Mauritius’s traditional markets are colourful affairs and the place to bag a bargain. There’s a market every day somewhere on the island, but each has its own character and flavour. Apart from Port Louis’ Central Market, markets start early and close by 4pm, selling everything from vanilla pods and spices to fake designer T-shirts, pareos (sarongs), saris, and crafts such as traditional baskets, leatherware and Indian textiles. Items are typically around two thirds of the price in shops, and you should bargain, which is common practice here. Start by offering a quarter of the price proposed, and edging up, and even walking away if necessary, to reach a compromise; you should expect to pay about a third of the initial price.

Market days

Daily except Sun Port Louis

Mon Mahébourg

Tues Goodlands

Wed Flacq

Thurs Quatre Bornes

Fri Goodlands

Sun Quatre Bornes, Flacq

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