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MISCELLANEOUS: He is best
We had my engagement ring made three years ago by Rocky.my ring has been admired greatly for which makes me proud.At the time Rocky sain me he would make me my wedding ring and he has ! Rocky has given us the best of attention, help and advise. we have also had bangles, bracelettes and earings made. if you are looking for an honesty quality and friendliness,Rockys the right place.
His shop is near hotel dona terezinha.
What to buy: Rockys quality is best then other jeweller in goa .
He is seling only hand made jewellery.
What to pay: he is your on budget jeweller.
MISCELLANEOUS: Gulf Supermarket - Electrical Goods
Gulf Supermarket is a good shop for being discounted digital cameras and alike in Panjim. Situated on the same road as Bombay Bazaar and most of the major shops in Goa.. This shop is downstairs, so be careful or you may miss the entrance.
What to buy: digital cameras, play station X-box accesories..plus they have fashion wear.
Vishal mega mart, Panjim: More Goa Shopping must see's
Vishal Mega Mart is new to Goa and is our first good multi storey air conditioned supermarket.
made up of 3 floors, downstairs you will find homewares, mens clothes, kids and gifts.
2nd floor is ready made ladies clothes, sarees and salvar/churidaar suit materials.
3rd floor is more kids clothes.
You will find some good bargains here, but mainly you can just shop and relax, no haggling, no hassles, lots of checkouts.
living jewels: jewelry
There are a large selection of gold and diamond jewelry available at living jewels which is similar to all of the jewelry shops in goa.The difference between this and the other jewelry shops is the value for money that is on offer at living jewels.I have bought jewelry from several shops in north goa,with the average value being 4 times but with living jewels the valuation turned out to be 5.5 times of what i paid back in the uk.
I have seen other pages on vt reccomending jewelry shops saying go in this shop and mention my name but i dont like to do that as it sounds as if they are on commision so if you are looking for jewelry in goa i would say give this shop a try .If you do go in dont mention my name please.
What to buy: I bought my mother a diamond and single emerald bracelet for £450 and the valuation back in the uk was £2600.I also bought a friend a .62 single diamond engagement ring for his girlfriend(under strict instructions on design),which cost £450 and was valued at £2490.
The owners are called Perry and Harry and whilst looking for diamond and gold jewelry in goa i would highly reccomend this shop.
Also other shops might appear to offer a similar size diamond for cheaper but the quality wont be the same.
What to pay: As much as you want as jewelry and diamond rings can be made to order.
What to buy in Goa
Here I would like to provide a general list of what you can buy in Goa:
What to buy: - real silk
- cotton and silk summer and beach clothes
- tea (it's better to buy it in the duty-free shop in gift wrappings)
- Ayurveda goods (herbal shampoos, cosmetic creams, etc.)
- local alcohol (rum and whisky are inexpensive and the quality is good)
- various souvenirs (wooden and stone elephants, figures of Hindu gods, hand-made blankets, bags, pillowcases and lampshades of original Indian design)
- CDs with local traditional music
What to pay: The initial price you will hear will be quite high, you are expected to bargain, that's a local tradition
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India Exclusive: Silk in Cavelossim
You will not miss this shop in Cavelossim. If you enter the town from onshore, you will see it on your left with two large colorful elephants at the entrance. The shop sells souvenirs and silk.
What to buy: Souvenirs are more expensive than in other places, but you can buy silk here. Bargain like hell, until you get a good price (at least three times cheaper from the initial price announced to you).
What to pay: I spent 3500 rupees for 12 meters of real silk
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Jewellery Shops: Diamonds are a girls best friend
There are jewellery shops everywhere so relaly look around before you buy
What to buy: I did not have the money myself to buy any, but my friends bought diamond rings, ear-rings and pendants.
Upon returning to England, they each had the gems valued for insurance and were advised they were worth considerably more then they paid for them
What to pay: As with everything, watch out what you buy!
Lots: Suits you sir!!
Everywhere you go in Goa, you can't help but fail to see Tailors willing to make dresses, suits, tops, skirts, trousers and pretty much anything you can think of.
What to buy: If you know what you want or already have it and want it in every other colour then just go in and ask.
One problem you may come across is that lycra is not that common, so if you want something tight....forget it!
Goan Jewellers: Gold and Diamonds
Under the ban yan tree at Calangute.
That's the address of this shop that's run by a Terry Thomas look alike. Its near the junction most people know it.
We buy jewellery here every time we visit Goa and when valued at home is always over double what you pay for it. He will make things for you in record time (sometimes same day )
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Sankars and Oxford Bookstore: For Book Lovers
Opened last year these two book stores mean you never run out of good reading material. Excellent selection in both shops with Oxford having more fiction, and Sarkands more non-fiction. Some lovely glossy coffee table books at okay prices, good selection of classics for 90 rs, interesting indian cook books, indian authors. If you like to read these are the shops to check out.
MISCELLANEOUS: General shopping tips in Goa
This is a general note that we found about shopping in Goa. The markets are excellent - but the longer you are in Goa - the cheaper things get. Prices I think are based on how white (or green horn) you are. Unlike my picture here - for shopping - you ought to look like you mean business if you want to get the best prices.
The markets were generally great value if you shopped around - but the cheapest and best things we bought - I think came from the shops around Baga Beach. We bought excellent wooden jostick boxes from about 50p to £2 and they seemed to get cheaper as the weeks progressed. We also bought bargainous materials and cussion covers. Look out for OM SAI also - its a chain of stores selling really great surf wear. There is one behind me there in Calangute. I wish I'd taken an extra suitcase for these. Surf T-Shirts and shorts are a fraction of their price at home.
What to buy: We took an empty suitcase and filled it with: some lovely statues of Ganesh and Shiva, hand carved jostick boxes, materials, cushion covers, surf wear from OM SAI and several other things we picked up.
What to pay: It varies - but leave your main spending til the end of your hols and get a feel for the price. Shop at the markets and little shops - rather than the more fancy government and tourist shops. The latter offer free drinks and quality - but you've get more value at the little shops.
Super Tailors: Super Tailors - Ladies and Gents
Based in Candolim - Super Tailors - highly recommended. The tailor has catalogues for you to view ( even the NEXT directory ) you choose a style and fabric, the tailor measures you and the following evening you go for your fitting. Minor alterations are then made with the final fitting the following evening - what a great service. 10 pairs of trousers, 5 skirts and 5 jackets ( lined ) all made and posted to the UK - arrived 2 days after us all for ?280
What to buy: Specialists in Gents and Ladies Suits, Western Garments and Leather Garments.
What to pay: You can spend, spend and spend. The suits made for me would have cost me triple the price and thats for off the peg suits. These suits were made especially for me. Super quality.
MISCELLANEOUS: Cheap summer clothes
If you run out of clothes after changing 3-4 times a day because it's so hot, each village have clothes shops where ou can find T-Shirts at 3-4 USD and Shorts at 4-5 USD.
What to buy: Shirts, shoes, sandals
What to pay: Vey cheap...but deal the price down !
Although most hotels supply the essentials it is always a good idea to buy some toilet tissue in the local shops, as for soap and shampoo there is a wide choice but for the women you should bring a supply of the tampons that you are used to because the Goan women seemed to be built a little different to the western woman although you can survive with the range that they have in the shops, and it's getting better.
Give a woman a shoe shop!!! And you will be there for hours try to avoid by distraction tactics, and cross the street before it’s too late!
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