1. Anjuna Wednesday flea market
No true Goan holiday experience is complete without a visit to Anjuna’s famous flea market. Originally made popular by hippies in the 70s looking to sell their wares and make some money to travel around, this well-established market has now achieved mainstream status. Sculptures and jewellery from Kashmiri, Tibetan and Nepali traders, bedspreads from Rajasthan and spices from the coast are just a few of the hundreds of things being sold here. Look out for Cafe Looda in the middle of the market, for a sunset view while sipping sundowners, or if you just want to satisfy a craving for Goan sausage pulao. Open November to March from 8am to 6pm.
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2. Panjim Municipal Market
Photographers will love the bright, vibrant colours of the capital city’s municipal market located next to INOX cinema. This well-organised, covered space has constructed stalls and shops with tradesmen selling groceries, knick-knacks, handbags, clothing and every imaginable product you’d expect your local shop around the corner to have. The rich aroma of pungent spices is enticing, as is the tempting sight of local sweets to choose from. Open daily from 7.30am to late evening.
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3. Arpora Saturday night market
Also known as Ingo’s Saturday night market, this popular cornucopia of delights is located in Verla, Arpora and is bound to keep all shopping addicts excited for hours. You’ll find people from across the world, including European traders, selling an intriguing selection of wares here including unique artifacts and jewellery items, besides clothing. But, for non-shoppers there is also the huge attraction of live entertainment with a variety of bands playing, and all for free! Pick up some amazing junk jewellery, grab something to eat from the many food stalls and enjoy a cold beer while listening to live music. Open from November to April from 4pm to 11pm.
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4. Gandhi Market
This was once South Goa’s place to head for fresh fruit and vegetables at bargain market prices, and it was where you could also get cheap clothing, handbags and shoes at affordable rates. Now, with the New Municipal market, this older section has shrunk a little but is still a complex maze of shops and stalls with plenty to offer the serious shopper. Pick up cashewnuts or trinkets for children from here. During Christmas time, you can find plenty of stalls selling a variety of paper stars to hang on your verandah. Open daily from 10am to 8pm.
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5. Mackie’s Night bazaar
This eclectic Saturday night bazaar is located on the banks of Baga creek. Stroll through the lanes of colourful products made by Indian artisans and wander among stalls full of spices and oodles of charm. With over 400 stalls, you’ll find everything here from designer footwear to wood carved products on sale. Besides the standard Indian and Chinese food on offer, you can also find international cuisine to tempt your taste buds. There’s even a magic shop, an art gallery and tattoo artists available at the bazaar. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot the tarot card reading stall or can get your palm read by an expert. Open from November to April from 6pm onwards.
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6. Mapusa Friday Market
If you’re looking for fresh fruit, vegetables and fish, then head to Mapusa Friday market. The market invites sensory overload from the scent of local chorizo sausages and dried fish that will accost your nostrils to the pleasing sight of flower garlands being sold by the basket load. This is one place to go if you want a taste of where the locals shop or you are just craving some fresh fruit or veg at cheap, local market prices. Open from morning to dusk.
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7. Margao Municipal Market
Also known as the ‘new’ market, this is where the city shifted almost all its fresh food stalls to a single, covered and contained area. You can buy every kind of fish, meat, fruit or vegetable in season from this market and even find specialty items sold by certain stalls that procure food items that are unavailable locally or out of season. This is another great place for photographers and lovers of all fresh food at bargain prices. Seafood lovers should shop here for fresh prawns, squid, red snapper, shark and fresh crab. Open daily from 7.30am to 8pm.
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