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If there was a gastronomic bible of some of the best cafes in the world, cafes in Goa would feature in the list. From offering fine dining cuisine to a beach shack ambience or serving finely brewed beverages, these are places to savour moments of camaraderie. Reflecting the eclectic lifestyle of Goa, cafes are amongst the main haunts for visitors apart from boutique hotels, resorts, beach shacks, pubs and so on. There is a café for every season and reason. Whether you enjoy a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the banks of a river or settle down amidst a mature garden on a café table; the experience is phenomenally refreshing. The objective is to relax, rejuvenate and embrace the ambience of Goa. There are not many better places to do this than the following best cafes in Goa.
1. Cafe Mangii, Panjim
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High ceilings and eye-capturing interior décor is an omnipresent highlight of Café Mangii. Capturing the laid back charm of the holiday capital with ease, this is a place to soak into the warm hospitality offered in plenitude here. Be it the hand painted mural on the wall or the giant piano at the corner, there is enough to please your eyes in whichever direction you look. Located in Panjim, this place is open from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm.
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You get an amazing Italian fine dining experience here. The roasted mushrooms assail your nostrils with their unique aroma. The tasty asparagus mousse on crackers will linger in your memory for the longest time. The bruschetta of brie will reinvigorate your senses with its deliciousness. Added attractions are that sea food is available even though this is a pure Italian restaurant.
2. Cafe Mambo, Baga
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This is a place where good music, wine, and food flow in abundance. Not to forget a reverberating ambience lit up in coloured hues. All of these aspects and more make the Café Mambo one of the favourite nightspots and amongst the best cafes in Goa. Located on the Titos Lane in Saunta Vaddo, Baga, Calangute, the café is open from 10.30 AM to 3 PM and from 7 in the evening to 11 PM.
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Café Mambo is considered to be a hep nightclub and one of the best places to visit Goa at night. You can have a gala time in the open air chill out zone sipping your favourite drink. Even better is to lose yourself in the foot tapping music on the dance floor.
3. Cafe Rio, Arpora
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Visit this round-the-clock cafe for delicious desserts and beverages. Located in Resort Rio, Arpora, North Goa, it is a place to enjoying the panoramic views around whilst sipping your favourite drink. A variety of beverages such as teas, coffees, smoothies, milkshakes and traditional Indian refreshment drinks such as lassis are served.
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Accompanying them are snacks and pastries and several variants of them. If you want to taste the Indian masala tea in Goa, this is the place to be. Open 24 hours a day, you can drop into this café anytime to energize your mind and body. Relish the delicious cakes such as the special mud cakes or indulge in the finely made cappuccinos or espressos. The comfortable ambience of this place and warm staff are added highlights of the Café Rio.
4. Blue Planet Cafe, Agonda
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This is an award winning café offering vegetarian, non-vegetarian food that is free of preservatives and chemicals. Located in Agonda, Canacona, South Goa, the Blue Planet Café is open from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm. The café has included accommodation facilities consisting of five luxury cottages. The ambience here is naturalistic given that you are surrounded by the riches of nature. From the café you can see sprawling paddy fields and rolling hills.
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The food served here is organic and cooked using traditional Goan methods. It is a place to indulge in exotic dishes such as muesli or taste delicious desserts such as vegan carrot and coconut cake. You also get to choose from a selection of vegan milkshakes and special fruit juices made of passion and papaya fruits.
5. Susse Cafe, Candolim
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A fine dining café serving eclectic European cuisine, Susse Cafe is the place to be to enjoy a unique dining and wining sojourn. Apart from the delicious fusion food, featured here is an impressive wine collection. Ranging from champagne, to Indian and to a foreign wine collection, you get to taste them at the Susse Café. Whether you are indulging in the appetizers, pastas, pizzas and desserts, or simply enjoying the semi open air ambience, be treated to a reinvigorating time. Located between Kingfisher Villa and Taj Holiday Village, Opposite Kashmir House at Dando Candolim-Goa, you come to Susse Café to sample exquisite cuisine.
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The delicious and finely crafted recipes coupled with rare cognacs and signature cocktails create an experience worth savouring. The café is open from late morning to late evening.
