Madurai is often referred to as the food capital of Tamil Nadu, given the huge variety in styles, cuisines, genres and sizes that it offers. In Madurai, you can taste the most authentic of traditional delicacies as well as indulge in fast food, Bengali, Italian, Chinese and North-Indian cuisines. Also, the food is lip smacking all though its streets to the elaborate restaurants.
The local delicacies include Paruthi paal, jigarthanda, panangkarkandu paal and chettinadu varieties like appam, kuzhi paniyaram, etc. as well as beverages like Paruthi, Jigarthanda as well as the popular Filter coffee . Other than these, find local favorites from all over Bengal Fish curry, Pizzas, Chaats, Fish and Chips, Gulab Jamuns, Samosas, Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken and lots more.

Photos of Famous Food in Madurai

Local dishes of Madurai
Local dishes of Madurai

Restaurants in Madurai

Jayaram Fast Foods


12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Jayaram Fast Food is a crisp and clean restaurant which specializes mainly in Indian sweets and snacks.

6&7 Nethaji Road, Madurai, India

Emperor Restaurant

Indian, Bar

breakfast, lunch & dinner

INR 150 For Two for two

A pure vegetarian restaurant and bar, this place has a distinctive ambience to it.

106 West Perumal Maistry St, Madurai, India

Surya Restaurant


4 PM - Midnight

INR 300 For Two for two

Giving a very nice view of the city, the rooftop restaurant at Hotel Supreme is renowned for its delicious, pure vegetarian food and quick service. Give the iced coffee a go as well.

110 West Perumal Maistry Street, Madurai, India

Dhivya Mahal Restaurant


Noon - 11 PM

INR 250-300 For Two for two

A brightly lit, warm, and hygienic atmosphere greets one on entering the Dhivyar Mahal Restaurant. Choose from the extensive menu which has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

No. 21, Town hall Road, Madurai Ho, Near Rousari Church, Madurai - 625001, India

Taj Restaurant


11 AM - 11 PM

INR 150 For Two for two

A place meant strictly for non-vegetarians, Taj Restaurant has a fairly comprehensive menu, which includes options ranging from Biryanis to the rather unconventional pigeon masala.

10 Town Hall Road, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Anna Meenakshi Restaurant


6 AM - 11 PM

INR 150-200 For Two for two

A simple yet popular eatery, Anna Meenakshi is known for its reasonably priced South Indian thalis.

West Perumal Maistry Street, Madurai, India

GAD (Gateway All Day)


6:30 AM - 11 PM

The Gateway has undoubtedly the best views to offer. The North Indian dishes here, including the North Indian Thali, are a must try.

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai, 40 T P K Road, Madurai 625 004, India

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