Pondicherry or Pondy is renowned for its French architecture, churches, extravagantly clean and neat laid streets and beaches. It is also considered as mini Goa by some. This small Union Territory of India has been rechristened as Puducherry. Apart from being a great tourist spot, it is widely known for its cheap alcohol. However, if you are a connoisseur, then it is an excellent place for you to visit as it serves a wide variety of gourmet food. It definitely has the best cafes around and offers a great cuisine. Some of the cafes will take you completely by surprise with their culinary and mouthwatering dishes. If you always dreamt of sitting in a French café and sipping a cup of coffee or taking a bite but are unable to visit France, then Pondy should be on your checklist. It has the best French cafes in India.
It is a foodie's paradise and is a great place for you to try out new gourmet cuisines from around the world. These cafes also offer an ambient atmosphere and solace from the busy streets. It is the perfect weekend getaway spot. Here is a list of cafes which would make you pack your bags right away and head over to Pondy.
1. La Maison Rose
La Maison Rose is a boutique styled restaurant which depicts French architecture in its grandeur. Its backdrop is a historic villa which lets you enjoy its French colonial style and offers you a special feeling of your soul being at bliss. If you prefer dining amidst nature's serene beauty, then this place would complete awe you. The tables are arranged neatly under mango trees which offer a great ambience and perfect solace from the outside world.
Must Try: Lamb Chops Location: 8 Rue Romain Rolland Street, White Town
2. Le Café
Le Café is located on the beach road and is the only seafront café in Pondy. What differentiates this café amidst others is that it is open round the clock. So, whenever you are in dire need of a drink or want to quench your insatiable appetite, then you don't need to keep track of time. Relax on the chairs facing the Bay of Bengal and soak in the cool blue water. This sight would take away all your pressure and would keep you mesmerized for hours. The cool breeze blowing by acts like a topping on the cake. A bite of the masala omelette to go with a hot and steaming cup of cappuccino would indeed take you into a different world altogether. The sun basking away to glory with its golden sunlight shimmering, the sky turning a crimson red and the sound of waves splashing by is a sight to marvel. It approximately costs around INR 450 for two.
Must Try: French fries and Lasagna Location: No.40, Beach Rd, White Town
3. Cafe Carte Blanche
Cafe Carte Blanche is a perfect mixture of French Architecture and mouth-watering cuisine. This café hurls you back in time to witness the colonial period. This heritage café serves south Indian blended with French spices to offer a perfect dish.
Must Try: Paneer ratatouille or seafood creole curry Location: No 17 Romain, White Town, Lalbahadur Sastry Street
Set amidst lush greenery, this open-air café offers continental cuisine along with a breezy atmosphere. It is the perfect spot to spend your evening in Pondicherry. It offers an intimate atmosphere and personates warmth.
Must Try: Juicy green pepper steaks and buttery lemon pies Location: 54, La Bourdonnais Street, Near PWD New Head Office
5. Well Cafe
Well café is located inside Auroville and soothes your eyes with its untiring view of the forest roads on the route. Salads, hummus falafel and burgers are some of their speciality. You can find the perfect blend of Mediterranean food along with a spectacular view at the Well Café. This rustic forest café would surely whirl you to your forest trip which you had always planned to experience.
Must Try: Hummus and falafel Location: Opposite Upasana Auroshilpam, Auroville
6. Cafe de Flore
It is a small café at Pondy's Alliance Francaise. Simple yet delicious food with a lovely courtyard is what this café offers proudly. Mouthwatering pasta, fresh burgers made using fresh farm veggies and delicious Nutella crepes would surely top your list.
Must Try: Crepes are a must have for every connoisseur Location: 37 Dumas Street, Maison Colombani - Alliance Francaise
7. Rendezvous Cafe
A Pondy trip is incomplete without friends. This café offers the perfect ambience for a long convivial chat with your friends over a cup of hot steaming coffee or exotic seafood sizzlers. It is considered as one of the most popular cafés in town and offers the perfect peace of mind either in its air-conditioned lounge or on the garden terrace where you cangazee at the sky lit by the shining stars.
Must Try: It is a great place for all steak lovers. A delicious assortment of Apple Pie, Chocolate Mousse, Tiramisu, Ratatouille, Bruschettas, Pork Ribs are amongst their must have.Location: #30, Rue Suffren Street, Puducherry
Tanto is known for its terrific pizzas with fresh garden toppings. The café is set amidst a lush green garden with trees and plants offering the perfect setting for a romantic movie scene. Tanto's pizzeria offers the best Italian cuisine along with its ever-smiling staff. If you are Joey from the famous TV series F.R.I.E.N.D.S, then Tanto is where you should head out. With a great range of pizzas and an assortment of seafood, you would definitely not want to leave.
Must Try: Ice Tea, Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Iced Tea, Lasagna, Chicken Pizza and Spaghetti Location: Main Road, Near Iyyanar Koil Kullapalyam, Auroville
9. Cafe Des Arts
Café Des Arts propounds a Bohemian charm and an eccentric ambience. This café offers a vintage setting and would mesmerize you with its French Décor. With Gazpacho, sandwiches baguette and luscious fondant au chocolat on its menu, this boutique doesn't fall short on surprising its guests. Their Hibiscus flower syrup drink is a must for all alike. Cost for two would range about INR 800.
Must Try: Waffles, Banana Nutella Crepe, Masala Chai, Baguette Sandwich and Croque Provencale Location: 10, Suffren Street, White Town
10. Lighthouse Grill
Lighthouse Grill at the Promenade offers a stunning view of the crystal blue ocean. This rooftop café offers an alluring menu for dinner and rejuvenates your soul as soon as you step into it. A glass of wine to go with a perfect tune of the saxophone is what would make you come back to this place on your very next trip.
Must Try: Prawn in butter garlic sauce Location: 23 Light House Road
And voila! You can refer this list and use it at your disposal for the most amazing cafes. We hope you gain an experience which is one of a kind. Don't forget to check out these amazing cafes and their mouth-watering food the next time you are in Pondy.