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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 Arts & Crafts in Port Louis


The model-ship manufacturer Voiliers de l'Océan has an outlet just outside the Craft Market.
Top Choice Chinese in Flic en Flac

Domaine Anna

You'll need a taxi or rental car to get here, but you'll be glad you made the trip: this is Flic en Flac's most refined dining experience, set in colonial-style pavilions. The predominantly Chinese menu is the brain…
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 Gardens in Pamplemousses

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

After London's Kew Gardens the SSR Gardens is one of the world's best botanical gardens. It's also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius and easily reached from almost anywhere on the island. Labe…
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 International in Trou Aux Biches & Mont Choisy

Café International

This popular South African–run spot serves up an excellent assortment of dishes from around the world. Burgers, curries, fresh fish and sandwiches are mainstays, but the highlights are the ribs and South African ste…
Top Choice Italian in Trou Aux Biches & Mont Choisy


This fabulous place in warm terracotta hues is the work of Italians Antonio and Giulia. The food includes pasta and seafood with an emphasis on fresh local produce – the menu changes regularly.
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…