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.
Bringing you fabulous products from the rural artisans of India is the Fabindia brand in Goa. The brand is spread across the length and breadth of the country but their outpost in Goa is especially for foreigners who love to shop Indian products. You can get fabulous pillowcases, clothing items, bed sheets, decorative materials, furniture, personal care products etc. They aim to bring in the cultural influences from Indian to different parts of the world.
Designer jewelery, stunning accessories and pieces that you cannot find anywhere else is what sets Bebel apart from other brands. The store has created quite a stir in the Goan market since its launch and you will find a lot of foreign tourists who find something to suit their tastes here. Their collection comprises of the best pieces in handbags, accessories like jewelery, shoes, belts, clutches and other accessories like scarves. They have also started a full-fledged clothing line for both men and women.
The word Lotuseaters is derived from the ancient mythology and it means a person who is in a constant state of forgetfulness. With a unique name like this, the store also has a unique concept. They produce and recycle their old books and also take back their purchased books at a 50 percent pay back price. With their massive collection of classic Indiana and international bestsellers, this bookstore is one of the legendary spaces in the city.
Paper Boat Collective has been touted by many as being one of the best concept stores in the city. The place is so well curated and neat that you instantly fall in love just looking at it. Like most stores, this one too is located within a charming Portuguese house, which is decorated in white and blue, exuding a sea-and-sand vibe. They specialize in ceramics, quality clothing and hand crafted designs. The entire collection is procured from young and upcoming talent from across the country.
Translating to style in Portuguese, Janota is the brainchild of Angela & Edwin Pinto. With no formal training in designing or fashion, the husband and wife duo started this store with their self-taught confidence. While Angela designs all sorts of items from cloth like lampshades to dresses, skirts, cushion covers and more, Edwin designs his own range of inspired footwear. His footwear collection is inspired by a boho-chic vibe and her clothing style is contemporary.
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.
Next time you visit Goa, do not bring along your own beach games and sports equipment because Champs – PANAJI will take care of it. The store has a massive collection of quirky, colorful, and pretty beach gizmos, beach balls, nets, shoes, shorts and other accessories that you will need for a day out in the sun. They have some superb and popular beach sporting brands in the store and the choices are innumerable.
Senior has gained quite a name since the time it launched in Goa. The quaint little store has a stunning collection of bright and beautiful footwear for men and women. They take pride in their handmade designs and the use of contemporary fabrics, which is great. The collection is brilliant and you cannot go wrong with choices here, as there are plenty of things to choose from. From beach flip-flops to stilettos, you will get it all.
Metro is one of the biggest footwear brands in the country and their outlet in Goa's Panjim is a popular one too. The store has managed to create a massive following with local folks and even tourists. Contemporary design, traditional items, and quality footwear is what makes them the best in this field. They have a huge collection for both men and women and you can find office wear shoes, casual wear, and even fancy occasion wear.
Goa’s answer to the renowned Landmark and Crossword is the Broadway store in Panjim. This bookstore has been a great addition to the reading scene here with its fabulous collection of books. There are categories like science fiction, romance, drama, non-fiction, and whole other bunch to choose from. The store is pretty big for Goa standards and they also have space for you to sit and read in house. Prices are pretty decent and if you are lucky, you can also find limited edition books in here.
Art lovers consider this their paradise, as the Indologie in the city is the best of all worlds. The store creates a stunning and colorful vibe with their exquisite collection of paintings from different states of India. There are Gond paintings from Madhya Pradesh, silk Thangkas from Varanasi, Kalighat paintings from West Bengal and Patachitra art from Orissa on display here. The aim is to create a great platform for local as well as national artists to showcase their work and imagination.