It’s 2022 and we’ve got 22 things for you to do in Goa!
Forget the usual commercial spots where all the tourist Titlis hover, we’ve got the best of the best, covered in this extensive list. Partying, shopping, chilling, dining - whatever be your scene, these are the things you should be doing and the places where you should be seen!
Paddle through the backwaters of Goa surrounded by dense mangroves. CyclingZen organises kayaking tours across the Chapora river with trained experts to guide you through the serene waters.
2. Feni flight at FTR - For The Record
Step back in time in India’s only vinyl record bar. And down a few feni cocktails while you’re there. The bar is inspired by the tiny vinyl bars in Tokyo and serves indigenous cocktails and craft drinks.Say V Escapes sent you and Buland, the owner, might just craft a special brew just for you. Off the record of course.
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3. Bread making class with Parsi Pao
French baguettes, flakey croissants, bring your wine and you’ll be in Paris. Albeit, a Parsi version of Paris. This epic bread lab teaches you how to make artisanal bread. Country loaves, sourdough and pao, whatever you dough, you can take it to go!
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4. Cocktails on the beach at Amber Cocktail Bar
Make sunsets delicious! Make your way to Ashvem beach an hour before the sun sets, order craft cocktails, they’re all made with locally sourced fresh fruits and homemade syrups and enjoy the music as you lounge on the beach. Amber Cocktail Bar with its talented mixologists will sure make you glad you came.
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5. Goa Collective Bazaar
One place, multiple destinations. This is where you’ll find the best of what Goa has to offer in food, clothes, trinkets, music and so much more! The hilltop market is open every Friday from 3 pm to 3 am. Grab a beer, make some dream catchers, enjoy an LED show, marvel at the fire dancers and smash some burgers. The market’s got Friyay covered.
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6. Visit UNESCO heritage sites
The Portuguese ruled Goa for 450 years and brought in European architecture. Take a tour of the city’s beautiful churches and explore the heritage sites it has to offer. Check out St.Augustine Tower,Goa Velha and Basilica of Bom Jesus to know the history of the city.
7. Moonlit walks on Ashvem beach
Stretches of sand, soft gushing waves, a shimmering dark sky. Ashvem beach is serene and secluded, perfect for a stroll under the moonshine.
8. South Indian food at Sappadu
Madras filter coffee, banana leaf thalis and exquisite southern treats. Experience a Tamilian style meal in this rustic restaurant in Assagao. It’s the perfect place for a lazy Sunday.
Far away from the crowded beaches of Goa, tour the city on 2 wheels. This is the perfect outdoor activity to do with friends and family. CyclingZen organises guided tours on electric bikes. Visit the bird sanctuary and peddle back or chart out your own journey by renting their cycles for a few hours of leisure.
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10. Smoothies at Earth Mama
Gluten free, plant based and delicious. Earth mama’s smoothie bowls should definitely be on your breakfast bucket list when you visit.
11. Brewery tour
Beer fans, this one's for you. Maka di offers brewery tours where you can watch the liquid gold get made. Bond over beer as you sample their craft brews and play games. This is a sure-shot way to have a delightful day.
12. Dine at Vedro
Eccentricity has a new name. It’s Vedro! Dine on delicious eccentric Indian cuisine served in delightful ways with divine cocktails. This upcoming new bar and kitchen is gearing up with a fabulous vibe and unique dishes. Located in Panjim, make sure you hit this hotspot on your visit.
13. Sunset at Chapora river
Catch a beautiful sunset at Chapora. Watch the sky turn orange and pink and reflect over the gentle waters of this scenic river. You can even take a houseboat tour or go flyboarding on its calm waters.
14. Dolphin tour
Did you know Goa has dolphins? It’s home to the endangered Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins and with Terra Conscious's ethical dolphin watching tours you can learn more about them as you sail into the Arabian sea and catch sight of these mesmerising beauties.
15. A luxury staycation at Villa In Palms by V Escapes
Located in a serene estate in Sangolda, North Goa is this unique architectural marvel. Designed by celebrated architect Alan Abraham, the rustic-chic villa is surrounded by beautiful palm trees and offers a one-of-its-kind luxury experience. With world-class amenities, a private pool, gym and a staff of 15 that includes 2 chefs, chauffeurs, bartenders and a Villa Experiences Manager to curate a personalised itinerary for you, this is a uniquely special homestay. The award-winning villa has been home to celebrities like Hrithik Roshan, Kunal Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty and Suzanne Khan to name a few as their preferred getaway in Goa. Bookmark the page for planning your next holiday!
16. Breakfast at Orange Boom
Walk in for fresh juices and generous, hearty portions. Since 1989, mornings here smell of eggs made to order, fried bacon, waffles, open sandwiches and coffee. This simple cafe is located in Anjuna and you’ll love it for its simplicity and it’s traditional breakfast that too is simply delicious.
17. Late nights at House of Chapora
Alternative music, amazing artists, a boho-chic vibe, drinks and dancing. That's the House of Chapora in a nutshell. Located by the bay, this unique space is the spot to be if you want to get your groove on late at night.
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18. Shop at Commo Collective
If you’re always hunting for exclusivity, head straight to Commo. It’s the preferred fashion destination for shoppers looking for fabulous designer wear. They curate handpicked styles from across the country. Step in to give your wardrobe a chic makeover.
19. Dine at Makutsu
This newly opened yakitori joint is a tiny Japanese style restaurant that’s very hard to get into. Why? Because it’s always full. This 16-seater joint serves authentic Japanese plates. We recommend you pre-book before you go. If you’re staying at Villa In Palms, Goa let the Villa Experiences Manager know that you’d like a table and you won’t even have to lift a finger to make the booking, it will be arranged for you.
20. Go clubbing at Hammerzz
Dance the night away at this epic seaside club. Hammerzz has hosted artists like AP Dhillon and offers a high energy vibe with flashy neon disco lights and a pumping sound system that will have your feet hammering on the dance floor all night.
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21. Breakfast at Mojigao
Wellness in the woods. Come to Mojigao for yoga with a side of croissants. From the founders of Artjuna comes this beautiful cafe located in a remote spot in Assagao. Grab a healthy bite to detox the partying from your body. Do try the fresh fruit juices and fresh avocado salad.
22. Shop at the La Plage Market
This beautiful bohemian style market houses all white tents and stalls featuring stunning designer wear. The open-air beachside market is open in all seasons and you’re sure to come home with remarkable finds.
Make sure you add all these 22 experiences to your Goa bucket list. If we’re being honest, we have more than 22 places up our sleeves for you to discover in Goa. When you stay with us at Villa In Palms we’ll ensure we handpick and recommend experiences for you that you’re sure to love. Some of them are not even on the list and are available only for our guests at the villa. We hope you enjoy your stay in Goa and this list has got you planning your holiday already! If not, save it for future use and share it with someone who is ready to go Goa!