Goa: the party capital of India — that’s how the smallest state of this South Asian country is often defined. This buzzy town
believes in ‘partying hard, partying all night’, so finding a place to satisfy your after-hours cravings is a cinch. Whether you’re in the mood for a light bite to sober up or something a bit more substantial, you’ll find it all in the twilight hours across Goa
. Here’s the lowdown on the best spots for late-night eats.
Curlies Beach Shack Goa Anjuna
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Curlies | © Ashwin Kumar / Flickr
Offering rooftop seating with spectacular sea views, Curlies Beach Shack is one of Goa’s favourite beachside shacks. Here you can munch on the delish Goan cuisine
and chug down a couple of beers, while soaking up the sight of Anjuna Beach and the star-studded skies. The inviting aura, along with a lively ambience, is what makes this buzzy joint a hit among the night owls.
Bora Bora Life
Bar, Restaurant, Russian, Thai, Japanese, Italian, $$$
Set on the scenic Morjim beach, Bora Bora Life
is known for its laid-back vibe, good music, soothing views and eclectic menu. From Russian, Thai and Japanese favourites to classic Italian pasta and pizza, every delicacy dished out at this shoreside haunt is finger-licking good. And the plus point: it’s open 24 hours, feeding the late-night crowd right through until morning.
Cafe, Fast Food, Indian, Dessert, $$$
Can’t decide between a cheese-laden pizza or stack of lip-smacking pancakes come 1am? Fret not, Aunty Maria lets you savour all this and more in the wee hours of the night; your ultimate life saviour it is. On the breakfast menu is everything from pancakes and waffles to sausages, omelettes and sandwiches, while bakery items include pastries and croissants — you’ll get it all here. A rundown of the best late-night eats in Goa wouldn’t be complete without a mention of this cosy café, which is open 24 hours a day.
Bar, Restaurant, Indian, Chinese, $$$
is almost an institution for hungry night crawlers. Snag a seat in the al fresco dining area, bedecked with candlelit tables and comfy, cushion-topped cane chairs, and nosh on a variety of dishes — pick from traditional Goan, Continental, Indian, Chinese, Tandoori and fresh seafood. But be warned, the aroma of the authentic plates will tempt you to have more. As an added bonus, a fully stocked bar will quench your thirst at odd hours.
Baptis Bar & Restaurant
Restaurant, Bar, Indian, Seafood, Chinese, $$$
If you’re in the mood for some midnight munchies after a night out on the town, Baptis Bar & Restaurant
is the place to go. The tantalising dishes — think Goan, Chinese, Indian and Tandoori — coupled with delicious exotic cocktails are a perfect treat for your tastebuds in the small hours. A convivial atmosphere and impeccable service add to the charm of this spot.
The Mango Tree
Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, Chinese, Indian, Israeli, Thai, $$$
Conveniently located on Vagator’s main street, The Mango Tree is a one-stop spot for people from all walks of life for its chilled-out vibe, people-watching potential, refreshing cocktails and mocktails, and diverse menu spanning Goan specialties, seafood, Thai, Israeli and Chinese. No matter what time you visit this place, you’ll definitely be bowled over by its delicious and wide-reaching food and drinks menu.
Kentuckee Seafood Restaurant
Restaurant, Indian, Seafood, $$$
Want to savour Goa’s sizzling seafood specialties, like prawn balchao, fried fish or grilled kingfish, in the dark of the night when the entire city is asleep? Make a beeline for Kentuckee Seafood Restaurant
. With live music playing in the background, stunning views of Colva beach and a plate full of fresh seafood, you’re bound to fall head over heels in love with this irresistible gem.
Deli, Indian, Italian, Fast Food, $$$
What other than a chocolatey mug of caffè mocha along with a pile of fluffy waffles could make your night better? At Thirsty Bear, you’ll find an array of savouries and quick bites, including sandwiches, rolls, salads, pastas, burgers and pizzas. What’s more, there’s a variety of milkshakes, coffees, slushes, fresh juices and iced teas to wash your snacks down with. This 24-hour hotspot also offers free wi-fi, so you can upload your Instagram snaps as you munch. What more do you need?
Cafe, Indian, Fast Food, $$$
Flagging after one too many nights on the tiles and need a caffeine hit to push through the energy slump? Drop by Kavana, which is open 24/7, to take advantage of all-hours coffee and shakes, along with light snacks at reasonable prices.