Lush greenery, the stormy seas and heavy showers greet you as you enter Goa during the rains and offer a different side to it. Thankfully, Goa does not totally shut down in the monsoons, as it used to in the past. There are loads of shops, shacks and restaurants that are open even during the monsoons – here are the best ones!
Shacks & More: Everything That’s Still Open In Goa During The Monsoon
If you are in the South part of Goa, then Zeebop’s By The Sea is a great place to grab some yummy seafood, watch an awesome sunset or occasionally enjoy their live band performances. Sergio and his team are all about ensuring the Goan experience the whole way. And now they also have a branch in the North, on Mandrem beach that is open through the monsoons. This one is located in the Mandrem Village Resort, and by the beachfront again, so head there to enjoy great food and that awesome view.
Located in the old Latin Quarter of Fontainhas is Joseph’s Bar. Don’t expect anything fancy or even conventional seating. Do as the locals do and sit on the pavement if not the bench, enjoy some freshly locally brewed beers, or Feni, or whatever be your poison. And if you feeling hungry, definitely pig out on delicious locally home made snacks like the chorizo pao, beef or chicken keema samosas, egg cutlets and whatever else the local chef has made that day.
If you are craving some great Asian food, then Koi is Calangute is the restaurant to head to. Though not visible from the main road, it is a revelation once you enter it. Be it their impressive list of wines, or the amazing bartender that makes some delicious cocktails to the wide variety of yummylicious food and Prawns Tempura made the right way. So sit back, let the live music relax you whilst you engage in a food odyssey.
Habanero the tex-mex restaurant also happens to be where the Susegado Beer Microbrewery is located. Be it the Chimichangas or their Tacos, all goes down well with the beers on tap. And for the sweet tooth, their Churros a definite must try whilst you get your feet tapping to their live bands on the weekends.
Cohiba is the fun party place that also stays open through the monsoons and has some amazing bands playing there on weekends. The trifecta of good food, drinks & music can be found here.
Cantare, the local village watering hole is open throughout the year and offers live music pretty much every night. Yummy Goan food, home made style fries, quiz night & karaoke music on Wednesdays and scrumptious Thai food for lunch. Their Jazz Band that plays on Monday Jazz nights is legendary.
The Oak Barrel
The Oak Barrel is where one goes to grab Oriental & Asian cuisines as well as regular pub grub. Not to mention their comfy lounge feel and ambience that just evokes the urge to sit back with a glass of single malt and watch the rain fall outside.