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Savio & Lucy’s Goa Guide

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Savio & Lucy’s Goa Guide

Live music, Dancing & Karaoke
All the places recommended here are located in North Goa as they are within a reasonable driving distance from the house - approx. 20-35 mins drive.
Soro is a Vintage/Retro Pub with a very rustic & mind soothing ambience coupled with great fusion cuisine. The Sunday Latin dance night is a winner for Salsa/Bachata lovers. Male/female trainers are available for those who do not have a partner or for those who wanna learn on-the-jobSoro is a Vintage/Retro Pub with a very rustic & mind soothing ambience coupled with great fusion cuisine. The Sunday Latin dance night is a winner for Salsa/Bachata lovers. Male/female trainers are available for those who do not have a partner or for those who wanna learn on-the-job. (30 mins from our house)
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Soro - The village pub
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Soro is a Vintage/Retro Pub with a very rustic & mind soothing ambience coupled with great fusion cuisine. The Sunday Latin dance night is a winner for Salsa/Bachata lovers. Male/female trainers are available for those who do not have a partner or for those who wanna learn on-the-jobSoro is a Vintage/Retro Pub with a very rustic & mind soothing ambience coupled with great fusion cuisine. The Sunday Latin dance night is a winner for Salsa/Bachata lovers. Male/female trainers are available for those who do not have a partner or for those who wanna learn on-the-job. (30 mins from our house)
If you are in Goa and want to get a real taste of its nightlife with live music, head out to Cohiba (especially on Saturday) in Candolim/Sinquerim where it is always a party until 2am every night. Its vibrant Cuban flair, fusion cuisine, and signature cocktails will transport you to Havana. There's karaoke on Sundays for those who like to sing. If you perform, you'll get a free mojito! (30 mins from our house)
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Cohiba Bar & Kitchen
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If you are in Goa and want to get a real taste of its nightlife with live music, head out to Cohiba (especially on Saturday) in Candolim/Sinquerim where it is always a party until 2am every night. Its vibrant Cuban flair, fusion cuisine, and signature cocktails will transport you to Havana. There's karaoke on Sundays for those who like to sing. If you perform, you'll get a free mojito! (30 mins from our house)
If you are into retro & rock n Roll music head over to Cavala in Baga where Friday nights are packed and rocking. Great place to dance the night away. There is a minimum entrance fee which you can spend on booze and food while inside. Get into the place by 10pm or you will find it hard to get a seat in the house. (30 mins from our house)
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Cavala
614 Calangute-Baga Road
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If you are into retro & rock n Roll music head over to Cavala in Baga where Friday nights are packed and rocking. Great place to dance the night away. There is a minimum entrance fee which you can spend on booze and food while inside. Get into the place by 10pm or you will find it hard to get a seat in the house. (30 mins from our house)
Located in Vagator, right between Vagator and Anjuna Beaches, The HillTop is one of Goa's most iconic and happening trance party destinations since the 1970's. It has since retained the 60s Hippie vibe of Goa and has been the haunt of many night club and party enthusiasts. Dance your heart out along with some yummy food, crazy cocktails and great techno/trance music. The club comes alive on Sundays but timings are only between 5 PM to 10 PM, so make sure you get here early enough.
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Hill Top Goa
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Located in Vagator, right between Vagator and Anjuna Beaches, The HillTop is one of Goa's most iconic and happening trance party destinations since the 1970's. It has since retained the 60s Hippie vibe of Goa and has been the haunt of many night club and party enthusiasts. Dance your heart out along with some yummy food, crazy cocktails and great techno/trance music. The club comes alive on Sundays but timings are only between 5 PM to 10 PM, so make sure you get here early enough.
Showbar is located on the buzzing street of Candolim, North Goa. It s design is inspired by the art deco style of the 1930s. Don't miss their stock exchange bar night where the rates of alcohol fluctuate as per its demand in the market or their ladies night 'Pink City' . If you fancy quality music by the finest DJs delicious, affordable drinks then Showbar is the place for you!
