A good way to absorb the true flavour of Goa is to take a walk through the bustling Mapusa Market. Come here for antiques, textiles, traditional handicrafts, Goan pottery, spices, fruits, homemade pickles, sausages and more. You’ll be spoilt for choices when shopping here. The market shuts down by sunset so make sure you plan your day accordingly. There are many hotels in Goa which have easy access to the market or provide transport to Mapusa.Traveling to a tourist destination and returning home without puffed shopping bags is not a fair thing to do, especially when Goa offers so much in variety, and price. A shopaholics dream tour would land him/her at the following markets, but there are a few shops in and between that are as interesting.
Shopping in Goa is a mish mash of bargaining at the flea market, buying the latest trends at designer fashion boutiques in old renovated Goan houses, visiting bookshops that sell everything from the latest in fiction to mythological stories, scouting funky shops selling eccentric printed tees and beach wear and lifestyle boutiques belonging to long time international settlers in Goa. However, what international tourism is attracted towards in Goa is the mid-week flea markets where stall owners from the country line up to sell that wares and bargaining is on full blown in chirping voices.
For travellers to Goa, the visit is not complete unless they take back a souvenir of their memorable sojourn in this magnificent paradise. Naturally, shopping should be a priority on the itinerary of every tourist, along with the sightseeing attractions.The excellent local handicrafts of Goa are easily the most popular souvenir items and include brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, carved furniture, bamboo work, papier-mache, etc. These are available in the Government Emporia and also at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots.
Two of the most famous such market areas are Mapusa and Anjuna. The Friday Market at Mapusa, where stalls sell everything from curios and old coins to dried fish and spices.The Wednesday Market at Anjuna Beach started by and for foreigners is an extremely lively spot where souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts are sold at bargain prices.Most deluxe hotels and resorts also have good in-house shops, but the price ranges are usually higher.The charm of shopping in Goa lies in bargaining to your heart's content in markets and shops until you finally bring down the price and make the purchase a worthwhile experience.
Do an about turn and make your next stop designer Malini Ramani’s Goa flagship store in Calangute. From the world of Wendell to the world of Malini, it’s a world of difference. From white to neon pink, your senses will quickly perk up. It’s all crazy with colour, lots of batik, lots of bikinis and lots of baubles.But the best shopping in Goa happens just like that. Keep your eyes open and wallet handy and stop every time you spot a shop on the roadside. Kaftans, harem pants, trinkets, magnets… it’s all out there, ready to be rummaged through.
For travellers to Goa, the visit is not complete unless they take back a souvenir of their memorable sojourn in this magnificent paradise. Naturally, shopping should be a priority on the itinerary of every tourist.
Anjuna, Mapusa and Calangute Beach markets are ideal shopping hubs for different types of expensive or inexpensive, funky or trendy, heavy or light, metallic or non-metallic jewelry or accessories.
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