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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular markets in Goa?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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What is a trip without buying souvenirs and gifts for friends and family? Shopping moreover is an incredible experience in Goa. One can easily categorise the shopping in Goa in two major streams. One is the shopping from up-market boutiques for good quality curios, antiques, handicrafts, and silks or embroidered items and other is the shopping from the ever famous flea markets on Goan beaches. So, here are a few of the famous markets of Goa:

  • Arpora Saturday Night Market
    A one stop place to shop, to eat and to party, what could be better? Well, the Saturday night market offers you all. A short taxi ride away from most beaches in North Goa, this market, that is held every Saturday from 6 pm to midnight, has a never ending selection of clothes, shoes, bags, handicrafts, jewellery, leather accessories, home decor, spices and festoons. This Saturday market also houses food stalls with cuisines from across the globe and a centre stage that hosts live concerts featuring Rock to Indian Classical.

  • Anjuna Wednesday Flea Market
    This weekly market organised on all Wednesdays between 10am to 6pm, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Goa. All the stalls that can be seen near the beach on all other days are organised in a more vibrant way on the insides of the beach on Wednesdays. Among cheap T shirts and beach wear, one can also find CDs, books, handicrafts, tea, spices etc being sold at the market. There is another attraction of Goa Tourism that is the tibetan section of the market where beautiful tibetan jewellery, paintings and artefacts are sold. And the best part about this market is that even if you're not interested in buying anything, or don't have the confidence to haggle, this is still a nice place to spend a few hours and see some real Goan charm.

  • Mapusa Friday Market
    Located just next to the Mapusa bus depot, this one is held on every Friday as an extension of the local market from 8 in the morning until the dusk. With separate fish sections, flower section, pottery section, and utensils section, there are shops which sell the Port wine bottles and cashew nuts as well as all the other goan sweets like Dodol, bibink, dost (of gram flour) Bollean, chokros, ball and mangad in the internal market. One should ask for specialties like a string of Churis or Churisso - Goa's mouth watering sausages, spiced and marinated in feni or Reciado masala which is a masala of red chillies ground with vinegar. The Mapusa Friday market, though is open from Monday to Saturday, is quite something else on Fridays, hence calling the day, ‘the market day', opening at 8am and staying up and alive till 6.30pm. You can opt for a Panaji to Mapusa taxi to reach this spot conveniently and cheap.

  • The Mackies
    This market is held on the banks of Baga river, on the Arpora-Baga road. It is held for a few months, from November till April, every Saturday 6.00 p.m. onwards. This market is an ideal place to shop for souvenirs, spices, handicraft and pottery items along with trinkets and brassware jewellery.

  • Calangute Bazaar
    Held in Calangute every Saturday near the post office, this market is famous for its fish, meat, grocery, textiles, pottery and other provisions promising great bargains. It is one of the best flea markets in Goa. One will also find Tibetan market and Kashmiri merchants selling fine carpets, jewelry and textiles here that makes all the more attractive to the visitors. Stretched along the beach, it is full of shacks, hawkers selling sarongs, astrologers or fortune-tellers waiting eagerly to read the fortune of the tourists.

Other notable markets are in Old Goa, Panjim famous for its cashews and the flea market at Dona Paula Beach in South Goa. Once you go shopping at these markets, do try to bargain as the prices quoted are real high and the other thing is that one should only buy genuine handicraft and antique items only from showrooms and emporiums controlled by the Government.

The hustle bustle of these markets are so vibrant and colorful that it will give you an unforgettable experience for lifetime. You can choose just to roam around, eat, drink and enjoy music in this lively place. When in Goa, one must not forget to pay a visit to these markets as one would with a Church or a temple, as no visit to this fascinating city is ever complete without any of these local elements.

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