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Municipal Market

Francois Cardella & Colette Streets, Papeete, French Polynesia
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Ranked #4 of 11 Shopping in Papeete
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
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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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 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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482 helpful votes 482 helpful votes
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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Bridgewater, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
33 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Lots of little shops for souvenirs, food, local produce, etc. There is a lot of activity here and the place could be a little cleaner. The vendors are not aggressive with their selling (as you sometimes get in some other countries), but were polite and courteous. Just didn't have a lot of things that interested me, others may it more... More

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Tahiti, French Polynesia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

The Markets are a good place you can find local handicrats and souvenirs.On the upper level there is a nice coffee shop with excellent local live music.Best time to see the market is at 5.30 am when fishermen bring their catch from many parts of Tahiti.

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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Best way to appreciate the local foods and apparel at this enormous marketplace. Very well organized and very easy to enjoy such a variety of goods and services. Nice quality of merchandise. Attendants were very friendly;informative and by no means aggressive. Don't miss this opportunity, as you will find some of the best prices and best values. aggressive

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Annapolis, Maryland
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Very good market, lots of fun things to see and do and eat ! Great ice cream, produce, tiare scented cremes, jewelry, etc. Nearby Mana'o Tattoo Studio where Matth did a wonderful and relaxed ink for this first-timer. A lovely day all around for a farewell to Papeete.

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My husband and I entered the market through the fish section and made our way around to the souvenirs. They have all types of souvenirs but like someone mentioned in a previous review, most of them have the same kind of souvenirs which is why I rated it average. I did bump into a section that caught my attention because... More

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. On the ground floor there is both fruit, vegetable and fish stalls as well as flowers and some handicrafts. Upper floor is home to two tattoo artists for those wanting a permanent souvenir. There are numerous pearl sellers. Some sell the pearls unset. Quite a sight seeing empty plastic tubes full of beautiful Tahitian pearls. There... More

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