarin – Opened in December 2020, this shopping centre boasts a Super U hypermarket, more than 50 international and local brands and ample parking available.
Shopping Centres in the East:
- Flacq Coeur De Ville – Located in central Flacq, this shopping centre offers a Super U Hypermarket, more than 70 shops, a food court with several eateries, cinema and a fitness and medical centre.
- Bo’Valon Mall – Opened in 2019 and located in Grand Port in the south east of the island. Apart from the King Savers supermarket and spacious food court, it offers 46 other shops.
Shopping Centres in the Centre:
- Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius – Offering 155 shops, it is Mauritians’ leading shopping and retail destination. It hosts the widest selection of speciality stores on the island, attracting diverse shoppers from all over the island.
- Le Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis – A unique shopping, leisure and entertainment experience on the water’s edge. Take a walk along the harbour, meet friends at a restaurant, watch a movie, admire artwork, and listen to music, all while enjoying shopping.
- Phoenix Mall – the first shopping centre with a hypermarket to open in Mauritius. With more than 55 shops and centrally located on the motorway, the mall is easily accessible from all sides of the island.
- Kendra Shopping Mall – Situated in St. Pierre, Kendra Shopping Mall provides customers with a Winners supermarket and a variety of shops in a cosy environment.
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Restaurants in Mauritius
Eating is a big part of Mauritian culture. The rich multicultural community is clearly reflected in the food and restaurant scene in Mauritius. It is influenced by Indian, Asian, African, European and of course Creole flavours.
There is no lack of dining options, suiting every taste and budget. Popular street food like rotis also known as “farata” or “paratha” (Indian flat bread made from flour and clarified butter) and the iconic dholl puri (Indian pea pancake), both served with vegetable and/or meat curry and various deep-fried bites like samoosa’s and chili cakes, can be bought for only a few rupees.
In the food courts at the shopping malls you will mostly find Chinese dishes like fried rice and fried noodles, Indian dishes like thalis (various vegetables with a meat or fish option), and also pizza and burger outlets.
For a great time out with friends there are numerous restaurants located on the beach with spectacular views, serving a variety of meals from signature burgers, steaks and pizza to seafood dishes and homemade pasta dishes.
For the connoisseur, there are several fine dining restaurants available all around the island, serving gourmet dinners and lunches, Sunday brunches and high tea afternoons.
Nightlife in Mauritius
Even tough Mauritius is a small island, the nightlife scene shines bright with charming beach clubs, hip nightclubs and engaging casinos. If you are the partying kinds, here is a selection for you:
Bars and clubs in the North:
- Banana Beach Club,
- Beach House Restaurant and Bar,
- Landshark Bar & Grill,
Bars and clubs in the Centre:
- Flying Dodo, Bagatelle,
- The Irish, Trianon,
Bars and clubs in the West:
- Big Willy’s,
- Kenzi Bar,