Shopping in Goa

Goa can very easily be tagged as a shopper’s paradise. Your visit to Goa is not complete unless you take back a souvenir. The best places to hunt for that perfect souvenir are the lively shopping places of Goa. Goa is such a colorful state that you won’t be left thinking as to what to buy in Goa. Shopping in Goa should be one of your topmost priorities while touring and sightseeing. In case you are thinking where to shop in Goa, you can easily relax. Goa is full of local markets and beach shacks that sell everything and anything under the sun.

One item that you must buy is the famous cashew nuts that are sold here in small packets. You can find a whole variety of these nuts here like the salted ones, the spicy ones, or simply the plain ones. Apart from cashew nuts, you can find a variety of exotic Indian spices and dried fish. Their aroma is enough to attract even the staunchest of dieters! Goa is famous for small knick knacks like trinkets, ear rings, bracelets, etc. that are easily available in bulk in local markets as well as shacks on beaches. Items of local handicrafts like shell work, bamboo work, brassware, terracotta, crochet, carved furniture, etc. are available aplenty and are a good choice for a souvenir.

Some of the best places for shopping in Goa are at Mapusa and Anjuna. The weekly markets at Mapusa and Anjuna are sure to burn a hole in your pocket. You can find many things that make a perfect souvenir and something that you can take back home for your family and friends. The Anjuna weekly market is on Wednesday every week and that at Mapusa is on Fridays.

It is also a fascinating experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Goan towns and villages. These markets are a mirror of Goa’s ethnic culture and provide a glimpse of the typical Goan way of doing business. Two of the most famous such market areas are Mapusa and Anjuna. The Friday Market at Mapusa, where stalls sell everything from curios and old coins to dried fish and spices. The Wednesday Market at Anjuna Beach started by and for foreigners is an extremely lively spot where souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts are sold at bargain prices.

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