Bagatelle, yet another shopping mall
Unexpectedly, I landed in Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius yesterday. Just as anyone else, Dhaneesha and myself were a bit curious to check out the new “nou baze” so highly advertised in the media. As you can guess, there were so many people like us out there.
The entrance of Bagatelle was jammed with vehicles awaiting their turn to go through the gate. I nearly aborted the visit when one of the security guys redirected the vehicles towards a second entrance. Once in there, finding a parking space was a challenge. You had to keep driving around in the huge parking, waiting for someone to drive away from his parking.
We finally entered the mall. My first impression about the oldie-style architecture : bof. But one thing for sure. The mall was gigantic.
The first thing that I noticed :
A long queue of people. All waiting for their turn in front of the “Dewa” dholl pourri stand.
While making our way through the crowd, we came across lots of restaurants/fast foods with again long queues outside. It was a bit like the first days of Nandos in Trianon. It was then that I understood why people preferred to eat a pair of dholl pourris.
We visited a few stores but the only thing where I paused for some minutes was the Skate/Bike park. It was awesome to see those kids doing stunts.
During the stunts, they sometimes crashed on the ground with a loud banging noise. Ouch! You could nearly feel the pain! If ever you need the prices :
After a quick look to the various shops, we came back to our starting point. The queue in front of Dewa did not stop growing :
Some meters away, the ‘real-life’ statues, similar to those who posed during the 24/7 event in Port Louis, made their entrance, capturing the attention of the crowds and soon, people flooded the area to admire them :
I even visited the toilet, lol. Nice and modern one. The water tap (with sensors) and the hand drier were pretty much cool.
Pick n Pay was last in our to-visit list, just in case we needed to carry our purchases around with us. It was out of question for me to wait in another queue in front of the cashier. So, we got out as soon as we could make a way through the crowds in there.
Note : Apart from the crowds, there’s another thing that I disliked : The fact that some people parked their cars anywhere
So, we quickly made our way out to one of the entrances, guess what?
Yes, the queue in front of Dewa!
Damn tired, we finally ended our day enjoying 2 monster milkshakes in Milky Lane, Trianon. I was not pretty excited about the new shopping mall but that would definitely be a new hang out spot if you need to meet friends or do some shopping.
Have you been there? Anything special?