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 :-)
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.
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.