What to Shop in Goa

Shopping in Goa is an unforgettable experience. Goa markets reflect the cosmopolitan culture of Goa. It is a fascinating experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Goan towns and villages. It is an interesting experience to go around and shop in the traditional markets of the Goan towns and villages. The exciting spirit of Goa can only experienced by going on a shopping spree in Goa. It is the ultimate activity that will attach you at once with all those things and artists who are unique to Goa.

Goa is also known for its local handicraft items and its dexterous artisans. The most popular souvenirs of Goa include terracotta, shell work, bamboo work, papier-mache, seashell craft, wooden lacquer ware, brassware, crochet, carved furniture etc. available at the Government and State Emporiums and also the shopping stalls by the beachside or major tourist destinations in Goa. The another must-buy item in Goa is the indigenously produced 'cashew nuts' available at almost every shop in different tastes from plain, salted to masala flavours. The price of these cashew nuts depends on their taste and amount.

The handicrafts of Goa are the product of the aesthetic blend of Portuguese and Indian cultures. The crafts of the state are intricately beautiful, captivating the fancies of tourists and locals alike. Tourists love shopping these special items listed below-

Carpets- Goanese artisans, famous for their local handicraft items, weave lovely carpets with fascinating colors and patterns. Different kind of carpets including plush silk carpets, fine knotted cotton durries, sturdy rugs, fine quality carpets with patterns on a red, ivory, green and black background. Geometrical patterned carpets of quality of around 30 to 60 knots per square inch are also produced by the skilled artisans.

Kashmiri carpets are also available in plenty in the handicrafts stalls of beaches and other handicrafts emporiums. These include Kashmiri floor coverings known as the Namdas, Hook rugs and Gabbas.

Paper Mache- Papier-mâche, popular in some parts of the country, has been put to skilful use by artisans in Rajasthan to manufacture unique and attractive-looking pieces of furniture including chairs, couches, benches and seats, cabinets and container shelves. These articles are also found in the handicraft stalls of Goan Beach Markets and Handicrafts Emporiums.

Jewelry- Anjuna, Mapusa and Calangute Beach markets are ideal shopping hubs for different types of expensive or inexpensive, funky or trendy, heavy or light, metallic or non-metallic jewelry or accessories. They offer a varied array of magnificent jewelries either hand made or artistically crafted from silver, bronze and even wood and bamboo. Magnificent terracotta and colorful beaded necklaces are also available at affordable prices.

Leatherwork- The dirth of handicraft stalls on the Goan Sea beaches of Anjuna and Baga offer plenty of leather products ranging from leather jackets and gloves to luggage and other accessories. Footwear comes in a variety of traditional embroidery, brocade and textile designs. Fascinating leatherworks such as leather with metallic gold or silvery finish is also available along with articles such as wallets, pouches, handbags and a wide range of belts.

Textiles- South India is famous for Silk and Cotton textiles and Goa is one of them. Beautiful and luxuriant silk sarees and superb quality cottons are found in the Handicraft and State Emporiums of Goa.

Musical Instruments- Musical Instruments are also found in plenty in the Beach Markets of Goa,especially Anjuna Beach and Baga Beach. Different CDs selling Goa's trance music and Portugese songs and instrumental compositions are among the cherished souvenirs of Goa.

Bronze Figures Woodcarving- Goan workers are also an expert at wooden articles which are beautified in festive colours like red, green, yellow and white by extremely skilled craftsmen from Cuncunolim, South Goa. These colorful objects are called chitaris. The Mapusa Friday market is full of beautiful hand-made stuffs made of raw wood. Wooden products like the coir mats, wood furniture, exquisite wooden carvings and hats made of straw are found here. Creativity is also exhibited in Goan brassware as a large number of expert brass workers at Corlim, Mapusa, specialize in the exquisite candelabrum-like brass oil lamps called samai.

Last Updated on: 20th March 2013