On your next trip to Goa, hit up these shops for some unique and beautiful souvenirs for friends – and maybe even yourself.
Take Some Memories: Five Shops Selling Unique & Beautiful Souvenirs In Goa
Mario Miranda is Goa, and everything about his work talks about the fun and colourful aspects of Goan life. Whether it is the cartoon of his ‘Poder’ the Goan breadwallah, or his everyday life sketches. Of course, buying any original Mario Miranda work is expensive, but now you can have a slice of his work and Goa too. Mario Gallery situated in many parts of Goa offer his sketches on fridge magnets, postcards, tiles, bags and many other products that make really cute souvenirs to remind you of Goa.
Located in the Fontainhas or old Latin quarter of Goa, the Marcou Artifacts store is the place to go to for your handcrafted Goan souvenirs. The most popular here would be the bright blue, white and other painted tiles, popularly called the Azulejo tiles that are distinctly visible all across Goa, that originally came from the Portuguese. They also have hand crafted ceramic decorative items, including miniature figurines of popular characters designed by Mario Miranda.
With two stores, one in Margao and one in Benaulim, Tuk Tuk has become a famous outpost in the South of Goa to go for souvenir shopping. It sells quirky and interesting local Goan gifts. The owner Bharti Kumar is all about promoting young local talent and is a delight to interact with whilst she helps you choose the right souvenirs. From handcrafted baskets, jewellery to bags, clothes, magnets and key rings this shop is a must-visit.
Azulejos de Goa
The Azulejos de Goa Gallery was established in 1988 in Panjim. It has the Portuguese style of painting tiles that are called Azulejos and taken it to a whole different level. They use the same style to design souvenirs, which could be the tiles as decorative Name Plates or decorative plates depicting the Goan countryside, or Mario Miranda’s sketches etc. And local artists design all of their products. Housed in a 250-year-old Indo-Portuguese house, it is a delightful store to visit.
Sharing space with the popular restaurant Gunpowder, the People Tree store in Assagaon is a cornucopia of handmade, unique and exquisite jewellery, clothes, artworks, crafts and so much more. Housed again in a lovely old mansion, the store is open everyday except on Mondays. They even stock the bio degradable cotton Sanitary napkins called ‘Sakhi’ which are made by a Goan women’s self help group as well as handmade soaps.