There’s no doubt that sunny Pondicherry has a great cafe culture. All along its quaint streets, you’ll spot cosy cafes that serve up cups filled with frothy caffeine concoctions, croissants, and crepes. If you want a slice of that, we recommend that you start off with these cafes that guarantee ultimate satisfaction.
Croque Provencal & Strawberry Tarts: Here Are Our Pick Of Pondicherry’s Best Cafes
Cafe Des Arts
Popular with the crowds, Cafe Des Arts, a charming cafe is at the heart of White Town. A colourful rickshaw greets at the front and the walls are bathed in that happy yellow that’s synonymous with Pondicherry. Their toasted Croque Provencal (stuffed with ratatouille and mozzarella) and their baguette sandwiches are menu favourites. Their savoury crepes (loaded with yummy ingredients like ham, cheese, tuna, and pesto) and waffles too are worth a try. Don’t go away without trying their excellent coffee! If you plan to go there on a Tuesday, you'd be disappointed as they are closed.
Bread & Chocolate
The folks from Mason & Co chocolates have launched Bread & Chocolate, a little gem located on the Auroville Main Road. Once you make your way into this tiny cafe, you’ll spot the counters stacked with artisan goodies from fresh-baked breads to golden-brown tart shells lined with ruby red strawberries. The sandwiches made with fragrant focaccia bread and their nutritious salads are worth ordering as well.
Of course, the Gelato Factory is best known for its delicious gelatos and sorbettos including several vegan flavours and versions. But you can stop by for a quick bite as well. For brekkie, there are flaky croissants that you can pair with ice cream and creamy scrambled eggs. If you are looking for heavier sustenance, then chomp on their focaccia sandwiches.
Naturellement Garden Cafe
Surrounded by a serene garden, Naturellement Garden Cafe is a must stop when you are in Auroville. Their USP is that they source fresh local produce and prepare everything from scratch. Their downy breads are a winner. You’ve also got to try their buttery gnocchi and their simple but delicious pastas. Their divine chocolate cake is a must as well. On your way out, do pack jars of their marmalades and nut butters to take home.
One of the best cafes in main Pondicherry, Baker Street has quite the fan following. Trust us, you’ll spend quite a bit of time checking out all their baked goodies on display. If you are feeling confused as to what to get, their Spinach Quiche (or their Chicken and Olive version) is an excellent idea. So are their chocolate croissants and their gooey eclairs.
The Indian Kaffe Express
When you want your coffee and waffles to come on a budget, The Indian Kaffe Express will suit you perfectly. The fluffy, chocolate sauce drenched waffles are the highlight and so are the airy pancakes. Pair these with the vanilla latte or their calorie-loaded Oreo-Cookie shake and you’ve got yourself a lip-smacking meal.
Offering gorgeous views of the sea, Le Cafe is a great chill out spot. You can start off with their organic coffees like the Cafe . Cortado or Cafe Au Lait (milk coffee). There are also cold coffees, smoothies, kombuchas and fresh juices. With this, you can chomp on Tuna Lasagnas, French Quiche, or the Grilled Prawns.