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?

  • Bernardo

    Nice post.. More photos please..

  • le_voyageur

    awesome shot with the guy in the bmx performing that stunt ;) the camera doesn’t make the photographer :p (assuming you took that from your mobile phone) .. lol

    ti pou al laba today but since mo p gagne feedback ena trop boucou dimoun mo prefere aller apres exams kot mo sure dimoun pou diminuer laba.. lol, skatepark la nice,, but prices are a bit too high for youngsters if its for individuals, if this can be applied to groups then it’ll be okay.. people parked cars everywhere, lol, must be some exhibition..

    i even saw on facebook that some people complaining about the lack of security and some who consumed alcoholic drinks and was in a pitious state, you happened to see them ?

    in everycorner of mru you happened to get the huge shopping malls, in a few years there’ll be grand-bay, trianon and forbach .. lol ..

  • Jp

    I have not visited yet and I do not plan to go in the coming days. I can wait for a month or two, let the hype go down a little bit, then I will go there and check it out.

    Nice to see the photos though ^^

    It’s just a shopping mall after all ;)…

    Yashvin, any products you have seen there that would be worth the move?

  • Anonymous

    Not to forget the 6 cinema

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Which are not operational yet…

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Nothing specific. Most things available there are probably available in the other stores around the island. It is just that it is like a ‘one stop mall’ in which most brands opened their stores.

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Definitely! My mobile phone :-)

    Shopping mals are growing everywhere indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I was planning to visit but prefer to wait for a day during the week when the crowds will be less. It does look impressive but I wonder about how long these numerous malls will survive in this economic climate. Already I saw Phoenix les Halles diminishing and shops closing. Now, I heard on R1 that Phoenix les Halles will be converted into offices? There is a point of view that various shops in these malls will have difficulties to survive because the majority of Mauritians do not have purchasing power in these difficult economic times. Maybe Bagatelle will be the exception because of its central position on the island.

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Heard about that too. I guess that it is more profitable to get rent from offices and also, that’s the best thing to do if there’s too much competition among the shopping malls.

  • Torpedo

    Shopping overload? Tired already?
    Get ready for Cascavelle, Flacq, and many more

    Pou ena baz left-right-center asterr mo dir ou!

  • Reena Dkl

    Went there on Friday and sincerely, the only thing worth waiting for might be the cinema halls…hope the prices will be more reasonable than Caudan…

    The mall itself is nice, modern but still most shops were closed.  I believe one can really appreciate the place once the whole ‘grand openeing’ thing starts fading…

    Huge parking lot but still scarce parking places!!!

    Now, we have to see if the shops are selling at normal rates or higher ones…

    eagerly awaiting the Cascavelle Mall now :)

  • http://themediaguru.blogspot.com carrotmadman6

    Rs 250 standard.

    + Rs 60 for 3D. :)

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Thanks Carrot!

  • Reena Dkl

    It’s expensive then!!!  pfff!!!!

  • Bhanugujadhur

    cool, nice pics…
    for the skateparc, I’m surprise to see it requires payment, I’ve seen skateparcs around the world, n they were all free, that’s the spirit of skates, bmx, n roller sports!

  • Vicks

    prix pli cher labas?? 1 pair dhallpuri??

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    I didn’t try to check. Anyone?

  • Anonymous

    Rs 20 ene pair dallpourri cor dewa. Rs5 gato pima

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    LOL!

  • TL

    supposer ene shopping mall bien modern..mais avec marchant dholl puri just devant lentree principal…

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    En premiere lol.

  • http://profiles.google.com/akashsky Akash Gura Goredo

    If Dewa is at 20MUR, it’s about 200% more expensive than sold at its Rose Hill Market Stand…

    If we apply the same mark-up / margin to all other products being sold there, it’s scary at best…

    But no, it’s not for Mauritians, if you think about these: it’s located far (walking distance) from all residential areas, on a motorway, huge headroom (like the overseas malls, e.g. Dubai, etc), huge parking, no bus stands (correct me if I’m wrong: I’ve seen a RHT bus stuck in the traffic on its way up the southbounds link-access road)… So, there are more chances that the shops are actually targeting affluent people, unlike the huge majority of Mauritians.

    But one last thing: Yashvin, if on that day of your first visit you did not expect to land in Bagatelle, can we please be informed where were you expecting to  do it…? :-)

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    haha. Nice question. When I take the car for a drive, I do not always have a destination in mind but Miss Dhaneesha wanted to go to Bagatelle, so, the girl wins.

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