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 without a dot and placed before or after the amount.
Banknotes come in denominations of 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 MUR, and coins of 1, 5 and 10 MUR are in circulation.
The approximate exchange rates in September 2013 were:
USD1 = MUR32.0
1 € = 39.6 MUR
GBP1 = MUR46.9
CAD1 = MUR28.8
JPY100 = MUR29.8
CNY1 = MUR4.84
ZAR1 = MUR2.99
XAF100 = MUR6.03
Shopping in Mauritius
Mauritius is very different from Bali or Thailand. Don’t expect local traders to be interested in prolonged haggling. Many shops will not reduce prices, and even in the markets, don’t expect more than 10-20% off. However, there are some bargains to be had, as many big brand clothing companies produce in Mauritius, and you can often find overstocked or slightly faulty items at a fraction of European prices. Visitors are also encouraged to look for unique jewelry and crafts including artificial flowers, a model boat, and woodwork. It is possible to reach the main shopping centres by public transport or take a full-day shopping tour that includes a driver to take you to the main centres and craft workshops.
The Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis offers a variety of shops (including designer shops) and is an ideal place for tourists to shop. For traditional handicrafts, the Port Louis Central Market (Bazaar Port Louis) is a good place to go.