Café Bodega, is one of Panjim's much-loved breakfast spots

What do Aretha Franklin, the Dalai Lama, George Clooney, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Ben Kingsley have in common? They have all dined on culinary delicacies, prepared by Chef Vandana Naik, who is also the owner of Cafe Bodega, Panjim
One of the many delicacies you will find at culinary delicacies,
One of the many delicacies you will find at culinary delicacies,PICTURE COURTESY: www.cafebodegagoa.in

Goa's fish-curry-rice and other delicacies are immensely popular among visitors to the state. But, what do you do if you're hungry and it's way before lunch time? For starters, you could look for some breakfast options.

If you'd like to try an American breakfast with bacon, maple syrup and more, then you should probably head for Altinho, Panjim, Goa.

Set in the courtyard of the Sunaparanta Art Gallery, Altinho, Panjim, is a quaint little café, called Café Bodega, which specializes in breakfasts and light eats. This popular breakfast spot in the suburbs of the capital city is one of many quaint cafés, that the city of Panjim has to offer.

While Panjim has some of the finest options when it comes to food, Café Bodega is certainly up there with the best when it comes to breakfasts, pastries, pizzas and lite bites.

The subtle and relaxing ambiance of Café Bodega.
The subtle and relaxing ambiance of Café Bodega.
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Reason to be here

There are endless reasons to be here -- from just hoping over to grab a cup of coffee or reading a book in the peace and quiet. Or, if you're looking to do breakfast or brunch or hang out with friends, Bodega should be on your bucket list.

If art is your cup of tea, explore Goa's creative side as you walk through the art galleries of Sunaparanta, and check out the latest in the world of art.

And, in a world full of photographs, reels and stories, this café and art space is so instagram-ready with its many photo ops.

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For the love of food

Specializing in eggs benedict, sour-dough breads, pastries and more, this cafe has a lot of offering when it comes to snacks and breakfast.

The kitchen is headed by Vandana, who has several national and international degrees, including Associate in Culinary Arts at CIA in New York and HAFT at Sophia College in Mumbai and a Diploma in Home Science from Nirmala Niketan in Mumbai.

And if you feel the menu is completely unfamiliar territory, rest assured that with Vandana, you will find heavenly, perfectly-balanced flavours. Little wonder then, that Vandana's cakes have even been enjoyed by the likes of Hollywood greats like Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Ben Kingsley.

But before starting her first restaurant, Bodega, she used to run a small café in Mala, a suburb of Panjim.

You can find many vegetarian and non-vegetarian options at Café Bodega.
You can find many vegetarian and non-vegetarian options at Café Bodega. PICTURE COURTESY: www.cafebodegagoa.in
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On the menu

The menu has a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, including sandwiches and burgers, which are prepared in-house. Delicious quiches, bagels, omelettes, waffles, pancakes, French toast, salads, soups and more are also available. A range of coffees from American espresso to Vietnamese cold coffee to Cappuccino with Soy Milk, etc, as well as house drinks, freshly squeezed juices are just some of the beverages you can choose from.

The menu changes often -- after every 35 days. For those with a sweet tooth, the cafe has some amazing sweets and desserts, such as Apple and Pistachio Cake with Cream Cheese, Chocolate Tart, Orange Almond Polenta Cake , Fig And Almond Tart which have their own distinct taste and are well worth trying.

So, if you are in the mood for breakfast, or just want to indulge your sweet tooth, don't forget to check out Café Bodega.

DETAILS:

TIMINGS: 10 am to 6.30 pm (Closed on Sundays)

LOCATIONS: Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Altinho - Panjim, Goa

CONTACT: 083-2242-1315

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