Shopping in Mauritius is truly unique. From the bustling marketplace, to the high-end store, in Mauritius there is something for everyone. And if you need more convincing, foreign visitors can shop tax free in any shop marked with a tax refund logo. More information below!
Malls in Mauritius:
Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius
Known as the country’s leading shopping and retail destination, with over 150 shops it’s not hard to see why. Home to many of the most desirable brands this mall is definitely worth a visit for both high-end and high-street brands.
Located in the centre of the island, this mall boasts 80 shops, with a mix of renowned local and international brands.
With over 160 shops ranging from jewellery to swim wear, this shopping centre is conveniently located in the centre of Port Louis and offers a unique shopping experience for both tourists and locals alike.
Markets are an important part of Mauritian culture and visitors can enjoy mingling among the locals, tasting the famous street-food and shopping for souvenirs.
Port Louis Central Market
Located in the capital city, this market is the most popular with tourists. The huge variety of goods on offer and the competitive price keeps both tourists and locals coming back.
Quatre- Bornes Market
Situated in the centre of Quatre-Bornes, this textile market which is very popular with locals and tourists is well worth a visit.
Famous for being the largest outdoor market in Mauritius, some stalls open every day, but Wednesday and Sunday are the best days to see the market in full swing.
Open every day, but doubling in size on Mondays, this market is known as the place to bag the best bargain.
Under its Downtown Duty Free scheme, Mauritius allows foreign visitors to enjoy duty-free shopping. Around fifty shops in Mauritius provide duty free and duty paid facilities. To benefit from these facilities, goods must be purchased from shops displaying the Tax Refund logo and be more than a total value of 2,300 (VAT incl.) Mauritian Rupees.
Downtown Duty-Free shopping is available in the following product categories: apparel, confectionery, cosmetics, electronics, liquor and souvenirs.
There are two ways in which you can get your tax refund.
- When making your purchase, get a Duty Free Sales Receipt DF4 from the shop. You will have to give your nationality, foreign passport number, date of departure and flight/ voyage number, all of which will be entered on the DF4 receipt.
At the airport, after going through passport and security control, and before embarking, present the DF4 receipt at the MCCI Tax Refund Counter to retrieve your purchased goods from the MCCI Tax Refund Counter staff under customs control.
- Visitors wishing to take possession of their purchases may purchase the goods duty and VAT paid and have the tax refunded on departure from Mauritius.
To benefit from this refund, on making their purchase, the visitors have to give their nationality, foreign passport number, date of departure and flight/voyage number all of which will be entered on the DF5 receipt together with the amount of duty/VAT to be refunded.
At the airport, the visitors must show the purchased goods to the MRA Customs Counter staff and get the DF5 receipt stamped before proceeding to the check-in counter for their flight.
After going through passport and security control, the visitors present the stamped DF5 receipt to the MCCI Tax Refund Counter to get their refund less an administrative fee in foreign currency (EUR, GBP, USD, or ZAR).
Please note the procedure for cruise ships depends on the individual arrangements made between the ship’s captain and the relevant Mauritian authorities at the point of calling.