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Showbar
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Showbar is located on the buzzing street of Candolim, North Goa. It s design is inspired by the art deco style of the 1930s. Don't miss their stock exchange bar night where the rates of alcohol fluctuate as per its demand in the market or their ladies night 'Pink City' . If you fancy quality music by the finest DJs delicious, affordable drinks then Showbar is the place for you!
Neighbourhoods
The objective of my neighbourhood recommendations is to give the visitor a feel of the real essence of Goa apart from the usual and most popular tourist attractions - beaches, nightlife, churches & temples. I however included Candolim which is "party central" on any day, night or post midnight.
Declared a UNESCO Heritage Zone in 1984, Fontainhas (meaning fountain) was founded in the late 18th century by a wealthy Portuguese named Antonio Joao de Sequeira. You'll be transported back in time as you wander past colorful old Portuguese homes, belonging to the last surviving Portuguese families of Goa. Even better, sign up for the 2-hour long "Fontainhas Heritage Walk" ducted by professional and knowledgeable guides. It is a unique experience and provides a insight into Goa of old (check online for details). The area boasts Coffee shops, art galleries, multi-cuisine restaurants, Steak houses and Joseph's Bar. (20 minute drive from the house)
Fontainhas (quarter)
Declared a UNESCO Heritage Zone in 1984, Fontainhas (meaning fountain) was founded in the late 18th century by a wealthy Portuguese named Antonio Joao de Sequeira. You'll be transported back in time as you wander past colorful old Portuguese homes, belonging to the last surviving Portuguese families of Goa. Even better, sign up for the 2-hour long "Fontainhas Heritage Walk" ducted by professional and knowledgeable guides. It is a unique experience and provides a insight into Goa of old (check online for details). The area boasts Coffee shops, art galleries, multi-cuisine restaurants, Steak houses and Joseph's Bar. (20 minute drive from the house)
Mapusa is famous for its Friday Bazaar (9am - 4pm) which has been a Goan tradition from time immemorial. Traders and locals from all over Goa travel to this market to sell their produce/wares Walking through the crowds and witnessing the hustle & bustle is a great Goan experience on your holiday. (15 minute drive from the house)
Mapusa Municipal Market
Mapusa is famous for its Friday Bazaar (9am - 4pm) which has been a Goan tradition from time immemorial. Traders and locals from all over Goa travel to this market to sell their produce/wares Walking through the crowds and witnessing the hustle & bustle is a great Goan experience on your holiday. (15 minute drive from the house)
Cavelossim is a very pretty town in South Goa and boasts of one of the best beaches in Goa (Trip Adviser Ranking #5 in India and #19 in Asia). The beach lies between the river Sal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. What makes this beach special & beautiful is its pristine white sand contrasting against black lava rock. Great place for a day out on the beach with shacks providing the shade, beer & great food. The small town is extremely clean and beautiful to walk around to shop/window shop or have a nice meal. (1-1/2 hour drive from our house, so you need an early start)
Cavelossim
Cavelossim is a very pretty town in South Goa and boasts of one of the best beaches in Goa (Trip Adviser Ranking #5 in India and #19 in Asia). The beach lies between the river Sal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. What makes this beach special & beautiful is its pristine white sand contrasting against black lava rock. Great place for a day out on the beach with shacks providing the shade, beer & great food. The small town is extremely clean and beautiful to walk around to shop/window shop or have a nice meal. (1-1/2 hour drive from our house, so you need an early start)
Candolim is a popular tourist spot in North Goa and amalgamates with the Calangute & Baga beach belt. The night life is buzzing as the entire stretch of the Candolim-Calangute road is dotted with hotels, restaurants, clubs, pubs, bistros,.... you name it. It is also a great place for street or store shopping. The Candolim beach is a tourist hotspot and a great place for water sports or just chilling on the beach, before getting ready to party the night away. (20 minutes drive from our house)
Candolim
Candolim is a popular tourist spot in North Goa and amalgamates with the Calangute & Baga beach belt. The night life is buzzing as the entire stretch of the Candolim-Calangute road is dotted with hotels, restaurants, clubs, pubs, bistros,.... you name it. It is also a great place for street or store shopping. The Candolim beach is a tourist hotspot and a great place for water sports or just chilling on the beach, before getting ready to party the night away. (20 minutes drive from our house)
