Holidays for food lovers

With a mix of Portuguese and Indian heritage, the food you’ll discover in Goa boasts a wonderful blend of flavours, ingredients and textures, unique against anywhere else in the world. In order to help you discover the diversity and eclectic flavours of the state, not only have we brought together some of the best places to experience Goan cuisine, but also where you can have a go at cooking Goan-inspired dishes yourself! 

Discover Goa's vibrant flavours, ingredients, textures and colours...

A selection of Goan dishes on offer in a hotel buffet

A short introduction to Goan cuisine

With chicken xacuti, Goan fish curry and bebinca cake all common occurrences on a Goan-inspired menu, you won’t have to travel far to find and enjoy these dishes. Coconut, red chillies and spices are popular ingredients for the savoury dishes, but coconut is also prevalent in many of the most traditional desserts too. If you want to discover more about the tasty treats on offer across the state, take a look at our food & drink guide.  

Spice studio at Alila Diwa, Majorda, South Goa

Alila Diwa

Take a scenic drive first thing in the morning to a bustling fish market and indulge in the fun of bargaining while the Chef explains more about the fishermen's precious catch. Select your choice of the fresh fish, then head back to the resort where you can learn to cook up a local delicacy at the Alila Cooking School, or have your fish served as part of your dining experience.‚Äč 

Pavilion at the Village Square, ITC Grand, Arossim, South Goa

ITC Grand Goa

Learn to cook top-quality Goan specialities during the ITC Grand's comprehensive workshop. Learn about traditional flavours and ingredients with top-class chefs who cook for their fine dining restaurant. They might even share some of their secret recipes, so you can recreate Goan favourites for the family back at home. 


Other dining experiences in Goa

As tasty as it is, you can experience much more than just Goan cuisine in Goa. There’s a fantastic range of restaurants across both the north and south of the state, and here’s a small selection of our favourites...

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Favourite restaurants in North Goa

From a cliff-top seafood restaurant in the grounds of a luxury hotel to the down-to-earth beach shacks, here are our favourite eateries in the north.

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Favourite restaurants in South Goa

From a delightful seafood meal in a beach shack with your toes in the sand to the fabulous fine dining in a luxurious hotel, Southern Goa has a wonderful range of restaurants to suit every budget.

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