10 Traditional Desserts To Try On Your Mauritius Tour

OT Staff


Mauritius, an island paradise in the Indian Ocean, has a vibrant culinary scene influenced by African, Indian, Chinese, and French cuisines. Its food reflects the island's diverse cultural heritage, offering various flavours and dishes, from spicy curries and street snacks to delectable desserts and tropical fruits.

A bowl of Vermicelli Pudding | Shutterstock


Flan is a popular dessert in Mauritius that has Spanish and French origins. It is a creamy caramel custard made from eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla, topped with a rich caramel sauce. Its smooth texture and sweet caramel flavour make it a perennial favourite.

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Napolitaines are delightful shortbread cookies filled with jam and covered in a sugary pink glaze. These treats reflect the French influence on Mauritian cuisine. Traditionally made during festive occasions, their vibrant colour and sweet taste make them a favourite among locals and tourists alike.

A bowl full of Napolitaine from Mauritius | Shutterstock


Alouda is a refreshing drink made from milk, basil seeds, agar-agar, and flavoured with vanilla and almond essence. It has its roots in Indian falooda and is served chilled, often garnished with a scoop of ice cream. Perfect for a hot Mauritian day.

A heavy glass of Alouda | Shutterstock

Gateau Patate

Gateau Patate is a sweet potato cake filled with grated coconut and flavoured with cardamom, typically prepared during religious festivals and family gatherings, showcasing the island's diverse culinary heritage.

An assortment of Gateau Patate | Shutterstock

Sago Pudding

Sago pudding, a dessert with Chinese origins, is made from sago pearls cooked in coconut milk and sugar and flavoured with vanilla or pandan leaves. It is a popular choice for festive celebrations and special occasions in Mauritius, known for its creamy texture and delicate sweetness.

A sumptuous bowl of Sago Pudding | Shutterstock


Rasgulla is a spongy dessert from Indian Bengali cuisine. These soft cheese balls soaked in sugar syrup are enjoyed during Hindu festivals. They are a beloved dessert among the Mauritian Indian community.

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Banana Tart

Banana Tart is a popular Mauritian dessert with ripe bananas on a sweet pastry crust, topped with caramel glaze. It has French origins and is a favourite for tea time.

An assortment of delicious Banana Tart | Shutterstock

Gato Coco

Gato Coco, or coconut cake, is a delightful dessert made from grated coconut, sugar, and flour. This traditional sweet showcases the island’s plentiful coconut harvest and is a beloved homemade delicacy, often paired with tea or coffee.

A delicious looking serving of Gato Coco | atablewithaulson/instagram

Poudine Maïs

Poudine Maïs, a corn pudding, is a traditional dessert made from cornmeal, milk, and sugar. It is a staple at local celebrations and is appreciated for its rich, creamy texture and subtle sweetness. It embodies the island's culinary diversity.

A slice of Poudine Maïs | goutermoris/instagram

Vermicelli Pudding

Vermicelli pudding is a creamy Indian dessert made from roasted vermicelli cooked in milk and sugar, garnished with nuts and raisins. It's a popular treat during Eid for its rich flavour and silky texture.

A bowl of Vermicelli Pudding | Shutterstock

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