It’s that time of the year again when a vacation beckons. And in case you are still looking, might we suggest a trip to Pondicherry? The beach and the French colonies of the town form a perfect summer escapade as you set out sightseeing, exploring and spending time in quaint cafes. Speaking of which, Pondicherry is filled with quaint cafes and cosy restaurants where you can spend hours reading, sitting with friends, or simply taking in the views of the ocean. So without further ado, here are the top 7 finds which shouldn’t be missed once you have reached the Union Territory with French inclinations.
Located in the quaint town of Auroville, Marc’s Cafe is a must-visit place that shouldn’t be missed. Specialising in small bites that include delectable French cuisine, it comes complete with outdoor seating and bright surroundings. If you are visiting Pondicherry anytime soon, head to Marc’s Cafe for a real treat, and at super economical prices no less!
Where: Auroville Main Road, Auroville, Pondicherry
What’s life without some croissants and chocolates in it? With exactly that thought in mind, Bread & Chocolate caters to foodies and how. Expect desserts, baked delicacies and healthy bite-sized options at this quaint cafe in the town. Oh, and there are vegan options too!
Where: Auroville Main Raod, Kuilapalayam, Auroville, Pondicherry
Fast food lover no matter where you are? We got your back. At Canteen 18, burgers and sandwiches are a mainstay, giving you all the opportunity you need to indulge guilt-free while on your trip to Pondicherry. The amazing interiors help, obviously!
Where: 14, Needaraja Paiyar street, Heritage Town, Pondicherry
Giving the vibe of a colonial French house, Domus, which is Latin for ‘house’, is a quaint cafe that evokes the perfect blend of the old-world and the contemporary. From the furniture to the surroundings, everything feels to be in sync when you enter the compelling space.
Where: 56, Rue Suffren Street, White Town, Pondicherry, 605001
French, Italian and British cuisine are all available at your service at the Coromandel Cafe, which also offers cocktails and indoor plus outdoor seating. An extensive menu, cosy interiors and rich aesthetics welcome you into this beautiful cafe that is unmissable.
Where: La Maison Rose, 8 Romain Rolland Street, White Town, Pondicherry
Could there be anything better than a sea-facing restaurant that offers a majestic view of the beach? Promenade is all that and more. An outdoor porch with a seating area gives visitors the chance to take in the spectacular sights involving the beach. Also prominent is the lighthouse on Goubert Avenue, which serves as a perfect backdrop for all those Insta-ready pictures. What’s more, the restaurant is open all day and till 11 pm in the night, in case you crave for a coffee and a walk on the beach.
Where: 23, Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry
Nothing beats the fun of a graffiti-ed wall, plenty of which you will find in Cafe des Arts. And great news for all the book lovers: the cafe houses a library too! A French colonial influence is visible in the architecture but also adorned all over are pop culture influences that are clearly visible. Check this out for the food, the art, and of course the books.
Where: 17, Rue Romain Rolland, Pondicherry
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