10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Goa Not to be Missed

Perched along the coast facing the Arabian Sea, it is no surprise that Goan cuisine developed around seafood, intense dishes flavored with spices, and coconut garnish. Lingering Portuguese influences from when it was colonized prior to 1960s surface in its staple rice and fish curries, local tastes tending towards hearty, meaty stews with beans or coconut milk bases.

When you’re freed from your yoga training during the weekends, make the best of your time in Goa and seek out foods that are both light and filling. With the rise of yoga retreats, so has the number of scrumptious vegetarian restaurants in town. Here are our favorite vegetarian restaurants in Goa whittled down to a list of ten. Don’t miss out during your training!

Blue Planet

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Born out of a desire to innovate with vegetarian and vegan cuisine, Blue Planet Café also practices sustainability in their bid to serve both tasteful and thoughtful dishes. Despite the café’s simple design, its menu is extensive and crafted with quality ingredients. From well-balanced salads and soups to tofu steaks and spinach lasagna, roasted veggies to be washed down with fruit-based smoothies – Blue Planet caters to various tastes via a fusion of traditional Indian flavor and heartier western bites.

Zest Health Food Café

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An all-time favorite vegetarian breakfast foods café, Zest’s tropical trimmings, and beachy décor have nothing on its generous menu. Ready your throat with fresh fruit juices or a nut milk shake before digging into a banana-topped chia pudding or grinding your teeth on buckwheat granola. Wraps and sourdough toasts will tide you over until lunch, but they also have full-fledged meals for big eaters. Satiate that appetite with vegetarian shakshuka, meze boards, zucchini fritters, and Buddha bowls and round off with a vegan ice cream. It’s an all-day breakfast menu with raw cakes for afternoon tea spotters.

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Mandala Cafe

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Another brunch happy spot, Mandala Café serves both breakfast foods and heavier fare. Indulge in their avocado toast and raw cakes for a more western taste, or one of the café’s multi-layered chia puddings. For distinctly local bites, try their Indian khaana such as palak paneer and chana masala. Top off your meal with a smooth chai or smoothie. Affordable and generous with their portions, Mandala Café is top choice for those who prefer homier atmospheres.

Navtara Pure Veg Restaurant

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Drop by any of Navtara’s chain restaurants for vegetarian dishes from all across India. One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Goa for this very reason, you can sample dishes from North to South and taste test Punjabi, Mughlai, and Goan cuisine. From grilled cheese everything to local Bhaji, Dosa, and Thali, there’s no shortage of foods to try. Do order the much loved Idli Chilli Fry or one of their Thali specials and a drink to complement.

  • Average Price for 2: ₹ 800
  • Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Address: Municipal Market Area, Panaji, Goa 403001 India (there are other locations as well, which you can find on their website)
  • Website:https://navtara.in/
  • Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/navtara.in
  • Phone: +91 8322220206 (Panjim)

Bhojan

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The best of Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisine is served at Fidalgo’s Bhojan, a vegetarian restaurant that specializes in thali. Pick your choice of assortments and have them delivered by the dozen – all recipes having been passed down for generations. Don’t dress too casually; the modern hotel setting requires proper footwear and dining etiquette.

Jalsa

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Yet another all-vegetarian restaurant that celebrates thalis, Jalsa offers the best of Gujarati, Rajasthani and Jain cuisine. Poised in classy Resort Rio, dinner is served in a room of neutral coloring and dark wood for elevated ambiance. Sourdough, sauces, stews, and samosas all come together in one dish to satisfy your cravings. You can take it a step further and experience Jalsa’s Royal Rajasthani Thali featured in the picture above.

Bean Me Up

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What better than to meditate below the trees and emerge straight into the dining area? Bean Me Up offers a refreshing retreat where yoga and food is combined under a single space, this foliage-surrounded outdoor terrace exuding a laidback vibe. Salad-lovers and guacamole aficionadas will fall in love with this vegetarian pick, but what has people flocking back is their bean stew and top-notch Tofu everything. We especially recommend their tofu tempeh or burger.

Chia Lounge

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This in-house vegetarian café is the crowning jewel of Devarya Wellness Resort, an atmospheric setting crafted with fairy lights, open-air wooden structure, and beach front location. Chia Lounge endeavors to provide organic and green foods to complement your healthy yoga-loving lifestyle, catering with vegan omelets, chola-rajma chawal, rice rolls, tofu bowls and more wholesome fare. Alternatively, grab a quick smoothie before or after their 8AM and 4PM yoga classes, or cool down with a watermelon juice.

Artjuna

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For good food and good vibes, visit Artjuna, which embraces community feels. Choose from their wide-ranging all-day breakfast and lunch menu, which is widely influenced by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, or stick to the purely vegetarian and vegan choices of the dinner menu. Try its smoky Baba Ganoush eggplant dish and wipe the hummus clean off your plate with fresh pita bread. Tzatziki, tahini, poached eggs, and over herb-based meals truly treat with aromatic spices. Don’t miss out on their fluffy croissants and pancakes either!

Little World

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Breakfast, baked goods, main meals, and sweet treats are all available at Little World – a vegetarian oasis on Palolem Beach. Serving a bit of everything vegetarian, this community café spoils us with their homemade muesli, creamy paneer steak, crumbly apple pie, and tousled Taboulleh salad. Just want a quick nibble? Power up with a peanut butter cup smoothie and whatever is fresh out of oven.

So, what are you waiting for now? Try some of these places and do leave your comments. Do let us know which one is your favorite.

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