Some of our friends had told us about a place called Literati near Baga at North Goa. We were told that it was a cafe and a bookshop.
K and I went to the beach on our second day at Goa. I was carrying a stomach bug. Couldn't take the sun. So we decided to check out Literati the next day and have breakfast there.
The first room had the new/ first hand books. Then there are two more rooms which have second hand books. There are comfy sofas to sink in. Well worn. Ceiling fans to cool you. The mood is balmy and lazy thanks to the trees outside. The staff are very sweet and helpful. Don't expect any supermarket speed and efficiencies though.
To take the grandma metaphor further, the place did remind me of my visits to my grandparent's house when I was a kid. And the joys of discovering great books in my grandpa's collection. Literati is not a steel and chrome air conditioned functional shop. You should go there if you want to unwind, laze, step off from the treadmill and discover some great books. The place invites you to walk around, feel at home and takeaway memories. Don't go there if you want to pick a book on the go.
We picked loads of books for ourselves and our friends. Just about manged to dodge the excess budget limits.
- Literati is at a place called Ice Factory near Calangute at North Goa. Here's their web site for more details
- They are shut on Sunday
- The shop closes at 6 PM
- The kitchen shuts at 2.30 PM. Because "she (the cook I assume) leaves"
- They don't serve aerated soft drinks. But they serve wine and beer. That's Goa
- If you see a lab who looks like Marley then you are likely to have met Frieda. Do say hi to her from me. Poor thing had to be dragged away as K squealed in fright when Frieda scampered in