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“Don’t waste your time”

Noumea Morning Market
Ranked #22 of 73 things to do in Noumea
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Don’t waste your time coming here.

It’s only open for a few hours in the morning, there’s virtually nothing to see or buy and I’m surprised it even features on this list.

Once, we arrived at 11.30am by which time it was already mostly packed up and closed. Not sure why we bothered coming again – probably just curiosity.

It’s mainly a fruit market for the locals but with a food counter and a few stalls selling cheap trinkets. A lot of the space is boarded up or vacant.

The fruit looked decent enough and reasonably priced, but we didn’t come here to buy fruit and even if we did, without a car, there was no way for us to carry it back to our hotel. So from that point of view it’s useless.

The trinket stalls sell the usual range of costume jewellery, key rings, fridge magnets and the like. All we managed to buy was a leather key ring and a small glass of “fresh” orange juice from the food counter in the middle – although I suspect wasn’t 100% fresh.

The location at the port area though is easy to reach. If coming from Anse Vata, the no 1 bus drops you outside the Museum of New Caledonia (a much better place to see) from where it’s a short walk across the busy road. Just don’t be fooled by the “pedestrian crossings” – most motorists simply ignore them.

4  Thank Artfornodriving
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

My husband and I were on a cruise ship which docked in Noumea we walked to this Market from where the bus from the ship drops you off.We love visiting markets when overseas too see what the local produce is at this market I bought wonderful Vanilla beans and little containers of vanilla seed very chaep anhd beautiful jars of locally made mango and vanilla jam and Pinapple jam they were so good I wish I had bought more also bought bags of Sandal wood and also some pieces of Sandalwood,local grown organic coffee.There is a great coffee kiosk were you can sit with the locals at the bar and try the local coffee very good.

6  Thank bundeenian
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

Visited the market but it was fairly small without much interest. A few jewlery stand and one or two clothing stands. Probably the most interesting was the fish market to see the various types of fish found around Noumea. Fruit and veg prices similar to supermarkets,

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Reviewed June 29, 2011

We wnt to this market on Sunday and it was busy with lot of local people and lots of food. The food is very interesting and lots of fruit, fish and vegetables and bakery pasteries etc. There were also a few stalls outside selling clothes and also some live music. The cafe in the middle were you can get a coffee and pastry is very good. If you go during the week it is not so busy and not as much variety.

6  Thank holidaynz77
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

An interesting place to visit but wouldn't be on my must-see list. The kids certainly weren't impressed. It is a good place to by fresh fruit and vegetables and souvenirs. Didn't take us long to go through the entire market.

Thank UrbanAmma
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