Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Port Louis

Blue Penny Museum

Although dedicated to the world-famous Mauritian one-penny and two-pence stamps of 1847, the Blue Penny Museum is far more wide-ranging than its name suggests, taking in the history of the island's exploration, sett…
Top Choice Shrine in Port Louis

Père Laval's Shrine

The shrine of French Catholic priest and missionary Père Jacques-Désiré Laval is something of a Lourdes of the Indian Ocean, with many miracles attributed to pilgrimages here. The padre died in 1864 and was beatifie…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Port Louis


The model-ship manufacturer Voiliers de l'Océan has an outlet just outside the Craft Market.
Top Choice Mauritian in Port Louis


Set in a refurbished colonial home in the heart of the capital's chaos, Lambic is a beer buff's paradise, with dozens upon dozens of local and imported beers, including a particularly rich selection from Belgium. Th…
Top Choice Market in Port Louis

Central Market

Port Louis' rightly famous Central Market, the centre of the local economy since Victorian times, was cleaned up considerably in a 2004 renovation. Many comment that it's lost much of its dirty charm (you're far les…
Sweets in Port Louis

Bombay Sweets Mart

Bombay Sweets Mart is famous for the Indian nibbles colourfully known as caca pigeon (literally, 'pigeon droppings').
Chinese in Port Louis

First Restaurant

If the age-old rule that a good Chinese restaurant is full of Chinese diners applies, then First is a winner. Packed with large family groups enjoying vast feasts of delicious Cantonese cooking, this is one of China…
International in Port Louis

Brasserie Chic

The Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel boasts this cool and classy brasserie serving up salads, bagels, pasta, casseroles and prime cuts of steak. There's even a curry bar with six curries to choose from.
Indian in Port Louis


Atmospheric Namaste serves up excellent North Indian specialities such as tandooris, tikkas and butter chicken. Try for a balcony table. The place gets lively on Saturday evening, when meals start at Rs 450 and are …
Live Music in Port Louis

Keg & Marlin

At the weekends the Keg & Marlin bar transforms into Port Louis' only live-music venue. Standards vary enormously from rock outfits to séga (Mauritian folk dance), which is when the place really gets going.