Assagao is one the prettiest villages in North Goa and is known as the land of flowers. It has retained its old world charm with its narrow lanes, hilly terrain, ample green cover and Indo-Portuguese architecture. Great place to drive through or go for a heritage walk. Assagoa is also the gateway to the world famous Anjuna & Vagator beaches. (20 mins drive from the house)
Assagao
Assagao is one the prettiest villages in North Goa and is known as the land of flowers. It has retained its old world charm with its narrow lanes, hilly terrain, ample green cover and Indo-Portuguese architecture. Great place to drive through or go for a heritage walk. Assagoa is also the gateway to the world famous Anjuna & Vagator beaches. (20 mins drive from the house)
Sightseeing
Cross the Mandovi river on a ferry boat from Ribandar to the quaint island of Chorao. Book a 1 hour boat tour of the Salim Ali bird sanctuary (Rs 750/- for a 12 seater boat + Rs 20/- per head). Cruise along the scenic backwaters and mangroves of the Mandovi river and get to see some amazing birds and also crocodiles if you are lucky enough. (20 mins drive from the house)
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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
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Cross the Mandovi river on a ferry boat from Ribandar to the quaint island of Chorao. Book a 1 hour boat tour of the Salim Ali bird sanctuary (Rs 750/- for a 12 seater boat + Rs 20/- per head). Cruise along the scenic backwaters and mangroves of the Mandovi river and get to see some amazing birds and also crocodiles if you are lucky enough. (20 mins drive from the house)
The museum provides a great insight into the history of Indo-Portuguese houses & architecture. Also the Mario Miranda (the most noted Goan artist & illustrator) store next door is your one stop shop for purchase of Goan memorabilia based on his work. (10 minutes drive away from the house)
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Houses Of Goa
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The museum provides a great insight into the history of Indo-Portuguese houses & architecture. Also the Mario Miranda (the most noted Goan artist & illustrator) store next door is your one stop shop for purchase of Goan memorabilia based on his work. (10 minutes drive away from the house)
The Reis Magos Fort is the oldest fort in Goa and has been restored and serves as a Cultural and Heritage Centre. From its origin as a defense fortress, to being used as a jail and then a hospital, the fort has served the state since 1493. It was abandoned in 1993 and started showing signs of neglect and deterioration. but has been restored since and open to the public since 2012. Recommended place to visit for its history and scenic views. Other popular forts in North Goa are Aguada and Tiracol.
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Reis Magos Fort
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The Reis Magos Fort is the oldest fort in Goa and has been restored and serves as a Cultural and Heritage Centre. From its origin as a defense fortress, to being used as a jail and then a hospital, the fort has served the state since 1493. It was abandoned in 1993 and started showing signs of neglect and deterioration. but has been restored since and open to the public since 2012. Recommended place to visit for its history and scenic views. Other popular forts in North Goa are Aguada and Tiracol.
Goa is a haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts, as it is home to 1 national park (Bhagvan Mahavir) and 5 wildlife sanctuaries. The Bondla wild life sanctuary (which also houses the Bondla Zoo) is the smallest and is located at the foothills of the western ghats.The other are - Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary, Cotigao wildlife sanctuary, Mhadei wildlife sanctuary and Netravali wildlife sanctuary. Research which one is the best suited for you and have a great adventure.
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Goa is a haven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts, as it is home to 1 national park (Bhagvan Mahavir) and 5 wildlife sanctuaries. The Bondla wild life sanctuary (which also houses the Bondla Zoo) is the smallest and is located at the foothills of the western ghats.The other are - Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary, Cotigao wildlife sanctuary, Mhadei wildlife sanctuary and Netravali wildlife sanctuary. Research which one is the best suited for you and have a great adventure.
