FLEA-STREET MARKETS, Goa
Where can you find a place that sells everything under the sun from Porcelain, candle work, Turkish hookahs,ancient artefacts, religious deities, Pashmina shawls, G strings, trance compact disc's, beads, Quartz and Calcite crystals, uncut gems, Sitars, Guitars and the list continues… You could also have a dreadlock haircut or learn some magic tricks. How about a quick course in juggling or clay pigeon shooting? For the more adventurous there is always the good ole art of body piercing, tattooing or maybe even a foot massage.
If this is making you wonder if all of this is too good to be true then think again. A place like this does exist. Known to most locals as the flea market and probably one of the best in Goa is 'Ingo's Saturday Nite Bazaar'. Those holidaying in Goa and not making the trip to this market in the village of Arpora in North Goa are missing out on an experience of a lifetime.
What to buy: Shawls, lounge CDs, cheap beach wear and glassware
What to pay: Bargain hard
We shopped at 3 different markets in Goa.
1. Mapusa Friday Market...This market is open on Friday from 8:00 am til 6:00 pm..We took a taxi from Candolim for 400 Rs. (expensive, yes) and they waited for us for 3 hours i think..This market is more of a local event and has everything from clothing to produce..Really enjoyed it!!
2. Ingo's Night Market...This Saturday night market was booming with vendors, food vendors and entertainment..Also took a taxi from Candolim for 400 Rs and they waited for us for 5 hours..
3. Anjuna Market..This market is a major attraction for tourists..I found this market to be a bit more touristy and sold everything imaginable..Open every Wednesday from 9:00 am, best to get their early..It was so hot out the day we went..but we did enjoy it..
What to buy: Everything that exists is sold in the markets..At the:
Mapusa Market: I bought 4 really nice cushion covers and a wall hanging for about 800 Rs. which i thought was a really good deal...Also bought a pair of shoes..
At Ingo's Night Market..All i bought was Kingfisher!! Although there was a variety of everthing.
Anjuna Market bought some blouses, a purse and some tank tops!! Could have bought way more, but it was just too hot to shop!!
Alot of the other things i bought in Goa, where from stores in Candolim and Baga..But mostly i bought cushion covers in every style and color..
What to pay: You can spend as little as possibe at the markets..as you can haggle and get the price way down if you know how to do it right!!
This decorated Buffalo was at the Anjuna market area and doubles up as a mobile shop the owner leading it wherever the crowd is
What to buy: fabrics, woven goods,
What to pay: Barter for the best deals, expect to pay approx half the asking price
This is the place to visit on a Wednesday a cacophony on sound, smells and people the Gypsies, the hippies, Tibetans, beggars, you name it they are there and will try and sell you something from woven goods, trinkets, jewewrly Silver and paper mache boxes,all sorts of handicrafts, bet you come away with something! And all to the sound of a pulsing techno beat!!
The best silver jewellery to buy is made by the Tibetans and can be found in the centre of Anjuna market.
We found this delightful lady who sat us down and showed us a huge amount of silver bangles, anklets and necklaces.
Needless to say we bought some after getting a good price for our things.
What to buy: Silver bangles, bracelets, necklaces and anklets set with semi precious stones
What to pay: Bargain until you are happy with the price.
If you like flea markets then I strongly recommend Ingo's and their counterparts Mackies on Saturday nights rather then the hassle that is Anjuna Market on a Wednesday.
Not only do you get away from the heat on the Saturdays, but the live music and variations of food available definately makes the markets a must.
You also don't get a parade of people trying to make you buy drums, saris, whistles and clean you ears all at the same time!
What to buy: I think the jewellery on display is amazing, as are many of the carvings. Try not to get caught up buying loads of trinkets or saris from the first buyer you come to. If you walk away from them as the price is too much, they will probably chase you and let you buy the item for the price you want to pay.
What to pay: As much or as little as you want
Anjuna Market on a wednesday is a great experience. But I only did it once. It is worth it to go once, just to see what is there.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAGGLE!!
