5 beautiful and pocket-friendly cafes in Pondicherry

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Photo of 5 beautiful and pocket-friendly cafes in Pondicherry by Mahima Agarwal

Pondicherry is an absolute delight for food-lovers. Almost every cafe I visited not only served great food but also had gorgeous Insta-worthy interiors. Sharing a quick list of my favourites:

What to eat: Probably the most popular cafe amongst the tourists. I didn't actually eat here but they had some really tempting breakfast options. I only stopped for a quick breather and really enjoyed the Green Ice Tea.

Photo of Cafe des Arts, White Town, Puducherry, India by Mahima Agarwal
Photo of Cafe des Arts, White Town, Puducherry, India by Mahima Agarwal

Pro-tip: There are a lot of photo-ops inside and outside this place, do not forget to take your camera along. They also have a boutique in the same complex and had some great vintage dresses and footwear on sale.

Address: 10, Suffren Street, White Town

Cost: 800 for two

What to eat: Wood-fired pizzas {I ordered the 'Vegetariana' and it was easily one of the best pizzas I've ever had}, Bad-boy burgers, Xtasi signature cocktails, and classic shakes.

Photo of Cafe Xtasi, MG Road Area, Puducherry, India by Mahima Agarwal

Pro-tip: You can go for their half-and-half pizza where you can choose two toppings of your choice on a single pizza.

Address: Shop No.245, Mission Street, MG Road Area, Opposite VOC School

Cost: 900 for two

What to eat: It's a small family-run cafe with a lovely rooftop. I loved the chocolate pancakes and the cheese-loaded dosa pizza.

Photo of Kasha Ki Aasha, MG Road Area, Puducherry, India by Mahima Agarwal
Photo of Kasha Ki Aasha, MG Road Area, Puducherry, India by Mahima Agarwal

Pro-tip: They've also got a boutique on the ground floor which sells pretty cotton dresses, footwear and other trinkets.

Address: 23, Surcouf Street, Near Lycee French School, SW of Bharathi Park, White Town

Cost: 700 for two

What to eat: My friend and I spent the maximum time here because of the spectacular view of the rocky beach and the wide variety of food. Their lasagna is one of the cheesiest you'll ever have, do not miss!

Photo of Le Cafe, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Mahima Agarwal
Photo of Le Cafe, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Mahima Agarwal

Pro-tip: It's open 24x7 and is one of the best spots to enjoy a sunrise/sunset.

Address: Beach Road, Near Gandhi Statue, White Town

Cost: 500 for two

What to eat: There is actually no dearth of great pizza places in Pondi. Tanto's is definitely in the top three. Expect authentic Italian food and nothing less. All pizzas and pasta dishes are great and thankfully, there are plenty of vegetarian options. The service is super fast, despite how crowded the place always is.

Photo of Tanto Pizzeria, Auroville, Puducherry, India by Mahima Agarwal
Photo of Tanto Pizzeria, Auroville, Puducherry, India by Mahima Agarwal

Pro-tip: Please note that they only operate between 12:30 PM to 3 PM, and 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM everyday.

Address: Main Road, Near Iyyanar Koil Kullapalyam, Auroville, Puducherry

Cost: 1000 for two

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