The Arvalem Caves or the “Pandava Caves”. are located in the Bicholim town of North Goa. These caves are ancient rock cut caves whose origin dates back to the 6th century. As legend has it, the Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata had sought refuge in these caves during their exile. The presence of five compartments and Shivlingas in the cave complex supports this theory. However, the caves have also been claimed to be of Buddhist origin due to presence of a huge statue of Buddha near the place. The architectural style of the caves also point to Buddhist possession. You decide. (30 mins drive from our house)
Pandava Caves
The Arvalem Caves or the “Pandava Caves”. are located in the Bicholim town of North Goa. These caves are ancient rock cut caves whose origin dates back to the 6th century. As legend has it, the Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata had sought refuge in these caves during their exile. The presence of five compartments and Shivlingas in the cave complex supports this theory. However, the caves have also been claimed to be of Buddhist origin due to presence of a huge statue of Buddha near the place. The architectural style of the caves also point to Buddhist possession. You decide. (30 mins drive from our house)
Dudhsagar Falls (literally Sea of Milk) is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River. It is located 60 km from Panaji by road and is located on the Madgaon-Belagavi rail route. Dudhsagar Falls is amongst India's tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet). The falls is located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park on the Western Ghats. The waterfall forms the border between Karnataka and Goa states. The area is surrounded by deciduous forests with rich biodiversity. Private vehicles are not allowed due to offroad driving conditions. Preferably book a tour with Goa tourism departmen. (2 hr drive from our house)
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Dudhsagarin vesiputoukset
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Dudhsagar Falls (literally Sea of Milk) is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River. It is located 60 km from Panaji by road and is located on the Madgaon-Belagavi rail route. Dudhsagar Falls is amongst India's tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet). The falls is located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park on the Western Ghats. The waterfall forms the border between Karnataka and Goa states. The area is surrounded by deciduous forests with rich biodiversity. Private vehicles are not allowed due to offroad driving conditions. Preferably book a tour with Goa tourism departmen. (2 hr drive from our house)
The cumbarjua canal joins the Mandovi & the Zuari rivers and is known for its crocodiles, especially the broad-snouted marsh crocodile which can grow to 15 feet. You can spot these crocodiles basking in the sun on the banks. Apart from crocodiles, you will spot a variety of birds like the pied-kingfisher, the black-capped kingfisher, stork bellied kingfishers, the white-bellied sea eagle, ospreys, pariah kites, brahminy kites, the common sandpiper, egrets, terns, and cormorants. The boat ride is under 3 hours through beautiful mangroves. Refreshments are served and the cost per person is around Rs 1200/- For more information or booking contact Kamat, Crocodile Station, Ferry Wharf, Cortalim phone no. 0832-22550334 mobile 9822127936. (40 mins drive from our house)
Crocodile Station Kamat Kingfisher
The cumbarjua canal joins the Mandovi & the Zuari rivers and is known for its crocodiles, especially the broad-snouted marsh crocodile which can grow to 15 feet. You can spot these crocodiles basking in the sun on the banks. Apart from crocodiles, you will spot a variety of birds like the pied-kingfisher, the black-capped kingfisher, stork bellied kingfishers, the white-bellied sea eagle, ospreys, pariah kites, brahminy kites, the common sandpiper, egrets, terns, and cormorants. The boat ride is under 3 hours through beautiful mangroves. Refreshments are served and the cost per person is around Rs 1200/- For more information or booking contact Kamat, Crocodile Station, Ferry Wharf, Cortalim phone no. 0832-22550334 mobile 9822127936. (40 mins drive from our house)
Food scene
These recommendations are our personal favorite eating places, many located close to our house and some located in other towns.
