Shopping in Goa will always be a pleasant experience. There are so many things to buy, colors all around, and mysterious flavors that it seems much like a fairy tale of 1001 nights. It can be hard to make the right choice sometimes. It is thus better to come prepared so you can get what you need – gifts, souvenirs, home décor, or items of clothing for your wardrobe.
Fabric & Dresses
The quality Indian fabrics of silk, cotton and linen is highly rated and famous around the world. Indian-made clothing is from 100% natural material, lightweight and comfortable, so you will do well to leave Goa with at least one shirt, T-shirt, dress or skirt. In the shops and markets of Goa, you will find clothing both in traditional and contemporary fashion. Many people buy lots of clothes for children, it’s cheap and practical. There is a great demand for local saris. They come in fantastic colors and patterns and are very hard to resist. You can also place a customized order with a local tailor, many of whom are famous for their skills. The prices are reasonable.
You can also consider buying traditional cashmere and pashmina products. Choose from lightweight carpets, decorative pillows and blankets, and shawls. The oriental rugs and shawls made of cashmere and silk are famous. They are pleasant to the touch and highly rated throughout the world for their lightness. They are anti-allergen too.
Then there are a range of leather goods to choose from like shoes, handbags, travel bags, suitcases, gloves, jackets, and purses. You will find them in many models, quality and prices.
Handicrafts are always popular with foreign tourists and also with the Indians. You will find bamboo crafts, macramé, braid made of coconut fiber, coconut peel, straw, and more. They can be very nice, depending on the artisan skill. Often, they have practical utility too. And like Goan textiles, they are absolutely natural as well.
Paper-mâché products are widely available. Traditionally they are handmade in Kashmir, but here, you will find many shops selling all kinds of Goa figurines, jewelry boxes, vases, lampshades, trays, jewelry and much more. Items made of papier-mâché are painted and polished elegantly and look beautiful. Sometimes they can even be mistaken for wood.
You will find finely designed and crafted furniture in Goa. Indian furniture has high utility, looks beautiful, and comes with extraordinary coloring. The price is cheaper than the western world. Look for rose and sandal wood products, which are sold in the souvenir shops and markets. These items of furniture will not only to decorate the house, but also aromatize it.
Terracotta, which comes from the East Indian state of West Bengal, is unique in design and flavor. Craftsmen produce dishes, tiles, sculptures, horses, and toys of colored clay, which can be an impressive gift for your home.
Connoisseur of antiques and art often buy rare books and items that can be found in the market, as well as the famous traditional Portuguese ornamented tiles — azulejo. But remember, the laws of India prohibit export, especially valuable items and antiques that are more than 100 years old.
They are worth a special mention. Jewelry usually takes the first places in the list of “what to bring from Goa”. It is said that Indian gems are the brightest and some of the best in the world. The price of jewelry, gold and silver, can be very high, but it is still lower than Russia and Europe. Then there is antique jewelry too, which is traditional, and looks very beautiful. Goa offers a really huge selection of jewelry to everyone’s taste.
Biggest Shopping Malls In Goa
There are three types of stores in Goa. The local shops, street-side vendors, and stores inside the shopping malls! Goa has some big malls, such as –
Big G Mall
Big G Mall Location: Isidorio Baptista Rd, Monte Hill, Margao, Goa 403601, India
This is a huge shopping mall spread over eight levels in South Goa’s Margao. Open between 10:30 AM and 10 PM in the night, you will find virtually everything here – sunglasses, watches, bags, jewelry, perfumes, cosmetics, formal and casual wear, kids wear, party wear, lingerie, carpets, cutlery, shoes, gift items, home décor, toys, and more. You will find both branded and unbranded items. Many top brands have their stores here. There are eateries too selling different cuisines.
