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Papeete Market

Divine aromas, delightful tastes and a sea of color stir the senses in this traditional marketplace full of exotic fruit, tropical fish and handmade artifacts.

The oldest attraction on the island, Papeete Market, sits in the heart of French Polynesia’s capital city, just a short walk from the bay. It is a colorful and stimulating place with an array of food and keepsakes. Find hats, necklaces, fruit, vegetables and traditional souvenirs with a Tahitian theme lining the shelves of the modern complex that holds the market. Bright, decorative banners and streamers help to create a festive atmosphere among the inexpensive items for sale.

Taste exotic fruits that you never knew existed, such as carambolas and soursops. Admire striking handmade objects by local artists. Fragrances are an important part of Tahitian culture. Delight in the enchanting smell of the Monoï oil, which is made from flower petals and coconut oil. Inhale the rich scent of vanilla beans and buy some to take home.

Browse the food on display, including fresh fish, cakes, pies and preserves. The site is an ideal spot to assemble a picnic from local delicacies. At the fish market, find parrotfish, red snappers, swordfish and many other vibrant sea creatures. The fish and meat section is separate from the rest of the bazaar, which occupies 75,000 square feet (7,000 square meters) across two floors.

Buy bunches of multi-colored flowers and haggle with vendors over the price of fabrics, clothing and handicrafts. Many vendors are also well-versed in Tahitian mythology and can tell you about the ancient mysticism of the black pearls.

The market opens daily from early morning until early evening. Admission is free and credit cards are often accepted as a method of payment.

Find the Papeete Market in the historic center of the city, near the northwest coast of the island. Popular sites, such as Parc Bougainville and the Black Pearl Museum, surround the market. It is a 2-minute walk south from the Maritime Station, where people arrive on the island by boat.


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Hotel Sarah Nui £69
Hotel Sarah Nui

Hotel Sarah Nui

BP 4354 Fare Tony, Papeete
     
    3.5
    of 5, from 510 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Papeete Town Hall, Papeete Market and Black Pearl Museum. Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Parc Bougainville are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Tahiti Airport Motel £85
    Tahiti Airport Motel

    Tahiti Airport Motel

    Cite De L' Air, Faaa
       
      3.4
      of 5, from 1,028 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Place Jacques Chirac, Papeete Market, and Parc Bougainville. Black Pearl Museum and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Hotel Tiare Tahiti £64
      Hotel Tiare Tahiti

      Hotel Tiare Tahiti

      417 Boulevard Pomare, Papeete
         
        3.4
        of 5, from 61 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Papeete, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parc Bougainville, Place Jacques Chirac and Black Pearl Museum. Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Papeete Market are also within 5 minutes.

        Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker £47
        Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker

        Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker

        BP 44983, Papeete
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 26 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Papeete, this hostel is steps away from Papeete Market and Papeete Town Hall.

          Hotel Tahiti Nui
          Hotel Tahiti Nui

          Hotel Tahiti Nui

          Ave Prince Hinoi, Papeete
             
            3.7
            of 5, from 305 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Papeete, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Papeete Town Hall, Papeete Market, and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception. Black Pearl Museum and Parc Bougainville are also within 15 minutes.

            Fare Arearea Sweet Studio
            Fare Arearea Sweet Studio

            Fare Arearea Sweet Studio

            10 Avenue du Regent Paraita, Papeete
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Papeete, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Papeete Town Hall, Papeete Market and Black Pearl Museum. Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Parc Bougainville are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Chez Vous à Papeete £98
              Chez Vous à Papeete

              Chez Vous à Papeete

              Rue Cook, Residence Cook, Papeete
                 
                5.0
                of 5, from 3 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the airport, in the city centre, this apartment is close to Place Jacques Chirac, Parc Bougainville and Black Pearl Museum. Nearby attractions also include Papeete Market.

                Great Location in a Beautiful 2 Bed Apartment Ocean Front in the City of Papeete
                Great Location in a Beautiful 2 Bed Apartment Ocean Front in the City of Papeete

                Great Location in a Beautiful 2 Bed Apartment Ocean Front in the City of Papeete

                , Papeete
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Papeete, this property is close to Place Jacques Chirac, Parc Bougainville and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception. Also nearby are Black Pearl Museum and Papeete Market.