FOOD & SHOPPING

Your One-stop Guide to Vegetarian Food in Goa

Ragini Mehra

Last updated: Apr 3, 2017

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See

Basilica de Bom Jesus, an important destination for Christian pilgrims from all over the world
Chapora Fort to enjoy splendid views of the adjoining Vagator beach
Rajbagh Beach, which is one of the cleanest beaches in Goa

Shop

Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar for junk jewellery and t-shirts
Anjuna Flea Market for funky accessories and handicrafts

Click

Dil Chahta Hai style shots at Chapora Fort
Sernabatim Beach is a great place to get beautiful pictures of the sun setting into the Arabian Sea

Events

The Sunburn Festival is an electronic dance music festival held at Candolim Beach every year in December
Supersonic is a beach music festival, conceptualised by popular DJ Nikhil Chinapa and features international as well as local talent

Greetings

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How are you?: Kashi assa
How much does this cost?: Kitle poishe?

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I have been a proud vegetarian for the last year and as I travelled to a city known for its seafood, I had apprehensions about whether my first trip to Goa will be as exciting as I thought. However as the days unfolded, I discovered that there is a lot to Goa beyond just the famous non-vegetarian dishes. Goa surprised me with many wonderful options for vegetarians and I would highly recommend these five:

1. Blue Planet Café 

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Photo Credit: http://blueplanet-cafe.com/


An award-winning vegan and vegetarian restaurant, Blue Planet Café is just a five-minute walk from Agonda Beach. Only organic and fresh produce goes into the making of food here, which makes it one of the most sought after places for vegetarians and health freaks. Reservations are recommended if you’re going in a large group.

Where: Agonda, Canacona
When: Daily, 8:30 am – 11:30 pm
What to eat: Pan Fried Tofu with peanut sauce and guacamole from the vegan menu, Crispy Flaxseed noodles with mixed vegetables from the vegetarian menu

2. Infantaria 

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One of the best places for breakfast in Goa, Infantaria is well known for its milkshakes and English breakfast. However, the highlight for me was their flavoured Mushroom on Toast with chillies sprinkled all over. What looked like a rather boring preparation at first, turned out to be one of the best meals I had ever had! What’s more, the Bebinca boxes available here make for great gifts for friends back home.

Where: Calangute - Baga Junction
When: Daily, 7:30 am – 12 am
What to eat: Mushroom on Toast with Oreo Cookie & Fudge Brownie Shake

3. Brittos

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Photo Credit: Ragini Mehra


This beach shack should be on your go-to list if you wish to enjoy the wonderful beach view as you fill your belly with authentic Goan delicacies. You could start your day with some water sports at Baga beach and head to this beach side café for the most satisfying meal of your life thereafter.

Where: 614, Calangute-Baga Road, Baga
When: Daily, 8:30 am – 11:30 pm
What to eat: Mix Veg Xacuti with rice and local cashew Feni

4. Thalassa

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Spectacular views of the Arabian Sea? Check. Tempting Greek menu? Check. Ample options for vegetarians? Check! While a visit in the day is a must for the sea views, an evening at Thalassa is ideal for a romantic candle-lit dinner.

Where: Small Vagator, Ozran, Vagator
When: Daily, 9:30 am – 3 pm, 6 – 9 pm
What to eat: Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad, Greek pizzas/hot pita bread with tzatziki dips

5. Bean Me Up 

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This garden restaurant and its innovative menu have won many hearts. From the wide range of organic salads to vegan dishes from around the world, Bean Me Up is an absolute must-visit.

Where: House no. 1639 Deul Vaddo, Anjuna-Vagator
When: Daily, 8 am – 11 pm
What to eat: Guacamole with Nachos and Zucchini Spaghetti Pasta

From the disappointment of missing out on some delicious crab curries and fish preparations to discovering new vegetarian delights, my trip to Goa was definitely one that I’ll remember fondly.

Have you ever tried vegetarian food in Goa? Do share your discoveries with me!