well depend which month you are travelling.south is nice and beautiful nrth is bussy.....
let me know your interest will suggest best things to do.
What to buy: jewels,linen,bespoke tailoring/only from very special shops....which dont deal with commission.
most guys like taxi they get 50 percent commision at shop.also beware of kashmir people and kashmiri shops../call me for detail or mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
This shop on baga road opposite Hotel Saahil has a good collection of novels, books, fiction non-fiction, with an intelligent owner aswell. His name is Darshan, a roly poly guy who can talk about just anything under the sun. Dont ever get into details about the literary scene in India or elsewhere, he can go on forever, but a very helpful guy, ever smiling.
What to buy: Buy books, internet is quite cheap at Rs. 30 an hour and also does ticketing for you
What to pay: Credit cards accepted
There are lots of people wandering up and down the beach selling stuff - you can easily get sunglasses, fabric to use as sarongs, drums and jewellery brought straight to you on your sunlounger! There are also a few small stalls set up next to some of the restaurants with more jewellery and some clothes, so you don't even have to go to the main street!
You'll also see people on the beach offering massage and henna tattoos - see my things to do tips!
There is no such thing as cheap.
To give cheap there must be some quality missing or some other things mixed,
Do check for the above.
In gold the purity is in its carats check whether its 22 carat ( for jewellery) and for just plain gold its 24 carats
Super Tailors Candolim. 24 Hour service
You can have all types of garments made or copied. Suhail has a large selection of matierals & colours for you to choose from,and he will make them up for you.Made to measure suits may take a couple of measurement sittings but he is quick & efficient.He also made copies of one of my shirts in different colours.He also made a copy of my partners coat and made her some linen trousers.
What to buy: Anything of your own clothes copied or anything made from his large selection of UK catalogues
What to pay: Suhail the shop owner told me " No deposit and If your not happy Do not pay"
The suit was £50
The shirts £7
Trousers £ 7
This is a beauty salon that female friends of mine use. From haircuts to pedicure, manicures etc etc. Dirt cheap, air-conditioned, and run by europeans.
What to buy: A combined manicure & pedicure is 300 Rupees, about 4 quid!
After weeks of looking for a bikini (which is hard to find in India), I finally came across a gem of a classy boutique in Palolem, called CHIM. It's one of the few designer shops I saw and the merchandise as well as the sales staff were absolutely fantastic. It has fair fixed prices and there is no pressure to buy. One can browse at leisure and get styling tips from the friendly staff.
What to buy: There is an amazing variety of bikinis and swimsuits imported from a French designer.
The prices are 40% less than in Europe and the bikinis are chic, glam and immaculate quality!
They also have beautifully designed and impeccably crafted clothes and sandals. Definitely one of the best boutiques I came across while doing the tourist route in India.
What to pay: On bikinis, the prices start at rs.500 ($11) and go up to about rs.2000 ($40 for more) And there's every price in between. The other merchandise starts at Rs. 100($2.3) and go up to whatever. It's all great quality, handpicked by Product Designer Shefali Mahadik who travels India, Asia and Africa to keep this boutiques well stocked!
If you are thinking of buying specs then bring your prescription with you. If you forget walk into any of the Opticians and ask for a test. Personally I buy mine in a shop on Calangute High Street called Dangui. It seems really small but they have tons of 'indian' designer glasses, and re really cheap. Frames start at about 3 pounds, and go up to about 40 pounds. Ask for glass lenses, and really spend some time looking at the frames...I normally end up paying 10/12 pounds all in!
What to buy: If you are taking your mobile with you its a lot cheaper to buy a sim card locally. I've always used an IDEA 'I-card'...sold all over the place...and costs about 5 pounds. Really does save on the costs! There are tons of places that sell sim cards, but I prefer 'Digital World' in the Golden Nest complex on the Calangute/Anjuna Road ( about 500 yards from the 'top roundabout'). Excellent service, plus they sell cheap accessories like chargers.
Seniors is probably the best shoe shop in Goa with branches in Panjim and Margao. They sell both mens & ladies, and the average price for a fashionable pair of leather shoes is ten quid - bargain! They also sell original Crocs...not the fakes you see on sale near the beaches!
Everywhere in Goa...every Village..is a tailor...basic...but if you give them the lead...they can produce great stuff! If you are on a package deal...ignore the places/shops in your hotel...go meet the locals. Tell them your design...or do what I do...give them...say a pair of trousers...say you want five more...how much? It'll be VERY cheap...good workmanship...and a fun experience!
If its your first trip...you'll be amazed at the diversity of goods for sale! Give yourself a few days to settle in...look around...rather than jump straight in. Most hotels have shops...but over inflated prices...look around the main resort towns, the Saturday night markets...or pop into Panjim the Capital.
The supermarkets have really improved over the years...so if you staying here more than a month you can nowadays buy just about anything!
Excellent Leather Tailor who had a wide range of leather in many different colours. He has a book containing lots of pictures or you can bring your own picture and they will copy it.
What to pay: I had a lovely leather jacket made using the softest leather they stocked for £50.
We had excellent quality suits, shirts, skirts and trousers made in a few days from Supertailors. The man who runs the shop is really helpful and has the latest Next Directories to help you choose what you want or he can copy an item if you bring a picture of it. He has a wide range of fabrics and will spend time going through them all for you.
What to buy: All clothes are a bargain in Goa and I would recommend the tailors to get more formal wear and jackets.
What to pay: My husband paid about £200 for 3 suits (Itslian style) and 6 tailor made shirts which were excellent quality. I had 2 pairs of trousers and a skirt made for £35.
Excellent quality fake designer leather bags, wallets and purses. This was the best shop for handbags as I looked in many shops but this shop had the best copies I have seen.
What to pay: I paid about £8-15 for leather Radley bags and £4 for a Radley purse and men's Gucci and Prada wallets were about £3.