Mapusa ("Mapsa") is located about 10 miles north of Panaji, inland from Baga and Anjuna beaches. There is a daily "local" market there - fruits, vegetables, fish and a maze of small stores selling all kinds of goods.
But on Fridays it turns into something else. There is hardly space to walk with people taking up every bit of walkway space to show their goods. Although tourists come, it is not a "touristy" market. Locals buy their food and clothes and household items here.
The selection of spices is amazing. Fruits and vegetables are huge and lucious looking. The smell of flowers fills the air. Stop at a stall for some chai, pick up some fresh pav, buy some nice Indian tops. Clay & Terracotta pots, ashtrays, etc. make great gifts/sovenirs.
So much to see here! I definitely recommend the Mapusa Market (prices are much better than at Anjuna). Bring your camera! Get there early - before the sun. Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
Mapusa or Mapsa is the market town of Goa. Its main attractions are the flea markets. The Friday markets are very popular here. People from all over Goa come to buy and sell their commodities here. And products on sale range from dried fishes to artefacts. Main attractions in this town are the Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Albuquerque Mansion, Mascarenhas Mansion, Sri Kalika Temple, Sri Morjee Temple, Church of Our Lady of Miracles etc.
Mapusa (pronounced ‘Mapsa’) is the main town for supplies for those staying at Anjuna or Chapora.
The Friday market (8 am to 2 pm) here is an interesting event and a must see event.
Accommodation, Restaurants and Cafés:The nearby beaches of Anjuna, Vagator and Chapora are preferable to staying in Mapusa.
Reaching Mapusa:There are regular buses to Mapusa from Mumbai, Pune, Hubli and Belgaum. There are buses to Panaji and half-hourly buses to Anjuna or Calangute. A motorcycle costs Rs 50 to Anjuna or Calangute and takes about 15 minutes. Auto-rickshaws/taxis charge around Rs 70/100 (a maximum of US$ 2.5).
Mapusa is famous for the Friday Mapusa bazaar (Market), which is one of the few authentic bazaars to be found in the state. Housewives from all over Goa converge on this market town on Fridays to purchase the weeks supply of goods both perishables and otherwise.
This colourful and vibrant market usually begins at 8 in the morning and goes on till sun down. You will find everything here, from fruits, vegetables, clothes, crafts, etc. You will have to bargain because they will ask you for higher prices, but at the end you will come out of there with great things at budget prices. An experience not to be missed when travelling to Goa!
Pronounced 'Mapsa', we didn't find a great deal to see outside the colourful (and untouristy) market. More supplies and less souvenirs than Anjuna.