Meal With A View: Our Pick Of Restaurants In Goa With The Best Beach View
This is a local hangout near the Dona Paula stretch that sits atop a cliff, giving you some Insta ready photo ops. And if that is not enough, then indulge in their food, live music and sun soaked evenings. Their Goan fare is delicately done (that Xacuti is yum) and we can look at the expanse of water that stretches endlessly, for hours. And if you got a special occasion, book yourself a cosy cabana, pop open a champagne and enjoy the evening.
This all-year-round shack on Colva beach offers sweeping views of the sea and the beach. Crystal clear waters and lesser crowds than the other north beaches are additional incentives to make a trek here. In fact, Colva beach offers beautiful sunsets and Boomerang ensures that you can sit there and soak them all in. To keep things lively, they host karaoke and live music nights and of course, their amazing (and affordable) seafood and cold beer is always there for good company.
Thalassa has moved from its legendary Vagator spot to a quieter, more unexpected spot in Siolim. We've been itching to go back here and enjoy their sangria and Greek salad but are yet to make a trip. And guess what, the folks promise us that the views at sunset are equally stunning because it overlooks the juncture where the river meets the sea. Sigh... Can't wait to re-live the nights with fire dancers and that lovely Thalassa vibe.
This hidden gem at the mouth of the Mandovi river (when it opens in to the sea) offers an amazing view. Come low tide, you can see the crabs skittering about over the rocks. But come high tide, especially in the monsoons, you can watch the sea churn and spray you with its foam whilst you sit here and enjoy their scrumptious seafood.
Pousada By The Beach
If this sassy shack is good enough for Bollywood, it's good enough for you. Right? We love that this is tucked away in a quiet lane on Calangute beach (yes, a quiet spot exists) that's not crammed with tourists. Their forte is Goan food and their service is infinitely better than most of the neighbouring shacks. Brownie points for Joshua (the owner) and friendly doggos, Chai and Biscuit, who make a meal here pretty darn memorable.
Although that restaurant stretch on Anjuna beach isn't our favourite part of Goa, there's but one cafe that always calls us back. If you're a brunch person by the day and wine lover by the evening, pick this laidback spot to enjoy the beach. With its all-white decor, chill music and boho character, it wins hands-down in terms of location. And hey, you can literally walk down a few steps and be on the rocky beach. The only downsides? It shuts around 8pm and is mostly vegetarian (they do have eggs though).
Palolem beach that's packed with shacks might have been lovely if there weren't hordes of tourists around. This is why, we prefer walking in the opposite direction towards what (to us) looks like the best spot in Palolem for sunsets and beach views. Meet Sundowner, an island bar that's got views on both ends to die for. We've heard stories of people who've walked up here and have taken a boat on the way back thanks to the alcohol and the high tide. Go here for pizzas, cocktails and bonfires by the beach.
Does it get better than the view of Vagator's green hills on one side and Ozran beach on the other? Perhaps not. This is why we love this culinary bar that's as beautiful and fresh in the day as it's groovy and sassy at night. Meet Titlie with its collaborative cuisine, a comforting mix of Indian and International recipes and some killer cocktails. We suggest getting here in time for the sunset and getting Porcini French Toast, Chimichurri Goat Boti and Grilled Snapper for sure.