If you are in Panaji or Miramar area between 5:30 - 10:00 pm, there is a local food truck that serves the most mouth-watering Mexican Burgers, Hot dogs, Tacos, Quesadillas & Nachos. Call 93591 53405 before you head there, to ensure that they are on location as they do private events. (20 mins from our house)
Antojitos
If you are in Panaji or Miramar area between 5:30 - 10:00 pm, there is a local food truck that serves the most mouth-watering Mexican Burgers, Hot dogs, Tacos, Quesadillas & Nachos. Call 93591 53405 before you head there, to ensure that they are on location as they do private events. (20 mins from our house)
O'Coqueiro means "The Coconut Tree" in Portuguese. It has a long tradition of serving authentic Goan & Portuguese cuisine. Today, it reflects the Portuguese architecture as well, so that guests can savour a complete Goan Portuguese experience. (10 mins walk or 3 mins drive from our house)
O Coqueiro
O'Coqueiro means "The Coconut Tree" in Portuguese. It has a long tradition of serving authentic Goan & Portuguese cuisine. Today, it reflects the Portuguese architecture as well, so that guests can savour a complete Goan Portuguese experience. (10 mins walk or 3 mins drive from our house)
Copperleaf is a multi-cuisine Restaurant & Bar located in Porvorim. It is a favorite among locals & tourists alike and is especially well-known for its fish thali. You may have to wait a while to get a table between 1:00 - 2:30 pm. The food is super - Goan, North Indian, Indian Chinese, etc. - and the service is commendable. (5 min walk or 1 min drive from the house)
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Copperleaf Restaurant
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Copperleaf is a multi-cuisine Restaurant & Bar located in Porvorim. It is a favorite among locals & tourists alike and is especially well-known for its fish thali. You may have to wait a while to get a table between 1:00 - 2:30 pm. The food is super - Goan, North Indian, Indian Chinese, etc. - and the service is commendable. (5 min walk or 1 min drive from the house)
If you want to experience exceptional Greek food & vibe, then Thalassa is the place to visit. Situated in Vaddy, Siolim, on a waterfront property, it is not just a Greek taverna in Goa, but a place is in tune with the vibe of Goa. The design and ambiance of Thalassa transports you back to Greece instantly with its white decor, terrazzo flooring, rustic wooden shelters, and cane furniture.
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Thalassa
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If you want to experience exceptional Greek food & vibe, then Thalassa is the place to visit. Situated in Vaddy, Siolim, on a waterfront property, it is not just a Greek taverna in Goa, but a place is in tune with the vibe of Goa. The design and ambiance of Thalassa transports you back to Greece instantly with its white decor, terrazzo flooring, rustic wooden shelters, and cane furniture.
Open until 2am, Baker’s Street in Porvorim boasts of a mouth-watering array of snacks and quick bites – from doughnuts of every kind to sandwiches, rolls, wraps, burgers and puffs, pastries, cookies and coffee in every variety. Popular hang out. (7 mins walk, 3 mins drive from our house)
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Bakers Street
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Open until 2am, Baker’s Street in Porvorim boasts of a mouth-watering array of snacks and quick bites – from doughnuts of every kind to sandwiches, rolls, wraps, burgers and puffs, pastries, cookies and coffee in every variety. Popular hang out. (7 mins walk, 3 mins drive from our house)
The Royal Enfield Garage Cafe is located on the Baga River, with a laid back & relaxed atmosphere. It is a full-service restaurant & bar and a hub of all things Royal Enfield. The menu features specialty coffees and teas and a delicious selection of local and international cuisine. The Royal Enfield Garage Cafe, is a place that appeals to motorcyclists, explorers, and foodies alike. Drop by and get a taste of what happens when hospitality meets pure motorcycling, the Royal Enfield way.
Royal Enfield Garage Cafe
The Royal Enfield Garage Cafe is located on the Baga River, with a laid back & relaxed atmosphere. It is a full-service restaurant & bar and a hub of all things Royal Enfield. The menu features specialty coffees and teas and a delicious selection of local and international cuisine. The Royal Enfield Garage Cafe, is a place that appeals to motorcyclists, explorers, and foodies alike. Drop by and get a taste of what happens when hospitality meets pure motorcycling, the Royal Enfield way.
