Discover The Islands of Tahiti

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  • © Tahiti Tourism

  • © Tahiti Tourism

Discover The Islands of Tahiti pf

Blending French flair with laid-back island charm, The Islands of Tahiti is a melting pot for the senses and the tastebuds.

Despite being half a world away, some parts of Papeete can seem like a distant suburb of Paris. As in France, it is easy to find creperies, boulangeries and patisseries, while local supermarkets stock pate, baguettes, cheeses and plenty of French wine.

Papeete is also home to the biggest concentration of restaurants in the Islands of Tahiti, serving up fine French cuisine alongside tropical Polynesian flavours in an array of beautiful and stylish waterfront establishments, including Le Cocos and Le Lotus at the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort. 

For the budget conscious, there are inexpensive ways of sampling local specialties at Les Roulottes, a collection of port-side food trucks that serve everything from hearty meals of steak and chips to crepes and pizza. 

The local cuisine also features plenty of Asian influences, with Chinese among the earliest settlers, while close links to Hawaii, with its Japanese heritage, have produced numerous Japanese sushi bars and restaurants.

Tahitian food is renowned for its freshness and use of quality local produce.A tropical year-round climate, pristine environment and rich volcanic soil means just about anything grows. There are 300 different types of bananas alone, as well as avocados, coconuts, papaya, breadfruit, taro and acidic Tahitian limes crucial to Tahiti’s national dish, poisson cru.