It comes as no surprise that even after being a pint-sized state, Goa has the most idyllic beaches, sand, and sea. Apart from picturesque beaches, beautiful landscapes, and happening nightlife, there are plenty of enchanting things to do in Goa. One of the most exciting and joyful things to do is shopping in Goa. When it comes to street shopping in Goa, it is home to some of the most famous street markets, night markets and flea markets in Asia. From chilled beer to handcrafted art pieces, spices, cashew nuts, handmade bags, flea market in Goa has got them all. Tourists from different corners of the world visits Goa to witness the delightful aura of the street shopping.
You will get to see the sheer diversity at Goan markets, as both locals, as well as foreigners, sell their wares. As Goa is famous for its seafood, one can find several varieties of fishes, prawns, and crabs in these flea markets. These markets are usually open from the month of November to March.
Below listed are the 6 famous flea markets in Goa which can steal your heart with their enchanting and lively atmosphere.
Besides exotic beaches, Anjuna market is a haven for street shoppers. The market is set right on the beach to attract the customers. Shopping in a lively atmosphere along with happening beaches and a perfectly beautiful sunset is simply a stirring experience that Anjuna market provides. This full-fledged market held on every Wednesday. One can also find the body and nose piercing shops along with tattoo artists in the market. To delight the mood, the market is enlivened by bands that play from a variety of genres. Anjuna market is a perfect destination for shopaholics.
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Calangute Market square
Known for its Tibetan and Kashmiri sections, the Calangute Bazaar is located near the Mandovi River. One gets to explore this market only on Saturdays from 6.30 am to 12.00 pm. This market has variety of Goan artifacts, colorful silk and cotton garments, beautiful hand-made figurines made of raw wood, and lot more. The market is also abounded with astrologers and fortune tellers. No one can leave with an empty hand, as the Calangute Bazaar has something for everyone. If anyone wants to check their bargaining skills, Calangute market square is the right place to do so.
Famous for fish, cheap alcohol and its local delicacies, Margao market is situated in South Goa. A variety of seafood species including fresh prawns, squid, red snapper, shark and fresh crabs is available in the market.
Saturday Night Bazaar, Arpora
Shopping with a glass of wine or beer or any other drink is one of the unique experiences; one can have in Saturday night bazaar of Arpora. It is one of the most popular night markets in Goa. This market is alive only on Saturdays and starts from 6:00 pm till late at night. It is an ideal place for shopping as well as food lovers, as one can find here plenty of things such as bohemian dresses, shoes, bags, handicrafts, trinkets, leather accessories along with lip-smacking food stalls. Live music playing in the background makes a perfect night for everyone. Saturday night bazaar of Arpora is like a party on the beach where people come along with their drums, handpans, Didgeridoo and meet here every day for playing melodious music with some fun activities.
From antique handicrafts to textiles, spices, fruits, vegetables, meats, jewellery and much more, everything is available in the Mapusa market. On the rest of the days, it is a usual regular market, while on Friday the same markets turn into an archetypal Goan flee market. All the local Goans gather around here to sell their farm products.
Makies Night Market
Located on the banks of Baga creek, Makies night market is set in a grove of coconut palms. The market includes many food stalls, live bands and several different shops. It usually starts at 6 pm on Saturday nights during the high season and is alive till 1 is in the morning.
Other than idyllic beaches and exuberant nightclubs, these colourful and pleasant flea markets can make your Goa holiday perfect. On your visit to Goa, you cannot take a chance to miss out shopping at the above-listed flea markets. These flea markets are among the most popular markets in Goa, where you can test your bargaining skills. The vivid colours, fascinating aura, spicy aromas, interesting sights, and funny sounds of these markets can surely blow all your senses. Even if you visit them just to experience the markets, you won’t get back with empty hands.