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Municipal Market

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Address: Francois Cardella Colette Streets, Papeete 98714, French Polynesia

This large and bustling market hall offers local farm products,...

This large and bustling market hall offers local farm products, handicrafts, souvenirs and a variety of fish and food products.

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Flea market

Fun to see good for souvenirs. Better prices than local shops for pareo (beach wrap) and manoi oil. Not far from docks

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We expected to see a lot of vendors and options to purchase items. This is nothing but a cruise ship port. Lots of touristy shops with cheap items for purchase. Would not recommend.

Thank SAB B
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nothing special but fun to see what the locals buy and to enjoy getting away from the typical tourist activites.

Thank LarryR41
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun to see good for souvenirs. Better prices than local shops for pareo (beach wrap) and manoi oil. Not far from docks

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Papeete, French Polynesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

1)Nice local shopping:have a visit outside for the pareos,bed linen,tablecloths.Some people coming from the islands sell pearls(sometimes as beautiful as in the shops,but much less expensive) 2)go inside for handcrafts,especially hats and baskets...Coffee,soaps,and monoi A lot of fruits and vegetables grown locally.Good fish The food is good(restaurant on the 1st floor)

Thank Annette H
Canandaigua, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I just don't get why everyone loves this place (and places like this) This is a big hot and sticky place with mostly cheap touristy crap. The produce is interesting but much of it looked "old" .There was much less fresh seafood than I imagined. Lower your expectations.

Thank William S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love wandering in markets and Papeete market has to be one of the best I have ever seen! Best pineapple I have ever tasted & so lucky to be there during the Avocado season!🥑😋

Thank Malika Z
Warrnambool, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Papeete market was abounding with life, glorious fruit and vegetables, the most exquisite floral headpieces, Tahitian black pearl jewellery and so much of the wonderful produce of French Polynesia. We visited the market when our cruise ship the Carnival Legend stopped at Papeete for the day. The cruise was a great way to see many Pacific islands up close.

Thank coogee3
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had great expectations about this market and I found it a little bit empty. However, you can buy good monoi oil or other souvenirs and they are very cheap. Flowers are very beautiful too.

Thank siuppolina
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must visit. It is fun to see all the fruits vegetables and crafts on display. I you take the up escalator walk straight ahead to a pearl shop, Hanatea Creations is a good place to shop. The staff was will informed did not over sell. We learned about the shop from a local professional business woman who... More 

Thank Fred Q
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This market place is a "must see" as part of your Tahiti experience. Full of local produce as well as all types of souvenirs from very cheap key rings through to exquisitely carved works of art & don't be afraid to barter!!!!

Thank Stu173

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