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Top Choice Museum in Mahébourg

National History Museum

This museum contains some fascinating artefacts, including early maps of the island and paintings of Mauritius' original fauna – including, of course, the dodo. There are also a few dodo bones in a glass case, along…
Top Choice Market in Mahébourg

Monday Market

Don't miss the central foire de Mahébourg, near the waterfront. The initial focus was silks and other textiles, but these days you'll find a busy produce section, tacky bric-a-brac and steaming food stalls. It's the…
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Pyramide

This hero of the street-food scene is beside the petrol station just across from the market. Delicious biryani (rice cooked in a steel pot with various eastern spices and meat or fish) and 'kebabs' (salad, meat and …
Top Choice Seafood in Mahébourg

La Vielle Rouge

Fish and seafood cooked fresh or with a few Asian inflections make Le Vielle Rouge one of the standout options in town. Service is friendly and signature dishes include the calamari with ginger sauce or fresh lobste…
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Shyam

For the best dhal puri in town, look no further than Shyam (you can call him 'Sam'). He scoots around scooping out flavourful snacks from an empty aquarium tank on the back of his motorbike. On Monday he's at the ma…
Museum in Mahébourg

Rault Biscuit Factory

In 1870 the Rault family started producing manioc biscuits at its little biscuit factory on the northern outskirts of Mahébourg, and the factory has changed hardly a jot since. The crispy square cookies are made alm…
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Tabagi Bambous

Dark and dimly lit, tabagis (convenience stores) line the streets of every town in Mauritius. If you've yet to visit one, the unusually popular Bambous is the perfect place to lose your tabagi virginity. Proprietor …
Church in Mahébourg

Notre Dame des Anges

The butter-coloured tower of Notre Dame des Anges church dominates the Mahébourg skyline. The original church was built in 1849, but it has been restored several times over the years, most recently in 1938. Take a q…
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Les Copains d'Abord

Les Copains d'Abord occupies an enviable position along the seafront promenade on the south side of town. Tasty Mauritian dishes (fresh seafood curry, prawn croquettes, palm-heart salad, flavourful rougaille sauciss…
Mauritian in Mahébourg

Chez Patrick

Patrick's is popular with locals and tourists for its unpretentious atmosphere and authentic Creole cooking. There's everything from octopus curry to Creole clams, and the seven-course seafood feast (Rs 675) is one …