Holidays in Port Vila Market

Port Vila Market featuring interior views and markets
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Peruse the stalls of this central market to pick up unique handcrafts and souvenirs or indulge in freshly baked French-style pastries and locally grown produce.

Port Vila Market is the beating heart of the city, where Melanesian, French and Chinese cultures mingle. Experience the rich cultural traditions of the Ni Vanuatu and find out about the archipelago’s international influences through craft, food, arts and cultural activities. The covered market has a sprawling collection of stalls and vendors selling handmade crafts, fresh local produce and tasty snacks. Chat with local stallholders and you might meet woodcarvers, coffee-bean growers, pastry chefs and winemakers.

Enter the large marketplace from the street and begin your exploration of the stalls. Check out the fresh produce section, where you’ll find local farmers and their families selling seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as seafood and meats. Depending on the time of year, you might pick up fresh passionfruit, mangoes or wild raspberries. Grab a healthy snack or pick up tasty items for a picnic. Follow your nose to the florists who sell fragrant tropical flowers.

If you are feeling hungry, savor the distinctive aroma of freshly baked pastries at one of the French-style bakeries. Pair a pastry with a cup of locally grown coffee or stop by one of the vendors for a quick lunch. You might try traditional Melanesian cuisine or Chinese specialties.

Make your way to the arts and crafts section to meet local artisans and purchase souvenirs. See hand-dyed sarongs and traditional South Pacific carvings. Wood, stone, coral and volcanic rock carvings feature intriguing designs. Pottery, woven baskets and mats, shell jewelry, musical instruments and masks are also available and may be duty free.

The market is situated on the city’s main street and is easy to access on foot from the city center. It is open daily, except for Sundays. The most popular time to visit is Saturday mornings. Be sure to visit more than once, as many stallholders take turns at selling their wares and refresh their displays with new deliveries throughout the week. If you are picking up souvenirs, check if the item can be cleared through customs in your home country before purchasing.

97 Cheap Hotels Near Port Vila Market

Moorings Hotel
Moorings Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$102 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Stay at this beach hotel in Port Vila. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Good! (431 reviews)
Fabulous
"We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay! First off, the staff were amazing; nothing was a problem for them, they're so friendly, helpful...just beautiful people. The open air restaurant is cool, food is amazing and great price. Love the bar, great range of drinks. Pool is good. Our room ..."

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

Moorings Hotel
Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Iririki Island Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Iririki Island, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$387 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Port Vila. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (468 reviews)
Beautiful resort and people
"I stayed for 4 nights, and had a great time. Rooms were clean and very comfortable. A lot of activities to do on the island and easy to take the ferry across to the main island. Only negative I have is the food at the resorts, it was very overpriced and not the best quality. I would have loved if ..."

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020

Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
4.5 out of 5
Elluk Road Off Kumul Highway, Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$407 per night from 22 Jul. to 23 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Port Vila. Enjoy free parking, 3 outdoor pools and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (710 reviews)
"great place on the water, property should have free shuttle to and from airport and free wifi"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
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 Port Vila Market Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Moorings Hotel
Moorings Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$102 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Moorings Hotel
Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Iririki Island Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Iririki Island, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$387 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
4.5 out of 5
Elluk Road Off Kumul Highway, Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$407 per night from 22 Jul. to 23 Jul.
Warwick Le Lagon - Vanuatu
The Melanesian Port Vila Hotel
The Melanesian Port Vila Hotel
3 out of 5
Rue Picarde, Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$131 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
The Melanesian Port Vila Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
Tassiriki Park, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$257 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, an IHG Hotel
Fatumaru Lodge Port Vila
Fatumaru Lodge Port Vila
3.5 out of 5
Walter Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate, BP1359
The price is AU$174 per night from 27 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Fatumaru Lodge Port Vila
Grand Hotel and Casino
Grand Hotel and Casino
4 out of 5
Lini Highway, P.O Box 3061, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$214 per night from 1 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Grand Hotel and Casino
Erakor Island Resort & Spa
Erakor Island Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
Erakor Island, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$293 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Erakor Island Resort & Spa
Mariner Apartments
Mariner Apartments
3 out of 5
Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate
The price is AU$302 per night from 16 Jul. to 17 Jul.
Mariner Apartments
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.