- Level 1 is exclusively for women
- Level 2 is for men
- Level 3 is for ethnic goods – traditional clothing and more
- Level 4 is for kids – toys, games, clothing
- Level 5 for home décor, crockery, carpets, gift items, shoes
- Level 6 has a family supermarket
- Level 7 has the food court
- The ground level has jewelry, sunglasses, watches, bags, and more
Julia Roberts shopped at the Big G Mall when she visited Goa. She picked up local curios and other novelty items for friends and family.
Mall De Goa
Mall De Goa Location: NH 17, Alto Porvorim, Penha de França, Goa 403521, India
Spread over 360,000 square feet and three floors, Mall De Goa is the largest shopping mall in Goa. It is located at Porvorim in North Goa. Opened in 2016, the mall contains 82 stores, including some of the biggest Indian and international brands, such as McDonald's, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Wrangler, Lee, Levis, Puma, Shoppers Stop, Marks & Spencer, United Colors of Benetton, Ray-Ban, Fabindia, Park Avenue, and more.
There is a food court, restaurants, and a 4-screen multiplex apart from the stores. There is a gaming center for the kids as well. The food court has capacity for 400 seats. The two-level parking area has capacity for 300 cars and 350 two-wheelers. The commercial spaces are all climate controlled.
Street Markets And Flea Markets In Goa
|Anjuna Flea Market||
This is the most famous flea market in Goa. Hundreds of stalls sell clothing, beachwear, footwear, handicrafts, hammocks, jewelry, wall hangings, wood crafts, and souvenirs. It is just off Anjuna beach in North Goa.
|Mapusa Fish Market||
You will find fresh and dried fish here, spices, fruits, vegetables, homemade pickles, the famous ‘chouricos’ sausages, coir mats, and even handicrafts and jewelry. The market is at Mapusa in North Goa.
|Mackie’s Night Bazaar||
Visit this market for handicrafts, antiques, junk jewelry, clothing, and beachwear on Saturdays. Tibetan, Goa, Chinese, and Indian food is available. There is live music too. Located at the Arpora-Baga Road in North Goa!
|Arpora Night Market||
This is more than a market. Nightclubs, live music, bars, parties, food, and shopping will make your visit a complete experience. You will feel the Goa vibe here. Buy from mclothes, bags, spices, funky jewelry, handicrafts, leather accessories, shoes, exotic lamps, and more. There are three zones. The central field is for live music and performances. Many Indian and international bands are seen performing here. It is located at Arpora in North Goa.
|Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Tito’s Lane||
These areas are full of local shops and street-side stalls. Look for trinkets and sarongs made of sea shells. They make very good souvenirs. Also look for clay, leather, and metal items, textiles, carpets, and accessories at the Calangute Market Square. There are many clothing stores too. Try local food here, including beer and fried prawns.
Based on the tourists responses it can be added to the list of proposals “what to bring back from Goa” the following ideas:
- Cosmetics — Products made of medical and natural oils, creams, ayurvedic products, soaps, toothpaste, and coconut oil. Most frequently mentioned brands are Himalaya Herbals and Biotique. The consensus is that in general Indian cosmetics are of very good quality. They are completely made of natural ingredients.
- Hand-made cigarettes.
- The local rum “Old Monk”, fenny, brandy “Honey Bee”.
- Spices, tea, cashew, exotic fruits. Remember, export of live plants is prohibited.
- Simple small souvenirs which are sold all over the world, but in the local spirit: magnets, key chains, handicrafts made of shells, fine pottery, jewelry.
At least get a sculpture of the elephant if you are not sure of the gift or souvenir you want to take back, or don’t have the time for shopping. Many believe that a figure of the elephant in the house will bring good luck and happiness. You will find elephant sculptures of different sizes and made of different materials everywhere. Just go to the nearest market or look at a roadside shop.
Tips for Shopping in Goa
Visit a fixed-price shop first to better understand the prices. There are often sales and discounts for large purchase at these stores.
You can haggle if there are no labels with the price in the store. The prices are usually much lower in the street-side stalls.
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