Vianney Rolland is the expert after dark in Noumea, as the founder of Noumeabynight.com. We asked him a few questions for those who want to eat, dance or enjoy live music after the sun sets in Noumea.
What do you do in Noumea?
I was born in Noumea but I also lived for about two and a half years between Australia and New Zealand. I really loved the parties and festivals in these countries so I decided in 2007 to start my website Noumeabynight.com for tourists and locals to get an idea of what's on and where to hang out in Noumea.
At the end of a long day in the sun, where do you suggest grabbing a drink?
Well, you can stay onboard the P&O Cruises ship, of course, which would be a great spot to see the sunset, but you could also have a drink in Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata, these places have many bars open seven days a week.
Where's the best spot for dinner?
There are plenty of great French restaurants to enjoy in Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons. My favorite is La Fiesta chez Alban in Baie des Citrons. Alban has a warm Basque atmosphere from the French-Spanish border region and a touch of rugby mania. It also does good pizzas and burgers.
And for those who feel like dancing?
It depends what kind of music you like. You will find in Anse Vata the most famous club, Pop Light – it's the only nightclub over the sea. You can also find some great nightclubs along the Baie des Citrons beach; places like MV Lounge, Tahiti Fenua (Polynesian music), The Club (electro bar), Krystal (electro bar).
Where can visitors to Noumea go for great live music?
There are many fantastic spots to listen live bands. In Anse Vata Bodega Del Mar, in Baie des Citrons L’endroit, Les 3 Brasseurs and La Fiesta chez Alban.
For more tips from locals in Noumea, read why Bernard Biancucci considers his home paradise.
Or check out our interview with Romain Lionnet of Noumea Discovery.