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 almost entirely by hand using a secret recipe passed down from generation to generation and baked on hotplates over stoves fuelled with dried sugar-cane leaves. The 20-minute tour ends with a chance to sample the finished product – with a nice cup of tea, of course.

The factory is on the far side of the Cavendish Bridge; when you cross the bridge, turn left at the brown-and-white factory sign and then follow the further signs. Packets of the biscuits in seven flavours (we recommend the butter flavour; reaching this decision involved pleasurable research…) are on sale for Rs 79 (wafers cost Rs 75).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Mauritius attractions

1. Monday Market

0.68 MILES

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…

2. Mosque


Mahébourg's main mosque is an important local landmark.

3. Notre Dame des Anges

0.77 MILES

The butter-coloured tower of Notre Dame des Anges dominates the Mahébourg skyline. The original church was built in 1849, but it has been restored several…

4. National History Museum

0.89 MILES

This terrific museum is one of Mauritius' best. It contains fascinating early maps of the island and Indian Ocean region, paintings from colonial times,…

6. Monument to Dutch Landing

2.47 MILES

A monument marks the site where the Dutch (and indeed the first people ever) first landed on the island on 20 September 1598. It's a fairly low-key site…

7. Île aux Aigrettes

2.62 MILES

This popular ecotourism destination is a 26-hectare nature reserve on an island roughly 800m off the coast. It preserves very rare remnants of the coastal…

8. Blue Bay Marine Park

2.72 MILES

In an effort to protect the area's rich underwater forest of rare corals from encroaching development, the government has given Blue Bay 'marine park'…