This is where it happens at night in the heart of Papeete. The animation is in full swing on the harbour parking lot, around dozens of street restaurants, which prepare, on the spot or take away, pizza, pancakes and crepes, Asian specialties such as noodle soup and chow mein, and traditional Polynesian dishes with raw fish. These roulottes, as they are called, open up as soon as the sun goes down and stay open until late into the night.
Authenticity is key on Vaiete square, usually populated by both locals and tourists. Small prices and friendliness are part of the charm conveyed by these typical food trucks, which come in handy for dinner on the go. Families and groups of friends merrily share meals at the nearby tables in a joyful hubbub.
On weekends, concerts add even more atmosphere to this popular, warm and upbeat spot, akin to the Polynesian people themselves.