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Municipal Market

Francois Cardella & Colette Streets, Papeete, French Polynesia
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Ranked #3 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
66 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
43 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
6 attraction reviews
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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1,205 attraction reviews
574 helpful votes 574 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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167 reviews 167 reviews
73 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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