FONTAINHAS- Through the Vivid 'Latin Quarters' of India!

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Day 1

Bombay Coffee Roasters

Photo of Bombay Coffee Roasters, Rua 31 de Janeiro, Fontainhas (quarter), Altinho, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta
Photo of Viva Panjim, Fontainhas (quarter), Altinho, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta
Photo of The White Balcao, next to Bookworm Trust, Fontainhas (quarter), Mala, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta
Day 2
Photo of Kokni Kanteen Goa, Doctor Dada Vaidya Road, Near Mahalaxmi Temple, Altinho, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta

Like they say- The Beach is Boring!

Photo of Bombay Coffee Roasters, Rua 31 de Janeiro, Fontainhas (quarter), Altinho, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta

I am but a small shard in a grand mosaic!

Photo of The White Balcao, next to Bookworm Trust, Fontainhas (quarter), Mala, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta
Photo of The White Balcao, next to Bookworm Trust, Fontainhas (quarter), Mala, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta
Day 1

You cannot walk-off the lane where this attractive structure stands tall. Bombay Coffee Roasters, as I would like to say, is the 'Star' of the colony for how stylishly curated it is.

To avoid loitering around under the blazing sun, we choose to spend our day-time hours simply by lounging in the comfiest corners of this minimalistic Cafe cum Co-Working Space.

This Wall is a STUNNER! Absolute Insta-Worthy!

Photo of Bombay Coffee Roasters, Rua 31 de Janeiro, Fontainhas (quarter), Altinho, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta

Another high-on recommendation for the most scrumptious Goan food from the bylanes of Fontainhas is Kokni Kanteen. It is a 5 minutes walking distance from the very famous 'White Church'- Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

It is extremely popular for a huge 'Goan Fish Thali'. How could I miss? It is served for a single person as they don't allow it to be shared. They certainly provide with extras from the items in the thali at additional charges.

A must-must!

During my first visit to Goa, I couldn't relate to the Hype. Yes, the party scene and the beach vibe is all things fun but I cherish neither.

But this time, a little walk into the culture and historic lineage that Goa brings along satiated my heart and soul to the fullest.

Until Next Time!

Ever seen streets so vivacious?

Photo of Fontainhas, Altinho, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta
Photo of Fontainhas, Altinho, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta

Sharing some favorite snippets from my second visit to Goa in March'21. This time, I had a huge list of must-dos and must-visits, all thanks to the Instagram buzz.

This time, the plan was to cover #GoaBeyondBeaches. So the first explore had to be none other than the 'Insta Famous'- Fontainhas.

The colony of Fontainhas is high on Portuguese influence. It is an old Latin Quarter nestled in a quaint area of Panjim, Goa. All it requires you to do is to take a heritage walk within the quarters to get transported to an era replete with an amalgamation of Goan & Portuguese culture.

We purposely choose to stay in Fontainhas for 2 long days in order to absorb all that it has to offer. You may also plan a short visit for a couple of hours. Every street is intricately curated with bright and colourful houses, vintage bars and boutiques and bakeries and restaurants offering authentic flavours.

Ok, so another must-do was to indulge into some authentic Goan menu for Lunch. Basis every recommendation possible, we went for an award-winning Heritage Restaurant- Viva Panjim. It is a 10 mins walk from Bombay Coffee Roasters and is situated beautifully in a corner of one of the lanes.

The interiors smell of a colonial era gone by and serves you with the most flavorful meal you would desire to relish.

The only pop of colour you need in life.

Photo of FONTAINHAS- Through the Vivid 'Latin Quarters' of India! by Ekta

If you wish to stay overnight, I highly suggest 'The White Balcao' for its 'Bed & Breakfast' setting. It runs on the concept of Cafe-Boutique-Hostel and falls reasonably on your pocket.

I am a sucker for all-things pretty and this accommodation just won me over. Look at the colors and the coziest of corners to serve you a pleasant stay.

Fun Fact: Balcao is an architectural feature that is central to Goan houses. Defined as an extended porch, it functions as an outdoor space with stone benches.

Balcony-Bathing Room: Aeshetics 10/10

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In case you wish for a Four Poster Bed

Photo of FONTAINHAS- Through the Vivid 'Latin Quarters' of India! by Ekta

Isn't this a vibe?

Photo of FONTAINHAS- Through the Vivid 'Latin Quarters' of India! by Ekta
Day 2
Photo of Immaculate Conception Church, Rua Emidio Gracia, Altinho, Panaji, Goa, India by Ekta

And when I say that Kokni Kanteen is a stone's throw away from the Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, I mean it.

Even though it was shut to adhere to Covid restrictions, I couldn't stop myself from visiting it. This ever-amazing church is always so beautifully whitewashed against the contrasting blue sky and the swaying palms.