The south’s only market, Mahébourg market is the most traditional on the island, with bargain basement prices. The centrepiece is the bustling food market, where men wander with sacks of potatoes on their heads past colourful fresh fruit and vegetable stalls under makeshift canopies. It’s open daily, although most excursions come to Mahébourg on a Monday when it’s busiest. A small section sells crafts, such as woven baskets, wooden souvenirs and spices, there’s a huge array of inexpensive, dazzling traditional Indian clothing and the dholl puri from the snack stalls is reputed to be among the island’s best. To get a good photo and a bit of insight into local culture, take a tour with Mauritius Photographic Safari.

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