Shopping in Goa
Goa is a shopper’s delight. Though there are very few authentic Goan things to buy, the increase in tourist traffic in recent years has lured traders from all over India to sell their wares at Goa. The authentic Goan products that you can buy include cashew nuts, feni (local liquor made from coconut milk or cashews), and locally made spices. The other products that you buy are: hippie clothing, junk jewellery, gothic accessories, souvenirs, terracotta works, bamboo works and brassware. In Goa, there is a clear cut distinction between markets aimed at visitor or those aimed at locals. For local shopping, you can go to municipal markets in Panaji, Margao and Mapusa. Among tourists, Anjuna flea market, Glastonbury Street near Arambol beach and the two Saturday night markets at Mackie’s and Ingo’s outside Calangute and Baga, respectively are quite popular. Here’s a look at the major markets of Goa.
Top Shopping Markets in Goa
Anjuna Flea Market
This is arguably the liveliest market in Goa. It is held every Wednesday in Anjuna, a small beach town in North Goa. The market is very popular among foreigners as well as Indians. The major items on sale here are: local handicrafts, spices, clothes, footwear, beach wear, artificial jewelry and accessories. The market is operational from 8 am in the morning till sunset. It is best to visit this market early in the morning or late in the afternoon. But before buying anything from here make sure that you bargain tough or else you will end up with a poor deal.
The Mapusa Market offers a glimpse of the true flavours of Goa. This bustling market is popular for its antiques, traditional handicrafts, Goan pottery, textiles, spices, fruits, homemade pickles, and sausages. The market is closed on Sundays and is at its vibrant best on the Fridays. The market wraps up by sunset.
Calangute Market Square
Located along Calangute beach, this market is very popular among foreigners and Indians. The main reason for this is the popularity of the Calangute beach, which has rubbed on to the market. You can shop for trinkets, sarongs, sea shells, souvenirs, metal, leather and clay items, textiles and carpets here.
Being the capital city, Panjim has a huge market. The shops here sell a wide range of items including cashewnuts, feni, handicrafts, artifacts and souvenirs. There are government emporiums located in city selling exquisite handicrafts and artifacts. The Goa Handicrafts Industries Development Corporation Emporium is must-visit, in case you are interested in handicrafts.
Glastonbury Street, Arambol Beach
Glastonbury Street is the name given to the narrow street leading to the Arambol Beach. The street is a popular shopping destination and you can buy fashion clothing, jewelry, musical instruments, gemstones, figurines and hand-rolled cigarettes from here.
Saturday Night Market, Arpora
If you are in Goa on a weekend then you can’t afford to miss the Saturday night flea market at Arpora. It’s also known as the Ingos Saturday Nite Bazaar and showcases the cosmopolitan and unique culture of Goa. The market is held during the peak tourist season and is organized from mid-December to the end of April. The business hours of the market are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The night time adds to the ambience of the market because of the pleasant weather. The atmosphere is festive as the DJs play live music and there are several food joints to salivate your taste buds. You can shop for spices, carpets, hammocks, fashion clothing, and fashion accessories.
Mackie’s Night Bazaar
Similar to the Ingo’s Saturday Night Market at Arpora, Mackies Night Market is held every Saturday at the banks of River Baga. The market is a popular nightspot and is very popular among foreigners. The market runs from late November to April. The market is a good destination for buying souvenirs and gift items.