Long weekends or long-awaited holidays, people can’t wait to go to the most happening party paradise in India. While Goa is known explicitly for its pristine beaches, lip-smacking eateries, and pulsating party spots, shopaholics are not discounted either from the fun quotient. You can find an extensive variety of shopping experiences across Goa at its flea markets, night bazaars, street shops, and malls. The local culture of this mystical place can be enjoyed at these colorful venues and the alchemy of unadulterated local flavors and some dose of entertainment can offer great value addition to your Goan holiday.
Is shopping in Goa cheap compared to the other states in India – this is a question most travelers tend to ask as they plan a trip to this tourist hub. The answer is YES, and the below-listed shopping markets in Goa testify to this fact unambiguously. From clothes and footwear to souvenirs and other goodies, you’ll find almost everything in these marketplaces, that too at throwaway prices. Listed below are some of the popular markets in Goa where shopping is serious business.
1. Anjuna Flea Market, Goa
If a trip to the Northern parts of Goa is in your itinerary, then Anjuna Beach and the flea market that functions there every Wednesday (from the first Wednesday of October till the last Wednesday of May) should be in your must-visit list. All the stalls here are buzzing with buying, selling, and haggling activities. It is an ideal spot to shop a variety of items, from handicrafts, hammocks, jewelry, souvenirs, beachwear, clothing, knick-knacks, and musical instruments to wall hangings, funky artifacts, and other accessories. Fancy buying some Nepali or Tibetan goods? You have reached the right place, dear shopaholic!
2. Saturday Night Market, Goa
When it comes to shopping, time isn’t (and should never be) a concern. And the Saturday Night Market in Arpora abides by this rule. This hot street shopping spot in Arpora is a great open-air venue for a fun night out with your friends and family. The airy ambiance, energetic atmosphere, and the exhilarating savoir-faire exhibited by local merchants, hawkers, and peddlers make this a favorite among visitors of all ages. This venue offers a fusion of great food, and you can also buy many exotic ingredients like aromatic herbs and spices.
3. Mapusa Friday Market, Goa
Those who love fresh fruits and vegetables can find a shopping haven in this crowded market in Mapusa. This place is located around Mapusa Municipal market area and runs all days of the week. However, Fridays are meant for some competitive shopping, a time when a greater number of merchants put their selling skills to the test with some innovative products to offer. Everything Goan is sold here, ranging from pottery, handicrafts, dried and fresh seafood, aromatic spices, and the Goan special ‘Chouricos’ sausages to clothes, homemade food, seedless tamarind (also called amot), coir mats, jewelry, bags, accessories, and much more. Keep your bargaining book handy for winning some great deals here.