When in Goa
If you make it to India, here are just a few of the wonderful places where you can hang out, drink coffee, eat great food, dance, and buy amazing treasures.
Jaali Boutique and Café in Patnem Set in a lush, walled garden, in earshot of the ocean, you can find Rajasthani jewellery, Pondicherry trinkets, vintage furniture and antiques. The café serves small plates of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired food. The cocktails are legendary, and on Saturday nights we dance under the stars. As the saying goes, “God is in the details,” and at Jaali attention to detail is abundant. For more information, please visit www.jaaligoa.com
La Dolce Vita in Agonda is a family-run Italian restaurant with plenty of passion, and the best wood fired pizzas in town. Dipo, the owner, serves up food made with love, and bakes the most divine brioche and tiramisu, infusing a little bit of magic into every bite.
Dropadi Restaurant, which is situated on the picturesque Palolem Beach serves awesome Goan food. Surrounded by coconut palms and overlooking the quiet Arabian sea, you can spend hours watching fishermen haul in their nets and local kids play football on the golden, sandy beach. Try the Goan fish curry, which is a local specialty.
Cuba Restaurant on Patnem beach is my Friday night go-to for Fish Tikka and my son loves their chicken curry. The staff are amazing, and it’s my quiet place to wind down from a busy week writing.
Kala Bahia is a laid-back resort and wellness centre nestled on the rocks in Colomb bay, where dolphins play and sea otters join in the morning meditations. This really is the place to come and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Kala Bahia is home to my sacred feminine circle, where we as women come to dance, laugh and share. To find out more about this magical place, please visit www.kalabahia.com
Nada Brahma is a culturally diverse resort and bar on Patnem beach that specialises in seafood and Mediterranean fusion dishes. They have a laptop platform overlooking the ocean where people pitch up to work, and it sure beats the office any day. Check out what else is on offer at www.nadabrahmagoa.com
For some fabulous fashion and unique Goan style, I recommend:
Tuk-Tuk Anouk make handmade, fair trade children’s clothes created by artists, tribesmen, nomads and refugees around the world. A large part of profits benefit local wildlife causes close to where the owner, Amber Grey Knowles, resides. She is currently conserving nesting pits for the Olive Ridley Turtles on Galgibag Beach. To find out more, visit www.tuktukanouk.com
Susana Gago is a Shamanic Alchemist and lady warrior who is passionate about female empowerment. She is the founder of Miss Monkey Couture, a luxury ethical fashion label that does not compromise on style. Susana believes in slow production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon prints and, ideally, zero waste. Her exquisite clothes are made from natural fibres and are hand embroidered in India. To find out more, please visit www.missmonkeycouture.com
Michelle Banarse is a Londoner in Goa, who creates timeless pieces for maximum comfort, minimum fuss, and a little bit of street. The MB Luxlounge collection is all about neutral colours and wearable clothes that you can live and breathe in. To shop, visit www.michellebanarsestore.com
Big Bird Little Bird is a collaboration of the heart, where two dog-loving women met on the beach and started a collection of clothes for women of all shapes and sizes. Their statement pieces are made from beautiful hand block prints on organic cotton, which encapsulate the romantic glamour of an Indian summer. To find out more, visit their shop in Agonda or on Instagram @bigbirdlittlebirdboutique