My Moris: A culinary & historical tour of Port Louis

My Moris: A culinary & historical tour of Port Louis

Come and discover the heart of Mauritian culture and history through unusual, fun and educational itineraries off the beaten track.

We invite you to meet a craftsman in his atelier, weave a traditional fishing basket and sip local tea in a traditional Creole house. Cycle back in time by riding through the sugarcane fields of a historic sugar estate.  When you’re hungry, we’ll invite you to sample a gato pima on the side of the road and learn to cook faratas….

My Moris is our interpretation of Mauritius –  the island we love and which we want to share with you.

The island was first called “L’Ile du Cyne” by the Portuguese, then “Ile Mauritius” by the Dutch, “l’Isle de France” under Louis VX, and finally Mauritius by the British Empire. In 1968 it become independent, and since, is known as Ile Maurice in French, Mauritius in English, and Moris in Creole.

The island’s past accounts for its cosmopolitan character today. Situated at the confluence of Asia, Africa and Europe’s maritime routes, in the Indian Ocean, (mainly the Spice Route), its port –Port-Louis—built in 1735, became the capital. Today, Port-Louis bears witness to its rich history.

The itinerary consists of a walk on foot through the capital’s streets to explore its heritage. Along the way you'll stop to try local, typical foods that mirror the island’s different ethnicities.

Eating on the streets while talking politics is one of the favorite pastimes of locals! Come experience the Mauritian way of living by sampling typical Mauritian dishes: steamed dumplings in succulent broth, rotis –Indian “crêpes” filled with cooked vegetables and spices, grilled peanuts dyed pink, and for those who are a little daring, gato pima, deep fried chilly cakes.

Wandering Port-Louis’ narrow, cobblestone streets is like travelling back in time. The old black stone buildings, traces of a colonial past. As we leave the main street and wander through the side streets (narrower but not less crowded), you will notice distinct smells: spices, incense, deep-fried dough, exhaust, and seawater (it’s a port, remember?). You will also notice the bright colours –a fuchsia sari, a warehouse painted in various shades of blue, a pale green and white mosque, and a lot of red in Chinatown. We will take you to places, some of which are the city’s best-kept secrets.

Each of the foods you'll try is a story in itself: the story of the person making it, his or her family’s story (the recipes are passed down through generations) and the story of those who migrated to Mauritius over the centuries.

Strolling up and down the capital’s paved streets will give you insight on the history and culture of the people who migrated over the centuries.

You will see why we Mauritians are so proud of our culture and cuisine!