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While most people travel to Mauritius for white beaches, turquoise warm sea, diving, snorkelling and affordable resorts, the island has a lot to offer as a gastro-tourism destination. Mauritius has a rich and diverse food culture that has absorbed influences from three continents. Indian, Chinese, French and African elements have made their way into the island’s dishes, along with delicious local  ingredients, to form a unique (and delicious) cuisine.

On your next trip to Mauritius, leave the confines of your resort and go in search of the island’s food culture by eating snacks from streetside stands, exploring food markets, eating at non-touristy restaurants and meeting up with local chefs and doing cooking lessons.


Look out for my full story on Mauritian food with beautiful photos from Russell Smith, in the February 2013 issue of Getaway Magazine. 


Mauritius’ 25 best dishes and drinks

Dholl puri at Dewa & Sons

For a tiny island, Mauritius has an incredible diversity of dishes – from roadside dholl puris (vegetable curry wrapped in flat bread with chutney) and pineapples eaten on the beach to dim sum and Creole curry, it’s gourmet heaven. Find out which dishes you shouldn’t miss on your next trip to the Indian Ocean island.

25 of the best things to eat and drink in Mauritius


Explore Mauritius’ marvellous markets

Port Louis fruit and vegetable market

Port Louis fruit and vegetable market

The best way of getting into Mauritian food culture is by visiting one of the island’s bustling, vibrant food markets. Here’s a list of Mauritius’ best food markets.


Book a table here

Garden setting at Escale Creole, a charming Creole restaurant

Garden setting at Escale Creole, a charming Creole restaurant

From Creole, Chinese to seafood, here’s my pick of the best restaurants in Mauritius.


Mauritian recipes

Mauritian rum flambee

Get a taste for Mauritian cuisine from your kitchen at home with these easy recipes.

Prawn rougaille

Sweet potato cakes

Farata (flat bread)

Creole chicken curry 

Prawn and chicken curry

Coconut cakes

Pineapple and rum flambe


For some visual food inspiration, check out my blog: A foodie exploration of Mauritius in photos




Photos by Russell Smith

2 Responses to “A foodie’s guide to delicious Mauritius”

  1. Gustav Rasmussen


    I came across your blog whilst searching for at cooking class in Mauritius. I have only had a quick glance but have already forwarded links to my family – it looks very promising and I look forward to reading it!

    Anyway – I will visit the island for a couple of weeks in the end of March/beginning of April and would love to take a short (max 1 day) cooking class but have not been able to find anything. And so I wonder if you might have heard of anything?

    I’ll appreciate any help at all – thanks in advance 😉

    Gustav Rasmussen

    • Sarah Duff

      Hi Gustav, thanks for your comment! I struggled to find a cooking class in Mauritius. The closest thing I could get to was Escale Creole – they sometimes have cooking demonstrations of Creole food. I would ask them. If they’re not able to accommodate you, they may be able to point you in the direction of someone else. The LUX resorts offer cooking lessons, which are great, but you have to be staying there – you can’t do them if you’re not a guest. Have a good trip!


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