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After many years, Mauritius has changed faces so many times. Hence for some, it might be unrecognisable yet Mauritius has achieved wonders despite being classified as a developing country. Whether technologically, economically or socially, Mauritius has distinguished itself among countries of South Africa.

During your trip to Mauritius, you might want to buy some items for your own use or as a souvenir for your loved ones. Well, Mauritius is the perfect place suited for you; with its currency being of lower value compared to the dollar or euro. For instance, 1 dollar = Rs 36 and 1 euro = Rs 40, approximately. This is definitely an advantage to you since you will find most of the products available much cheaper than in your local country

Here’s some places you should definitely go to for shopping:

Bagatelle Shopping Mall

One of the most successful craze among youngsters is surely the Bagatelle Shopping Mall. With more than 150 shops, this shopping mall has long attracted people since its opening. As soon as you will enter the mall, an atmosphere of modernity will prevail.

Were you awaiting a specific movie but cannot watch it because you are not home? Well, worry not, Cinema Star is here to provide you with the latest movies to enjoy with your family or friends. It is one of the favourite place of youngsters mainly. Another spot would the food court of course, which reflects the multi-ethnic aspect of Mauritius. Indeed, you will find various dishes varying from “faratas,” “dholl puris, fried rice or noodles to French fries, steaks and pizzas. In other words, you will also find your favourite dishes as well as Mauritian ones.

Adamas

Are you planning your dream proposal or dream wedding? Adamas is certainly the best place to look for jewellery. Their craftsmanship is simply excellent. Expect to find gold and diamonds of 24ct at a competing price especially if you are looking for genuine and beautifully crafted designs.

Grand Bay Coeur de Ville + La Croisette

Grand Bay has always been one of my favourite. Having a nearby beach and neighbouring Pereybere, Grand Bay has always been the favourite place of tourists and Mauritians. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Grand Bay Coeur de Ville a modern food court, a well-known French shopping centre – Super U and American food chain; McDonald. Do you like bowling? Le Lucky Strike offers packages varying from Rs 120 to Rs 180 for an hour of pool or bowling – Ideal for a good moment with friends and family.

Gran Bay La Croisette in contrary, is somehow similar to Bagatelle in terms of size and services offered. One aspect which I personally liked about

Phoenix Commercial Centre

Phoenix Commercial Centre originated mostly from Jumbo which was known as “Continent” in the past. Over the years, the infrastructure has changed a lot. Now renamed to “Jumbo,” the shopping centre has just undertaken renovation purposes transforming the food court in a more open infrastructure and aligned to modernity while also fixing the problem of customer influx. It is believed that Phoenix Commercial Centre could outweigh Bagatelle, if only a cinema hall was present – this question still remains unanswered.

Curepipe

The town of Curepipe is located in the Plaines Wilhems district. It is the second largest city in size and importance after Port Louis. Curepipe is a great place for shopping, and it is the place where you will find many duty free shops, modern clothing boutiques, Indian clothing shops and much more. There is a shop of ships models and large arcades, commercial complexes and the market of Curepipe, where you will find things at affordable prices.

Floreal

The town of Floreal, also located in the Plaines Wilhems district, offers a selection of local handicraft workshops and factory outlets, such as the wool factory, a workshop on boats model (the largest qnd the most famous of Mauritius), a diamond and jewellery shops. Many boutiques and outlet stores in Floréal offer a wide range of products.

You will be able to buy handicrafts, watches, paintings, the best designer clothes and many more at competitive prices, all directly from the factory.

Phoenix

Phoenix is ​​famous in Mauritius mainly for its beer, with which, Phoenix also offers plenty of shopping opportunities. The ‘Mauritius Glass Gallery’ is where artisans create unique pieces of hand-made, glass art. The glass gallery is where interesting glass products can be found and bought. You will observe the traditional glass blowing process or have a glass pattern made from an imprint of your hand or foot in the sand. Beautiful lampshades, photos of stained glass windows and assorted vases and drinking vessels are displayed at the glass shop gallery.

Quatre-Bornes

Quatre Bornes is located in the high Plaines Wilhems district. It is considered by many to be the most lively city in Mauritius. Quatre Bornes is known for its nightlife and its wide selection of nightclubs. The main shopping activity takes place in the city center on its main street (rue Saint-Jean) and the central market of Quatre Bornes.

The Chinatown of Port Louis

The very picturesque Chinatown of Port Louis allows you to find all sorts of items at a reasonable price. You should not miss a visit to Chinatown, not only for its shopping traits but for its marvellous and unique street foods.

