Top things to do in Margao

Top Choice Goan in Margao


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…
Church in Margao

Church of the Holy Spirit

Margao’s whitewashed main church (1675) remains in use as a parish church and is finely decorated inside. The impressive reredos (ornamental screen) is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, rising from ground level to the h…
International in Margao


It's a welcome feeling to step off Margao's hot and busy street into the cool and classy interior of Martin's. There's just 10 tables, attentive service and an eclectic menu of tapas starters, pan-Indian dishes, ste…
Books in Margao

Golden Heart Emporium

One of Goa’s best bookshops, Golden Heart is crammed from floor to ceiling with fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and illustrated volumes on the state’s food, architecture and history. It also stocks otherwise …
Multicuisine in Margao

Chikoo Tree Project

Breakfast on masala dosas and lunch on chicken momos or giant kathi wraps at this arty, eclectic but casual cafe that's made a welcome addition to Margao's dining scene. Good coffee and fresh-made juices.
Goan in Margao

Viva Goa

Upstairs in Clube Harmonia, South Goa's oldest cultural club venue, Viva Goa is a new iteration of the long-running Colva restaurant, serving genuine Goan cuisine, seafood and a full bar.
Indian in Margao

Café Tato

A favourite local lunch spot: tasty vegetarian fare in a bustling backstreet canteen, and delicious all-you-can-eat thalis.
Library in Margao

Municipal Library

On the west side of the canary-yellow Secretariat Building, you’ll find respite from the sun in the prim Municipal Library, which houses some good books about Goa. Don’t miss the library’s newspaper reading room, in…
Chinese in Margao


Hidden behind opaque glass doors decorated with dragon motifs, you’ll find generous renditions of Chinese favourites such as Szechuan fried rice and chop suey dispensed by friendly owners. Recipes are suitably spice…
Indian in Margao


Some of Margao’s best veg food is dished up at the family-friendly, lunch-break favourite Swad, across from Lotus Inn. The thalis, South Indian tiffins and other mains are all reliably tasty.