Taking out the title of New Caledonia’s largest market, Port Moselle is conveniently situated beside the marina at Port Moselle. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 5 am to 11:30 am, it’s easy to spot the blue-tiled roofs of the market’s five hexagonal pavilions.
A popular local institution since its inauguration in 1991, this Nouméa market is not only a go-to destination for fresh local produce, but it also happens to be a key attraction for tourists and cruise passengers alike. Rub shoulders with the locals and discover the incredible variety of fresh foods, souvenirs and handicrafts that fill its stalls.
If there’s just one piece of advice to take note of before you visit the Port Moselle Market, it’s definitely that the earlier you go, the better!
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Three of the market’s five pavilions are set aside for fresh food, most of which is local produce that has been grown across the archipelago. Throughout the stalls, you’ll discover an incredible variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, from pineapples, bananas and passionfruit to some of their more exotic counterparts. Try something new with taro, plantain bananas, yams or chokos, or embrace New Caledonia’s French heritage with freshly baked croissants and local cheeses. Keep an eye out for specialities that are sure to tempt, including honey, preserves, pickles, spices and more.
French-inspired cafe bar
Shopping can be hungry work, so if your stomach starts to rumble, the cafe bar, located in the pavilion near the market entrance, is the place to head. Situated at the heart of the pavilion, the French-inspired cafe bar serves up some delicious treats, including their famed croque-madame. A toasted ham and cheese sandwich covered in béchamel sauce and topped with an egg, it’s a tantalising treat that’s sure to satisfy even the largest of appetites.
Located near the wharf, the ocean produce pavilion is an absolute must for any visit to this popular Nouméa market. As you wander through the pavilion, take a moment to admire the glittering displays of fresh lagoon and deep sea fish, shellfish and more. Caught fresh each morning, the stalls are filled with locally sourced seafood as diverse as mangrove crabs, blue prawns, octopus, lobsters, golden-lined spinefoot fish (picots), bluespine unicornfish (dawas), red mullet and mahi-mahi. Although it may sit away from the other pavilions, the short walk to the ocean produce pavilion is well worth the effort.
If you’re looking for great gifts for friends and family, or are searching for a souvenir to remember your time in New Caledonia, Port Moselle Market is the perfect place to start. Spend time browsing through stalls filled with hand-crafted goods, clothing, homewares, jewellery, accessories and more. With a wide selection of items to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.