Goa is home to everything refreshing, zesty, exotic and colourful. And this includes Goan food. The food here is a blend of Konkani, Hindu, Portuguese and Catholic cuisines, providing wide and vibrant choices. Seafood, coconut milk, rice and local spices are the main elements of Goan cuisine and fish, curry and rice form the staple food. Goan food with its unique combination of coconut, rice, and spices form a rich Portuguese as well as South Indian cuisine.
Seafood like prawns, lobsters, crabs, pomfret fish, clams, ladyfish, mussels, and oysters is used to make a variety of curries, fries, soups and pickles. Fish curry, fried fish, fish cutlets are just some of the items that you must savour in Goa.
Goa also offers a variety of options to vegetarians, however, don't expect a lot from it.
Making your food hunt easier here are some famous restaurants which you may visit -
Thalassa for Greek Salads and Grills, La Plage for French Mediterranean Cuisine, Brittos, a plethora of Seafood and Multi-Cuisine, Souza Lobo for Goan Seafood dishes
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Waves for Seafood and Italian Cuisine, Zeebop for Goan and North-Indian Cuisine, Home for European Cuisine, Smugglers Inn for British Cuisine, Bean Me Up for American, and Kamaxi Hotel for Goan food
11 AM to 3 PM & 7 PM to 2 AM
One of the best resorts in Goa, the super luxury tents are very comfortable and the service is excellent. Perfect for a romantic date with your partner.
782, Gawdewada, Morjim-Ashvem Road, Arambol, Goa, India
Casa Vaz Tea Shop
Run by a really nice and friendly local, what's so special about this place is its caramelized bhaji pau, which is served at a meagre amount of Rest. 12.
Abade Faria Road, Old Market, Near Holy Pharmacy, Margao, Goa - 403601, India
Walking along this beach, one'll come across several food stalls from which one can try whatever they want to.
Colva Beach Road, Colva, Goa, India
11AM-3PM & 7PM-11PM
Located in the Acron Arcade shopping Centre, this joint offers an easy menu from which one can order pastas, soups and salads and end the meal with desserts like black forest ice cream or hot coffee.
Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa, India
The view of Saint Francis of Assisi from this place and the prices on the menu card is unmatchable! This place has great food at a pocket friendly price. It also serves chilled beer.
Old Goa Road, Goa, India
Zeebop by the Sea
Seafood, Goan, North-Indian
11 AM to 4 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM
Regarded by many as one of the best shacks of South Goa, it offers excellent starters and main course dishes along with some equally good drinks. The great ambience and music of the place add on to the overall experience here.
Opposite Kenilworth Beach Resort, Utorda Beach, Majorda, Goa, India
Casa Penguim de Gelados
8.30 AM - 8 PM, Mon-Sat
Though primarily an ice cream point, one can also get teas and an array of vegetarian South Indian thalis and idlis at this place.
Abade Faria Road, Margao, Goa - 403601, India
Cafe de Ria
A pure vegetarian eatery, this place dishes out some really fine vegetarian South Indian food.
Rau De Ourem, Panaji, Goa - 403001
8.30 AM - 9.30 PM
Run by a very friendly British couple, this place offers one of the finest dining experiences in Patnem. Choose from a selection of fresh salads, creamy risottos and yummy bowls of pastas. If nothing else, just stop by for a steaming mug of coffee and a chocolate brownie. You'll leave this charming little place with a content smile on your face.
Patnem Beach, Goa, India
7 AM - 10 PM
This is a highly recommended place by the residents of Vasco, who've given it the tag of the best restaurant in Vasco. You get the softest idlis and paper thin dosas for breakfast and proper thalis at lunch. Dinnertime is when a large variety of Indian dishes are available to order. A must visit place for people who love Indian food.
Swatantra Path, Near Municipal Garden, Vaddem, New Vaddem, Vasco da Gama, Goa - 403802
This restaurant has exemplified good veg food so much so that even non vegetarians are bound to try it out - especially the vegetarian thalis.
Vagle Vision Bldg, Panaji, India
Be it in terms of the food, or the activities such as weekly night quizzes or watching football, one gets the feel of a very English atmosphere at Smugglers.
