Bonjour les amis! Pondicherry, aka ‘Puducherry’, aka the Little France of India is a town that lies on the Bay of Bengal. The reason why it is called the ‘Little France of India is simply because of its influences of colonial super powers such as France, England, Portugal and Netherlands. These influences are still perceptible in the town and in its restaurants and cafes briefly. Here are some of the best French cafes in Pondicherry. Have a look!
This is the place where the French connection is very evident. The French influence can be seen in the very heart of this place i.e. the architecture and the cuisine of Carte Blanche. What’s special about this place is its celebrated ‘Creole cuisine’.
This special cuisine is developed out of a mixture of French and South Indian tastes. Although, the spotlight is always on seafood, nevertheless, you can’t miss out on what’s on the rest of the menu!
La Maison Rose
In the white town of Pondicherry, lies this beautiful joint which formerly was an old colonial house. The ambience has the right kind of peacefulness that you need and La Maison maintains it well.
Sitting is available for Al-fresco dining lovers so that you and your significant other can cherish a candle lit dinner and share some quiet loving moments. And no, we are not over –romanticizing this over. You’ll know it when you happen to be here.
Le Dupliex is the perfect place for friends and families to spend quality time together under a prepossessing roof. The reason it is so engaging is because this place sits away from all the animations of the city. Not to mention, its is very near to Pondicherry’s leafy park. The place has an authentic French style of interior which is mixed with modern day hotel ambiance. A perfect duo right?
Crepe in Touch
If you are a fan of French cuisine, this is the place to be. They have all sorts’ crepes with healthy organic options that’ll satiate your cravings then and there. Major highlight out of all these crepes is the very vibrant Mini Brioche with Caramel. This is one of those places perfect for brunch with your friends and that will keep calling out to you all the time you’re in the town.
Satsanga is truly one of a kind and one of the best French cafes in Pondicherry. We say that because it grows its own vegetables organically and serves you authentic and fresh dishes on the table. Located on the prominent La Bourdonnais Street, it is arguably the best French café on the list where you’re definitely in for a fresh and organic French treat.
Not to mention, that the place is very capable of letting you admire the ambiance by simply wandering in its lawn. It’s admirably spacious wrapped in with smooth French décor, soak in the fresh air while you’re here.
This one is an old school rusty looking masterpiece. Overlooked by a thatched roof, Le Pondy is a proud neighbour of the infamous Narasimha Swami Temple. And that is why almost every tourist traversing across Pondicherry knows about this place. Le Ponde also has a pool where you can shake some heat off after a long day out. That simply does it for me, at least!
“Le Cafe is really lovable” says a lot of businesses men. It definitely makes it to the list of best French cafes in Pondicherry as its more or less like a meeting point for local tours. Also, Le cafe also has a souvenir stop that sells t-shirts and other gifts. It also has a top notch bakery that is held in high regards by some of the passing expatriates that stay here for some hours.
The ambiance is very authentic and the building and its perimeters are amazingly clean and the best part, the food comes with reasonable price! Make sure you get a decent taste of their ice cream, topped with strawberries and fresh mint.
These were the best French Cafes in Pondicherry that made it to our list. If you happen to be in Pondicherry any time soon, make sure to check these out.