Goenchin has been serving the most "authentic" Chinese cuisine in Goa for over 35 years. It is a local favourite, so please ensure that you reserve a table (any day of the week) and plan to be there early as it closes at 11:00 pm. They have a branch at Hotel Mandovi, but we strongly suggest you visit the original restaurant at Altinho, Panaji. No entertainment just awesome food..... (20mins from our house)
Goenchin
Goenchin has been serving the most "authentic" Chinese cuisine in Goa for over 35 years. It is a local favourite, so please ensure that you reserve a table (any day of the week) and plan to be there early as it closes at 11:00 pm. They have a branch at Hotel Mandovi, but we strongly suggest you visit the original restaurant at Altinho, Panaji. No entertainment just awesome food..... (20mins from our house)
Serving Pan Indian cuisine, and just a 5 minute walk from our airbnb is the newly opened "Masala house". I tried it a week ago and must say that it has good ambience, great service, superb food & friendly staff. So if you plan to have a few drinks followed by a wonderful meal close by, then you have a great option.
Masala House
Serving Pan Indian cuisine, and just a 5 minute walk from our airbnb is the newly opened "Masala house". I tried it a week ago and must say that it has good ambience, great service, superb food & friendly staff. So if you plan to have a few drinks followed by a wonderful meal close by, then you have a great option.
It is located just a couple of minutes walk from our house and my recommendation for a great breakfast to begin your day well. It is also a popular place specifically for Goan sweets, snacks and bakery items.
Simonia's Bakery
It is located just a couple of minutes walk from our house and my recommendation for a great breakfast to begin your day well. It is also a popular place specifically for Goan sweets, snacks and bakery items.
Located just a 7 mn drive from the house, Bottle jack Bistro has good ambience, great food, friendly staff, ample parking and an overall good experience.
Bottlejack Bistro
Located just a 7 mn drive from the house, Bottle jack Bistro has good ambience, great food, friendly staff, ample parking and an overall good experience.
If you are looking for the best Hyderabadi food in Goa, you will find it at Saligao Stories. Of course you can also savor their Goan & Portuguese cuisine too. Nestled in a old Portuguese Mansion in the quaint village of Saligao (village of the Sal tree). You will not be disappointed. (15mins drive from the house)
Saligao Stories
If you are looking for the best Hyderabadi food in Goa, you will find it at Saligao Stories. Of course you can also savor their Goan & Portuguese cuisine too. Nestled in a old Portuguese Mansion in the quaint village of Saligao (village of the Sal tree). You will not be disappointed. (15mins drive from the house)
Popular pure vegetarian restaurant located on the Chogm road in Porvorim. Everything veg is available from Udipi to Thali to Pizza to Punjabi........ Navtara is a chain of restaurants with outlets all over Goa. (5 mins drive from the house)
Navtara Veg Restaurant
Popular pure vegetarian restaurant located on the Chogm road in Porvorim. Everything veg is available from Udipi to Thali to Pizza to Punjabi........ Navtara is a chain of restaurants with outlets all over Goa. (5 mins drive from the house)
Iconic Cafe Bhonsle has moved to Porvorim with a Pure Vegetarian restaurant serving food with that Goan flair and hospitality in a superbly designed restaurant. Great menu. Great Ambience. (5 mins drive from our house)
Cafe Bhonsle - porvorim
Iconic Cafe Bhonsle has moved to Porvorim with a Pure Vegetarian restaurant serving food with that Goan flair and hospitality in a superbly designed restaurant. Great menu. Great Ambience. (5 mins drive from our house)
Single Malt - Made in Goa
Apart from Paul John, Goa has an array of locally brewed spirits. Check out our post below on (1) Feni (2) Alcoholic Beverages made in Goa
Established in 1996, in Goa, John Distilleries grew to be a leading spirit company within a decade, not just in India but across the globe. Under the guidance of Mr. Paul P John, the company owns a strong portfolio of brands in various categories including whiskies, brandy and wines. The Paul John Indian Single Malts are made from carefully chosen indigenous ingredients – barley, water and yeast – that together create a radiance of a different kind. Goa’s tropical clime offers the ideal temperature and ambience for the whisky to mature to perfection. Plan a tour to see the process of making a single malt at the Paul John Visitor Centre, Goa (1-1/2hour drive from our house) Check website for details Package 1 – Rs. 350 – Tour only. Package 2 – Rs. 650 – Tour + Tasting of Flagship expressions Package 3 – Rs. 1000 – Tour + Tasting of Family expressions Visitor Timings – Monday-Saturday: 11 AM to 4 PM.
