The plant-based diet has seen a remarkable increase in popularity as a result of rising awareness about health, ethical food choices, and sustainability. Goa, a state renowned for its rich culinary scene, offers a wide variety of mouthwatering vegan treats to satisfy both vegan dn non-vegan palates.
Here are the top places to eat in Goa that are vegan-friendly, serving a bomb of flavours, textures and inventiveness while embracing a healthy and compassionate lifestyle
1. Cantine Indienne - Palolem
In Palolem, there is a rustic and totally vegan, farm-to-table cafe called Cantine Indienne. Manon and Satish, the French-Tamil owners, produce organic oyster mushrooms in their backyard and they dish up tempting homemade thalis with an unusual twist on Tanjore flavours. Explore oyster mushroom pickles, wild spinach and horse gram stir fry, pesarattu (green moong dosa), beetroot curry and crunchy oyster mushroom ‘wings’. Sounds mouth-watering already.
2. Bodhi Greens – Ashwem
Starting out as an animal rights activist, Chef Varun, the founder of Bodhi Greens, soon realized that providing access to delicious vegan food was one of the finest ways to introduce people to veganism. The chef's pleasant home terrace in Ashwem, Bodhi Greens, features a sophisticated vegan kitchen. One of the best meals you will ever have is the Buddha bowl, which includes panko-crusted tofu, avocado tahini dip, and vegetables in a cashew-peanut sauce. Additionally, you might also adore their baked beetroot and kidney bean burger burrito and thin-crust teriyaki tempeh pizza.
It might get a little too hard for you to make it to the dessert because there are so many creative options on the menu and such generous quantities. But their raw cakes are definitely worth a try.
3. Bibhitaki – Palolem
One of the top vegan cafes in South Goa is Bibhitaki - Palolem. The name Bibhitaki, which means 'fearless of disease' in the old Ayurvedic translation, refers to an all-vegan cafe that serves comfort cuisine that's to an extent nutritious and has an Ayurvedic touch. The ice cream-like tropical smoothie bowl, the decadent Mexican bhel, and the filling Japanese and Mexican Buddha bowls are all excellent choices for beating the afternoon heat.
4. Earth Mama - Anjuna
If you like to consume fruit and green smoothies each morning, then Earth Mama's smoothies are an excellent choice! Rich, creamy, luscious, and totally worth enduring the traffic in Anjuna for. Their berry and cacao smoothies are to die for as well as their bread with two beans and open-face chickpea mayo.
5. Hoop’s Coffee – Morjim
You will be drawn to the welcoming, simple cafe atmosphere of Hoop's Coffee. And astonished to see only waffles — with a vegan option — on the menu! Furthermore, there are vegan treats and a selection of soy, almond, or coconut milk for coffee and hot chocolate.
If you are in search of a peaceful, inspiring setting to work from while sipping a hot beverage and feasting on vegan waffles prepared with oats and wheat and topped with peanut butter and maple syrup, as well as to pass a breezy evening with a book, this place is just for you.
6. Gratitude Cafe – Anjuna
The cafe's founder, Jeet, relocated to Goa from his comfortable job in Canada in search of a slower pace of life. This is his attempt to unite Goa's expanding vegan community while providing comfort food! You can enjoy its courtyard atmosphere in a renovated Portuguese home in the peaceful neighbourhood of Anjuna.
Devour everything from vegan pancakes topped with berries compote and whipped cashew cream to their version of the Vietnamese Bahn Mi to the flourless dark chocolate mousse cake there.
7. Okapi Vegan Kitchen – Moira
Okapi has altered the vegan and social scene in the sleepy village of Quitla with its location in a stunning Goan home, the days when the Aldona-Moira region didn't offer any vegan food options are long gone. It's worth trying their cosy thali with the daily specials!
8. Bean Me Up – Vagator
One of the earliest and most well-known vegan restaurants in all of India, Bean Me Up is more than simply a vegan cafe in Goa. It offers a relaxed atmosphere shaded by trees as well as a wide variety of comforting vegan dishes. Additionally, it is always open; there are no typical siesta hours.
The melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate mousse, the cheesy vegan nachos, the luscious black bean burger (though its consistency can vary quite a bit), the tempeh tacos, and the Mexican Buddha bowl are all noteworthy dishes from Bean Me Up.