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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Greek Restaurant
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“Thalassa, which is also the Greek word for ‘sea’, gets the vibe just right. With food that’s bursting with flavour, thanks to Mariketty's keen eye for supervision and detail. Not just a gracious host, she manages to bring her childhood wrapped up in delectable Greek and other Mediterranean recipes at Thalassa, making the food rather unputdownable. The Mediterranean prawn platter, flaming saganaki, steamed mussels in ouzo sauce, small Greek chicken pizzas, king prawns in garlic sauce, souvlakis (both beef and vegetarian) and pork gyros are a must-try. If you’d like to indulge your sweet tooth, choose amongst their creamy cheesecakes or the homemade Greek yoghurt.  If you’re looking for a sparkly night, at Thalassa you’ll almost never go wrong. The music and ambience is magnetic, spruced up with live Greek dance performances like Sirtaki and Zorba, as well as live fire shows, music and of course the glorious sunsets on the horizon where the river meets the sea. The restaurant, true to its Greek origins is done up purely in white, with white cane chairs set along the riverside, with the azure waters in the vista beyond. Head there early, because these seaside tables are usually the first to get taken. Ideally, if you’re headed there for sunset, make a reservation, but make sure to stick to the time. They’re usually brimming with people around then, so won’t hold the table for you too long. Most Popular time to visit: Most days for sunset & dinner.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“An absolute gem of a place surrounded by greenery with some good food & an electric atmoshere.An outdoor seating arrangement for those who the peace & an intense music scene indoors for those who like to groove.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Saturday Nights are quite happening. Go there by 9.30 - have your dinner and try coming back early. This place never disappoints.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Amazing cocktails and authentic South Indian cuisine. The appams are to die for.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“All you can drink place, eclectic architecture and right next to the river. This place is known for its late into the night parties.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The largest Mall of Goa, at 10 km, has wide variety of Indian and international outlets. It also boasts of multiplex cinema, a large food court and fun rides for kids.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“If you are looking for a night out, Sinq club located in Sinquerim in North Goa never fails to dissapoint. Particularly​ popular are their Bollywood Fridays.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Nature
“Panoramic views of the adjoining Vagator Beach and overlooks the Arabian Sea from all angles. The fort is located on top of a hillock with slopes on all sides and stands as beautiful ruins now.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The majestic cascade of white water, gushing over the steep, nearly vertical face of the mountain from a spectacular height of 1017ft; is both breath taking and awe inspiring, making one aware that there are many forces in nature much more powerful that the human mind and body. The name ‘Dudhsagar’ literally translates to ‘sea of milk’ which many believe is an allusion to the white spray and foam that the great waterfall creates as it cascades into the waters of the lake. The falls are at their zenith during the monsoon season, although they are a popular attraction all year round.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A new take on the Retro Pub experience! With the rustic & soothing ambience of a quaint little Goan bar, Soro’s fusion cuisine leaves you with a Goan experience that will have you coming back for more. Live music and entertainment throughout the week makes this a must-stop destination for every traveller. Contact No: +91 98819 34440 Most Popular time to visit: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 pm onwards.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“What stands out and remains the showstopper even today is the four-storey lighthouse erected in 1864 that overlooks splendid views of the Sea.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Baga beach is an extension of Calangute Village and, still, one of the more popular beaches of Goa. This beach sees throngs of tourists, all year round, who come for Baga’s brown sand and fun activities. You can join in the water sports here, which include parasailing, windsurfing, jet skiing and water skiing, as well as dolphin cruises. The period from November to February is the most pleasant time to visit Baga Beach, but also the busiest. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Its peaceful and calm beach with plenty of shacks to chill and to enjoy sun bathing with reading books along with cocktails & local sea food. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Flea Market
“On Saturday night, this market offers a variety of food, live music and shopping.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Popularly known as the freak capital of the world, Anjuna is just the right place for lazing holidaymakers. Besides the calm waters of the Arabian Sea lapping softly on the Indian shore, Anjuna comes live with its ever-famous full-moon parties and the Wednesday flea market to take one on to a trance trip. Anjuna is a small village in north Goa, on the shores of the Arabian Sea.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
“MOG is Goa's premier art gallery about Goa. Very close to the villa, it has some quirky art combined with vintage art and then some international art with speakers. Nominal entry fee, most of the talks are free. Don't miss this while in Goa!”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Greek Restaurant
“Thalassa, which is also the Greek word for ‘sea’, gets the vibe just right. With food that’s bursting with flavour, thanks to Mariketty's keen eye for supervision and detail. Not just a gracious host, she manages to bring her childhood wrapped up in delectable Greek and other Mediterranean recipes at Thalassa, making the food rather unputdownable. The Mediterranean prawn platter, flaming saganaki, steamed mussels in ouzo sauce, small Greek chicken pizzas, king prawns in garlic sauce, souvlakis (both beef and vegetarian) and pork gyros are a must-try. If you’d like to indulge your sweet tooth, choose amongst their creamy cheesecakes or the homemade Greek yoghurt.  If you’re looking for a sparkly night, at Thalassa you’ll almost never go wrong. The music and ambience is magnetic, spruced up with live Greek dance performances like Sirtaki and Zorba, as well as live fire shows, music and of course the glorious sunsets on the horizon where the river meets the sea. The restaurant, true to its Greek origins is done up purely in white, with white cane chairs set along the riverside, with the azure waters in the vista beyond. Head there early, because these seaside tables are usually the first to get taken. Ideally, if you’re headed there for sunset, make a reservation, but make sure to stick to the time. They’re usually brimming with people around then, so won’t hold the table for you too long. Most Popular time to visit: Most days for sunset & dinner.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Saturday Nights are quite happening. Go there by 9.30 - have your dinner and try coming back early. This place never disappoints.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Amazing cocktails and authentic South Indian cuisine. The appams are to die for.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A new take on the Retro Pub experience! With the rustic & soothing ambience of a quaint little Goan bar, Soro’s fusion cuisine leaves you with a Goan experience that will have you coming back for more. Live music and entertainment throughout the week makes this a must-stop destination for every traveller. Contact No: +91 98819 34440 Most Popular time to visit: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 pm onwards.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Must Visit for multi cuisine food. They are known for Delicious Seafoods. Don't miss Goan Thali served around Lunch Time.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Close to Benaulim beach in south Goa. Highly recommend this place for authentic Goan food and the ambience! The place is always crowded and waiting times can be high on weekends ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Combination of the view of the ocean and jumbo prawns. What a combination. Most popular eating joint”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Place to enjoy with friends and family's. High Seating over looking the bustling Candolim Main Street. Great Mix of Food & Drinks. ”
  • 9 locals recommend

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