The market in Papeete is touted as a "must see" destination, so we ventured into Papeete from our resort, planning to spend the morning there.
The first challenge visitors may encounter is actually finding the market, Although it is a huge building it is not well marked. I can't remember how we finally found it...I think we just stumbled into it.
The market is split across two floors. The top floor seemed to have larger vendors, selling lots of clothing, housewares, etc. Downstairs were smaller vendors selling vanilla, arts and crafts type items, etc. The best way to see if there anything you are interested in is to walk through the whole market, which we did in about 30 minutes.
The prices didn't seem to be particularly special compared to other local shops. Some people may appreciate that lots of different goods are available in one location. We didn't purchase anything at the market, but it appeared that a number of vendors were willing to negotiate somewhat on price if more than one item was purchased.
The building is rundown and not very clean. It seems they could do a little more to attract tourists as well as locals, since it was not very busy even on a late Saturday morning.
We've been to similar markets in other countries and found them to be somewhat more inviting. However, some folks may enjoy what is offered at the market. Fortunately there is no fee just to check it out.
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