Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Pape'ete

Marché de Pape’ete

A Pape'ete institution. If you see one site in town, make it this market, which fills an entire city block. Shop for colourful pareu (sarongs), shell necklaces, woven hats and local produce in the main hall. Dotted …
Top Choice Fusion in Pape'ete

Le Lotus

Inside the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti, this uber-romantic restaurant on the edge of the lagoon is perfect for a special night out; a good excuse to put on your best, but still casual, outfit. Flickering candles,…
Area in Pape'ete

Administrative District

The Territorial Assembly and other government buildings occupy Place Tarahoi, the former site of the Pomare palace. The termite-riddled 1883 palace was razed in 1960, but you can get an idea of what it looked like f…
Tahitian in Pape'ete

Place To’ata Snacks

This cluster of open-air snacks (snack bars) with outdoor seating – Vaimiti, Chez Jimmy, Mado, Moeata, Toa Sushi – near Place To’ata are a great place to chill with regulars and savour the most authentic and best-va…
in Pape'ete

Mango Café

As far as decor goes, this Miami-style white and bright restaurant is as stylish as Pape’ete gets. The Tahitian nouveau-style menu here changes regularly but always has lots of locally inspired dishes such as mahi m…
Brasserie in Pape'ete

Les 3 Brasseurs

You can’t miss the inviting and open facade of this lively brasserie in front of the Gare Maritime. It might feel weird to sit down for flammekueche (an Alsatian pizza-like dish) and choucroute (sauerkraut) in the m…
Fusion in Pape'ete

O Belvédère

One of Tahiti's most romantic dining destinations, with fantastic views over the city from 600m atop a hillside. It was being renovated and re-imagined as a 'concept restaurant' when we passed, but it promises to be…
Church in Pape'ete

Temple de Paofai

Although the Catholic cathedral is placed squarely in the town centre, Tahiti remains predominantly Protestant, a lasting legacy of the LMS missionaries. The large pink Temple de Paofai makes an unforgettably colour…
Viewpoint in Pape'ete

Pointe du Taharaa – One Tree Hill

At the top of the hill at around PK8, pull off to the lagoon side of the road and park in the lot that once belonged to Tahiti’s very upmarket Hyatt Regency. From this crumbling site of the abandoned hotel you’ll ge…
Cathedral in Pape'ete

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Taking pride of place in the centre of town is the Cathédrale Notre-Dame.