Goa State Guide
Shopping in Goa is on the priority list of the visitor. The markets of Goa are filled with local handicrafts, wine, cuisine, spices and other items of daily usage. Goa is a shoppers paradise and specially for the bargainers.
Shopping in Goa can be memorable experience. Goa markets are true representative of the cosmopolitan culture of Goa. Shopping in Goa should be on the priority list of the visitor as one can buy some intresting stuff from these markets. It is a fascinating experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Goan towns and villages. These markets are a mirror of Goa's ethnic culture and provide a glimpse of the typical Goan way of doing business. The traditional, modern and the beachside shopping outlets must be visited to gather some memorable souvenirs exclusive to the land of Goa.
Main Shopping Centres
The market of Goa is not centralised to a particular city or town. It is scattered evenly all over the state. Every town has some good markets, spread around the city centre and beaches. Main shopping areas of Goa are:
Panjim market is the most visited market in Goa. The local market as well the shopping malls and showroom are a major attractions in Panajim.
Visit Old Goa to buy yourself a antique, local wine called 'Fenny', cashewnuts or any traditional souvenier for your loved ones. Old Goa market looks very traditional and has got the best of Goan handicrafts and antiques.
Anjuna Beach Flea Market
The Wednesday Market at Anjuna Beach, started by foreigners, is an extremely lively spot where souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts are sold at very cheap prices. The market becomes more attractive when some latin band start playing music amidst the market.
Mapusa Friday market holds too many attractive items on sale. Coins, handicrafts, antiques, dried fish and spices are few of the vast collection of the market.
The Night Bazaars of Goa are an absolute delight. One can find music and dance being played in the market during night. Shopping in these markets can be a fun and a lifetime experience.
What to Buy
Goa is known for its cashewnuts wine called 'Fenny'. Cashewnuts and port wine are also among the shoppers hitlist. Other local items include colourful sarongs and cotton beachwear, embroidered bags, handicrafts made of beads, cheap and beautiful artifacts of paper mache, silver and oxidised jewellery, various types of cuisines, spices and woodwork.
Some important tips while shopping in Goa should be kept in mind. These may be:
- Genuine antiques and handicrafts should be purchased from the government owned showroom.
- Bargain as much as you can. This is the best way to get a real deal.
- For costly items, showrooms in Panajim market are a good options, as authencity of the items can be believed.
- Laslty, shop as much you can as the real essence of Goa lies in the souveniers that you take back home as a memoir of this fantastic place.