Local Food and Cuisine of Varanasi

Varanasi has a distinct tint to its cuisine with a certain influence of dishes and styles of Bihar added to its platter. The popular delicacies of the area are Dum Aloo, Bati Chokha, Aloo-Tikki, Pani Puri, Kachori, Tamatar chaat as well as sweets such as Jalebis, Rabri and Banarasi Kalakand. Another essential relish of the town is its Paan, a delicacy of betel leaf. Other than these, do try out the Butter Toast with hot milk, typically almond flavoured. Also, try out the local drinks like Lassi and Badam Sharbat. Varanasi is also famous for its Thandai, which is a milk based drink with Bhang added in it, which is a form of cannabis legal in India. Apart from the traditional and local flavors here, one will find numerous options for Continental and typical Indian food. When in Varanasi, you can explore the variety of food from the delicious street food to the numerous cafes at Assi. The city really has it all!

Local dishes of Varanasi
Local dishes of Varanasi


Restaurants in Varanasi

Pizzeria Vaatika Cafe

Italian, Chinese

11 AM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

INR 700 For Two

Situated at the Assi Ghat, Pizzeria is known for serving scrumptious Italian fare, one of the few in Varanasi. The best time to visit this restaurant is in the evening when one can enjoy the cool breeze of the river.

B-1/178, Assi Ghat, Varanasi, India

Eden Restaurant

North-Indian, Chinese, Continental

10 AM to 11 PM

INR 800 For Two

A roof top restaurant with a calm, soothing ambience. Try the North Indian food offered here. You won't be disappointed.

Hotel Pradeep, Kabir Chaura Road, Lahurabir, Jaitpura, Varanasi, India

Canton Royale Restaurant

North-Indian, Continental, Mediterranean

11 AM to 11 PM

INR 1000 For Two

If you are searching for a place which is calm and serene and has no hustle-bustle, Canton Royale is the perfect place for you.

Hotel Surya, 20/51, A-5, The Mall Road, Varuna Bridge, Nadesar, Varanasi, India

Ganga Fuji Restaurant

North-Indian, Chinese, Snacks

7:30 AM to 10 PM

INR 350 For Two

Very soft Indian Classical music is played live, creating a soothing and elegant ambiance in the evening. Ganga Fuji is a multi-cuisine restaurant with great flavors and quality. A place worth going to in the evening.

D 5/8 Kalika Gali, Dashaswmedh Road, Varanasi, India