Port Moselle market, NouméaPort Moselle market, Nouméa
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Port Moselle Market


Immerse yourself in the exotic atmosphere of New Caledonia’s largest market! From 5 am to 12 pm, Tuesday to Sunday, Nouméa’s Port Moselle Market welcomes locals and visitors alike. Under its gleaming blue-tiled halls, stalls compete to offer the finest tropical fruits, catches of the day from the fishery, Pacific delicacies… Beyond the market’s vibrant interior, the handicraft stalls outside are perfect for acquiring a souvenir. Before moving on, it’s impossible not to linger over a coffee at the central café… What do we cherish most? The lively market right in front of the harbour boats! How about you?

The market is situated at Port Moselle, just a few minutes’ walk from Place des Cocotiers and in close proximity to the Latin Quarter. If you’re coming from Nouméa’s bays, especially Baie des Citrons and Baie de l’Anse-Vata, reaching the market is a breeze via public transport or car. Just leisurely explore the bays! The Taneo Bus Line N°3, Kuendu Beach – Ouen Toro, features several strategic stops, including the municipal market. Hop On Hop Off shuttles criss-cross the bays, and they also make stops here along their route.

  • For the widest selection of arts and crafts, visit on weekends;
  • If you’re interested in purchasing fish, plan to arrive early, as the stalls tend to sell out quickly;
  • Always seek permission before taking photographs of the stalls and vendors.
Top 5 things to do

From tasting farm-fresh products to acquiring artisanal treasures, discover the best activities to enjoy during your visit to Nouméa’s Port Moselle Market!

1. Savour tropical fruits and local produce

Moselle market in Nouméa
Moselle market in Nouméa
Moselle market in Nouméa

What are these vibrant fruits and vegetables with their intriguing shapes and poetic names? Dragon fruit, pomme-liane, pomme-cannelle, chouchoute, taro… When facing the stalls, don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with the vendors and purchase some products to savour on the spot or take with you! Some stalls offer a diverse selection from across the Pacific, while others proudly present products from traditional fields, such as those from Maré in the Loyalty Islands.

2. Explore the Fresh catch of the day

The market occupies a prime location, right in front of Moselle Port. Fishermen offload their fresh catches of fish and shellfish here. Yellowfin tuna, marlin, mahi-mahi, crabs, dawas, snapper… This is where you’ll encounter the broadest array of fresh seafood from the open sea or lagoon. Feel free to inquire about authentic Caledonian seafood recipes!

3. Enjoy Breakfast on the terrace of the central café

Nestled in one of the indoor pavilions, the central market café serves up coffee, cold beverages, and breakfasts both at the counter and on outdoor tables. Elevate your order with a freshly-made Breton crepe from a nearby stall or tropical fruit, then take a seat on the terrace. Here, you’ll have a front-row view of merchants and customers bustling about, all to the sounds of Oceanian music!

4. Stroll along the quays to watch the boats

After shopping at the market, it would be a shame not to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the quayside of Port Moselle. Pass by sailboats and motorboats, gather information on potential excursions at the Tourist Office, and gradually leave the market behind. To conclude your morning with style, treat yourself to a culinary break at the “Bout du Monde” bar. A true Noumean institution, it has recently been revitalised with trendy, vibrant decor. It’s the perfect spot to relish the harbour ambiance.

5. Shop for souvenirs from local designers and artisans

Amid the myriad land and sea products, crêpes, spices, and artisanal bread, take a brief detour to the handicraft stalls showcasing creations from New Caledonia and the wider Pacific. They can be found around the central refreshment area and the market’s outer section. Artists and craftsmen with their own workshops come to display their wares: watercolours, textile creations, sculptures, jewellery, cosmetics… A tip: to meet them, it’s best to visit from Friday to Sunday when there are more local artisans.