The market in the little capital town of Avarua is a Saturday morning tradition for locals and tourists alike. Stalls abound with souvenirs, including black pearls, tivaevae (appliqué embroidered homewares such as quilts), sarongs, crafts, clothing, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Food stalls are popular, with the one selling waffles and coconut especially recommended—also look out for crepes, fresh bread, dips, and smoothies. The market opens early (6 am), making it popular for breakfasts of coconut rolls and locally grown coffee. Some say the clothes and souvenirs are the same price as in the shops, but the atmosphere is what draws the crowds, along with the free cultural entertainment—singing, dancing, and drumming. You can get here by public bus, but be warned: they are often packed.
Main Road, Avarua, Cook Islands
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