Drinks of Mauritius


Bois Cheri tea estate, in the south of the island, grows black tea, which they then mix with Ceylon tea imported from Sri Lanka, and vanilla flavouring imported from South Africa (of all places), to produce a delicious black vanilla tea.


You’ll find it all over the island (and on Air Mauritius) but the best place to drink it is at the Bois Cheri cafe after a tour of the  tea factory and a tea tasting. The cafe has incredible views – over the tea plantation fields, fringed with palm trees, and the southern coastline. Complement your cuppa with a tasty tea-infused treat such as tea sorbet, or papaya panacotta with tea jelly. Stock up on Bois Cheri tea from the shop to take home.


Similar to the Cape Malay drink falooda, which you find in Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap, alouda is a pink sweet milky beverage with tapioca balls, flavoured with a syrup (I like vanilla the best). According to locals, the best place to find alouda is in the Port Louis food market, which is exactly where I headed to get my fix of this milkshake-like drink which is particularly refreshing after a humid morning in the bustling market.