Moselle Market, beside the marina at Port-Moselle, is New Caledonia’s biggest market. It’s easy to spot the gay blue-tiled roofs of the five hexagonal pavilions. The market is open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 a.m. to midday.
A popular local institution since its inauguration in 1991, the market is the “go-to” place for fresh produce for locals, and a key attraction for tourists and cruise passengers. There’s just one rule: the earlier you go, the better!
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Three of the five pavilions are set aside for fresh produce, mostly locally grown. Piles of pineapples, bananas, dragon fruit, passion fruit and other exotics jostle yams, taros, sweet potatoes, plantain bananas and choko, depending on the season. And there are plenty of delicious specialities to tempt you: honey, preserves, fruit or vegetable pickles, pastries, spices and more.
Stop off at the snack bar in the centre of the pavilion near the market entrance, the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere and rub shoulders with the locals. The bar is famed for its classic “croque-madame” (toasted ham and cheese sandwich covered in béchamel and topped with an egg).
The ocean produce pavilion, near the wharf overlooking the fishing boats, is also an absolute must. Glittering displays of succulent lagoon and deep sea fish and shellfish, caught and landed that very morning... stalls overflowing with mangrove crabs, huge blue prawns, octopus, lobsters, golden-lined spinefoot fish (picots), bluespine unicornfish (dawas), red mullet and mahi-mahi.
And finally, take time to browse the many stalls selling hand-crafted items, sarongs, jewellery... the perfect place to stock up on souvenirs and gifts.