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Food & Drinks in Mauritius

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Food in Mauritius

Gastronomes will find a variety of tastes and flavours inherited from different migrations throughout history. Culinary traditions from France, India, China and Africa have been passed down through generations.

Depending on the region, rice or a type of flatbread called chapattis or roti, called farata (paratha) by the locals, is eaten with the curries. Extensive use of spices such as saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and herbs such as thyme, basil and curry leaves are the usual ingredients that provide a strong yet subtle flavour. Dal, a type of lentil soup, comes in many variations depending on which variety of lentil is used; vegetables, beans and pickles accompany the dishes. Dholl puri and roti, originally an Indian delicacy, have become the fish and chips of Mauritanians.

Biryani originates from the Mughal Empire and is a dish prepared by the Muslim community in which meat is mixed with spiced rice and potatoes.

You can buy many snacks on the streets of Mauritius, including the famous pimento tarts (a variation of the Indian vadai; literally, chilli cake) and vegetable or meat samosas (puffs), along with octopus curry in bread. Rougeille (pronounced rooh-guy), a dish prepared with a base of tomatoes and onions, is a variant of French ragout. All Mauritius eat this dish frequently, if not daily, as the dish typically is composed of meat or seafood (rougaille of corned beef and salted snook fish is a favorite among the locals).

Mauritanians have a sweet tooth and make many types of “tarts” as they are called. The tarts vary and one finds tarts that are very similar to those in France and others that resemble Indian sweets such as gulab jamun and rasgulla among many others.

When you leave Mauritius, don’t wait until you go through passport control if you want a snack. The coffee shop after passport control is not cheap. It is better to visit the snack bar before you check in and take your purchases with you. However, remember that you can only take a limited amount of liquids with you through passport control due to liquids, aerosols and gels regulations.

Drinks in Mauritius

Mauritius produces a wide range of sugar cane rum. It is very cheap and makes a nice drink when mixed with cola and ice. A popular drink is coconut water with a squeeze of lime and a splash of local rum on ice.

A pint of local beer, Phoenix, costs about 30 MUR. Usually it is served very cold. Black Eagle, a locally brewed beer produced in Nouvelle-France, is also excellent.

How To Get in Mauritius

By plane Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (IATA: MRU +230 603 6000) in Plaisance in the southeast of the island is the main gateway for travellers from abroad. Air Mauritius serves as its home carrier, serving a network of routes to the local islands as well as to international destinations across...

How To Travel Around Mauritius

Buses and taxis are excellent options for getting around There are also bicycles and motorbikes for hire. With plane Air Mauritius flies daily between Plaisance Airport and Rodrigues (flight time - 1 hour 15 minutes). With the helicopter Helicopters are available for transfers and sightseeing tours Air Mauritius Helicopter, +230 603 3754, email: [email protected] With...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Mauritius

Nationals of many countries, including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and most other OECD countries, do not need a visa in advance. For more information, visit the Passport and Immigration website. If you need a visa to enter Mauritius, you may be able to apply for one at a British...

Destinations in Mauritius

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Things To See in Mauritius

Northern Tourist Zone Grand Bay. It was the first area on the island to fully experience the tourist boom. Grand Bay is a shopping and leisure paradise and is also where Mauritians go when they want to have a fun night out (restaurants, bars and discos). The newly renovated La...

Things To Do in Mauritius

Views - Climb Le Pouce or 'The Thumb' at 812m for spectacular 360-degree views of Port Louis and the north. It's an easy 2-hour climb from the village of Petit Verger (near St Pierre), and it takes another 2 hours to walk to Port Louis. The summit of Signal...

Money & Shopping in Mauritius

Money in Mauritius The Mauritian rupee (French: roupie mauricienne) has been used since 1877 and we use the international currency code ISO 4217 of MUR, which is placed before the amount in all our items. However, if you shop locally, you may also see the ₨ sign, both with and...

Festivals & Events in Mauritius

Mauritius holidays include a fusion of several cultures from the history of Mauritius. There are Hindu festivals, Chinese festivals, Muslim festivals and also Christian festivals. Public Holidays in Mauritius New Year's Day1-2 JanuaryAbolition of slavery1 FebruaryThaipoosam Kavadee3 FebruaryMaha Shivaratree17 FebruaryChinese Spring Festival19 FebruaryNational Day12 MarchUgadi21 MarchLabour Day1 MayEid ul-Fitr (depending on...

Language & Phrasebook in Mauritius

Although the official language of Mauritius is English, in practice French is by far the most widely spoken language and is often used in professional and formal settings. English-language television programmes are usually dubbed into French. Most subjects in the education system are taught and tested in the Commonwealth...

Culture in Mauritius

Music from Mauritius Traditional Mauritian music is known as Sega music, although other genres such as reggae, zouk and souk are also quite popular. Among the best known traditional Mauritian sega singers are Tiflére, Marlene Labaton, Serge Lebrasse, Michel Legris, and Fanfan. The musicians in Mauritius are very talented and over...

History Of Mauritius

The island of Mauritius was uninhabited before its first recorded visit in the Middle Ages by Arab sailors who called it Dina Arobi. However, the island may have been visited by ancient seafarers long before. Wax tablets were found on the shores of Mauritius by the Dutch, but as...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Mauritius

Stay safe in Mauritius Crime rates have dropped in recent years and Mauritius is a much safer country for visitors than most other destinations. Tourism police and coastguards regularly patrol areas frequented by tourists, and most towns, beaches and other major attractions are monitored by cameras. Nevertheless, use common sense...



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