Shopping is an integral part of any
vacation. And Goa, the tropical paradise of India is an ultimate destination
for shopping. Every year, thousands of globetrotters from various corners of
world pack their rucksacks and proceed straight to Goa for unlimited fun and
Vacationers whosoever visit Goa loves to indulge themselves in a shopping
expedition as markets in Goa reflect a true picture of cosmopolitan and
contemporary lifestyle of the state. All across Goa, especially by the side
of the beaches there are lots of flea-street markets where you can shop
unique items, which are rare in any other market of India and can be treated
as memoir of a fantastic Goa vacation.
Some of the finest market places in Goa are as follows:
Anjuna's Flea Market
Anjuna beach's flea market held every Wednesday and is one of the
main attrACTION of tourists in Northern Goa. Its origin dated back to 1960's
when for the first time hippy backpackers stepped into this land. But, with
the gradual passage of time, Anjuna's flea market is heavily commercialized.
This is the biggest market in Goa and you can buy almost everything. A very
good market and a very cheap place. Here, you will get all kinds of crafts,
including jewellery, carvings, fabrics ,Western-style clothing, musical
instruments. This market place is also dotted with plenty of places to eat
or grab a cold drink, and rest your legs after shopping.
Mapusa's Friday Market
Mapusa's Friday market
is one of the traditional markets in Goa. It is an authentic market full of
activity and life which offers an exceptional insight into the lives of
locals and hence shouldn't be missed by anyone visiting Goa! Mapusa provides
a number of shopping destinations encompassing local markets and stalls
lined along its famous beach. While wandering through the narrow alleys of
market, you will come across Goan women dressed in their colorful attires
selling their locally grown and manufactured items such as fresh fishes,
dried fishes, varied range of vegetables and fruits, preservatives and
pickles, spices, coir mats, earthen pots, furniture and fabrics. There are
also a number of sari shops, goldsmith, tailors, and other service providing
traders who sit at the Mapusa Friday Market.
Ingo's Saturday Night's Market
This market is
a must visit for every holidaymaker, visiting Goa. In fact, it should not be
called a market but a fair or a mela as reflect by its look. It has
everything from drinks, dance, foods, fortune tellers, tattoo artists and
overstuffed shops. Unlike other markets of Goa. Ingo Market starts at 6 pm.
But, the hustle and bustle of the market begins around 7-8 pm and lasts till
1to 2 am. The vendors here are a mix of Indian and foreigners, who are
involve in selling everything from food to junk jewelery to handicrafts,
antique stuff, leather stuff to clothes etc. This market also has a wide
range of eateries and food stalls, where you can dine on various kinds of
Apart from these traditional and crowded markets, many old Goan houses have
been renovated and transformed into lifestyle fashion shops, which are also
best option for shopping. In these shops, you will get variety of dresses in
latest cuts and designs at reasonable prices.
If money is not a problem for you and don't want to compromise on quality
of products, then check in to the in-house Shops of deluxe hotels. The
prices of clothes available in these outlets are quite high but they do not
compromise with quality. A wide collection of clothes and interior
decoration stuff is displayed. So, that you can choose the best one as a
memoir of Goa trip.