The beautiful capital city of Port Louis of Mauritius has many must-visit places for tourists to go. Did you know they have a China Town, for example? And the waterfront is simply breathtaking.
The Caudan Waterfront
The Caudan Waterfront is a must for those looking for the top designer brands at bargain prices. At this bustling, lively seafront you will find numerous restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines. Take a visit to the artisanal shops and only library in Caudan and browse through the contents of the shelves… You are likely to find a treasure of Mauritian art and literature.
The Champ de Mars
From March to December it is the ideal place to witness lively horse races during weekends. Very popular activity in Mauritius. A family venue where a colourful and friendly crowd celebrates each race on the race course.
Museum of Photography
At this unique Museum of Photography, you will travel through time with the cameras and thousands of photos passionately collected by the photographer Tristan Breville.
Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre
The Rajiv Gandhi Centre is both a leisure park and a fun scientific track located on the outskirts of Port Louis. Children and youngsters will be able to participate in different exhibits and activities. The goal is to show children in a fun way the basic principles of mechanics, physics of sound, light and waves.
China Town the perfect place to see shops and restaurants owned by Sino-Mauritians. Once a year a “Food Festival” is organised there to discover the wonders of the cuisine originating from China. It is a great place to get excellent deals, tasty food and traditional Chinese medicines.
The main square of Plaine Verte is loved by tourists. Try the Mauritian “gato piman” and other Indian and Muslim cakes, drinks and food on offer.
A passage through time
There are numerous historical sites in Port Louis and discovering them is like a treasure hunt.
Take a walk through the neighbourhoods to see the old Colonial houses and the “Casernes centrales” where the police headquarters are located. If you look closely at the outside walls surrounding the line barracks, you’ll notice a wrought iron in the shape of an “S”, which was the sign of the French governor, Labourdonnais, who initiated its construction in the early mid-eighteenth century.
The same sign can be seen on the oldest remaining wall in front of the “Grenier” (formerly the loft of Mauritius, but today a parking), near the Windmill Museum at Caudan Waterfront, on the remains of the coral that once partially surrounded the sea in the port. There, be transported back in time as you take shelter in the shade of the city’s few remaining rare trees while you kids play on the Astrolabe.