John Distilleries (Paul John Visitor Centre)
Established in 1996, in Goa, John Distilleries grew to be a leading spirit company within a decade, not just in India but across the globe. Under the guidance of Mr. Paul P John, the company owns a strong portfolio of brands in various categories including whiskies, brandy and wines. The Paul John Indian Single Malts are made from carefully chosen indigenous ingredients – barley, water and yeast – that together create a radiance of a different kind. Goa’s tropical clime offers the ideal temperature and ambience for the whisky to mature to perfection. Plan a tour to see the process of making a single malt at the Paul John Visitor Centre, Goa (1-1/2hour drive from our house) Check website for details Package 1 – Rs. 350 – Tour only. Package 2 – Rs. 650 – Tour + Tasting of Flagship expressions Package 3 – Rs. 1000 – Tour + Tasting of Family expressions Visitor Timings – Monday-Saturday: 11 AM to 4 PM.
Beach Shacks
Every Goan Beach is dotted with "Shacks" that range from basic to elaborate, but serve good food, provide great entertainment and facilities such as beach beds, sun umbrellas, etc. You're stay in Goa is incomplete if you have not experienced a beach shack. The ones listed below are the iconic ones but any beach shack on any Goan beach has a charm of its own coupled with great food and service.
St Anthony's karaoke bar is one of the oldest beach shacks located on the far end of Baga Beach. Watch the sand, surf or Sunset, while you sip a drink or enjoy your meal. Karaoke is late night and continues until the wee hours of the morning.
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St. Anthony's
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St Anthony's karaoke bar is one of the oldest beach shacks located on the far end of Baga Beach. Watch the sand, surf or Sunset, while you sip a drink or enjoy your meal. Karaoke is late night and continues until the wee hours of the morning.
Curlies is one of the oldest beach shacks on Anjuna beach and possibly one of the most popular hangouts in North Goa. Not just that, the shack also has a range of activities including clubbing, entertainment, water sports, tours and sightseeing. Good place to unwind in the day and party at night. (35 mins drive from our house)
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Curlies Bar
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Curlies is one of the oldest beach shacks on Anjuna beach and possibly one of the most popular hangouts in North Goa. Not just that, the shack also has a range of activities including clubbing, entertainment, water sports, tours and sightseeing. Good place to unwind in the day and party at night. (35 mins drive from our house)
Located on baga beach, the Big Banana is a favourite beach shack for over 20 years. The food is excellent and the service is too. Sun beds are available for its guests for free. Gladly it is located on the border of the Calangute and Baga beaches and so it is the least crowded and cleanest part of these beaches. (30 mins drive from our house)
The Big Banana
Located on baga beach, the Big Banana is a favourite beach shack for over 20 years. The food is excellent and the service is too. Sun beds are available for its guests for free. Gladly it is located on the border of the Calangute and Baga beaches and so it is the least crowded and cleanest part of these beaches. (30 mins drive from our house)
Great food, chill music and service make Calamari Bath & Binge a popular hangout on Candolim beach. The ambience keeps locals and tourists coming back and not to mention the gorgeous views & sounds of the sea. Preferably visit in daylight hours for the entire experience, although the live music and dancing is mainly after sundown with the sound of the waves in the background. (30 mins drive from our house)
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Calamari Bathe & Binge
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Great food, chill music and service make Calamari Bath & Binge a popular hangout on Candolim beach. The ambience keeps locals and tourists coming back and not to mention the gorgeous views & sounds of the sea. Preferably visit in daylight hours for the entire experience, although the live music and dancing is mainly after sundown with the sound of the waves in the background. (30 mins drive from our house)
The iconic Souza lobo has been around for longer than we can remember and is located on the Calangute beach with great views of the ocean. The food is absolutely divine and so is the ambience and the service. Live music and dancing is available most night and the seating & service extends onto the beachfront. (20 mins drive from our house)
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Souza Lobo
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The iconic Souza lobo has been around for longer than we can remember and is located on the Calangute beach with great views of the ocean. The food is absolutely divine and so is the ambience and the service. Live music and dancing is available most night and the seating & service extends onto the beachfront. (20 mins drive from our house)
Britto's beach shack located on the far end of Baga beach has been around for longer than I can remember. It is extremely popular both for its food/drinks and its beachfront vibe. Hard to get a seat at anytime of the day in this over 300 (my ball park estimate) seat restaurant. (25mins drive from our house)
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Britto's
614 Calangute-Baga Road
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Britto's beach shack located on the far end of Baga beach has been around for longer than I can remember. It is extremely popular both for its food/drinks and its beachfront vibe. Hard to get a seat at anytime of the day in this over 300 (my ball park estimate) seat restaurant. (25mins drive from our house)
Unusual Markets
These markets have that Goan vibe and are generally open during season time - Oct to Mar, 6 pm to 2 am. Entry is usually free, parking is plentiful and expect to see a large crowd of locals and tourists alike. Great ambience, good food, drinks galore, live music, 100's of shopping stalls and overall just good fun.
