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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular things to buy from Goa?

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try uk dryfruits in panaji also for cashew nuts ,dry fruits & spices...

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Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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If you are on a holiday and looking for best things to buy in Goa, your search ends right here! The most amazing part about shopping in Goa is that its cheap, and there are numerous places for shopping!

You would be well advised to keep a day or two aside only dedicated to shopping. Goa has numerous flea markets held on different days in different parts of the state, that sell a lot of touristy stuff and interesting souvenirs to take back home.

Practice your bargaining skills (or take a trusted local along), make sure you have enough loose cash and head out for a shopping spree! Some of the items that you should look at are:


Cashew Nuts


Salted cashews (by Femto)


Nuts about Cashew? Plain, salted, flavoured - you'll get your pick. Although cashew nuts are available easily all through Goa, the best place to shop would be around the main Panaji City. Also, try going to the industries for wholesale prices. The Royal Kajuwala in Panaji, Ajanta Industries in Ponda, Saima Agro Industry in Usgaoand Zantyes Cashew Nuts in Panaji are some places that you could look at. The Goan cashews are the most fresh and sought after ones!


Feni

A bottle of cashew feni (by Horsten)


Feni
is one of the most famous things to buy in Goa! Also Known as Fenny, it is a popular country liquor of Goa (hence not sold outside Goa) and has come to identified as an inseparable part of Goa Tourism over the years. Feni can be made with both coconut and cashew but Goan feni is essentially fermented cashew juice and so is sometimes called caju feni. It is highly intoxicating and is used in cocktails and mixed with cola, tonic water and lemonade. It is easily available at INR 100 at any liquor shop. Plus, it has a long shelf life! Get a bottle of Feni for the next party you host at home and let everyone enjoy a sip of this Goan spirit.


  • Handicrafts


A flea market in Palolem Beach (by Klaus Nahr)

Your trip to Goa isn't complete if you don't buy some handicrafts here. The place is also known for its quality silk, gorgeous carpets, papier-mache work, bronze work amongst other things. And, the best place to shop for these would be at the beach markets. You will find many interesting trinkets and creative artwork of the locals which make great keepsakes. Make sure you negotiate well; these tourist markets usually charge exorbitant rates from the unwary. Also, keep away from touts who may try to coax you into buy low quality products!


  • Music


The catchy beats and notes of Goan music will make you hum and sway no matter where you are. A fact that the Goa tourism has effectively exploited to get more business. So, how about you bag a few Goan Trance CDs and Portuguese music while in town? These are easily available at the beach markets. You could also glance through the numerous shops that sell varieties of musical instruments, both local and standard fares.


  • Wooden Carvings


Wooden furniture (from pixabay)

Furniture is undoubtedly one the best things to buy from Goa. Select a few delicate and antique pieces for your home from the wide range of furniture with wood carvings and brass work available at the beach markets. Trimmed with beautiful brass work, these will add to the beauty of any home. From upmarket showrooms, roadside vendors, to beach markets--you will find an array of beautiful and rare furnitures.


These were some of the best things to buy in Goa. You can also pick a few trendy flip-flops, beachwears, totes and jewelry as you walk through the various flea markets in Goa. The city has a lot to offer in terms of shopping! Remember to comparing prices at different stores before you fix a deal and a little barganing will go a long way in making your wallet last longer!

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