We all know that one of the fantastic highlights of a great holiday is shopping. In fact, going out and failing to spend some time and money on the latest artefacts makes it rather boring. And that’s why the greatest highlight of Goa trips and vacations is spending time exploring the local markets, commonly known as flea markets, that offer a diversity of shopping options and budgets.
So if you are westbound on India’s west coast, Goa, this is your best guide with each market location, what it offers, its budgets, best access, weekday timings, and more. Moreover, if you are planning the trip and looking for perfectly located stays, we would highly recommend checking out the White Flower Cottages at Vagator, a resort in north Goa that is perfectly located for all your shopping, adventure, and even travel (airport, railway, or road connectivity). So let’s explore these markets right away
The Best Shopping Markets in Goa You Should Never Miss on Holiday
Calangute Market Square, Goa
It is probably the best reason why many visitors to Goa come back again and again. This is designed for the famed beach market model of major tourist destinations. Located right on Calangute Beach, the market runs from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the best action reserved for the evening hours. Calangute will surely excite and thrill you no end with diverse products ranging from metal and wooden handicrafts, beachwear, exotic imported stuff, food, and other unique products to sample.
Mapusa Municipal Market, Goa
Mapusa Municipal Market runs daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with Fridays witnessing a competitive shopping stream. It attracts several traders with many products sold, ranging from pottery, handicrafts, dried and fresh seafood, aromatic spices, clothes, homemade food, seedless tamarind, coir mats, jewellery, bags, accessories, and more. In the market, it is the refined level of your bargaining skills that will enable you to get the best prices. Anything is possible at Mapusa!
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Anjuna Flea Market, Goa
Anjuna Beach flea market on Wednesdays (the first Wednesday of October up to the last Wednesday of May) is a place to experience while in Goa. Here you will find lots of varieties in handicrafts, jewellery, souvenirs, beachwear, clothing, musical instruments, and artefacts, including foreign goods from neighbouring countries. The market attracts a rainbow of visitors with its laid-back feel and pace. You can try the yummy food accompanied by some live music. Given its happening and lively attraction, many visitors throng the market venue in a rather entertaining space.
You need to be at your best when bargaining, as during and after shopping you may need help carrying items from the market. Anjuna Flea Market in Goa is actually popular even with foreigners, as it runs deep into the night, giving insights into Goa’s famed nightlife while enjoying shopping. Located next to St. Michael’s Vaddo South in Anjuna, the market’s timing is 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Wednesdays).
Tibetan Market, Baga Road, Goa
Tibetan markets are known to offer genuine-quality goods at competitive rates. They are far removed from our idea of traditional markets. This flea market is located on Baga Road and has a diversity of items for sale. If you are keen on Tibetan culture, Buddhism, and other decorative stuff, this is the place for you. Being located in a good place is key to being safe. The market runs from 9:00 to 10:00 daily and is the best place to get great bargains on quality clothing, shoes, home decor, semi-precious jewellery, and stylish pure leather goods (bags, belts, shoes, jackets, gloves, and boots). The place attracts families to shop safely and for bargains.
Panjim Municipal Market, Panjim, Goa
If you are a fan of souvenirs, groceries, wine, artefacts, decorative stuff, wine, and other exotic products, then the Panaji market will blow your mind away with its diversity of choices. Located in Panjim, Goa, the market starts very early in the morning. This suits most Goan holiday goers to enjoy and experience the taste of Goa. It is a long list of products, including wine, dry fruits, and multiple local and Indian grocery brands. After a round of bargain-filled shopping, one can enjoy lip-smacking delicacies at the different food stalls.
A visit to Goa is incomplete without experiencing the fun and frolic, happening nightlife, great seafood varieties, diverse entertainment options, and many other things to keep you busy. That is why great holidays, shopping, and wonderful stay options like White Flower Cottages in Goa go hand in hand. Discover, experience, and enjoy endless buying options across all budgets at the best shopping markets in Goa. In fact, here, budgets don’t count; it’s your bargaining skills. So practise and polish your bargaining and head for a memorable time this year, 2023.
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