A foodie’s delight, Pondicherry is a great place to try out gourmet cuisines from around the world in a sublime atmosphere. Here is a list of its prettiest restaurants where you can sink your teeth into some mouthwatering food and and make your visit worth the time. Quaint, cheerful and immensely welcoming, these charming restaurants offer the perfect way to experience Pondicherry via its culinary offerings.
1. La Maison Rose
Set in a historic villa built in the French-colonial style, La Maison Rose is a chic boutique restaurant that will give you that special feeling of being in your own little world. Wander about and enjoy the perfectly construed carelessness that gives the display its surreal feel before dining under mango trees.
2. Cafe Carte Blanche
A perfect blend of French architecture and Indian warmth, Cafe Carte Blanche at Hotel De L'Orient is an outstandingly renovated heritage cafe that stands witness to erstwhile glory of the royal era in Pondicherry. Flow back in time to an ancient period when Tamil spices blended with French restraint to give you the famous Pondicherry cuisine.
A breezy open air setting nestled in lush greenery and refined continental cuisine come together to create a striking space that is intimate and resonates with warmth. Don’t miss their juicy green pepper steaks and buttery lemon pies!
4. Well Cafe
Plough through the forest roads of Auroville to find heavenly Mediterranean food at the Well Café. Try out their yummy falafel and super-refreshing mint lemonade under the nice lemon tree, with its fragrant strains wafting around you, at this rustic forest cafe for a truly addictive experience!
5. Cafe de Flore
An unpretentious little cafe which serves simple, delicious food, Cafe de Flore at Alliance Francaise has a lovely, peaceful courtyard with a warm mellow vibe. Amazing Nutella crepes, delicious croques monsieur and super fresh burgers making this cafe well worth a visit.
6. Rendezvous Cafe
One of the most popular hangouts in town, Rendezvous is a place where you can sit and enjoy a tête-a-tête in a relaxed ambiance as you dine on exotic seafood sizzlers and steaks to die for. Lounge around in air-conditioned comfort or dine under the stars at the pretty garden terrace.
7. Villa Shanti
Lying in the heart of old French town of Pondicherry, Villa Shanti is a place with a stylish, contemporary vibe and a gorgeous Grecian ambiance. Tantalize your taste buds with some really tasty food at one of the most aesthetic eateries in Pondicherry.
8. Kasha ki Aasha
A roof cafe with an easygoing, pleasant and uninhibited ambiance, Kasha ki Aasha is the perfect place to to laze away the time, read a few books and write a blog post or two as you wait out that uncomfortable midday heat. The European Thali, Indian Burritos, Thai Cold Noodles and the Sweet Tooth Pancake are an absolute must-try!
9. Maison Perumal
Maison Perumal’s open-to-sky centre courtyard, stained glasses, arched windows and Burma teak pillars come together to create a beautiful Franco-Tamilian alchemy which is reflected in the fantastic fusion cuisine served at the restaurant. Do not miss the cookery demonstration in the evening to see how it is done!
Known for their terrific wood fired pizzas with garden fresh toppings, Tanto’s pizzeria will leave you craving more of their yummilicious Italian fare. With a laid-back, nature-infused setting, ever-smiling staff and an absolutely amazing homemade iced tea, Tanto is where you should be if pizza is your thing. Just eat anything and everything from here, you are sure to love it!
11. Le Club
Located in the artfully lit garden of an old French villa, Le Club is all about elaborate dining, accompanied by fine wine and exotic cocktails. The tempting menu has a distinct French flavor, incorporating interesting Indian touches. Do try the amazing Creole prawn curry and crab in saffron rice for sure.
12. Cafe Des Arts
Experience an eclectic charm and some finger-licking preparations like gazpacho, sandwiches baguette and fondant au chocolat at this quaint boutique cafe with vintage French decor. Rev up your meal with a bottomless glass of Hibiscus flower syrup with soda and you are ready to go!
13. Bindaas Cafe
Full of potted plants, bric-a-brac and bizarre bits of colourful furniture, Bindaas Cafe is just what its name suggests. Cheerful and fun with an air of bonhomie about it, this place is perfect to hang out with your buddies over a yummy plate of finger food and quirky drinks. Check out the Power Cherry, which is totally worth it.
14. Lighthouse Grill
With a stunning view of the ocean and a tantalizing barbeque and grill menu for dinner, Lighthouse Grill at The Promenade is one rooftop restaurant that will make you say only one word as you enter – wow! Be serenaded by the tunes of the saxophone and feel the caress of the cool sea breeze as you sip your wine.
15. Le Cafe
Pondicherry’s only waterfront cafe, Le Cafe quietly peers out onto the crisp blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. Watch the sun go down and soak in the balmy breeze, as you take a bite of the scrumptious masala omlette and sip on an awesome cappuccino. Just the open sky, open water and an open heart doing a tango to the music of the waves crashing against the jagged breakers.
Did we make you want to rush over to Pondicherry right now? Or are you a seasoned regular already? Tell us your favourite places to relax in the seaside town in the comments below.