A Guide to Agonda

Now that I’ve spent a lengthy amount of time in Agonda Beach, I thought I’d whip up a little guide of my favorite places.

Eating

La Fenice: My favorite restaurant in Agonda by far.  Pippin and his staff are good people (nay, great people) and will take care of you.  The tastiest Indian food, try the veg korma, Kashmiri dum aloo, and malai kofta.  Get a double order of baingan bharta, a roasted aubergine dish not listed on the menu that will blow your taste buds.  And finish it all off with the chocolate mousse.

Duck n Chill: A nice place to hang out with a large group.  The stuffed capsicum and veggie burgers are legit.

The Little Plantain Leaf: Cheap and fast, I really like the mushroom jal freezi.

Thali and Dosa House: For a massive feed for 90 rupees get a thali from the Thali house.  Simple thalis can be had for 60 rupees but the special veg and fish thalis are only an extra 30 rupees for huge portions.

La Dolce Vita: Best place for Italian food.  The artichoke pizza is real nice.

Dunhill: More expensive but they have great salads and the binofi pie is a near-sexual experience.

Blue Planet: Legendary.  The best smoothies ever.  The cashew nut smoothie, mango lassie, and chocolate avocado smoothies are ‘holy shit!’ good.  Everything on the menu is tasty, especially the spinach cheese mushroom fritters with tomato feta salad, brown bread with cashew butter, and sweet potato mash.  The nicest family owns the restaurant and the food is mostly organic.  A must try.

The famous fritters from Blue Planet.

The famous fritters from Blue Planet.

The Space Goa: Located in between Palolem and Agonda, Space is the perfect place to hang out for brunch.  I’m a huge fan of their paninis, and an addict of their cakes.  The chocolate beetroot cake, carrot walnut cake, chocolate bomb with ice cream, and brownie with cream are dangerously delicious.

Café Inn: Located in Palolem, this Israeli restaurant is awesome value.  You get to choose a certain number of mezethes, or small sides, with each order.  The shukshuka is incredible for breakfast and comes with fresh bread and apple jam, along with two mezethes of your choice.  The only time I’ve ordered meat the past 4 months was to try their lamb kebabs.  And they were glorious, coming with a mosaic of 12 mezethes ranging from taziki, to fresh beetroot, to roasted aubergine, to pickled capers.

On the Way German Bakery: Try the set breakfast.  Actual coffee, your choice of eggs, brown bread toast, and a huge portion of breakfast potatoes for 160 rupees.

Music/Entertainment

Tuesday: Lotus in Patnem has open mic nights on the beach.  Usually attracts some good musicians and is really chilled out.  Manav the owner is awesome and sometimes they have fire poi performances.  They also have live band performances on Friday nights.

The guys jamming out on the beach at Lotus.

The guys jamming out on the beach at Lotus.

Wednesday: Live funk music at the Nest.  Get down on it.

Friday: Leopard Valley.  The largest club-like venue by far, they have good dj’s going on until 4:30 in the morning.  The dance area is completely outdoors with the dj set above a little man made waterfall.  I’ve spent many hours dancing my ass off here.

Saturday: Art Resort for live band music.  My favourite place to play, they also have great seafood here.  Definitely check it out.  After noise restrictions go into effect at 11 it is a short walk down the beach to the silent noise party at Neptune Point.

Sunday: Live music at Magic Trees in Palolem.  Sometimes they put on special rasta parties.

Accommodation

For accommodation just have a look around at what is available.  There is a variety of housing types for all ranges of budgets.  It’s best to have a look at a couple and bargain for a better price.

Day Trips

Khola Beach: A fresh water lagoon lined with palm trees a short ride north of Agonda.  Awesome place to spend a lazy afternoon.

Savari Waterfall: Beautiful three-tiered waterfall one hour away in the jungle.

In general, the Agonda area is a great getaway from the bustle of the cities and the craziness of North Goa.  The beaches are great and so are the people.  Enjoy your time there!

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