Varangue sur Morne in Chamarel: Dodos and more
This was my favorite souvenirshop on our daytrip to Chamarel and the 7 colored earths:Next to the restaurant "Varangue sur Morne" you will find also a well-sorted souvenirshop with a wide variety of things to buy for every taste.
They have fine local Rhum for instance, clothes, fridge magnets, Postcards, wooden handicrafts etc. etc. etc. see my extra photos as well for some examples !
What to buy: My favorite was the Dodo in my 2nd picture ! The Dodo used to be a local bird that died out more than 100 years ago and is now one of the symbols of Mauritius, it was even in the stamp that cruisepassangers get in their passport.
What to pay: Prices are quite the same as in other places on the island of Mauritius.
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Rustique & Raffinée in Chamarel: souvenirs & more
The 7 colored earths is certainly the main attraction for bustours in Mauritius and so there is a souvenir shop as well directely at the sight of the 7 colored earths and next to the Restaurant terre aux 7 Couleurs and it is called "Rustique & Raffinée"
What to buy: They had lots of local handicrafts, some fridge magnets, clothings and a lot more.
What to pay: Prices were not higher than in other places in Mauritius.
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Caudan Village / Port Louis: great shopping next to the port
This is the large shopping-centre directely at the portside of Port Louis, in the corner of the port that is too small for the large cruiseships, but all the small ferryboats will take you there. This is also next to the Blue Penny Museum and close to the city-centre of Port Louis !
What to buy: They have shops of all sorts there, the shops will mostly have aircondition as well and there are also a lot of lovely cafes and garden-restaurants as well !
What to pay: Prices will be pretty much the same all over Port Louis.
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In-house shop at Coralia Mont Choisy: Ship model in Mauritius
Its like any ordinary in-hotel shop..however unlike most oher such shops this un had some pretty decent priced stuff and after visiting some city shops I can say one can surely buy souveniers from here. Some of the products which were priced around Rs 500 at the ship factory shop was sellling at just Rs 200 odd bucks here.
What to buy: I bought few small ship models after getting ripped off at the factory shop. I think even some waterproof cameras were cheaper here
What to pay: Mauritian Rs 100 for a small(4-5 inch long) ship model..
if you buy booze in a duty free shop you cannot take it out of the shop it is delivered to you at the airport prior to departure.
go to a local supermarket and pay Less than the duty free places and take it out with you.
What to pay: Scotch whisky 350 rps about £4 $8 us
PEM is a sculptor who has a small shop at Caudan Waterfront.
He has already appeared on Air Mauritius inflight magazine, which he is proud of.
The day we met him he had just received a copy of a Hotel chain magazine (Beachcomber?) congratulating him for this birthday. Great day to have met him.
We ended up not by a small 50cm piece, but by a 1,7m high "self-portrait" sculpture, that is now in our living room. Gave us some trouble to bring home from Port Louis via London, where we still had a 3 day stopover to go to a concert at Wembley Arena. But we made it!!
What to buy: Basically he works with rough tree trunks and roots and makes very interesting works, to my likes. This is the kind of souvenir I like to take home.
What to pay: 4500 rupees for ours, which was fair enough.
Diesel in Port Louis: Get your Tax back!
What to buy: Clothing mainly
What to pay: If you spend more than a certain amount of money (at time of writing 4000 rupees) you can obtain a tax form from the shop, and you'll be able to get your tax back when you get to the airport when you fly home (after youve checked in gone through security checks). Remember to take the clothing with you to show at the customs counter to get your tax back though