Long weekends or long-awaited holidays, people can’t wait to go to the most happening party paradise in India. While Goa is known explicitly for its pristine beaches, lip-smacking eateries, and pulsating party spots, shopaholics are not discounted either from the fun quotient. You can find an extensive variety of shopping experiences across Goa at its flea markets, night bazaars, street shops, and malls. The local culture of this mystical place can be enjoyed at these colorful venues and the alchemy of unadulterated local flavors and some dose of entertainment can offer great value addition to your Goan holiday.
So, are you planning a trip to Goa and wondering where to shop at? Read on, for this blog will talk about some of the top shopping places – markets as well as malls – where you can discover (or rediscover) the shopaholic in you.
Shopping Markets in Goa
Is shopping in Goa cheap compared to the other states in India – this is a question most travelers tend to ask as they plan a trip to this tourist hub. The answer is YES, and the below-listed shopping markets in Goa testify to this fact unambiguously. From clothes and footwear to souvenirs and other goodies, you’ll find almost everything in these marketplaces, that too at throwaway prices. Listed below are some of the popular markets in Goa where shopping is serious business.
1. Anjuna Flea Market
If a trip to the Northern parts of Goa is in your itinerary, then Anjuna Beach and the flea market that functions there every Wednesday (from the first Wednesday of October till the last Wednesday of May) should be in your must-visit list. All the stalls here are buzzing with buying, selling, and haggling activities. It is an ideal spot to shop a variety of items, from handicrafts, hammocks, jewelry, souvenirs, beachwear, clothing, knick-knacks, and musical instruments to wall hangings, funky artifacts, and other accessories. Fancy buying some Nepali or Tibetan goods? You have reached the right place, dear shopaholic!
This beachfront market also has great food stalls, live music, and acrobatic activities to add to its fun quotient. What’s more, you can also get your body pierced or get your hair cut or colored at one of the many stalls in the market area. The eventful venue is also safe for women and children, and gives them a lot to discover on their plates. The only skills you will need here are bargaining and weight-lifting since those heavy shopping bags may not be easy to carry after a fun day at this market. This market in Goa runs till late in the wee hours of the night and gives shoppers the liberty to shop till they drop after a wholesome dinner at one of Goa’s most happening restaurants nearby.
Location: St. Michael’s Vaddo South, Anjuna
Timings: 08.00 am to 06:00 pm; every Wednesday
What to Buy: Clothes, Footwear, Jewelry, Souvenirs, Wooden Art, Tibetan Goods
2. Saturday Night Market in Arpora
When it comes to shopping, time isn’t (and should never be) a concern. And the Saturday Night Market in Arpora abides by this rule. This hot street shopping spot in Arpora is a great open-air venue for a fun night out with your friends and family. The airy ambiance, energetic atmosphere, and the exhilarating savoir-faire exhibited by local merchants, hawkers, and peddlers make this a favorite among visitors of all ages. This venue offers a fusion of great food, and you can also buy many exotic ingredients like aromatic herbs and spices.
Besides these, Arpora Saturday Night Market offers a countless assortment of handicrafts from even the remote corners of the country; bags, accessories, jewelry, paintings, semi-precious stones, clothes, shoes, books, rugs, doormats, home décor, and much more that will get your eyeballs popping at every nook and corner. This is also one of the best places to go shopping in Goa for clothes. You can party all other days at one of the best pubs in Goa and spend a fun Saturday evening at this shimmering market where the night is always young. The live DJs and cocktails at this market are no lesser than those at the groovy nightspots in town. Dance your way through the busy shopping stalls at the venue and get back with some great goodies to brag about your shopping skills.
Timings: 06.00 pm till late in the night; every Saturday
What to Buy: Clothes, Apparels, Handbags, Rugs, Handicrafts
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3. Mapusa Friday Market
Those who love fresh fruits and vegetables can find a shopping haven in this crowded market in Mapusa. This place is located around Mapusa Municipal market area and runs all days of the week. However, Fridays are meant for some competitive shopping, a time when a greater number of merchants put their selling skills to the test with some innovative products to offer. Everything Goan is sold here, ranging from pottery, handicrafts, dried and fresh seafood, aromatic spices, and the Goan special ‘Chouricos’ sausages to clothes, homemade food, seedless tamarind (also called amot), coir mats, jewelry, bags, accessories, and much more. Keep your bargaining book handy for winning some great deals here. Are you a foodie, by the way? Don’t forget to buy a packet of cashew nuts, a bottle of fenny, and of course, some Goan sweets like dobola, chana doce or bebinca from this market that spells Goa in every way possible!
Location: Mapusa Municipal Market
Timings: 08.00 am till 06.30 pm; every day
What to Buy: Clothes, Textiles, Dry Fish, Fruits and Vegetables, Handicrafts, ‘Chouricos’ sausages, Seedless Tamarind
4. Mackie’s Saturday Night Market
Does the very idea of shopping from sundown till early morning entice you? Mackie’s Saturday Night Market, also known as Baga Night Market, is where you should be heading to. This Saturday night market is extremely eventful and can offer you almost anything on your Goa Shopping list. This is an enthralling experience one must sign up for while in the central activity zone of Goa. You may be interested in the versatile collection of antiques, handicrafts, junk jewelry, clothes, beachwear, souvenirs, plus the amazing food fare at the grub stalls in the vicinity. To top it all, foot-tapping live music resonates through all the corners of the market, enlivening your night shopping sprees.
