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Municipal Market

Francois Cardella & Colette Streets, Papeete, French Polynesia
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Ranked #2 of 12 Shopping in Papeete
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: This large and bustling market hall offers local farm products...
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: This large and bustling market hall offers local farm products, handicrafts, souvenirs and a variety of fish and food products.
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Orlando, Florida
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100 reviews 100 reviews
76 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The Municipal Market is at the top end of Papeete (drive through most of the town if you're coming from the airport direction) and is a bustling place, especially early in the morning) If you want to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and fish, come early. If you just want to wander around and buy some souvenirs, then you can... More 

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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Stopped by the market for lunch, and to stock up our rental with fruits and veggies. There are a lot of vendors selling great produce from around the island. We ended up buying produce from several stands, and everyone was super helpful. They all seemed to throw in a couple extras for us. There are some lunch stalls on the... More 

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Auckland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited the markets 3 times. It is best to be earlier in the day. Although they may be open later in the afternoon most of the fresh stuff has gone. The coffee shop upstairs is very good, nice coffee, internet and one person who speaks English. We brought some coffee grounds and used them for the rest of the... More 

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Aberdeen
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9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This market place is simply the very best place in which to do your souvenir shopping. I love it. If you can't find what you're looking for go back in a few days and search again and, in time, you will find it. Be aware that home produced tiare monoi is somewhat adulterated by the ladies adding gardenia essential oils... More 

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london
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133 reviews 133 reviews
68 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The market it great with its two floors - The best time to visit it for locals is on Sunday morning well before 10 am ! Locals visit it because they get their breakfast and special bread, roast pork and chinese specialities as well as polynesian ready made take out. It's the best place to visit to find souvenirs, especially... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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43 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Marche Municipale (aka Le Marché, Marché Papeete, or the Municipal Market), is a two-floor collection of permanent stalls, stands and shops under a large metal structure, roof. Worth a brief visit, you'll find trinkets, inexpensive handicrafts and souvenirs, fresh flowers, Tahitian vanilla beans and vanilla lotions, oils, soaps, and, upstairs shops with various tourism focused wares- e.g., t-shirts, handicrafts,... More 

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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I believe the locals hit the ground floor of this very cool market for the fresh fish and some of the produce that is sold here. We went to get some photos of the whole scene and do some shameless souvenir shopping, which probably makes up about 2/3 of this market. There are some good deals here but you may... More 

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Genoa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a must see if you want to see the real papeete. Flowers, fruit, fresh food, delicious juices, and a wide number of shops where you find the typical sarong and local handiworks. Delicious.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Husband Jon & I love exploring markets while traveling to get a taste of the real culture of an area. Unfortunately, this market is so geared to the tourist, I doubt that the folks of Papeete would step inside unless expecting to sell a souvenir to a foreigner. (The exception would be the fresh fish.) I would recommend a short... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The market in central Papeete is a good place to start your exploration of the town. The structure alone is impressive, a two storey wrought iron affair. I recommend going up to the upper level and just watching life go by down below. Some items for sale are more useful than others and it is nice to see some explanations... More 

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