If you are looking for local favourites and lesser-known incredible experiences in Panjim, the capital city of Goa, these are the things you simply must do. From historic walks to culinary delights, street art to heritage stays, Panjim has something for everyone. Here are my top picks for things to do in Panjim that you simply can’t afford to miss.
Established over a hundred years ago, Cafe Tato is a true institution in Panjim. Known for its delicious bhaji, buns and cold coffee, this charming cafe is the perfect spot for a quick breakfast. Don’t leave without trying their Bhaji Puri, a true Goan specialty.
Panjim is home to some stunning street art, thanks to the efforts of St+art India. Their murals and installations can be found all over the city, from the bustling marketplaces to quiet back alleys. Take a walk to discover the vibrant street art scene of Panjim.
Velha Goa Galleria
Located in the charming neighbourhood of Fontainhas, Velha Goa Galleria is a must-visit for art lovers. Known for its stunning azulejos (hand-painted tiles) and ceramic works, this gallery is a great place to pick up unique souvenirs and gifts.
If you’re looking to sample some of the best seafood thali in Goa, look no further than Bombil. Their version of the Goan thali is a true delight, with a variety of mains to choose from (prawns or fish) and a range of sides and accompaniments. Make sure you ask for their homemade pickles, served complimentary upon request.
Campal Heritage Walk
Take a step back in time with the Campal Heritage Walk by Make It Happen. This 2-hour tour of the neighbourhood where the nobles lived after the capital moved from Old Goa to Panjim is conducted by their excellent storytellers. This sustainable walking tour will take you through the historic streets and buildings of Campal, giving you a glimpse of the city’s rich past.
For a sweet treat, head to Padaria Prazeres, run by a former chef at Noma. Their Pasteis De Nata (Portuguese egg tarts) are a must-try, as is their garlic cream cheese focaccia.
Another culinary gem in Panjim is Petisco, a restaurant and bar located near the church. Everything on their menu is a must-try, but I highly recommend their Floral Fantasy, the Fish Goujons and the Prawn Toast.
Hospedaria Abrigo De Botelho
For a truly unique stay in Panjim, book a room at Hospedaria Abrigo De Botelho. This heritage hotel is located in Fontainhas, the city’s Latin Quarter, and is a charming blend of old-world charm and modern amenities.
A day trip to Panjim should definitely include all of these. Whether you’re a foodie, an art lover, or a history buff, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city. Don’t miss out on these incredible experiences and share this list with your friends to make sure they don’t miss out either!