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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 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…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Port Louis


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


Inhabiting its own pontoon on the harbour, the Deck wins plaudits for its setting, which is slightly removed from the clamour of the riverside bars and has good views (if you ignore the floating rubbish that seems t…
Asian in Port Louis


Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese cooking fuse seamlessly at this swish and sophisticated restaurant at Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel. You could order slow-cooked duck Thai red curry refreshed with coconut mil…
European in Port Louis


Set around an attractive courtyard, this European-style restaurant also features a stylish indoor dining space in a restored stone structure. The impressive menu focuses on a memorable assortment of fusion tastes an…
Historic Building in Port Louis

Aapravasi Ghat

Aapravasi Ghat, a small complex of buildings located on the seafront, served as the island's main immigration depot for indentured labourers from India. The highlight of a visit is the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpre…
Museum in Port Louis

Natural History Museum & Mauritius Institute

The major attraction at this small but proud museum is the famous (though somewhat grubby) reconstruction of a dodo. Scottish scientists assembled the curious-looking bird in the late 19th century, using the only co…