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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular things to buy from Goa?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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If you are on a holiday and looking for popular local things to buy in Goa, your search ends right here! The most amazing part about shopping in Goa is that it is 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 variety of interesting souvenirs to take back home.


Practice your bargaining skills (or take a trusted local along), make sure you have enough loose cash before heading 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 Usgao And Zantyes Cashew Nuts in Panaji are some places that you could visit. The Goan cashews are the most fresh and sought after!


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 be 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 affordable prices 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)


There are many things to do in Goa but your trip to the city isn't complete if you don't buy some handicrafts here. The place is 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 beautiful 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!


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The catchy beats and notes of Goan music will make you hum and sway no matter where you are. A fact that 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


Furniture is undoubtedly one the best things to buy from Goa. Select a few 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 and roadside vendors to beach markets -- you will find an array of rare and remarkable furnitures.



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

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Kanika Agarwal Sep 29 2016
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Goa is one of the most loved beach destinations across the globe. From effervescent night parties to adventure activities, from sun-kissed beaches to age-old churches, this destination has a lot to offer to its visitors. With wonderful trinkets shops lined across the street and vendors selling cool slogan t-shirts, shopping in Goa is definitely a delight. You can shop for some beautiful handicrafts for your family back home or can also buy Feni for your friends. Goa is also famous for its beautiful furniture made of wood. You can also pick colourful flip-flops, beach wear and totes as you enjoy a stroll through the various flea markets in Goa.



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