Top things to do in Mapusa

Market in Mapusa

Mapusa Market

The Mapusa market goes about its business daily except Sunday, but it really gets going on Friday morning. It’s a raucous affair that attracts vendors and shoppers from all over Goa, with an entirely different vibe …
Books in Mapusa

Other India Bookstore

This friendly and rewarding little bookshop, at the end of an improbable, dingy corridor, specialises in books about Goa and India with a focus on spirituality, environment, politics and travel. It’s signposted near…
Pub in Mapusa


Don’t be put off by the dingy entrance or stairwell: once you’re upstairs, this breezy place opposite the market is great for watching the milling crowds over a cold beer or feni. Eclectic daily specials make it a g…
Multicuisine in Mapusa

Ruchira Restaurant

On the top floor of Hotel Satyaheera, this rooftop garden restaurant and bar is popular with tourists and widely deemed one of Mapusa’s better family restaurants, serving tasty Goan, Indian and continental dishes (i…
South Indian in Mapusa

Hotel Vrundavan

This pure-veg place bordering the Municipal Gardens is a busy local spot for a hot chai, pav bhaji (bread with curried vegetables) or a quick breakfast.
Bakery in Mapusa

Golden Oven

This bakery opposite the market is a cool respite from the shopping chaos. Offers cakes, pastries, mini pizzas and sandwiches.
Hindu Temple in Mapusa

Maruti Temple

In the centre of town, the small, pastel-coloured Maruti temple was built in the 1840s at a site where the monkey god Hanuman was covertly worshipped during the more oppressive periods of Portuguese rule. After temp…
Church in Mapusa

Church of Our Lady of Miracles

Founded in 1594 and rebuilt several times since, the Church of Our Lady of Miracles (also known as St Jerome’s), around 600m east of the Municipal Gardens, is famous more for its annual festival than for its archite…