When we think of Goa, we view it as the most happening holiday spot in India. Goa is the state located on the western coast of India with beautiful beaches, a trendy nightlife and over 300-year historical Portuguese architecture. Goa is known for its beaches, the green life and colourful houses but for people who are a shopaholic; Goa has varieties to offer for your sober to craziest choices of items, it has never ceased to amaze its guests from all over the world.
Goa has a very enchanting history; decades ago it was home to the Portuguese who have left their influence in more ways than one and that is why Goa appears to be so different when we go shopping.
It’s amazing to see what all you can get in Goa.
From hippie clothing to jewellery and gothic accessories, from shell and bamboo work to terracotta and brassware, spice, carpets , glass bangles, musical instruments, crafts, fresh fish & vegetables, fancy items, bric-a-brac, souvenirs, and leather products, branded clothes and items, you will find it all here.
Get ready for a shopping spree as I bring to you, the 10 most preferred places for shopping in Goa:
1. ANJUNA FLEA MARKET
This market is the liveliest of all, it takes place every Wednesday. Being in the beach town of Anjuna, it is constantly thronged by both Indians and foreigner tourists. It sells eclectic goods including handmade items, spices, artificial jewellery, beach wear and other clothes, footwear and other accessories. These items are all available at very affordable prices.
2. CALANGUTE MARKET SQUARE
The Saturday bazar held in the Beach of Calangute, boasts of a variety of good deals for shoppers. The beach is lined with colourful shacks and stalls. The road from the town to the beach is packed with shops selling a wide range of items, namely souvenirs, metal crafts, leather items, clothes and jewellery, which are from Goa and from other parts of the country also. You can buy sarongs and trinkets and small things made of shells as souvenirs from a perfect beach holiday.
3. MAPUSA MARKET
To absorb the true essence of Goa, you should take a walk through the bustling Mapusa market. This market attracts local vendors and traders from all over Goa, people come here to get everyday items and clothes. Visit Mapusa market for antiques, textiles, traditional handicrafts, Goan pottery, spices, fruits, homemade pickles, and much more. An array of local spices, handicrafts will be available to you. The Market is spread over a large area, so be sure to take your time exploring all the merchandise.
Love parties and DJs with a mix of cocktails and enchanting beaches? And what’s more, you can even go for a shopping stroll!
4. INGO’S SATURDAY NIGHT MARKET- ARPORA
Ingo’s saturday night market is held every Saturday evening from 6pm until late night in Arpora. Here you can find everything from Indian stalls selling spices, teas, Kashmiri carpets and silver jewellery to international designers who set up from all over the word to sell their unique creations. This market also has food stalls to spice up your taste buds. Further, there is “The Boutique House Bar” that serves delightful cocktails while DJs play late into the night.
5. MACKIE’S NIGHT MARKET
Mackie’s Night Market located in Baga city resort is the second night market in Goa. The Baga Night Market also works every Saturday evening much like the night market in Arpora. There are a great number of different shops and stores which offer their visitors the extensive selection of goods that are mostly handmade by the local artisans: clothing, souvenirs, jewellery, shoes, leather goods and other nice and useful things.
These were the most popular markets in Goa you can visit to satisfy your shopaholic tendencies. Other than that, you can also visit the following Local markets:
6. PANJIM MARKET
Panjim market is full of vibrant colours and it is the place for you if you love photography along with visiting places. Unlike other markets, it is a well-planned market; you get everything from different jewelleries to groceries in this market. It is the ideal market if you want to take a bit of Goa with you. Panjim Market is a mixture of street-side stalls as well as shopping malls that ensure an enjoyable experience for shopaholics.
7. MARGAO MARKET
This is one of the best markets in Goa, also known as Gandhi Market and is located in the South Goa. It is a helpful market for people who don’t know what they want to buy, especially for tourists. You will find everything here, from spices to clothes and jewellery, Cashews, fish, alcohol, sweets, spices, furniture, kitchen items, souvenirs, toys are all sold here; you will never be disappointed here.
Looking for the famous Goa cashews? Then this is the place for you.
8. VASCO’S MUNICIPAL MARKET
This market is for those who love to eat fresh fish. Every day the local fresh fish is sold at 5 pm. The market is not very tidy but if you are crazy about the fresh fish you will not mind walking in the muddy streets and shopping through the fishy smell. Vasco’s is mainly for the locals who shop here for their daily grocery needs. Also, you can find the famous Goan Cashews in this Market.
Don’t want to stand under the sun and get a tan? Then visit the mall.
9. CACULO SHOPPING MALL
Caculo shopping mall is a shopping place for all those people who love to shop in a centrally air-conditioned environment. Here you will find grand interior, high-end brands and products, play-area for kids and much more that will make your shopping experience an enjoyable one. Many restaurants and coffee shops are also present in this mall that can be visited to relax after a long day at shopping in the mall.
10. TIBETAN MARKET
If you are looking for some trendy shopping places in Goa, then this is the place to be in. Tibetan market is open from October right until May and is set up by the Tibetan refugees.
You will find some remarkable curios, souvenirs and other knick-knacks. The proffered prices are attracting, and if you are good at bargaining then you may get expensive jewellery and furniture at very good rates.
Goa is great for shopping if you know where to look an all of the above places are beach markets and local markets which can offer you varieties of products at affordable prices and you can shop to your heart’s desire.
THE 10 MOST PREFFERED MARKETS:-
ANJUNA FLEA MARKET – handmade items, artificial jewellery, beach clothes etc., Held every Wednesday.
CALANGUTE MARKET SQUARE – metal crafts, leather items, clothes and jewellery, brought in from Goa and other parts of the country.
MAPUSA MARKET – antiques, textiles, traditional handicrafts, Goan pottery, spices, fruits, homemade pickles, and much more.
INGO’S SATURDAY NIGHT MARKET, ARPORA – selling spices, teas, Kashmiri carpets and silver jewellery to international designers.
MACKIE’S NIGHT MARKET – clothing, souvenirs, jewellery, shoes, leather goods and other nice and useful things.
PANJIM MARKET – branded clothes and other items with a few street stall along the road.
MARGAO MARKET – cashews, fish, alcohol, sweets, spices, furniture, kitchen items, souvenirs, toys are all sold here.
VASCO’S MUNICIPAL MARKET – fish market and famous Goan Cashews.
CACULO SHOPPING MALL – high-end brands and products, play-area for kids and much more
TIBETAN MARKET – good quality products, market held by Tibetan refugees.
Shopping in a different territory is usually difficult and you can be at a disadvantage if you don’t know the do’s and don’ts.
TIPS BEFORE YOU VISIT THESE MARKETS
Bargain hard – these markets are on streets, especially the flea markets, and the products don’t have price tags most of the times so bargain your heart out because the vendors always say higher prices.
Quality check is a must – check the goods for it’s for its authenticity, as you won’t be able to return them after you have paid for them.
Indian masalas and tea is best – You can buy the Indian masalas and tea from these markets with full confidence as the quality and authenticity can be surely trusted upon.
Buy Handicrafts from local artisans – buying handicrafts from authorised shops will save money and you can be sure about the good quality as you get a bill.
There are places selling reasonable stuff – The place like Mapusa market is famous for the low rates compared to any other place in Goa. You can get fresh veggies and fruits for a reasonable price here.
Cheaper is not always better – if you do buy cheap goods like leather jackets, snooker shoes, don’t expect them to be of good quality and durable.
Recommendation needs to be re-verified – Most of the places we go by recommendations but make sure you don’t go blindly on just the recommendation alone and check the available options.