Markets in Goa
Markets in GoaThe fun spot with no cover charge
Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar is a feast ? and everyone is invited. The fun spot with no cover charge, Ingo’s has established itself as a must-visit spot on the Goa landscape.
The moment you reach the vicinity, you can feel the pulse of the place. As you inch closer to Ingos, your car slows down to a snails pace. The parking lot with bikes glistening in the moonlight makes for an amazing backdrop, with bikes ranging from vintage classics, to zippy small things, to world war relics that still move.
As you step into the bazaar, its like platform 9 and three quarters revisited ? you have entered a completely different world invisible to the outside world. You have stepped into a shopping extravaganza with food, sights and entertainment from all over the world.
Ingo?s is teeming with enthusiastic shoppers. The products on display range from trance CDs and unbelievable earrings to G-strings, nine-yard sarees, paintings, handmade artefacts and even Sitars. Local artisans from Goa and other parts of India mix with the foreigners trying to sell their products to the continuous stream of shoppers. Tatoo artists skilfully leave their mark on sweating bodies of all shapes, while masseurs gently iron away your stresses.
The range of authentic international fare caters to people from all parts of the world. An Italian shows off his mastery with Pizzas, while another food stall dishes out Tibetian Momos, Japanese Sushi, Punjabi Tikka or Mumbai Pav Bhaji. The mouth-watering extravaganza is the best of the world?s cuisine packed in a bazaar.
The performance stage has fire-eaters, jugglers, live bands, dancers, fashion shows and artists performing to an energetic audience under the starry skies. The performers come in from all parts of the world, adding to the festivity of Ingo?s. The applauding crowd has its share of teenagers and retirees dressed in skimpy nothings to salwar kurtas and even the occasional business suit.
Ingo’s comes alive in the evenings, and is rocking till late into the night. It is at Arpora, not too far north of the famed Calangute – Baga stretch of beaches in Goa. Goa is famous for its mix of Indian-Portuguese cultures, friendly people, wonderful churches and temples, sunny beaches and lush greenery.
Where to Shop in Goa
- Travellers visiting the land of magnificent beaches- Goa, or commonly referred to as natural paradise do not consider their visit as complete they take back a souvenir of their memorable sojourn in this magnificent coastal town. Obviously, shopping should be a priority on the itinerary of every tourist, along with the sightseeing attractions.
- There are basically two categories of shopping possible in Goa. One can go for the upmarket boutiques for unusual and good quality curios, handicrafts, antiques and silks or embroidery items or else the beach front bazars and flea markets offers delightful shopping at affordable prices. The first-rate local handicrafts of Goa are easily the most popular souvenir items and include brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, carved furniture, bamboo work, papier-mache, etc. These are available in the Government Emporium and also at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots.
- Another item which is on the list of every traveller to Goa is a pack of the famed cashew nuts. These are available practically everywhere. There are shops specialising in selling only cashewnuts. The nuts are available in a wide variety of tastes ranging from plain, salted and masala. The prices vary based on the quality and flavour.
- There are also many fascinating options in the lifestyle and fashion shops which have come up in recent times. Some of these are located in fabulous old Goan houses which have been painstakingly restored. These shops make the best selections in home styling and fashion available to the tourists at quite reasonable prices.
- 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.
The chief places of shopping where tourists find plenty of artifacts are-
- Anjuna Market-The famous Anjuna market, known more popularly as the flea market is held on every Wednesday in a grove of coconut palms between the rocky beach of Anjuna and the fallow rice paddies. The concept of flea market was started by the hippies in early 80s, when they used to gather at the same place in Anjuna while many needy foreigners used to sell their electronic items or barter other stuffs to the locals. It is a mad, chaotic world of colours, crowds, shouting, clamor and clatter and all manner of goods from fabrics, ornamental crafts, spices, clothing, local Goanese, Kahmiri and Tibetan handicrafts and Goan trance music.
- Calangute Market Square- Calangute Beach is only nine miles north from the Goan capital, Panaji. The beach stretches about four miles and is covered with palm trees. The streets of Calangute are packed with shops offering a wide range of goods, namely souvenirs, metal crafts, leather items, clothes and jewellery, not just from Goa, but from other parts of the country as well. The beach stretch is full of shacks, hawkers selling sarongs or astrologers or fortune-tellers waiting eagerly to read the fortune of the tourists. . There is also a Tibetan market in Calangute. Kashmiri merchants also frequent Goa with carpets, embroidery, and other merchandises.
Most deluxe hotels and resorts also have good in-house shops, but the price ranges are usually higher.
- Mapusa Market- Mapusa, a small town huddled around the Mount (Alto) is Mapusa, 13 kms away from Panaji, has been the market hub of North Goa since ancient times even before proper roads were constructed. Mapusa market is also fondly known as Mapusa Friday Market as it takes place every Friday. Goan customers prefer to buy fresh foodstuffs every few days, thus the Mapusa Market has plenty of fresh fish, a variety of locally produced vegetables, and exotic fruits from jackfruit and mangoes to plantain bananas. Pickles and preserves, spices, earthen pots, glass bangles, channa baskets coir mats, and the famous Goan ‘chouricos’ (ready spiced Goan pork sausages), dried fish and prawns, clothing, junk jewelry, and the famous country liquor are all sold at the most reasonable prices one could possibly find.
