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South Goa’s cafés are welcoming vegans

Try these cafes in South Goa for some vegan delicacies
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Finding a vegan café in Goa is like trying to look for a needle in a haystack. Afterall, the coastal state is dotted with fishing villages and towns that offer plenty of opportunities to sample all manner of seafood.

So, you can imagine the surprise when I found some great vegan joints in South Goa. Walking on white sand, under the shade of tall coconut trees, with the breeze playing with your hair, you will discover many cafes in South Goa that dish out finger-licking vegan fare. Besides that, you will also thoroughly enjoy their peaceful environment, cozy seating and old-world charm. Lodged deep inside the streets and jungles of South Goa, here are some vegan cafes that will keep you coming back for more.

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Zest

 

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This stylish café with a laid-back vibe is hidden behind lots of plants and boutique stores near the popular Palolem beach. But once you find it, there is no going back. This beautiful vegan and vegetarian eatery offers a lot of variety in the menu, especially if you love a hale and hearty breakfast. Right from juices, smoothies, homemade breads, to salads and bowls, ice cream, croissants and cakes, there is something for everyone. The kitchen also sees a lot of innovation in terms of using seasonal ingredients, so expect various fresh fruits, veggies, chia-based bowls, millets, and other items. The best part – they are also plastic-free, which means no plastic straws in your drinks.

Must-try: Chia pudding, Avocado toast and vegan cakes
Address: Opposite Brown Bread, Palolem, Canacona

Mandala Café

When you start to miss that homemade food, Mandala café is your best bet. This hidden gem in Agonda is hidden so well in a lane shrouded with trees, that you might actually miss it if you’re not attentive. But once you do find it, the temptation to eat everything off their menu will never leave you. This homely and affordable café serves some of the best vegan Indian dishes. Plus, for those looking for their regular continental fare, Mandala has quite a lot of options to suit every palette. While away your entire day, sitting in this cozy place, and sample some of the best vegan food.

Must-try: Vegan pancakes, Shahi tofu, and masala chai
Address: Near Sampurna Yoga Street, right in front of Sampoorna Yoga, Agonda

Blue Planet Café

Try the Coconut Jaggery pancake at the Blue Planet Cafe
Try the Coconut Jaggery pancake at the Blue Planet Cafe
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This award-winning vegan, vegetarian and health food café is as far removed from the beach as possible, and stays true to its concept of serving ‘quality ingredients with love and creativity’. The café believes in using local organic food supplies wherever possible, and always re-uses and recycles waste food items. Situated in an off-track jungle location, Blue Planet is the perfect place to treat your mind and body to some soul food. Given its location, its only frequented by true connoisseurs, so the place is never overcrowded. You will find lots of innovative vegetarian and vegan food items on their menu. Plus, they add their own twist to regular meals like pancakes, smoothies and breakfast bowls.

Must-try: Coconut jaggery pancake, vegan chocolate cake, homemade breads and French press coffee
Address: 443/C Agonda Beach, Near Agondeshwar Temple, Agonda

Little World

Every food item at the Little World is made from scratch, which makes this vegan café in South Goa truly one of its kind. This quaint and cute café sits pretty on the Palolem beach, and also has a garden, a shop, and a dedicated bakery where they sell freshly baked breads, muesli, vegan cakes, marmalades, and chutneys. The variety of food on their menu is mind-boggling, replete with bold flavours, and is served in massive portions to keep you full for the entire day. Their dessert section is worth special appreciation for its experimental offerings.

Must-try: Dark chocolate and rose brownie, chai, pancakes and waffles
Address: Main Beach Road, next to Fab India and Bunti, Palolem

Avocado Garden Restaurant

Avocado Garden is one of the few seafood restaurants in Palolem that whip up delectable vegan and vegetarian food. The ambience is pretty chilled out – there’s an outdoor seating area with cushions, and the sound of the crashing waves serve as good background music. This is complemented very well by a creative menu, and delicious food, especially their Indian thalis and smoothies. The Avocado Garden also organizes cooking classes, which makes for an enjoyable experience in Goa.

Must-try: Avocado toast, vegetable thali, banana date smoothie

Address: Palolem Guest House, Ourem, in Palolem Guest house garden