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Shopping


There's great shopping to be done in Goa, with the most popular shopping spots being in Panaji and Anjuna. The quintessential Goan souvenirs are azulejos - Portuguese-style tiles and ceramics that have been beautifully hand-painted (available at Velha Goa Galleria in Panaji) - but there is a huge selection of fine and funky goods in the markets, and it is easy to see that Goa still caters to the hippie crowd when you explore the shops. Sometimes the outdoor markets have a carnival atmosphere, with musicians and entertainers performing around the stalls. You will be expected to bargain in the Goan markets; a good rule of thumb is to try and barter the price down to half of the original. Remember that most goods will be offered by multiple stalls, so don't be scared to walk away and compare prices.

The Anjuna Wednesday market has everything from trendy rave gear to comfy hammocks; while semi-precious stones, paintings and local crafts are available from the Ingoe and Mackie night bazaars. The Mapusa Friday Market is good for freshly-baked Goan breads, homemade pork sausages and an assortment of pickles.

In Calangute, the Casa Goa boutique offers local designer wear, artwork and silk drapes, and tribal art is available from the nearby Leela Art Palace. Visit Sangolda for rattan loungers and Rajasthani chests, and there are stunning lamp shades available at Soto Décor.

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