If you would like to know more about the local culture, Port Louis is the place to be.
Founded in 1735 during the French colonial period, the city’s foundation was laid and pioneered by then Governor Bertrand Francois Mahé de La Bourdonnais, giving the island its focal point for immigration and commerce.
Today, the bustling city retains most if not all of its historic roots and continues to be the hub of government and business.
The Kwan Tee Pagoda is the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere and the oldest on the Island. Its construction and location reflects the principles of spirituality and is an oasis of peace & tranquility though located in the busy capital city of Port-Louis. The pagoda is nestled in a majestic piece of land with beautiful gardens full of coconut trees and a few seasonal fruit trees.
The Appravsi Ghat depicts a historical tale of the first place of landing and depot for immigration controlled by the colonial British government in 1849. It has played a pivotal role in the Mauritian history, as it is from this very instance that the Mauritian population became more diverse than ever. Stroll through the memories area that showcases several historical images and displays that reflect the past history of Indian immigration.
The market atmosphere will boast a local experience for visitors. It’s a fantastic day out for everyone where over 400 vendors sell all manner of goods and crafts, from organic fruits and vegetables to products from local farmers. Our guide will take you in the labyrinth of alleyways and sidewalks where you can easily pick up a souvenir, treat yourself to some delicious street food and sip on an Alouda at one of the street-side vendors.
Tracing back its origins to middle 19th century, the Jummah Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Mauritius and has been designed with a mix of Indian, Creole and Islamic architecture. Within the walls of the mosque, stands a majestically beautiful tree whose roots date back as far as the 1850s. The mosque is also the resting place of Jamal Shah (a pir from India), who lies in a marble tomb
One of the most culturally rich places in Mauritius is the China Town. Spreading over 500 metres of the Royal Road of Port Louis, the ChinaTown might not be as big as in other countries but it still does have a charm unique to it.
Walk along the road, visit the numerous shops selling splendid items originated from Chinese culture and have a delicious Chinese dish at any of the amazing restaurants present.
Rested on a hill, the fort was built in the 19th century as a lookout point against any form of foreign invasion to the island and city of Port Louis. The cannons (decommissioned) have remained to add to the attraction; they make a perfect backdrop for some great photo souvenirs.
Tien Tan Pagoda is considered one of the most beautiful pagoda of Mauritius and is found on the slope of the Signal mountain. Constructed around the 1960s, the pagoda stands in a secluded and calm area of Port Louis city. It is frequently visited by Mauritians of Chinese origins and several tourists looking for some tranquility from the usual hustle and bustle in Mauritius.
Marie Reine de la Paix is a church in the open air providing a beautiful panoramic view of Port Louis. If you are able to muster up the courage to climb the 82 steps leading to the top, you will be rewarded with the most splendid view ever.
The charming open church is also the place where Pope Francis conducted the famous mass attended by over a 100 000 faithfuls during his apostolic visit to the paradisiac island in 2019.
The Blue Penny Museum preserves the history and art of the island with a rich collection of coins, statues and artwork. The museum itself was founded by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius in 2001.
Take the time to peruse the selection of aquatic marine maps, paintings, sculptures, engravings, and penny stamps that date back to the 18th century. The museum is home of the original statue of Paul and Virginie sculpted back in 1881 – Paul & Virginie was a true love story written by the famous novelist Jacques – Henri Bernardin de Saint Pierre. The statue was carved by a Mauritian sculptor Prosper d’Épinay later in 1884.
Arguably the most popular place in the whole of Mauritius, Port Louis Waterfront is a must visit during your stay. Lined with a plethora of shops, this location is the perfect place to satisfy anyone’s shopping frenzy. Ranging from international luxury brands to local artisans, everything you might ever imagine is available here
Built in the 1830s mainly from wood, this unique gem features 109 doors and windows and surrounds itself with a magnificent garden and a waterfall that flows from the river of Moka. The museum illustrates Mauritius’s distant past as well as recent history through archaeological and ethnographical sections.
Take the time to browse the selection of historic photographs that depict the old ways of life and local artisans that keep the rich past history and honoured traditions alive.