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  • The best cafes in Goa will surprise you with moist oozy chocolate cake, a molten core that oozes out as soon as you dig into it. Yes, that’s right, Goa is the perfect place to try out the best and most sophisticated dishes to please your palette.If the idea of sitting on a rocking chair, with the beach in the backdrop, a mojito to get you tipsy and a book to keep you company pleases you, then head to Goa and take your pick.

    Receiving visitors all seasons of the year, Goa has evolved to cater to every taste and country now, making you feel just at home. The breezy atmosphere, earthy colours and beautiful photos of Goan landscapes on the walls add to the warmth of these cafes.  Also being an amazing spot to meet other travellers and swap stories over a delicious breakfast of omelettes, sandwiches, burgers, juices and fresh fruit milkshakes.  Some of the coolest and most innovative cafes with light music in the background and a friendly atmosphere, entice tourists to spend a lot of them just relaxing and enjoying its peaceful vibe.

    Situated between lush paddy fields and dense forested hills, the Blue Planet Cafe is one of the best cafes in Goa. Its wooden furniture on the balcony overlooks the valley. Cafe Tato is touted as one of the oldest vegetarian cafes in Goa, and serves up light, lip-smacking North and South Indian snacks. Situated in the courtyard of Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Cafe Bodega is an unpretentious and an artsy looking cafe serving lip-smacking fresh-baked cakes, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, fresh salad, pizza and other comfort food. Visit the Lila Cafe for the fresh bread, hand-rolled pasta, sausages, omelets and croissants here that are relish-worthy, and the apple-pie served with fresh whipped cream is your ticket to heaven. Cafe Chocolatti serves everything chocolate, all lip-smackingly good. 

    The English Cream Tea spread, yummy chocolate brownie, orange marmalade and baked scones with homemade strawberry jam are all must tries here.If you’re wondering what tranquility looks like then you’ve come to the right place, with artfully decorated walls, home cooked food and surrounding nature, the best cafes in Goa are sure to inspire you on your vacation here.


    Here are some of the best cafes in Goa:

  • 01Cafe Mangii

    Cafe Mangii
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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.

    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.

  • 02Cafe Mambo

    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.

    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.

  • 03Cafe Rio

    Cafe Rio

    Visit this round-the-clock cafe for delicious desserts and beverages. Located in Resort Rio, Arpora beach North Goa, it is a place to enjoying the panoramic views around whilst sipping your favorite drink. A variety of beverages such as teas, coffees, smoothies, milkshakes and traditional Indian refreshment drinks such as lassis are served.

    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 ambiance of this place and warm staff are added highlights of the Café Rio.

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  • 04Blue Planet Cafe

    Blue Planet Cafe

    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.

    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.

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  • 05Susse Cafe

    Susse Cafe

    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.

    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.

  • 06Cafe Chocolatti

    Cafe Chocolatti

    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 in Goa, 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.

    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.

  • 07Cafe de Goa

    Cafe de Goa
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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.

    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.

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  • 08Café Delish

    Café Delish

    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.

    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.

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  • 09Sublime Morjim Beach

    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.

    The laid-back ambiance 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.

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  • 10Om Made Café

    Om Made Café

    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 the Goa 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.


Attractions

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Dona Paula Beach

A lover’s paradise, the name of the location got its designation after a tragic love story, making the place more interesting and catchy. This former village is a heaven on earth that provides picturesque spots and huge space for sunbathing while relaxing in the calm beaches adjacent to clean blue waters.

Travellers love to be here to indulge in water sports like parasailing, kayaking etc. and gets the adrenaline rush at beaches like Dias beach and Dona Paula beach. Moreover, the markets for shopping are also vibrant and gets shiny names of food and drinking spots to attract visitors. For a perfect stay, one can also book their own resort or hotels here which are also loaded with amenities and good services.

Location
: 6 km from Panaji city.


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Temple of Bodgeshwar

Welcome yourself to one of the most enchanting pilgrimages centres, which is additionally an unbeatable place to visit in North Goa. Well settled in Mapusa, the temple is situated within the lush green environment and contains a small shrine within dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodgeshwar, locally known as Bongini.

Famous for fulfilling the desires of its devotees, it also gets a flock of people searching for peace and a calm mind. Every year, a cultural festival also take place in the month of December of January and the location gets thronged by locals as well as tourists.

Location: Mapusa at Calangute - Mapusa Road.

Entry Fees: No fees required for entry.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

The oldest withstanding Church of Goa, beautifully built under the influence of Portuguese architectural style, is one of the best places to visit in Panjim. The lovely marble floor embellished with valuable stones adds up to the charm of the magnificent church.

The cathedral of the Church holds the remains of St. Xavier's in a silver casket which is elegantly decorated and, worshiped by his devotees. Famed for its amazing architecture, this ornate structure survived since the 16th century.
The locals believe the remains are eternal and, have obscure healing powers which in turn makes it one of the most attractive places to see in Panjim.

