Anjuna Flea Market
Where: 10, St. Michael?s Vaddo South, Anjuna, Goa 403509
Famous for: Local handicrafts, spices, clothes, footwear, beach wear, artificial jewelry and accessories
Timing: Every Wednesday 9am-6pm (November-April)
Anjuna Flea Market is a treasure house of trinkets, handicrafts, fashionwears, souvenir, junk jewelries, bags and footwears to name only a few. It is a shopper?s paradise offering a number of products ranging from Kerala spices to Kashmiri jewelries to Karnataka wooden toys and even Jimi Hendrix or Che Guevara t-shirts. This market is a must visit if you want to experience Goa for its true essence. Not only the knick-knacks, but items like second hand bikes, cellphones, cameras etc are also sold here in the flea market. Open only on Wednesdays, it is one of the most sought-after markets of the region for its exclusivity of varied range of products. The market also conducts live music performances by bands along with delicious platters of seafood and cold beer to go with the experience. The shacks on the beach are crowded with travelers who rest for a while with a chilled beer as intervals between shopping trips. The flea market was established in 1960s when the Hippies frequented the beach. Late night parties, trance music, food and celebrations ruled the area. Once they used to run out of money, they started selling tidbits in order to survive. The culture prevailed over the years. Although now the sellers is a mix of expats and Indians, but the nature of the product remains the same.
Where: Mapusa, North Goa
Famous for: Dried and Fresh Fish, Spices, Pickles, Goa?s famous ?chouricos? sausages
Timing: 6am-8pm; Fridays are exceptionally vibrant
The real flavor of Goa is felt only through a stroll across the famous Mapusa Market. Attracting the largest crowd of local residents, Mapusa Market is the most popular in the region. Tourists flock at the market to pick some of the most unique textiles, antiques, and souvenirs to take back home. Traditional handicrafts like Goan pottery, spices, pickles, dry fruits, fish, poultry and many more are also available at the market. The market opens early morning and tends to shut down by sunset or soon after that. So it is advisable to visit the area during the day, preferably at early hours when the goods are all fresh and just arrived. It is a huge market, and hence needs enough time if you plan to explore it totally. Don?t miss the fresh seafood like lobsters and prawns which are brought directly from the ocean for sale. Goa?s famous pork sausages named the ?chouricos? are sold at a large scale at Mapusa Market. Buy the best ones from the famous shop Vital. At the same shop, you may also purchase exclusive Goan masala pastes like vindaloo, xcauti, cafreal as well as pickles. Mapusa Market is a must visit to explore the essence of Goan livelihood.
Calangute Market Square
Where: Calangute, North Goa
Famous for: Trinkets, Carpets, Beachwear
Timing: 6:30am ? 12:00pm
Covered with several shacks and stalls exhibiting vibrantly colorful sights, Calangute Market Square gives some serious street shopping goals in Goa. Sarongs of seashells, genuine leather goods at a much lower price, metal crafts as souvenirs and chilled beer ? Calangute Market has it all under one umbrella. The market area is a hub of trendy clothes, beachwear, handicrafts, seashells, junk jewelry, carpets, and trinkets to name only a few. Treat yourself with fried prawns and beer at the stalls as you rest before resuming your shopping session. Since most of the hotels are in proximity of the market, you don?t have to walk much to reach the complex. Hundreds of tourists flock at the Calangute Market on a daily basis to pick the exclusive items ? especially the beachwear made of seashells! It is an experience to take a stroll down the road as you keep on checking the stocks which varies in every stall in terms of price as well as quality and color. Since Calangute is one of the most crowded sea beaches in Goa, the market gets the maximum footfall of the tourists looking for some of the most interesting items at bargained rates.
Mackie Night Bazaar
Where: Arpora-Baga Road
Famous for: Goan delicacy, Antiques, Junk jewelry, Handicrafts
Timing: Every Saturday 6pm-3am (November-April)
Who knew market place can be such a unique and fun experience! Mackie?s Night Bazaar is the ultimate goal of every shopaholic with over hundred stalls selling everything from clothes to home d?cor to handicrafts to eco-friendly items and delectable Goan delicacies. To top it all, the night market is a live platform of music with a dance floor which makes it stand out as an amazing experience. Please note that this Night Bazaar is held every year from November to April only on Saturdays and stretches till late nights almost till dawn. Located at the most happening nightlife spot in Goa, this market gets a huge footfall of travelers from the country as well as from abroad. It is a great place to pick a souvenir or two to take back home. The best part of the market is that it is lined with numerous eating joints offering lip-smacking Goan delicacies and chilled beer to make the most of the colorful and lively ambience. Local bands perform live music to entertain as you take a stroll down the stalls picking your favorite items. Don?t forget to put on your dancing shoes before you head off for some shopping at Mackie?s Night Bazaar which is undoubtedly one of the best experiences in Goa.
Ingo Saturday Night Bazaar
Where: Arpora, Goa
Famous for: Handicrafts from Rajasthan, Kashmir, and Tibet, Handbags, Apparel
Timing: Every Saturday 6pm-2am
The Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora is one of the most famous weekly markets of Goa which should be in your must-visit checklist. This night market is not just confined to the shopping scene, but an adequate dose of music and entertainment is infused to add charm to the typical bohemian ways of Goa. Arpora is a medley of heady music and delightful local food and the usual beach market wares, all perfectly synchronized with local bands, singers, musicians and performers holding the crowd?s attention as they walk down the stalls window shopping or picking their favorite knick-knacks. Arpora Night Market has numerous stalls displaying a huge variety of products including clothes, musical instruments, hammocks, artifacts, trinkets, home d?cor, handbags, and accessories to name only a few. Local home cooks and bakers are there to tempt you with delightful bebnica, cakes and seafood which are typically Goan local culinary delights. For shopper?s easy experience, the market is divided into three zones ? the lower field for local products from all over the country, the central for food stalls, and the upper field displaying boutiques and designer stalls.
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