Best Places to Visit In Goa

If you are headed to Goa for your next vacation you have come you the right place to discover all the best places to visit in Goa!

I finally made it to Goa. It has been a dream of mine for almost 4 years now and it finally happened.

We took a bus from Bangalore and got off at the Panjim bus stand. As soon as we got off the bus, we called a scooter renting centre recommended by a friend of ours and we were off. We stayed at Oyo 1193 Village Square in Vagator. It’s a great place to stay. With great service, great food, nice people and it’s super close to Vagator and Anjuna beaches which is where I spent most of my visit.

How Goa Feels

I feel like a lot of people, including myself usually have the wrong idea about Goa. Like most Goa virgins, I assumed it to be a total party place, people going crazy on the street etc etc. But the Goa, I experienced and I am sure most of you will agree is completely different.

I am not saying that people don’t party in Goa, but they just do it in certain places. There are certain spots allocated and the party just sort of stays there. To be honest for the first couple of hours I was a little disappointed and surprised by how quaint and normal Goa seemed. It seemed like any other city-town in India, plus beaches. But once I got settled in, things changed.

Here’s a little something I wrote about how I felt, when I was staring out on to Anjuna Beach whilst seated, sipping a Mojito at a popular restaurant named Curlies:

“There’s something about the sun against your skin in Goa, that you wouldn’t mind getting tan for. And something about looking at the movement of the waves, that feels like someone is hitting a refresh button on all your stress and nerves. The waves sparkle and the vibes of the people make you feel as if you are safe and at peace too.

You may have to ward off a few crows and dogs here and there, but the view is worth it.”

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Now enough about my emotions, let me give you the lowdown on the best places to visit in Vagator and  Anjuna to get the whole Goa experience:

Best Places to Visit in Goa


The quintessential spot in Goa, would have to be Curlies, which is on Anjuna beach. It was literally the first place we went to, once we had dropped our bags off at the hotel. It is one of the most beloved shacks, that has been around for ages and definitely one of the best places to visit in Goa.

What I recommend trying: Mojitos and Bacon Pizzas. They also serve super fresh seafood, so go crazy on that as well.

I also tried Fenny (Goan Toddy), here in the coconut flavour, and to be honest I did not like it so much.

2. Chapora Fort

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I put this stop second because I am automatically assuming that all those of you reading are also like me and would have made it to Curlies for a late brunch-ish situation. So after you feel like your food has digested enough, around 4:30-5:30 ish make your way to Chapora Fort, a.k.a the Dil Chahta Hain Fort.

I must warn you, it’s a little bit of a climb. So carry water and refreshments. Once you climb all the way to the top, the view is amazing which is why it made it on my list of the best places to visit in Goa.

What to look out for: The lemonade dude waiting on top, with some hilarious taglines.

3. Goa’s Ark

This place may not be right on the main road and could be a little hard to find at night, but the wait is worth it. This restaurant has major middle-eastern vibes and makes you feel as if you are in the second movie of Sex and the City, in Abu Dhabi. The food is amazingly fresh and filling, and the music is amazing.

What I recommend trying: Hummus Meat, Ark Burger, Mojito & Cahlua.

4. Anjuna Beach

Head back to Anjuna Beach to close the night. There’s usually a party happening on this beach and it’s pretty well-crowded. You can either choose to have a seat, drink the night away or join the party. And the one that I saw was a barefoot party, so everyone who came had to give up their footwear, which was something I found pretty hillarious.

5. Italian Romero

You have not had good Italian food in India, till you have been to Italian Romero in Vagator. They have the best Italian food that I have had in my life. The place has a sitting area with tables and chairs and a floor seating area where you can eat at ground level. Mouth-watering cheese and brick oven tossed pizza are the USP of the place.

What I recommend trying: Beef Pizza, Sangria, Chicken Lasagna, Chicken Burger

6. Mango Tree

We visited this place at around 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. for dinner. The place was pretty crowded and we had to wait for a seat. It was clear that this was a popular hangout, and for pretty good reasons: good ambiance, good mix of people, cheap food and decent drink prices.

7. Sakana

This one is for all the Japanese food lovers. The second you step through the gates of this restaurant, you immediately feel an energy shift. There is a typical Japanese bridge that you have to walk over to enter the restaurant. This authentic Japanese restaurant has the typical red lanterns and cherry blossom trees which are absolutely stunning. The cuisine is well, you guessed it: JAPANESE and very delicious. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Goa.
What I recommend trying: Japanese Cheesecake

8. Vagator Beach

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Best Places to Visit in Goa

This beach stretches for miles and miles. They have a specific seating area attached to a restaurant, so you can just chill on the beach and order food and drinks to your heart’s content. You have seats with tables or super comfy chairs to just lay out on.
What I recommend: Order lot’s of beer and carry your portable speakers.

9. Burger Factory

If you love burgers you have to try this spot. An exclusive joint for burger lovers, they serve burgers and shakes and nothing more. What makes it one of the best places to visit in Goa is that despite being a super tiny place, is it’s well curated interiors and scrumptious food makes it very much worth the trip.

Side note: A funny thing happened to us while we visited the Burger Factory. There was a lone dog who was wandering about, who sort of fell in love with my friend. So when we got out of the restaurant to get on our scooter and ride back to our hotel, the dog was waiting for us on our scooter and would not get off it. So basically, we had to ride back to the hotel with the dog riding with us. We left the scooter outside and by morning the dog was gone, but it was quite a hilarious memory when I think back on it.

Final Thoughts:

You have to be in Goa for at least 5 days. That is the recommended time. What I have described so far, is just a part of North Goa. There is still Central Goa and South Goa, which I have yet to explore and I will definitely update on you on it when I do.

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