The Markets

To buy typical Mauritian objects, you have to visit the many colorful markets of the island, where bargaining is a tradition. Each village has its own market. Those of Port Louis, Flacq and Quatre Bornes are unavoidable.

Tips for shopping in Mauritius

When shopping in Mauritius, do not forget to always try to get discounts on prices, especially when you buy items in the markets. Prices may vary from one seller to another, so be sure to check and compare prices. Also, do not buy at the first place you locate an item! On many occasions and especially in major markets, you can lower the price by quite some much.

Store Hours:

Regular Day: 9:30 – 17:00

Thursday is half day in some of the regions.

Weekends: 9:00 – 13:00

Public holidays: 9:30 – 13:00 (some remain closed)

A lonesome island lost in the Indian Ocean offers beauty, relaxation and adventure beyond measure. Its breathtaking blue seas and white sandy beaches ever warmed by the tropical sun, earned Mauritius its reputation as the Paradise Island. A tempting image, perfect for the holidays this year, I should say…

While there are luxury hotels in Mauritius and grandiose holiday packages, it is possible for the average guy to enjoy his holidays fully on a low budget. The best things the island has to offer are not limited to the wealthy only. A little tweaking here and there- will leave you with the perfect vacation without much hassle.

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Sunny beaches, turquoise waters!

The turquoise, jewel-like sea, bordered by endless beautiful beaches are what usually tempts most visitors. There are alternatives to simply renting a parasol (beach umbrella) and laying there the whole day, enjoying the bronzing process.

The beach in Mauritius is one endless stretch of sand and sea. The best way to enjoy this to the fullest is to get up, arm yourself with a cap, water and a pair of sandals for the rocky parts. Else, it is a pleasure to enjoy a barefoot walk on the beach, buy some ice cream (ice cream sellers are present at nearly every corner) or even lunch in a seaside restaurant. You will enjoy the salty air and a fantastic view along with your food.

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Drive Yourself Around and Explore!

Renting a car in Mauritius is fairly easy, even from before landing. The roads are well-marked, making it effortless to drive around the island. The island is rather small and the roads are developed enough to provide a moderately swift travel. This will be less costly than hiring a driver along with the car. Mauritians inherited much from the time it had been colonized by the British, for instance, driving on the left side of the road!

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Be Adventurous with your Food!

Acquired from the various cultures grouped as one, the food has evolved throughout the years to take on a uniquely Mauritian taste. You may need to be somewhat wary of the spice levels given the deep love the locals have for chilies. Thai peppers are commonplace in most recipes, especially Indian ones.

There is no need to stick to luxury restaurants for the duration of your stay on the island- a few glamorous dinners would suffice if the budget is tight.

It is here that the car comes to great use. You may of course rely on the public transport system but travelling after sunset would be quite difficult. There is little to no late night activity among the inhabitants themselves.

Take the car to the capital city, in the evening and early night, Port Louis becomes a hub for the street foodies. The streets smell like shawarma and briani at every turn. They are rather cheap and very filling if you do not mind the extra calories!

During the day, dholl puri makes for a good alternative- it costs way less than a Big Mac!

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Shopping, Shopping and… More Shopping.

Clothes back home are a hard on the purse, especially in the US and while the Europeans do fare a little better- the big surprise is that much of the clothes are actually made in Mauritius, especially the cotton and wool products. Having an extra suitcase to bring home some bargains might make your family members eternally grateful!

It is important to shop wisely. Avoiding places without clearly marked prices around Caudan and Grand Bay is a good start. Store keepers may not hesitate to demand exorbitant prices from the obvious tourist, hoping to make a big buck.

Walking around Port Louis or even Rose Hill can be eventful, the shops are numerous and the variety available is surprising. Everything from trinkets to sportswear are waiting to be discovered.

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Unique Wonders of Mauritius- Colored Earths sound intriguing?

Inexplicable yet behold a miraculous view… The layers of different colored earths, formed naturally and never seeming to sustain any damage from cyclonic weather or torrential rainfall is located in Chamarel. It is a small village housing this little sensation. The visit offers a short hike as well as shops selling souvenirs. Definitely a must-do during your holidays in Mauritius. Treating your eyes and taking some pictures for the family back home sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?

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For The Lucky Nature Enthusiast:

Being an island of volcanic origin, Mauritius offers multiple mountain ranges, ideal for hiking. Pieter Both is particularly attractive, climbing a mountain to visit the little man at the top is charming. The climb is not a difficult one, a guide is necessary to prevent any mishaps.

The mountain giving you a perpetual thumbs up, where on earth could you find better motivation? Climbing Le Pouce Mountain can be a titillating experience if one views it that way. The map for the path to be taken can easily be downloaded online and a parking area is available at the start of trail.

