You either love the Goa rains or you hate them. If you tend to romanticise quaint homestay living and coffee dates when it pours, you’re in luck. We’ve asked around and collated a list of our favourite cafes that’ll be up, running and serving this monsoon. Of course, if you’re vacationing and would like more options in one vicinity, Panjim with its yummy bowl of new restaurants (hey Tataki, nice to meet you Black Market and oh, hello Soul Chef), and old classics (Kokni Kanteen and Joseph Bar, love you guys) will always come to your rescue. We, however, are listing out the more unexpected cafes that might be a lovely winding drive away.
Goa Vacation In The Rains? Here's A List Of 15 Amazing Cafes That'll Be Open
Yes, we’re guilty of loving this Vagator cafe a bit much. Can you blame us when it’s got yummy coffee, burgers, weekly music gigs, workshops and an affordable BnB, all wrapped up in a cosy, green cubbyhole? We checked in on Hideaway recently and they’ve already got a special area under a shed to keep all those good vibes, drinks and music going through the rains.
Amrapali House Of Grace
Lucky for us, a part of this cafe is indoors while the other half in a semi-covered balcony that overlooks the river. Tucked inside a boutique homestay, the cafe makes for a picture perfect pitstop to or on your way from the airport as well. Their dainty desserts to poi sandwiches to vodka pasta and even pakoras make for great company. If you're more of a chai/coffee person, you can have your cuppa with a stellar view, right here.
If you’re all love for the rustic outdoors, Mojigao can easily fool you into believing that you’re in the hills. Their menu is a celebration of everything healthy and happy so, we'll take their amazing coffee and mezze platter at any time of a rainy day. Treat yourself to their vegetarian breakfast (croissants and sandwiches ftw) or have your evening java soaking in sights and sounds from their rain-drenched garden. Remember though, they shut around 5:30pm so no dinner plans.
This micro-bakery in Anjuna that's open from Wed-Sun in the evenings, has decided to keep its oven fired up through the Goa monsoons. On its nice terrace, our favourite baker couple will keep serving up delish sourdough pepperoni and veggie pizzas, kombucha, sinful desserts and breads with dips (cream cheese, looking at ya). We believe this will be a gem on a thunderous evening when we keep ourselves warm with all those hot, cheesy/chocolatey slices of happiness.
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 and karaoke on Wednesdays. Their Jazz band that plays on Monday Jazz nights is legendary. Nothing soothes the soul like an evening of good music after days of relentless rain, right?
A constant in our lives, this one's that trusted friend who's had our back for years. Its salads, sandwiches, gelato, waffles and coffee keep us driving back. Come hail, come high water, we just need a reason to park ourselves in that hippie garden and eat shakshouka and tahini bowls. Also, to hold a glass of hot lemon, ginger and honey tea on an exceptionally cool, post rain evening date!
Uddo Sunset Bar
We'd be lying if we said we're regulars here but that doesn't take away from the one time we watched the sunset here and fell in love. It's obvious that the monsoons would mean watching the showers through their transparent curtains but we aren't complaining. We're not sure Uddo Sunset Bar will have a special monsoon menu but if not, their masala fries, beer and seafood bar snacks are enough to keep us in a good mood. Of course, beer and cocktails make everything that much better.
The Project Cafe
Having recently professed that they’ll be there for us come rain, come sunshine, we’re glad that we’ll be able to have Blue Tokai coffee, waffles, rice noodles and big breakfasts in Assagao. The heritage lane is a sight to behold in the monsoons and while the area itself is lazy and sleepy, we can but count on a good meal at The Project Cafe followed by a round of drinks at Escobar in the evening.
While the whole Palolem beach stretch with shacks dies out during the monsoons, Cafe Inn continues to thrive with guests surviving the downpour with coffee and some warm vibes. The cafe’s loved for its big English breakfast, coffee and waffles. This year, they’re even hosting art workshops for children to keep them occupied through rainy days.
Panjim might be slightly notorious for getting flooded in the rains but will we brave it to have an outdoor-sy meal at this classic Altinho cafe? Yes, no doubt. Perched on a hill and designed around a beautiful courtyard, Bodega's undoubtedly our go-to for a leisurely monsoon brekkie or chai-time snacks. They’re being generous by keeping it open on Sundays and even have a new menu. Miso chicken, eggs, pizzas, pancakes and kombucha… So many reasons to head over.
Wok n' Roll
If you’re around Candolim and need to run for shelter (and soups), Wok n’ Roll does a stellar spread of South East Asian cuisine. Their cocktails make for a compelling case, along with perhaps, their noodles, curries and a certain drunken chicken that’s a crowd favourite.
Pousada By The Beach
This beautiful beach shack is an absolute gem in Calangute and in the monsoons, perhaps your best bet to witness the beach in its stormy, raging and often dramatic avatar. With their Goan delicacies done to perfection, there's nothing you'd like more on a rainy day than to be surrounded by puppy love courtesy two goofy, in-house Labradors, Chai and Biscuit and a hot plate of Goan curry. Apart from it being a regular haunt for B-Town celebs, it's just the place to give xacuti, cafreal and preparations in other local masalas a shot too. So, go ahead, grab a beer and live your best Goa life.
Baba Au Rhum
This quaint garden cafe in Anjuna is buzzing during season time but wears a serene vibe in the rains. Baba Au Rhum is, for most people a preferred breakfast spot with coffee and croissants that never disappoint. There's of course, an impressive variety of seasonal smoothies and literally one of the best wood-fired pizzas you'll get in the North. If that doesn't make for a compelling enough case, we don't know what else will. If mornings aren't your jam, you can totally hop over for craft beer in the evenings with the side of big burgers.