Goa lies between two other tourist hotspots, Mumbai and Kerala, on India’s beautiful western coastline. Renowned for its spiritual beating heart, with lots of meditation centres and healing courses, this laid back region also attracts fun-loving sun worshippers, bargain hunters and night owls looking to party from dusk till dawn.
Whether you’re looking to top up your spice rack, or update your living room with a hand-woven rug, why not check out the area’s many markets? Goa has it all, from locally-sourced goods to more commercial options. And there’s a choice of day or night markets, depending on how early you like to rise.
For an authentically local experience, take a stroll to Margao market, in the cultural capital of Goa. This traditional old-city market is well worth a look, brimming with stalls selling household goods and colourful food items, from Goan sausages to fresh fish. Locals aren’t shy about getting the best price, so get your haggling hat on and join in.
Travel up the coast for the unmissable flea market at Anjuna, open every Wednesday. Here you’ll discover beautiful fabrics, jewellery and other souvenirs from all over the country and beyond. Be prepared to barter hard; you’ll nab a bargain if you know how to negotiate. And then take a breather at one of the chai tea stalls and refuel at Café Looda with its sunset views and live music in the afternoon.
Friday mornings are for Mapusa market, where you’ll absorb the true hustle and bustle of shopping, Goa-style. Set in a maze of narrow alleyways, it’s a real thrill to squeeze through the streets surrounded by energetic locals and other visitors from all corners of India.
Not a morning person? Enjoy a lie in before hitting Arpora’s lively Saturday Night Market, open from 6pm until 2am and best known for its outdoor entertainment, massively varied street food and strong cocktails. The market has even starred in several Bollywood films.