Goa, one of the most celebrated tourist destination in the world is very popular for its flea markets. Held on various beaches, these flea markets are the best places to buy the authentic Goan handicrafts and varieties of other artifacts and that too at a very economical price.
Anjuna Flea Market
Originally known to be a hippies’ arena, the Anjuna Flea market today is famous shopping place in Goa. Held on every Wednesday, this market came to existence in the 1980’s and has been a favored shopping arena since then. Tourists can buy junk jewelery, electronic goods, handicrafts, paintings, Balinese batik, mirror-worked waistcoats and trendy wrap arounds.
This flea market is flooded by hawkers from all over the country selling a variety of articles. Open from 10:30 in the morning till 6:30 in the evening, the flea market is held at Dando Vaddo, a little south of Anjuna beach and is not to be missed attractions for those enjoying a holiday in Goa. The Anjuna Flea Market is held during the months from September to March, as this is the peak season from tourism point of view. Ingo’s Saturday Night Market
This market is a popular hang out place in Goa. Held on the grounds of Arpora, around 200 meters west of Resorte Marinha Dourada, tourists here can buy a huge varieties of products like hand-made leather sandals, magic crystal wands, beautiful jewelry and many other artifacts. A popular among the locals here is the Taro card readers and fortune tellers (Rs 150 to 500). Interested can also get themselves tattooed from experts at the tattoo bars (Rs 200 to 500 depending upon the design).
Tourists can also enjoy lip smacking Goan, Chinese and Thai cuisine in this market. Jugglers, local musicians, comedians, belly dancers and budding talents are some of the attractions that keep the shoppers entertained. The market is open from 7 in the evening till 1 in the morning and is held only from the months of November till March. Click here to know more about the http://www.ingosbazaar.com/Saturday Night Bazaar At Anjuna
Held on the same location where Wednesday Anjuna Flea Market is held, the Saturday Bazaar is much more lively as local bands are seen performing for the crowd. The history of this market too can be traced back to the days of the hippies. This flea market too is flooded by coster-mongers selling almost every item. Open from 7 pm till 1am, this market is held only during the winter months from November to March.
The Friday Bazaar at Mapusa
This is one of the most popular flea markets held in Goa. The market is flooded with local vendors and hippies selling any thing and everything from a varieties of ground masala or spices (Rs 25 to 150 per quarter kilo) to sea fish and from bamboo products (Rs 50 to 1,000) to leather, ceramics and clothing (Rs 50 to 1,000).
This market is held in the Mapusa Municipal Market every Friday and is open from 8 in the morning till 7 in the evening. Some of the items that one should not miss buying here includes cashew, feni, Goa sausages and salt fish. tourists are advised to bargain heavily in this market and also should enjoy the fresh hot cross buns sold here.
Beach Markets in Goa
Besides the flea markets, there are many other beach markets in Goa, that too must be visited on your honeymoon tours to Goa. Baga-Candolim-Calangute
The most popular beach market is on the Baga-Candolim- Calangute belt in North Goa. This stretch of beach is famous for the little shops that sell souvenirs and handicrafts. The ‘I Love Goa’ inscribed T shirts is the most popular buy here. Besides the small array of shops, there are many restaurants and shacks too lined on the beach. Goan, Chinese and Thai cuisine are some that can be enjoyed here.
The Regal Arcade is a double storey shopping complex that has many stores inside it. Tourists can go to Gospi (for leather items ranging from Rs 250 to 5,000), Gerison (for jewellery prices between Rs 200 to 1,00,000) and Shankar’s Bookshop (selling books on every topic). Yamini (excellent home furnishing items), Auro Boutique (leather and fabrics) and Shyam Ahuja (selling various kinds of linen and fabrics) are some popular shopping hubs inside the Regal Arcade.
Some other popular shopping places on Candolim are Acron Arcade located on Chogam Road near Fort Aguada and Indian Arts Exposition, a shop selling authentic Kashmiri shawls (Rs 500 to 5,000) and carpets (Rs 1,000 to 20,000).
The popular beach of Calanguate is home to some of the most popular shopping places. Tourists are advised to lead to the Holiday Street known for its single, neatly designed shopping area. The important buys here are the paintings (Rs 15,000 onwards), sculptures and lamps (Rs 20,000 onwards) made by the renowned Goan artist Dr Subodh Kerkar. Variety of Calangute tours from Mumbai are available. On the Calngute Road, just off the holiday Street are many shops selling varieties of things. Tourists can buy T-shirts, Rajasthani wall hangings, lamps, imported chocolate and cosmetics, clothes and scarves and precious & semi precious jewellery are some popular items you can but from the markets on Calangute beach. Beaches are the most favored spots for shopping in Goa. It is advisable that the tourists should bargain before making any purchase as the local vendors and hawkers often raise the price very high. The beach and flea markets of Goa are a popular tourist attractions making its firm part of any tourist’s itinerary.