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Le Marche

The vibrant heart of Papeete is its fascinating public market, where for more than 150 years traders have touted a vast array of exotic goods, from Tahitian arts and crafts, to fragrant oils, flowers, fruit, straw hats, seashell jewellery and pareus (sarongs). The market is particularly colourful and lively in the late afternoon, when the day's catch is brought in from the fishing boats; and on Sunday mornings, when the island families traditionally do their weekly shopping.

Address: Two blocks from the Papeete waterfront, opposite the cruise-liner dock

Opening times: Daily from 7.30am to 6pm