Our guide to getting off the beaten track in Goa and exploring Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter of Panjim.
Colourful colonial buildings, unique art galleries and whitewashed churches...
The Colourful Lanes of Fontainhas
While some buildings may be a little faded, there’s no denying that the maze of narrow, winding lanes in the Latin Quarter of Panjim, or Panaji as it is also known, are oozing with charm and atmosphere. This neighbourhood, dating back to colonial times, has retained its character over the years with its whitewashed churches and colourful heritage homes.
It’s a great place to explore and even get a little lost. Amongst the cheerfully painted homes, you’ll also most likely stumble across some charming souvenir shops and quirky art galleries, such as the Gitanjali Art Gallery & Café on 31st January Road, displaying artwork by Indian and a few international artists.
A tuk.-tuk tour around Fontainhas is included in our Old Goa & Panjim excursion for a fun alternative way to explore this fascinating area.
Where to Stay
If you’d like to stay in the heart of the Latin Quarter, the Panjim Inn, also on 31st January Road, is an enchanting heritage hotel, with colonial style architecture and décor and bags of Old World charm. Staying here is like stepping back in time. Each of the 24 rooms is uniquely decorated with antiques and original art works, with the added modern comfort of air-conditioning and convenience of WiFi. And on the top floor there’s even an outdoor Jacuzzi, the perfect place to unwind after a busy day exploring.
The inn also offers its own self-guided walking trails to its guests, an excellent way to explore Fontainhas.
Where to Eat
Verandah Restaurant, Panjim Inn, 31st January Road
On the first floor of the Panjim Inn is the wonderful Verandah Restaurant serving a mix of traditional Goan, Indian and Continental cuisine. Their Goan curries are not to be missed. Sit either inside or out on the verandah by lush palm trees and with a view of the Latin Quarter streets below. If you are lucky, and they are not too busy, you may even get the chance to try your hand in the kitchen.
Non-residents are welcome for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Desbue, Near St. Sebastian Chapel
If you fancy trying something a little different, Desbue restaurant offers delicious and inventive fusion cuisine, mixing European flavours with Goan spices.
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