Stores, Malls or Markets in New Caledonia

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    Noumea Markets: Buying food

    by Liberty2008 Written Jun 28, 2008

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    The Noumea markets are brilliant for catching up with friends, finding original and special New Caledonian food and crafts and it is a goldmine of amazing objects and people. You could stay there for the entire time it is open just watching people come and go as well as inspecting the goods for sale.

    What to buy: Fruit & vegetables- locally grown-bananas, sweet potatos, custard apples.
    A hearty espresso or beer at the bar/cafe located in the heart of the market
    Fish- an amazing array of fish and seafood
    Gifts- soaps, trinklets and handmade jewlery and crafts

    What to pay: As little or as much as you want

    Can't go wrong with these capsciums/peppers wonderful paw-paw for breakfast Myself and friend at the market La buvette du marche- you can't miss it
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    by hunwagner Written Jul 10, 2006

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    Souvenir shops in Noumea usually sell stuff mass-produced in Asia or Fiji.

    The Kanaks do produce some interesting items themselves, but telling it apart from the copies made elsewhere can be a challenge.

    As usual, the best way to do it is to buy at the source. The honesty stalls found along the main roads of North-East Grande Terre often sell local crafts for very reasonable prices.
    Expect to find soap-stone and woodcarvings, and basketware.

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  • Haberdashers in Noumea: Get those Pacific fabrics

    by tryhard Written Apr 21, 2003

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    What to buy: Take home some stunning printed fabric for a doona cover or cushions as a reminder of your New Cal holiday.
    The hardest thing will be choosing which bolt of cloth to souvenir when there are virtually hundreds to choose from.

    What to pay: various prices per metre

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    various: Supermarkets

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 18, 2003

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    I found it an experience just to visit a couple of French/New Caledonian supermarkets, to see the different sorts of food they have.

    This was the first place I'd ever seen a crayfish in an open freezer - before I'd only ever seen them behind glass in a supermarket.

    Supermarket freezer
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    various souvenir shops: Wooden carvings

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 18, 2003

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    What to buy: Below you can see a pic of some of the items you'll find in Noumean souvenir shops, including wooden carvings (but if you're buying those, you'll need to know what the airport rules are re: bringing in wooden artefacts to your home country)

    Jade is a popular item (but quite a lot more expensive than I was led to believe in brochures).

    Also you will find shell jewellery, brightly coloured clothing, t-shirts, and lots more.

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  • Le Lagon

    143 Route de l'Anse Vata, Noumea, Grand Terre, 98845, New Caledonia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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