Well, it was immediately apparent that dining or drinking at the Intercontinental Hotel was tremendously expensive. I mean at least 3 to 4 times mores than what we are used to in the United States. A friend of ours told us that Tahiti pays an import tax of 70% (whether that is true or not, I'm not sure). Anyhow, we were not about to pay US$30-$40 per person for breakfast. So, we found a grocery store with all our needs. Ready made sandwiches for lunch. Croissants, pastries, fruit, orange juice and milk for breakfast. French wine, cheese, duck pate and baguette for dinner. This market was great! The duck pate was only US$2 a slice. Very good brie for about US$4 a slice. French baguette was US$.70. Definitely, was great to find this place!
There are several of these markets throughout Tahiti. Some are Hyper (meaning larger) and some are Petit (meaning smaller version). This particular one was north of the hotel along the main road going back toward the airport. Walking distance from the Intercontinental Hotel in Faa'a was about 11 minutes.Related to:
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Papeete Market: Papeete Market
Everything you can think of you can find here at the Papeete Market. We bought our souveniers here. Yes everything is still quite expensive but you can do all your shopping in one place. This market is huge, two floors and you can find food, fruits and vegetables, clothes, arts and crafts and tons of other stuff. They also accept credit cards if you dont have cash.
There was a little house on the way between the carpark and the marae of Arahurahu, and as we returned, we saw this old lady making baskets... so I couldn't resist and bought one:-)
What to buy: Baskets and hats.
And bananas too :-)
Le Marche: Local produce and crafts
The local market place (Le Marche) in down town Papeete is a wonderful place to find that last minute gift. The prices have risen in recent years, but beautiful floral bouquets that would cost $75-$150 in the US are only $15-$25 here. Granted they may only last a week or so, but...hey, on a cruise or a vacation hotel a beautiful bouquet for a week brightens up the place and for a great price.
What to buy: Most anything. Local handicrafts, beautiful flower bouquets and fresh fruit.
What to pay: If you have to ask, you can't afford it.Related to:
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Carrefour: French Polynesian Walmart
Carrefour is an international supermarket group based out of France. You can buy almost anything you could imagine in this store. They sell clothing, food-local and French, home goods & even some souvenirs etc....
We had to take Le Truck about 25 minutes to get here.
What to buy: If you want to save some $ on food then check this store out.Related to:
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