Goaaaaaaa! It might be the smallest state in India, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the most loyally crowded places in the country. It just has something for everyone! If you're a Goa addict, you'll know what we are talking about. Among everything else that it is known for, Goa also has some of the most fabulous places to eat.
Here is a list of the best beach shacks in Goa. Foodies' galore!
1. Curlies, Anjuna
Curlies at Anjuna Beach is one of the famous beach shacks in Goa, both among foreigners and Indians, and hence a must-visit place. With a pretty happening and energised ambience, great music, chilled alcohol and decent food, Curlies is the place to be and the most popular amongst the Anjuna beach shacks! If nothing, sit and relax with a beer in hand.
Location: Near Flea Market, St Michael Vaddo, Anjuna Cuisine: Continental, North Indian, Italian, Seafood, Goan, Mediterranean Must Try: Pork Roast, Shakshouka, Bacon Pizza Cost For Two: INR 1500 Timings: 8:00 AM – 3:00 AM, Daily
2. La Plage, Ashwem
If you're around in the Ashwem area, you'll hear about this place. With a dominantly French-Mediterranean menu, La Plage takes shacks in Goa to a whole new level. The soft sand and the sound of the waves will calm you while you enjoy one of their delicious desserts or the seafood delicacies! Oh, and don't miss out on tasting some of their wine.
Location: H. NO. 209, Ashwem Beach, Katte Wada Road, Mandrem Cuisine: French, seafood Must-Try: Chocolate Thali, Prawn Lollipop and cocktails Cost For Two: INR 1000 Timings: 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Daily
3. Brittos, Baga
Be it during the season or off-season; you canNOT come here if you're in Goa. It is amongst the best shacks at Baga Beach and is just perfect if you're seeking the company of the sea and the sand while you sip on that beer. This beach shack in Goa gives you a multi-cuisine menu with a plethora of exquisite seafood and a massive list of drinks. It'll be your happy place!
Location: House No.7, 171, Calangute - Baga Rd, Saunta Vaddo, Baga Cuisine: Chinese, Continental, Goan, North Indian, Seafood Must Try: Seafood Platter, calamari, baked crabs Cost For Two: INR 1400 Timings: 8:30 AM – 12:00 AM, Daily
4. Thalassa, Siolim
If you're looking to spend a romantic evening with your loved one, then this famous shack at Goa is the place for you. Situated atop a high cliff in Vagator, this open-air Greek restaurant offers you a stunning view of the Arabian Sea. The menu offers you classic Greek appetisers and the quintessential Greek salads and grills. That and the beautiful sunset, what more could you ask for?
Location: Vaddy, Siolim Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean Must Try: Meat Platter, Vegetable Moussaka, Ratatouille Cost For Two: INR 1500 Timings: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM, Daily
5. Sublime, Assagao
It moved from near the Baga Bridge to Anjuna and then to finally to Morjim. But no matter how much it moves, folks are still going to flock it for its food. Known for the best steaks in town, Sublime is the place for the meat lovers. With a very innovative menu, their starters and salads are what you should be trying out. Make sure you add one of the most popular beach shacks in Goa on your to-visit list.
Location: House No. 481, Bouta Waddo, Assagao Cuisine: European, seafood Must Try: Prawn dumplings, Ceviche, salads, steaks Cost For Two: INR 1300 Timings: 12:00 PM – 4:00 P , 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Closed on Tuesdays
6. Villa Blanche, Vagator
Located in Goa's Assagaon, this is one of the best restaurants and shacks in Goa where you'll get the best in Europe! Set in an old Portuguese villa, this charming bistro is known for its cosy ambience and its elegant home-cooked European delicacies. The fresh ingredients are sourced from local markets as well as Europe and the Middle East. The food is perfect for your breakfast or that Sunday brunch with your buds.
