One of my favorite things about being an expat in Goa are all the food options here. I have made many lists, including top 5 restaurants in Goa and 10 more best restaurants in Goa, but sadly most of these are all closed.
I’ve already explained a lot about what it’s like in Goa in monsoon, so please do check out that post first.
FYI: This post was written in early 2014 and places may have closed or changed since then. I will eventually write a new one, but until then feel free to add remarks of changed in the comments. Thanks!
This is the time of year that most Indian families take their summer holiday to Goa; prices are cheaper and most of the party crowd has left. There are less backpackers and more Indian couples on their honeymoons in monsoon Goa. It’s all a bit more family friendly and laid-back, but the negative is there aren’t many places to eat and party.
I’ve made a list of places Ben, my friends, and I eat at in monsoon, as well as a few places to party. The trance scene is basically gone, but some clubs stay open. I am not mentioning ALL the places open in monsoon, just the ones I eat at for your reference. There are many more in Baga, Candolim, and Calangute, that are okay but we never go to. If you want more places and to know if there are any extra parties going on you can check out What’s Up Goa.
Food in Goa during Monsoon
- Wok n Roll // S.E. Asia restaurant in Candolim, one of our favorites
- Travel Bar // Fusion food in Calangute, has great steak, pork chops, and seafood soup (closed for renovation)
- Cantare // All kinds of delicious food in Saligao, love the salads
- Artjuna // Great lunch food in Anjuna, there is a shop here as well, love salads and sandwiches
- Lloyd’s BBQ // famous BBQ place in Candolim
- Ciao Bella // awesome Italian place in Assagao, closes the month of July usually
- Mainland China // Panjim, there is a buffet on Sundays
- Black Sheep Bistro // European in Panjim
- Republic of Noodles // Chinese & more in Calangute, another one of our favorites
- Gunpowder // South Indian food in Assagao
- Baba’s Wood Café // Italian in Panjim
- Taj Vivanta // part of the Taj hotel, they have sushi in Panjim
- The Backyard // a great BBQ place in Saligao, often has live music
- Roma Pizza // Chapora, they deliver and we love them
- The Sofala // Nerul is a hotel with restuarant and bar, serves Sunday brunch from 12-4 for Rs. 1,000 including alcohol
- Grand Hyatt // intercontinental in Bambolim, have a champagne Sunday brunch
- Kapriz // Fusion restaurant in Baga also has a brunch on Sundays
- Café De Goa // German in Calangute, great sandwich, quiche, bakery, and waffles! Sunday buffet is amazing.
- Monkey bar // keeps fresh seafood at low prices in Anjuna
- Cavala // great starters in Baga, live music on Friday’s, love the lamb lasagna
- Britto’s // Indian and seafood in Baga, a hugely popular restaurants tourist frequent, nice schnitzel too
photo via indianfoodfreak.com
- My Place // Italian in Chapora
- Mum’s Kitchen // Goan food in Panjim
- Fiesta Beach Shack // delicious steak, appetizers, and pizza. Closed in July only
- Eatopia // intercontinental and Indian in Anjuna, not the best but we grab parcels sometimes
- Tamarind Hotel // good Indian in Anjuna, they deliver
- Nattis Naturals // healthy food in Arpora which is closed only July.
- Guru bar // a tourist hang out in Anjuna, decent food at low prices, overlooks sea, shops nearby
- Curlies // beach shack, popular with locals and backpackers, cheap, decent food at the sea
- Sri // a place with everything on the menu in Vagator, frequented by tourists and locals is inexpensive
- Waters // a restaurant and club in Vagator, a little pricier
- At the roundabout on the way to Anjuna or Arpora is a guy who sells delicious beef sandwiches
- Little Door // a chain from Bombay in Calangute serves up intercontinental food, it’s better than average
- La Brise // inside the Novotel Hotel (also at the night market during season)
- Places that were open last year but still might close are Tin Tin who does different food each night like Mexican or Goan night, and Salt n Pepper who have burgers.
- Bakeries like Deliciuex in Panjim
- Niko’s // famous for homemade ice cream in Assagao, also has pizza and do deliver, but have new Thai chef and new menu I haven’t tried.
- Worse case scenario you can order Dominos, pick up KFC (they deliver nearby), and Baskin Robbins is open or pick up meat from Ajay’s market in Mapusa and cook something at home!
Where to Sleep and Shop in Monsoon
When it comes to food, we have to leave our side of town and head into Candolim / Calangute / and Baga. Anjuna and Vagator kind of die in monsoon. When people want to know where to stay, only in monsoon do I say maybe stay near Baga because it will save you money on taxis. If you are renting a scooter, then I still think you should stay in Anjuna / Vagator side and just ride into the busy areas for food and nightlife. I am reviewing many boutique hotels over the next month so I will be filling you in on that. I recommend looking into renting villas in monsoon or staying at 5 star hotels because prices are literally half off.
from my recent stay at Wildflower Villa, full review to come!
For shopping, as mentioned Artjuna has a shop as well as Cafe de Goa. Rust is open. There are shops up and down the road in Candolim and Calangute, like Queen Bee and Private Collection. The markets are all closed but some designers stick around. I’ve told you about them in my International Boho-chic series, so the best thing to do is contact them to go see their showrooms at home. Examples: Tia and Tan‘s sexy dresses and Dadablui’s bright purses in Goa.
via Dadablui Fb page
Parties in Goa during Monsoon
(this was 2014, some of these may have changed)
- Waters // a club in Vagator has parties on Friday and Saturday
- Kapzensuppe and Bubble Brunch // are in Chapora have off and on nights so you have to check WUG as linked above
- Cape Town Cafe // Baga
- Mambos // Baga
- Sinq // Candolim
- Cavala // Friday night live music in Baga
- Fiesta Beach Shack // has Friday night salsa in Baga
photo of Sinq via WUG
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