There is more to Goa than seashells and port wine, Bargain hunters can have a gala time shopping in Goa as it is home to some of the most famous street markets and night markets in Asia. This means you can find almost anything from Kashmiri carpets to Karnatakan carvings to clothes, shoes, accessories and what not. Goa’s markets are either aimed specifically at visitors or tourists and operate throughout high season from November to March. While almost every beach in Goa is lined with stuff for shopaholics, here are the best local markets in Goa for a quintessentially Goan shopping experience. These shopping places in Goa are for those who know how to bag a great deal. Bargain hard, and you will have bags full of stuff to take home.
For locals or tourists residing in Goa for a while Chapora fish market is the ideal place for a seafood lover. Local fishermen come with their daily catch to this market and you can get the best of kingfish, crabs, mussels, prawns, pomfret and lobsters. It’s located in Vagator.
Think rotisserie chicken, shawarma, Thai green curry, steak sandwiches, delicious pizza and dim-sums and what usually comes to mind is a food court in Singapore or a street in Asia. But surprisingly you don’t need to travel that far to taste all this, they are served piping hot and fresh right here in the Goa flea markets. Come season time and Goa’s markets begin to spruce up, the streets begin to fill up with tourists zipping around on rented bikes, new places opening and people setting up shop. The flea and night markets kick in as the number of tourists start swelling. The Wednesday flea market in Anjuna is usually the first to open its doors, a renowned daytime market, this place is a mix of Kashmiri, Gujarati and Tibetan shops, selling clothes, accessories and some of Goa’s ethnic artwork. The massive collections, artefacts, collectibles, carvings, music instruments create and irresistible shopping fantasy. The best time to visit these markets is during the Christmas season when they can be seen at their best.
Saturdays are spoilt for choice! The Anjuna Market opens its doors at 9 am and starts to wind down by 4 am. The Night Market is famous for its casual atmosphere, this place is the perfect destination if you are looking for some funky jewellery, clothes, bags and other accessories, it’s also home to many bars, restaurants, good food and live music. The best way to get in and out altogether is to rent scooters instead of cars. Once inside the market, the atmosphere is electric. The shops are neatly laid out in rows meandering up to the foothills. There is an array of lights, lamps, hustle and bustle of crowds, an array of mouth-watering dishes and drinks sold in the stalls. Right in the middle of the market is the centre stage where musicians, jugglers and dancers take turns to entertain the gasping crowd. There are several food stalls selling everything from snacks, dessert, dinner and what not.
Another highlight of the flea markets in Goa is the wide selection of handmade products and wares by foreigners who are either recent or long-term residents of Goa. While a bit expensive compared to the local fare, they offer a tasteful selection of leather accessories, jewellery, hats, swimwear, clothing, boots, hammocks and other eclectic selections. Many of these foreigners create, design and model their own creations and adorn themselves in eye catching tattoos and hairdos.
Besides the night markets several other local markets are equally enticing, especially the Mapusa Friday Market where one can buy pottery, Goa sausages, spices, linen, condiments and other items which are predominantly local in flavour. Goa is one state that offers a lot of opportunities with its crazy mix of music, food, shopping, incomparable susegad and serenity.