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Often thought of as one of the most international cities in India, Goa certainly lives up to its reputation in terms of its food. Although the typical fish curry and rice must be tried, international food with a unique Goan twist is what makes the cuisine anything but typical! This guide gives you various options from economical, to casual, to fine dinning.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

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10 Places

Matsya Freestyle Kitchen at Samata Retreat Centre

Restaurants

La Plage

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Thalassa

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Anand Bar and Restaurant

Restaurants

Souza Lobo

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Mum's Kitchen

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Ritz Classic Restaurant and Bar

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Sunset Ashram, Goa

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Club Cubana

Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos

The Saturday Night Market

Flea & Street Markets

IshaS26's City Tips

  • Tip around 5-10% — not required but always appreciated!
  • The best way to get around Goa is by motorbike. They are cheap to rent, and you can use Google maps and directions from locals to get around easily.
  • Bargain! If you don't look local, vendors might try to make a buck or two off you, so best to brush up on your haggling skills before you arrive.
  • Avoid touristy restaurants — they are usually overpriced and only average in terms of quality.
  • Matsya Freestyle Kitchen at Samata Retreat Centre
    Restaurants (Seafood, Asian)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    Matsya's is a very unique concept: spa + food. It is also a true hidden gem, with a real off the beaten track location to complement its one of a kind experience. The tasting menu is great, as you never know what you are going to get. All you specify is whether you are vegetarian or non-vegetarian, and the chef will use the fresh ingredients of the day to conjure up extremely original flavors that pleasantly surprise you!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try to book 24 hours in advance.
    • Figure out the directions in advance; this place is hard to find!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 74 restaurants in Arambol
    • Highly recommend 16/06/2017
    • Something a bit different 07/04/2017
    • Matsya Freestyle Kitchen at Samata Retreat Centre
    Address:
    Temple Road , 10 Min From Arambol
    Arambol
    India
    Phone:
    +91 83909 18385
    Price range:
    US$ 10 - US$ 30
    Other:
  • La Plage
    Restaurants (French, Seafood, European)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    La Plage is a casual dining-out spot nestled in Ashwem, a beautiful beach quite unlike the commercial beaches that have become common in Goa. Its French food perfectly compliments the gorgeous ambiance, and its exclusive beach makes it the perfect spot for breakfast and a swim!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • I recommend this place for its continental breakfast.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 33 restaurants in Mandrem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Diner 16/12/2018
    • Good place 15/12/2018
    • La Plage
    Phone:
    +91 98221 21712
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Thalassa
    Restaurants (American, Indian, Pizza, Cafe, Barbecue)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    This is one of my favorite dining spots in Goa, a casual dining-out restaurant with a stunning ambiance and sunset views. The cuisine is authentic Greek, which may seem a bit odd to indulge in when in Goa, but I promise you that the ambiance is one you will not want to miss out on, especially if you're on a romantic getaway!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Do not over-order on the main dishes — portion sizes are usually quite large.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 65 restaurants in Vagator
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magnificent 17/12/2018
    • what a waste of time 09/12/2018
    • Thalassa
    Phone:
    +91 98500 33537
    Price range:
    US$ 21 - US$ 50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Anand Bar and Restaurant
    Restaurants (Indian, Seafood)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    This venue offers one of the cheapest and best meals you can get in Goa, and it is especially a must-visit for seafood lovers! Anand's is frequented by all sorts, from locals to high flyers to budget travelers alike, owing to its mind-blowing food. The rava fish fry is a personal favorite of mine and definitely worth the calories!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Not recommended for vegetarians.
    • There may be long lines at peak hours, so try timing your meal accordingly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 30 restaurants in Siolim
    • Great food at more than affordable costs 26/11/2018
    • Closed due to Restaurant Building Extension 12/10/2018
    • Anand Bar and Restaurant
    Address:
    Assagao
    Siolim, Bardez
    India
    Phone:
    +91 98905 58363
  • Souza Lobo
    Restaurants (Indian, Seafood, Portuguese)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    This is one experience you cannot miss in Goa: Shacking up on the beach after a beautiful swim, eating extremely 'Indianised' versions of the world's cuisine! Souza Lobo in particular is a great restaurant for exactly this, given its perfect location and intensely good Goan food. It's huge in both size and menu choice!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Must-try: Goan crab curry and lobster in butter garlic sauce.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 355 restaurants in Calangute
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good Goan food 15/12/2018
    • Fantastic food 14/12/2018
    • Souza Lobo
    Address:
    Calangute Beach, Near Calangute Residency
    Goa
    Calangute 403516
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 228 1234
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Mum's Kitchen
    Restaurants (Seafood, Asian)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    Mum's kitchen is a casual home cooking experience! This place has an extremely homey feel about it, and serves some of the most authentic food in the region! The portions are not excessively big, but the taste makes a visit totally worth it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Goan Curry is a must-try here.
    • Try the "Bombay Duck," xacuti (meat curry made with coconut), ambotik (fish or seafood sour curry), and cafreal (a spicy chicken dish).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 296 restaurants in Panjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good food 15/12/2018
    • A lovely restaurant in a green setting 11/12/2018
    • Mum's Kitchen
    Address:
    854 Martin's Building D B Street
    D.B Street, Panjim-Miramar Road
    Panjim 403001
    India
    Phone:
    +91 98221 75559
    Price range:
    US$ 21 - US$ 28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ritz Classic Restaurant and Bar
    Restaurants (Indian, Seafood, Asian)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    This affordable seafood spot is a haven for fish lovers, serving up some of the best fish in town. Although it's situated in a small lane and can often be overcrowded, it's still worth a visit!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • I would recommend the thaali (mixed platter), a great way to taste a little bit of everything.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 296 restaurants in Panjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Opens for business after 7 pm in the evening 16/12/2018
    • Excellent seafood 12/12/2018
    • Ritz Classic Restaurant and Bar
    Address:
    18th June Road
    1st Flr Wagle Vision Bldg
    Panjim 403001
    India
    Phone:
    +91 832 242 6417
    Price range:
    US$ 120 - US$ 2,000
  • Sunset Ashram, Goa
    Restaurants (Indian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Pub)
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    IshaS26 Says:

