Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Things to look out for while street shopping at Calangute Beach, Goa

One of the most frequented beaches in North Goa, Calangute features its own market with an array of stalls selling everything from clothes, beachwear, swimwear, jewellery, handicrafts, and trinkets to seafood and beer.

It can become a compact street shopping destination for a fashionista looking for inexpensive clothes and accessories. While heading towards the beach from the city, you come across these shops lining both sides of the street which beckon you to indulge in a quick shopping spree. 

The market looks so colourful and appealing that you definitely would stop and try to have a look at the variety they have to offer. These are the top six types of shops you shouldn’t miss while you are at Calangute beach:

#1 Clothes

For someone who loves boho-chic or beachwear, Calangute Beach market is a haven. You get everything from cheap shorts- ripped denims, cotton shorts, printed and embroidered shorts, longer shorts, cuffed shorts, kaftans and resort wear, maxi dresses, middies, beach dresses, harem pants, palazzos, tops, cropped tee’s, kurti’s and everything you did not imagine you would find here. They come in an array of prints and styles and are very attractive and comfortable to wear. And everything for less than Rs 350/- if you hunt for the right things at the right places. I love...

#2 Swimwear

What can be a better place to buy swimwear than a beach? For those looking for buying cheap swimwear, this is the right place. You get a lot of variety and styles that you would love without getting a hole in your pocket. Great place to find sexy and really cute bikinis!

#3 Hats, caps and glares

You find very stylish hats and shades for less than Rs. 150/-  You should get these before you head to the beach instead of using your branded items. You wouldn’t mind if these are lost or spoiled in the sand or sea. Some are durable enough to be used later as well.

#4 Bags and Footwear

You can find some really cute and comfy sandals and colourful flip-flops to roam around the beach. Also some really cute backpacks, handbags and sling bags are worth checking out!

#5 Jewellery and trinkets

If you are a boho lover, you will love street-shopping for jewellery at the Calangute Beach market. Made out of seashells, beads and woood, they come in a variety of shapes, styles and prints. The neckpieces, bracelets and earrings made out of seashells have such a beachy feel to it. I love them! Also keep a watch out for the Rajasthani gypsy stuff and the Tibetans selling their wooden pieces. The wooden bangles, finger rings, neckpieces, bracelets, anklets, cuffs and earrings are worth a buy. And they are so much cheaper than what you would get elsewhere. They last a long time and can be styled differently for a different look. 

#6 Handicrafts

There are many shops selling uniquely designed handicrafts- perfect for gifting a loved one or just taking it back home as a memoir of the wonderful time spent in Goa. Brass work, wooden lacquer-ware, paper crafts, bamboo crafts, terracotta pottery items, woodcarving and seashell crafts are some of the things to look out for. They look so lovelyyyyyyy! 

That's all... Happy Shopping guys!!!

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Text and Photographs: Flexcia D'souza

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