Goa is India’s Latin Quarter. This former Portuguese colony is hedonistic, decadent even. With uninterrupted views of the sun dipping into the Arabian Sea, the beaches, hills and streets of North Goa are filled with intoxicating colours. Eclectic is an understatement: patterns, hues and textures leap to life in textiles, a chaos of colour only India can produce. It’s also India’s richest state, and not only in terms of residents’ income; it boasts a multitude of flora and fauna and is one of the world’s top 10 biodiversity hotspots. The easy-going vibe so often found in beachside tropics attracts bohemian runaways from the sub-continent and beyond, and many of these have set up shop in the years since their arrival.
Here everything is inspired by nature and made with bone, coconuts and ethically approved horn. You’ll find Coco Roots wares at various flea markets but Anjuna is the local must.
10 St Michael’s Vaddo, South Anjuna, Anjuna, Goa
Paper Boat Collective
Designed and made by local talent using traditional Indian techniques, this is a showcase for furniture, lamps, soft furnishings, ceramics and knick-knacks in organic materials.
HNo 248, Bella Vista, Chogm Road, Sangolda, Goa
Founded by the former writer-stylist of GQ India, Sacha Mendes, this eponymous boutique reflects her style sensibility – eclectic, quirky and minimalistic.
Swami Vivekanand Road, Panjim, North Goa
Jade Jagger Beach Boutique
This beautifully bohemian spot on Aswhem beach sells a luxury take on the Goa beach-bum look with diaphanous dresses and chunky statement jewellery.
Aswhem Beach, Ashwem-Morjim Road, North Goa