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Port Louis Central Market

Listed under Markets in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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Port Louis, and in fact all of Mauritius, is a fairly multi cultural place – not only has it belonged to a selection of the colonising powers, it's also imported slaves from Africa, and attracted traders from China and the Muslim world, so that in the modern market you'll find the blended remains of all these different heritages.

Scents will assault you permeating from the fruit, spices and herbs and cooking food, and the locals will do the barging, bustling market thing – this is their job and tourists, though they're the reason for all the action, are also a little in the way... Which is one of the problems with this market, the style is authentic, but there have been guest coming here to look at it for so long that it's a little bit of a show for your sake – and the prices definitely reflect that. Sellers know that visitors are expecting to haggle, so not only are they ready for you, they've already hiked their prices up another 50% or so that you still feel like you've gotten a good deal.

As far as non food stalls go expect the usual offering of knock off fashion and souvenirs, with local crafts. If you'd rather not haggle you can get almost all of the same stuff in the local supermarkets.

The market is open ever day, from 6am, and it's a good idea to come early so that you avoid the hottest time of the day. It's near the harbour on Farquhar Street.

Written by  Jenny.

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