6. Cafe Chocolatti, Bardez
If there was a Goan sobriquet for a Coffee shop in Heaven this would be it. Café Chocolatti is set amidst a garden. Inside the café, the interiors and exteriors draped in white décor are appealing to the eye. It is in such a setting that you can relish your mud cakes the most. After a beautiful day at the beach, this is the place to come to settle down with finely brewed coffee. The relaxed and chilled-out ambience is a favourite haunt for people looking for more than trying out the cakes, waffles, and grilled paninis.
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Located on the Fort Aguada Rd, Candolim, Bardez, the café is open from 9 in the morning to 7 in the evening. You can walk-in to enjoy a refreshing bout of cakes, salads, pizzas, juices, sandwiches and snacks at the Café Chocolatti.
7. Cafe de Goa Calangute
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Life is serene and magical when you live it at your own pace. At the Café de Goa, this is an endearing quality that you embrace and lose yourself into moments of culinary pleasure at your own pace. Available at this bistro are sandwiches, cakes, salads, brownies, muffins, warm waffles, fresh fruit milkshakes and more. As much as the menu is expansive, so is the open-air ambience that enables your mind and senses to exhale relaxingly. The café is cocooned between tree-lined orchard villas and a maroon tower. Although a humble and casual café, it has a striking and endearing ambience.
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Located in the Red Towder, Orchard Villas, Porbavaddo, Calangute, Café de Goa is closed on Monday and operates between 11 am to 5.30 pm.
8. Café Delish, Anjuna
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This is a place to come to embrace a magical reality called fine living. Serving breakfast, lunch, organic beverages and a variety of cakes, Café Delish is a doorway to a culinary pastime where you wish time would just not pass! Located on the Flea Market Road in Anjuna, this place is nestled in a garden and has handful of seats, thus effusing a homely ambience.
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The unpretentious ambience is a perfect getaway to enjoy the simple pleasures but delivered to you with precision. Open on all days of the week between eight in the morning to eight at night, Café Delish also hosts a weekly barbeque. This is also amongst best cafes in Goa to taste food made from organic ingredients.
9. Sublime Morjim Beach
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As the name suggests, this is amongst the finest places to actually enjoy a sublime and surreal experience. Located on the picturesque Morjim beach, the café complements the stature of this place by providing eclectic cuisine that satiates your senses. The signature fusion cuisine is crafted drawing inspiration from other culinary cultures across the world. The café uses fresh organic produce to create blended culinary delights that suit the mood and taste of the most discerning visitor.
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The laid back ambience is equally reinvigorating as the Morjim beach nearby. Be it a romantic candlelit dinner or a night of camaraderie with friends, you come to the Sublime to enjoy bouts of joy that is inexplicable but truly experience-able. Open from eight in the morning to late in the evening, you come to the Sublime on the Morjim Beach to indulge in a variety of culinary experiences all in one place.
10. Om Made Café, Anjuna
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This café is one of the best cafes in Goa that has a simple and elegant ambience and leaves a lasting impression on you. The enticing taste of food, uplifting music and inspiring ambience are palpable characteristics of the Om Made Café. Although the menu is simple, the food is made from organic ingredients. Breakfast, salads, sandwiches and a mix of fusion food is served. Located on D'Mello Vaddo, Anjuna, this café also has a refreshing fresh fruit juice menu. The items range from Goan smoothies, to frappes, organic beverages and a great Sula wine collection. Open on all days of the week from 9 in the morning to 7 at night, Om Made Café is the place to come to savour simple yet sophisticated food and drink. Not to forget a beautifully crafted ambience comprising of wooden furniture, bright cushions and an impressive art collection that makes for charming interiors.
The best cafes in Goa amongst numerous others. These are places to enjoy the culinary culture of this state. From sampling organically made food to heady wine collections, the cafés of Goa offer an exemplary experience. The international ambience of these places combined with the appeal of their interiors and exteriors makes for an unforgettable experience. These cafes ensure that you know what the expression ‘and time stood still means’. Additionally, one can even check out many more exciting and happening things to do in Goa with there family and friends.