Mountain climbing in Mauritius is a scenic affair, with the view becoming even more breathtaking the higher you go. From Pieter Both, you will see the harbor on one side and sugarcane plantation on the other while Le Pouce offers the view of Petit Verger. It is an adventure away from the grimy city life without the constant supply of pollution. You may find yourself surprised at how extremely refreshing such an experience can be.

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If you are not a fan of physical activity, you do have other options on the table. Don’t give up just yet- Mauritius has more to offer.

A little walk down a pathway and you find yourself surrounded by trees older than centuries with endemic plants all around flourishing. Is that of interest to you? Then a visit to the SSR Botanical Garden is long overdue!

The entrance fee is less than a dollar and it is open throughout the week- convenience and affordability in one go.

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History Mystery

Mauritius is hardly an old country but it makes up in quality for what it may lack in quantity. This beautiful island has a rich history of people from all around the world settling here, bringing with them a plethora of cultures to create what we have today. The island is one of the few countries in the world which has no violent past among the races and religions. Every little thing possible to preserve has been kept intact for the viewing pleasure of both Mauritians and tourists. You will enjoy a glimpse into the past of the society that exists today in near perfect harmony.

Museums in Mauritius

The museums are scattered all around the island and visiting them is not at all expensive. The Postal Museum is a relic of times gone by yet still sturdy. Don’t miss it! The Natural History Museum has no entrance fee and it is conveniently located in the capital city. A visit to the museum and lunch at the bazaar (market place) along with a bit of shopping appears to be the impeccable educational family outing when in the country.

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** If you are looking to rent accommodations for your holidays, check out these exclusive villas in Mauritius!

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Vue Aérienne de Grand Baie

Grand Baie, (ou Grand Bay) est un village de bord de mer situé dans le district de Rivière du Rempart au nord de l’île Maurice. Grand Baie doit sa popularité à sa plage touristique. Grand Baie est située à environ 25 km au nord de Port-Louis, la capitale de l’île Maurice.

Il se trouve entre le village de Pereybère (de l’est) et Trou aux Biches (de l’ouest). En prenant l’express 215 de la gare du nord, le voyage de Grand Baie à Port-Louis dure environ 30 minutes, tandis que la route jusqu’à l’aéroport dure environ deux heures en moyenne.

La ligne de bus Triolet Bus Service mène à des endroits clés à l’Ile Maurice. Vous pouvez facilement prendre le bus de Port-Louis à destination d’autres villages comme Triolet, Goodlands, Grand-Gaube et pouvez aussi facilement vous aventurer plus loin à travers l’île.

Brin D’Histoire Sur Grand Baie

Grand Baie était autrefois appelé De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (La baie Sans Fin) par les Hollandais au 17ème siècle. En visitant le village, il est facile de comprendre pourquoi. Aujourd’hui, la station balnéaire de Grand Baie est la destination de vacances la plus populaire de l’île Maurice.

Grand Baie doit sa popularité à sa vivacité de jour comme de nuit. Il propose des aménagements pour la baignade sécuritaire, la planche à voile et le ski nautique. Grand Baie sert comme point de départ de voyages de pêche et  d’excursions en bateau vers les îles situées au nord de l’île Maurice départ: Le Gunners Coin, l’île Plate, l’île Ronde, et l’Île aux Serpents.

Shopping et Nite Life

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Le Sunset Boulevard Grand Baie

Grand Baie  et ses environs offrent également un grand choix de boutiques, d’hôtels et de restaurants. L’artisanat locale se fait valoir au célèbre Bazar de Grand Baie. Vous pourrez trouver à Grand Baie des commerces traditionnels côtoyant des centres commerciaux modernes et des boutiques de marque d’à travers le monde. Compte tenu de la variété de boutiques et de centres commerciaux, Grand Baie est certainement une destination de shopping pour les vêtements, les bijoux, le textile et les souvenirs.

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Bazar de Grand Baie

Grand Baie est également connue pour sa vie nocturne, qui accueille la plupart des insulaires. Les bars et boîtes de nuit les plus populaires sont le Banana Café, Le  Zanzibar, Les Enfants Terribles et le célèbre Buddha Bar. Pour les noctambules, les boîtes de nuit de Grand Baie sont incontournables.

Climat de Grand Baie

Grand Baie est un endroit idéal pour visiter à tout moment de l’année.  Avec des étés chauds et des hivers doux, il offre à ses visiteurs l’occasion de profiter du soleil, d’une mer calme et de belles plages pour des bains de soleil et la nag­­­e.

