Our dear friend Virginia, who has made Pondicherry her second (or third or the fourth) home, decided to find out why the street is named after this person.
Click on the links below to read her articles.
For our discering guests, we have made a special selection of our favorite 10 places to eat in Pondicherry. They may not be the best in EVERY sense but they all have something special which makes them our personal favorites. We are well aware that everyone has a different taste so you are welcome to disagree with us and order listed below is not according to any rating...because each of these are good and may appeal to different palettes.
We will keep adding to this list...
13 MUST HAVE dishes of Pondicherry...
Virginia's list of PLACES OF EAT in Pondicherry...
Cuisine: Italian (best place for homemade pasta)
55, Vysial Street,
They are a small homely place opering out of a garage and Helena cooks up the most delicious pasta!
They’re open for either lunch or dinner on specific days, so it’s best to call them first.
They don’t accept credit/debit cards
Cuisine: Continental and Indian
14, Suffren Street
0413 - 42 000 28/09/67/69
Almost every Pondicherry visitor’s recommendation.
Quite posh & great food!
Need we say more?
Its just a 5 min walk from GRATITUDE
123, Bussy Street
For everything freshly baked and French
Ignore the decor...the food is authentic and delicious.
This NDTV video on Youtube says it all.
Its a 5min bicycle ride from GRATITUDE
No. 99, Mission Street,
The most authentic South Indian restaurant in town which never fails to disappoint.
Quick service is their hallmark
They have 3 other branches in town...Surguru Spot on Nehru Street (near Raj Bhavan), SV Patel Salai and 100ft road. All equally good.
35, Needarajapayar Street,
MG Road, Puducherry
You have to be a serious Biryani connoisseur
to appreciate this place. The food is divine!
The restaurant is an old Tamil House which is not at all fancy. Frequented by locals, you may find yourself sitting on a small stool with a tiny table of your own inside a tiny room, eating off a banana leaf plate.
An experience not to be missed!
Ask for the Quail...
245, Mission Street
Best fresh dough, woodfire oven pizzas in town!
They have an amazing range of varieties and each one is delicious.
Everyone we know in Pondicherry, has their own favorite.
7, Labourdonnais Street,
Just a few meters away from GRATITUDE, this lovely rooftop of an old house is an Italian kitchen.
Its the nicest place for women to hang out and have a cocktail feeling safe and secure.
The food is delicious as well and so are the desserts.
10, Suffren Street, Pondicherry
A gorgeous little cafe and Nirvana Boutique makes the largest varieties of Crepes. Highly recommended for the ambience and food.
Again...just a few meters away from GRATITUDE.
Its closed on Tuesdays.
5, Labourdonnais Street, Pondicherry
Tel: 0413 2224336, 8754322336
An authentic Chettinad restaurant is just a few steps away from GRATITUDE, round the corner. If you like spicy Non-Vegetarian, this is the place. You cannot miss it. Forget the dessert and instead buy a sweet paan (beeda) after your meal to douse the fire.
4, Rue Bussy, Pondicherry
Tel: 0413 2345611
Located on the second floor of the Palais De Mahe Hotel, they serve both continental and indian and also a great fusion of both. The Appams here are really nice as is the service and ambience. Its barely a two minute walk from Gratitude.
PONDICHERRY is a place where one does not have much TO DO or SEE.
Its a place to BE. To just exist and absorb.
But if you MUST DO something, we have tried to put together a few of our favourite things.
Here are also a couple of articles written by Payal Adhikari in the blog The Culture Trip, which we find worth sharing.
You could take short day trips to CHIDAMBARAM (62km),
GINGEE (70.4km) and THIRUVANMALAI (109km) on the same route,
DARASURAM and GANGAIKONDACHOLAPURAM (both on same route 139km)
if you are interested in ancient history of Southern India.