Polynesians are also gourmets for whom everything deserves to be celebrated by a good “ma’a” (meal).
Spit-roast veal with a Russian salad (potato salad) and raw fish are dishes for special occasions such as a wedding or an end of the week celebration. Ma’a Tinito (Chinese dish of kidney beans served with pork or chicken and vegetables on a bed of rice) is also part of the traditions which announces the weekend. As for the baguette, it is an obligation without which no meal would be complete.
Tama’a Maitai ! (Enjoy your meal !)
Some indications :
* The shops generally open around 7:30 – 9:00am and close around 4 or 6pm from Monday to Friday. Saturdays, shops only open in the morning; some of them make an exception to the rule and stay open in the afternoon.
* The opening times of bars vary from one establishment to another; the majority opens in the morning around 9:00am until 1:00 – 2:00 the following morning.
* In general the nightclubs welcome you from 8pm to 4am in the morning every day of the week.
Caution: Sunday rest is essential in French Polynesia.
Thus only some of the food shops will open early in the morning until midday.
The rest of the shops are closed and the streets are generally empty.
For morning lovers, go to the Market in Papeete opening at 5am in the morning. Blend with the crowd of this great social and cultural place in Tahiti, discover the Polynesians and appreciate the variety of the products offered there and coming from the local agriculture, the lagoon and deep-sea fishing, the horticulture, and the craft industry.