Calangute is the main shopping centre on the North Goa coast, and within days this will become to you the big metropolis – full of traffic, tourists, shops and life.
Calangute Resaurants and Bars
Oceanic is by far my favourite – it is upstairs in central Calangute opposite the old petrol station. It is a family run place, and a great place to watch bustling Calangute come to life at night. The chicken tikka masala is not like anything you will have tasted in the UK, and is well worth a try.
Infantaria is a famous bakery just around the corner from Oceanic on the Baga Road. It is open for breakfast and does excellent fruit juices, fresh breads, pastries and all sorts of other divine food. Lunchtimes are always busy too.
Andrew’s Bar is right in the middle of Calangute market. It is named for the late owner, but is now run by his widow. It is small and poky, but full of life and atmosphere. Once you have visited once you will return!
The Plantain Leaf is almost opposite Oceanic on the maind drag, and does pure vegetarian food. It has an air-conditioned area if the heat is getting to you. You absolutely must visit and try a thali.
Jungle Village is a new place in Calangute to hang out. Owned and run by Brits John and Gary, it is a beautiful old Goan mansion which now houses a great restaurant and bar, along with pool table, a crystal rock shop and – believe it or not – Crazy Golf! It’s a lovely place to sit on the traditional Goan balcao by the front door sipping a G&T and catching up on all the gossip. Tell John I sent you – I’ve known him since a chance meeting in Bobby’s shack over 7 years ago and he is the most lovely man.
Further north from Calangute is Baga which is full of great bars and restaurants.
Brittos is right at the top of Baga by the mouth of the river and does great food.
Nearby Drop Anchor is a cool bar playing good chillout music. It had a pool table last time I visited. Excellent late night hangout.
Other nightclubs locally include Titos and Mambos – check with Denis in Stringfellos and he will tell you which one is this season’s best!
On the road to Arpora the Saturday Night Market has become an absolute must for everybody. It is a late-night version of Anjuna, with stalls selling everything from jewellery to clothing, and lots of bars and foodstalls. There is live music all night and it is where everybody goes on Saturday nights. Dress glamorous but wear your beach shoes – you may think you look ridiculous but you won’t when you get there!