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Shopping Corner

What to buy ...
 
Mauritius has the reputation of a big Shopping Paradise Island. The duty-free shops, reserved to the tourists with their passport and plane ticket, are numerous and prices are highly attractive.
 
Ready made garment

Mauritius is one of the main exporter of ready made garment.

Quite a few of the famous labels have their own unit of production and you can buy them at a very attractive price : Hugo Boss, Harpers..
You can also have tailor made clothes in less than 48 hours; Hugo Boss, Cotton Club and Caustat house are the specialists.
 
Wool and Cashmere

The wool industry flourishing in Mauritius puts it in a good position amongst the principal worldwide exporters. Here are a few addresses : Bonair (the biggest wool and cashmere maker on the island), Floreal Knitwear, Shibani and Tara.

Embroidered Linen

The order of girly dresses, house embroidered linen, handicraft tablecloths, mostly Madagascan, are the opportunity to personalize your clothes with refinement.

Boat Models

Mauritius has the speciality of model boat making and in particular replicas of ancient boats restored according to the original drawing.

Certain pieces are made up of thousands of assembled elements. If Curepipe concentrates on most of the "factory" models, the biggest factory is Historic Marine in Goodlands.

To avoid any bad surprise, enquire precisely about the taxes on prices to pay together with the amount of packaging and delivering. Note that airlines will charge on the models depending on the volume and the weight.

An invoice and a proof of purchase, recognised by the European Union, will avoid you from paying any customs due on your arrival.
 
Jewellery and Stones

The jeweller's is heir to a long custom mostly with the Muslim and the Hindus which make or reproduce with a lot of talent. The quality-price-rapport is amazing.

The big names of the Mauritian jewellerers are Poncini, Caunhye, Shiv Jewels, Adamas (diamonds), Wahed Essa, Gold Finger and Matikola. The jewellers offer a making order service with a 48 hours delivery straight to your hotels.
 
Basketwork

This is one of the most ancient activities of the island. Vacoas, aloe, vetivier, cane straws, coconut leaves, raffia, bamboo all change into baskets, hats, plaits, small plates, lampshades, mats.Mauritian craftsmen also make rattan furniture.

Other fibres are used to make numerous objects, souvenirs and fancy jewellery.

Local specialities : Spices, Tea, Vanilla, Rum ...

The botanist Pierre Poivre has made his first try to grow spices around the 1750s. The making of spices carry on today : bay roses, cinnamon, ginger, clove, curcuma, (nut) meg, coriander, tamarind, mustard seed and arise can be bought in the hot ambiance of open markets.

South of Curepipe, the tea culture has developed (second agricultural production after sugar cane).

Vanilla in Bois Chéri is one of the most famous. In Port Louis big market, a specialized shop in herbal teas and medicinal plants is well known around the world.
 
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