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Best Cafés In Goa To Unwind

Best Cafés In Goa To Unwind

When you think about Goa, your thoughts usually divert towards its sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife, and cheap booze. But, not many know about the cafés of Goa that help take life down a notch. If you’re coming down to Goa just to spend some time with yourself, there’s no better place than a café, far away from the bustle of everyday life, embedded deep within Goa’s natural beauty. 

Numerous cafés are spread across this state, but we’ve narrowed down a few which will help you make your pursuit easier. We’ve selected these cafés based on their ambiance, food quality, and the overall vibe they emit. Here are some of the best cafés in Goa to unwind.

Also read: Goa Travel Guide

Baba Au Rhum

Tucked deep in the gorgeous coastal village of Anjuna lives a café known for its vibrant social atmosphere and a splendid variety of exotic dishes. The café rests under the shade of wild trees and woven coconut sheets to protect you from the heat. As you stand along the borders of this charming café, you’re greeted with distanced views of the coconut trees that deck the peripherals of Anjuna and bring out the lushness of the place.  

When it comes to the food, you are spoiled for choice. Indian and Mediterranean cuisine are Baba Au Rhum's strong areas of expertise. Let us start with the burgers; the Hercules Burger, containing a rich filling of chicken (or beef), cheese, bacon, fried eggs, and sauteed onions, is a top hit. If you love a heavy breakfast to begin your day with, you can choose their English Platter, with plenty of meat and egg options. The menu also has a wide range of pizzas, bread, sandwiches, quiches, crostinis, pasta, and desserts to suit your mood. 

The beverage menu needs a paragraph on its own. If you’re a chai person, you can choose among Darjeeling Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Arya Green Tea, and a lot more. However, if you like coffee more, you can choose among their organic and imported varieties including Vietnamese coffees, Cortados, and many others that will suit your coffee taste buds. Homemade coolers, shakes, smoothies, slushes, lassis, and fresh juices are among the diverse beverage list too. Again, we’re reinstating the fact that you’ll never run out of choice at Baba Au Rhum. They even host a couple of live music events over weekends. Visit their website to find out more about them.  

Location: House No. 1054, Sim Vaddo, Anjuna 

Timings: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Tuesdays closed

Prices: INR 1,000 for 2 people 

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Artjuna 

This garden café-cum-lifestyle shop is an embodiment of relaxation and peace. Pass the main entrance and you’ll overlook an old Portuguese house revamped with ethnic works of arts, jewelry, and leather bags adorning its bright blue colored walls. Walk a few steps into Artjuna and you’ll see kids playing in the children’s area, yoga sessions taking place at the workspace, and happy customers chatting the Monday blues away in the café. As you sit on their wide cane chairs, you’ll notice the library tempting you to explore the arrays of perspectives and dreams via literary works. 

When it comes to food, Artjuna forte dwells in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine – you can imagine how expansive their menu is. They serve a variety of crunchy salads, fruit and vegetable juices, and seafood specialties as well. Hummus, Tahini, Falafel, and Turkish Lentil Soup are some of the top-requested dishes from the menu. In the evenings, they have a special vegetarian menu, best for those who prefer a few extra greens in their diet. After a scrumptious meal, indulge in their apple cakes, Tiramisu cakes, caramel eclairs, or almond cookies for desserts. 

Here, Arabica coffee is brought all the way from Chikmagalur or Karnataka’s Coffee Land. As a result, you’re surely going to get a whiff of strong coffee as you enter Artjuna as this is inescapable! 

Location: 940, Market Rd, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna  

Timings: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm, Everyday

Prices: INR 800 for 2 people.

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Café Chocolatti 

Candolim is one of Goa’s most bustling towns owing to its prominent nightlife and the beach that attracts many that enjoy basking in the sun. But, who knew among all that chaos resides a café so calm that you could perhaps finish reading a novel in one sitting? 

Once you enter the place and sit on any of their tables canopied under umbrella tents, it’ll feel as if you’re in an English garden waiting to be served. If you prefer to go indoors, you’ll be sheltered under a tiled roof while you experience their traditional Goan hospitality spread in all its glory. Indoors or outdoors, the serenity you experience will be the same. 

Now we come to the main bit, the food. Although Chocolatti serves a range of Paninis, their breakfast menu takes the home run, or to put it in cricket terms, a sixer. Waffles, French Toast, American Breakfasts, and English Breakfasts have been this café’s best-sellers. They even have a healthy menu of desserts featuring ginger cakes, carrot cakes, ginger cookies, and eggless chocolate brownies. What we’re trying to say is that regardless of your calorie intake, they’ve got mouth-watering food and a fantastic ambiance for all. 

Location: 409A, Fort Aguada Rd, Candolim, Bardez

Timings: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Tuesdays closed

Prices: INR 1,000 for 2 people 

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Cantina Bodega

If you ever want to be more acquainted with the bygone Portuguese era, then visit the quadrants of Cantina Bodega in Goa. It’s one big Portuguese house with galleries connecting each other to form a square. The open space in between is used as the outdoor section of the café, which is decorated with palm pots and lily ponds. Along with that, the chic wooden furniture decking the halls and courtyard contributes to the place being more homely and, perhaps, historical. 

While you take in the serenity of the ambiance, order a Vietnamese Iced Latte along with Eggs Benedict with Ham on a Waffle. If you want to be a bit more adventurous in your gastronomical endeavors, then you can relish on some Spicy Shrimp Crepe, Chicken Mole, or Creamy Garlic Mushroom Pasta. Cantina Bodega has a small list of pizzas too, if you want to enjoy one with the company you have. For a hot beverage, you can try their Tulsi Masala chai if you prefer something more herbal and relaxing. 

