Café des Arts
Café des Arts was established in 1880 and everything about this wonderful café is colonial styled. Located in the heart of French quarters, Café des Arts aims to bring something new on the table for their guests with their innovative brunch combinations and quick bites. Café des Arts consists of an art library which is a must-see other than gorging down on their famous French Baguette with their home-made jam and butter. The simple and colonial seating areas give a homelike feel to the place and the visitors can enjoy their brunch indoors or in their garden.
Opening Hours: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Watch out for: Traditional French Cupcake
Address: 10, Suffren Street, White Town, Puducherry, 605001 099944 81914
The Pasta Bar Venito
The Pasta Bar Venito is an amalgamation of quirky and elegance all in one go. Serving the best of Italian food to their guests, The Pasta Bar Venito is a favorite amongst the Italian food lovers. Made with fresh ingredients, this restaurant café serves the best pasta dishes in Pondicherry for brunch and is highly recommended.
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Watch out for: Pasta Specials
Address: 190, Kandappa Mudaliar St, Puducherry, 605001 0413 420 0463
The Traveller’s Café
Located inside La Casita, a Center of Latin American Art and Culture, is The Traveler’s Café: a rooftop café with a fantastic view right out over Pondicherry, including of the Kamatchi Aman temple. The La Casita centre offers culturally rich activities that include Latin American music, art and dance, movie screenings, workshops and discussions, a perfect platform for Latin American artists to share and express their expertise and love of their culture. Their café serves several Asian-influenced dishes, including sweet and savoury Tibetian Momos (dumplings) and Aloo Tarkari Nepalese-style curry. Wash it all down with a glass of fresh cucumber juice, totally refreshing in the intense, Indian heat.
Opening Hours: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Watch out for: Free coffee when you pay for wifi
Address: 147 Eshwaran Koil Street, Puducherry, 605001 076394 05194
The Restaurant at Villa Shanti
The most ‘welcoming the morning sunshine’ way to have brunch is in Villa Shanti, a 19th century house in the French town now converted into an award-winning hotel. With their simplistic décor and natural environment, the ambience inevitably soothes and freshens up the mind and body before the day starts. Serving the best of their brunch with organic ingredients, the food at Villa Shanti is wallet-friendly as well as being truly delicious. If you fancy something lighter, just grab a fruit juice and an Indian street-food style snack at their Café Bar and settle down with a book from their library for a leisurely morning.
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 7pm
Watch out for: Suggestion of the day
Address: 14, Suffren Street, Puducherry, 605001 0413 420 0028
Kasha Ki Aasha
A restaurant that provides good food and shopping as well? That’s what you get at Kasha Ki Aasha, a café and art boutique in the center of Pondicherry. On entering the restaurant you are humbly greeted by local Tamilian women to welcome you, who have been a part of Kasha ki Aasha for 10 years! The restaurant offers unique hand-made products from all across India. Walking towards the garden roof-top restaurant it is hard to miss the walls that are adorned with art works and photographs that showcase the tradition and culture of India and its history. It feels like a native home.
Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm
Watch out for: Chocolate Crepe
Address: M.G. Road Area, Puducherry, 605001, India +91 413 222 2963
A strong influence of French culture has swayed the architecture and cuisines of Carte Blanche tremendously. Located in the Hotel de l’Orient, one of the most culturally-reputed heritage hotels in Pondicherry, their cuisine is a fusion of French and South Indian food called the ‘creole cuisine’, which mixes the heat of Tamil spices with the subtlety of French cooking to create something truly wonderful. Carte Blanche has a courtyard seating which makes the experience all the more delightful with nature all around you. They do not deep freeze the sea foods served; therefore expect to get fresh catch of the day to entice your palette.
Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm
Watch out for: Idli (small, savoury cakes) served with sambar (spicy lentil-based vegetable stew)
Le Hidesign Café
Le Hidesign Café has a very welcoming and refreshing outlook to it. With their verandah seating the guests can enjoy looking out at the street life of Pondicherry while enjoying their delicious brunch. The floral ceiling above and a spacious enough room, Le Hidesign Café does not get too crowded therefore letting their customers enjoy a hearty brunch with a pleasant and relaxed ambiance.
Opening Hours: 9am to 10pm
Watch out for: Coffee classics
Address: Mission St, M.G. Road Area, Puducherry, 605001 0413 2229944
As the name suggests, it is all about creating just the perfect ambiance for a chance meeting between two strangers or a romantic atmosphere for couples. Rendezvous, situated in the heart of Pondicherry, is a popular spot amongst tourists pausing for a quick bite on their travels and exploratory journey in the city known as the France of India. Rendezvous was the dream of Chef Vincent Mathias (sadly now passed), who founded it with the aim to create a place for people to found and solidify relationships in Pondicherry, over delicious Creole cuisine. His wife Jessica and daughters Vanessa and Valerie continue to run the café to keep his dream alive.
Note: currently closed for renovations, to reopen Oct 3rd
Opening Hours: 10am onwards
Watch out for: Continental dishes
Address: 30,Suffren Street, Pondicherry 605001, India 0413 2227677
The Surguru restaurant at Hotel Surguru is a landmark in Pondicherry, and certainly worth a visit. At very affordable prices, Surguru brings quality dishes to entice taste buds and get those mouths watering. With its high standard of hospitality, guests are often charmed with not only the food but the warmth and friendliness of the place.
Opening Hours: 10.30 to 11pm
Watch out for: South Indian brunch
Address: 104, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Salai, Puducherry, 605001 0413 233 9022
Sweets here, sweets there, sweets sweets everywhere! Baker Street offers you brunch like no other. Situated in the heart of Bussy Street it offers their visitors with variety of cupcakes, beagles and pastries of all kinds and inventive preparations. If you find your sweet tooth hankering for a mid-morning snack, head down to Baker Street for the brunch of every child’s dream!
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm
Watch out for: Pastries and fresh fruit juices
Address: 123, Bussy Street, MG Road, Puducherry +91 9994427899