Apia's colorful vegetable market, or maketi fou, three blocks inland on Fugalei or Saleufi Streets, throbs with activity 24 hours a day—families spend the night here rather than abandon their places. You'll see a marvelous array of local produce, all with prices clearly marked, plus an eating area and a great assortment of classic Polynesian types.
Go native in Samoa by changing into some colorful, eye-catching clothing. Female travelers especially will enhance their appearance and acceptance by wearing a long muumuu gown, a two-piece puletasi, or a simple wraparound lavalava available at the Flea Market on the waterfront. This is also a good place to shop for handicrafts.
The Samoa Tattooing Studio (weekdays 0900-1600, Saturday 0800-1200), corner of Savalalo and Saleufi streets near the vegetable market, is the place to get a permanent souvenir, such as a Samoan armband.
Handicrafts are available at Aggie's Gift Shop, next to Aggie Grey's Hotel. Most shops are closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
The Samoa Philatelic Bureau is in the Chief Post Office marked "SamoaTel" and at the airport—beautiful stamps at face value.