Goa: The land Of Unhygienic Shacks

First things first: I hate shacks. And I just don’t get what is to love in spaces under thatched roofs with unhygienic kitchens. I have made far too many trips to Goa but nothing can change my opinion. The one highlight of everyone’s Goa trip Baga is officially the worst beach in the country with letchy creepy men ogling and street hawkers harassing you into buying things no one needs. The landscape and personality of the Goan beaches and shacks seem to have shifted over the past decade.

Curlies on Anjuna beach and Brittos in Calangute have also sadly lost their charm and are now no more than shady spaces for people to smoke pot and score low-quality molly. Fast forward a decade, Goa saw the rise of Thalassa, the star of Vagator beach, which undoubtedly enjoys one of the best sunset views with next door neighbour Antares’ with eye candy Sarah Todd and chill vibes. A lot of people have been complaining about the Bollywood music blaring at these places now – but honestly, I say why not? Goa is flooded with KA and GJ buses full of tourists, why should restaurants not cater to that and make money?

Goa, for me, starts at Vagator. And Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol. Some of the most fabulous stand-alone restaurants serving mind-blowing food, cocktails, and great vibes. For those who like to spend their break in languid luxury, the seaside stretches along South Goa are an easy way to escape the touristy areas. But if you’re looking for something with more of a pulse, Morjim is the place.

Goa is so much more than unhygienic shacks serving mediocre seafood that tourists often mistake it to be. It’s the hub of culture and creativity, with festivals like The Great Escapade, the International Film Festival, Jazz Festival, and Serendipity Arts Festival being some of the key ones. Properties like the W Hotel and Leela are constantly changing the face of dining scenario in Goa.

The pint-sized Goa we all love so much is a lot more than just beaches, raves and Kings beer! A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures.

My Goa favourites list includes

Burger Factory
Gunpowder
La Plage
The Black Sheep Bistro
Mum’s Kitchen
Palácio do Deão
A Reverie
Pousada By The Beach
Martins corner
Fishermans Warf
House of Llyod
Koi
and of course Spice Traders at the W

So please, ditch the shacks, get out and explore Goa. You can thank me later.