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Municipal Market

Francois Cardella & Colette Streets, Papeete, French Polynesia
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Ranked #4 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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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
44 helpful votes 44 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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San Francisco, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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219 reviews 219 reviews
96 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Vancouver, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Not to different than what you would find on other islands in French Polynesia with regards to crafts and clothes. We really wanted Vanilla, but found that at the market it was double the price than at the grocery store. If you are looking for pearls you should go to a reputable store to guarantee what you are getting. Tahitian... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Worth having a look if you can make the time. Well advised by the Official Tourist Board not to buy The Pearls...... Very typical clothes and variety of local handicrafts and food. Quite busy and hot. Not a great experience.

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Marion, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

This market has such a nice variety of items and the items are well displayed. Unlike many straw markets throughout the world this market seems more civilized - no grabbing at you, no people shouting at you from all directions. Products range from souvenir items to pearls, clothing, flowers, and fish. It is as much a market for the locals... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews 88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This place is like a giant flea market... downstairs you can buy anything from produce to fresh fish/ meat on one side, and the other side you can find Tahitian vanilla in bean form, lotions, oils, soaps, etc. Upstairs there is a lot of small "shops" where you can find pareos, clothing and jewelry. Heck, you can even get a... More

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Hyderabad, India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

My wife and I visited and found NOTHING to buy for friends/family. We had 10 hours to burn in Papeette, and visited the market expecting to be able to spend a few hours there, we spent 20 minutes there, spent an hour walking around outside, and then headed back to the airport.

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