There are just so many street vendors outside every beach selling waht we indians call 'junk jewelry' -largely jewelry crafted in white metal and plastic beads. You can pick a handful for even as less as Rs 100. Bargain away to glory and take home some of these.
You can shop to you drop in Goa, every-where you go you will come across little shacks seelling food and drink even your favourite western chocolate (check the date of expiry)
What to buy: Best of all there are tailors that will make you any-thing you want whether it's a replica football shirt or an armani suit, just go in get measured and go back the next day or a couple of days later and pick up your clobber. If you have a favourite shirt or dress take it in and they will replicate it by the next day, but be warned you pay for what you get so if it's cheap then don't expect it to go through to many washes, saying that I bought a replica Indian cricket shirt for $2 with my name on the back and it's still going strong.
On Wednesdays there is the famous Anjuna Flea Market, also known as the hippie market. It all started by the hippies in the early 80s, when they used to gather at the same place in Anjuna while many needy foreigners used to sell their electronic items or barter other stuffs to the locals.
Thousands of people come from all over Goa to buy and sell at this market. Prepare for a very hot place on the daytime.
What to buy: Forget about the word "flea". This is the biggest market in Goa and you can buy almost everything here. A very good market and a very cheap place.
There are plenty of places to shop in Goa.
Ingos Saturday night market Apora or the Wednesday Market at Anjuna both are massive markets with everything to barter and haggle over. Or if you prefer just chill out have a drink and soak up the madness & atomsphere.Plenty of shops and Jewellers to browse in Calangute,Candolim & Baga. Also the Tibetan markets on road side .
What to buy: Goa is a good place to visit the tailors shops, you can have anything copied or made.Take in your favourite suit or shirt or take a look in the pile of catalogues in the tailors shop and pick your matieral and colour,it will be made to fit.
What to pay: Haggling is the name of the game.
All across Goa, especially by the side of the beaches there are lots of flea-street markets where you can shop for just anything starting from T-shirts to earrings. Definitely worth buying and prices are pretty cheap.
The photo is from the street market near the Dona Paula beach
What to buy: Anything
What to pay: reasonable
The flea market in anjuna is full of lovely treats and gifts for you and your loved ones. There are traders from all over india. So if your trip is only restricted to goa you can still buy some rajasthani or tibetan artifacts to take home and surprise them with.
What to buy: Coconut earrings.
Mirror work skirts.
What to pay: Bargain. The best man wins.
Anjuna market operates on Wednesday only, and it is one of the biggest outdoor markets I have ever seen before.
- Bargains as far as the eye can see.
Here you can buy all kinds of things (not all genuine of course!)- local handicrafts, leather goods, clothing, sunglasses etc and the incredibly cheap prices just encourage you to spend more.
I like to drive a hard bargain and the bartering makes it so much more fun- at the end of the day most vendors want to make a sale so if you are persistant you can get some incredible bargains. Being outdoors in the stifling heat and intensity is quite exhausting though- and you need to relax on the beach after a hard morning shopping, wondering how you will get all of your good in the suitcase and back home!!
What to buy: Local crafts, leather, clothing, plus much more.
What to pay: As little as possible.
A mass of stalls selling anything you could possibly need or not need as the case may be. The resident hippies and locals make this an experience not to be missed with a mix of colourful clothing, jewelry, herbs and spices on sale at knockdown prices if your prepared to haggle.
WEDNESDAY ONLY (NOT DURING MONSOON)
What to buy: Silver and semi precious stones are a bargain here along with cotton clothing.
What to pay: Half the price and be prepared to barter very hard.
Watch the Goan people going about their business on this busy market in the centre of mapusa. The smells and the atmosphere make it an assault on the senses, a lot less commercialised than the Anjuna market and more for the locals.
What to buy: Spices are a favourite to buy along with cotton clothing
What to pay: Just haggle
This colourful market sells everything, here a young girl offers fresh fish from a basket you can also buy fruit and veg, Meat in fact most things
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