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Shopping in Goa
 
For travelers to Goa, the visit is not complete unless they take back a souvenir of their memorable sojourn in this magnificent paradise. Naturally, shopping should be a priority on the itinerary of every tourist, along with the sightseeing attractions.

The excellent local handicrafts of Goa are easily the most popular souvenir items and include brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, carved furniture, bamboo work, papier-mâché, etc. These are available in the Government Emporia and also at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots.

Another item, which is on the list of every traveller to Goa, is a pack of the famed cashew nuts. These are available practically everywhere. There are shops specializing in selling only cashew nuts. The nuts are available in a wide variety of tastes ranging from plain, salted and masala. The prices vary based on the quality and flavor.

There are also many fascinating options in the lifestyle and fashion shops, which have come up in recent times. Some of these are located in fabulous old Goan houses, which have been painstakingly restored. These shops make the best selections in home styling and fashion available to the tourists at quite reasonable prices.

It is also a fascinating experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Goan towns and villages. These markets are a mirror of Goa's ethnic culture and provide a glimpse of the typical Goan way of doing business.

Two of the most famous such market areas are Mapusa and Anjuna. The Friday Market at Mapusa, where stalls sell everything from curios and old coins to dried fish and spices.
The Wednesday Market at Anjuna Beach started by and for foreigners is an extremely lively spot where souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts are sold at bargain prices.
Most deluxe hotels and resorts also have good in-house shops, but the price ranges are usually higher.

The charm of shopping in Goa lies in bargaining to your hearts content in markets and shops until you finally bring down the price and make the purchase a worthwhile experience.
Most Goan towns have a Municipal Market where you can get practically everything you need in one place to stock up on your provisions. This is the traditional market place for the average Goan for his daily shopping needs.

These markets are usually the most interesting place to browse around for shopping. However over the years, some markets have gained fame around the world for their unique variety and ambience.
Friday Mapusa Market

The small town of Mapusa lies in northern Goa and is one of the main market centres in the state, serving both inland farmers and the villagers of the coast.

The market is at its bustling best every Friday morning when it draws large crowds of Goans as well a tourist. Goans come from all over the state to do their weekly shopping here.

Although it's not much different from any other regional market, it's an excellent example of a typical busy Goan bazar. The market opens early morning around 8 am and the business is in full swing throughout the day until the closure at around 6 pm in the evening.

There are vendors selling everything from fresh fruit, vegetables to fish, earthen cooking pots to the latest plastic utensils.

Banastarim Bazar

Banastarim is a small village, which lies in Ponda Taluka further along the road down the highway NH4A from the famous Old Goa Church complex. There is a weekly bazar held here on Fridays, which is quite similar to the Mapusa market.
The main difference between the two markets is that due to its location, this is not yet as popular with the tourists. As such the market still retains its old world charm and Goan ambience without the commercialization aimed at tourists. Goods are thus available at extremely cheap prices.
Anjuna Market

Originally started by foreigners who wanted to sell off their second-hand items such as cameras, watches and even clothes, the Anjuna market today has quite a different appearance.

Held every Wednesday, near the famous Anjuna beach, it is a major attraction for people from Goa as well as the tourists.

Today it is more populated by stalls operated by Tibetan and Kashmiri traders and colorful Lamani tribal women rather than foreigners. The stalls usually sell handicrafts from around India.

Most vendors expect bargaining, so be sure to haggle around with the starting price until you are sure you are getting your money's worth.
Brand Name Shopping

Designer clothes, many of which are now being made in India are a popular shopping item with the tourists visiting Goa.
There are shops and boutiques selling fashion items from around the world, including leather goods at most popular tourist spots in the state.
All Western brand names are substantially cheaper than in the West, and books are also at bargain prices. Consequently, foreign tourists looking to get the best value for their currency make a beeline for such shops.

There are a number of brand name outlets in Panaji and the Calangute beach area - including Nike, Levi's, Lacoste, Benetton, Lee and Reebok. These offer excellent prices which according to foreign tourists are as much as a third less than in their own countries.

There are also quite a few local boutiques, operated by either locals or designers from other states who have made Goa their home or place of business.

These include Camelot in Ribandar on the Panaji-Old Goa road, Sangolda on the road to Calangute and Casa Goa in Baga.

These outlets feature period furniture, home accessories, and excellent selections from up and coming designers.

If your taste runs to designer clothes, visit Goan designer Wendell Rodricks' Design Space and Sosa's, run by Abel de Sousa, both located in Panaji.
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