To end the day, you can pop into their in-house bakery and savor some Red Velvet Cupcakes, NYC-Style Cheesecakes, Chocolate Caramel Tarts, or you can always ask them to surprise you with their Dessert Of The Week. 

Location: 63/C-8, Sunaparanta Centre For The Arts, near Lar De Estudantes, Altinho, Panaji 

Timings: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm, Sundays closed 

Prices: INR 800 for 2 people

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Eva Café 

Eva Café borders the Anjuna beach shores which makes the environment more relaxing and serene. You get to hear the gushing waves as you munch on your grub - it doesn’t get more ideal than that! But, the café-touching-the-shore part is just one element of Eva Café’s charm. It emits a bohemian vibe which you will feel once you set your eyes on its milky white walls and large blue doors. The traditional Goan wooden furniture adds a homely vibe to this haven, and don’t forget the beach chairs that you can slouch on. Our words may not be enough to describe the feel of the place, it’s something you’ll have to experience yourself. 

They serve finger-licking food to accompany the surreal vibe of the place. Even though they don’t serve full-course meals, they do offer a decent number of sandwiches, pasta, fresh juices, crepes, eggs, and salads to keep your appetite satisfied. Although they don’t have a wide range of dishes, one thing we can say is that the presentation of these dishes is exquisite. It’ll make you feel like you’re seated in one of Gordan Ramsey’s Michelin Star restaurants, we promise! 

So, if you need a place to unwind and to enjoy some comfort food, know that Eva café always has its doors open for you. 

Location:  Hno 129/45, Anthony Street, Dmello Vaddo, Anjuna  

Timings: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sunday - Friday | 9:00 am - 8:30 pm, Saturdays

Prices: INR 700 for 2 people 

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Prana Café Ashwem

Life can get pretty dull if you’ve been constantly living in a concrete jungle. You do need a place to experience the sands and blue seas to brighten things up. And if that is what you’ve been searching for, then visit Prana Café; Goa’s safe haven, as it’s definitely more than just a café! Located deep within Vaayu Waterman’s Village in Ashwem, this café invites tourists and locals alike to kick back and relax. 

While you get soothing views of the beach, you can feast on some of their delicacies. Try their Quinoa Avocado Salad or their Couscous Hummus Salad, as they’re real hits here. Also, the place consists of an in-house art gallery where local art paintings are showcased. The Prana Café provides board games as well. This makes it perfect if you want to spend a fun afternoon with friends.   

Location: Chapel, Ashwem Beach, Ashwem, Ashwem Beach Road, Opposite Holy Cross, Mandrem

Timings: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm, Everyday

Prices: INR 700 for 2 people

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Royal Enfield Garage Café

If bikes and traveling excite you, then you need to visit this chic café that overlooks the Arpora Creek. Crafted beer is a specialty here, which is perfect as it’s imperative you know how Goa creates its alcohol! The place has two types of seating arrangements; you can use the indoor seating that are covered with transparent glass panes, or the outdoors to feel the summer wind brushing against your cheeks. Many live bands perform here on some weekends, so you can check them out as well. 

Location: House No 560, Villa Rodrigues Arpora Baga Creek Road, near Karma Resorts, Arpora 

Timings: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, Thursdays closed

Prices: INR 1,200 for 2 people.

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Summing Up

Now you know some of the best cafes to unwind in Goa. Be it travel cafés for the wanderer in you or stylish looking places that are Instagram-friendly, Goa has something for everyone. When you’re in any of them, remember to put your phone aside for some time, and just remain calm in Goa’s serene landscape. Also, it’s even more fun when you’re doing it with family or friends. So, Happy unwinding! 

FAQs

Which Are The Best Cafés In Goa To Unwind?

Here are our top five picks, summarized:

  • Baba Au Rhum: Wide range of dishes; soothing atmosphere; great social buzz. 
  • Artjuna: Excellent Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines; place decorated with splendid handiworks; children's area available. 
  • Café Chocolatti: Serene atmosphere that is away from Candolim’s usual bustle; a good Panini, and breakfast menu. 
  • Cantina Bodega: Portuguese vibe in its galleries; excellent Vietnamese Iced Latte; a good breakfast menu. 
  • Eva Café: Offers excellent views of the Anjuna Beach; limited menu, but excellent dish presentation; the traditional furniture and ambiance gives it a Bohemian air.    

Where Are Most Cafés In Goa Located?

Many cafés are located across Goa, but a large number of them are situated in Anjuna and Candolim. You’ll find new cafés mushrooming in Panjim as well.

What Is Goan Culture?

The Portuguese influence mainly dominates the Goan culture. This is why you see a lot of Portuguese-style houses on the way, especially if you’re traveling to villages like Vagator, or Anjuna. Cafés such as Cantina Bodega, and Artjuna have very similar Portuguese-influenced abodes, so you can certainly check them out to experience Goa’s blended culture.  

What Language Is Spoken In Goa?

The locals mainly speak in Konkani in Goa, but many of them do converse in English as well. Even if they aren’t well-versed in English, they do understand Hindi and Marathi quite well. So the language barrier won’t be much of a constraint. 

Is Ola Available In Goa To Travel To Cafés?

Unfortunately, Goa doesn't have Ola or Uber. You’ll either have to rent a bike, hire a taxi, or use the public bus system to get around. We’d recommend renting a bike since the buses don’t stop on many of the interior roads.

How Far Is Goa From Pune?

Goa is around 445 km from Pune by road.

Does Goa Belong To India?

Yes, Goa does very much belong to India.

Where Is Baga Beach Located?

Baga beach is located in North Goa.