Top things to do in Panaji

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 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…
Top Choice Cafe in Panaji

Cafe Bodega

It’s well worth a trip up to Altinho Hill to visit this serene cafe-gallery in a lavender-and-white Portuguese mansion in the grounds of Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts. Enjoy good coffee, juices and fresh-baked cak…
Area in Panaji

Fontainhas & Sao Tomé

The oldest, and by far the most atmospheric, Portuguese-flavoured districts of Panaji are squeezed between the hillside of Altinho and the banks of Ourem Creek, and make for attractive wandering with their narrow st…
Bar in Panaji

Cafe Mojo

The decor is cosy English pub, the clientele young and up for a party, and the novelty is the e-beer system. Each table has its own beer tap and LCD screen: you buy a card (₹500), swipe it at your table and start po…
Diner in Panaji

Route 66

Styled on an American diner, this 1st-floor place opposite Old Patto Bridge excels at hot dogs, burgers, cheese chilli fries, hickory barbecue ribs and New York–style pizzas. For comfort fast food it’s hard to beat.…
Religious in Panaji

Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Fairs and concerts are held, as is a beautiful church service at Panaji’s Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
Religious in Panaji


A four-day festival kicking off Lent; the party’s particularly jubilant in Panaji.