Things to Buy in Mauritius: Ideas for Gifts and Souvenirs to Bring Back (2024)

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Mauritius is a beautiful island nation located in the Indian Ocean and is known for its natural beauty and diverse culture. Vacationing in Mauritius is an incredible experience. Stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush vegetation – all mentioned is about this paradise.

There are so many things to do besides relaxing on white sandy beaches, you can enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving to see the colorful marine life, or take a hike through the beautiful forests and mountains.

There are also many cultural attractions to explore, such as local markets, museums, and temples. Overall, a vacation in Mauritius is sure to be an unforgettable and relaxing experience.

But, don’t forget to inspire your family and friends to travel and visit this paradise. Souvenirs from Mauritius island can help you with this.

If you’re thinking of what to buy in Mauritius, here is the list of souvenirs and gifts you might consider bringing back from your trip to the island.

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A bottle of Mauritian Rum

The island is home to several distilleries that produce high-quality rum. Mauritius has a long history of producing rum, with the first distillery being established in the early 18th century. Today, there are several distilleries in Mauritius that produce a variety of rum styles, including dark, spiced and white rum. The last one is considered to be a treasure of Mauritius, so it will be a great gift idea. The price ranges from 20 – 30 USD/ bottle.

Rum as souvenir from Mauritius island

Mauritian rum is made from molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. The molasses is fermented and then distilled to create the rum. The rum is then aged in oak barrels, which gives it its rich, amber color and smooth flavor. Mauritian rum is known for its smooth and complex flavor, with notes of caramel, toffee, and spices. It can be drunk neat or with ice, but it can also be used in cocktails. Many people consider Mauritian rum to be some of the best in the world, and it is a popular souvenir to bring back from a trip to the island.

You can get a bottle of great rum at Rhumerie de Chamarel factory. To explore this place along with many others join Private Southwest Day Tour that you can book here.

Local Spices

The food in Mauritius is a delicious blend of African, Indian, and French cuisines, so be sure to try some of the local dishes while you’re there. If you enjoy it then bringing back local species from Mauritius can be a wonderful way to share a piece of the island’s unique biodiversity with friends and family.

The island is known for its flavorful and aromatic spices, such as vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger, so you can bring them back home from Mauritius island as a souvenir.

Spices as gift from Mauritius

Mauritius, with its tropical climate and fertile soils, supports the growth of various spices. If you’re looking for the useful gift to bring back home from Mauritius, consider purchasing one of the following spices:

Cloves that are grown in Mauritius and are used to add flavor to meat dishes and desserts. Nutmeg is another spice that is commonly used in Mauritian cuisine, particularly in sweet dishes. Curry leaves -curry trees that grow in India mostly were planted in Mauritius by labourers.

Coriander is a popular spice in Mauritian cuisine and is used to add flavor to a variety of dishes, including curries and stews.

Join Street Food Tour in Port Louis that includes Food Market visit, where you can find something special, including spices. Tour price starts from 42 USD, you can book it here.

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The island’s warm and humid climate, as well as its rich, fertile soil, make it ideal for growing tea. Bois Chéri is not only the oldest tea plantation on the island but also one of the largest.

Located in the south of Mauritius, near the town of Mahébourg, Bois Chéri offers visitors the opportunity to explore the tea cultivation process, learn about the history of tea in Mauritius, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Make sure to buy teas as souvenirs from Mauritius.

Learn about tea industry in Mauritius inlcuding visit to Bois Cheri by joining day tour.

Souvenirs from Mauritius

The tea is grown using traditional methods and is hand-plucked to ensure the highest quality. Mauritian tea is known for its rich, full-bodied flavor and is often enjoyed on its own or with milk. Delicious tea will be a great gift for everyone, so make sure you take several packs to bring back home with you.

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Tropical fruit products

Look for jams, preserves, or sauces made from tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, or passion fruit. If you’re looking for some tasty souvenirs from Mauritius consider buying coconut or banana chips. Look for artisanal jams made from ripe, flavorful mangoes or pineapple chutney, a tangy and flavorful condiment that pairs well with various dishes.

Gifts from Mauritius

Brand Clothing

If you’re going to Mauritius from Europe, be ready to enjoy shopping. You’ll be impressed by the prices on many world-known brands, which boutiques are presented in the island. So, find a place in your luggage for several new pieces of high-quality clothes.

The island has several shopping centers, malls, and boutique stores that offer a range of local and international brands. You can visit Bagatelle Mall, located in Port Louis, La Croisette Mall, Phoenix Mall, Caudan Waterfront.

Handmade crafts

Handmade crafts like wooden sculptures, baskets, or textiles can serve as decorative souvenirs or gifts from Mauritius. Basketry is a popular craft in Mauritius, you can find baskets made from a variety of materials, including straw, reeds, and palm leaves.

Pottery is another popular craft in Mauritius, so you can choose something special to bring back home from Mauritius, like vases, bowls, and cups. Pay attention to woodcarved items, such as figurines, bowls, and vases.

Mauritius is known for its vibrant and colorful textiles, and you can find a variety of handmade textiles, such as scarves, throws, and pillow covers.

Souvenirs from Mauritius

Essential Oils and Handmade Soaps

Mauritius produces essential oils from native plants and flowers, such as ylang-ylang, vetiver, and frangipani. These aromatic oils can be used in aromatherapy, skincare, or for creating homemade perfumes.

You can also buy local artisanal soap produced using natural ingredients, such as coconut oil and essential oils. Handmade candles from natural waxes and essential oils also can be a good Mauritius gift idea.

Ship Models

Ship models are great souvenirs from Mauritius, especially considering the island’s rich maritime history. Sizes can vary, from very small to really huge, so think about transportation first, keeping in mind that models are made from many small and fragile details.

To find ship models you’d like to buy visit Port Louis Waterfront. Also, check local markets such as the Central Market in Port Louis or the Flacq Market, where vendors sell a wide range of goods, including handicrafts and souvenirs. Look for specialty stores that focus on nautical or maritime-themed items. One of them is Le Porte Ship Model in Floreal, that can be visited as a part of Full Day Tour to Southwest of Mauritius, click here to join.


What products is Mauritius famous for?

Linen, cashmere products, as well as brand clothing. As a gift from the island you can bring spices or buy bottle of rum. Don’t forget to buy dodo bird theme souvenir.

What is the traditional product of Mauritius?

Mauritius island is known as one of the countries produces so-called Agricultural Rum – product, that is distilled from fresh juice of sugarcane.

Can I take shells home from Mauritius?

According to Mauritius laws it’s prohibited to take seashells with you as a gift. If you would like to take seashell from Mauritius home, you need to have a special permit. Also, there are only certain types of seashells that can be taken.

Can I bring coral from Mauritius?

It is prohibited to take Mauritius corals as a gift. It’s also not allowed to take home any goods make from snails and seashells.


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