Capital of Mauritius

Port Louis, The Capital of Mauritius.

Port-Louis, Mauritius' capital, is brimming with the riches of the past that blend seamlessly with the present.


Are you ready to learn about Mauritius' past and present in the same city? Then dig in and read this quick tour to Port Louis, and when you visit our lovely island, be sure to stroll around the city's numerous French and British streets to learn about the city's history.


About Port Louis Mauritius

Port Louis was founded in 1736 by the French people as a stopping point for ships passing through the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) on their way between Asia and Europe. During the Napoleonic Wars (1800–15), the British occupied the island as a strategic component in gaining control of the Indian Ocean. During the Suez Canal closure (1967–75), port activity grew, and the harbour was upgraded in the late 1970s. The city is connected to the rest of the island by road and serves as the principal collection and clearing point for all imports and exports from Mauritius and its territories. Port Louis is also considered the economic hub of Mauritius.  

With a population of almost 200,000 people, it is the island's largest metropolis.


The city of Port Louis is home to Mauritius' largest harbor (the Port Louis Harbor), as well as a mix of major and small companies, all of which contribute to the city's distinct culture.


Best places to visit in Port Louis

Port Louis is the most populated place that you will find in Mauritius but surely has some really great places that you should definitely visit.


1. Statue of Mahe de la Bourdonnais

This statue of one of Mauritius' founding fathers stands at the Place d'Armes' entrance and serves as a symbol and reminder of our French past.


2. The Government House

Government House, built during the reign of Governor Nicolas de Maupin (1729-1735), is a magnificent structure and one of Port Louis' oldest structures. It was recently restored and serves as the official address of Mauritius' Parliament.


3. Port Louis Theatre

Port Louis' municipal theatre, one of the oldest in the Indian Ocean, was erected in the nineteenth century. It can hold roughly 600 people and is decorated in the style of a classic London theatre.


4. Fort Adelaide (La Citadelle)

The Citadel of Port Louis (Fort Adelaide) is a fort that was erected between 1834 and 1840 to protect the city from disturbances during the abolition of slavery. It is located on a hill overlooking the city and harbour. Today, local and international concerts and creative exhibits are held there, and the breathtaking views from this vantage point make it well worth a visit.


5. Aapravasi Ghat

Aapravasi Ghat (Immigration Depot in Hindi) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that honors the thousands of indentured laborers who arrived from India after slavery was abolished and eventually remained on the island. This is where the immigrants first set foot in the United States.


6. The Natural History Museum

The Mauritius Natural History Society founded the museum, which first opened its doors to the public in 1842. 35,000 specimens are currently conserved and presented in four permanent galleries.


7. Mauritius Postal Museum

You will be warmly welcomed by the hosts of this Museum, which shows stamps, first-day covers, and many other interesting things reflecting the history of the Mauritius postal service. It is housed in a lovely ancient stone building near the Caudan Waterfront. The Mauritius Postal Museum sells a variety of stamps, first-day covers, stamp albums, novels, key chains, and other souvenirs.


8. The Blue Penny Museum

Mauritius is famous for both the extinct dodo and the rare and valuable Blue Penny stamp. The Blue Penny Museum in Caudan has an original issue on display. Other valuable collections representing Mauritius' varied historical and cultural history are also housed in this attractively furnished museum.


9. The Bank of Mauritius Museum

The Bank of Mauritius Museum is housed in the historic facilities of the country's central bank on Sir William Newton Street in Port Louis. The adventure begins in the Arab world (12th century) and continues through the ages to modern-day Mauritius. Visitors can examine coins minted abroad for use in Mauritius by then-colonial governments, as well as gold or silver coins, such as Arab dinars or British Indian mohur, that were not in use in Mauritius but nevertheless made their way to our shores through the region's thriving trade during colonial times. The museum is only open on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 16:00 p.m., and admission is free for the time being. On request, guided tours are provided for groups.


10. Marie Reine de la Paix

The Catholic Church Marie Reine de la Paix is snuggled into the side of Signal Mountain, overlooking the city of Port Louis. The view of the city and the sea from the Church grounds is breathtaking if you are willing to climb the 82 steps to reach the monument. The gardens around the church are well-kept and provide a lovely setting for picnics and relaxation away from the rush and bustle of Paix.



Best Activities and things to do in Port Louis

1. Bazar Port Louis

The Bazaar Port Louis is one of the most visited places by Mauritians and Foreigners. What makes this place so special? Well, of course, the yummiest hot Dhal Puri and Roti and the cold Alouda Pillay. If you have not yet tried to eat and drink at these places, we highly recommend you do so. 

Recommend Dhal Puri Seller - Ramsahye (Maraz)

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2. The Caudan Waterfront

For those shopping for top designer labels at low rates, the Caudan Waterfront is a must-visit. Numerous eateries representing a diverse range of cuisines may be found along this bustling, colorful seafront. Pay a visit to Caudan's artisanal shops and one and only library, and peruse the contents of the shelves... You'll almost certainly come across a treasure trove of Mauritian art and literature.

3. The Champ de Mars

It is the ideal spot to watch exciting horse racing on weekends from March to December. In Mauritius, this is a very popular activity. A family-friendly arena where each race is celebrated by a colorful and welcoming crowd.

4. Museum of Photography

You will travel through time with the cameras and hundreds of photographs passionately collected by photographer Tristan Breville at this one-of-a-kind Museum of Photography.

5. Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre is a fun scientific track and a leisure park on the outskirts of Port Louis. Different exhibitions and activities will be available for children and teenagers to participate in. The purpose is to teach youngsters the fundamental concepts of mechanics, as well as the physics of sound, light, and waves, in a pleasant way.


6. China town (Port Louis)

Thousands of voluntary Chinese migrants sailed from Guangzhou to Port Louis on British, French, and Danish ships in the 1780s, seeking work as blacksmiths, carpenters, cobblers, and tailors. In Port Louis, they established the 'Camp des Chinois,' a little Chinatown.


Today, the Chinese continue to play an essential role in the life of Port Louis, and a visit to Chinatown will immerse you in the Chinese community's vibrant commercial life. There are plenty of authentic Chinese restaurants and bustling grocery stores to choose from, and if you're lucky, you'll catch the Chinatown Food and Cultural Festival, which takes place every year.


Port Louis - A Journey Through Time

In Port Louis, there are various historical sites to visit, and finding them is like going on a treasure hunt.


Take a stroll through the neighborhoods to observe the old Colonial homes and the "Casernes centrales," which serve as the police headquarters. If you look attentively at the outer walls of the line barracks, you'll discover a wrought iron sign in the shape of an "S," which was the sign of the French governor, Labourdonnais, who started the building in the early mid-eighteenth century.


On the remains of the coral that once partially surrounded the sea in the port, the same sign can be seen on the oldest remaining wall in front of the "Grenier" (formerly the loft of Mauritius, but now a parking), near the Windmill Museum at Caudan Waterfront, on the remains of the coral that once partially surrounded the sea. There, while your children play on the Astrolabe, be taken back in time as you take shelter in the shade of the city's few remaining uncommon trees.

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