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Anjuna Flea Market, Goa Overview

Considered a treasure trove of trinkets, handicrafts, hippie clothing, souvenirs and everything else from cheap bags to footwear and junk jewellery, Anjuna Flea Market is a shopper’s paradise. Offering a multiple range of products from Keralan spices, to Kashmiri jewellery, wooden toys from Karnataka to Jimi Hendrix t-shirts, the market is a must-visit place for a true Goan experience. In addition to that, you can also find second hand bikes, cellphones, cameras etc. Held from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM every Wednesday on the shores of the Anjuna Beach, the market is one of the most popular and sought-after markets in Goa.

Besides the trinkets and regular knick-knacks, the markets also holds live music and performances by bands from time to time. In addition to that, you can relish amazing sea-food and cold beer from the shacks on the beach. Originally, the flea market covered a small area on the beach but nowadays it sprawls from the golden shores back to the paddy fields with umpteen stalls selling tidbits. Taking a tour of this age-old market is the popular tradition and one of the best things to do when in Goa.

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History of Anjuna Flea Market

The history of the flea market goes back to 1960s when the Hippies frequented the beach. They partied the whole nights listening to trance music, drinking and smoking jumbo joints. When they ran out of money, they started selling tidbits in order to survive. The culture prevailed over the years. Although now the sellers is a mix of expats and Indians, but the nature of the product remains the same. You will find folks selling ‘psychedelic’ souvenirs- t-shirts, hand bands, handmade jewellery, local tattoos etc. among other things.

Things to Do at Anjuna Flea Market

  1. Check-out the ‘hippie’ stuff including apparels, bootlegged DVDs, head bands, Buddha statues, bongs, lighters, bedsheets, leather bags etc.
  2. Get a temporary tattoo done from any stall. Although be sure of the quality of the ink and the needle.
  3. Listen to live performances by jazz bands.
  4. Enjoy cold beer and feast on the amazing food at the shacks.
  5. Visit the stalls selling Tibetan goods, singing bowl, used cellular phones etc.

Tips

  1. Bargain as much as you can. Quote a price less than half of what has been told to you. The shopkeepers try to con the tourists as they have no idea about the actual price.
  2. Do not be fooled into thinking that any product is original or authentic. Almost all of them are first copies or duplicates.
  3. Keep a note on the weighing balance. Sometimes the balance is tempered to display wrong weights of products like spices etc.
  4. Keep clear of the pick-pockets and smugglers and pay special attention to your valuables- phones, wallets etc.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Anjuna Flea Market is either before noon i.e. early in the morning or after 4:00 PM i.e. closer to sunset. The crowd is less at this time and you will be able to roam around freely.

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