The capital of Mauritius is a culturally vibrant and historically rich city that offers a plethora of things to do and sights to see, ranging from 18th century French Colonial Houses, interesting museums, shopping centres to pristine beaches, green spaces, majestic mountains and outdoor events that make Port Louis a perfect getaway for your exotic vacation. The small city has so much to offer that you would have to extend your vacation to experience it all. One of the best ways to make the most of your time in this historical exotic paradise is to indulge in some of the best things to do, which include attractions like the historic centre of the city called Place D’Armes, Statue of Mahe de la Bourdonnais, The Government House, Port Louis Theatre, Aapravasi Ghat and the iconic Fort Adelaide. The city is also home to several interesting museums like Natural History Museum, Blue Penny Museum, The Photographic Museum, Windmill Museum and the Mauritius Postal Museum, and visiting the museums can be an interesting and fun experience. There are lots of shopping opportunities and vibrant markets one can visit, including the famous Port Louis central market where one can find everything from Mauritian spices, fruits, vegetables and textiles to Indian incense perfumes, T-shirts, hats, and musical instruments. While on the shopping expedition, stop by a local restaurant to get a taste of the delicious Mauritian cuisine, serving dishes like gateaux piments (chilli cakes), dholl puris (pancakes accompanied by curry sauce), halim, the chicken tikkas, biryani and kebabs. Post Louis attracts adventure enthusiasts from across the world to take part in the plethora of outdoor activities and adventure sports that it offers, including hiking, trekking, deep sea diving, deep sea fishing, canyoning, snorkelling and underwater cruises. Other top things to do in Port Louis include attractions like Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, China Town and Plaine Verte. With such an itinerary, visiting Port Louis would be an exciting and memorable experience.
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What to Do in and around Port Louis
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Marina Quay, Caudan, Port Louis, Mauritius
09:30 am - 06:00 pm
The Le Caudan Waterfront is a business center as well as an entertainment center in Port Louis. The whole waterfront is a historic center with museums and old buildings. An evening walk along the river front is perfect to see the city light up and reflect in the waters while the musicians and artists that bring art to the streets, enhance the ambience.
The highlight of the place is shopping and if you want to indulge in retail therapy, the waterfront is where you should be.
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Caudan Waterfront, Block A, Port Louis, Mauritius
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Inside Port Louis’ famous mall, Le Caudan Waterfront, lies Mauritius’ most precious treasure, the Blue Penny Museum. It’s called the Blue Penny because of a 2 pence blue stamp, one of the two rare stamps that are the pride and joy of not only the museum, but also the country. The other stamp being a one penny red stamp; in order to preserve the original colors of the stamps, they are only lit for 10 minutes, every hour.
The Museum does however step outside the realm of stamps and has exhibits that talk about the history of the island, the times of the exploration, settlement and subsequent colonization that the island has seen. One of the best museums of Port Louis, some of the most unique maps, engravings and photographs of Port Louis are on display here.
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Sebastopol St, Port Louis, Mauritius
08:00 am - 02:00 pm
Built by the British in anticipation of an uprising from the few French settlers and to protect Port Louis from infiltrators coming in through the harbor, Fort Adelaide is built in a very strategic location. At 240 feet above sea level, the view Fort Adelaide offers in par excellence! With a 360 degrees view, you can not only see the city of Port Louis but also the surrounding mountain range.
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Corderie St, Port Louis, Mauritius
05:30 am - 11:30 am
The Central Market is a world in itself and sells everything from textiles, vegetables, meats and herbs sold for various ailments. The buzzing market that is nestled among old buildings that have an old-world charm themselves, is perfect to see Port Louis’s local life and taste some fresh local foods.
The shops that sell various Chinese Herbal medicines and Aphrodisiacs.
If you are looking for small souvenirs as gifts for loved ones, you will find a few hawkers and shops here selling some.
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Ex-DWC Building, 1 Quay St, Port Louis, Mauritius
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
During the colonial era, the British used to ferry ships and ships of indentured laborers from India, to Mauritius, under their indentured servant scheme. The Aapravasi Ghat is a bunch of buildings on the sea front that served as the immigration department for indentured laborers. During the years the indentured servant scheme was in play, over half a million labor force was shipped to the shores of Mauritius. There is no tourism value as such to these buildings, but it is a landmark in history; you could just stroll around in the area and have a look at some of the original stone buildings.
