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Île aux Aigrettes

Île aux Aigrettes

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 forests of Mauritius and provides a sanctuary for a range...

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National History Museum

This terrific museum is one of Mauritius' best. It contains fascinating early maps of the island and Indian Ocean region, paintings from colonial times, model ships from important episodes in Mauritian history,...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in The Southeast

Vallée de Ferney

Vallée de Ferney

Protecting a 400-year-old forest, this reserve is an important habitat for the Mauritius kestrel, one of the world's most endangered raptors, and a visit here is far and away your best chance of seeing one....

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Blue Bay Marine Park

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' status. Besides a mandate barring high-speed watercraft,...

Top ChoiceMarket in Mahébourg

Monday Market

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...

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Pyramid Snack

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...

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Le Jardin de Beau Vallon

Emerging from an inland thicket of trees and sky-scraping cane leaves, Beau Vallon is an enchanting colonial estate that has been lovingly refurbished over the last few decades. Romantic dark-wood panelling,...

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Chez François

For a bowl of noodles served fresh off the boat, this simple family-run place is wildly popular with locals. The mine bouille (boiled noodles) with mangoak (a mussel-type seafood that's rarely seen on menus) is a...

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La Falaise Rouge

Reached through an attractive honour guard of palm trees between Mahébourg and View Grand Port, La Falaise Rouge combines good food with stunning views – a surprisingly rare combination in Mauritius outside the...

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Le Bazilic

What a fabulous place this is, with sandwiches both simple and gourmet, rice and noodle dishes such as pad thai, pasta, and a range of vegetarian options. There's nothing remarkable here – just good old-fashioned...

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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...

Island in Pointe d'Esny & Blue Bay

Île des Deux Cocos

Île des Deux Cocos sits at the edge of the azure lagoon and was once used by flamboyant British governor Sir Hesketh Bell to entertain guests. Today the Lux hotel group has maintained this hospitable tradition by...

Mauritian in Mahébourg

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...

Mauritian in Pointe d'Esny & Blue Bay

La Belle Créole

Excellent Creole cooking – such as venison or wild boar curry or seafood vindaloo – combined with an attractive lagoon-side, open-air setting (bring the mosquito repellent) make this one of our favourite choices...

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...

Mauritian in Mahébourg

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....

Church in Mahébourg

Notre Dame des Anges

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 times over the years. Take a quick peek inside at the...

Mauritian in Mahébourg

Les Copains d'Abord

Occupying an enviable position along the seafront promenade on the south side of town, Les Copains d'Abord serves tasty Mauritian dishes of fresh seafood curry, prawn croquettes, palm-heart salad, flavourful...

Cafe in Mahébourg

Café de Labourdonnais

We're starting to see these cool little cafes popping up in smaller Mauritian towns, and it's a most welcome development. With free wi-fi and a full board of hot and cold drinks, you could just come here for some...