Although there are number of retail parks springing up everywhere, Mauritians have rightly-so continued to buy most of their shopping from local markets.
Colourful and convivial, the markets are to be visited in the morning, when the bustle is at its liveliest. You see the Mauritian men and women come to buy the ingredients they need for the preparation of currys or "mine frits", two traditional dishes of the island. In Port-Louis, the market is a stone's throw away from Caudan seafront. Full of variety, it has a food section, a section for cloths and one for souvenirs. People with a sensitive stomach should avoid the meat and fish stalls as the smell is quite strong. However, the fruit and vegetable stands are a delight for the eyes. There is even, in one corner of the market, a traditional herbalist's stand which displays all kinds of herbal teas meant to cure you from various aches and ailments.
Port-Louis has one of the largest markets on the islands, where you can buy anything from old season branded clothing to fruit and vegetables.
In the centre of the island, another extremely popular market is found in Quatre Bornes. It takes place every Thursday and Sunday. This is the best place to buy clothes.
This market is aimed at tourists and haggling here is a little more difficult than at local markets. The souvenirs tend to be of better quality here though.
Next to the Mahébourg Museum, this is one of the more recent of markets.
Haggling is a widely-used practice here, even by local standards.