- Bethan Sweeting
Situated on Palolem Beach’s main road behind the rickshaw stand, Café Inn is easy to find and is not to be missed. With a range of Mediterranean, Israeli, English and Indian cuisine, Café Inn has everything needed to constitute a hearty meal fit for any appetite. They serve quality breakfasts – from a full English to muesli with fresh juice; and lunches – from avocado sandwiches to salads. With so many choices, decisions are difficult to make. However, sampling their mezze platter is imperative. Crafted with care, all dishes are homemade and exquisitely tasty.
Address: Cafe Inn, Palolem, Canacona, Goa, India +91 98503 49021
A little hidden but well worth discovering, what appears to be a narrow alleyway is the entrance to Little World. Go in and choose among only six tables in this cozy, authentic Indian café. Customer service with a very personal touch, al fresco dining in the patio area and their beautiful decoration of tapestries and sculptures of Shiva are some of Little World’s features. Order one of their famous fruit shakes or a light, fluffy omelette. With the most delicious cup of chai for only 10 Rupees, Little World is one of Palolem’s treasures.
Address: Little World, Palolem, Canacona, Goa, India +91 98879 56810
Situated on the beach front, Dropadi restaurant is the ideal place for enjoying dinner with a beautiful view of the sunset. Serving cocktails, fine wine and snacks, Dropadi is a welcoming refreshment stop whilst having a lazy day on the beach. Order their seafood platter for some freshly caught produce, right from the Goan waters, or a local Indian dish. Either way, the backdrop of the Arabian sea makes for a picturesque mealtime.
Address: Dropadi Bar & Restaurant, Main Street, Palolem Beach, Palolem, Canacona, Goa, India+91 832 264 4555
An atmospheric restaurant utilising fresh, locally sourced produce and providing live music in the evenings, the Crystal Goa is a place to visit more than once whilst staying in Palolem. The generously sized portions make it possible to order a few options from the menu to share, recommended for sampling a variety of the quality dishes on the menu. With fresh seafood, some of the best curries in Palolem beach, and talented evening entertainment; Crystal Goa will not disappoint.
Address: Crystal Goa, House 274, Palolem, Canacona, Goa, India +91 91587 22414
Looking out onto the beach front, the Papillon restaurant is a pleasant place for an afternoon drink at the bar, a light snack in their chill-out area or a proper meal in their dining room. Food is prepared by their experienced chefs and ranges from traditional tandoor dishes to Chinese specialties. They also offer favorite staples including salads and tasty Goan seafood dishes.
Address: Papillon Restaurant, Palolem, Canacona, Goa, India +919890495470
Worth booking in advance during high season, this small gastro-fusion restaurant, Ourem 88, attracts an impressive amount of visitors due to its delicious dishes and menu genius. Providing a slice of affordable luxury, Ourem 88 has every expertly prepared indulgence you could wish for: from calamari to slow-roasted pork belly. With a teasing selection of tempting desserts, the perfect end to a splendid and satisfying meal, make sure to opt for a homely apple crumble or a light and fluffy soufflé.
Address: Ourem 88, Mohanbagh, Palolem, Canacona, Goa, India +91 86988 27679
The LaLit – Canacona
Situated a short distance away from Palolem Beach, it is worth venturing out of the area for a real treat in the midst of luxury in this restaurant. Fine dining at its best in Goa can be found at TheLaLit Golf and Spa Resort. This five-star complex boasts six different restaurants each with a unique niche to focus on. Experienced and acclaimed chefs create delectable plates from many different cuisines: Indian, Portuguese and Mediterranean are just some of the specialties they can whip up. Tastefully decorated, with effortlessly stylish surroundings and spectacular views over the Arabian Sea, The LaLit is a taste of heaven.
Address: Raj Baga, Palolem, Canacona, Goa, India +91 832 266 7777
The Space Goa
Offering more than just a quick bite to eat, Space Goa encompasses a gourmet deli, craft shop and a reflexology center. Serving wholesome and organic food, Space Goa provides revitalizing and healthy meals. Sourcing their produce locally, and specializing in raw, vegan, and naturally sweetened ingredients this is the place to go for lovers of healthy, sustainable eating. With a healing ambiance to accompany the peaceful retreat, there really is no better place to embrace a balanced diet than Space Goa.
Address: The Space Goa, 261 Devabag, Canacona, Palolem, Goa, India +91 832 264 3258
Perhaps one of the most cherished breakfast spots on Palolem Beach, the German Bakery is known for its scrumptious baked goods. With fresh bakes prepared daily, the standard of produce is high. They also offer more substantial meals ideal for a light-bite luncheon including sandwiches, hot dogs and wraps. With warm customer service and an authentic feel, the German Bakery is an imperative stop on a holiday patisserie hunt.
If you’re craving an Italian mix of herbs and carbs like pizza and pasta look no further than Magic Italy. For Italian food enthusiasts, if South Indian curry or seafood is off the menu, this is a lovely restaurant to satisfy any Western-cuisine withdrawal symptoms. Run by Italian owners, the dishes are authentic and expertly prepared. Recline on the Arabian-style floor cushions and soak up the background chatter in this effortlessly enjoyable restaurant.