Shopping in Goa

  • Shopping in Anjuna

    Anjuna Flea Market

    Anjuna’s weekly Wednesday flea market is as much part of the Goan experience as a day on the beach. More than three decades ago, it was conceived and created by hippies smoking jumbo joints, convening to compare experiences on the heady Indian circuit and selling pairs of Levi jeans or handmade jewellery to help fund the rest of their stay. Nowadays things are far more mainstream and the merchandise comes from all over India: sculptures and jewellery courtesy of the Tibetan and Kashmiri traders; colourful Gujarati tribal women selling T-shirts; richly colourful saris, bags and bedspreads from Rajasthan; sacks of spices from Kerala; and the hard-to-miss bejewelled tribal girls from Karnataka pleading passers-by to ‘come look in my shop’. Weaving in among this syrupy blend of stalls are the remaining hippies, backpackers, weekenders from Mumbai, and bus- and taxi-loads of package tourists from Russia and Europe. Such purchasing power has inevitably pushed market prices up but with plenty of competition you can still find some good bargains if you know the right price. These days the market sprawls back from the beach to the entrance road in the paddy fields; the endless stalls can become repetitive after a while. For a rest from the shopping there are chai stalls and a couple of restaurant-bars with live music. Cafe Looda has a fabulous sunset beachfront location and live music from 5pm, while Seabreeze packs them in with live music in the afternoon.. You might still find Westerners trading goods and services (tattoos, piercings and the like) but it’s much more a souvenir market. Despite changes over the years, the market shows no sign of waning in popularity, so dive in and enjoy the ride. The best time to visit is early (from 8am) or late afternoon (around 4pm till close just after sunset). The first market of the season is around mid-November, continuing till the end of April.

  • Shopping in North Goa

    Mapusa Market

    The Mapusa market goes about its business daily except Sunday, but it really gets going on Friday morning. It’s a raucous affair that attracts vendors and shoppers from all over Goa, with an entirely different vibe to the Anjuna flea market. Here you’ll find locals haggling for clothing and produce, and you can also hunt out antiques, souvenirs and textiles. So significant is the market locally that the town’s name is derived from the Konkani words map (meaning ‘measure’) and sa (meaning ‘fill up’), in reference to the trade in spices, vegetables and fruit that occurs here daily.

  • Shopping in Margao

    Golden Heart Emporium

    One of Goa’s best bookshops, Golden Heart is crammed from floor to ceiling with fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and illustrated volumes on the state’s food, architecture and history. It also stocks otherwise hard-to-get titles by local Goan authors. It’s down a little lane off Abade Faria Rd.

  • Shopping in North Goa

    Other India Bookstore

    This friendly and rewarding little bookshop, at the end of an improbable, dingy corridor, specialises in books about Goa and India with a focus on spirituality, environment, politics and travel. It’s signposted near the Mapusa Clinic, a few hundred metres up the hill from the Municipal Gardens.

  • Shopping in Calangute & Baga

    Literati Bookshop & Cafe

    A refreshingly different bookstore, in the owners’ South Calangute home, and a very pleasant Italian-style garden cafe. Come for a fine espresso and browse the range of books by Goan and Indian authors as well as antiquarian literature. Check the website for readings and other events.

  • Shopping in Anjuna

    Oxford Arcade

    Oxford Arcade, 100m from the Starco crossroads on the road to Vagator, is a fully fledged two-storey supermarket, complete with shopping trolleys and checkout scanners. It’s an awesome place to stock up on toiletries, cheap booze and all those little international luxuries.

  • Shopping in South Goa

    Goa Animal Welfare Trust Shop

    The Goa Animal Welfare Trust shop, next door to Leda Lounge, is a charity shop with secondhand books and souvenirs. All proceeds go toward helping out Goa’s four-legged friends and the staff are happy to chat about the work of the GAWT, based in Curchorem.

  • Shopping in Panaji

    Municipal Market

    This atmospheric place, where narrow streets have been converted into covered markets, makes for a nice wander, offering fresh produce, clothing stalls and some tiny, enticing eateries. The fish market is a particularly interesting strip of activity.

  • Shopping in Panaji

    Khadi India

    Goa’s only outpost of the government’s Khadi & Village Industries Commission has a fine range of hand-woven cottons, oils, soaps, spices and other handmade products that come straight from (and directly benefit) regional villages.

  • Shopping in North Goa

    Swiss Happy Cow Cheese

    Homesick for good cheese? Artisanal Swiss and French cheeses, including brie and feta, are made on-site here by a Swiss cheesemaker using local cow, buffalo and goat's milk. Cheeses are sold by weight from ₹500 to ₹1500 per kilogram.

  • Shopping in Panaji

    Singbal’s Book House

    On the corner opposite Panaji’s main church, Singbal’s is a local landmark with an excellent selection of international magazines and newspapers, and lots of books on Goa and travel.

  • Shopping in Panaji

    Caculo Mall

    Goa’s biggest mall is four levels of air-conditioned family shopping heaven with brand-name stores, food court, kids’ toys, bowling alley and arcade games.

  • Shopping in North Goa

    Arambol Hammocks

    Now in Mandrem, Arambol Hammocks designs and sells hammocks, including their ‘flying carpets’ and ‘flying chairs'.

  • Shopping in North Goa

    Fabindia

    Popular nationwide chain selling fair-trade bed and table linens, home furnishings, clothes, jewellery and toiletries. Fabindia makes for a great, colourful browse, and is perfect for picking up high-end gifts or treating yourself to a traditional kurta (long shirt) or salwar kameez (traditional dresslike tunic and trouser combination for women).

  • Shopping in Calangute & Baga

    Karma Collection

    Beautiful home furnishings, textiles, ornaments, bags and other enticing stuff – some of it antique – has been sourced from across India, Pakistan and Afghanistan and gathered at Karma Collection, which makes for a mouth-watering browse. Fixed prices mean there’s no need to bargain, though it’s not cheap.

  • Shopping in Panaji

    Velha Goa Galeria

    One of several places in town specialising in azueljos (glazed coloured tiles), this gallery and shop is next door to Panjim Inn and offers tiles, vases and other ceramic objects reproduced in the old style by Portuguese artist, Anabela Cardosa. Pricey but great gifts or souvenirs.

  • Shopping in Calangute & Baga

    Saturday Night Market

    The original Saturday Night Market is in Arpora at the end of the Baga River Rd. It's grown into quite a huge affair with live bands, food stalls and a lot of so-so market stalls selling spices, clothing, jewellery, instruments and the like.

  • Shopping in South Goa

    Jaali

    This small boutique shop back from Patnem Beach stocks handicrafts, textiles, antiques and clothing sourced from all over India by the expat owner, as well as locally made pieces. Individual, hand-picked and interesting stuff.

  • Shopping in Calangute & Baga

    All About Eve

    Attached to Karma Collection, All About Eve stocks unusual clothes, bags and accessories, many designed by the owners themselves and which are unlike any of the usual array you’ll find on a beach-road stall.

  • Shopping in North Goa

    Sotohaus

    Offering cool, functional items dreamed up by a Swiss expat team, this is the place to invest in a natural-form-inspired lamp, mirror or dining table, to add a twist of streamlined India to your pad back home.