Municipal Market, Papeete

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Shop for a variety of goods including locally sourced food and handcrafted goods at Municipal Market, an attractive covered market hall. Locals and tourists flock here for their shopping needs and to enjoy the feast of colors. Dedicated vendors attend stalls selling a rich diversity of products, pearls and wood-carvings to vanilla and perfume. Take time to see the impressive floral displays used in the traditional dances of French Polynesia, and to sample the freshly cooked local cuisine on offer from the numerous food carts. Bring cash in local currency, as most vendors do not accept foreign denominations. Arrange your visit to Municipal Market and discover more family-friendly attractions in Papeete using our Papeete trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    You can't leave Papeete without visiting the Market. You will find everything from local food to souvenirs to restaurants and craftsmen. Cheap prices with respect to all polynesian boutiques. I advise...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The market of Papeete is one of the only attractions of the Polynesian capital. Many local products for sale. However, you will probably find the same products (sarongs, monoi, etc.) cheaper in the islands you visit (with the exception of Bora Bora)
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  • August 11, 2017
    Shops in Tahiti in general seem to close Saturday afternoons and Sunday closed so it was a surprise to find the markets. Worth a look at they have a variety of items and souvenirs.  more »

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The best selection of hotels in Pape'ete is concentrated in the vicinity of the docks--a vibrant area with plenty of nightlife, and in close proximity to the bustling market. Options range from pricey international hotels to very affordable bed and breakfasts and family-run boarding houses. A little farther afield (and much higher up the price range), luxurious five-star resorts offer private beaches, pools, and bungalows above the gently lapping waves of the lagoon.
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