Goa is not only famous for its beautiful beaches, adventurous water sports and delicious food but also for incredible shopping experience that Goa tourism offer to its tourists. Your trip to Goa is incomplete without some extra time spent in roaming around the markets and collecting local souvenirs. From the street market of Baga to the night markets in Arpora and to high end stores, Goa is bestowed with all. So, if you’re looking to indulge in a shopping spree, here’s a list of places to go shopping in Goa.
Flea market at Anjuna Beach
The most popular flea market of Goa is held on every Wednesday at Anjuna. You will find everything starting from trendy clothes, home décor to a range of Indian spices as well as musical instruments. Get ready to select and bargain from the stalls selling handicrafts, western jewellery, tattoos carving, mementos, beachwear, trinkets, bed covers, musical instruments, wall hangings, footwear, wooden crafts and carvings, t-shirts, junk jewellery etc. Lots of food joints are also available along with the entertainment options.
Night market at Arpora
Nothing can be more entertaining than spending Saturday evening than visiting the Night Bazaar at Arpora. It is a must part that can’t be missed if you are in Goa and it’s Saturday evening. Lots of tourists visit this market every weekend to explore the rich heritage and culture of Goa. The market is filled with lots of stalls offering embroidered textiles, spices, carpets, hammocks, clothes and accessories. This market is also famous for some of the expensive and hard to find handicrafts which is made by locals. There are food stalls by the side, if you feel hungry and tired after your shopping spree.
A big hit among the locals as well as tourists, the best way to get absorbed in the true flavour of Goa is to take a walk through the lively Mapusa Market. Mapusa market is basically a normal Goan Bazaar for most of the week where locals come to haggle for clothes and everyday items. But if you crave for the real flavours of traditional Goan shopping, explore Mapusa market on a sunny Friday morning when you will be able to find just about anything you can dream in Goa. Starting from antiques, Goan pottery to handicrafts, spices, homemade pickles, fruits, vegetables, Goa’s famous ‘chouricos’ sausages, dried and fresh fish, textiles, clothing, coir mats, jewellery and lots more that too in reasonable price making your shopping fun and satisfying. Don’t forget to test your bargaining skills here and also remember the market closes by sunset, so plan your day accordingly.
Calangute Market Square
One of the most popular beaches in Goa, Calangute beach features its own market, lined with numerous shacks and stalls making it one of the top markets of the shopping paradise. They sell everything from handicrafts to souvenirs, trendy clothes to beachwear, leather products, sea shells, jewellery, carpets, metal crafts, and trinkets to lots of seafood snacks as well as beer. Don’t miss the special sarongs and trinkets made of sea shells, the best souvenirs to buy for everyone as a memory of your perfect beach holiday
The outstanding location for every enthusiastic shopper, a shopper’s paradise and a best place to buy the famous cashew nuts, port wine, spices and curry pastes. It’s a market with a blend of local street side stalls as well as high-end malls offering a range of products to attract the travellers such as spices, fenny, local handicrafts, clothes along with lots of eating joints offering mouth-watering food to satisfy the taste buds of every traveller. For the best of Goan experience, this tour is a must part of Goa tourism.
Mackie’s Night Bazaar
Mackie’s night bazaar is a must for a food lover and every shopping enthusiast, the market gets functional from the month of November till April. The market is held on the dazzling Baga Beach every Saturday, which runs till midnight. Located near the most happening nightlife spot in Goa, dominated by huge number of shopping hangouts selling antiques, souvenirs, junk jewellery, clothes, beachwear, handicrafts, eateries which includes authentic Chinese, Goan, Indian, Tibetan fast food along with some vigorous live music performed by local artists, truly an engrossing experience to unfold. The delicious food joints are also there offering lip-smacking delicacies from several cuisines
Margao Municipal Market, Goa
Margao Municipal Market is open between 7.30am to 8pm, situated at the eastern side of the Margao Municipal Gardens. Famous market to buy spices like Cinnamon, Cardamom, Triphala, fresh fish, meat, fruit or vegetable during seasons, also you will be able to find all the special items that are unavailable locally or out of season. One of the sought locations for photographers to capture the real Goa and its market. Sea food lover can shop for fresh prawns, squid, red snapper, shark and fresh crab.
MMC market is also known as Gandhi market, one of the most famous and bustling market in South Goa which is popular among locals as well as tourists. The market is dominated by cheap clothing, handbags and shoes as well as handmade soaps, apparels, household items and lots of authentic spices. The market is also famous for fresh fruits and vegetables. During Christmas, the market is dominated by stalls selling a variety of designer stars to decorate your home.
Most of the market and stores in Goa offer items at reasonable price, so whenever you are in Goa do visit the local flea markets and get indulge in the tradition while buying memento for self as well as friends and families to give them a taste of this spectacular Goa. Also, there are number of local marts and smaller shops that will quench your thirst for shopping. The perfect time to visit Goa and enjoy shopping starts from mid-November to mid-February when the climate is pleasant, dry, truly exceptional and markets are functional on their full swing