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Tahiti is really the only island in French Polynesia with much to offer in the way of nightlife, although the offerings are still somewhat limited. The best way to start your evening is to wander over to Vai'ete Square where the gourmet food trucks, Les Roulottes, open nightly to serve a range of inexpensive treats including Chinese food, French crépes and pizza. This popular local hangout is the perfect place to grab a quick bite, enjoy live musical entertainment and watch the Tahitian people at play.
For the late-night hours, there are a number of local bars and nightclubs situated along Papeete's waterfront street, Boulevard Pomare. If you're in search of the best drinks, try a local microbrewery called Les 3 Brasseurs with over 20 different beers on tap; or visit Le Chaplin's, which has a selection of over 50 cocktails on the menu. For the best dancing, check out Le Paradise Nightclub or Le Royal Kikiriri and see if you can keep up with the tamure (the fast, hip-shaking Tahitian dance).