Friday, 16 August 2013
Flea Markets in Goa-Shopping and More
It is a known fact that the tiny emerald state of Goa is a popular beach destination. However, during holiday in Goa, shopping here is an equally popular activity undertaken by both local and international tourists.
If this is your first visit to Goa, do not just visit a popular beach in South Goa or an attraction in North Goa, but also shop at the popular flea markets while enjoying the delightful atmosphere too. Following are some of the popular flea markets which are a heaven for an avid shopper:
Anjuna Flea Market
Arranged each Wednesday, from 9 am to sunset, Anjuna flea market is the best place to shop for souvenirs. Starting from October and on all throughout the peak season, it should not be missed. This market on Anjuna beach’s southern end attracts a large number of tourists. The 500 stalls offer a huge variety of amazing stuff including beach wear, handicrafts, clothes, footwear, accessories, imitation jewelry etc. You can bargain heavily in this market famous as Shopaholic’s Disneyland for wall hangings, wooden carvings, Tibetan and Kashmiri curios, Goa Trance music CDs and silver jewelry. After shopping, you can satisfy your hunger by relishing Indian, Spanish and Chinese delicacies.
Walking around the Mapusa market, a weekly village market organized on Fridays, will let you take Goa’s real flavor to your home. You can purchase sausages, textiles, fruits, Goan pottery, spices, homemade pickles, traditional handicrafts and antiques from here. Though Mapusa town does not have much of sightseeing options but you can shop for an entire day at this market that shuts down before the sunset. The main road is dotted with small restaurants that serve some lip-smacking food and drinks. The rates of the product are quite reasonable but you can still bargain in this market, famous for fresh farm products amidst farmers and traders.
Calangute Market Square
An extremely popular Goa beach, Calangute is always full with tourists and hawkers. The street is dotted with shops offering a variety of stuff such as clothes, jewelry, leather products and metal handicrafts. There is also a street stretching around 4 miles that plays host to a Tibetan market that sells carpets, textiles, accessories, metal and leather products. Some other interesting stuff that you can get here includes gems, beautiful sarongs, silverware, wooden statues of Buddha and other Hindu Gods and sea shell knick-knacks. Relish some fried prawns with beer while shopping. This market is also an attraction for Kashmiri merchants selling carpets and fabrics with beautiful embroidery.
Ingo’s Saturday Night Market at Arpora
If you think shopping along with music and dance would be fun then you must-visit Ingo’s Saturday Night Market at Arpora during a tour to Goa. Set-up every Saturday, between November and April, this market attracts traders from not only Rajasthan and Kashmir but from all around the globe. Shop for knick-knacks, apparels, accessories, handicrafts and much more, while enjoying great live music and multi-cuisine dishes to go with exotic cocktails. Musicians, jugglers and magicians from all around the world are the market’s major crowd pullers.
Mackie’s Saturday Night Bazaar
During the peak season of Goa (November-April), the Arpora- Baga strip plays host to Mackie’s Saturday Night Bazaar. A nice place to enjoy a lively nightlife with musical performances by the local bands, this place also sells some interesting gift items and antiques. Held on Saturdays, the market is set-up at 6 pm and goes on till around 1 am, at night. You can shop, relax by the Baga River, dance on the dance floor, gorge on multi-cuisine delicacies at the eating joints, and do much more. Indian and International performers showcase their talents like acrobats, fire acts, belly dancing and juggling.