No shopping experience in Samoa is complete without visiting the markets.
The produce market in Apia, a permanent fixture, is open every day of the week but is best from Monday to Saturday. Offering a dazzling array of fresh local produce as well as some cooked Samoan favourites to nibble on, walking along the various family owned and run
stalls you will marvel at the sheer number of bananas, coconuts and taro in all
shapes, colours and sizes, as plethora of other exotic tropical fruits and
vegetables in season. An icy cold niu (drinking coconut), is the perfect
accompaniment to this experience. Beware of going to the market hungry, as the
delicious aroma of cooking food may inspire you to bite off more than you can
The flea market is the place to pick up all those uniquely Samoan handicrafts, traditional and locally made. You will find intricate hand crafted wood carvings, beautiful kava bowls, woven pandanus mats, lavalavas (sarongs) printed in every colour under the sun, all that have all been produced just a few kilometres away in the villages. Not only do you support the local economy, but they are eco friendly and sustainable as well. It is your one stop shop for gifts for all your loved ones at home, and to
treat yourself to some tasteful souvenirs too.
The fish market is best visited early on a Sunday morning, from about 6am. There is an amazing variety of the fish available, ranging from huge cross sections of freshly caught yellow fin tuna to octopus or moral eels all at unbelievably low prices! Be adventurous and try the more bizarre options available, like the sea cucumber gizzards!