Often spoken of about its proximity to the ocean and it’s beautifully lit French cafes, the alluring Pondicherry – the French capital of India, offers some awesome vacation destinations. Known for its urban style of architecture, Pondicherry is a standout amongst the most mainstream tourist goals in South India. From post-card-perfect yellow structures to radiant shorelines, we present to you probably the best places to visit in Pondicherry with your loved ones and better alone!
Pondy’s only seafront bistro is a must visit for croissants, cakes, servings of mixed greens, rolls, delicious brunches and he ultimate way to end any breakfast – The South Indian filter coffee (hot and cold!). In addition to the warm welcoming breeze from the Bay of Bengal, you get a view that’s only one of a kid! It makes it to the list of many, so you’d often have to sit tight for, or share a table. Besides, it’s all about the view eh!?
Where: No 40, Goubert Ave, Near Gandhi Statue, White Town, Puducherry
Domus is a health focused menu, all-veg hideaway bistro in the quieted back of a zany design shop. With a restricted menu, the primary draws are the innovative plate of mixed greens ‘thalis’, served in the customary style on large steel plates, and the rundown of smoothies and juices is just the scratch.
Where: no.6, Surcouf St, White Town, Puducherry
Kasha Ki Aasha
An inviting all-women group prepares incredible pancakes if you happen to have a sweet start to your morning meals. Snacks and cakes are the infamous dishes of this cafe while an all-veg combination of both cuisines of Europe and India is incorporated into making ‘European thalis’ and ‘Indian enchiladas’. Although a little overpriced, this place is houses a very soothing ambiance with its European interiors.
Where: 23 rue, Surcouf St, Puducherry
Pondy is a seaside town, but that doesn’t make it a beach destination; the city’s sand is a thin strip of dirty brown that slurps into a seawall of jagged rocks. In any case, Goubert Ave (Beach Rd) is an exceptional walk, particularly at first light and dawn when a large portion of the town takes up a romantic mood. In light of some brilliant decisions, authorities have restricted traffic from 6-7:30 pm.
Where: 23, Goubert Ave, White Town, Puducherry, 605001
The sort of place where Indiana Jones gets the sweats, this antique shop sells figures, neatly cut doors, wooden chests, works of art and furniture sourced from Puducherry’s pilgrim and even precolonial history. It ships its merchandise to Europe for ₹20,000 per cu meter.
Where: 20, Near Citi Bank, Bussy Street, Puducherry
One of Pondy’s preferred culinary groups heads up this in state of the art Indian restaurant. This cafe was set up in 2016 out of a marvelous, light lit porch engulfed by tropical gardens and lined with white-columned corridors. The menu jumps far and wide, conveying tasty innovative servings of mixed greens, meat filets, pastas, cheese boats and many other innovative Indian delicacies.
Where: No. 13, Bussy St, White Town, Puducherry
In a romantic teak-columned courtyard, Maison Perumal’s Tamil/French restaurant turns out brilliant, daily changing market-fresh dinners full of local flavours and ingredients. Options include pure-veg or fresh masala-grilled fish of the day. Lunch is à la carte.
Where: 44, 58, Perumal Koil St, Heritage Town, Puducherry
Contributed by Lekhanapriya