The 10 Best Things to Do in Port Louis, Mauritius

October 13, 2017 Nobuko Falco

Sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and a mountain backdrop, Port Louis blends Mauritius modernity and tradition. The Caudan Waterfront entices shoppers with fashion, local crafts and live entertainment. Domaine les Pailles, with its 18th-century ox-driven sugar mill and colonial architecture, houses a new casino. Seek out the capital city's vast Bazaar, built in 1828, for spices, souvenirs and a lunch of fried noodles. For great views, hike the pedestrians-only road up Signal Mountain.
Restaurants in Port Louis

1. The Crown Lodge

Edgar Laurent Str, Port Louis, Mauritius +230 5729 9621
Excellent
86%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 202 reviews

The Crown Lodge

One of the oldest racecourses in the world, Champ de Mars saw the first race on the 25th June 1812. While you enjoy the Show, our fully dedicated team will do its utmost to make your wish come true. Just sit back and enjoy the variety of drinks and canapes offered all day long by the house. Access to our private VIP box, all Inclusive rate. You will always find a friend to help you.

Reviewed By drifter1 - Barrow in Furness, England

Thank you to Jacques Ritter and his team for a most wonderful day out.
The whole experience from being picked up in a private car to travelling to Port Louis, introductions and explanation of what to expect during the days horse racing,Watching the races from a private box while being fed and offered lots to drink. Even though we didn't come away winning on the horses we had a fantastic day. I would highly recommend.

2. Aapravasi Ghat

Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius +230 241 0401
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 188 reviews

Aapravasi Ghat

Reviewed By Sharss22 - Port Louis

Went there for the first time, I was really impressed, well made, amazing architecture, detailed information, a must place to understand Mauritian history

3. Le Jardin de Pamplemousse

Royal Road, Parc, Pamplemousses, Port Louis, Mauritius +230 243 9401
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 234 reviews

Le Jardin de Pamplemousse

Reviewed By MarpleTraveller - Marple, United Kingdom

This is the national botanical garden and has plants which are both endemic and from outside the country. It is a large garden and facilities are limited so take water. Insect repellent is also a good idea. There some lovely species of plants with interesting fruits, flowers and foliage. There are also some breeding giant tortoises to see.

4. Blue Penny Museum

Blue Penny Square, Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius +230 210 8176
Excellent
29%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 255 reviews

Blue Penny Museum

Founded by The Mauritius Commercial Bank and erected at the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, this state-of-the-art Museum is one of the jewels of Mauritius cultural establishments. Resolutely modern and dynamic in its conception, it houses an exquisite heritage collection that speaks of Mauritius and the region. Transcending time and space, from the first explorer to set foot on the island, all through its successive settlers from Europe, Africa and Asia, an exciting adventure awaits you. Interwoven with reality are the numerous legends which make us all dream. If deep down, you want to taste the soul of Mauritius, to feel its heart beating with memories of the past, to learn all about what makes it so endearing, then the Blue Penny Museum is a must.

Reviewed By ivy_bergen - Stavanger, Norway

The Blue Penny Museum is the only place where both the red 1 penny and blue 2 penny stamps are on display. Due to their age, the stamps are only lit for 10 minutes starting 20 minutes past the hour, every hour. Ask to be sure about the time and expect a queue to see those stamps.

5. Port Louis Race track

Port Louis, Mauritius +230 212 2212
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 131 reviews

Port Louis Race track

Reviewed By ankurkandoi - Siliguri, India

it was inaugurated in 1812 and is one of the oldest race course in southern hemisphere.. it was great to visit this place..

6. Le Caudan Waterfront

Port Louis, Mauritius +230 211 9500
Excellent
20%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 1 reviews

Le Caudan Waterfront

This modern waterfront shopping and entertainment complex in Port Louis features a wide array of shops, restaurants, 4- and 5- Start hotels, a casino, movie theatres, a history museum, a craft market and a marina and it hosts regular live street entertainment.

Reviewed By Vanswieten

This place was made for tourists - quite expensive restaurants and not much to see. But it’s on your way when going to the Blue penny museum.

7. Le Pouce

Port Louis, Port Louis, Mauritius
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 72 reviews

Le Pouce

Reviewed By Rossc1978 - St. Helier, United Kingdom

Currently spending my last few hours at La Suffren hotel and thought I would finish this trip with a review.
The hotel is ideally situated if working within Port Louis and more catered for buisness travellers than holiday makers.
The rooms are comfortable, clean with a good sized bed and bathroom. Mine also had an outside area due to being on the ground floor but no outside sitting furniture.
The reception staff are first class and always willing to help though the service could be quicker and more prompt in the bar and restaraunt. However I do feel some compassion towards them as they constantly get shouted at in public by the bar manager which I feel is unprofessional and does not give off the right impression.
There are plenty of places to eat across in the water where there is a free water taxi to take you there and back.
On Friday there is a happy hour on the patio area which lasts till 01:00am which gets very busy as locals visit too. Having Seating for guests would be a good idea or a reserved area for guests.
All in all a comfortable stay and if you can, try and see if there is an apartment available instead of a room which offers a lot more space and comfort.

8. St Louis Cathedral

Port Louis, Port Louis, Mauritius +230 208 4396
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

St Louis Cathedral

Reviewed By mWrite - Helsinki, Finland

Current Cathedral has been just renovated and built 1930s. Original churches at this place date 1750s, but has been destroyed by cyclone and later structural problems. We visited briefly before mass starting, offering nice peaceful and cool moment before returning to hectic real world.
It has also nice park front of it, giving a perspective to the Cathedral.

9. Jummah Mosque

Royal Road, A1, Port Louis, Mauritius
Excellent
38%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 59 reviews

Jummah Mosque

Reviewed By mWrite - Helsinki, Finland

As you walk on the street, you see first something calm and white on the busy street. That is the mosque. It was completed 1895 and was a extension to original mosque which date from 1850s. Architecture is blending Moorish and Mughal influences.
You need to be properly dressed to visit, worth it.

10. Citadel Fort Adelaide

Port Louis, Mauritius +230 5787 8893
Excellent
14%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
38%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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3.5 based on 447 reviews

Citadel Fort Adelaide

Reviewed By MarpleTraveller - Marple, United Kingdom

There is not a lot to do here but is does give excellent views it Port Louis enabling you to put the city in to context. The fort was started during the reign of William III and finished in the reign of Queen Victoria, crests showing this are still visible. It would have been a show of force to any ships entering the harbour. But it never saw action.

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