Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius.
From the International Airport, head north-west and follow the signs "Port-Louis" (Port-Louis is at the opposite side of the island, an about two hours drive).
The city of Port-Louis has played a leading part in the struggle between the French and British occupation (1735-1935) and was considered during that period as `the star and the key of the Indian Ocean`. There are many historical places and buildings to visit. It is also one of the best place to learn and appreciate more about the Mauritian cultures and traditions.
- Aapravasi Ghat, ex-Coolie ghat - a World Heritage Site. It was the landing point for the indentured labourers, mainly from India, in the 19th century, following the abolition of slavery in 1834. Its symbolical significance has been highlighted in 'The Aesthetics of Coolitude', devised by poet and semiologist Khal Torabully.
- Corner House - A fabulous stationery shop, selling all kinds of wonderful pens, pencils and books. Excellent service and a great range of goods. Has the most eccentric shopkeeper. Worth visiting just to see him.
- Caudan Waterfront.
- China Town where you will find Chinese shops, restaurants and pharmacies with modern and traditional Chinese remedies.
- The Stamp Museum, Mauritius Natural History Museum and the Blue Penny Museum. The Mauritius blue penny and penny orange from 1847 are among the rarest stamps in the world, and you can view them here along with a plethora of other rare cultural and historical artifacts from the island.
- Champs de Mars horse racing courses.
- The St Louis Cathedral.
- The Jummah Mosque, Royal Rd, a rare proof of the skills of Tamil craftsmen and other craftsmen of India, who also built temples and churches. A haven of peace in the middle of this busy capital.
- Port Louis Market known as Bazaar Port Louis where you find local products, cheap clothing, and local spices.
- Port Louis Theatre
- Travellers' Lane, in Jardin des Compagnies, with travellers' texts ranging from Duarte Barbosa to Ahmad bin Majid, as devised by poet and semiologist Khal Torabully, a travel writer born in Port-Louis and Al Idrissi's planisphere.
Visit the Caudan Waterfront, a meeting place for teenagers and young lovers, which is comprised of a shopping centre, kiddyland and a huge food court offering most cuisines.
If you want to have a glimpse of Mauritian life, go to the Port-Louis Market where varieties of exotic food, fruits and other items are sold. There you will meet Mauritians from all over the country who have come to shop.
Port-Louis is famous in Mauritius for the low price of clothes sold there. Imported from China or India, or made locally, the articles sold in Port-Louis really offer value for money. You can easily get something of your choice from the numerous hawkers found all along the streets in the city.
Mauritian food is pure abundance of savoury international flavors, including but not limited to delicious Creole curries, cuisines from all over Africa, Southeast Asia and India, and an abundance of fresh seafood that has never been frozen or shipped on an airplane. All of that, and more!
Blue Mauritius Rum, a very special world-recognized liquor. There are also many highly acclaimed white rums, including spiced, vanilla, and coffee. Quality Merlot from local wineries. Also look for Lagrein and Diamond wines. Award winning Mauritian Phoenix Pale Ale and beer,locally called 'spider beer'. Other fine beers: Mauritius Blue Marlin European Strong Lager, Mauritius Malta Guinness, Mauritius Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Many spirits from India, Asia, Europe and Africa, traditional and modern, can be found easily. An excellent line of fruit based soft drinks are made in Mauritius.
- Le Suffren Hotel and Marina, ☎ 230) 202 4900, . edit Nice hotel located on the waterfront (Le Caudan Waterfront)
Embassies & Consulates
Consulates can be located for most countries in Mauritius.
- Greece, P.O. Box 747, Bell Village, Port Louis, Mauritius, ☎ +230 212-0906 (fax: +230 212-0910). edit
- United States, 4th Floor, Rogers House John Kennedy Avenue P.O Box 544 Port Louis Republic of Mauritus, ☎ (230) 202-4400 (email@example.com, fax: (230) 208-9534), . edit