Laguna Anjuna offers our own somewhat eccentric guide to Anjuna.
There are any number of good restaurants, speciality cuisine restaurants, and most of them are well advertised and covered by the various guide books, so we are only going to name some of the others. Some small places are delightful though very basic, often without licenses, and have survived being overwhelmed only because they are away from the glare of publicity, and are known only to locals, including the longer staying tourists and anyone with an “I want to be part of it” attitude.
Sadly, many good locally run places for great Goan food have been forgotten in the in the phenomenon of chic “resto bars,” “lounge bars”, and the wannabe desperation ” to have a rocking time” and to “be with it”. For these come and talk to us personally. Also, interesting places come up and are run for a season or two, weâ€™ll tell you about these too.
Some of our lesser known, consistently good and favourite eating places (besides of course our own!) are
- Xaviers, one of Anjunaâ€™s first and best restaurants, located in South Anjuna. Visitors have to park a short distance away and walk, we donâ€™t want our way of life being cluttered up by all these cars. No music please! Great ambience and always superb food, especially the sea food.
- Joe Bananas – letters were being delivered here since time immemorial. The family has been running this small place for 30 years now, open only till afternoon. Great lassis, milk shakes and tasty, simple Goan vegetarian and fish meals.
- The Jam Connection – A delightful garden cafÃ© also open only in the daytime. Viennese style coffees, cakes, quiches, ice creams and the best western vegetarian lunches and salads. Most places in Goa are child friendly, this place both kids and adults would love to hang out in.
- Shiva Place -On Small Vagator beach, sunset view and local seafood-if your kids have extra energy let them loose on the huge trampoline!
- Basilico-Italian home cooked is just so good- in a pretty Goa house courtyard.
- Curlys – On beautiful South Anjuna Beach, their friendly and helpful attitude, music and food have made their reputation as one of the coolest beach shacks in the world.
- Zooris – This Israeli place has a balcony view of the sea at North Anjuna. Great Mexican food, steaks, middle eastern fare and coffees.
- Shore Bar – Bang on middle Anjuna beach, and for many years the venue of a full- on techno party every evening at sundown, today it is a popular restaurant.
- Thalassa-Better known as Marikettis after its Greek owner, long time resident of Anjuna, this is the current seasons most popular restaurant, and is known for Greek food and the pretty ocean view at Small Vagator.
Surprisingly good live performances from artistes from all over the world, from Bengalâ€™s charismatically wild Baul singers, sitar and tabla artists, percussionists, medieval music artistes, fusion music performers, didgeridoo performers, stand up comedians with hilarious stories of the hippy years are some of the people who show up at different times and places. You can hear about these on the grapevine!
At Laguna Anjuna too we do have performances, we are choosy about the quality and taste. And our off beat garden film festival in February has become something of a landmark.
Bookshop : “The Other India” bookshop near the Mapusa Clinic is exactly what the name suggests, and has lots of intelligent material on Goa.
The nearest airport is at Dabolim, 29 km away from Panaji and 47 km from Anjuna. The nearest railway station is at Thivim, 20 km away from Mapusa and 29 km from Anjuna. Once in Goa, many people prefer to rent motor bikes and scooters. Alternatively small taxis are a good way of getting around and seeing other parts of beautiful Goa.