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