Location: 283, Badem Church Rd, Socol Vaddo, Assagao, Vagator Cuisine: Continental, Bakery, Vegan and gluten-free Must Try: Waffles, Key lime pie, bagels Cost For Two: INR 1200 Timings: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Closed on Wednesday
7. Bean Me Up, Vagator
"Bean me up, Scotty!" That's the line from Star Wars that inspired the name of this charming garden shack in Anjuna. Known for being a vegan paradise, it has some of the best salads and fresh juice concoctions. They believe in using the freshest organic ingredients and have one of the healthiest and yummiest menus in town. And it does call for this place being among the best restaurants and beach shacks in Goa. And also, the best shack in Anjuna, maybe? 'Go green' seems to be their motto if you know what I mean.
Location: Ozran Beach Rd, Vagator Cuisine: Mediterranean, Salads, Continental, Vegan Must Try: Bruschetta, Burrito Tacos, Vegan Burgers Cost For Two: INR 1000 Timings: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Daily
8. Café Chocolatti, Candolim
Snuggled away in a lush green garden in Candolim, this café has been around for a while. As the name suggests, the place has everything to do with chocolate but only the best home-made ones! Come and indulge your sweet tooth! Great sandwiches, mouth-watering chocolate brownies and a fresh English breakfast; does that sound good enough for you? And don't forget your chocolates!
Location: Fort Aguada Rd, Candolim, Bardez Cuisine: Continental Must Try: Waffles, Croissant, Veg Panini, Coffee, chocolates Cost For Two: INR 1000 Timings: 9 am–7 pm, Closed Sunday
9. Martin's Corner, Betalbatim
A favourite with the locals, this little hang-out in Betalbatim is where you should head to if you want to sample some of that beautiful Goan cuisine and the much-loved seafood. This cosy shack at Goa is the one you want to go to after a long fun day, have some good food and drinks and then to bed; happy and content!
Location: 69, Binwaddo, Betalbatim Cuisine: Goan, Seafood, Chinese, North Indian Must Try: Prawn Biryani, Cocktails, Dutch Truffle, Pork Ribs Cost For Two: INR 1800 Timings: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM, Daily
10. Cape Town Café, Baga
Right in the middle of Baga's (oh so) busy Titos Lane is this café which rubs off as the comfortably slow-paced one. If you want to stay away from all the crazy Goa vibes during the day, then this is the place for you. One of the best shacks in Goa to just chill, you can sink into the sofa and enjoy a drink while you nibble on some crunchy finger food or some Goan delicacy and catch up with your football game. So if you've got just a few Baga beach shacks to hit, do NOT miss this one!
Location: 69, Binwaddo, Betalbatim Cuisine: Goan, Seafood, Chinese, North Indian Must Try: Prawn Biryani, Cocktails, Dutch Truffle, Pork Ribs Cost For Two: INR 1800 Timings: 6:00 PM – 4:00 AM, Daily
11. St.Anthony's, Baga
This beach shack in Goa is a favourite with many of the locals and even loyal out-of-town visitors. Located right next to Britto's, these two shacks are quite the competition for each other. But this shack has its charm with the yummy steaks and desserts and a variety of North Indian dishes. You can pick whether you want it cooked in Goan spices, butter and garlic or any fancy sauce!
Location: Baga Beach, Calangute-Baga Road, Baga Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Goan, Seafood Must Try: Crispy Chicken, Goan Fish Curry, Long Island Iced Tea, Fish Fry Cost For Two: INR 1200 Timings: 10:30 AM – 4:00 AM
12. Souza Lobo, Calangute
A great place right in front of the sea, Souza Lobo at Calangute Beach is a legendary place which you can't miss while in North Goa. They're known for their authentic Goan seafood dishes which are simply out of the world. Though one has to wait a while before getting seated, the food is worth the wait. The chilled, laid back ambience only adds to the great experience here.
Dream Catcher is surrounded by the picturesque views of an estuary. Go there if you want to escape the party-crowd of Goa. It's a great choice if you are looking for Tandoori options.
