Shopping In North Goa: Flea Markets To Hit Up On Your Next Vacay

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Think shopping in Goa and the association with flea markets is inevitable. The hippie ones in Arpora, the local Friday bazaar in Mapusa or the new curated flea in Vagator, we've got all of them covered! So, bookmark this list for your next vacay here.

Ingo's Night Market

One of the oldest flea markets in Goa, Ingo’s Saturday Night market is a crowd favourite. The market starting up every season, is almost the unofficial announcement that season is here in Goa. Located at Arpora, Ingo’s is a total hippie paradise with fire dancers, live music, hot dog stalls, vintage artifacts and a thousand stalls dressed to the nines. So, bring out your party shoes and get ready to shop till midnight. You’ll find clothes, accessories, bed linen, dreamcatchers, jewellery, hammocks, beer, local spices, art and lots more. While you shop, make sure you also bring your bargaining A game to the market.

Bestsellers: Dreamcatchers

Timings: Saturdays, 4 PM to 11 PM

How to reach: Your own vehicle. There is parking for cars and scooters.

Wednesday Afternoon Market

A market that in Goa’s prime started off as a marketplace where hippies could exchange and barter goods, the Anjuna Wednesday afternoon market is a time-tested market selling eclectic trinkets, souvenirs, handmade goods and clothes. The market is held by the Anjuna beachfront, the sea-breeze being the perfect accompaniment for your afternoon shopping indulgence. The market wraps up with sunset and later at Sea-Breeze takes the night a notch higher. So, if you're a day person, do check it out before it shuts for the season (usually March end/April).

Bestsellers: Trinkets

Timings: Wednesdays, 9 AM to 7 PM

How to reach: Your own vehicle. There is paid parking for cars and scooters at Anjuna Beach Parking.

The Goa Collective Bazaar

The Goa Collective Bazaar at Hilltop, Vagator is the most popular flea market now. With 100 stalls, live music, a bar, a kid's area and food, this flea market is hosted every Friday night. It's a unique set-up that comes with the promise of ‘everything curated with love’. Trippy tees, handmade jewellery, a sassy new haircut under the tree, gorgeous accessories, mouth harps, shell anklets, yoga mats, natural skincare—this freewheeling market is full of amazing knick-knacks! And well, since it’s Goa, no market is complete without a bar. So, yes, grab a beer or a fruity cocktail at Luna’s cocktail bar while the children have fun making masks or other DIY art stuff.

Bestsellers: Food

Timings: Fridays, 4 PM to 3 AM (Saturday)

How to reach: Your own vehicle. There free is parking for cars and scooters.

Le Souk

Located on the Ashwem beach, this marketplace is a collection of stalls housed in pristine white tents. The market brands itself as India's first luxury marketplace and remains open both during season and off-season. This open-air beachside bazaar has both local and international designers, and while prices are on the higher side compared to most of the other flea markets, the designer stuff displayed effortlessly on beachside tents is difficult to turn away from!

Bestsellers: Clothes

Timings: Everyday, 9 AM to 9 PM

How to reach: Your own vehicle or cabs. Parking is at your own risk. 

Friday Market

Though not the classic flea market, the Friday Mapusa market is a vibrant and bustling market with an abundance of antiques and Goan pottery to handicrafts, textiles, clothing, spices, fruits, vegetables, meats, and jewellery. While on most days the market is a regular market frequented by locals, on Fridays, vendors from many nearby districts throng the market to sell the produce directly to the consumers. It is a great place to find fresh local food products like pickles, dried fish, Goan chorizo and spiced and marinated pork sausages. It's also a great place to look for bargains on hand-woven kunbi sarees, towels, pottery, antique items and wooden furniture. Find yourself eyeing the lovely ashtrays and candle stands in hotels? This is where you can find them.

Bestsellers: Cashews

Timings: Sundays, 7 AM to 8 PM; Other days, 9 AM to 8.30 PM

How to reach: Your own vehicle. There is paid parking for cars and scooters.

Tibetan Market

This little gem of a market is tucked away in Calangute, right at the square and next to the parking lot. You won't believe the incredible Tibetan people you'll find here, from wise old ladies to young couples selling a dazzling array of goodies. They've got everything from exquisite shawls to stunning jewellery, and everything in between. And guess what? These items come all the way from Tibet or from businesses set up by Tibetans right here in India. These Tibetans, who are mostly refugees, are always up for a chat. So not only can you snag some fantastic finds, but you can also engage in fascinating conversations. Plus, this place is open all day, so you can take your time strolling around and find exactly what you need at prices that won't break the bank.

Bestsellers: Jewellery

Timings: Everyday, 9 AM to 9.30 PM

How to reach: Your own vehicle. There is paid parking for cars and scooters.

Hippie's Market

Ever checked out a market where you can jam with live music? Brace yourself for a drum-tastic time at the Arambol Market! Imagine jamming on the drums and browsing through some cool stuff. They call it the Hippie's Market, because it's a total hotspot for expats flaunting boho jewellery, artsy crafts, and books. And wait, there's more–local vendors are rocking' the scene with crystals, bling, clothes, and more. It's a groovy retail fiesta you won't want to miss!

Bestsellers: Dream Catchers

Timings: Everyday, All day

How to reach: Your own vehicle. There is paid parking for cars and scooters.

Panjim Market

So, you can't just hit up Goa and skip the buzzing market in the capital–that's like missing out on the best part! Picture this: juicy fruits, fresh veggies, and cashews that'll blow your mind. But hold on, it's not just about munchies. Immerse yourself in the local vibes by checking out what the folks here are munching on. And guess what? It's not just a food fiesta–you can snag everything from bling-bling accessories to pint-sized furniture. Oh, and don't even think about leaving without grabbing some heart-of-Panjim souvenirs!

b Local fruits

Timings: Everyday, 7.30 AM to 8 PM

How to reach: Your own vehicle. There is paid parking for cars and scooters.

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