We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Busy!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Port Vila Markets

Port Vila Markets
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 19.98*
and up
Port Vila Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #5 of 57 things to do in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
151 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
“Busy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

This is where it all happens in Port Vila and you can feel the busy atmosphere while walking around. Everything is crammed in and there is fruit that I have never seen before here. This market is all very authentic and is not set up for tourists. On the waterfront a little further along you see a market place that sells souvenirs, crafts, etc.

We ate dinner in the Port Vila markets several times. It was very cheap but very nice. You know its good when the locals all eat here.

While walking down Lini Highway a stop off at the markets to have a little walk around is a must.

Visited January 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank yblieb
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

345 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    128
    160
    47
    7
    3
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
New Zealand
Level Contributor
52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Port Vila markets - eating with the Mammas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

On our first visit to Vanuatu in 2010, we saw some tourists eating at the market, so thought we’d have one go – we enjoyed it and feed the family for 1200 vatu. In 2011, having 4 nights in Port Vila before heading north, we ate many times at the market. We chose to eat only hot food (not the lap lap with fish or chicken on top - sitting on banana leaves). The portions were very generous and tasty. Omelettes, curries and stews were all good. 2000vt for a family of 4 compared to 1200vt pp at least elsewhere. It was also a great experience for our children. No bad tummies either. We bought a lot of fruit at the market and especially enjoyed the cocoa beans. The market is very authentic, - not a tourist set up - the building is fantastic, a huge tiled area with each village seemingly having their own space. It opens on MOnday's @ about lunch time and ends about lunch time on Saturday - so runs 24/7 during that time. We met villages who go and stay there for 3 nights while they are selling their goods. You will see mums and children laying on the floor having a sleep. Apart from the obvious foods to recommended are snacks - we really enjoyed the kumula chips and peants - the ones from Epi are very tasty. Further along the waterfront is the craft market, set up small huts - get your hair braided for 1000vt, buy gifts. Antoher good way to support the local ni-Van people.

Visited October 2011
Helpful?
7 Thank Kiwilanders
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Port Vila Markets also viewed

 

Been to Port Vila Markets? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing