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Municipal Market

Francois Cardella & Colette Streets, Papeete, French Polynesia
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Ranked #3 of 10 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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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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329 helpful votes 329 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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32 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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60 helpful votes 60 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
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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London, United Kingdom
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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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San Francisco, California
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23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We walked through this small market twice on two separate days and found the experience disappointing. Nearly half of the stalls were empty. The goods are typical, nothing much unique from any other small shop in downtown Papeete. Every stall seemed to sell exactly the same thing from the one next to it. We did buy a sandwich from one... More

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San Diego, California
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117 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Had a great time here! So much to see, and do. Was so fun seeing the seafood market that was soooo fresh. Bought some fresh fruit, and a lot of souvenirs. I did buy vanilla here also!!!! A lot of places inside to eat there local foods which was fun. They have a second story and really enjoyed all that... More

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Fort Myers
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

The ONLY thing I wanted to do in Tahiti before boarding our cruise ship ,was visit the market and buy a gorgeous tropical arrangement for our room. That we did for $20. Had to have a fresh cracked coconut/milk to refresh. When we returned from the cruise we stayed another 2 days before leaving for a very long flight back... More

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