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“Papeete is a wasted stop”
Review of Papeete Roulottes

Papeete Roulottes
Ranked #1 of 20 Shopping in Papeete
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We were so excited to sail into Tahiti. First stop was Papeete to clear customs on our sail boat. Papeete is a large and very busy city with no glamor. Extreme car traffic, no ambiance, almost no waterside dinning. Overall we could not wait to get out. Now Moorea and BoraBora were nice. expensive but at least pretty and not so crowded

4  Thank john m m
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

The word seems to be already out with the locals and a few international passengers,
when leaving the airport, go up the stairs to the road that runs parallel to the terminal. turn left and walk 100 yards towards the church of Faaa, right across the Total Gas station will be a fenced area with a green neon light. There it is !
Great selection of fish, chicken and meat with different sauces are available. The tuna Sashimi was perfect !
Try the homemade pineapple and raspberry tart prepared by Aro's daughter ! POpen for dinner only, closed Sundays and Mondays .

1  Thank meherio
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Similar to the food cart pods in Portland, the Roulettes are food carts in the heart of the city. They are a social gathering spot for locals, especially on the weekends. This brings a fun element to the experience. This trip, our culinary experience was not so hot. We went to a creperie and received our order just over 90 min after we placed our order. Instead of the chicken burger that I ordered, they brought a beef burger and said they were out of chicken. I told him that I was allergic to beef and just skipped dinner that night, as I didn't want to wait another 90 min.

Our previous Tahiti trip, we did get great grilled fish with the best roquefort sauce that I have ever had.

1  Thank MariaPerryCrawshaw
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Even if you are just passing through Papeete, eating at the Roulottes should be a priority. The roulottes are a series of caravans cooking and serving a range of local dishes on the spot. The ambience is laid back, colourful, safe and friendly, and locals and visitors alike mingle to eat al fresco in the balmy tropical air. The choice of food is standard for French Polynesia: Chinese, basic Tahitian and pizzas. It is probably the least expensive place to eat on Tahiti, though it is still not especially cheap (expect to pay around $32 or £26 for two meals and drinks). A tip: although there is not a huge difference in quality betwen the different roulottes it is best to go to one that has the most customers, such as Chez Mamy. I recommend 'La Roulotte', run by a French guy and his Chinese wife. It is especially clean and the fish very fresh. In rainy season, though, (roughly December to March), the number of roulottes is reduced and can be sparse in very wet weather. I have gone there and found none present! Sometimes there are free concerts of singing and dancing which enhance the atmosphere, though it can become pretty crowded..

7  Thank fetia-tahiti
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is a must for tourists! Great food, live music on certain days. Located next to the ferry docks in Pappete, Place Vaite is a must for foodies. Your food is cooked right next to you and is usually quick. This place is usually packed, but it doesn't matter! The fun is just walking around Place Vaite and checking out the menus from the different Roulottes. A great choice of food, steak Frites, poisson cru, crepes, Chinese, pizza.....the list goes on.

3  Thank Tahitigrl73
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