’Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event; a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup’’ – Gertrude Stein.
Well, we couldn’t agree more! Having a cup of tea/ coffee and munching on some snacks at a cozy café is no less than heaven for coffee lovers. During a tour to the famous attractions in Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, make these cafes your stopover to relax your tired body and refresh your mind. You’ll love this rejuvenating break at cafes in Pondicherry as much as its colonial architecture, neat cobble-stoned streets, magnificent churches, and beaches!
Café des Arts:
Pondicherry, a former French colony, is widely known for its French cafes and restaurants. Many of them can be spotted in the locale of White Town. Cafe des Arts is a 19th century French café in Pondicherry that attracts the crowd with its quirky murals on the yellow outer walls, French Décor, bohemian ambience and spacious seating arrangement in the rooms and across the outdoor terrace.
Must try Delicacies: Waffles, Croissants, Banana Nutella Crepe, Masala Chai, Baguette Sandwich, and Croque Provençale.
Address: 10, Suffren Street, White Town
Café Carte Blanche:
Beautifully set in the courtyard of a restored French mansion, it is one of the best café restaurants in Puducherry. Renowned for its French architecture and Creole cuisine, this heritage café serves you the best tastes of South India with a blend of French spices. Café Carte Blanche in Hotel de l’Orient is also the perfect setting for a romantic candle light dining. Are you planning a romantic holiday in India? Check out for the cheap flights to India
Must try Delicacies: Sea bream Carpaccio, Creole vegetable soup, Creole curry, Fish curry, Earl Grey Crème Brulée dessert.
Address: Hotel De L’orient, 17, Rue Romain Rolland, White Town
Sipping the hot espresso (or any coffee) admiring the sunset at the beach while the cool sea breeze brushes past you makes you wish for time to stand still! You’ll feel this at Le Café, the only seafront café in Pondicherry situated on the Beach Road. The best thing is that this café is open 24 hours! At whatever time of the day you crave a coffee or delicacies, rush to this café in a picturesque setting and feel pampered by their hospitable catering. There’s also a souvenir shop at this café.
Must try Delicacies: Cortado or Cafe Au Lait, smoothies, kombuchas, fresh juices, Tuna Lasagnas, French Quiche, Sandwiches and Ice creams.
Address: No.40, Beach Rd, White Town
Kasha Ki Aasha:
Kasha Ki Aasha is an art boutique and café, where you’ll get a taste of South Indian hospitality. This ethnic café in Pondicherry has an art and craft shop on the ground floor that sells designer clothes, jewelry, bags, toys, footwear, home accessories, handmade soaps, hand made products, and other artistic stuff. A garden café with a straw roof on the terrace looks quite impressive, and you’ll love the friendly ambience. The interior design of this café is spectacular – you’ll see traditional art works and photographs adorning the walls.
Must try Delicacies: Organic coffees, homemade cake, fresh fruit juices, burgers, European Thali, and traditional dosa with fresh coconut chutney.
Address: 23 Rue Surcouf Street
Café de Flore:
Another Café in Pondicherry standing as an example of the French influence on the city’s infrastructure, lifestyle, and cuisine is Café de Flore. This café promises a good coffee along with delicious snacks and desserts. For a chilled-out feel, pick up a seat in the dramatic garden courtyard of this colonial building. The menu offers many varieties of coffees and mocktails.
Must try Delicacies: Nutella crepes, pasta, and burgers.
Address: 37 Dumas Street, Maison Colombani – Alliance Francaise