Every holiday-maker likes to bring something in their suitcase as a souvenir. Common, kitschy, smart, fair-trade or “one in a million”… Here are some ideas of souvenirs to spoil your loved ones or yourself.
Every destination has its best-selling souvenirs, and Mauritius is no exception to the rule. The most popular Mauritian souvenirs include tea, rum, sugar, spices and vanilla. All of these are available in supermarkets or in some nice places to visit such as craft markets and museum gift shops: rum, vanilla and fruit paste at the Château Labourdonnais; different varieties of sugar at L’Aventure du Sucre; and spices at Port-Louis market.
Of course, Mauritius also offers a variety of kitschy souvenirs. There are many of them, but we have picked the best for you: a T-shirt with a printed dodo or kinky jokes (Highlight Boutique in the centre of Grand-Baie or Citadel at La Croisette); a colourful sarong; sega outfits for the whole family; and a whole gamut of fridge magnets, tablemats and knichknacks (Grand-Baie’s bazar or Super-U supermarket).
Looking for an alternative to traditional souvenirs? Treat your loved ones to a gift that will introduce them to local arts and culture. At Super U supermarket and in various book shops (Papyrus at Super U, Bookcourt in Caudan Waterfront and Grand-Baie La Croisette), you will have a great choice of Mauritian novels and books of poetry, history books, photo albums, Mauritian recipe books and children’s books (ask for the Tikoulou collection). You can also initiate your music-loving friends to local productions, available at Metro Music (Super U in Grand-Baie) and Power Music Shop in Caudan Waterfront.
Is there any better gifts than those handcrafted with care and passion by our local artists? A souvenir made with the heart will bring the greatest pleasure! Here are a few ideas: glass jewelries and sculptures from Studio 44; model ships from Historic Marine; ravannes, which are traditional music instruments made by the charity organisation ABAIM; “Hope” wristbands made by jewelry designer Ravior for the non-profit organisation TIPA; woven baskets made by Jean-Marie in Flacq. For more crafts, you can visit Caudan Waterfront’s Craft Market in Port-Louis and other markets in Goodlands, Flacq, Quatre-Bornes and Mahebourg.
Then, there are those irresistible souvenirs – modern, trendy yet 100% made in Mauritius – which you choose to keep for yourself. We have found our favourite souvenirs in Le Rendez-vous concept store in Grand-Baie La Croisette. It has an interesting collection of clothes, accessories, furniture, deco items, paintings, photos, candles, soaps and more: all is crafted by local designers and artists. A real goldmine!
Other shopping spots include:
- In Grand-Baie: Sunset Boulevard and Grand Bay Plaza
- In Port-Louis: Port-Louis market, China Town and street vendors.
- In Moka: Bagatelle Mall
- In Phœnix: The Mauritius Glass Gallery
- In Curepipe/Floreal: Salaffa and Currimjee shopping centres, Floreal Square and its Textile Museum.
Whether you are looking for lovely gifts to offer or cute souvenirs to keep for yourself, you will surely find what your heart desires in small boutiques and markets over the island.