Goa might be famous for its picturesque beaches, but Goa’s quaint cafes are just as dainty for that exquisite snapshot. A trip to Goa is incomplete without visiting its cafes, bistros, and bars, it is the culinary journey woven with aesthetics. These cafes are built with love & passion, and that reflects in their decor, design, and dining. A visit to cafes with exotic themes and artistic elements is not only a remarkable experience, but it is also a delight for your Instagram feed.
Here are our top picks for Instagram-worthy cafes in Goa.
Eva Cafe, Anjuna
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Anjuna beach, Eva cafe is a cosy little all-day nest. The all-white decor with wooden furniture adds to its Santorini vibe. The crochet, wooden frames & furniture, and the deck chairs teleport you to Greece. It has a simple menu, but it is served most ornately, crafting a gourmet yet homely experience. They have a perfect snack for every hour of the day, from breakfast bowls & pancakes to crepes, salads, smoothies and more. You can also grab a beer, sit by the sea and enjoy your evening at the cafe. It is listed as one of the top cafes in What’s hot’s list of the liveliest cafes in Goa for a reason.
Though you don’t need a reservation at the cafe, you might have to wait for a table. Go there around late afternoon to enjoy the sunset. The cafe closes at 8, make sure you make it there on time. The cafe is right on the beach and very easy to find if you’re already in Anjuna.
Address: North Anjuna, Prais De San Anton, Near Anjuna, Anjuna, Goa
Cost for two: ₹800 ($11)
Royal Enfield Garage Cafe, Baga
Heaven for bikers and non-bikers alike. Every corner of the Royal Enfield Garage Cafe reflects the heritage of the brand. Located in the Baga creek locale in Aprora, it is an escape into pure motorcycling. The Portuguese style structure is thoughtfully designed with elements of motorcycles that are true to the brand and its story. The design philosophy of the creators amplifies the vibe of the place. The material used in the cafe is indigenous to Goa, and artwork on the tiles is created by Goan artisans as a tribute to Azulejos tile art. The cafe has not only an exceptional interior but also a fantastic view of Baga Creek. It has some vintage and latest bikes on display, including the original 1963 Continental GT cafe racer and the Royal Enfield Classic 500 miniature (the bike took over two-years to make). The half-acre space houses a Royal Enfield museum, a garage, a store, and a spacious cafe.
The cafe is a motley of all things vintage and antique, and on top, the food brings it all together. The wood-fired pizzas, the delicious dessert and cocktails make for a perfect evening.
Address: House 560, Villa Rodrigues, Baga Creek Road, Arpora, Near Baga, Goa
Cost for two: ₹ 1200 ($16)
Purple Martini, Anjuna
Purple Martini is a dreamy place for sundowners with mesmerising views and a chilled-out vibe. The decor is simple and the place overall has a ‘by the beach’ vibe. The white furniture with blue magnifies the aura of the place. You can spend all day under the shade and lounge outside at dusk. Perched on a cliff, the diner offers a panoramic view of the Anjuna beach. This quaint place by the beach comes to life at night, with music, sundowners and live events. Purple martini’s fusion drinks make the evening better as you watch the sun go down. The menu is simple with multi-cuisine options. You can order everything from North Indian to Continental. The place is a hotspot on weekends with their lively Saxophone Saturdays.
You don’t need to reserve a table, but it is one of the most popular restaurants among tourists, so it is better to go early.
P.S. They offer free shots to everyone who posts pictures on Instagram, tagging Purple Martini.
Address: St. Anthony praise waddo, near club nyex, Anjuna, Goa 403509
Cost for two: ₹1500 ($20)
Old Bombay, Baga Creek
Old Bombay is a palatial mingling of the rustic, boho-chic and classy interior for the old souls. The cafe is right on the Baga-Arpora Road, a three-storey Portuguese style house, converted into a cafe, bistro and bar. Each floor is designed with a specific style and vibe. The cafe looks bright with its vibrant colours, bold murals and wallpapers, cane chairs & tables, and the colourful cushion gives it a hipster vibe. The first floor is the laid-back bistro with blue wooden flooring and day beds to lounge. The teal & gold walls, chandeliers and lamps give it a vintage and timeless feel. The outdoor sitting on the first-floor balcony is the most picturesque spot in the cafe. Comfy cushions, colourful rugs & stools and the overhead floral decor make this an Insta-perfect spot. The top floor is a dramatic switch from the vibrant colours of the bottom floors. It is entirely designed in earthy monotones with cane, jute and bamboo. The perfect blend of minimalist and rich interior adds to the luxurious touch. The top floor gives on to the 360-degree view of the landscape and the creek.
Address: 5162, Baga Creek Road, Near Marinha Dourada Resort, Near Baga, Goa
Cost for two: ₹ 1600 ($22)
Cafe Bodega, Altinho
Cafe Bodega is a serene escape inside the big Portuguese mansion. Located in the vicinity of the Sunaparanta Center for the Arts, this courtyard cafe offers an authentic blend of cafe culture and art. The azure and white hues of the mansion and the tasteful wooden interior transport you to the era gone by. The wooden railings and the cafe’s effortless design give it the timeless simplicity that is rare to find. The peaceful ambience of the cafe is distinct from most cafes in Goa. The freshly baked bread & cakes and the smell of the bakery fills you with a homely warmth. This beautiful heritage building is located in Altinho, Panjim.
Address: 63/C-8, Sunaparanta Centre For The Arts, Altinho, Near Lar De Estudantes, Panjim.
Cost for two: ₹800 ($11)
Thalassa is soaked in Greek culture and hospitality. The white decor, terrazzo flooring, rustic wooden shelters, and cane furniture take you to Greece. Water-front tavern is one of the most popular places in Goa. Thalassa is set where water meets land, crafting a lifetime experience for you with their warm hospitality, alluring ambience, live events and delicious Greek cuisine. What adds to the experience are the sunsets from this place. The location is perfect for evenings. The electric vibe of the place charges you with energy. The decor is an ideal blend of laid-back feels of Goa and the exotic tropical feel. The restaurant is always busy. Book a table before you go (especially in the evenings). To book a table, go to their website here. The place might be a bit hard to find, but Google maps will give you an accurate location.
Address: Plot 301, 1, Near Teso Waterfront, Vaddy, Siolim, Goa
Cost for two: ₹ 2100 ($28)
Image Credits: The respective cafes’ Facebook pages.