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 was first built in 1565, on the site of an important Hindu temple. Before demolition started on the temple, local Hindus managed to rescue the statue of the god Damodara, to whom the…
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 …
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 and …
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 dispensed by friendly owners. Recipes are suitably spiced up to cater to resilient Indian palates.
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.
Market in Margao

MMC New Market

Margao’s crowded, covered canopy of colourful stalls is a fun but busy place to wander around, sniffing spices, sampling soaps and browsing the household merchandise.
Bar in Margao

Underground Pub

Margao isn’t much of a party town but you can enjoy a drink, listen to music or watch sports at this hard-to-spot underground bar north of the post office.