Location: Far North- Palolem Beach, on The River Bank Canacona, South Goa, India, Palolem Cuisine: Seafood, Chinese, North Indian, South Indian, Thai Must Try: Fish, Salads Cost For Two: INR 1500 Timings: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Daily
14. Shiva Valley, Anjuna
Shiva Valley is situated right next to Anjuna beach, one of the finest beaches of Goa. This iconic beach shack at Goa offers greats drinks owing to its wonderful bar and alcohol can be pretty cheap here. It hosts parties almost every night and turns into a café in the morning. The place also serves great finger food and filling dishes alike.
Location: Anjuna beach Cuisine: Seafood, Indian, Bar Must Try: Strawberry Milkshake, Avocado Toast, Honey Pancake Cost for Two: INR 1,000 Timings: 9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
15. Calamari, Candolim
Calamari is a relatively upscale and famous beach shack near Dando Beach. It is always buzzing with a lively crowd of Indian and foreigners alike. It offers dishes for all kinds of palates, from the health-conscious to die-hard foodies. You will find the menu filled with food options ranging from raw papaya salad to extra cheesy burger. Along with this, the shack serves almost all brands of alcohol, for all the party animals out there. A must visit especially to recharge after night or nights ofpartying.
Location: Dando Beach Cuisine: Seafood, Goan Must Try: Biryani, Burger, Crispy onion rings, Cost for Two: INR 1,500 Timings: 12:00 AM -11:00 PM
16. Baxters, Ashwem
Baxter’s is located near the beautiful Ashwem beach and is a great place to chill and meet up with friends and family alike. The place serves good food and drink, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at affordable rates. The vibe of this place is casual and comfortable. What makes this beach shack of Goa so special is its selection of music that keeps playing in the background, without interrupting your conversation. This place is temporarily closed.
Location: Ashwem Beach Cuisine: North Indian, Goan, Seafood Must Try: Burger, Toast Cost for Two: INR 1,200 Timings: 12:00 AM - 10:00 PM
17. Rudy’s Golden Mermaid Beach Shack, Calangute
This charming thatched-roof shack in Goa has sunbeds and chairs to bask in the Goan sun. Take in the gorgeous coconut palms and white sand of the Queen of Beaches – Calangute – at this shack, and kick back with a beer with the hippies that throng the sun-kissed beach. The prawn delicacies at Rudy’s are a definite crowd-puller, and the chilled-out ambience adds to the vacation vibe!
Experience Goa like a local at Bobby’s Shack, one of the quaintest outlets at Candolim. Their freshly caught fish is served in a rich blend of Konkan spices, making for an unforgettable meal. Head over to Bobby’s with loved ones for an evening of great beer and even greater food. Their staff is known to be one of the friendliest on the beach – one visit is never enough!
Unwind with a loved one after a day of adventure at the Pina Colada Beach Shack, a romantic venue by the picturesque beach. With candlelight dinners and dreamy cocktails on offer, this rustic shack at Goa is the perfect go-to for Goan seafood – this family-run restaurant adds a lovely home-cooked touch to its recipes that keep bringing the crowds back!
With a host of beach umbrellas and sunbeds lining the entrance, the Shining Star Beach Shack is hard to miss. Head over to this quintessential beach shack in Goa to experience all things Goan, be it fresh seafood, great conversation, cheap beer, and cheerful music. The shack also provides fishing, dolphin spotting, and boating trips!
Location: Near Gypsy Supermarket, Baga Beach Cuisine: Goan, North Indian Must-try: King fish fillet, prawn xacuti, Goan curry and rice Cost for two: INR 500 Timings: 9:00 AM – 1:00 AM everyday
21. Villa Blanche Bistro, Vagator
Villa Blanche is a garden dining venue with a host of meaty, vegetarian, and vegan option. Indulge in some freshly baked goodness and rich coffee at this café and catch up with friends over a board game. This delightful bistro’s claim to fame is its unique salad menu – check out the daily specials and get your dose of healthy veggies in flavoursome dressings!