Having started off as a “Hippie exchange” of commodities, it is now a full-fledged market. The Anjuna flea market is held every Wednesday from 9am to 6pm (except during the monsoon) on the southern end of Anjuna Beach. The market has exploded in size and attracts people from all over Goa. It's now got over 500 stalls and is still growing. You'll find a huge assortment of goods there, but make sure you bargain. It also has live performances by bands that play from a variety of genres, ranging from rock to jazz. (30 min drive from the house)
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Anjuna Flea Market
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Having started off as a “Hippie exchange” of commodities, it is now a full-fledged market. The Anjuna flea market is held every Wednesday from 9am to 6pm (except during the monsoon) on the southern end of Anjuna Beach. The market has exploded in size and attracts people from all over Goa. It's now got over 500 stalls and is still growing. You'll find a huge assortment of goods there, but make sure you bargain. It also has live performances by bands that play from a variety of genres, ranging from rock to jazz. (30 min drive from the house)
The Mackies Saturday Night Bazaar runs from 6.00 PM to 1.00 AM on Saturdays. The market can be roughly divided into three sections: the first one selling Indian clothes, the second one has the bandstand, and the third one filled with food shacks and stalls selling western clothes. The bazaar is a favorite and the international array of food and the open air bars and live music makes for a great night out. (30 mins drive from our house)
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Macky's Bazaar
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The Mackies Saturday Night Bazaar runs from 6.00 PM to 1.00 AM on Saturdays. The market can be roughly divided into three sections: the first one selling Indian clothes, the second one has the bandstand, and the third one filled with food shacks and stalls selling western clothes. The bazaar is a favorite and the international array of food and the open air bars and live music makes for a great night out. (30 mins drive from our house)
The Goa Collective Bazaar at HillTop is the newest night market run during the season every Friday night at the Hilltop in Vagator. The timings are 3pm-2am. Also, the market will be around for the tourist season, hosting its final bazaar in the end of March. This freewheeling market is full of amazing knick knacks, great food and since it’s Goa, no market is complete without a bar and good music to dance the night away (30 mins drive from the house)
Hilltop Market
The Goa Collective Bazaar at HillTop is the newest night market run during the season every Friday night at the Hilltop in Vagator. The timings are 3pm-2am. Also, the market will be around for the tourist season, hosting its final bazaar in the end of March. This freewheeling market is full of amazing knick knacks, great food and since it’s Goa, no market is complete without a bar and good music to dance the night away (30 mins drive from the house)
Ingo's Saturday Night Market, located on a hill in Arpora is the oldest and the trendsetter of night markets in Goa. It has loads of parking space, a wonderful vibe, international cuisine, live music and DJ's, hundreds of shopping stalls, open air bars. Great place to chill out on a Saturday night between Nov & March. (30 mins drive from our house)
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Saturday Night Market
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Ingo's Saturday Night Market, located on a hill in Arpora is the oldest and the trendsetter of night markets in Goa. It has loads of parking space, a wonderful vibe, international cuisine, live music and DJ's, hundreds of shopping stalls, open air bars. Great place to chill out on a Saturday night between Nov & March. (30 mins drive from our house)