Port Louis is a historic harbour city where waterfront dining meets artsy festivals, one of Africa’s few Chinatowns and the rugged Moka Mountains. Colonised by several countries over the past three centuries, Port Louis is a kaleidoscope of cultures known for it tangle of ethnic quarters and miraculously well-preserved colonial heritage
Things to do in Port Louis
First explore the Le Caudan Waterfront, a humming harbourside precinct lined with relaxed cafes, cocktail bars and boutiques. Test your luck at Le Caudan Casino, unwind with live music or wander through the Artist's Corner and its Craft Market.
No visit to Port Louis would be complete without experiencing the chaotic Central Market. The beating heart of Mauritius, here you can savour the authentic flavours of local dishes, find Mauritian crafts and quality textiles and sample the region’s best “Alouda”, a traditional cold beverage made with milk, agar and basil seeds.
The Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens offers a calm oasis. Take a relaxing stroll through the exotic gardens to discover over 600 unique plant species, including many larger-than-life varieties like magnificent lily pads, gigantic Banyan Trees and towering bamboo. You might even run into one of the many resident tortoises.
Don your Sunday best and enjoy a fabulous day out at The Champ de Mars Racecourse, the world’s second-oldest racecourse. The Crown Lodge is the best place to soak up the lively atmosphere with flowing drinks, canapes and music.
Getting around Port Louis
The two main modes of transport on Mauritius are buses and taxis. Express buses run from Port Louis to the north and south of the island and offer a comfortable way to explore Mauritius. You can also hire a car, scooter or bicycle from one of several companies in town.