Location: 283 Socol Vaddo, Assagao Cuisine: Seafood, continental, bakery Must-try: Chicken breast in mushroom sauce, coffee cake, mango panna cotta, Cost for two: INR 1000 Timings: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM everyday
22. Pousada By The Beach, Calangute
Known as one of Calangute’s best-kept secrets, Pousada is a luxurious getaway from the touristy din of the beach. The garden terrace views of the stunning beach paired with a glass of wine or sangria are sure to charm guests. With friendly service, deliciously fresh prawns, and two resident dogs that are always up for a game of fetch, it doesn’t get better than this at Pousada!
Location: Holiday Street, Calangute Cuisine: Portuguese, Goan, Konkan Must-try: Peri peri fish, prawn curry, banana fish curry, pepper prawn Cost for two: INR 3000 Timings: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM everyday
23. Lucky Star Beach Shack, Baga
If you’re looking for a sumptuous budget meal in Baga, Lucky Star is the place to be. With cheap beer, a panoramic view of Baga beach, a huge sports screen, and crispy prawns, this shack in Goa is a comfortable retreat. Patrons can even set off lanterns into the night sky – Lucky Star is nothing short of magical!
Location: Titos Lane, Baga Beach, Sauntavaddo Cuisine: Goan, Italian, seafood Must-try: Chicken tikka kolhapuri, Pomfret tandoori Cost for two: INR 700 Timings: Sunday – Friday: 7:30 AM – 1:45 AM Saturday: 7:30 AM – 2:00 AM
24. Tantra Cafe and Huts, Anjuna
One of the most popular shacks at Anjuna, Goa, Tantra Cafe offers stunning views of the sea. With a range of cool beers and lip-smacking seafood, it is perfect for a relaxing evening out. If you’re feeling up to it, rent a beachside hut and stay right on the beach for a night to make the best of your trip - Tantra has tree houses too!
Location: St Michael Vado, Anjuna Flea Market Path Cuisine: Italian, continental, North Indian Must-try: Tempura prawns, mutton curry, pork chilly fry Cost for two: INR 1400 Timings: 8:00 AM – 1:00 AM everyday
25. San Francisco’s Bar and Restaurant
This place is synonymous with delicious food that can satiate all food cravings. It is the home to some of the most appreciated cuisines in order to cater to a large number of people. Due to its strategic location foodies from in and around the neighbourhood can walk down conveniently without any commuting related hassles. It's one of the most renowned restaurant and bars in Goa.
Location: St. Anthony Prasivaddo, Dmello Vaddo, Anjuna Cuisines: Chinese, Sea Food, Barbeque, North Indian, Italian, Continental, Goan Must try: Shawarma, Thalassa Cost: INR 1200 Timings: 8:00 AM -11:00 PM
26. Souza Lobo
Souza Lobo is all about the spirits of Goa. If you are a seafood lover then you have come to the right place. The way in which having a drink with snacks in the candlelight and let the sound of the waves up head engulf you making it the perfect setting. Situated on the bustling Calangute beach since time immemorial. The charm of the old house on the beach with its live music solo/ duo singing acts still remain. It has a diverse multi-speciality menu.
Location: Calangute, North Goa Cuisines: Goan Must try: Crispy lamb chilly, Masala Fry Prawns Cost: INR 1300 Timings: 11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
27. Dropadi Bar and Restaurant
Dropadi Bar and Restaurant in Canacona, Goa is a top player in the category of North Indian restaurants in Goa. The location of this restaurant is just perfect. Right near the entrance on the beach. Giving a nice view and the best place to binge after a good swim.
Location: Main Street, Palolem Beach, Palolem, Canacona Cuisines: Indian, seafood, Continental Must try: Tandoori Calamari, Kingfish Rava fry, Prawn and Olive rolls Cost: INR 800 Timings: 12 PM - 11 PM
Now that we have lined our favourite beach shacks tell us in the comments about your ideal shacks in Goa!