One of the most popular villages in North Goa, Anjuna was a major stop on the hippie trail of the 1960s and 70s, so it has seen backpackers and travellers passing through for generations. The beatniks are long gone but the parties and nightclubs are going strong—if you’re a night owl or dancefloor devotee, this is the destination for you. It’s one of the most developed areas on the state’s coast, so it has a world class range of cafes, restaurants, and accommodation, but at a price. It’s certainly one of the most expensive corners of the state but if you’re up for a party, Anjuna is the place to be.
Anjuna became so popular that its hosteling and clubbing scene has spread north into the adjacent village of Vagator and the two are thought of as twins or the same entity now. The Anjuna/Vagator area is also one of the few corners of Goa to have bonafide coworking spaces. The front runner is Clay Cafe & Coworking, who are located at a prime beachside location in Anjuna and offer reasonable weekly rates. Green Space Bistro & co working hostel is a hostel first and foremost but also has a great workspace. The NomadGao sites, NomadGao Vila Nova and NomadGao Assagao both offer the best co-living and coworking spaces in Goa with good monthly rates of stay and work.
While predominantly known for partying, there’s plenty to do in the daytime, such as popping into the Anjuna Flea Market every Wednesday for a dig through the thrift store-esque stalls. Nearby, Morjim is one of Goa’s prime surfing destinations and kayaking in neighboring Chapora is lots of fun in the early morning or sunset hours—just avoid the heat of the middle of the day. Artjuna is an Anjuna institution, selling excellent healthy food for over ten years in their sprawling garden cafe. Artjuna also hosts some top quality yoga teachers in their sizable yoga shala as well as having a dedicated marketplace for designers to sell their clothing, leather goods and jewelry. The other unmissable spot for wellness is Aum Yoga Studio; Yogi Om Prakash is one of the best teachers in Goa, with a real expertise in Hatha and Iyengar and the uncanny ability to improve your practice with his insightful adjustments after just one class.
There are excellent cafes in Anjuna, who generally don’t mind you working away so long as you’re grazing and dining. Baba Au Rhum is a favorite, with an extensive European menu that includes an impressive and delicious variety of eggs. Prana Anjuna is an upmarket spot with beautiful views over the surrounding farms and a menu of Asian fusion that will have you salivating for days after. Humble little spot Nata Goa is a lovely, family run spot to get incredible coffee and Portuguese pastries.
As the sun begins to set you’ll want to head to Eva Cafe or Good Place for the best sunset views. As the festivities begin be sure to check out the famous Curlies Beach Shack, top spot for late nights and good food, or pre-game at Candy Shot Bar, where the barstaff are part of India’s only all women and LGBTQ+ bartending crew Mr Bartender, serving shots, alongside Pan Asian food prepared by a female chef. Romeo Lane Goa and 11 Eleven Beach Club & Resort typically host the best club nights and OHM Anjuna is the spot for after parties and watching the sunrise.
Lucie Grace is a British freelance writer, based in Chiang Mai. She lived in India throughout 2020 and 2021 and misses it daily. You can read her bylines in The Daily Beast, Fodor’s, The Independent and The Times.
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