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Rue Commerson Curepipe 58Curepipe

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Curepipe is a sprawling town in the centre of Mauritius. At an altitude of 561 m, it marks the top of the ridge on the road between Port Louis and Vieux Grand Port, and the name may indicate that travellers rested here for long enough to smoke then clean out their clay pipes. The town is frankly ugly and ill-planned but is near natural attractions, especially the Botanic Gardens, where the cooler wetter hill climate supports unusual trees and flowers.

Get in

Curepipe is 30 km south of Port Louis by car. UBS provides a regular bus service from the capital too.

Get around

Curepipe has bus services operated by NTC, UBS and Independent Bus Operators.

See

  • 1 Trou aux Cerfs (Murr's Volcano). This volcano crater dormant for 700,000 years is the main attraction in Curepipe. (updated Mar 2018)
  • 2 Botanic Gardens, Route des Jardins. Daily 6AM-6PM (except some public holidays). The gardens have the rarest palm tree, Hyophorbe amaricaulis, of which there is only one specimen in the world. (updated Mar 2018)
  • Monvert Nature Park. The park is full of interesting trails with endemic trees and flowers. (updated Mar 2018)

Do

  • 1 Stade George V (George V Stadium), Barry Rd. A football stadium with a capacity of 6,500. (updated Sep 2020)

Buy

Curepipe is a lively market town with a mix of boutique shops and larger malls. There is a variety of shops selling local ethnic wear and as well as modern Western clothing. The upmarket stores have fixed prices while you can bargain (though not excessively) in the touristy street markets.

Eat

  • Bistro Barbu, arcades currimjee, ☏ +230 5746 7302. This restaurant is small in size with a retro vibe. A good place to get your burger and salad fix. (updated Mar 2018)
  • 1 Blue Ivy Café, Melrose Palace Royal Rd, ☏ +230 5968 8124. A vintage, arty café with wooden decor. Try the creamy milkshakes. (updated Mar 2018)

Drink

Sleep

  • Le Plaza Hotel, N. P. Building - Pot de Terre Street, ☏ +230 6701518, ✉ plazahotelltd@intnet.mu. There are 82 rooms altogether. Ask for a non-smoking room if you don't want to smell tobacco during your stay. (updated Mar 2018)

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