Port Mathurin market

Handmade baskets © Alexandra Richards

The fruit, vegetables, preserves and honet on sale here would win prizes at any British agricultural show.

The market operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays and is crammed with stalls selling all manner of homemade and homegrown goodies: chutneys, drinks, woven baskets and hats, fruit and vegetables. For many locals this is the highlight of their week and a chance to catch up on the island’s gossip. It’s worth getting up early to see the market at its busiest, around 08.00. If you are going to buy souvenirs at the market it is worth seeking out those made in Rodrigues. When it comes to woven pandanus items, the ones made in Rodrigues tend to be the plain, non-coloured ones, while the brightly coloured bags, hats and drums are usually made overseas, mostly in Madagascar.

Handmade baskets © Alexandra Richards

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