 

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Baie De Grand Baie

Le vent est généralement en mer. Avec les plages et les lagunes qui sont à l’abri des vents, Grand Baie et la région du Nord, sont à recommander pour une grande année de vacances. En été, (De Novembre à Mars), il peut faire très chaud et humide dans le Nord et surtout Grand Baie.  Pensez à porter des vêtements légers pour éviter de trop transpirer.

 

Activités à Grand Baie

Lors de votre visite à Grand Baie, vous êtes sûr d’avoir beaucoup à faire. Outre  la plage et les bains de soleil, vous trouverez des mesures de précaution mises en place pour nager en toute sécurité, faire de la planche à voile, du parasailing et de profiter de nombreux sports nautiques.

La vie sous-marine de l’île Maurice est à couper le souffle. Grand Baie est l’endroit idéal pour la découvrir. Vous pourrez faire des excursions sous-marines et du scooter sous-marin. Pour les plongeurs, il y a beaucoup de sites de plongée à découvrir, tous situés le long des récifs de corail, à quelques kilomètres de la plage.

Les deux plages les plus populaires à Grand Baie

La Plage de La Cuvette

La plage publique de La Cuvette est très proche du centre de Grand Baie. La plage se trouve à proximité de l’hôtel Royal Palm. La plage est petite et intime. L’eau y est très claire et la plage calme en semaine et bondée les week-ends.  Les roches et les coraux peuvent facilement y être observés. Il est très agréable de se promener sur la plage le long de la côte jusqu’au centre de Grand Baie.

 

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La Plage de La Cuvette

Sur les hauteurs de la plage de La Cuvette, se trouve quelques échoppes de gâteaux. Vous y trouverez le traditionnel « confis », des fruits  conservés dans du vinaigre. Le « confis » se concocte avec des olives, des mangues, des ananas, des patates chinoises et même des cristophines. Le « confis » se mange avec une sauce tamarin de fabrication artisanale ou de la sauce piment. Bien qu’il soit très gouteux, le « confis » peut parfois s’avérer être très piquant.

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Fruits Confits de l’ile Maurice

La Plage publique de Grand Baie

La plage publique de Grand Baie est située au centre de Grand Baie. Il est impossible de le manquer. Le trafic maritime est très actif à l’intérieur de la baie grâce aux bateaux et aux catamarans, la plage publique a seulement une petite zone dans laquelle vous pouvez vous baigner.

La plage au sable très fin est très agréable et offre une grande vue de la Baie. En raison de tout le trafic de bateau à l’intérieur de la baie, l’eau n’est probablement pas aussi claire que les autres plages.

La plage publique de Grand Baie est facilement accessible  et vous bénéficierez de nombreuses facilités tout au long de la plage tels que les stands de jus frais, des stands de restauration rapide et des restaurants de plage et beaucoup plus.

Quelques plages situées au Nord de l’île Maurice : Anse La Raie, Bain Bœuf, Callodnye, Cap Maleureux, Grande Gaube, Mont Choisy, Péreybère, Point Aux Piment, Pointe Aux Canonniers Poudre D’or  et Trou aux Biches

Hôtels à Grand Baie

Au cours des dernières décennies, l’industrie de l’hébergement de vacances à l’île Maurice a radicalement changé. L’île Maurice a changé d’être un paradis secret connu par un petit nombre de voyageurs, à une destination de vacances populaire. L’ile Maurice a développé une large gamme de réseaux d’hôtels, et de nombreuses solutions d’hébergement.

 

Grand Baie en tant que première destination de vacances à l’île Maurice offre une variété d’hôtels, maisons d’hôtes, d’appartements privés et de villas. Grand Baie possède un bon nombre d’hôtels, de chambres d’hôtes, de villas et d’appartements. Chacun y trouvera son compte selon son budget.

 

La liste des principaux hôtels à Grand Baie: Veranda-Grand Baie,  Le Mauricia Hôtel, 20˚  Sud, Océan Villas, Le Royal Palm, Ventura Hôtel, Merville Beach Resort, Plages Grand Baie.

 

Pour ceux qui cherchent à acheter une propriété, cette région a beaucoup à offrir. Il y a des maisons existantes et des villas qui sont disponibles, et plusieurs nouveaux développements sont également en cours de construction ou ont été récemment terminés.

 

 

mauritius shopping malls

Mauritius is usually depicted as a “Shopping Paradise”.  Shopping in Mauritius is an unparalleled experience one should not miss.  The island offers a range of shopping experiences from shopping centers to duty-free shopping and even on-street shopping (hawkers). One thing is certain, the label “Made in Mauritius” will please family and friends.