India’s smallest state also happens to be one of its biggest tourist attractions. While most of Goa is closed during the summer and monsoon months, Goa receives tourists throughout the year, hosting Indians in the summer and mostly foreigners in the winter. Apart from being a beach town, Goa has a great cultural heritage and many historical and architectural wonders for sightseeing.
The Goan coastline extends for 101 kilometres; which means 101 kilometres of fantastic scenic beauty. To best enjoy the scenic spectacle the best, check out the following beachside shacks in Goa that serve up a great ambiance, food and view of the waters.
La Plage: An upscale shack on one of the best beaches in Goa (Morjim) La Plage offers some finger licking food, especially the fish and a superb ambiance. The beach itself is very clean and has some of the best sand in Goa.
Marbella: Walking distance from La Plage, along Morjim beach sits a very trendy cafe called Marbella. The decor is charming in wood and white and it’s a great spot to watch the sun set. The crowd is great too. Do not miss out on their thin crust pizzas or their fantastic collection of drinks.
Thalasa: Just off Vagator beach, Thalasa is another trendy Greek tavern with really great food, especially the appetizers. Patronized by celebrities of all calibres, it can be difficult to get a table here without prior reservations. It’s a great place for dinner.
Bar9: Also on Vagator, Bar9 is famous for the view it offers at sunset. It is without a doubt the place for you like to lose yourself in electronic music.
Fiesta: If you’re in Goa on a romantic getaway, it would be criminal if you did not have a dinner at Fiesta at Baga beach. The decor at this upscale, fine dining Italian restaurant is fabulous, as is the food.
Britto’s: Old is truly gold. Britto’s at Baga has been in business for many years now and for good reason. Famous for its all-day breakfast menu, the place is still brimming with people no matter when you go and is one of the few shacks in Goa that runs all year round.
Curly’s: Another one of Goa’s old and famous shacks, Curly’s is at Anjuna beach. It is famous for its wildly ‘rave’ing parties, neon lights and fantastic electronic music. Curly’s continues to cater to the steady stream of hippie tourists who frerquent Goa.
Cafe Lilliput: Quite close to Curly’s, Cafe Lilliput is also on Anjuna beach. A tad bit more sophisticated than its neighbour, Cafe Lilliput has a great ambiance, a live band as well as a live barbeque grill.
A Reverie: Close to Fort Aguada, A Reverie in Calangute provides a great opportunity for fine dining in the middle of Goa’s wild party scene. The food is fantastic, the ambiance is fancy. It’s a great place for a perfectly romantic dinner.
Club Fresh: Also on Calangute, Club Fresh is upscale, trendy and out and out fun. It is the perfect place to grab a few drinks both before or after dinner.