Good Food

No matter what your culinary persuasion, you’ll satisfy your cravings in Goa. From street vendors dishing up snacks and fine candlelit dining on the shores of the Arabian Sea, to the unique flavours of Goan cuisine.

Candolim, Calangute & Baga Dress up (or down) and head to one of the many sophisticated world cuisine restaurants.

Cooking courses Learn to cook like a local with Goan and Indian culinary courses in family kitchens.

Panaji Enjoy local food in the fabulously atmospheric Old Quarter or animated city centre of the mellow state capital.

Beach shacks The highlight is fresh seafood, often displayed on ice and barbecued by your table.

Pampering

Luxury is done well in Goa but the best of the spas are housed in boutique hotels and five-star resorts and come with a healthy price tag. You can enjoy a traditional ayurvedic massage at many places for around ₹1000, a Thai foot massage in Calangute or Candolim for around the same, or a full-day spa treatment for up to US$600.

Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa The spa at the ITC Grand Goa in Arossim is one of Goa's best.

Hummingbird A good place for pampering on Palolem Beach is this spa at Ciarans.

Quan Spa Deluxe pampering at the Goa Marriott in Miramar.

Nilaya Hermitage Boutique luxury in Arpora.

Rejuve Spa At Rajbag's Lalit Golf & Spa Resort.

Niramaya Spa Ayurvedic spa at La La Land Resort, Colomb Bay.

Shopping

Goa's shops, markets and street stalls are full of handicrafts and souvenirs from all over India. Local stuff includes bottles of feni, decorative textiles, painted tiles and silver jewellery.

Anjuna Flea Market Hang out with backpackers and hippies at this venerable open-air market institution.

Golden Heart Emporium Vending classics, new releases and harder-to-find Goan titles, this book store is a treasure trove for bibliophiles.

Mapusa Market Browse fresh produce, spices, clothes and knick-knacks with droves of locals at Mapusa's Friday market.

Panaji The capital has a lively municipal market in the centre and some excellent boutiques in the OId Quarter.

Drinking & Nightlife

Goa is notorious for a good party: dance to trance or simply enjoy a cold beer at any beach shack or local bar.

Anjuna's Beach Bars Anjuna knows how to party, especially at the southern end of the beach where Curlies, Cafe Lilliput and Shiva Valley regularly fire up.

Tito's Baga's original clubbing strip gets lively with Club Mambo and Cafe San Francisco among the best.

LPK Waterfront This giant club looking over the Nerul River is whimsical in design and pumping in attitude.

Floating Casinos, Panaji Offering an entertaining night out with free drinks, buffet food and floor show – and gambling of course.

Silent Discos, Palolem Dance the night away in outward silence at one of Palolem's headphone parties.

History & Architecture

Goa’s colonial heritage is probably most visible in its Portuguese-style mansions, churches and forts, allowing you to peel away the years and glimpse a much older Goa.

Basilica de Bom Jesus, Old Goa Visit a saint’s desiccated relics at this splendid laterite basilica dripping with ecclesiastical glory.

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Clamber the steps to Panaji's church, where sailors once celebrated their safe arrival from Portugal.

Braganza House, Chandor The split-personality Braganza House is a fascinating insight into how the aristocratic Goan other half once lived.

Palaćio do Deão, Quepem You can take tea on the terrace of this stunning palaćio, marvelling at the wealth of painstakingly renovated detail.

Goan forts The atmospheric remnants of a once mighty seafaring nation.