In Goa, there are lots of markets to pay a visit to. The one which was recommended to us was the Saturday Night Market which is supposedly famous. After a few days of jetlag, we wanted to get out of the hotel and see something so we decided soaking up the atmosphere of the Saturday Night Market was the way to go.
There are actually two Saturday night market’s in North Goa, one which is called Saturday Night Bazaar and the original, The Saturday Night Market. We were advised that the old one was the better one so hopped in a taxi to go there.
The journey there was an adventure within itself. Driving in Goa is absolutely terrible, I’m pretty sure you don’t have to have a license to drive there. Everyone pulls out on everyone, there’s no right of way, people are ridiculously risky, beeping is constant and on top of that, cows walk out in the middle of the road. The drive there was hair-raising and the traffic was so bad because it was such a busy night, both markets are packed.
We did arrive at the market safe and sound thank Goodness! We spent some time wandering around the stalls seeing what they had to offer. The atmosphere was incredible with both Indians and tourists shopping around. The smell was an intense mix of spices and incense. Every seller wanted your attention but thankfully, it wasn’t too pushy.
We ended up buying some incense sticks and an elephant beach blanket. I have wanted a beach blanket for years but never wanted to splash out the 30€ lucky lucky men were charging in Tenerife. In Goa, I paid the equivalent of £4. Bargain!
They also have performers at the market which is where the main atmosphere is. We watched a hippy band and fire dancers which provided a nice little break from browsing market stalls.
The market stalls are quite repetitive so a lot you just walk by without too much attention. I would say we spent less than two hours there but it was interesting to visit and soak up the atmosphere.
I’m not usually a market person but I enjoyed the visit, a bit of a different way to spend a Saturday night!
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