Boasting blissful beaches and chill vibes, Goa is also a well-known host to many independent designers from all over the world. From handwoven cotton tops and billowing beach dresses, to boho accessories and home decor, we’ve compiled our list of go-to stores to get your fashion fix to impress even the most seasoned shopper.

Paper Boat Collective

Photo source: Paper Boat Collective

Photo source: Paper Boat Collective

Located in a quaint bungalow with a lovely pathway leading up to the store’s blue doors, this boutique of curates the designs from some of India’s up-and-coming designers. If their luxurious silk and cotton textiles from brands like Paruthi and Maku don’t lure you in, you might find yourself more interested in their quirky little knick-knacks, handmade soaps {try their invigorating green tea and basil soap}, Karnataka coffees by The Indian Bean, or a selection of blue-hued home ceramics. Pop by the Om Made Café next door after for a quick snack before hitting the beach.

Mermaid’s Boutique / DADAblui

Photo source: DADAblui Goa

Photo source: DADAblui Goa

Mermaid’s Boutique was started by expat Katya Grew in 2001. The store hosts several brands, including Katya’s own brand DADAblui. Their one-of-a-kind pieces, like their intricately embroidered banjara bags embellished with old coins, mirrors and colourful tassels, are worth blowing next month’s salary on. We’re currently loving their crafted leather jackets, each made unique with a tribal Rajasthani patch sewn on the back. The boutique is seasonal and opens November 15, 2016, so mark your calendars!

Artjuna

Photo source: Artjuna

Photo source: Artjuna

Run by couple Moshe and Anastasia, this café/boutique operates out of a repurposed old Portuguese house. Their offerings include a healthy Mediterranean menu, offbeat furniture, bronze lamps and handwoven baskets, to name a few. Keep your children entertained with their garden play area while you peruse their range of jewellery made entirely from natural materials {gold, silver, wood, brass, horn and bone} crafted by local and travelling artistes. The venue also hosts various events, so keep an eye on their FB page for the latest updates!

Thalassa Boutique

Adjoining the famous Thalassa Greek restaurant, this sophisticated boutique specialises in flowy resort wear for women and beach shirts for men, cut from delicate cottons and linens, and designed by owner/manager Tino. The store also offers an admirable selection of fine leather and suede bags from both India and abroad. Bonus: this boutique restaurant is located just by the edge of a cliff, with a stunning view of the sea!

Sacha’s Shop

Photo source: Sacha's Shop

Photo source: Sacha’s Shop

Located in bustling Panjim, this boutique operates out of the very house that Sacha herself grew up in. This whimsical little store carries an eclectic mix of clothing made from organic cottons and silks from brands like Mogachea and Savio Jon, embellished leather flats and ikat stoles — perfect for a day {or night} out at the beach. Want more? Check out their gorgeous leather lampshades, their cool stationery by legendary Goan cartoonist Mario Miranda, or handmade jewellery pieces from Chicory Chai. Don’t forget to take a peek at their garden backyard and mural scrawled walls, which are perfect for a quick Insta photo-op!

Cheshire Cat

Photo source: Cheshire Cat Gallery GOA

Photo source: Cheshire Cat Gallery GOA

Set in a charmingly restored Portuguese house in Assagao, husband and wife design team Kees van Andel and Karen Peace sell their own collection of handmade jewellery, as well as clothing and local crafts. Tap into your inner hippie and check out their crystal healing collection to balance mind, body and spirit with precious stones like emerald and amethyst. Try on their natural fibre clothing from designers like Aurobelle and FLAME, while browsing through the various curios {don’t miss their bronzed musical instruments, trust us!} and photographs that line the shelves and walls.

Dust

Organic to its very core, this boutique is built from palm trees, bamboo and wood, and features its own line of ethical boho-chic designs. Best known for its breezy beachwear, their dresses, tops, bikinis and more are fashioned from organic fabrics like linen, natural cotton, and even Karnataka’s Ahimsa silk! Step into this balmy beatnik wonderland after a hot day out on the beach, and browse their special ‘Made in Goa’ racks, recycled paper notebooks or tribal motif leather purses. Most items are limited edition, so shop fast!

White Brick Wall

Photo source: WHITE BRICK WALL

Photo source: WHITE BRICK WALL

A perfect blend of local and international, the store aims to re-conceptualise traditional Goan life. Check out their collection of shibori-dyed garments by Rangrekha, or their Masai tribal jewellery straight from Kenya. Their extensive collection even includes handmade garments and wooden toys for kids. They also do the occasional pop-up {like Natti’s Natural’s farm-to-table organic food} and events {cupcake classes, anyone?}. Mirrors, candles, scents, you name it, WBW probably has it!

People Tree

Photo source: People Tree

Photo source: People Tree

If you’re ever at Gunpowder restaurant, drop by the iconic Delhi design collective, which has now made Goa its second home. If you’re looking for ethical, fair-trade, natural textiles and accessories, all made in-house, you’ve hit the right spot. The exteriors of the store are decorated with art created by the staff, making it hard to miss, while the interiors offer an endless array of trinkets and knick-knacks. Their racks are literally tipping over with screen printed t-shirts, beachy kaftans, tie-dye dresses, and tote bags. Don’t miss their handmade personal care products from brands like Manjari, and handmade paper stationery. 

Sotodecor

This stunning lifestyle and decor boutique by Swiss designers Sonja Weder and Thomas Schneider showcases their unique brand of custom handcrafted interior furniture, lighting and artwork. Influenced by India’s traditions, they seamlessly blend new with old, repurposing tabletops to create stunning partitions and fashioning handmade paper and bangles into lampshades for one-of-a-kind handmade furniture.

Feature Photo: Paper Boat Collective