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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Restaurants in Pondicherry

Cafe des Arts


8:30 AM to 7 PM

INR 800 For Two for two

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.

10, Suffren Street, White Town, Pondicherry, India


South-Indian, North-Indian, Chinese

10:30 AM to 11 PM

INR 400 For Two for two

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.

104, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Salai, Near Aurobindo Ashram, Heritage Town, Puducherry, India

Kasha Ki Aasha


9 AM to 11 PM

INR 500 For Two for two

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.

23, Surcouf Street, Near Lycee French School, SW of Bharathi Park, White Town, Puducherry, India



11 AM to 11 PM

INR 500 For Two for two

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.

30, Near Citi Bank, Suffren Road, White Town, Puducherry, India

Madame Shante's

Continental, Chinese, North-Indian

11:30 AM to 10:30 PM

INR 900 For Two for two

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.

41A, Romain Rolland Street, Near Studio Profile, White Town, Puducherry, India

Maison Perumal

South-Indian, Seafood, French

9 AM to 9 PM

INR 250 For Two for two

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.

44, Perumal Koil Street, Heritage Town, Puducherry, India


Cafe, French, Seafood

11 AM to 11 PM

INR 1100 For Two for two

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.

54, Near Law College & Public Works Department, Rue Labourdonnais Street Beach Road, White Town, Puducherry, India

La Pasta


INR 600 For Two for two

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.

55, Vysial Street, Heritage Town, Puducherry, India

Le Cafe


24 Hours

INR 450 For Two for two

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.

Beach Road, Near Gandhi Statue, White Town, Puducherry, India

Le Hidesign

Cafe, Italian

9 AM to 10 PM

INR 800 For Two for two

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.

Building 69, Jawaharlal Nehru Street, MG Road, Puducherry, India

Carte Blanche Restaurant


7:30 AM to 10:30 AM, 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 9:30 PM

INR 1350 For Two for two

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!

Hotel De L'orient, 17, Rue Romain Rolland, White Town, Puducherry, India

Le Club

French, North-Indian

10 AM to 3:30 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM

INR 1600 For Two for two

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.

Hotel De Pondicherry, 38, Dumas Street, White Town, Puducherry, India

La Terrasse

Continental, Italian

8:30 AM to 10 PM

INR 500 For Two for two

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.

Old 5, New 2, Near Park Guest House, Subbiah Salai, North Boulvard, White Town, Puducherry, India

Au Feu de Bois


lunch & dinner Tue-Sun

INR 140-230 for two

Sick of the usual Dominos and Pizza Hut? Head over to this lovely Pizzeria and hog on their Wood-fired Pizzas.

28 Lal Bahadur Shastri Street

La Coromandale


INR 40 for two

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.

30 Goubert Avenue

Cafe de Flore


8.30 AM - 7.30 PM

INR 90-290 for two

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.

Maison de Colombani, 37 Dumas Street

Right Path Cafe

Snacks, Snacks, Italian

12 - 3 PM & 6.30 - 9 PM, Closes at 5 PM on Mondays

INR 60-340 for two

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!

Auroville Main Road, Tamil Nadu

Baker Street

Bakery, Cafe

7 AM to 11 PM

INR 300 For Two for two

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.

123, Bussy Street, MG Road, Puducherry, India

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