Top things to do

Top Choice Church in Old Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Famous throughout the Roman Catholic world, the imposing Basilica of Bom Jesus contains the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, the so-called Apostle of the Indies. St Francis Xavier’s missionary voyages t…
Top Choice Cathedral in Old Goa

Sé Cathedral

At over 76m long and 55m wide, the cavernous Sé Cathedral is the largest church in Asia. Building commenced in 1562, on the orders of King Dom Sebastiao of Portugal, and the finishing touches were finally made some …
Top Choice Church in Panaji

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Panaji’s spiritual, as well as geographical, centre is this elevated, pearly white church, built in 1619 over an older, smaller 1540 chapel, and stacked like a fancy white wedding cake. When Panaji was little more t…
Top Choice Goan in Panaji

Viva Panjim

Well known to tourists, this little side-street eatery, in an old Portuguese house and with a few tables out on the laneway, still delivers tasty Goan classics at reasonable prices. There’s a whole page devoted to p…
Top Choice European in Panaji

Black Sheep Bistro

Among the best of Panaji's burgeoning boutique restaurants, Black Sheep’s impressive pale-yellow facade gives way to a sexy dark-wood bar and loungy dining room. The tapas dishes are light, fresh and expertly prepar…
Top Choice Greek in Vagator & Chapora

Thalassa

Authentic and awesomely good Greek food is served alfresco on a breezy clifftop terrace. Kebabs, souvlaki and thoughtful seafood dishes are the speciality, but this is also a great bar and fills up late in the eveni…
Top Choice Museum in Benaulim

Goa Chitra

Artist and restorer Victor Hugo Gomes first noticed the slow extinction of traditional objects – from farming tools to kitchen utensils to altarpieces – as a child in Benaulim. He created this ethnographic museum fr…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Arambol (Harmal)

Shimon

Just back from the beach, and understandably popular with Israeli backpackers, Shimon is the place to fill up on exceptional falafel or sabich (crisp slices of eggplant stuffed into pita bread along with boiled egg,…
Top Choice Goan in Margao

Longhuino’s

A local institution since 1950, quaint old Longhuino’s serves up tasty Indian, Goan and Chinese dishes, popular with locals and tourists alike. Go for a Goan dish like ambot tik (a slightly sour but fiery curry dish…
Top Choice Goan in Panaji

Hotel Venite

With its cute rickety balcony tables overhanging the cobbled street, Venite has long been among the most atmospheric of Panaji’s Goan restaurants. The menu is traditional, with spicy sausages, fish curry rice, peppe…