Pondicherry, which was under the French rule till 1954, is known for its churches, clean streets, Bougainvillea-covered side walls, beaches and the Promenade. Housing the best French Cafes in India, Pondicherry is a foodie’s paradise and is a great place for you to try out new gourmet cuisines from around the world. Here is a list of best cafes in Pondicherry!
This seafront café is located on the beach road and is open round the clock. Plop yourself on one of the chairs facing the Bay of Bengal and enjoy the cool breeze. The ambiance is very authentic and the building and its perimeters are amazingly clean and the best part, the food comes with reasonable price! Make sure you get a decent taste of their ice cream, topped with strawberries and fresh mint.
Bread and Chocolate
Set in the serene Auroville township of Pondicherry, it is a small bakery cum cafe in Auroville with the choicest items on the menu. You can definitely expect to have a hearty and healthy breakfast. It is a popular hotspot for croissants and chocolate offerings in the city. Oh, and their desserts are out of the world!
This is one café in the centre of White Town that serves great food, has a boutique that sells fashionable garments and also has a bookstore. Classy indoors with ample natural lighting and the garden set up outside of it in this cafe will definitely leave you in awe. The food served is a mixture of European and French cuisine using good quality ingredients and presentation that is visually appealing. Enjoy the sea breeze while you sip one of their speciality cocktails.
Café Des Arts
Café Des Arts was established in 1880 and everything about this wonderful café is colonial styled. With graffiti along the walls and a famous yellow coloured wall at the entrance of the café, this is a place right next to Villa Shanti which is famous for its crepes. The place serves delicious fondant au chocolate, coffees and gazpacho. Do try their fresh Hibiscus flower syrup drink as well.
Satsanga is truly one of a kind and one of the best French cafes in Pondicherry. We say that because it grows its own vegetables organically and serves you authentic and fresh dishes on the table. Their steaks are quite popular, and with good reason, and if you like yours medium rare, this is the place to eat.
Tanto is known for its terrific pizzas with fresh garden toppings. Tanto’s pizzeria offers the best Italian cuisine along with its ever-smiling staff. From the Med Pizza to the Romana, and the Funghi – you are sort of spoilt for choices here.
Cafe Carte Blanche
Café Carte Blanche at Hotel de lOrientis is a heritage café. Enjoy the French architecture and mouth-watering cuisines here. What’s special about this place is its celebrated ‘Creole cuisine’. This special cuisine is developed out of a mixture of French and South Indian taste.