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Papette Market hours on Saturdays


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17 hours ago, aururab said:

I saw those hours posted somewhere, but then I also saw several posts of people complaining about everything being closed midday on a Saturday, which is why I asked the questions myself 🙂


There are two components of the market - fresh food and tourist trinkets.  The food, particularly fish booths start very early and sell out early. Often before noon.  The rest of the stuff is generally available all day but individual vendors may close early when customers are thin or when they have something else to do 😉.  So, yes, Saturday afternoons can be pretty thin.


The food (veggies and fish) are very interesting but go early if you want to see it at its best.  The rest of the stuff tends to be overpriced and not very authentic IMHO.  Better deals and often better stuff on the outer islands.

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We we staying pre cruise at the Tahiti ICH and asked the Concierge if they had a shuttle into town because we wanted to go to the market, then after shopping the Roulettes. He recommended the 2pm shuttle, as he said most of the shops will be closed by 4-4:30. This was a Friday night in October. He was correct, not only were almost all of the food/fish/fruit stalls closed at 4, but many of the other vendors starting closing at 4, and by 4:30 only a handful were still open. I'm glad we spoke to the Concierge, because had we shown up at 4, as we planned, we would have missed 80% of the vendors.

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