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View of Caudan Shopping Mall, Port LouisThe Caudan Waterfront is so named for a famous figure of the French colonial past of the island. Jean Dominique Michel de Caudan, came to the Ile de France from Languedoc (a department in the South of France). A historical site, the peninsula called “Le Caudan” was created around a fossil coral islet, and has since hosted a gunpowder house, an astronomic and meteorological observatory, quays, warehouses, various small enterprises over the last 250 years.

Several popular spots of the Caudan Waterfront are of strong historical significance. What was the first meteorological observatory of the Indian Ocean now hosts the food court and the Namaste restaurant. The building that serves as the Blue Penny Museum was the former United Docks office, and is one of the prime elements of the Mauritian cultural scene, displaying a precious heritage collection about Mauritius and the region. This history and art museum can take you on a voyage through space and time, as you trace the steps of the explorers and the successive occupations of the island, at the cross-road of civilisations from Europe, Africa and Asia. The pride of the museum’s collection are two of the most precious items of world philately issued by the Mauritian Post Office in 1847, the one penny orange red, and the two pence indigo blue.

The Caudan Waterfront, a special shopping experience

The Caudan Waterfront is definitely a must for shopping enthusiasts. Some 120 shops offer a very wide range of products from sports equipment to jewellery and watches, books, swimming and beach gear as well as plenty of gift possibilities including locally made handicrafts and famous international brands.
To add to the experience, there are also several cinemas, including a premium cinema where you can enjoy waiter service from your seat, a casino, and a food court offering a variety of cuisines, plus more restaurants in the surrounds, from where you can relax and soak up the ambiance.

The Craft Market

The Craft Market, located in Barkly Wharf consists of over 30 stands set up on a double-floor open bazaar decorated in warm tropical colours. There are local and regional handicrafts and souvenirs on offer and as you peruse the stands, you can find colourful beach pareos, embroidered linens, spices, recycled and stained glass objects, semi-precious stones, wooden sculptures, basketwork, souvenirs made out of coconut, wood or glass, that all symbolise the creative range of local handicrafts and cultural traditions from Mauritius and Rodrigues.