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Of all the French Polynesian islands, Tahiti offers the most in the way of shopping, especially at its local markets. The best spot for shopping in Tahiti is Le Marché in downtown Papeete. This open-air marketplace is essentially a large farmer's market and souvenir shop combined. Here, you'll find a wide selection of fresh local produce and items such as vanilla beans, monoï oil and Tahitian black pearls. Beyond the shopping, this colorful and exciting marketplace is one of the best spots in Tahiti to encounter the island's culture and people.
Another option is Le Centre Vaima. Also located in downtown Papeete, this multi-level shopping center offers a range of clothing and accessory stores. This is where you'll find the Robert Wan Black Pearl Museum, which tells the history of Tahitian pearls and explains their cultivation process. If you're in the market for a black pearl, but need help making an informed purchase decision, this is a great place to start.