Now that you’ve booked your plane tickets to your tropical retreat on Mauritius, the next step is to plan out your adventure and do your research. Mauritius is home to some of the most extravagant beach side hotels, delicious seafood restaurants, and incredible nature expeditions that keeps tourists coming back for more. However, many visitors don’t realize that there’s also a string of breweries, distilleries and wineries to check out and get a local taste. So bust out your “to do” list and get ready to jot. Here are the top places to drink in Mauritius.
Flying Dodo Brewing Company
You’ll find this rustic, hip joint at the Mall of Mauritius in Bagatelle where over 20 beer flavors are brewed on the island along with imported drinks. Flying Dodo Brewing Company serves everything from IPAs, to Belgian Ales, to Malts. Guests can hang out at the urban bar to sample drinks before heading down to the basement to its shop and purchase a bottle or two of imported drinks and some souvenirs. Planning a small gathering, meeting or an event? You may want to consider using the brewery’s conference room that’s available upon request so you and your group can enjoy the flavors of Mauritius.
The Rhumerie de Chamarel
You’ve most likely heard that Mauritian rums are to die for, and you can get your chance to sip on some at The Rhumerie de Chamarel. The distillery slash restaurant is located in the small village of Chamarel on the southwestern side of the island, but remains a popular hangout for locals and tourists. Drinkers will have a choice of dining out in its upscale restaurant serving high-end, French-inspired fare like wild boar and venison (imported from Europe) to pair with their rum or wine. Afterwards, check out the steampunk-like distillery on the premises to see the behind-the-scenes process of rum-making using Mauritius’s signature sugar canes.
Takamaka Boutique Winery
Wine lovers, you’ll want to check out Takamaka Boutique Winery by the lake, Mare aux Vacoas. This place is not your typical winery since they use an important ingredient you won’t find in most wine, lychee. The fruits are cultivated right on the island and harvested to undergo a fermentation process to be turned into wine. The winery is quite proud of its unusual wine-making technique, so don’t bother asking where their grape wines are. Come hungry, you can sip on the lychee wine with a fine meal or a cheese plate at The Bistrot where you can relax by a roaring stone fireplace.
Rum Saint Aubin
Another fantastic spot to sip on Mauritian rum is at Rum Saint Aubin (in Saint Aubin in the southernmost part of the island). The area has a strong history of its sugar cane cultivation that has been in production since 1819, and the distillery is named after the original plantation owner, Pierre Saint Aubin. Visitors are welcome to its Tasting Boutique where they’re given samples of its rums that comes in various flavors from vanilla, to coffee, to spiced. The distillery is run out of a 19th century plantation, giving visitors a lavish destination for a tasting. There is a restaurant at the plantation serving up upscale Mauritian dishes. Extend your stay by sleeping overnight at Saint Aubin Inn that’s a short drive away from the distillery. There, drinkers can enjoy the extra activities like horseback riding, swimming in its luxury pool and more.
Lambic Restaurant and Bar
In Port Louis, Lambic Restaurant and Bar is the latest excitement for locals since it is a new extension of the Flying Dodo Brewing Company. Drinkers are pleasantly surprised by its impressive collection of drinks lined up on its walls and its pub-like atmosphere. Visitors can opt to drink a pint or two at the bar or take their drinks to one of the tables at the restaurant to pair it with a delicious meal. However, it’s outdoor garden patio is the most popular spot for drinkers since they’re surrounded by gorgeous trees, stone walls and views of the historic, white cottage.