There is no better place on the planet for a drink. The surpassing views, tropical breezes and general fabulousness of the islands are an ideal backdrop for a happy cocktail hour (or two). French wine is de rigueur with meals and the coffee is sensational, as you would expect.
Top 3 Drinks You Should Try
The local beer is a very agreeable drop and is the most commonly sighted brand mark in French Polynesia. The label’s pretty Tahitian vahine, motu and sky blue colouring is an iconic symbol and the bitter golden lager goes down a treat on a warm day.
Meaning ‘good times’ in Polynesian, a mai tai is traditionally a cocktail based on light rum, curaçao, and fruit juices. But there are dozens of recipes around French Polynesia, all claiming to be best. Why not try them all and judge for yourself?
Resort signature drinks
Many of the bars, hotels and resorts have signature cocktails to tempt you. Trust this impulse. They are proud of their offerings and you could discover something amazing, like tequila pamplemousse, orange blossom, Soho starfruit, miki miki or beachcomber cocktails.
Top 7 Places You Should Drink
A trendy rooftop bar and restaurant in the Vaima Shopping Centre in downtown Papeete next to the cathedral with great views of the city. Ideal for a drink and/or a feed. Friendly staff and a good tapas menu.
Les 3 Brasseur
‘Hops’ on in to this microbrewery in the centre of town and enjoy a craft beer and an excellent burger at a reasonable price. A nice spot for a drink before or after dinner at the Roulottes. Great vibe and live music on the weekends.
Le Pink Coconut
Based within Marina Taina, this tres trendy bar and restaurant is a great spot for a cocktail while watching the super-yachts come and go. Arrive before sunset and take in the pink-hued views of the lagoon and Moorea. Live music on the weekends.
Always up for a party, this local bar and nightclub is where the beautiful young things hang out. The name means ‘red hot’ and the cool DJs and live bands make it so into the wee small hours. Kicks off after 11pm.
Toatea Crêperie & Bar, Hilton Moorea Resort & Spa
If you fancy a crêpe with your cocktail, this intimate and sophisticated overwater bar is the place. Known simply as the ‘sunset bar’, think stars shining above, sharks swimming below and stunning sunsets over the lagoon.
Bora Bora Yacht Club
Just a short stroll from Vaitape village, share a cold Hinano or pina colada and freshly squeezed coconut milk with the local sailing set. Soak up the lagoon views, play pool with the staff and dance after dinner.
Sunset Restaurant & Bar, Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort
Classy but casual-chic, the ‘Sunset’ is known for its signature cocktails and flavoured vodkas, fresh sushi and small tasting plates, as well as dramatic sunsets behind iconic Mt Otemanu.