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Shopping in Goa

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Goa has a shopping experience of its own. From wines to cashew nuts, enchanting local music to alternative books and handicrafts. Goa has it all. Local handicrafts are reasonably priced and there’s carved furniture, brassware, crochet and more.

Other attractive items include woodcarvings, bronze figures, carpets, branded clothes (Levi’s, Nike, Lacoste, Benetton have outlets here), jewellery (both folk-art and traditional Goan), leather items (see examples coming from near Goa, at, papier-mache craft, saris, silks, musical instruments and even textiles. Antiques over a century old are not allowed to be taken out of India without permission.

The Saturday night markets of North Goa are also interesting places to explore some unique objects. Held at Arpora and along the road to Baga, these happen in the non-monsoon months during the tourist season.

Local boutiques are growing in number, located around the main towns and some in coastal areas and there are plenty of upmarket men’s hairdressing salons.

In Panjim, the main thoroughfare 18th June Road is fast emerging as the main shopping centre. From cashew nuts to well packed Goan sweets, local curries that you can take home, spices and some restaurants that offer good fish-based meals, this place is a shopper’s delight.

Local handicrafts of Goa are popular souvenir items and include brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, carved furniture, bamboo work, papier-mache, lacquerware and azulejos tiles. These are available in the Government Emporia and also at shops and stalls near the popular tourist spots.

The state government’s outlet Aparant does good business and offers a wide choice. However, it is not very close to the tourist belt.

Aparant has a number of outlets managed by the state-run Goa Handicrafts. Ten outlets across Goa offer an interesting range and reasonably priced items. There are items made of shell, clay, bamboo and papier-mache.

HAND-PAINTED CERAMICS AND AZULEJOS Hand-Painted Ceramics and Azulejos
Azulejos are a typical form of Portuguese or Spanish painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tilework. This art was introduced in Portugal, via Spain, by the Moors (Muslims), who had learned the craft from the Persians. Take a look at the artistic name-plates for the entrance to homes that are being created from azulejo. Products range from modest coasters at Rs 25 to murals priced at Rs 1500(12 * 18 inches).

Velha Goa
This outlet stocks traditional hand-painted azulejos (tiles) and a range of souvenirs. It is located close to the Panjim Inn. While items may be pricey, the quality is both good and innovative.

De Goa Ceramics
Known for its hand-painted tiles.

Orlando de Noronha’s Azulejos Tiles
This is another place where you can pick up beautiful azulejos.

While there has been some controversy over where these night markets should be located, they attract many tourists in Goa. These unique markets offer a great mix of works by Indian artisans and foreigners and you also get to try out global food and listen to Goan music.

Ingo’s Saturday Nite Bazar
An artisan and ‘hippie market cum beer garden’ with international food stalls, it has been labelled ‘the mother of all Indian nite markets’.

Mackies Saturday Nite Bazaar
This bazaar is conducted along the Baga creek and salt-pans and offers music, traditional crafts, souvenirs for foreign tourists and varied food options.

There’s also the weekly Wednesday afternoon flea market at Anjuna, once dominated by hippies in the sixties and seventies, and a host of local traditional markets (Mapusa on Fridays, Pernem on Thursday, Siolim on Wednesday, Bicholim on Wednesday and Calangute on Saturday).

The North Goa town of Mapusa hosts a charming traditional market each Wednesday which attracts many tourists, specially foreigners. Musical Instrument store

This is the biggest music store in Goa.

Pedro Fernandes
This is a charming old music shop in the heart of the old town.

BX Furtado
This is a more upmarket and modern store with a wide range of instruments.

The Other India Bookstore
This is probably the best place for books on ‘alternative India’ and the environment. Also available here are a large variety of Goa-related books.

Above old Mapusa Clinic (entrance from behind), Feira Alta, Mapusa

Located in Hotel Mandovi, it stocks interesting reading material, specially books related to Goa.

Literati Bookshop and Café
Based in an old villa in Candolim, it also has a section of second-hand books. Apart from the books, it also hosts occasional programmes featuring prominent writers.

Confidant’s Golden Heart Emporium
This is a large bookshop in South Goa with an extensive collection of books.

Oxford Bookstore
The well-known Kolkatta-based Oxford Bookstore has its Goa branch on the main Calangute road.

Rama Books
This bookstore at Calangute allows you to trade old books and buy other European and Japanese titles.

Wendell Rodricks
Arguably Goa’s most famous fashion designer, Rodricks is also among one of India’s top designers.

This is one of Goa’s popular designer stores. Overlooking the Rua de Ourem creek, the store offers jute handbags with ethnic designs and limited-edition ensembles from some of the prominent Indian designers.

Run by Claudia and Hari Ajwani, who also run the upmarket hotel Nilaya, Sangolda sells Ladakhi pashminas, Rajasthani cushion covers, and rosewood cupboards from Gujarat, all at a fancy price.

This boutique showcases home accessories like silk and linen bedspreads, antique portraits on glass and clothes by Indian designers.

Meaning ‘style’ in Portuguese, Janota is the creation of Angela and Edwin Pinto. While Edwin creates unusual designer footwear, Angela designs everything from lampshades to hats and bags.

Casa Goa
This is run by Cezar Pinto in a blue-and-white house in the beach village of Calangute. Items here include rosewood chests, porcelain dishes and painted tiles.

Malini Ramani’s
Malini Ramani was the first Indian designer to open her own store in Goa. She designs resort wear with a hippy edge. Her collections include handbags, sandals, sarees and bridal wear.

Kerkar Art Complex
Subodh Kerkar, a prominent sculptor and painter, was one of the earliest to launch his own gallery in Calangute.

Harshada Art Gallery
Harshada Kerkar is known for her artistic portraits.

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