Mapusa market has always been one of the main centres for trading and shopping in Goa from the olden times. In fact, they say that the market grew to become so significant, that the town that developed around it was derived from the business conducted at the market. The Konkani words, “map” (meaning to measure) and “sa” (meaning to fill up) are joined to form the word Mapusa.
It is a vibrant and bustling market that is open from around 9am till 6.30 – 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Like most Goan markets, it tends to shut down for the traditional susegad or siesta time in the afternoons. One can find just about anything at Mapusa Market, with items ranging from antiques and Goan pottery to handicrafts, textiles, clothing, spices, fruits, vegetables, meats, jewellery. Bargaining is advised, and is a good place to test your haggling skills.
Also, most shops now accept cards but usually for a minimal billing of INR 200 to INR 500 but the local street vendors only accept cash. There are ATMs in the vicinity of the market, so you don’t need to worry much. There are buses that run in to Mapusa from just about everywhere in Goa, for as cheap as INR 10-20 a ticket.
Mapusa is a great place to meet the locals, take pictures or just walk about. But on Friday, the Market gets super active and busy, and we suggest you get there then for the best experience. On every Friday, local traders, farmers, artisans, etc. showcase their produce or works. And that’s the day you will also get the opportunity to buy without paying middleman prices.