Location:
Old Goa Road, Near Gandhi Circle, Goa 403402, India

Timings: 
All days of the week except Sunday (9:00 AM - 6:30 PM)
               Sunday (10:30 AM - 6:30 PM)

Entry Fees:
Free

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
Approximately 11 km

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Fort Aguada

 Pulled up with a dark bricked stretch within the sea waters, Fort Aguada invites the visitors even from far to take a walk in, take a peek into the sea differently and get clicked in a movie style. The architecture of the fort is in royal Portuguese style and its vastness within the fortress is just grand.

One can witness the confluence of Mandovi river in the Arabian sea from here and the fort is a witness to the same since years. Embrace the old construction and military architecture here along with the lighthouse that stands tall. If the fort is not visited on a Goa trip, the trip is just not done right.

Location: At the southern tip of Candolim beach

Timings: Fort Aguada is open all days from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM

Entry Fees: Good news! There are no charges to visit this ecstatic location. Visit it like a free bird.

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Se Cathedral Church

One of the most striking churches in India is the “Se Cathedral” located in the Southern part of Goa. This magnificent church exhibits excellent artistry of the Portuguese-Manueline style with beautifully arched interior and an impressive courtyard. Previously, the cathedral had two towers but one of them collapsed in late 17th Century and was never rebuilt.

This cathedral is dedicated to St.Catherine, who belonged to Alexandria and there are six panels where her life scenes are beautifully carved. The most prominent feature of this cathedral is the huge “golden bell” which is one of the best bells in the world. This 250 feet high cathedral is a frequented spot and is visited by the tourists as well as locals. The tranquility and serene aura of the cathedral makes it a must visit spot in the list of places to visit in South Goa.

Location: 
Velha, Goa 403402

Timings: 
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Free 

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Shantadurga Temple

“Pious Aura” this is what you will witness at this magnificent temple situated at the foot of Kavlem village in Ponda Taluka. This temple is devoted to goddess “Shantadurga” who is worshiped as the “Goddess of Peace” and, it is one of the most prominent and, large temples in entire Goa.

The divine shrine was initially situated at, Cavelossim but during the demolition period of the Portuguese in the mid 15th century, the celestial being was relocated to Kavlem. The vibrant combination of the maroon, white and peach give the temple an enchanting old-charm look.

Apart from these, Nayan Manohar Deepstambh is another point of attraction which is beautifully lit during the festivals and at that time, the beauty has no boundaries.

Location: 
Kapileswari - Kavlem Rd, Donshiwado, Ponda, Goa 403401

Timings: 
5:00 AM - 10:00  PM

Entry Fee:
Free

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The Church of Mae De Deus

This bright white building and Neo-Gothic architecture are so impulsive that just mesmerizes its beholders. One will surely get awestruck with the impact of peaceful beauty, settlement within the greenery and the aura it presents right from the first look to the same.

Right from the exteriors to interiors, the church is certainly one of the best places to visit in North Goa. Interestingly, it houses the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus which brought the church back to life post its ruin state. With imposing interiors and carved ornamentation on ceiling and walls, the church magnetizes not just the religion followers but also those who love to praise the reality on the ground.

Location: Chogm Rd, Saligao

Timings: Gate to God’s own home opens up every day from 9.00 AM to 12.30 PM and from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM.

Entry Fees: Absolutely none!

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Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

Sitting, right in the middle of the hillock this mighty church has three shrines of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary and, Crucifixion of Jesus. Being the first church to built-in Goa it holds utmost significance in its tourism and, adding up to the most attractive places to visit in Panjim.

Previously, it was just a chapel in the early 15th century but, with time and tide, the chapel went through many transformations and, led to this massive structure which is elegantly built with influences of several architectural styles.

Location:
 North-Eastern Side of Central Square, Panjim 403001, India

Timings: 
All days 10 AM - 12:30 PM and 4 PM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fees: 
Free

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 1.6 km away.

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Casino Royale Goa

This place will “blow your mind” as here casino floats on water. Deltin has modern and classy casinos which are undoubtedly the most happening ones. There are numerous floors sprawling over an area of 40,000 square feet with various sections to keep people engaged of all ages. With 123 gaming tables here, you can play all sorts of gambling games be it Poker, Teen Patti, Black Jack, and many more variants.

While you enjoy the gambling, you can also savor exclusive liquors at the whiskey lounge with amazing hand-rolled cigars. The casino provides all the top-notch amenities and, is the ace in the field of the casinos. Undoubtedly it is one of the most happening places to visit in Panjim.
One can also relax in VIP gaming suites where one can stay as well as play. The highlighting feature of the casino is that it is the only place with a dedicated poker room.

