Confeitaria 31 de Janeiro
Located in the atmospheric Latin quarter Fontainhas in Panjim, this charming bakery is known for its freshly baked bread and assorted cakes. They started operating on January 31, 1930 when the Portuguese were still ruling the state. Their breads are still made in the traditional wood-fired ovens. You can enjoy a cup of coffee sitting in the couple of tables outside. They also do excellent beef patties, quiches, sandwiches, and prawn rissois (prawns stuffed in a homemade pastry and then deep-fried) . But the best things here are the range of traditional desserts - dodol (eggless cakes of rice flour, coconut and jaggery), pinaca (balls of rice flour, coconut and jaggery) and doce (squares made with lentils, coconut and cardamom). and bebinca (a layered dessert made with coconut, jaggery, and Indian spices).
Address Corte De Oiterio, Rua 31 de Janeiro, behind Mary Immaculate Girls School, Fontainhas (quarter), Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001
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Mr Baker, Panjim
Located in the well-known church square area of Panjim, this popular bakery stocks some delicious Goan snacks such as croquettes, sausage pies, and homemade bebinca and dodol. As the board says, it was started in 1922 by Pedro Vincent Vaz in Moira, and them moved to Mapusa, and finally to Panjim. You can also get comforting soups like the caldo verde, and carrot, spinach and potato soup. A must-try here are the subtly flavoured prawn rissois.
Address Mr Baker 1922, Dr. Dada Vaidya Road, Opposite Municipal Garden, Panaji, Goa 403001
Cafe Central, Panjim
Located off 18th June Road in Panjim, this one is located opposite the Panjim Municipality. It was established in 1933 and is known for tea-time snacks which include vegetable patties, toast biscuits (rusk) and mushroom samosas. They also do a nice range of local breads and cheese rissois.
Address Ishan Building, Dr Pissurlekar Road, Panaji, Goa 403001
Jila Bakery, Camorlim
Located in South Goa in the peaceful village of Camorlim in Loutolim, this place is known for excellent eclairs, fresh-baked biscuits, Geneva pasteries, and apple strudel. You can tour the popular Big Foot Museum in Loutolim and walk across for a snack pitstop here. Their plum cake is legendary.
Address Ambora Bustop, Near Our Lady Of Candelaria Church, To, Verna Loutolim Rd, Ambora, Camurlim, Goa 403718
Nicolau Bakery, Loutolim
This one was opened in 2000 selling a variety of cakes and snacks. Today they are known for their rich plum cake, and an array of vegetable and beef patties, and cutlets. They have a good range of cookies and biscuits, and local desserts like boll and bolhina.
Address Shop No 6, Raia, Goa 403720
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