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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular flea markets of Goa?

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Your search for that unique piece of junk jewelry or a piece of antique bric-a-brac for home ends at the flea markets in Goa. This is your chance to meet droves of vendors selling goods at the greatest deals ever. Plus, you'll have to agree there is nothing like the joy of street shopping! You can pick from a plethora of artefacts, jewellery, decorative items in the various Tibetan craft stalls and Nepalese and Kashmiri artistries. Pack a few bakery items, glance through tattoo stalls and enjoy the pleasure of street side shopping at its very best. Look through the list below, perhaps you'll find a market to test your bargaining skills:

  • Arpora Saturday Night Market

A short taxi rideaway from the northern beaches (near Chapora River) is the Arpora Saturday Night Market. Just as the name suggests, it is held every Saturday from 6 pm up to midnight. Dig through the unending piles of clothes, shoes, bags, handicrafts, trinkets, leather accessories and other things. The market is divided into three parts. At The Lower Field you can find Pashmina, spices, hammocks and pretty cushions . You'll find both local and international designers displaying their clothes and accessories. Pause the shopping for a bit at the Central Field and grab a beer or wine and food. Then resume with The Upper Field where again local and international designs are displayed. There is also a DJ set and Tequila stand as a toast to your shopping loot!

  • Anjuna Wednesday Flea Market

Well guessed! This market is organised every Wednesday! Between 10 am to 6 pm the beaches seem to light up with the hustle bustle of the crowd. This is indeed one of the most famous parts of Goa tourism. You can pick CDs, books, handicrafts, tea, spices and so much more at this market. But the Tibetan section is the one not to miss. It is possible that you pick some unique and exclusive piece of jewellery or painting for home or as a souvenir. Although there is a variety of goods (loads of second hand as well) in the market beware of touts who might coax you into buying overpriced or inferior quality goods.

  • Mapusa Friday Market

Shop till you drop at the Friday Market near the Mapusa Bus Depot. Take a 13 minutes worth Calangute to Mapusa taxi to reach this place. It opens up as at 8 am and presents an array of shopping items till the sunsets. You can shop for flowers, fish, pots, utensils and other things in this well-organised market that has a separate section for each of these. Port wine, cashew nuts are easily available in the inner market. You can also buy some traditional sweet treats from here - Dodol, bibink, dost (gram floor), Chokros and Mangad to name a few. The string of Churis or Churisso - Goan special sausages,spiced and marinated in feni or Reciado Masala - red chilli masala ground with vinegar are the highlights of the market.

  • The Mackies

Your search for souvenirs ends at this market. Held on the banks of River Baga, Arpora-Baga Road, The Mackies is a busy market from November all the way till April. It is a Saturday market that starts at 6 pm and is the place to pick some spices, handicrafts, brassware and pottery pieces. Mackies is one of the most popular flea markets around Baga beach. You can also be a part of the cultural entertainment - dances and songs that will help you take the edge off a tiresome day of shopping.

  • Calangute Bazaar

Come Saturday and Goa is ready for the Calangute Bazaar. From meat to fish, groceries, textiles, pottery amongst other things, this market is a dream come true for the smart bargainer. If you are lucky enough, you can also strike a deal at the Tibetan Market or with the Kashmiri merchants and get a handsome deal on carpets and jewellery. After shopping, it's time to make the most of your photography skills. Opt for the crocodile and dolphin spotting trips on the Mandovi River and get some awesome clicks of adorable dolphins!

Markets at Old Goa, Panjim (for cashewnuts), and the flea markets at Dona Paula Beach in South Goa are also perfect spots for a shopping spree. Carry a big bag for shopping, you don't want the precious tit bits getting lost. A bag would help keep them all in one place while shopping. And carry loose cash, in case a place doesn't accept cards. Finally, pack your ware well so that it doesn't get damaged while travelling.

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