Street Food In Goa - Must Try Food and Popular Places For A Delectable Experience

Apart from the lovely beaches, beer and bikinis, or the heritage sites of the Portuguese colonial and the lit nightlife, another aspect to explore is the versatile range of street foods in Goa. Cheap and delicious, street food of a place, is the best way to satisfy one’s taste buds in a pocket-friendly way. Street food also tells a lot about the prominent flavours and spices used in a place. Thus, street food of Goa is a quintessential cultural experience. While Chinese food, patties, chats and samosas are in every city in India, Goa alongside these, has its range of street food. The use of intense flavours, spices, a plethora of non-vegetarian dishes like beef, pork and seafood, and the Portuguese influence is the speciality of Goan food. Most Goan street foods have essential elements like sweetness, sourness and fiery spices. Drooling already? Let's begin.

1. Pork Vindaloo:

Pork Vindaloo, Street food of goa
A plate of flavourful Pork Vindaloo (Source)
The flavourful and spicy street food of Goa, called Pork Vindaloo, is a result of Indian spices put in a local Christian recipe, which leaves one’s taste buds tingling for more. It is prepared when boneless pork and potatoes are cooked in Indian condiments like cloves, cumin, Kashmiri pepper and to enrich all that, with a generous amount of vinegar. 
One will find several food stalls lined up in the streets of Goa, find the most crowded one, run and take your place in the queue, and it’s worth it. 

2. Ras Omelette

Ras Omelette, Street food in goa
The Ras Omelette with curry (Source)
Any discussion on Goan Street food is incomplete without the delicious and famous Ras omelette. A regular egg served chicken gravy is a burst of flavour in the mouth, leaving you craving for more. While Ras omelette is available at most places in Goa, the one served in Ravi Ras Omelette in Panjim is quite famous. 

3. Gadbad Ice Cream


Gadbad Ice Cream, Goan street food
A glass of Gadbad Icecream (Source)
Gadbad Ice cream is one of the must-try street food of Goa. It is a combination of two or three different ice creams topped with falooda vermicelli, jelly or jam and served in a tall glass. It is a summer special to satisfy a significant sweet tooth. It is readily available in Navtara Veg Restaurant in Mapusa and Cream Centre in Panjim. If you have a sweet tooth then this is certainly the best street food in Goa for you. 

4.Choris (Goan Sausages)


Goan Sausages, Street food in goa
Choris are available readily at all food points in Goa (Source)
Famous among locals as a breakfast item or evening snack, one will find many vendors on cycles early in the morning, carrying big baskets of these spicy pork meat sausages flavoured with spices and onions/potatoes. Choris are eaten with bread and are readily available.

5. Misal Pav

The hot and spice Misal Pav (Source)
A healthier and wholesome alternative to Pav Bhaji, Misal Pav is famous street food in Goa. Misal is a nutritious and spicy curry made with lentils, mixed sprouts, and moth beans served alongside pav. Tasty, affordable and healthy, this is one of the top street food in Goa.  

6. Shawarma

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Shawarma is a foreign delicacy found in the Goan street food stalls. It has mildly spiced slow-cooked and smoked meat and crunchy lettuce and veggies stacked up in a flatbread. One shawarma is enough for a person and is filling and tasty. Shawarma King in Panjim and Haji Ali Restaurant are popular places to grab shawarma.

7. Samosa

Samosa, Street food of goa
A plate of samosa with the green chutney (Source)

Spice up your evening chai with this delicious street food, not just in Goa, but the whole country – a crispy, golden brown puff pastry stuffed with veggies, beef, chicken, mutton, and many more Konkan delights. A popular option among both locals and tourists, the special beetroot samosas are a must-try!

8. Fish Thali

Goan Fish Thali, Goa Street Food
The famous Goan fish thali (Source)

Eat like a local and taste the wonders of the sea with the Goan fish thali, a staple at Konkan households. This meal consists of rice, rotis, vegetables, pickles, clam fry, and multiple varieties of fish curries and fry. This inexpensive lunch is wholesome, filling, and scrumptious!

9. Chops

Indulge in a cheat meal this vacation season with Goan chops – a yummy mix of russet potatoes, beef, lamb, and pork. With rich spices and an inviting aroma, chops are popular street food in Goa, served with a hot cup of chai.

10. Prawn Curry

Prawn Curry, Street food of Goa
Prawn Curry (Source)

A trip to Goa is complete without sampling the famous prawns! Tiger and king prawns marinated in coconut and a spice mix come together in a decadent curry. Served with rice and roti, you’re bound to come back for more every time!

11. Poi

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If you’re looking for guilt-free street food in Goa, the Goan Poi is your best friend! This whole-wheat bun pairs perfectly with curries, butter, chai, and even sweet spreads. Head over to quaint bakeries and non-descript street stalls to get the authentic flavours of the perfectly soft, delicious Poi.

12. Chinese Fast Food

Chinese Fast Food, Street food in Goa
The Indian-Chinese street food (Source)

Prepare for a glorious combination of Chinese flavours and Indian sensibilities – the Chinese fast food options found in street stalls and restaurants of Goa bring together East Asian staples like noodles, dumplings, fried rice, and Schezwan dishes with Indian vegetables and spices. The result is a lip-smacking platter that is impossible to resist!

Popular Places For Street Food in Goa

1. Dom Pedros, Margao

This small bakery wins in terms of flavours and spices – their Portuguese snacks and fries are crowd-pullers here. The bakery serves Goan sweets and Konkan dishes too. One can hope to find delicious snacks and quick bites here at a steal – indulge without hurting your wallet! 