Location: 
Noah's Ark, RND Jetty, Dayanand Bandodkar Road, Panaji, Goa 403001

Timings: 
Open 24 hrs

Entry Fees: 
Monday to Thursday    Rs 2500/-   
                    Friday to Sunday
         Rs 3500/-

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 1.6 km away

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Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife century came into existence in the year 1999 under the Wildlife Act. The Sanctuary lies on the Western Ghats in the northern part of the Panjim city. Sprawling over an area of 240 sq km, it has rich flora and fauna which attracts the tourists. One can witness bewitching scenic views at this splendid Sanctuary which is the largest protected wildlife. 

Here at this sanctuary, you can come across numerous variant of animals like Pythons, Cobras, Slender Toris, Jungle Cats, Elephants, avian Birds, and many more rare species. One can even hire a jeep to explore every nook and corner of the diverse sanctuary.

Location: 
NH 4A, Caranzol, Goa, 403410, India

Timings: 
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Rs. 20 per person for Adults
                  Rs. 10 per person for Children
                  Rs 30 per Still Camera
                  Rs 150 per Camcorder

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St Xavier’s Church

This is one of the most frequented sightseeing places in Goa famed as the prominent landmark for the Catholics. This extrusive church holds the incorrupt body of Saint Francis Xavier and, was built in the year 1605. After a few years of being built in 1622, the body of Saint Xavier was brought here and laid in a glass mausoleum. It is one of the most charming places to visit in South Goa which has showcased modern art in the gallery and, the structure exhibits a jaw-dropping baroque style of architecture.

The best time to visit Bom Jesus Basilica is December, as in this month you can experience the traditions, cultures and a lot more at Christmas time.

Location: 
Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa, Goa 403110

Timings: 
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Free

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Fort Aguada

Showcasing the glory of the Portuguese empire this fort stands overlooking the Arabian sea. Built in the early 16th century to keep an eye on the enemies this fort give breathtaking views and, is one of the most majestic places to visit in Panjim.

The mystifying structure is more than 400 years old and still, its majestic beauty remains intact. It also houses a lighthouse which was built to guide the ships and, another part is the Aguada Jail which is one of the largest jails in Goa.
The location of the mighty fort is strategic so that it provides great defense from the rivals.

Location:
Fort Aguada Rd, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa 403515

Timings:
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fees:
Free

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand:
Approximately 15 km

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Goa Archaeological Museum

This “Architectural Marvel” showcases the artifacts of the Portuguese rule in India, with eight unique galleries exhibiting different slices of the pre-historic era of Portuguese sways. The most significant of these are deemed to be the paintings of the long-dead Governors and, Administrators of Goa.

To add up to the amusement of the visitors, the museum also has a remarkable collection of stamps, religious artifacts, and other such hidden gems. This is a perfect place to dig up the history of the Goan culture and styles in the early ages.

Location: 
EDC Complex, Patto, Panaji, Goa 403001

Timings: 
9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Entry Fees: 
Only Rs 5/- per person

Distance from Panjim Bus Stand: 
Approximately 9 km

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Naval Aviation Museum

Get awestruck by the amazing collection of The Naval Aviation Museum where you can witness the true essence of Military. This amazing museum is a must visit tourist place in Goa and lies in the vicinity of Vasco da Gama.

Here, one can see real Helicopters, Aircraft, Fighter Jets and learn about their history. The museum is a combination of two parts, one is the outdoor regions which exhibits the evolution of the Indian Naval Air Arms and, another is the double-storey indoor gallery. The Naval Aviation Museum is the only of its kind in Asia. The outer region is a large park which has 13 aircraft in total namely, Sea Harrier, HAL Chetak, Westland Sea King and many more such decommissioned aircraft.

Location: 
Bogmalo Road, Dabolim AP Vasco da Gama, Mormugao, Goa 403806

Timings:
Tuesday - Sunday(9:30 AM - 5 PM)
               Monday(Remains Closed)

Entry Fee: 
Rs. 20

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Casino Pride

Another amazing casino life could be experienced at Casino Pride which has its anchor tied down in Mandovi river. The casino boat has the best of the facilities and services having well-trained staff, delicious meals and a good range of drinks.

Moreover, the charm of the boat gets an upgradation with the performance of skilled dancers, acts by celebrities, people counting their winning amount while enjoying offers on unlimited drinks.

Entry Fees:
Rs 1500 on Monday-Thursday and Rs 2000 on Friday-Saturday

Timings:
Open 24x7 to all its guests.

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The Grande Island

“The Grande Island” also known as the Ilha Grande is one of the most amazing discoveries in Goa. The Island is a house of Palm trees, jaw-dropping marine life experiences, and extraordinary sunsets.

The Island is not only for the adventure buffs but is also a perfect destination for couples looking for a less crowded place with amazing facilities. One can indulge in sight-seeing, snorkeling, sea walk, swimming, and many more aqua activities. The outstanding activity which can be witnessed here is, Scuba diving which gives you a picture of the underwater kingdom making it one the most amazing places to visit in South Goa.

Apart from these, one will also have instances when they can delve in dolphin sighting which is an amazing experience and cannot be experienced everywhere.

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