Souvenir shopping in North Goa
We all know that Goa is an enticing place to be, and when you are finished pampering your mind and soul to the fullest, it is time to collect souvenirs and memories for your selves in your home and to distribute the pleasantries among your family and friends. Goa gives you some of the best souvenirs to keep your memories alive. In this section, we will take a look at the some of the best places to buy gifts for loved ones or yourself.
It is undoubtedly the best souvenir from Goa. Each tile has a story to tell and is just perfect. Nothing spells Goa better than this. You will see these tiles all around Goa, so bringing one back is a must. They start as low as Rs 100. Plus, you can even get it customized or painted as per your vision or taste.
Feni or Cabo
Feni is a traditional liquor distilled from the fermented juice of cashew apples. It is safe to drink as it is free from organic or artificial flavours. The name “feni” is derived from the Sanskrit word phena which means froth. It is because bubbles form a light froth when the liquor is shaken in a bottle or poured in a glass. Feni is a part of Goa food tradition from the last 400 years. Feni is a traditional liquor distilled from the fermented juice of cashew apples. It is safe to drink as it is free from organic or artificial flavours. The name “feni” is derived from the Sanskrit word phena which means froth. It is because bubbles form a light froth when the liquor is shaken in a bottle or poured in a glass. Feni is a part of Goa food tradition from the last 400 years.
Cashew is available all over India, but Goan cashew has something different about them and is a form of souvenir which can be taken for your loved ones.
Cashew nuts are an integral part of Goan identity and over the years have become synonymous with Goa. Goan cashew nuts are very famous, not only in other parts of India but in some foreign countries as well. Tourists visiting the state make sure that they buy cashew nuts before leaving Goa. Apart from cashew nuts, Goan ‘feni’ and ‘urrac’, alcoholic beverages made from cashew fruit are equally well-known.
It is said that Portuguese brought cashews to Goa sometime between 1563 and 1570. The English name ‘Cashew’ is derived from the Portuguese name ‘Caju’. A Portuguese missionary from Brazil brought the Cashew to Goa to stop soil erosion along with the west coast of India. The best part about the cashew tree is that it can grow in hilly areas.
The locals have honed the art of making decor items using coconut. It is pretty, artistic and makes for a great gift. And, perfect souvenirs.
And you thought Kerela is the only place in India for vibrant spices? Well, everyone swears by the Goan spices, so why not get them along with you to have a taste of Goa in your house? Be it Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Triphala or a Premixed Xacuti Masala, take your pick.
Bebinca or Dodol
Got friends who relish on taste? Do bring back Bebinca, which is made of flour, eggs, coconut milk, and sugar. Each layer is baked. Though it has a shorter shelf life, it still makes for a yummy souvenir.
Kunbi sarees are perfect souvenirs. These cotton sarees have large checks on them and are mostly in red, are worn by local tribal women. They make for a lovely gift for your mom, aunts, and ladies who love to don cotton sarees.
Add to your souvenir collection that can be put up on your fridge to remind you of the fun times you had in Goa. From Goan beaches to auto-rickshaws to scooties to wine bottles, they are classic Goan souvenirs that start from Rs 50. You can also pick up an alcoholic magnet which starts at Rs 100 from the wine shops. Take a pick!
T-shirts and beachwear
Definition of Goan fashion is expressed via the graffiti tees that give off beachy vibes or by the chic beach wears. Wherever you go, you will find shops selling clothes, t-shirts, beachwear and wardrobe essentials there. In North Goa, Baga-Calangute Road is the best line to shop. While T-shirts start Rs 150 onwards, swimsuits Rs 500 onwards and goes up to Rs 1500. Don’t forget to bargain. That’s the key to shopping in Goa. You can pick up other cheap booze, hats, keychains, bread, seashells, kokum seeds, and so much more from Goa.
So, the next time you are on a Goa holiday, don’t forget to bring home souvenirs for your memories and souvenirs to share with your loved ones. For more details, please visit our website www.visit-goa.com!