    Sunset Ashram is a lounge/club that's a great place to chill out in the daytime as well as in the evening, transforming itself from a seaside cafe into a brilliant nightspot when the sun sets. It sets itself apart from the commercial options in Goa with its relatively low key reputation and its incredible music. I would definitely recommend you stop at this place between all that sea food you are bound to eat on your trip.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look out online for their special events!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 32 restaurants in Pernem
    • Best beach club 30/08/2018
    • The best shake in Mandrem 08/04/2017
    • Sunset Ashram, Goa
    Address:
    Sunset Ashram, Ashwem Vaddo, Ashwem Mandrem Road
    Pernem 403527
    India
    Phone:
    +91 89830 22994
    Other:
  • Club Cubana
    Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos
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    IshaS26 Says:

    While rather a commercial lounge/night club, Cubana is still one I enjoy going to. The entry is a bit expensive by Goan standards, but the atmosphere is unbeatable and the location is gorgeous. Perched on a hill, Club Cubana has amazing music, good drinks and a great crowd. It also has a pool and frequent live performances!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Arrive around sunset to get a good spot, then plan on staying till pretty late!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Arpora
    • Nice place for night life 12/12/2018
    • Cubana is closed 06/12/2018
    • Club Cubana
    Phone:
    +91 98235 39000
    Hours:
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Sun
    9:30 PM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
  • The Saturday Night Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    IshaS26 Says:

    This night market is a great place to really immerse yourself in the local setting. There are small stalls where you can purchase things (remember to bargain!) and plenty of food courts offering tasty, budget-friendly eats. It may not have the fanciest presentation, but the experience is definitely worth it!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Parking may be a problem, so allow plenty of time to find a spot.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Arpora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Intresting way to spend Saturday night 15/12/2018
    • Night full of business, food, music and light! 11/12/2018
    • The Saturday Night Market
    Address:
    Aguada Siolim Road
    C/o The Haystack
    Arpora 403518
    India
    Phone:
    +91 99221 00009
    Hours:
    Sat
    3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
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