Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. It’s known for its French colonial architecture and the 19th-century Champ de Mars horse-racing track. The Caudan Waterfront is a lively dining and shopping precinct. Nearby, vendors sell local produce and handicrafts at the huge Central Market. The Blue Penny Museum focuses on the island’s colonial and maritime history, along with its culture.
In a 19th-century building, the Natural History Museum has exhibits on local birds and marine life. The compact Photography Museum shows vintage equipment and thousands of prints. Near the main Place d’Armes square, 18th-century Government House is home to the country’s parliament. Built in the 1800s, Fort Adelaide citadel offers city views from its hilltop perch. Aapravasi Ghat is a former immigration depot that processed Indian laborers from the post-slavery 1830s until the early 20th century. Northeast of the city, the sprawling Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden features giant water lilies and a replica of a sugar mill.