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.
One of the most celebrated designers and brand in the country, Malini Ramani has created a niche for herself with her fashion label. Her flagship store in Goa is hard to ignore with its glitzy and glamorous window display and stunning colors. The designer and her collection are both known for its glamorous appeal for women. The inspiration as she cites is years of travel across the globe. This brand thus brings the best of the world in Goa.
The designer duo Shivan & Narresh opened shop in Goa and since then there has been a crazy line of tourists who want to shop, shop and shop. Their boutique collection is stunning, with so many options to choose from. Locals and foreigners alike have been going ga-ga over their fabulous collection, which has managed to create waves in the Goa fashion scene. They have sarongs, Havaianas flips flops, pareos and their fantastic swimwear is a must buy.
With a prime location along the Calangute-Candolim road, the United Colors Of Benetton outlet offers trendy fashion for men, women, children and new born babies. The prices are decidedly on the higher side but you can expect these trusty clothes to last you for ages. By virtue of being in a seaside destination, this store has somewhat tweaked its stock by displaying copious amounts of beachwear and sunglasses for those who like to dress right for the beach. An interesting range of travel bags, accessories, perfumes and stationery too are on offer.
Sheek Emporium De Goa in the city has gained quite a reputation for being one of the best apparel shops in the city. A family run business, they have been in charge for a while now and they have dedicated team of professionals and tailors ho make the best made to order suits. Apart from silk, linens, wool and other type of material, they also make made to order jewelry in your design of choice. They sew cloths, jewelry with fine stones and even leather articles.
Established by Sacha Mendes, former style writer at GQ and Elle, Sacha's Shop is where her fashion musings and whimsies take the form of pretty curios and apparel. Established as a part of a small set up with her mother’s hand-woven cushion covers, cookies, and some clothes designed by her friends, today the store has turned into one of the most hip places to shop from. Now a well-curated shop, their collection ranges from resort wear to casuals to office formals.
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.
For people who love Indian fashion, Sosa’s is the ideal destination to purchase some good quality cloths in Goa. One of the best stores in the city and known for their massive collection of embroidered prints, ikat designs, handmade embroideries etc. this store is will soon become your fashion favorite. They house various types of dresses, from skirts, blouses, silk varieties and other types like sarongs, beachwear, swimwear etc. in Indian fashion influences.
In an age where the internet is slowly replacing conventional sources of information, bookstores are gradually losing its appeal. However Singbal's Book House in Panaji is an exception to this. The bookstore is located at the main square right beside the Tourist Information Office. This small store is in operation since 1936, and stocks international bestsellers, books on fiction, novels, travel guides, newspapers and much more. The store is well maintained, and the staff is quite friendly; ready to assist you browse through the neatly stacked shelves. Do not misjudge the store with its size, although small, it's a 'vast ocean of literature'. Undoubtedly the oldest and the most popular bookstore in the whole of Panaji.
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.