Started by an enterprising German called Ingo, the Saturday Night Market is held only during the season time in Arpora. Much more organized than the daytime Anjuna Flea Market, this one carries on until the early hours and does so without any untoward incidents. A number of foreigners set up food stalls selling food from their native countries like quiche, rosti, strudel, chicken stroganoff and other delicacies. The beer flows in plenty while local and foreign bands perform much to the delight of the revelers. There is no pressure to buy as most people come here for the sheer ambiance which is like no other.
18th June Road in Goa's capital city is one of the busiest streets that passes through the heart of Panjim. Synonymous with being a shoppers paradise, tourists and locals flock here for an authentic shopping experience that spans local Goan corner shops, as well as international brands like Bossini, Levi's and the housewives paradise: Bombay Bazaar. The Fidalgo Hotel located along this road is a landmark hotel in Goa. A must visit while in Panjim!
A pleasant drive along the scenic and winding Anjuna Beach Road welcomes you to an open space, which is the flea market ground. This sandy stretch along the beach attracts all kinds: the bohemian artist, the dreadlocked Israeli, retired British couples, tattooed and pierced modern day hippies, and (not forgetting) the yuppie Indian kids. During peak season, local vendors and those from as far as Kashmir and Tibet set up their stalls in an earnest attempt to capitalize on their seasonal business. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind shopping experience which simply beats the predictability of a mall culture. The grounds have ample parking space and are easily accessible by road.
Visitors to the Mapusa Market are welcomed by a huge gate which leads them down to winding lanes with lottery sellers and street vendors screaming themselves hoarse to beckon hungry shoppers. As you move along, you will find a variety of stores like bakeries, barber shops, garment sellers, liquor and dry fruit stalls. Located within the market is 'Spice Street' where you will come across a variety of spices, both local as well as exotic. Housed inside the main market building is the vegetable market and the meat market. A little ahead at the back end of the market is the Mapusa Fish Market. The place is charged with an electrical atmosphere on Fridays. Outside the market it is easy to find bars, cold drink stalls and small eateries serving steamy hot chicken pattices and savory Goan snacks. This market is generally frequented by people who live in the nearby areas of North Goa.
Finding it hard to get your hands on your favorite novel while in Goa. Chances are you might get lucky at the Literati Bookshop and Cafe. This elegant bookshop comprises a large collection of new as well as secondhand books to choose from. Literary works of renowned contemporary authors such as V. S. Naipaul, Henry Wilson, Jeffery Archer and Mike Brown are found at this bookshop which also doubles up as a cafe. For those who love the combination of good books and cup of coffee, are bound to fall in love with this shop. With a number of literary and cultural events taking place at the Literati Bookshop and Cafe, this is one place that shouldn't disappoint an ardent reader.
There are many Saturday Night Bazaars staged in North Goa. Mackie's is the one right next to the Baga River. Divided into informal sections, this bazaar is an excellent way to spend your weekend night. Enjoy the more obviously Indian stalls as soon as you enter, get an eye full of the goodies on sale which are all set to bargain their way into your closet! As you move ahead, a cleared out section boasts of the local musicians and bands belting out their original tunes. Move further away to access the Western stalls and chow down to assuage your appetite. All in all, Mackie's is a must visit to get a feel of local Goa and its oddities!
A reputed chain of handicraft stores all over Goa, Aparant which means 'Land Beyond The End' is a charming little space with displays of a variety of ethnic souvenirs. Perfectly located right in the middle of the touristy Ancestral Goa enclave, this shop always sees a steady stream of tourists who stop by out of curiosity, but eventually take back many of the competitively priced handicrafts. Expect to find the regular terracotta sculptures and bamboo artifacts, as well as Azulejos which are more particular to Goa; these are Portuguese influenced hand painted glazed tiles which depict typical day-to-day scenes.
Located inside the Old Goa Church Complex, the book stall is where one can breathe culture. You are assured to take some of the charm of this glorious place back with you. An extensive list of books pertaining to Old Goa, religion and the Church as well as souvenirs are available here. They also have rosaries, statuettes, spiritual discourses and crucifixes displayed for sale here and are genuinely exquisite must buys.
Located on the rather quiet Abada Farie road, the Golden Heart Emporium is one of the most popular book stores in the city. The place houses a very rare to find collection of classic books by renowned Goan writers. Their collection is one of the best in the city and that is evident from their massive and heartfelt books on fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, children books, and many other varieties on display. Whether you buy or rent is your choice.
More modernized in comparison to the Old Market, the New Municipal Market was set up for the betterment of the rural population in terms of trade. License for trading activities within the New Market were restricted only to local vendors. The New Market stretches across two sections, with small shops tucked at its main entrance. Small lanes within the market enable smoother flow of traffic, in an otherwise crowded space. From grocery stores to bakeries, shops selling leather goods to clothing; the market houses them all. The New Municipal Market is located right across the Municipal Gardens and is in close proximity to major tourist landmarks like the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Municipal Library, to name a few.
Like most other cities in Goa, Margao too was gifted with a local market in early 2001. The Margao Market was an initiative taken by the South Goa Planning and Development Authority to promote 'local trade'. Each day the market is frequented by locals and tourist alike in large numbers. Spread over a vast area, the market has over 50 stalls, while a few vendors sell in the open (outdoor markets). Here you can find commodities ranging from books to clothing, antiques and sculptures to electronic gadgets, fruits and vegetables to the fresh catch from the ocean and much more. However, prices set are a bit on the higher side. With each passing day, the market has become an important landmark in Margao, and also an integral part of its trade industry. Head to the market with your bargaining skills handy; you will definitely love the experience.
Not to be mistaken with the Main market, the Margao Fish market is tucked at the far end, just minutes away from the Kadamba Bus Stand. The entrance to the market is lined up with local fisher-women, most of whose baskets are filled with the freshest catch of the day. Tonnes of fish are loaded each day, with the line 'mawr aala' (the fish has arrived) streaming to every anxiously awaiting buyers' ears. From mackerels to baby sharks, prawns to promfrets; even crabs and lobsters, the trawlers load them all. However, the prices set are a bit high; the use of your bargaining skills is a must.