Take a little something back home, be it a diamond necklace or a cashmere pashmina, a rack of spices or a colourful basket. Mauritius has shopping opportunities for all!
Duty & Customs : Duty-free items available in Mauritius now include popular photographic and cinematographic equipment and accessories, watches and clocks, cellular phones and other types of telephony elements, paintings, engravings and antiques, sunglasses and binoculars.Duty isn’t applied to leatherwear and jewels, and levies have been reduced on perfumes and cosmetics.
VAT Refunds: Visitors returning home after a trip to Mauritius can claim a VAT refund at the airport by showing receipts and the corresponding purchased goods.
Popular Souvenirs and Gifts
Heart-shaped Anthuriums: -The heart-shaped crimson-red anthuriums may be the ultimate gift to someone very dear! Or even to bring back for yourself as a souvenir of your sun-kissed holidays on our island Mauritius! The plant itself is on average 30cms high and is grown in the shade, away from the glaring sun in nurseries. Even though there is no particular fragrance to the anthurims, they are very popular amongst locals for its capacity to last for more than 7-10 days in water. The colours of anthuriums vary from satin white to morning-dew pink to frosted pink, and from bright orange to crimson-red. The leaves of the anthuriums are also heart-shaped, though wider in size.
Mauritius is a major exporter of anthurium and andreanum flowers towards South Africa, Europe and Australia. Picked first thing in the morning, the anthuriums are sold in fresh packs, able to preserve the flowers for at least 4 days, without watering. Tip: Check beforehand with your local immigration if fresh flowers are allowed into your country.
Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts :- By far, the absolute favourite buy… Never before have Ralph Lauren clothes and accessories been so affordable! To give you an idea, the average price for a genuine Polo shirt is US$13! Yes it happens right here in Mauritius! And No, they are not all fake or counterfeited products. The next time you head down to your local department store, check the country of origin of Ralph Lauren polo shirts, Calvin Klein t-shirts and Hugo Boss shirts. Chances are they are made in Mauritius!
During the last couple of years, the ever-increasing demand for Ralph Lauren quality products has resulted in a massive proliferation of retail shops, mostly factory outlets. You will find them almost everywhere, especially in the very touristy areas of the North – Grand Baie and Arsenal, Port Louis, Curepipe and Floréal. Tip: Shop around first to have a feel of the going price and, to ensure that you are getting the real thing, check the packaging, the logo. Always keep the receipt as proof of purchase for return or exchange.
Cashmere & Woollens :- Our textile industry is one of the most important pillars of the Mauritian economy, and we thrive to remain competitive on the world market, manufacturing first-class textile products at very competitive prices. Cashmere and woollens are favourite buys for many tourists and locals. Shopping direct at our factory outlets will guarantee you value for money! Suddenly winter will not seem so cold after all, when you see the wide selection of scarves and trendy jumpers, ranging from v-necks, crew necks, turtle necks, off-shoulder and boat neck. On warmer days, there is nothing better than to show off your décolleté with spaghetti straps, plunging necklines and bare-backs made with fine new wool and cashmere.
Billabong Beachwear :- Manufactured locally, under the Australian franchise, the products at Billabong are top quality at reasonable prices. An apt description of their range of products would be: Comfy, Stylish and Ready for Action! Guys and Girls, you will find everything that you’ll need, from shorts, three-quarter pants, swimsuits, t-shirts, slippers, sunnies and other accessories to be ‘dans bataz lor la plaze’ (in style by the beach)! Retail outlets: Caudan Waterfront Port Louis, Super U, Grand Baie. Tip: The factory outlet is at Coromandel, on the outskirts of Port Louis, at only a 10-minute drive from the city centre.
Business Suits : – Yes, you are on holidays in Mauritius and yes we totally agree that business suits are definitely not the thing to think of! But think again for their excellent quality and price! There are two nice shops: Karl Kaiser in Caudan Waterfront (Port Louis), Sunset Boulevard (Grand Baie) and Nino Cerutti in Mauricia Shopping Centre, Grand Baie. Tip: you may check with a local tailor for custom-made business suits which can be ready in less 2 days.
What a Bargain !! Be part of the noisy crowds so typical of flea markets. You will be amazed by the bargains offered! Like all the markets around the world, you can expect to find all kinds of knicks and knacks, from tourist souvenirs, homewares, costume jewelry, DVDs, CDs and cassettes to meat, vegetables, seafood, to newsagents and lottery booths. Tip: Be careful of pickpockets in these areas. Bargain and try not to look very intent into buying their products – for in some cases you could get away with almost half the initial price! And for your convenience we have the locations and timetables of markets held on special days of the week.
Port Louis : Marche Central Port Louis – Everyday, Sundays half-day
Grand Baie : Bazaar de Grand Baie – Mondays to Sundays
Goodlands : Open everyday
Rose Hill : Arab Town – Open everyday except Thursdays , Belle Rose – Sundays
Quatre Bornes : Foire – Open on Thursdays & Sundays
Our Shopping Centres
Sunset Boulevard – Le Mauricia Shopping Centre – Le Dodo Square – Super U – Grand Baie Bazaar
Open on Monday to Saturday: 09.30 to 18.00, Sunday: 09.30 to 12.00
Le Caudan Waterfront – Port Louis Waterfront – Le Marché Central – Chinatown
Open on Monday to Friday: 09.30 to 17.30, Weekend: 09.00 to 13.00
Curepipe – Floréal
Garden Shopping Village – Pushkaar – Arcades Salaffa
Open on weekdays and Saturday from 10.00 to 17.30, on Thursdays & Sundays: 10.00 to 12.00
Le Port: Ship Models : Le Port is one of the ship model factories in mauritius and they have a guided tour for you to explain how the models are built, before they take you to the main shop where you can buy various ship models Always take a ship model as a souvenier from Mauritius for your living room mantlepiece. Available from MUR 300 – MUR 1,50,000, don’t forget to bargain by atleast 20%
Beach hawkers are common on most beaches of the island. Often, they sell paréos (sarongs), souvenir products, Ralph Lauren shirts, beach towels, oysters, shells, pineapples, even tours and excursions, all claiming to be cheapest and most popular around.
While some tourists do not mind the daily regular intrusion of the friendly beach hawkers, many others have learnt to avoid them, either because they have previously been ‘cheated’ on prices or simply from hearsay. You might find youself paying Rs. 2,000 (US$65) for 3 oysters! And this is speaking from experience! Or better, Rs. 4,000 for an imitation pearl necklace pearl culture in Mauritius).
Yes, unfortunately beach hawkers do not have a very positive image in that they may not be the most honest business people – very often overpricing their products and excursions. Do exercise caution even with those who operate on private resort beaches