Goa has been on everyone’s bucket lists as it has been and continues to be the top party destination in India. Goa has a lot to offer to those who love to party and let their hair down. With an enviable nightlife and various beaches in Goa, it attracts most visitors from the months of June to September and from the months of October to January. Goa also has a lot of flea markets and shopping spots such as the flea market at Baga beach where you’ll find everything you want, right from clothes to souvenirs. While Goa offers a lot in terms of exploring, lounging, partying, shopping, etc.; it also offers a good number of options when it comes to food. Here are few places to eat you must try when you’re in Goa.
1) Burger Factory –
The best burger place in the whole of Goa is Burger Factory! The brainchild of Delhite Mayank Dube, Burger Factory makes some of the freshest burgers in Goa. Dube opened the first Burger Factory outlet in Anjuna in 2012 and has only seen his customers multiply over the years because of the burger patties that he churns out of his kitchen. Their signature dish is the beef burger and it is super filling. For vegetarians, I suggest you order the mushroom burger and you’ll find your taste buds dancing away as you bite into the juiciest mushroom burger ever. If you’re planning a visit, head to the Morjim outlet as it’s bigger and has a beautiful sunset view. Some of their hot selling beverages (alcoholic) are Gin Basil Pineapple Crush and The New York Sour. Burger Factory is meant to give you foodgasm of sorts with the best views.
Where? Soranto Vaddo, Anjuna Mapusa Rd, Anjuna, Goa.
2) Blue Planet Cafe –
Run by Goa’s Pravin and Urmila Desai, this cafe is located off Agonda. They are known to serve mouth-watering dishes that are made with very high-quality ingredients. The owners believe in using the locally produced output in their meal preparations and so, you’ll get to taste the freshness in every bite. They have a large variety of items that you can eat at breakfast, lunch or dinner. They serve everything healthy, right from salads, soups, smoothies, fresh juices to made-to-order eggs. If you have friends or family members who are vegan, worry not because Blue Planet Cafe has a vegan alternative for every item that’s listed on their menu. I recommend the beetroot juice with scrambled eggs with spinach and tofu. Blue Planet Cafe also has cottages that you can stay at while you’re in Goa, each cottage has an attached balcony that overlooks a dense forest. Overall, Blue Planet Cafe has a very feel-good vibe and is the ideal place for those looking for a retreat-like experience.
Where? Agonda, Canacona, Goa.
3) Baba Au Rhum –
The cafe is located a little away from the ocean and won’t give you a sea-view but the food here definitely makes up for it. The wood-fired pizzas at Baba Au Rhum are to die for! Grab a bottle of chilled beer with some wood-fired pizza and you’re good to go. Baba Au Rhum is a relatively large cafe and chances of you not getting a seating place at the cafe are very slim so, even during season time, you won’t have to worry about getting a table at Baba Au Rhum. Apart from the pizzas, the pasta and bruschetta here are highly recommended.
Where? 1054, Sim Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa
4) Gunpowder –
Gunpowder serves some brilliant South Indian fare so when you’re tired of eating the usual Italian or Continental food, head to Gunpowder and you will not be disappointed at all. The restaurant is well made with paintings and artwork hung up in the interiors, each painting has a story to tell. I recommend that you start off your meal with Sundal, for non-vegetarians, there are plenty of options such as the Prawns fry, Chilly beef fry, Pork ribs, Egg Appam, Prawn Mappas among many others. For vegetarians, they have some tasty Masala Potatoes, Veg. Kainakary, Malabar Parotta and Mango pachidi. I recommend you to book in advance so you get a table as soon as you reach the restaurant.
Where? No. 6, Anjuna-Mapusa Road, Saunto Vaddo, Assagao, Mapusa, Goa.
5) Mom’s Kitchen for an authentic Goan meal –
Mom’s kitchen is located on the Panaji-Miramar Beach road and is very well known for dishing up some of the most delectable Goan treats. You can get some authentic Goan curries served with poi or rice and some chilled beer at Mom’s Kitchen. An evening cruise takes you towards the Miramar beach from the Panaji jetty at Mandovi river so you could plan the meal accordingly if you wish to dine at Mom’s Kitchen. Some very tasty Goan preparations are Xacuti, Balchao and Vindaloo, all the three dishes have fragments of the Portuguese culture. The Vindaloo was originally prepared with wine but is now swapped with vinegar.
Where? 854, Martins Building, D. B. Street, Panaji – Miramar Road, Panaji, Goa.
6) Tio Tilly’s Bar and Kitchen –
Tio Tilly’s is located in Calangute and sees waves of people throughout the year as it is already a very popular spot among tourists. Head to Tio Tilly’s with your friends or family to grab some finger-licking food and chilled beer. If you love the old-world Goan charm, Tio Tilly’s is the place for you with beautiful decor and a cosy ambiance, you’ll only want to stay here for longer. You can order the Barbecue Chicken Twist Pizza that is loaded with toppings and is not too big so you’ll be able to order other items with the pizza. If prawns are your thing, order the Butter Basic Prawns that are cooked to perfection and are seasoned just right. Tio Tilly’s also has in-house board games like Jenga, Uno and Ludo that you can play while the chef prepares your food. Along with pizzas, they serve Indian and Oriental cuisines, too. The restaurant also has plenty of food options available for Jains.
Where? Opposite Le Meridien, Gaura Vaddo, Calangute, Bardez, Goa.
Goa is the best holiday destination to rejuvenate, so don’t think about the calories while you’re holidaying in Goa. However, if you’re a health freak or are just looking at some place that won’t add to the holiday weight you’re putting on, Zest Cafe is the place to go for you, as they serve some of the best vegetarian food and gluten-free/ sugar-free desserts. Plan your trip to Goa in the months of October to February as the weather in Goa is the best through these months. Some of the best hotels to stay at in Goa are the Taj Fort Aguada and The Park Calangute.
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