Which Goa Restaurants and Clubs are Open in Monsoon?

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!

goa restaurants open monsoon

goa restaurants open monsoon

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

monsoon food in Goa

  • 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

monsoon food in Goa

  • 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

monsoon food in Goa

  • 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.

goa restaurants open monsoon

  • 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

goa restaurants open monsoonphoto 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

goa restaurants open monsoon

  • 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.

goa restaurants open monsoonfrom 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.

goa restaurants open monsoonvia 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

goa restaurants open monsoonphoto of Sinq via WUG

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16 responses to “Which Goa Restaurants and Clubs are Open in Monsoon?”

  1. If the posts continue like this, goa tourism board is going to hire you as their GOA Ambassador

  2. tempesst says:

    oh my gosh that first photo looks amazing! can you do a post on how the eurail pass works? i want to hop around europe for a bit after my se asia trip, so i was curious about it all!

    • Rachel Jones says:

      Hi, it’s been so long since my last time with a eurail pass, I don’t think I’d be much help. I had AAA back then and bought it through them at a discount I believe.

  3. Hi Rachel, you could add Maracas in Porvorim to your restaurant list and Cheenos on Baga Bridge to your night life list. Great article though!

  4. Elora says:

    Oh ho–those things at the top really caught my eye. They suspiciously look like my chocolate eclairs. (Those things are too good for MY own good). ;) And all that other food! It’s interesting to see how other people cook, what foods and flavors they come up with. But it’s good to know that if I want something akin to hometown food, they have a BBQ!

  5. Karin says:

    I really wish that I knew this blog when I was in Goa for three months in the beginning of the year!! Anyway, it’s not my last time there, I had the time of my life :) Awesome blog!! Take care!

  6. Chris Dcosta says:

    Lovely collection you have out here in your article. Im reading this a year later.. but then its monsoon season again ;)

  7. Aniket says:

    @Rachel Jones- Hippie in Heals- La Brise By Novotel its worth the try. The only beach dining on Candolim open 365 days…

  8. venus john says:


  9. […] made a list of all the restaurants I go to in monsoon that stay open […]

  10. mitushi negi says:

    thankyou as i was in a dilemma whether to visit goa in june second week this year but now i feel i will surely visit.Can u help me with hotels as i am not finding much discounts on 4 n 5 stars wn booking online.loads of gratitude……

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