Pondicherry, a quaint town located on the sparkling coastline of the Bay of Bengal, is a popular city with tourists. After all, there is a lot to do and see here. It has gorgeous gardens, beautiful parks and serene beaches. Well-known as the ‘little France’ in India; it hard to miss the quintessential French villas in this city with arched windows and flowering creepers.
A part of the colourful and vibrant atmosphere of Pondicherry is the hospitality of the hotels here.
Most Pondicherry hotels are known for their prime locations and are just a short distance away from the town’s seafront promenade. Some of the popular hotels that are known for their facilities include names like Ocean Spray Pondicherry, The Promenade Pondicherry, Anandha Inn Pondicherry, Hotel Atithi Pondicherry, Le Royal Park Pondicherry and many more. These hotels score high on personalised service, great food and provide a memorable experience.
Pondicherry is a melting pot of cultures and this can be noticed even in the delightful cuisine of this city. One can enjoy local delicacies as well as European fare along with Asian flavours in this little town. Here are some of the best restaurants in Pondicherry where you can satisfy your gastronomic cravings!
Auroville Bakery is a must-try for those who are looking for freshly baked goodies! Try their delicious, fresh croissants, baguettes, quiches, tarts, pizzas, pies and rolls. If you want to try out their breads and cakes, you will have to come in the afternoon. One visit here and you will not be able to resist trying the goodies on offer.
If you are hunting for the best pizzas in Puducherry, you will find them in Café Xtasi. Apart from a fantastic range of pizzas, you will also find different types of pastas and salads. Try any from their range of 25 different types of wood-fired pizzas. You must try the speciality here, which is the Xtasi pizza. This is a must for meat lovers. The different toppings include pepperoni, salami, chicken, ham, feta, olives, garlic and lots of vegetables.
Kasha Ki Aasha
Kasha Ki Aasha is a unique restaurant that provides a great mix of food and shopping. It sounds too good to be true, for what could be more fun than good food and shopping together. But here in Kasha Ki Aasha in Pondicherry, you will find just that. Local Tamilian women greet you when you enter this restaurant. You can have a glimpse of the tradition and culture of Pondicherry in the art and photographs strung across the walls of the restaurant. Enjoy authentic meals at the rooftop restaurant, as well as shop for unique hand-made products, made in India. It is indeed one of the top restaurants in Pondicherry.
For those looking for exquisite French fare, head to the Hotel Du Parc and look for La Marée, which is located inside. With them, you will find the most elaborate menu for French food. Try out their immensely popular French onion soup, along with the usual lemon and coriander soup etc. Other delicacies include grilled fish, grilled scampi with lemon butter or the filet mignon or a lamb goulash. Do try out the classic seafood salad, the Tuna ala Nicoise. Delicious is the only word that will come to your mind.
Appachi Chettinad is an old house that has been converted into a restaurant. There are no whitewashed walls here or lavish gardens. The décor of the restaurant has been kept simple and natural. There is a thatched roof on the restaurant with Tamilian-style entrance pillars. You get the feel of entering a local home! Inside, you can feast on mouth-watering Indian delicacies and traditional Tamilian food. Get the authentic taste of ‘Chettinad’ style of cooking at Appachi Chettinad.
Le Pondy restaurant is very popular with the locals and the tourists. This popular eatery is located close to the Narasimha Swami Temple and one can recognize it because of its thatched roof. Enjoy great food at this restaurant that overlooks the sea. This is where you can stop and enjoy a delicious meal after a day of sightseeing at Pondicherry.
Those who can’t do without a traditional South Indian meal, should head straight for Surguru. This is a favourite joint for those who prefer having a traditional South Indian breakfast such as the onion uttapams, dosas, pongal, vada-sambar and idlis. Enjoy your meal and wash it all down with a cup of fresh South-Indian filter coffee. Look out for their daily specials and be there in time as the restaurant is very popular with local residents and tends to get over-crowded during lunchtime. It is indeed one of the most popular restaurants in Pondicherry.
Pondicherry has some lovely sights for tourists, but it is also a gastronomical delight with the varied cuisines it has to offer to satiate the palates of all.