Holidays in Papeete Market

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Papeete Market featuring food and markets

Divine aromas, delightful tastes and a sea of color stir the senses in this traditional marketplace full of exotic fruit, tropical fish and handmade artifacts.

The oldest attraction on the island, Papeete Market, sits in the heart of French Polynesia’s capital city, just a short walk from the bay. It is a colorful and stimulating place with an array of food and keepsakes. Find hats, necklaces, fruit, vegetables and traditional souvenirs with a Tahitian theme lining the shelves of the modern complex that holds the market. Bright, decorative banners and streamers help to create a festive atmosphere among the inexpensive items for sale.

Taste exotic fruits that you never knew existed, such as carambolas and soursops. Admire striking handmade objects by local artists. Fragrances are an important part of Tahitian culture. Delight in the enchanting smell of the Monoï oil, which is made from flower petals and coconut oil. Inhale the rich scent of vanilla beans and buy some to take home.

Browse the food on display, including fresh fish, cakes, pies and preserves. The site is an ideal spot to assemble a picnic from local delicacies. At the fish market, find parrotfish, red snappers, swordfish and many other vibrant sea creatures. The fish and meat section is separate from the rest of the bazaar, which occupies 75,000 square feet (7,000 square meters) across two floors.

Buy bunches of multi-colored flowers and haggle with vendors over the price of fabrics, clothing and handicrafts. Many vendors are also well-versed in Tahitian mythology and can tell you about the ancient mysticism of the black pearls.

The market opens daily from early morning until early evening. Admission is free and credit cards are often accepted as a method of payment.

Find the Papeete Market in the historic center of the city, near the northwest coast of the island. Popular sites, such as Parc Bougainville and the Black Pearl Museum, surround the market. It is a 2-minute walk south from the Maritime Station, where people arrive on the island by boat.

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192 Cheap Hotels Near Papeete Market

Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker
Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker
2 out of 5
BP 44983, Papeete, Tahiti
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$106 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Located in the heart of Papeete, this hostel is steps away from Papeete Town Hall, Papeete Market and Place Vaiete. Black Pearl Museum and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (114 reviews)
Excellent location
"Excellent location and very friendly staff. The rooms were small but adequate. Could be cleaner, but for thr price can't complain. The bed was extremely hard/firm so be prepared."

Reviewed on 4 Sep. 2021

Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker
Hilton Hotel Tahiti
Hilton Hotel Tahiti
5 out of 5
The price is AU$526 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Situated in Faaa, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Place Jacques Chirac and Parc Bougainville. Black Pearl Museum and Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee Conception ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels and this Hilton was at the tail end of our French Polynesian vacation and booked to accommodate the timing of our flight out so I wasn’t expecting much, especially with the luxury accommodations that preceded. It came as a complete surprise that it ranked at the top. ..."

Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2021

Hilton Hotel Tahiti
Vrbo Property
Vrbo Property
The price is AU$222 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Located in the heart of Papeete, this apartment building is steps away from Papeete Town Hall, Papeete Market and Black Pearl Museum. Cathedrale de L'lmmaculee ...
Vrbo Property
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Papeete Market Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker
Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker
2 out of 5
BP 44983, Papeete, Tahiti
The price is AU$106 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Mahana Lodge Hostel & Backpacker
Hilton Hotel Tahiti
Hilton Hotel Tahiti
5 out of 5
The price is AU$526 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Hilton Hotel Tahiti
Vrbo Property
Vrbo Property
The price is AU$222 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Vrbo Property
Hotel Sarah Nui
Hotel Sarah Nui
BP 1635, Papeete, Tahiti
The price is AU$184 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Hotel Sarah Nui
J & D LODGE Papeete center
J & D LODGE Papeete center
J & D LODGE Papeete center
J & D LODGE 2 PAPEETE
J & D LODGE 2 PAPEETE
J & D LODGE 2 PAPEETE
TAHITI - Orovini Cottage
TAHITI - Orovini Cottage
TAHITI - Orovini Cottage
Vrbo Property
Vrbo Property
The price is AU$285 per night from 18 Feb. to 19 Feb.
Vrbo Property
Vrbo Property
Vrbo Property
The price is AU$225 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Vrbo Property
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.