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La Chaussée, Port Louis, Mauritius
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
The Natural History Museum in Port Louis is famous for its life size replica of the Dodo, a bird which is now extinct. The oldest museum of Mauritius is located in the centre of the city and provides a peaceful gateway from the bustle of the city. The Dodo replica of the Natural History Museum is so well known that they have recently renovated and dedicated an entire room to the extinct bird. Everything you need to know about the Dodo falls within these walls. The other rooms of the museum are dedicated to the other birds, reptiles and corals that are found in the land.
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Port Louis, Mauritius
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Champs de Mars is a popular horse-racing track in Port Louis which was initially a military training ground established in the early 19th century. The track is the second-oldest race-course in the world and covers a circumference of 1298 meters.
On a race day, the race-course is filled with locals betting on their favorite horses and if you are in town, do join in to see the energy of the place. If you are in the city during September, don’t miss out on the Maiden Cup- an annual racing event.
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Port Louis, Mauritius
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Le Pouce is a National Park named so because of its thumb-shaped peak. The park is home to lush green trees that make for great hiking trails and even more beautiful views when you reach the peak. The panoramic views form the top are the icing on the cake and is perfect for Photography lovers to capture some rare frames. You can also see Moka and the high grounds of Plain Wilhems from here.
Hikers love the mountain for its moderately-trying trails and rich flora and fauna.
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Bourbon St, Port Louis, Mauritius
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The St Louis Cathedral, built in 1814, is one of the oldest Churches in Mauritius. The church was promoted to Cathedral in 1847 and is popular for its Latin cross design, when view aerially. Today, the humble church is loved for its simple architecture and tranquil atmosphere and is the reason why many visitors still admire it.
If you are in Port Louis, do make sure you take a walk around the church to see a part of the city’s rich history.
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Royal Road, A1, Queen St, Port Louis, Mauritius
08:00 am - 04:00 pm
The Jummah Mosque is revered as the holiest mosque in all of Mauritius. Every Friday, the mosque broadcasts live prayers and the taraweeh prayers during the month of Ramadan. It’s also during these times that people, especially tourists are barred from entering the mosque for sightseeing purposes. Otherwise, any and everyone is welcome. The architecture of the mosque is a smooth blend of Indian, Muslim and Creole architecture. This magnificent edifice that is the Jummah mosque, is definitely worth a visit.
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Chinatown, Port Louis, Mauritius
The Chinese have a considerably strong foothold and form quite an industrious position in the economy of the capital city. China town is like a miniature town brimming with life and activity. The grocery stores, restaurants and cafes and the various merchandise on sale there is sure to be an experience in itself. It’s amazing the kind of stuff you’ll find here; even if you don’t want to shop, just have a look around. If you do however decide to shop, bring forth the bargainer from within.
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Intendance, Port Louis, Mauritius
Dubbed as the oldest building of the capital, the Government House was the residence of the first French governor of Mauritius, built under his supervision as well. The architecture of this building is typical of the French colonization era! One of the striking features of the premises is the statue of Queen Victoria with an air of un-amused indifference.
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La Chaussee, Port Louis, Mauritius
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Company Garden had three entrance gates and is loved for the number of monuments in contains.
The Raoul Rivet Monument, Remy Ollier Monument, the Adrien D’epinay monument, Leoville L’Homme, Brown Sequard monument, the statue of Doctor Manilal Maganla, Soeur Marie Barthelemy, and the Al- Idrissi monuments are the highlights of the garden.
When in the city, do take a walk amidst the cool shades of the trees and see the monuments.
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Port Louis, Mauritius
09:00 am - 03:00 pm
Once you have visited the Photography Museum, it’ll be crystal clear that no one loved photography as much as Tristan Bréville. Everything you see in the museum, right from the negatives to framed portraits is all a labor of his love, if you will! Upon entering the cottage, that’s been transformed into a museum, the photographer’s wife, Madame Marie Noelle Bréville, will greet you and so begins your journey of seeing Mauritius through the eyes of Tristan Bréville. Many of the major events that shaped Mauritian history like the arrival of the Indian immigrants, ancient cinema projectors and the first photo ever clicked on the island of Mauritius will be seen here. This museum is a result of a family’s efforts to preserve several memories of the island country.
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Les Pailles, Port Louis, Mauritius
10:00 am - 04:30 pm
The Domaine Les Pailles is a heritage center that includes railway rides, horse-drawn carriages, a traditional mill that used Oxen to extract sugar, a distillery and a restaurant that serves lip-smacking food.
The whole place is ideal for a family day out or if you want to explore Port Louis’s neighborhood in its raw form.
The Safari ride is the main highlight here and coupled with the old-world workings of the place, you are sure to time-travel when you visit the Domaine Les Pailles.