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“Awesome for the freshest fruit and veg!”
Review of Port Vila Markets

Port Vila Markets
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Ranked #3 of 59 things to do in Port Vila
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Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Love coming here to get ingredients for smoothies when in Port Vila, so fresh and delicious, and CHEAP! Interesting to see the stall holders actually sleep at the market during the week to sell their produce etc So obviously open 24/7 during the week. Also had these Tabioca Rolls with meat in the middle (forgot the name) similar to canned corned beef and they are only vt100, fatty but yum. Lots of lovely fresh produce here if you ever cook on your visit or want some fruit to much on. Pineapple is a real thirst quencher :)

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We recently visited Port Vila during a South Pacific cruise and have to admit the place is a little disappointing. We were all advised by the Cruise staff to be very wary when wanting to catch a taxi from the wharf into town. The drivers will pester and haggle with you so it's best not to make eye contact with them or enter into any conversation, unless you are wanting to hire one, so be very particular about who you chose from the crowd, particularly if you are travelling alone. This is probably one of those places where signing up with a pre-arranged guided tour is a better option if you are not with a group of other tourists. We were lucky to pick a driver who was prepared to take us to OUR choice of venues at an agreed total price of AUD$150.00 and the trip lasted about 4 hours. We visited a cultural village and were taken on a very informative guided tour for the cost of US$25.00 per head (4 in our party). The village is not the one offered by the cruise ship which meant we were not having to tag along with 30 or 40 other people all vying for a place to sit, so we pretty well had the village to ourselves which was a welcome change. BTW, the island has it's own coffee plantation and cafe and we all agreed, it was probably one of the best capucchino's we have all had. Overall, this port of call was pretty good, but it's not a place I would particularly want to revisit, once is enough

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We weren't quite sure about this place, but during our tour, our guide explained how the markets work. Apparently each village has certain days to sell their goods at the market and they can only sell their goods on the allotted days, which then helps the entire Vanuatu community.
The fruit and vegetables are bought down to market from the villages and many women will sleep there overnight so that they can sell their goods early and first.
We mainly bought fruit there and it was the best. The smaller 'lady finger ' (as we know them) bananas were the best we had tasted in years and the fresh rasberries were mouthwatering. Everything is available if you wish, from fruit, vegies and seafood. They also sell prepared food (if you're up to it), we just stuck to the fresh fruit.
Everyone is friendly and it's nice to know that you are helping the local communites directly by shopping here.

4  Thank Evelynne S
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

The food markets are smelly and dirty but if you walk further down the wharf you find the souvenir and craft markets. We went there twice in 4 days and spent a lot of money. There are many little stores selling beautiful hand made items. I bought things for everyone back home. The women who run them are so nice and love to have a chat especially about their family however if you just want to look they will leave you alone. A local woman told us not to buy dresses from there as they buy them from the store and sell them to make a profit but you can buy these dresses for cheaper in the store. Everything else was quite cheap.

2  Thank natcol
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Arrived at the the market to find an abundance of tropical flowers together with a large variety of fruit and vegies together with live crabs. To the right of the market there are various souvenir tents and a very nice coffee shop just up the road facing the beach.
Port Vila has the cheapest duty free grog so compare prices before you get there to know you are getting the best value.

1  Thank Rivets1952
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