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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann Issac

Best food in Panjim

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

Food is always the most important part of any trip, and I indulged in the best of its kind in Panjim. Go to these restaurants and you will thank me!

Confeitaria 31 de Janeiro

This bakery still bakes their delicious treats in a wood fired oven. The oven is visible from the shop floor, so you can watch them bring out their delicious loaves of bread as you are choosing your treats.

Do try the Swiss roll, bebinca ( a Goan layered cake), and local sweets made with jaggery- dodol, & pinagre. For fellow Malayalis,(who will understand the food references) the dodol is very similar to the black halwa, and pinagre is very similar to the Ari & sharkara unda.

So I enjoyed the Pinagre as it reminded me of the treat my grandmother used to make.

Check out my detailed guide to Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter of Goa.

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The wood fire oven

Address- Corte de Oiterio, Rua 31 de Janeiro, Cortin, Altinho, Panjim, Goa-403001

Viva Panjim

If you are in the mood for authentic Goan & Portuguese food, head to this humble restaurant tucked away in a tiny street of Fontainhas. It is always crowded, I should know, I ate here 3-4 times over my 3 day trip!

The caramel custard is a MUST TRY! It was the best I'd ever had, and yes, I had it at the end of every meal.

The pork sausage chilli fry was yummy! and so was the Portuguese style prawns ( I forget the name).

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The unbelievable caramel custard

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The Portuguese style prawns

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Pork sausage chilli fry

Address- H.No. 178, Rua 31 de Janeiro, Behind Mary Immaculate High School, Fontainhas, Panaji, Goa 403001

The Verandah

For authentic Goan food in a fine dining setting try the Verandah at The Panjim Inn. I had the Prawn curry with rice; it was good.

Address- E-212, 31st January Road, Fontainhas, Panaji, Goa 403001

Kokni Canteen

This restaurant has been around in Panjim for decades, and is a favourite with the locals. The walls sport the many rave reviews they have received over the years, and also black and white pictures of their beginnings. I had the BEST seafood set meal here, and it was unbelievably reasonable for the variety of seafood that I was served. The set meal wasn't on the menu, so it was almost like an open secret, because most of the tables had ordered it.

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Seafood Thali- so much variety!- that's crab, mussels, fish, prawn, dried fish

Address- Dr .Dada Vaidya Rd, Near Mahalaxmi Temple, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001

Bombay Coffee Roasters

I visited Panjim in the heights of summer, but I still had the hot chocolate here every day, that should be reason enough for everyone to try it! They serve hot milk with a stick of milk chocolate that melts beautifully to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate! Their coffee drinks, and sandwiches are great too.

Address-Rua 31 de Janeiro, Fontainhas (quarter), Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001

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Hot chocolate!

Cafe Bodega

This pretty cafe is known for its delicious cakes. I had the red velvet cupcake and a glass of fresh orange juice; it was really good.

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Red velvet cupcake

Address- 63/C-8, Sunaparanta Centre For The Arts, Near Lar De Estudantes, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001

I hope you try the restaurants on my list. Leave me a comment below if you have any questions, or if you liked any of my suggestions. I would love to hear from you!


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