The Rice Mill Cafe-Bar, Goa


Raya Shankhwalker Architects, a multidisciplinary boutique architecture and design studio based in Goa, has recently launched its own cafe, The Rice Mill Cafe-Bar, located in Morjim, North Goa. The cafe accommodates a kitchen and its herb garden, washrooms, a bar, an indoor seating area and a verandah. The structure of the cafe, with its exposed laterite walls, old art deco grills, wooden trusses and Mangalore tiled roof was built in 1955 and functioned as a rice mill. The concept of the ‘cafe-bar’ is inspired by the two most popular centres of culinary and social interaction in Goa – the cafe and the bar. The design for the café-bar, revives and restores the elements that once lent the rice mill its old world charm.