Shopping in Goa
Goa, is a tiny emerald land on the west coast of India. It is the land of tropical paradise. Shopping in Goa is a lifetime experience in itself. For every traveler visiting Goa the journey remains incomplete without spending quite an amount in shopping.
Goa is a shopper’s paradise and the most popular of the souvenir items are the excellent local handicraft items. They are available in the Government Emporia and also at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots. The famed cashew nuts of Goa is another most wanted items of the tourists.
It is a fascinating experience to shop at the very famous and traditional markets at Mapusa and Anjuna. These markets are a mirror of Goa’s ethnic culture and provide a glimpse of the typical Goan way of doing business. The charm of shopping in Goa, lies in bargaining to your heart’s content in markets and shops until you finally bring down the price and make the purchase a worthwhile experience. 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 is an extremely lively spot where souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts are sold at bargain prices.
Goa is well known for its wine called ‘Fenny’. Other popular shopping items include colorful sarongs and cotton beachwear, colorful floral printed shirts, skirts and frocks. You will usually find everybody dressed in the same.
Now-a-days, a lot of Indian designers have opened their boutiques in Goa, which is a big hit with the international clientele. Casa Goa is a stylish boutique featuring designer wear by celebrated Goan designer Wendell Rodricks. Sangolda is the lifestyle boutique where you can shop for unusual home accessories and furniture sourced from all over India. There are also some of the old Goan houses that have art galleries where discerning art-lovers flock in search of Indian paintings and antiques.