Palolem, Canacona, Goa - 403702, India
The new location of Mamoos manages to create the exact same kind of food as the older outlet did, serving their usual aloo Gobi and tandoori paneer. The huts, set back from the road in a lush, green garden, make a great change from the beach parade.
Opposite Sabai Sabi, Patnem Beach, Patnem, Canacona, Goa 403702, India
The name of the restaurant says it all. A paradise for seafood lovers, one can find almost every kind of simple and exotic seafood preparations at this place.
Marriot Resort, Goa
10 AM to 9 PM
During tourist season, one will find an increase in the popularity of this chaat joint. It offers a variety of chaats, spicy and full of flavor.
Shop No.6, Gurudatta Apartments, MG Road, Panjim, North Goa
Martha's Breakfast Home
As the name of the restaurant suggests, it's a breakfast joint which serves everything ranging from pancakes, porridge and fresh juices to piping-hot plates of waffles, loaded with maple syrup.
907 Monterio Vaddo, Anjuna, Bardez, Goa 403509, India
10 AM to 10:30 PM
Sea Horse has an extensive all-day menu which numerous seafood options. But things start to get fun towards the evening with some amazing cocktails and a movie screening.
Near Milagris Church, Morjim, Arambol, Goa, India
9 AM to 11 PM
Understandably popular among the Israeli tourists, this is a decent place to try out some yummy falafel and other middle eastern dishes. For the ones with a sweet tooth, the Jachrun is served on Saturdays. Do try it!
Arambol (Harmal), Goa, India
Stop by this place if you want to have good seafood, along with a bottle of chilled beer.
Polem Beach, Goa - 403728, India
Surya's Beach Cafe
9 AM - 10 PM
Surya's Beach Caf is renowned for it's rich and savory seafood options, which includes fish, crabs, oysters and mussels.
Galigibag (Turtle) Beach, Canacona, Goa, India
12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 12 Midnight
Temptations Bakery is a hangout spot for people of all age groups. The place has some amazing cakes and breads on offer.
Magnum Residency, Miramar, Panaji, Goa, India
11 AM to 11 PM
O Coquerio is famous for its authentic Goan Portuguese cuisine. Must try dish is the Pomfret Recheiado (fish stuffed with red masala).
NH - 17, Alto Porvorim, Penha de Fran?a, Goa 403521
If you've got a sweet tooth and want to try out some finger-licking sweets and chocolates, then this is the place for you. Run by a native Londoner living in Goa for over 15 years, this bakery has all its products freshly baked at home.
409A, Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa, India
Souza Lobo Bar and Restaurant
North-Indian, Continental, Goan
11:30 AM to 11:30 PM
If you are looking for some amazing sea food, Souza Lobo is not a place to be missed. The food is great and the view from the restaurant adds to it. One thing to look out for is that the place is generally crowded.
Calangute Beach, Calangute, Goa, India
Cafe Orange Boom
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Known to be the backpackers' paradise, this cozy cafe is located on Flea Market road in Anjuna. Orange Boom offers homemade pizzas, fresh juices and a variety of breakfast menu.
Pequem Peddem, Anjuna, Goa, India
Bean Me Up Soya Station
8 AM to 4 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM
For the diet conscious and the hardcore vegetarians, Bean Me Up is the perfect place. Most of the dishes here are prepared from Soya, which is also treated as replacement of meat for a lot of them. There is also a bunch of salads and juices on the menu for the health conscious.
1639/2, Deulvaddo, Anjuna- Vagator, Near Anjuna Petrol Pump, Anjuna, Goa, India
7 PM to 11 PM
This place makes news not only for its food but for its culmination of decor. The restaurant serves various International and local cuisines in the garden, open-air or under a tiled roof ambiance based on your liking.
Holiday Street, Gaura Waddo, Calangute, Goa, India
11:30 AM to 3 PM, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Florentine's is about nothing fancy, but just good food. The signature dish is Chicken Cafrael. Also try the Kaju Feni and Limca for drinks.
Chogm Road, Saligao, Penha de Franca, Goa, India