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While many tourists tend to stay tethered to their hotels, those looking for a night on the town will best find it in Grand Baie, the undisputed nightlife capital of Mauritius.
For those in a dancing mood, Royal Road near the center of town is lined with clubs. Les Enfants Terribles, near Pointe Aux Cannoniers, has an open-air patio, a dance floor inside and a VIP lounge that stays hopping until 3:00 a.m. Even later-night owls can head to Buddha Bar for house music spinning on three floors, and a younger crowd partying until 5:00 am. Rival club Stardancer also boasts three dance floors, and plays techno, tropical and some ‘80s throwbacks. Zanzibar is smaller and more laid back, playing hip-hop and R&B just across the way.
If you’d rather have a relaxing drink, the Banana Café is a favorite spot to chat and catch jazz and rock in the semi-open bar. Other favorites include the Beach House, often crammed with South African expats looking to catch a glimpse of the sunset (and the famous rugby player who owns the bar), and La Rhumerie, which has an entire wall full of flavored rhum arrangés.