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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 NZ$171
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Hotel Sarah Nui

BP 4354 Fare Tony, Papeete, Tahiti
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Port de Pape'ete and Papeete Market. Place Vaiete and Papeete Town Hall are also within 10 minutes.

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    Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker

    Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker

    BP 44983, Papeete, Tahiti
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Papeete, this hostel is steps from Papeete Town Hall and Papeete Market. Black Pearl Museum and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception are also within 5 minutes.

      Hotel Tiare Tahiti NZ$150
      Hotel Tiare Tahiti

      Hotel Tiare Tahiti

      417 Boulevard Pomare, Papeete, Tahiti
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

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        F3 Duplex Opuroa Apartment 2

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        Rue Titi'aivai Appartement 12 étage 4, Papeete, Windward Islands
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Papeete, this apartment building is steps from Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Papeete Market. Black Pearl Museum and Parc Bougainville are also within 5 minutes.

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          Studio Moana Apartment 0

          Studio Moana Apartment 0

          Rue Anne-Marie Javouhey, Papeete
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Papeete, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Papeete Market. Black Pearl Museum and Parc Bougainville are also within 10 minutes.

            Studio Tiare Papeete
            Studio Tiare Papeete

            Studio Tiare Papeete

            Résidence Tiare Te Ava, 313 avenue de la Reine Pomare IV, Papeete, Tahiti
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Papeete, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Parc Bougainville and Papeete Market. Place Jacques Chirac and Black Pearl Museum are also within 5 minutes.

              F2 Duplex Hanalei Apartment 1
              F2 Duplex Hanalei Apartment 1

              F2 Duplex Hanalei Apartment 1

              38 Rue Georges Lagarde, Papeete, Windward Islands
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Papeete, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception and Papeete Market. Black Pearl Museum and Parc Bougainville are also within 5 minutes.

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                City apart

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                Uranie Villa Stencer, Papeete
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Papeete Town Hall and Papeete Market. Place Vaiete and Black Pearl Museum are also within 10 minutes.