Location: Pajifond, Margao
Must-eat: Prawn Rissois, beef samosa, cheese cutlet  

2. Noronha’s Corner, Anjuna

This small food truck packs a hefty punch and serves some of the best street food of Goa – their Konkan-Catholic dishes are a hit with the locals. Run by the three Noronoha brothers, their dishes incorporate flavours perfected through generations – their mix of Goan, Konkan, and Portuguese tastes results in perfection every time, at a fraction of the cost.

Location: Anjuna Circle, Near Anjuna-Mapusa and Calangute-Siolim Road, Anjuna
Must-eat: Beef roast, chicken cafreal, fish cutlet  

3. Sundha Bhel Puri Centre, Vasco da Gama

If you’re in the mood for some spicy chaat, head over to Sundha Bhel Puri Centre, a charming street stall right by the road. The stall are clean, hygienic, and reassuringly sanitary – feel free to order Pani puris and Pao bhajis with no fear!  

Location: D.E. Jose Vaz Road, Vaddem, Vasco da Gama
Must-eat: Butter pao, bhel puri  

4. Teixeira’s, Ribandar

Meat lovers are bound to fall for Teixeira’s decadent beef and pork chops – the special family recipe incorporates punchy spices and buttery goodness in generous helpings. With unbeatable prices and rich fillings, the winning combination comes alive in the in-house special chicken fry and cutlets.

Location: Halarnakar Vastu Hermitage, Ilhas, Ribandar
Must-eat: Beef chilly, pork chops, cutlet pao  

5. Sandeep’s Vada Pav

A worthy competitor to Mumbai’s staple snack, Sandeep’s Vada Pavs are supposedly ‘world-famous’ for the delectable Goan street food. Served with a cold glass of lemon soda, the Vada Pavs here are smothered in spices and cheese and toasted inside a soft bun. The special chutney adds a Goan twist to the meal – one is never enough!

Location: Ganesh Temple, Farmagudi
Must-eat: Masala Vada Pav

6. Costa’s, Santa Cruz

Located right by the beach, Costa’s offers patrons delightful food with a gorgeous view of the sunset. This shack specializes in beef and pork dishes – the family-perfected recipes result in a perfect bite, every time. Sip on a hot cup of chai and munch on a cutlet as you gaze upon the orange sky. Don’t be daunted by the long lines outside the shack – the wait is well-worth it!

Location: Old Highway, Neugi Nagar
Must-eat: Cutlet pao, beef Xacuti, chili fry  

7. Vimal Tandoor Matka Tea, Panjim

Chai lovers are in for an absolute treat at Vimal’s, a speciality café that serves this unique blend – the milky chai here is simmered in a tandoor and boiled in an earthen pot – Matka – giving it an earthy, nutty, and smoky flavour that is unmatched in taste. The heady aroma of the tea is paired perfectly with piping hot samosas, shawarmas, and spicy Vada Pav – a cup of chai is an experience here!

Location: Shop No. B5, Phase II, Block B, Zarina Towers, St Inez Road, Panjim  
Must-eat: Matka Chai, chicken shawarma

8. Simonia Stores, Mapusa

This sweet store is popular for its Goan desserts – Bibona, Bibinca, Perad, Bath, Dos, and many other delights are sold here. One of the earliest stores to sell authentic Christmas sweetmeats and savouries, Simonia is a favourite among the locals and one can always find a crowd here. Their traditional cakes and cookies use authentic flavours, and incorporate fenny too– it doesn’t get better than this!   

Location: Shop No. 189, 190, Mapusa Municipal Market, Mapusa
Must-eat: Beef croquettes, Dodol, Bibinc, Dode de Garo

9. Ravi’s Ras Omelet, Panjim

A staple among the locals and popular street food in Goa, the fluffy, tangy Ras Omelette is a true Goan delight. Ravi’s in Panjim serves one of the best omelettes in the city – the perfectly cooked eggs are doused in tomatoes, spices, coriander, onion, and a generous helping of chicken curry. Add in a boiled egg if you’re up to it too!

Location: 18th June Road, Opposite Panjim Immaculate Church, Panjim
Must-eat: Ras Omelet, Poi bread, chicken Xacuti

10.  Michael Lobo’s Centre, Candolim

A shining beacon among the many street food stalls at Candolim, Michael Lobo’s Centre shot to fame after its chicken lollipops and meat chops became popular among locals and tourists alike. This family-owned shop also has a shawarma stall next door, ensuring a complete meal!   

Location: 1411/68A, Pilerne-Candolim Road, Saidanagar, Candolim
Must-eat: Egg chops, prawn chops, chicken lollipop

Candolim market, Panjim market and Miramar beach are the one-stop solutions for the best street food in Goa. Candolim is renowned for authentic Goan cuisine, prawn, egg chops, vada pav and chicken lollipops and stalls like Michael Lobo's centre and King Kane. Panjim market is famous for its range of seafood delicacies like kingfish, Pomfret, squid, mackerel, mussels, oysters, crabs and tiger prawns. While Anjuna Flea Market, Mapusa Market and Calangute Market Square are the top choices of shopaholics, the food lovers enjoy the plethora of street food stalls present here. Anjuna flea market is mainly known for restaurants serving fish thali, a meal consisting of Goan fish curry, rice, pickles and fried fish. A must-try for tourists visiting Goa.

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