Known for the beach shacks, stalls, and salons where you can get instantly groomed in typical Goan style, Baga Market lets you swoon under the moon for sure. You can also indulge in endless binging at terrace cafés, tarot card reading, live woodcarving, and other beach shenanigans. Here are some Goa shopping tips if you are planning to visit this market – look for great-value goods at fixed-price shops that sell genuine handicrafts and home décor. However, take your bargaining skills out at street stalls to get good deals. Remember, the market opens in November and functions till the end of May every year. The Saturday Night Market in Arpora is just 2 km away from this venue, so you can even club visiting these two markets.
Location: Arpora – Baga Road
Timings: 04.00 pm to 03.00 am; Saturdays
What to Buy: Clothes, Fish, Groceries, Handicrafts, Knick-Knacks, Trinkets, Earthenware, Bric-a-Bracs
5. Panjim Municipal Market
The capital city of Goa offers you a great shopping experience at its commercial market avenue. This venue is a balanced blend of old-style shops and some of the latest malls, thereby catering to a wide range of shopper preferences. You can buy groceries, vegetables, fruits, wine, cashew nuts, local handicrafts, knick-knacks, Goan spices, clothes, furniture, home décor, accessories, jewelry, and much more here. The gamut of eateries, resto-bars, and recreational centers in the vicinity make this a dwelling shopper’s province in Goa. Touted to be the largest market in the region, Panjim Municipal Market is a sure-shot getaway for fun, frolic, and endless retail therapy that adds the local maska chaska to your experience. The INOX multiplex situated nearby lets you catch a movie after a day of ‘hard work’ at the market.
Timings: 07.30 am till late evening; every day
What to Buy: Clothes, Antiques, Handicrafts, Wine, Knick-knacks, Groceries, Cashew Nuts
6. Calangute Market Square
Calangute, the reigning Queen of beaches in Goa will not bow down on the shopping front either. The market square located here is a shopping paradise, to say the least. The trendiest beachwear, clothes, handicrafts, leather products, embroidery, souvenirs, carpets, jewelry, trinkets, metal crafts, handicrafts, and much more can be found in Calangute Market Square at competitive prices. Want to take home a real ‘beachy’ souvenir? Choose from the fine range of shell craft products sold here, such as trinkets and sarongs made using seashells. You can also tickle your taste buds with some scrumptious seafood and lift your spirits up with a bottle of chilled beer while you take a break from the exhausting shopping expedition. Some of the best hotels in Goa are in the vicinity of this market, so it is in your best interests to book a room in one of those. How about enjoying every bit of the retail respite at this market after a great water sporting adventure at the beach? Sounds like a plan, eh?
Location: Calangute Beach
Timings: 09.00 am to 08.00 pm; every day
What to Buy: Clothes, Handicrafts, Metal Crafts, Trinkets, Seashell Products
7. Margao Municipal Market
Situated at the eastern side of the Margao Municipal Gardens, this market is best known for rich spices like Cinnamon, Cardamom, Triphala, etc. that are used extensively in the Goan cuisine. No wonder, a visit to this market is a daily affair for the locals in the area. But for tourists, the place is a shopping haven to buy the ‘essence of Goa’ in the form of many commodities that are sold here. “Dry fish, dried mangoes, and salted ones are gone within hours of procurement,” shout local sellers from every corner of the market! Margao Municipal Market is also famous for the freshest of fruits and vegetables and pocket-friendly (read unbelievably pocket-friendly) shoes and footwear. Though it is open all days of the week, Friday is noted as its ‘Bazaar Day’ because of the greater number of vendors, traders, and tourists that visit the market. You can also treat yourself to some exotic seafood at the nearby restaurants.
Location: Margao Municipal Market
Timings: 09.00 am till 08.00 pm; every day (closed between 02.00 pm till 04.00 pm)
What to Buy: Fruits, Vegetables, Spices, Dry Fish, Dried Mangoes
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Popular Shopping Malls in Goa
The modern-day shopper always prefers malls due to the ambiance and the convenience of all-under-one-roof shopping. If you have had your share of haggling and shopping in the streets and vibrant markets, it’s time to head out to some of the popular shopping malls in Goa. Here’s our handpicked list.
8. Caculo Mall
This upscale mall is a cool place to hang out as it features a wide range of leading brands and a sophisticated setup. Brands that you can expect to find at this shopping hub are Westside, Tissot, Wrangler, Arrow, Nike, Archies, GlobalDesi, Planet Sports, Ray-Ban, VanHeusen, and Wills Lifestyle, among others. The food court also offers a range of delish food to woo the shoppers. It also houses an entertainment area with console games, kiddie rides, Haunted House, and a 7D movie theater.
Location: St. Inez Rd, Panaji
Timings: 10.00 am to 09.00 pm; every day
What to Buy: Clothes, Accessories, Watches, Shoes, Sunglasses, Menswear, Electronics
9. Mall De Goa
Known for its high-end retail infrastructure, Mall De Goa, the largest mall in Goa, offers the most luxe shopping experience for buying a niche range of branded products from segments such as home and living, beauty, lifestyle, skincare, electronics, gadgets, and several others. There are more than 80 outlets housed within this mall, making it one of the best places to visit in Goa during weekends. This mall always excites visitors with great food, fun, deals, and discounts on all its three levels. Many famous retail dining outlets like Mc Donald’s and Dominos are present at the venue, so you can munch on something while you hop from one shop to another.
Timings: 10.00 am to 10.30 pm; every day
What to Buy: Clothes, Accessories, Watches, Shoes, Skincare, Sunglasses, Menswear
The sun, sand, great food, and soul-satiating shopping are what Goa, the dream destination of travelers, has in store for you. Put your best foot forward and have a gala time shopping at these most vibrant sites. Malls or markets, it’s not hard to find happiness here in the form of goodies!