- Baga Beach- The Baga Beach located 10 kms west of Mapusa, is actually an extension of Calangute beach with clean white sand. Like the flea market of Anjuna, Baga has started a Saturday night market, which is quite impressive but somehow lacks the liveliness and splendor of the Anjuna market. The beach also has many beach shacks and beach huts that sell delicious Goan food and thirst-quenching Feni. The lively Saturday night market here is much like the Wednesday flea market at Anjuna, only prettier under the night sky and lit up with lamps. There are plenty of handicrafts shops. Here stalls sell all kinds of bric-a-brac, clothes, trinkets, exotic delicacies and Goanese Cuisine. Funky haircuts, tarot reading, palmistry, wood carvings are also available. Plus live bands that create a carnival like ambience simply makes the place rock.
What to Shop in Goa
- Shopping in Goa is an unforgettable experience. Goa markets reflect the cosmopolitan culture of Goa. It is a fascinating experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Goan towns and villages. It is an interesting experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Goan towns and villages. The exciting spirit of Goa can only experienced by going on a shopping spree in Goa. It is the ultimate activity that will attach you at once with all those things and artists who are unique to Goa.
- Goa is also known for its local handicraft items and its dexterous artisans. The most popular souvenirs of Goa include terracotta, shell work, bamboo work, papier-mache, seashell craft, wooden lacquer ware, brassware, crochet, carved furniture etc. available at the Government and State Emporiums and also the shopping stalls by the beachside or major tourist destinations in Goa. The another must-buy item in Goa is the indigenously produced ‘cashew nuts’ available at almost every shop in different tastes from plain, salted to masala flavours. The price of these cashew nuts depends on their taste and amount.
- The handicrafts of Goa are the product of the aesthetic blend of Portuguese and Indian cultures. The crafts of the state are intricately beautiful, captivating the fancies of tourists and locals alike. Tourists love shopping these special items listed below-
- Carpets- Goanese artisans, famous for their local handicraft items, weave lovely carpets with fascinating colors and patterns. Different kind of carpets including plush silk carpets, fine knotted cotton durries, sturdy rugs, fine quality carpets with patterns on a red, ivory, green and black background. Geometrical patterned carpets of quality of around 30 to 60 knots per square inch are also produced by the skilled artisans.
- Kashmiri carpets are also available in plenty in the handicrafts stalls of beaches and other handicrafts emporiums. These include Kashmiri floor coverings known as the Namdas, Hook rugs and Gabbas.
- Paper Mache- Papier-mache, popular in some parts of the country, has been put to skilful use by artisans in Rajasthan to manufacture unique and attractive-looking pieces of furniture including chairs, couches, benches and seats, cabinets and container shelves. These articles are also found in the handicraft stalls of Goan Beach Markets and Handicrafts Emporiums.
- Jewelry- Anjuna, Mapusa and Calangute Beach markets are ideal shopping hubs for different types of expensive or inexpensive, funky or trendy, heavy or light, metallic or non-metallic jewelry or accessories. They offer a varied array of magnificent jewelries either hand made or artistically crafted from silver, bronze and even wood and bamboo. Magnificent terracotta and colorful beaded necklaces are also available at affordable prices.
- Leatherwork- The dirth of handicraft stalls on the Goan Sea beaches of Anjuna and Baga offer plenty of leather products ranging from leather jackets and gloves to luggage and other accessories. Footwear comes in a variety of traditional embroidery, brocade and textile designs. Fascinating leatherworks such as leather with metallic gold or silvery finish is also available along with articles such as wallets, pouches, handbags and a wide range of belts.
- Textiles- South India is famous for Silk and Cotton textiles and Goa is one of them. Beautiful and luxuriant silk sarees and superb quality cottons are found in the Handicraft and State Emporiums of Goa.
- Musical Instruments- Musical Instruments are also found in plenty in the Beach Markets of Goa,especially Anjuna Beach and Baga Beach. Different CDs selling Goa’s trance music and Portugese songs and instrumental compositions are among the cherished souvenirs of Goa.
- Bronze Figures Woodcarving- Goan workers are also an expert at wooden articles which are beautified in festive colours like red, green, yellow and white by extremely skilled craftsmen from Cuncunolim, South Goa. These colorful objects are called chitaris. The Mapusa Friday market is full of beautiful hand-made stuffs made of raw wood. Wooden products like the coir mats, wood furniture, exquisite wooden carvings and hats made of straw are found here. Creativity is also exhibited in Goan brassware as a large number of expert brass workers at Corlim, Mapusa, specialize in the exquisite