Food of Pondicherry

The food in Pondicherry is outlined with a dominant influence of the French cuisine, especially in its elements and styles. A lot of restaurants serve authentic French food - definitely the best place in India for French cuisine. Some of the popular items here are Baguettes, Croissants, Italian Baked Beans, Stuffed Cabbage and many more.

The Union Territory also derives flavours from the neighbouring South Indian states and you can find countless South Indian preparations (especially Tamil) in the city.

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Here are the top 18 restaurants in Pondicherry:

Cafe des Arts

INR 800 For Two
8:30 AM to 7 PM
10, Suffren Street, White Town, Pondicherry, India
Cafe des Arts
Great place and great ambience. The blue rickshaws as a part of the decor of the restaurant, add to the lively ambience it has to offer. It's a place where travelers come frequently to unwind after a tiring day, or to just relax. The food is quite yummy, but the super soft and light crepes deserve a special mention.

Surguru

INR 400 For Two
10:30 AM to 11 PM
104, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Salai, Near Aurobindo Ashram, Heritage Town, Puducherry, India
Surguru
Unlike most of the restaurants in Pondicherry which mainly serve Continental and European dishes, Surugu is a place where you can get the best South Indian dishes in town.

Kasha Ki Aasha

INR 500 For Two
9 AM to 11 PM
23, Surcouf Street, Near Lycee French School, SW of Bharathi Park, White Town, Puducherry, India
Kasha Ki Aasha
Though this restaurant serves all the 3 main meals of the day, their breakfast spread is particularly famous for the wide variety of options it offers. One must also try the unconventional and innovative items on their menu, such as the European Styled Thalis and the Indian Enchilada.

Rendezvous

INR 500 For Two
11 AM to 11 PM
30, Near Citi Bank, Suffren Road, White Town, Puducherry, India
Rendezvous
The atmosphere at Rendezvous is in general quite calm and even romantic. Offering a wide variety of dishes from multiple cuisines, you can't go wrong by ordering new or different. Food here is reputed to be exceptionally tasty, especially the steaks.

Madame Shante's

INR 900 For Two
11:30 AM to 10:30 PM
41A, Romain Rolland Street, Near Studio Profile, White Town, Puducherry, India
Madame Shante's
The ambience at Madame Shante's is very nice and alluring. Apart from the open air, rooftop seating option, there's nothing really special or different about this place. The food is said to be ranging from good to average and lacks presentation. Even the service isn't as good as one as one'd expect it to be. Overall, an 'okay' place to dine at.

Maison Perumal

INR 250 For Two
9 AM to 9 PM
44, Perumal Koil Street, Heritage Town, Puducherry, India
Maison Perumal
A bar and a restaurant all in one, this place has a really earthy ambience. It's known for it's to-die-for seafood. Enjoy your food with a mug of chilled beer.

Satsanga

INR 1100 For Two
11 AM to 11 PM
54, Near Law College & Public Works Department, Rue Labourdonnais Street Beach Road, White Town, Puducherry, India
Satsanga
Like most of the other places in Pondicherry, Satsanga offers some really amazing Continental food, with some Indian dishes on the menu too. One must try their selection of steaks and seafood, especially the prawns. There are quite a few vegetarian options as well.

La Pasta

INR 600 For Two
55, Vysial Street, Heritage Town, Puducherry, India
La Pasta
If you're a person who's all in for Italian food, especially pastas, you must NOT miss this place! One might have to search a bit for this place as it's located a bit in the interiors of the main city. It's run by an Italian couple, so you can expect some actual, authentic, Italian food being served here. There are about 30 different kinds of pasta sauces to choose from, and the pasta itself is homemade. Alcohol is not a part of the menu as the focus is solely on the food. Drop by this quaint little place for the best Italian food in town. You won't regret it.

Le Cafe

INR 450 For Two
24 Hours
Beach Road, Near Gandhi Statue, White Town, Puducherry, India
Le Cafe
When you walk into this posh Cafe, the first thing that will strike you is the fascinating decor of this place. There's a decent selection of pastries, snacks and beverages (alcoholic ones as well) on the menu and the food tastes good. But it does fall on the pricier side, so you might look for other alternatives.

Le Hidesign

INR 800 For Two
9 AM to 10 PM
Building 69, Jawaharlal Nehru Street, MG Road, Puducherry, India
Le Hidesign
If you're looking a for a place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, then Hidesign is one of the places to be. It has an interesting decor and a classy ambience. But since it leans towards the expensive side, other alternatives can be considered.

Carte Blanche Restaurant

INR 1350 For Two
7:30 AM to 10:30 AM, 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Hotel De L'orient, 17, Rue Romain Rolland, White Town, Puducherry, India
Carte Blanche Restaurant
Add this restaurant to your must-visit places when you're in Pondicherry. Located right in the heart of the city, the architecture of this place will not fail to awe you. The interiors are also tastefully done and it has a great ambience. The menu, though a little limited, has some mouth watering Continental dishes and drinks. Overall, a great experience, guaranteed!

Le Club

INR 1600 For Two
10 AM to 3:30 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM
Hotel De Pondicherry, 38, Dumas Street, White Town, Puducherry, India
Le Club
The lighting and music at this place gives it a very calm and romantic ambience. It has a limited menu which comprises mainly of Continental and local, regional styled dishes. But the food is highly praised by the visitors. There are also some cocktails and wine options which go well with the food.

La Terrasse

INR 500 For Two
8:30 AM to 10 PM
Old 5, New 2, Near Park Guest House, Subbiah Salai, North Boulvard, White Town, Puducherry, India
La Terrasse
Minus the slow service, this restaurant has everything to offer. Great food, sufficient food quantity and amazing ambience, it has all of it! Also, it's quite decently priced.

Au Feu de Bois

INR 140-230
lunch & dinner Tue-Sun
28 Lal Bahadur Shastri Street
Au Feu de Bois
Sick of the usual Dominos and Pizza Hut? Head over to this lovely Pizzeria and hog on their Wood-fired Pizzas.

La Coromandale

INR 40
30 Goubert Avenue
La Coromandale
This place has a very relaxed atmosphere, perfect to enjoy pleasant conversations. Have some of the finest South Indian thalis and Chinese dishes at this place. You won't be disappointed.

Cafe de Flore

INR 90-290
8.30 AM - 7.30 PM
Maison de Colombani, 37 Dumas Street
Cafe de Flore
Overlooking a well maintained garden and verandah, Cafe de Flore is a popular place to chill and sip on some refreshing mocktails and hot coffee. It also serves really nice pastas and burgers.

Right Path Cafe

INR 60-340
12 - 3 PM & 6.30 - 9 PM, Closes at 5 PM on Mondays
Auroville Main Road, Tamil Nadu
Right Path Cafe
The setting of this place is beautiful and so is the food served. From coffee, tea, juices to tasty pizza and ice-creams; one will not be disappointed with the quality of food. You can also ask for discount rates!

Baker Street

INR 300 For Two
7 AM to 11 PM
123, Bussy Street, MG Road, Puducherry, India
Baker Street
One of the most popular bakeries in Pondicherry, Baker Street is situated at the centre of the city. With the French-style bakery base, Baker street offers delicious cakes, croissants and clairs. A sit and eat place with a very friendly and healthy ambiance. One can also pack and carry the food.

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