The Famous Night Markets of Goa, Their specialties, and timings

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Roaming on the beaches of Goa during the daytime and taking part in water sports is the common choice of every Goa visitor and most people do not access the night beauty of Goa. The twinkling colorful markets of Goa which are usually located on the sea shore hold the real magic of this place.

Apart from offering you a glimpse of diverse goodies these night marketplaces serve you with a fascinating vibe.  There is a long list of activities that one can do here from the aspect of enjoyment like purchasing handmade and craft materials and watching the live performances of the local artists etc.

If you are puzzled about the location and timing of these night marketplaces, here is a list including all the famous night markets of Goa along with their location and timing of their opening and closing.

  1. Mackie’s Saturday Night Market
  2. Arpora Saturday night market
  3. Ingo’s Saturday night market

Some other markets where you can spend your late evenings with your loved ones are,

  1. Mapusa municipal market
  2. Tibetan market

Mackie’s Saturday Night market

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It is highly recommended for people who love grooving with their family members and friends in public places. Same as the name of the market the location is also very catchy. People from various places visit here and make the place a blend of diverse cultures. 

What will you find here?

  • Mackie’s Saturday night market is famous for its stalls offering a wide range of cuisines.
  • Hand-crafted and eco-friendly stuff is also available here to catch your attention.
  • One can enjoy live music performances and concerts here which coerce people to groove to their electrifying beats.

If you love doing nocturnal activities in a good crowd, the place is perfect from this aspect. The aura of this place will surely drag you towards it. In short, you can call this place a paradise for shoppers.

When you can visit here?

The Mackie’s night market remains open till late at night in the months from November to April. On Saturdays, the markets remain open from 4 pm to 3 am but on Sundays, the timing is 4 pm to 12 am. It remains closed from Monday to Friday.

Location – You can reach here easily in Arpora from Baga by taxi.  It is on the bank of the Baga river. (Address – Near 281, Baga River Bridge, Tamudki Vado, Marinha Dourada Road, Arpora, Goa 403516, India)

Arpora Saturday night market

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As the name signifies, the Arpora Saturday night market opens only at night where you can buy products of your choice while enjoying pleasant weather. The place is a hub of multicultural activities as people from diverse places come here to make their evenings and nights memorable.

What will you find here?

You can find this charismatic place full of,

  • Leather accessories
  • Handicrafts
  • Apparel
  • Costume jewelry
  • Handbags
  • Rugs
  • Lamps
  • Spices

After satiating your desire for shopping you can visit some nearby restaurants or food stalls for having a chilled drink with piping-hot edible items. The local food in this marketplace is quite tempting and along with the local delicacies, it also offers you some Greek food, waffles, organic salad and much more.

When you can visit here?

From November to April the Arpora Saturday night market opens at 4 pm and closes at 11 pm.

Location –  Arpora Saturday Night Market 1224-26/3, Calangute — Anjuna Road, Goa 403509 India.

Ingo’s Saturday night 

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Nothing else than Ingo’s Saturday night market is ideal for Saturday night hangouts and window shopping. The unique gifting and handmade items are the prime attraction of this marketplace. The fun performances and music add more pleasure to this outing activity. Whether you want to spend time with your partner or friends and family, the place is worth exploring.

What will you find here?

You can find here several things for purchasing like,

  • Gifting items
  • Art and craft stuff
  • Quirky accessory
  • Cloths
  • Funky jewelry
  • Bags
  • Antique items

Visiting here on weekends can also surprise you with a concert or live performance. A specific section of this marketplace offers you a wide variety of cuisines and local foods as well.

One can enjoy the music while sipping drinks and this makes a perfect Saturday night here.

When you can visit here?

If you are planning to visit here on weekdays, you must know that it remains closed from Sunday to Friday. On the rest of the days, the time is from 3 pm to 3 am.

Location–  Arpora, Goa.

If you are planning to make your evenings memorable with the near and dear ones, you can visit some selective marketplaces which you can find open till late evening times.

Tibetan Market

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As the name depicts, the Tibetan market offers you plenty of traditional items which are associated with Tibetan culture. Not only the Tibetan traditional stuff but other cultural materials also allure you. The second thing which makes it distinct from the night markets is, it welcomes you every single day of the week.

What will you find here?

The people who appreciate Buddhism and follow the path of this particular religion can find everything which belongs to the Baudh tradition. Here is a glimpse of all those available items.

  • Buddhist prayer flags
  • Wooden and metallic bowls
  • Traditional Jewelry
  • Artworks
  • Showpieces
  • Handicrafts etc.

As the stalls of this marketplace are owned by Kashmiri people along with the Tibetans, you can find the rich cultural stuff of Kashmir as well.

  • Kashmiri shawl
  • Carpets
  • Wall hanging
  • Wooden jewelry
  • Embroidered material
  • Kashmiri textile

The place holds the unity bond of all people who belong to different cultures and own a stall here.

When you can visit here?

The shops open here from 9 am to 9:30 pm every day.

Location – Calangute – Baga Rd, Near Coffee Day, Umtav Vado, Khobra Waddo, Baga, Goa 403516, India

Mapusa municipal market

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This colorful marketplace has a vibrant ambiance as you can see the locals selling their special edible items. Not only the fresh eateries but the hand-weaved clothes and hats also drag your attention towards them. If someone wants to try the local delicacies of Goa, he/she can not afford to avoid Mapusa Municipal market.

If you split the word Mapusa into two parts, Map conveys “to measure” and Sa conveys “to fill up”.

What will you find here?

The place is generally famous for the fresh local edible items like,

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Pickled fish
  • Goan sausage
  • Cashew nuts
  • Feni, a local alcohol
  • Aromatic spices

Some handmade stuff also coerces you to stop at those stalls and stare at the artistry of the local people.

  • Clothes
  • Pottery
  • Jewelry
  • Handwoven straw hats
  • Mats
  • Bags

Mapusa municipal market offers you an opportunity to make the locals profitable as you can buy the stuff straight from the local vendors. The raw and realistic beauty of these goodies makes the place worth visiting.

When you can visit here?

The market opens in the early morning at 6 am and closes at 8 pm every day. Fridays are best to explore this local market as you can see more crowds in comparison to the other days.

Location-  Mapusa Market Area, Panaji, Goa, India

Why you should try to explore the night markets of Goa during your Goa trip?

You should not limit yourself to the conventional method of exploring the beauty of this charismatic place, Goa. Trying something new always makes you learn something different.

Here are the advantages of visiting the night markets of Goa.

  • You learn the skill of bargaining with the local vendors.
  • You know the language, behavior and accent of the local people.
  • The cuisine and products of a particular place convey the tradition or culture of that place.
  • You get the opportunity of meeting with locals.

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