Anjuna is famous throughout Goa for
its Wednesday flea market although the effect of package tourism is now clearly visible.
Useful Information:There are numerous travel agencies which
can make all travel bookings. MGM International Travels, on the main
road and Kwick Travels at the Manali Guest House are both good. A few
Internet outlets are available – Manali Guest House, or Mama Janet’s
Café are good places to use.
Shopping: Oxford Stores and Orchard Stores, which stand opposite each other, are
probably the best stocked shops. The newer Oxford Arcade is closer to the beach.
Everything, from a loaf of bread to a Christmas turkey and other goodies, is available.
Foreign currency can be changed here and at several other places around the village.
Anjuna Flea Market:This is a major attraction for people from all the Goan
beaches. Tibetan and Kashmiri traders, Gujarati in colourful clothes women and hippies
gather here. You can get anything from a second-hand paperback to a haircut, from
jewellery to carvings, T-shirts, sarongs or lungis, chillums, spices and almost anything
else you can think of. Bargaining is an exciting part of the experience.
Stalls are set up at the market in the morning and remain open until sunset.
Restaurants and Cafés:There are a few beachside restaurants in the area.
The German Bakery serves good herbal teas, espresso coffee and snacks.
Mango Shade Restaurant ( behind the flea market site).
Motel Rose Garden (on the beach) is good for seafood and cold beer.
Sea Breeze Café has good food but is crowded on market days.
Maratha’s Breakfast Home: serves excellent breakfasts in a pleasant, shady
garden. There are also a few rooms to let. There are many restaurants around the
crossroads in the main village and on the road to Mapusa.
Reaching Anjuna:Buses run every hour or so to Anjuna and Chapora from Mapusa,
but it may be easier to take a motorcycle taxi (about Rs 50) or to hire a taxi cab.
Local Transport:The best way to go around is to rent a motorcycle. This is
commonly done, especially on market day.