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The Best Places to Shop in French Polynesia

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Even visitors who have never cared about jewelry before find themselves mesmerized by the black pearls found in French Polynesia, scanning the loose pearls at pearl markets, visiting farms where the gleaming little seeds are cultivated, heading to the Robert Wan Pearl Museum (where, of course, you can buy the lovely items on exhibit). At the Papeete Municipal Market, or Marché de Papeete, browse the spectacular local fruit and fish, but stop by the stands selling locally produced vanilla and fragrant body products made with monoi oil (which is coconut oil infused with the scent of flowers). While you'll hardly need a souvenir to remember these magical islands, it can't hurt to pick up a gift made here.
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56 Avenue du Commandant Destremau, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
Tahitian black pearls are the one must-have. Here, you’ll find the highest quality and original designs that feature the strange deep shimmer of black pearl (and prices that seem one digit too long).
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The perfect place to shop for anything and everything from all the islands is the 155-year-old public market called Le Marché. Located two blocks from the waterfront in the heart of Papeete, the market covers two stories. The lower level is...
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This shop, run by well-known Polynesian artist Arno, sells his earth paintings in traditional and modern designs. The store also offers a range of souvenirs from T-shirts to bracelets and necklaces made from shells.

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Pā'ōfa'i, Pape'ete, Pape'ete, French Polynesia
Galerie des Tropiques is where local artists show their stuff. Take a few minutes to learn the difference between high-quality and low-quality items, and then get shopping. You'll find some very nice carvings here, and plenty of pearl and...
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Anyone looking to splurge on something beyond the typical tourist souvenirs should stop into this welcoming and chic boutique in central Vaitape. Most of the inventory of jewelry, accessories, pillows, linens, and artwork is crafted in French...
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On the eastern edge of Avatoru, Ikimasho is where to head to for very creative and locally designed jewelry, including some pieces made with black pearls and/or bone. You'll find everything from pendants to rings and from earrings to bracelets...

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Maharepa Village, Maharepa, French Polynesia

Located in the Maharepa Village shopping center, this boutique sells a wide range of Tahitian black-pearl necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings set in silver and gold and designed by Paris native Eva, who has lived on Moorea for 30 years....

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'Uturoa, French Polynesia

Uturoa’s local town market, which opens at sunrise daily (but only stays open for a few hours on Sundays), offers a selection of hand-crafted souvenirs and pareus on its upper level as well as a vast selection of Raiatea’s freshest...

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Club Med Moorea Ruins, Hauru 98729, French Polynesia

If you’re looking for made-in-French-Polynesia trinkets, clothes or accessories, head to this sophisticated concept store located in the Le Petit Village shopping center near Hauru. It stocks a colorful and varied selection of modern...

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Gare Maritime d'UTUROA - BP 1460 - 98735 UTUROA RAIATEA, Rue Super Marché LIAUT, Uturoa 98735, French Polynesia

Located on the waterfront next to the cruise-ship dock in Uturoa, this shopping center is home to a small assortment of clothing and jewelry boutiques. Locals also set up stands outside to sell handicrafts, such as wood carvings, shell necklaces...