Most people avoid Panjim and head straight to the beaches when in Goa. Sadly they miss out on so much, as Panjim offers much more than just being the capital city of Goa. If the next time you want to explore or are chilling in Panjim, check these places out.
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Start off with a hearty breakfast at Café Bodega, a hidden gem located within the confines of the Sunaparanta Art Gallery. Located in Altinho, which is like the Malabar Hill of Goa, this is a lovely heritage building with the Al Fresco dining too. The café offers a nice variety of food whilst you enjoy the calm and beautiful surroundings of the Gallery. Also check out their exhibhits once you are done. You can even walk or ride around Altinho and check out the view from the top of the hill. Or even see the imposing Chief Minister’s or the Archbishop’s official residences.
Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Next I would head down to the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. This is a beautiful and famous church, located in the city centre, and definitely worth checking out. From the majestic steps rising up to the church, to it’s pristine white colour with blue trimmings, this location definitely makes it Instagram worthy.
Indulge in some retail therapy in the Panjim main market post your visit to the Church. From well-known brands to the local offerings, Panjim market has it all. So stock up on your alcohol, kajus or souvenirs whilst you shop here and enjoy the local ambience.
Crown Hotel Goa
Once shopping is done, then head off for lunch to the Crown Hotel Goa. Sitting atop a tiny hill, this hotel offers some majestic views of the Mandovi River whilst you sit poolside. The cool breeze, some King’s beer and the prawns will be great company here.
The Latin Quarter of Fontainhas is now a Heritage Precinct and well worth a visit. Though a small area, it displays beautiful architecture from the bygone era. With tiny lanes and walkways, colourful buildings, few local bars and businesses, give this space so much character. And not to mention the beautiful Chapel located within the precinct. So walk around or do one of the professionally managed tours, and then head of to Panjim Inn, Route 66 or Viva Panjim for dinner.
Head on down to the local pub Mojo’s for some after dinner dancing or just playing foosball or pool.