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Goa, offers one of the largest collection of products one could shop for, ranging from antique furniture, handicrafts, artifacts, leather products, gems and jewelry, Kashmiri carpets, shawls, brassware, etc. Goa, on account of being India’s most popular tourist destination has attracted hordes of suppliers from all over India who sell their wares in India. This makes Goa, the showcase of products from all over India. A word of caution, you would have to sharpen your negotiation (haggling) skills as at times an astronomical margin is added by these suppliers for carting their wares all the way to Goa.
The favorite shopping destinations are the cities of Panjim, Vasco, Margao and Mapusa for your requirement of dry fruits (notably cashew nuts), spices, garments and accessories (you could get the leading brands at a fraction of the price in Western Countries) and eye wear. Stitching a suit or two is very common amongst westerners as they get them at unbelievable prices. Handicraft emporiums offer a variety of traditional artifacts which one could choose as a souvenir or gift. These products would also be available at the scores of shops and markets that line the famous beaches of Calangute, Colva, Candolim, Baga, etc. but at a higher price.
Many of the beaches of Goa have a number of shops that line the roads that lead to them. These shops provide a variety of products ranging from handicrafts, jewelry, gems, precious stones and leather products to choose. Notable amongst these products are Kashmiri shawls and carpets and leather products from Chennai. An unforgettable shopping experience is a visit to the weekly flea market held every Wednesday at at Anjuna Beach. Anjuna Beach, is a palm fringed beach located in North Goa was famous for hippies and their beach parties. This market is located right next to the beach offers a variety of traditional handicrafts and artifacts as well as a number of second hand products such as books, electronics, etc. sold by tourists. Also a number of services such as astrology, tattooing, body piercing are available.
Another important shopping experience is the Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazzar which has the similar trappings of the Flea market with entertainment thrown in which makes it a more enjoyable experience. Also the fact that it is at night makes it a more pleasant environment. A visit to weekly market at Mapusa would give you an first hand experience of a traditional Goan market wherein traders, farmers and fisher folks from villages and towns in and around Mapusa would come to sell their wares, which would range from food products to items of daily use.
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