Jon Lewin

MARKET MISSIONS IN MATARA

Jon Lewin
MARKET MISSIONS IN MATARA

The bustling markets of Sri Lanka offer a wide variety of fresh seasonal produce all year round. They range from one-man street vendors with their fruit and veg laid out on hessian floor mats, to huge weekly markets with hundreds of stalls. These markets offer a variety of goods, including aromatic spices, the freshest seafood, delicious fruit and vegetables, sweet treats, natural oils, and so much more. 

Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and pepper are found in abundance on the island, together with the tastiest blends of curry powders I have ever come across. These markets really indulge your senses with their tantalizing aromas and array of colourful produce. The hustle and bustle is exciting: sellers shout out prices per gram, weigh their produce in battered old brass scales, and bargain with hordes of housewives – and they never stop smiling. 

As far as money is concerned, you will be amazed by what you can get for your budget. As with most items in Sri Lanka, the price is always negotiable and bargaining is part of the culture. Have fun with it but try to remember that no matter how much something costs, you are probably arguing over a few pence, so try not to take it too seriously.