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“Fantastic bargains only if you are good at haggling.”
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Ranked #12 of 36 things to do in Port Louis
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Owner description: This bustling, lively open-air market offers a variety of goods for sale including fruit, herbs, spices and potions.
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Start from 50% settle at 60-70%Max. Curios from all over Africa are available.
Browse 5-6 shops to get a feel before starting to bargain.
Do not walk off if the shopkeeper agrees to your price.

2  Thank Sougata_Nupur
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We went to the Central Market in Port Louis after being advised to do so by our hotel to experiance the true Mauritius shopping experiance. We arrived late morning and joined the many people going about their daily shopping. Once the stall owners see that you are possibly interested in buying a product - you are hounded by them from one stall to the next. We at one stage had various people following us trying to sell their wares.
The meaning of the word no or not interested does not exist in some sellers voacabulary, to the detriment of other stall owners.
The prices for some goods are high and one has to bargain for anything but a bargain can be bought even if it is for an imported pashmina or "cashmere" shawls.
"Polo" shirts are plentiful but you will have to decide whether the brands are genuine or not or whether the textile are original Mauritian or imported from the Far East.
If your forte is to bargain, then go to the market, other wise wander around the city and take in the sights and sounds of Port Louis.

2  Thank boereklong
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

I found that in my travels to Mauritius, the city market; Port Louis was a nice and reflective experience. The habitants yo find here are very helpfull and kind, prices are a little high, but where can you fid service or products being offered at reasonable prices? Mauritius is not a rich country in terms of capital money, but the richness of culture that you take in leaves a lasting experience.
I found the market quite useful in terms of products, it was my 'Tesco' store with a little more punch. The products and services you find there are limitless, from textiles to indian spices and fresh fruit and veg.
I think that a better perspective needs to be taken when having moments like this one, open your eyes and see the true beauty arund you. You go on holiday to experience something other than your daily boring home routine, and in Port Louis market your sure to get a new alternaive experience than your regular one, so I would advise that any tourists travelling to Mauritius take some time out of the excellent 10 star beaches and visit the Port Louis market, its an experience you wont want to miss out on !

5  Thank goldenskyline
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Reviewed November 26, 2007

The Central Market is a tourist attraction and it's best seen that way. The market variously sells curios, pareos, handbags, cushion covers, fabrics, shirts, (many of these items are imported from India) vegetables, "fast" foods - and there is a meat market across the road which is part of the whole. It is colourful, bustling, hot, crowded, smells pungent and is worth a visit - just for the experience - but I don't advise shopping there - you will be ripped off - even if you bargain. If you want a market experience where you can shop, go to the market in Curepipe which is open twice a week. Alternately, do your shopping at the price controlled stores at La Caudon Waterfront and elsewhere.

The vendors in the market know that tourists want to both shop and haggle. Accordingly they price their wares way above average. Even if you were to knock off half the price (and you'd be thinking you were getting a good deal) you're still likely to be paying more than you would at the price controlled stores.

So my advice is this - go there for a visit, take some photos, absorb the atmosphere, have fun and a good mooch around but don't shop.

13  Thank kalgran
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Reviewed March 3, 2007

This is a frenetic market in Port Louis. A part of the market sells food products such vegetables etc and you find a pungent smell in the air.

The Central market where tourists flock to is not unlike the souks you will find in Tunisia or Turkey but less in your face.

Most of the goods on offer will consist of fake designer clothes, T shirts, bags, spices, dodos and other souvenirs. As you walk you will be beckoned in by the tradesman each offering you a special price.

You will also need to check prices at several stalls as they all vary. That brass dodo may be 300 rupees at the first stall you went to but further down its being sold for 220 rupees and that is before you start bartering which is normally the order of the day.

As I said its frenetic, and if you suffer from claustrophobia its not for you. Sometimes if you really want to buy cheap souvenirs and do not want the hassle of haggling then go to the giant supermarkets wheer you will find the same things but a t fixed price.

However its worth going as its the right thing to do as a tourist when you are visiting Port Louis.

16  Thank PrestonGuild
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