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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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  • This is where local people shop and, although there was tourist stuff, there was enough authentic produce for it to feel "real" . Lots of raw tuna so, if you are self catering, this would be a good pl...  more »
  • This is absolutely a great place to visit and to buy your souvenirs from French Polynesia. The market is two stories high and has everything from baskets, to lotions, to textiles, to food! We easily s...  more »
  • This trip was actually 3/2016, not 7/2016 and when I was on an 18 day Celebrity Transpacific cruise from Sydney to Oahu with STI. The first stopover in French Polynesia's Society Islands was Papeete, ...  more »

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Where to stay in Papeete

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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