The capital of the lovely and popular Goa state of India, Panaji beachside location and beautiful historic buildings make it a wonderful place to visit on your trip through India.
Goa is one of the airports that has joined the India Visa Online scheme, so travelers arriving by air will be able to get their India Visa completely online.
While you are there make sure to visit all of the wonderful historic landmarks the city has to offer, such as Se Cathedral in old Goa, a legacy of the Portuguese occupation that defined the city for centuries, or the beautiful Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary which is home to many beautiful local birds.
But while you are visiting make sure you take the time to enjoy some of the wonderful cuisine the city has to offer. Here are three can’t miss spots:
The Veranda Restaurant
This gem, located inside of the Panjim Inn, is a wonderful stop if you are planning to explore the historic Latin Quarters, also known as the Fontainhas. From the restaurant you can look over beautiful tiled roof houses and enjoy the beautiful views from the hotel. The restaurant serves fish and chicken prepared in according to traditional Goan methods, as well as many wonderful vegetarian options like cabbage fugat and daal. The restaurant is slightly on the speedier side, but still affordable for most travelers, and is open from 11 am to 10 pm.
If you are looking for a truly authentic Panaji restaurant, look no further that Venite. Venite has been serving food to Goan locals and visitors since 1955, and the wonderful décor betrays that fact immediately. The walls are covered in colorful paintings, the rickety balcony tables are adorned with lamps covered in coconut skins, and beautiful old bottles are ubiquitous throughout the restaurant. You can find wonderful traditional pepper steak and spicy sausages, as well as fish curry rice on the menu. Venite is also a little pricey, but definitely worth the visit. The restaurant is open from 9 am to 10:30 pm.
Mum’s Kitchen recognizes how tourism is changing Goa every day, and they are on a mission to save what they call the fast vanishing archaic dishes of the region. Mum’s Kitchen has a lovely, bright décor defined by earth tones, and features wonderful menu items such as tisreo sukem, a traditional clam dish, fluffy steamed bread known as sannas and stuffed Lobster rachiado. The restaurant is reasonably priced for the style of cuisine and is open from 11 in the morning to 11 at night.