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Nouméa's must-see neighbourhoods

Surrounded by magnificent bays and a lagoon listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nouméa’s quartiers offer a glimpse of a cosmopolitan capital city buzzing with activity!

Beyond its stunning natural beauty, Nouméa offers a glimpse into the rich cultural and architectural diversity of New Caledonia. Take a leisurely walk through its historic neighbourhoods, marvel at the colourful colonial buildings, explore the shopping streets, and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle evident in popular spots like Baie des Citrons (Lemon Bay) or l’Anse-Vata! Before venturing out to explore the main island, Grande Terre, visit museums and animal parks to add an extra layer of excitement to your stay!

Baie des Citrons and Anse-Vata

The vibrant neighbourhood’s of Anse-Vata and Baie des Citrons (Lemon Bay) are the heart of Nouméa. Locals gather here after work, on evenings, and weekends for activities like swimming, water sports, shopping, seaside lunches, sunset drinks, and lively night parties. Both day and night, these bays offer a plethora of activities to satisfy every interest. Baie des Citrons is known for its concentration of restaurants and bars, with a family-friendly beach. Anse-Vata features a shopping complex and is the go-to beach for kiteboarding , as well as the departure point for taxi boats to îlot Canard (Duck island) and îlot Maître (Master island).


The beating heart of the city centre is Place des Cocotiers. Alongside a beautiful music kiosk and statues honouring historic figures, the square hosts regular shows. Take a stroll in the shade of flamboyant trees, listen to Loriquet birds, or picnic on the grass like the locals. Surrounding the square, shopping streets offer a variety of options. In this area, you’ll find small restaurants, modern snack bars, and hipster cafés, perfect for a quick lunch. Explore Quai Ferry after passing through the Chinese Quarter, home to the Tourist Office and cultural venues like the Musée de la Ville, the World War II Museum, and the Maison Higginson.

Marina Port Plaisance

Right next to the Baie des Citrons, the Port Plaisance district occupies a strategic location. Adjacent to Baie des Citrons, the Port Plaisance district is strategically located between the city centre and Nouméa’s most beautiful bays. This area features a small marina, luxury residences, and a shopping centre with boutiques, a wine shop, and a bakery.

Faubourg Blanchot

In Nouméa, the Faubourg Blanchot quarter takes you on a trail amid the oldest colonial villas, bridging the city centre and the seafront. Built by colonists and convicts in the late 19th century, these wooden houses bear witness to Caledonian architecture. The Maison Célières, constructed in 1898, is the only colonial house open to the public. The heritage circuit leads to around sixty colonial villas, each marked along the route. Learn more at the Nouméa Tourist Office.

La Promenade Pierre Vernier and Ouen Toro

Stretching from Anse-Vata to the Baie de Sainte-Marie, the Promenade Pierre Vernier and the Ouen Toro are the capital’s green lung. They are a delight for sports enthusiasts and families alike. Running alongside the lagoon, the promenade offers one lane dedicated to bikes, rollerblades, skates and another one for pedestrians. All along the 4-kilometre route, sports facilities and water features make it an ideal place for a dynamic stroll. Accessible from the Promenade Vernier, the parc du Ouen Toro offers one of the most beautiful viewpoints over the lagoon and bays of Nouméa. Several paths take you on foot to its top, where the view embraces the city and the sea. You can see the islands closest to Nouméa, all the way to the Amédée lighthouse! Along the way, several platforms offer much appreciated picnic spots.

Le Quartier Latin

The Latin Quarter is an old quarter just a stone’s throw from the city centre, which has undergone considerable transformation in recent years. Today, it’s a mix of colonial houses, shops, trendy cafés and an art gallery. Just a stone’s throw from the market, you’ll find the American memorial and the Mwâ Ka, a totem pole symbolising all the ethnic groups around the Kanak people. The MUZ, the former Museum of New Caledonia dedicated to the Kanak and Oceanian civilizations, is due to open in this district in 2024.

Did you know?

This charming historic district was built on marshland, giving it its name in reference to the Latin Quarter of Paris, separated from the centre of the capital by the Seine.

Port Moselle

Heading towards the sea from the Latin Quarter, you’ll come across the municipal market, also known as the Moselle market because it’s located on the port of the same name. Be sure not to miss a visit during your stay! Under its halls with blue-tiled roofs, stalls compete for the most beautiful tropical fruits, catches of the day, and Pacific specialties. Outside, craft stalls are perfect for buying souvenirs. Port Moselle is also the starting point for sea outings (catamaran rental, whale watching, transfer to the DoubleTree by Hilton, visit to the Amédée Lighthouse, etc.) and the gateway for all yachtsmen. The neighbourhood is lively, regularly hosting themed evenings and concerts at Le Bout du Monde, a bar-restaurant with a view of the boats. Finally, the port serves as the home base for villages during major nautical events like the Groupama Race.

The Sainte-Marie district

At the end of Promenade Pierre Vernier, close to the domestic Nouméa-Magenta aerodrome, the Sainte-Marie urban park features children’s games, picnic tables, wooden pontoons, an ice cream parlour, a green space… everything you need for a relaxing family time. The Maison de la Biodiversité, will teach you plenty about New Caledonian ecosystems, while a footbridge linking the presqu’île de Ouémo to the park allows you to continue this introduction to biodiversity on a developed path in the heart of the mangrove.

Best tips

to visit Noumea’s Neighbourhoods
Guided Tours

Board a double-decker bus or take a seat aboard a small train for a guided tour of Nouméa’s main points of interest! Alternatively, take the bus Hop on Hop Off to visit the city market, Port Plaisance, Anse Vata Bay and the New Caledonia Museum on your own!

Surprising Segway Tour

It’s possible to explore Nouméa’s neighborhoods in an unusual way. Try the Segway, a kind of gyropod that you can reserve at Baie des Citrons for a guided tour of the bays!