Shopping in Mauritius
When it comes to shopping in Mauritius, there is very little in the way of branded goods at bargain prices. If you are going out shopping in Mauritius you will find quality locally produced goods at affordable prices.
It is said one of the best buys are the duty-free cut diamonds, when buying these you will need to show your passport. Model ships are also a popular purchase. These are built by hand to a very high standard. T-Shirts bought in the local shops are good quality, in bright colours. Avoid the lower quality market ones if you want them to last. Cashmere is also another locally produced item, where you can pick up some good deals.
Shops are closed half day on Sunday and one other day in the week. Shop assistance do not come across as the friendliest of people. Their job is to sell to you, not to make you feel good about what you are buying. Ask to see lots of stuff and they may even give the impression you are wasting their time. Customer service is not high on their agenda, there is a take it or leave it attitude, which is very different to the UK.
The main shopping centre on Mauritius is Le Caudan Waterfront in the capital of Port Louis, which features lots of major brands. For handmade jewellery and local gifts try the craft and textile market nearby. The Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius is the leading destination for shopping in Mauritius. Its dominant presence and comprehensive retail and leisure options attract shoppers from all over the island. It hosts the widest selection of specialty stores in Mauritius with around 150 shops. Here you will find many of the brands you are used to seeing back at home.
The Grand Baie Bazaar has a wide range of touristy crafts. Prices aren’t fixed, but goods aren’t expensive and there is minimal hassle from sellers. Port Louis’ Central Market has a wide selection souvenirs but haggle to get a good price.
Want a special outfit, let your dress, trousers or suit be tailor made for just a small amount within 24 hours.
Watch out for fakes, not everything is as real as it seems.
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