It’s not all beaches and parties in Goa during the tourist season. But you cannot deny that whatever event Goa plays host to, it will be fun. Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar at Arpora is no exception. Started by a German named Ingo who settled in Goa, this was initially a small affair with a few shops and good atmosphere for a cold beer. Over the past few years, Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar has become extremely popular, with hundreds of shops selling clothes, slippers, home décor, and various other exotic and kitschy knick-knacks. If you want a break from all the partying and beach bumming, take a Saturday night off to visit Ingo’s bazaar for some fun shopping and yummy food. In the past decade this eclectic market has become one part of many a “best tourist places in Goa” lists that travelers have come up with.
What’s in store for me at Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar?
The bazaar opens at 5 pm every Saturday evening during the months of the tourist season, and goes on till around 3 am. Want to buy some hip Goan beachwear and bohemian jewelry? Look no further. Ingo’s is the place for you. Footwear fanatics can go crazy here, because there are just so many shops and so many types to choose from (you’d be thrilled to know that the handcrafted leather sandals are eye-wateringly gorgeous). Plenty of other stuff like belts, shawls, hammocks, handicrafts, and even ‘magic’ wands – think of anything else weird – will have you hooked. If you’re planning a vacation, do add this to your list of places to visit in Goa, and enjoy a Saturday evening out with your friends.
My tummy’s rumbling, can I get some grub please?
Fret not, dear reader! Because whatever type of food you’re in a mood for, you will find it at Ingo’s Bazaar. Pizzas? Goan Xacuti? You name it and you will be polishing it off before you can say “Goa”. Many popular restaurants like Janet & John’s (seafood), Thalassa’s Souvlakis (Greek) and Bean-Me-Up have stalls at the bazaar, so you will be spoilt for choice. There are a few nice bars if you fancy some beer to cool off from all the shopping.
What other fun stuff is there?
Live music performances, belly dancers, fire jugglers, and even tarot-card readers – to answer your question. Oh yes, if you want a funky tattoo when you’re holidaying in Goa, you can get that too. Most of all, when you reach Arpora, you will instantly pick up the buzz of the electrifying atmosphere of Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar. It’s tough not to have fun here.
Once you’re done shopping at Ingo’s Bazaar, do check out some of the other famous tourist places in Goa, and have a fun vacation!