a visit must be done, better very early in the morning when there are many flowers or for lunch time as there is a restaurant inside.
I found lovely and delicius fruit there, I forgot the name...
Sure, I must go back :-)
What to buy: Monoi oil has to be bought here.
The public market is a great place to spend some time. It's a covered building with 2 floor.
Downstairs you will find Tahitian mamas selling flowers, vegetables, fruit, fish and meat. Upstairs you mostly find the locally made products (pareos, seashells, woven hats and bags, ...).
Papeete is a good place for shopping. The entire downtown is full of shops and shopping centers. You can easily spend a whole day here for your last shopping before going home.
What to buy: Black Pearls, souvenir shops, arts and crafts, vanilla beans, Tahitian music, monoi oil, soaps and perfumes and much more.
What to pay: French Polynesia is expensive, but in comparison to the other islands of French Polynesia, you can find the cheapest prices in Papeete.