When you’re on a holiday, buying mementos and souvenirs from local markets in Goa to take back home is a must. This is the perfect reminder of your travels. Of course, when you’re a tourist and don’t know much about a place, shopkeepers tend to fleece you by charging exorbitant rates. This is where the art of haggling comes in. Everyone knows that Indians love a good bargain and now’s the time to test your skills.
If you’re holidaying in Goa, then you have numerous places to go thrift shopping at. During season time, that is the end of October to the end of March. At this time, there are several flea markets that are open in Goa. If you’re in Goa during the other months don’t fret, there are still plenty of places that you can shop at.
Here are 5 of the best markets in Goa for thrift shopping
Saturday Night Market in Arpora
It doesn’t get any better than thrift shopping along with amazing food and alcohol. At Goa’s famous Saturday Night Market you’re bound to shop until you drop! From jewelry to clothes, spices, herbal, trinkets and more, there’s something here for everyone. This market is only open during season time so if you’re in Goa during the weekend then this is a must-visit. If you’re heading to the Saturday Night Market then go early, as it is always packed with people and finding parking can be difficult.
While it’s called a ‘night market’ there’s so much more you can do than just shop. You can dance to the live music and feast your heart out on the assortment of cuisine. These include Indian, Italian, French and Chinese to name a few. Some of the things available at the Saturday Night Market are a bit pricey. This is only because they’re made from high-quality materials such as silk, pure leather, silver, gold or brass. A lot of the stalls at the Saturday Night market are put up by western artists who sell their unique work there. It might be a bit difficult to haggle with them, but try your luck anyway!
Wednesday Flea Market in Anjuna
The Wednesday Flea Market in Anjuna is a burst of pleasant sounds and colors. You can buy a variety of things like household artifacts, healing crystals, jewelry, clothes or even swimwear. Just like most of the other flea markets here in Goa, the Wednesday Flea Market is open only during season time. The market was believed to be started by the original hippie ‘Eight Finger Eddie’ . It was called a flea market as the hippies who came to Goa traded their belongings for a chance to stay in Goa a little longer. You can haggle your way around this market and get incredible items for a steal deal. So if you’re a bit of a shopaholic then this is the place to visit.
Friday Market in Mapusa
One of the best year-round markets in Goa is the Friday Market in Mapusa. Sure the Mapusa market is very day of the week but Fridays are special. More vendors arrive on Friday and bring out the best of their goods. Goans have been shopping at the Mapusa market for years. It is their go-to grocery stop but the Mapusa Market has so much more than just fruits and vegetables. You can buy authentic fresh spices or dry fruits and Feni or even shop for clothes and jewelry here at incredibly cheap rates. Don’t buy anything here without bargaining as you can usually get things for half the price that is quoted.
Calangute is always filled with the hustle and bustle and rightly so. This street in Calangute is lined with shops. You can have your pick of clothes, bags, swimwear and jewelry. Similar to the other flea markets in Goa, the Calangute Bazaar is open only during season time. It is definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re in the area. After all you never know what treasure you’ll find for a steal price.
Mackies Saturday Night Market in Arpora
The Mackies Saturday Night Market in Arpora is a seasonal market that is located right on the bank of the river Baga. With the picturesque view and live music played by the bands, you’re likely to have a wonderful time. They have a large selection of stalls that offer you everything under the sun and leave you spoilt for choice. So if you’re in the mood to shop for some interesting and artisan souvenirs then you should definitely check out the Mackies Saturday Night Market.
The flea markets in Goa offer you a plethora of things you never knew you wanted. But with prices that are very reasonable, you’ll be going back to these markets for more. Even if you’re not in the mood to shop, a visit to these flea markets in Goa is a whole different experience itself. With all the different colors from the clothes and the aroma from the spices, you’ll be transported into another mini-world.
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