Pros: Just to say you have done it.
Just to know what is there.
To experience some entertainment
Cons: It is now put on for the tourist. Everything you can buy at Anjuna you can probably get in your resort, at a much cheaper price. Even if you haggle. Never buy cigarettes from Anjuna, they are probably fake and taste nothing like cigarettes from home. The Indian stores are not really GOAN, they are from other states , cashing in on the tourist.
What to buy: Go to Anjuna in your second week, when you have been to the local stores and know what the local prices are.
What to pay: HAGGLE , HAGGLE HAGGLE. EVEN WALK AWAY IF IT IS TOO DEAR.
For a much better bargain than the tourist markets, head to Mapusa to buy your spices.
What to buy: Cinnamon, cumin, sugar-coated fennel seeds, various curry powders and spice mixes, cadamom, white poppy seeds, ajwain seeds, star anise, peppercorns, mustard seeds, cassia bark, nutmeg, coriander seeds, turmeric, dried chillis and saffron. We found the vanilla pods a little on the expensive side.
What to pay: If you are a spice lover like me - the sky's the limit! I actually spent over US$50 on spices!
Haggle affably for some great bargains. Have a price in mind, but don't rip anybody off.
The first customer of the day is considered auspicious, so go early.
What to buy: Carvings, embroideries, imitation designer lablel clothing, spices, nic-nacs and a whole host of other things you didn't even realise you needed!
Watch the Goan people going about their business on this busy market in the centre of mapusa. The smells and the atmosphere make it an assault on the senses, a lot less commercialised than the Anjuna market and more for the locals.
What to buy: Spices are a favourite to buy along with cotton clothing
What to pay: Just haggle
A mass of stalls selling anything you could possibly need or not need as the case may be. The resident hippies and locals make this an experience not to be missed with a mix of colourful clothing, jewelry, herbs and spices on sale at knockdown prices if your prepared to haggle.
WEDNESDAY ONLY (NOT DURING MONSOON)
What to buy: Silver and semi precious stones are a bargain here along with cotton clothing.
What to pay: Half the price and be prepared to barter very hard.
Anjuna market operates on Wednesday only, and it is one of the biggest outdoor markets I have ever seen before.
- Bargains as far as the eye can see.
Here you can buy all kinds of things (not all genuine of course!)- local handicrafts, leather goods, clothing, sunglasses etc and the incredibly cheap prices just encourage you to spend more.
I like to drive a hard bargain and the bartering makes it so much more fun- at the end of the day most vendors want to make a sale so if you are persistant you can get some incredible bargains. Being outdoors in the stifling heat and intensity is quite exhausting though- and you need to relax on the beach after a hard morning shopping, wondering how you will get all of your good in the suitcase and back home!!
What to buy: Local crafts, leather, clothing, plus much more.
What to pay: As little as possible.
Anjuna Beach market takes place on wednesdays at Anjuna Beach, every week but only during high season. I went there in august (monsoon) and all I found was 2 or 3 indian girls selling me blankets.
This famous market is one of the few remains of the hippy 60s ambiance that made Goa famous in the last century. You can still see here the old hippies that came for some months and established here to live since then. You can really find bargains here, but there's too much "hippy circus" too, as someone told me.
You can shop to you drop in Goa, every-where you go you will come across little shacks seelling food and drink even your favourite western chocolate (check the date of expiry)
What to buy: Best of all there are tailors that will make you any-thing you want whether it's a replica football shirt or an armani suit, just go in get measured and go back the next day or a couple of days later and pick up your clobber. If you have a favourite shirt or dress take it in and they will replicate it by the next day, but be warned you pay for what you get so if it's cheap then don't expect it to go through to many washes, saying that I bought a replica Indian cricket shirt for $2 with my name on the back and it's still going strong.
This colourful market sells everything, here a young girl offers fresh fish from a basket you can also buy fruit and veg, Meat in fact most things