Goa is popular not only for its beaches, parties, and nightlife, but it has some superb street foods too. Street food in Goa excels in all aspects, and there is no denying to the fact that street food in south Goa and North Goa both is lip-smacking. Before we talk about street food in Goa, let’s give you some information about when and how to visit Goa, and what to do there with family.
The best season to visit Goa is winter that extends from November to March, as summers are extremely hot and humid and you may not be able to enjoy Goa at its fullest.
You can easily reach Goa via Dabolim International Airport, which is well-connected to most other cities in India and even some international destinations. Other than that, Goa is also well-connected by road and rail, as many railway lines and highways connect Goa to major cities of the country.
For shopaholics, Goa provides a variety of markets, malls and shopping complexes, including Anjuna Flea Market, Mapusa Market, Calangute Market Square and many others. As far as staying in Goa is concerned, you can easily find some of the best hotels in Goa with price, luxurious 5-star hotels and villas to stay in ultimate comfort. You can also find the best hotels in budget for a comfortable stay. Cafe Chocolatti in Candolim, Baba Au Rhum in Bardez and Lila Cafe in Anjuna are some of the best cafes in Goa, which will not only provide you with the best food but also with the right ambience.
Now let’s have a look at some of the best street food in Goa that you must not miss when here.
Samosas are a popular Indian snack that is available in almost every city of India, but Goan samosas have a different flavour in them. In Goa,you can find samosas at almost every tea stall or canteen. The Cafe S F Xavier in Mapusa and Longuinhos in Margao are the best street food places in Goa where you can have these. Don’t forget to try the beetroot samosas offered in many food stalls of Goa.
This particular street food, Gadbad Ice-Cream, is a summer special treat that you can try in Panjim. It is beautifully served in a bowl or in a very tall glass and combines a variety of delicious ice-cream flavours and surprisingly topped with noodles and jelly. If you want to chill out in the scorching Goan summer, a bowl of Gadbad ice-cream would be the best way to beat it.
Although winter is the best climate to enjoy all that Goa has to offer, the state has something special for summer travellers as well. Missal Pav is a dish which is spicy in taste and has missal and pav. Misal is a spicy curry made with mixed sprouts, lentils and moth beans, while pav is a type of Indian bread roll. Rich in proteins, this nutritious dish is one among the top choices in Goa. The best time to have this dish is either for breakfast or as a tea-time snack, however you may eat it as a main course meal as well.
If you are a fan of Chinese food, then there is no dearth of it in Goa too. Chinese food has made an entry in almost every city and street of India. There are abundant food carts on the streets of Goa that serve ready-to-eat spicy and fresh mouthwatering Chinese food items. You can try a variety of Chinese dishes in these food carts, such as Chicken Chilli, Manchow Soup, Schezwan Fried Rice, Hakka Noodles and others. Most of these street food stalls in Goa are cheap and hygienic, and serve delicious Chinese food at reasonable rates.
Now, this is something special and certainly one of most popular street food in Goa. Actually, this is a fish platter that consists of rice, fish curry, one vegetable dish, fried fish, pickle and usually 2 chapattis. Without a doubt, it is seafood at its best. Once you finish your shopping at Anjuna, you can relish one of these lip-smacking platters from a nearby street food stall in Goa. You can also have it at a bar shack in the locality, or enjoy it at the popular Anand Seafood Restaurant, Anjuna.
Be it in Panjim, Margao or Mapusa, you will be dazzled to find several big-size red carts with ‘Frankies’ written on them. These are grilled Indian flatbreads stuffed with a variety of fillings to suit your taste. They are easy to hold and eat, ad you can enjoy them while roaming around or shopping in the Goan markets. The fillings can be anything from vegetables, soya chunks, eggs, or chicken. Most of these rolls are not only spicy, but also delicious reasonably priced. Frankies are the best street food in North Goa.
Goan beef croquettes are popular among food lovers. They are made with beef mince, onions, tomatoes, pork sausages, eggs, and breads. They are easy to carry around, and are a real treat for your taste buds. Spicy and tangy, they are must-try snacks that you can easily find in food stalls lined on Goan streets.
While in Goa, don’t forget to try some Goan mince potato chops often offered during the Christmas season. They are usually made with russet potatoes and ground lamb or beef. The flavours are enhanced with garlic, onions, tomatoes, and cumin. Served with a variety of dips, they prove to be great evening snack often enjoyed with tea.
This is one food item that represents the Christian culture of Goa. One of the most popular street foods in the state, it is known for its spicy flavors enriched with vinegar. Made with boneless pork, a variety of Indian spices are added to the dish to make its taste memorable, including cloves, cumin, cinnamon, Kashmiri pepper and many others. Several food stalls lined in Goa streets serve this amazing street food.
Undoubtedly, prawn curry is one of the most popular street foods served in Goa. Prawns being the main ingredients of the dish, its flavours are enhanced with vinegar, onions, and coconut milk. A variety of spices are added to make its taste unforgettable. One variety of the dish is prawn and radish curry that has a different flavour and is often served with rice. You can easily find this prawn curry at a regular food stall in Goa.
This is a one-of-a-kind gravy omellete that is a perfect night street food in Goa. Its gravy prepared from chicken make it a delicious street food. It is garnished with coriander and onions and has omellet dippedin it. Ravi’s Ras Omelette Gaado near Panjim church sells this till late night.
Undoubtedly, Goa is a place which attracts thousands of people every month for its beaches, nightlife and party like atmosphere. But while you are here, you should not miss the amazing street food offered here. The cost of street food in Goa is cheap, so whenever you feel hungry, you can head towards a street food stall in South Goa or North Goa and try something amazing.
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