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The 10 Best Brunch Spots in Pondicherry
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The 10 Best Brunch Spots in Pondicherry

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Updated: 13 November 2015
The city of Pondicherry (officially known as Puducherry since 2006) is one of the key tourist spots of South India. With its many colonial buildings, churches, temples and statues which, combined with the beautiful French-style avenues from when it was under French rule, still preserve much of the colonial ambiance. As such, dozens of beautiful cafés and restaurants have sprouted up, many on rooftops or with shaded patios, so tourists and locals alike can bask in the fuzzy Indian air with their cup of morning Masala chai. Here are the ten best places to go for late breakfast or brunch in this charming Indian city.
French-style Breakfast| © Brian Uhreen/Flickr
French-style Breakfast | © Brian Uhreen/Flickr
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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.

Price: Budget

Opening Hours: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm

Watch out for: Traditional French Cupcake

Address: 10, Suffren Street, White Town, Puducherry, 605001 099944 81914

Pasta all´arrabbiata | © Katrin Gilger/Flickr
Pasta all´arrabbiata | © Katrin Gilger/Flickr
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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.

Price: Budget

Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Watch out for: Pasta Specials

Address: 190, Kandappa Mudaliar St, Puducherry, 605001 0413 420 0463

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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.

Price: Budget

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

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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.

Price: Average

Opening Hours: 9.00am to 7pm

Watch out for: Suggestion of the day

Address: 14, Suffren Street, Puducherry, 605001 0413 420 0028

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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.

Price: Budget

Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm

Watch out for: Chocolate Crepe

Address: M.G. Road Area, Puducherry, 605001, India +91 413 222 2963

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Carte Blanche

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.

Price: Mid-range

Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm

Watch out for: Idli (small, savoury cakes) served with sambar (spicy lentil-based vegetable stew)

Address: Hotel De L’orient, 17, Rue Romain Rolland, White Town, Puducherry 0413 2343067

Coffee Break! | © LenDog64 /Flickr
Coffee Break | © LenDog64 /Flickr
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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.

Price: Average

Opening Hours: 9am to 10pm

Watch out for: Coffee classics

Address: Mission St, M.G. Road Area, Puducherry, 605001 0413 2229944

Pondicherry - French Quarter
Pondicherry – French Quarter l | © Melanie M/Flickr
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Rendezvous

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

Price: Average

Opening Hours: 10am onwards

Watch out for: Continental dishes

Address: 30,Suffren Street, Pondicherry 605001, India 0413 2227677

South Indian Breakfast - Idli, Umpa, Vada, Sambar| © Bill Scott/Flickr
South Indian Breakfast – Idli, Umpa, Vada, Sambar | © Bill Scott/Flickr
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Surguru

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.

Price: Average

Opening Hours: 10.30 to 11pm

Watch out for: South Indian brunch

Address: 104, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Salai, Puducherry, 605001 0413 233 9022

Sweet breakfast | © Samantha Marx /Flickr
Sweet breakfast | © Samantha Marx /Flickr
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Baker Street

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!

Price: Budget

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm

Watch out for: Pastries and fresh fruit juices

Address: 123, Bussy Street, MG Road, Puducherry +91 9994427899

Ritu Poojari