We’ve all been there at the souvenir-grabbing session that make these holidays etch into eternity. To sort the wheat from the chaff, we picked the best markets for you to take home what’s really worth it. From nostril-tingling rum to surgically carved handicrafts, Mauritius has plenty to satisfy all budgets. Time to make some room on your living room’s shelves!
Both a district (the largest by size on the island) and an eponymous village, Flacq (from the Dutch “Vlak” meaning “Flat”) had no other choice but to be home to the biggest open-air market on the island. Although quite busy on weekdays, it’s a better option to pay a visit over the weekend. On this Eastern part of the island, the usage of Mauritian Creole and French wears thin as Bhojpuri (ancestral dialect from India) takes over. A feast for the eyes, the tropical fruits and sweets stalls will certainly beg for pictures…and a few bites afterward. Relatively easier to find deals here, you will definitely want to bag a few t-shirts, hats, and some local tea.
Once the capital of the island, this fishing village now seems lost in time. It draws its name from the French governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais, in the likes of the Seychelles’ Mahé. A great deal of colonial buildings can still be seen, along with paved roads. Nestled on the south-eastern coast of the island-nation, the market is only a stroll away from the sea. The most bargain-friendly market on this list, get your money’s worth of spices and knickknacks. You might as well get your hands (dirty) on the piping hot fritters they serve.