Vai'ete Square (Place Vai'ete)
Located in downtown Papeete, Vai'ete Square (Place Vai’ete) is a nice place to take a relaxing waterfront stroll during the day. At night, however, the atmosphere becomes much more lively as colorful food wagons (roulottes) offering local cuisine and decadent desserts open to the masses.
In the evenings, visitors can sample everything from Tahitian pizza to French crepes to grilled calf heart. Live music from a nearby pavilion as well as live performances of all kinds add to the vibrant atmosphere, while tables littering the square allow you to relax and enjoy your meal. After you're done eating, wander the downtown to explore some of the island's nightlife options. Segway tours of Papeete, both by day and at night, pass by the square.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Vai’ete Square is a must-visit for foodies, night owls, and first time visitors.
- Bring some local currency in small denominations if you plan to eat from the food wagons.
- Food portions tend to be large; often one plate is enough for two people to share.
How to Get There
Vai’ete Square is at the heart of Papeete, within easy walking distance of just about everything in town.
When to Get There
The roulottes of Vai’ete Square start to open in the late afternoon, and the square becomes rowdier as the night goes on. On certain nights of the month, you can also find traditional dance performances taking place. A craft market pops up when cruise ships are in town.
A Bit of France in Papeete
While in the square, take note of some of the architectural details. The iron lacework bandstand features replica nineteenth-century French lanterns, and the lampposts scattered throughout the park look right out of Paris.
- Marché de Pape'ete (Pape'ete Market)
- Papeete Town Hall (Mairie de Papeete)
- Territorial Assembly (Place Tarahoi)
- Vaima Shopping Centre
- Bougainville Park (Parc Bougainville)
- Robert Wan Pearl Museum (Musee de la Perle Robert Wan)
- Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame)
- Arahoho Blowhole (Trou de Souffleur de Arahoho)