The islands of Tahiti have given the world a lot of popular ideas: This is the birthplace of the overwater bungalow, of surfing, the tattoo, and also . . . the food truck? Yep! Well, maybe not officially, but dozens of years before food trucks became popular, Tahiti was rocking the game with their roulottes. These trucks, which serve everything from traditional island fare to cheeseburgers, pizza, and Chinese food, can be found all around Tahiti, but the greatest concentration is in Papeete, where dozens of the colorful trucks congregate at Vaiete Square. Come for dinner or dessert.
Most Tahitians can’t afford the prices at Tahitian restaurants, which can make even a well-padded wallet scream in pain. The answer for those who don’t want to cook for themselves are the very popular food trucks (les roulottes) around the harbor. Good local action, lots of color, and both familiar and very unfamiliar dishes. If you want actual Tahitian food, this might be the only chance.