You can’t buy happiness but you can buy local and we think that’s kind of the same thing. And believe us when we say you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping for local artifacts in Goa. Here’s a roundup of our favourite market spots to shop for all things hippy and local!
1) Mapusa Market
What is your regular, run of the mill market for the greater part of the week, Mapusa market really comes into its own and dazzles on Fridays. Bust out your hats, sunglasses and bargaining skills and go for a stroll along the winding roads of the Mapusa market on a bright Friday morning and we promise you won’t be disappointed. Mapusa market boasts of items ranging from antiques, Goan pottery, handicrafts, dried and fresh fish, spices, homemade pickles, fruits, vegetables, chorizo’ sausages, textiles, clothing, jewellery and so much more. In case you need a moment’s respite from all the shopping, the several small eateries lining the market roads have you covered.
2) Saturday Night Market at Arpora
Arguably Goa’s signature flea market, the Saturday Night Market is open from the month of November through April. Boasting of a thoroughly hippy vibe, the Saturday Night Market is as quaint as it is expansive. Offering spices, carpets, embroidered textiles, hammocks, clothes and accessories, this market will keep you hooked for hours on end. To top it off, there’s often live music events happening in the background which just lend to the vibe.
3) Panjim Market
Perfect for those wishing to experience the essence of Goa, Panjim market is replete with a variety of local stores selling a plethora of local offerings like wines, cashew nuts, local handicrafts and Goan spices. Bustling with life and colour, it is also home to a large number of eateries.
4) Calangute Market Square
You say “flea market” and most Goans will immediately think of the Calangute market square. Showcasing a colourful line up of beach-side shacks and stalls, the Calangute market square sells everything from trendy clothes to beachwear, handicrafts, leather products, souvenirs, sea shells, jewellery, carpets, metal crafts, and trinkets, with several eateries popping up along the road.
5) Mackie’s Night Bazaar
Held along the banks of the Baga river every Saturday (from November till May), with its little stalls selling antiques, junk jewellery, clothes, beachwear, souvenirs, handicrafts, along with local eateries, Mackie’s is just the perfect place to unwind at come Saturday evening.
Do you know of any more shopping options in Goa? Let us know in the comments!