Mauritius is not at all like bali or thailand. don't expect the local merchants to be interested in a long bartering game. many shops will not come down on price at all and even at the markets don't expect more than a 10-20% discount. there are bargains to be had however. many large brand names in the textile world are manufactured in mauritius and you can often find over runs or slightly flawed items at a fraction of the european prices. it is also a good place to find unique designed jewellery, wide range of hand crafts such as: artificial flowers, model boats, wooden art and more. it is possible to reach the main shopping centers by public transportation, or to take a full day shopping tour which includes a driver to take you to the main centers and handcrafts workshops.