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Papeete

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Free

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Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Papeete is the capital city of not only Tahiti but also all of French Polynesia. Inside its boundaries, which sprawl across the island's northwest coast, are opportunities to shop, to dine and to revel in the nightlife. When it comes to shopping, black pearls and island crafts are the main items to look for. The Municipal Market in Papeete is worth a visit, too. Filled with fresh veggies and fruits, meat and fish, flowers and artsy goods like hats and souvenirs, the market receives high praise from recent visitors.

The local cuisine in Papeete is particularly enticing as well: Travelers should check out the roulottes or food trucks at Place Vaiete along the coast. Speaking of food, Chinese, French and Italian cuisines are well represented in the city. But keep in mind that restaurants in Papeete are almost universally expensive, so plan your dining budget accordingly. 

Papeete is situated on Tahiti's northwest coast, just northeast of Faa'a International Airport, and can be reached via car or Le Truck.

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