Port Louis – A City worth Exploring

Although most things to do in Mauritius revolve around the idyllic beaches, I would nevertheless recommend spending a day exploring the island’s capital, Port Louis. It is located on the North West coast and is easily accessible no matter where you are staying in Mauritius. In fact, hiring a taxi to take you there for the day can be a great way to see more of the island and experience local color and flavor along the way.

Caudan Waterfront

The Caudan Waterfront is the place to visit for high end shopping. Here you can find luxury brands and sophisticated merchandise to suit every taste. This is also where you need to be to experience fine dining and the best night life in Mauritius.

Port Louis Mauritius Caudan Waterfront

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Central Market

This famous bazaar was the center of the local economy from the Victorian era. It is here that you can truly experience local life. There are authentic local stalls where you can buy fruits, vegetables and Chinese herbal medicines as well as many stalls selling lovely souvenirs. The colors, smells, and sounds will entice you as you wind your way through the closely packed stalls and interact with the friendly hawkers, who will test your bargaining skills in good-natured banter.

Port Louis Mauritius Central Market

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Domaine les Pailles

Located just a few minutes away from Port Louis in the Pailles Valley is Domaine les Pailles. Here you can take a step back in time to the era of old-fashioned Mauritian sugar estates. In addition to learning about the production of sugar and essential oils, you can also taste some local rum and enjoy a live Sega show.

Port Louis Mauritius Domaine les Pailles

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Signal Mountain

Although you have to walk to reach the peak of Signal Mountain, it’s an easy journey and well worth it in the end. There is a paved path all the way to the top, making it an easily accessible mountain top. From here, at 323 meters above sea level, you can savor uninterrupted views of Port Louis and the western coastline.

Port Louis Mauritius Signal Mountain

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Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.