10 Best Cafes In Auroville Pondicherry To Visit – The Hamlet Of Peace
Posted On June 17, 2022
Are you looking to visit the hamlet of peace, Auroville? Through this blog, I’m going to ensure that your stomach stays full and happy during your trip. This article will give you a brief insight into the best cafes in Auroville and more such details!
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Auroville is undoubtedly my favorite getaway for weekends when I wish to spend some time in peace and need a fresh breath of air. While people generally associate Pondicherry as the perfect party place, Auroville has a completely different vibe – the people, the places, the views, the FOOD; it’s just another vibe.
Have you ever wished to live in a place that accepts all people beyond their caste, creed, religion, or looks? Well, here’s what the founder of Auroville, Mirra Alfassa, had to say:
“The goal of Auroville is to achieve human togetherness. It aspires to be a universal town where men and women from all countries can live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, politics, and nationalities.”
Before we start talking about the best cafes in Auroville, let’s see how you can reach them!
How To Reach Auroville?
There is no direct way to reach Auroville. You can reach Pondicherry/Chennai via a flight, bus, or train and take an auto or taxi to Auroville. Here are the different ways you can reach Auroville:
By air: You can either take a flight directly to Pondicherry, about 8kms away from Auroville or to Chennai, which is 135 km away. The cab from Chennai to Pondicherry costs over Rs. 3000.
By road: Auroville is easily accessible by bus from places such as Chennai, Tiruvannamalai, Bengaluru, Chidambaram, and Ooty. Pondicherry is well connected to major Indian cities.
By rail: The nearest railhead to Auroville is in Villupuram, 32 kilometers away, and connects to major Indian cities. To get to Auroville, one can either hire a cab or use the daily passenger train.
Best Time To Visit Auroville
Auroville can be visited at any time of year. However, the winter season is the greatest time to visit Auroville. The winter season in Pondicherry begins in October and is the most favourable time to explore the region. The season comes to a close in March.
Top 10 Cafes To Visit In Auroville Pondicherry
Let’s now talk about the 10 best cafes in Auroville. Ready to drool?
1. Bread And Chocolate
Bread and Chocolate is one of the continental cafes in Auroville that was my personal favourite. The best thing about their food is how healthy it is! My favourites were the Chamomile tea and the sandwiches made out of sourdough bread. They are also vegan-friendly and have been appreciated for their good quality and taste.
Cost for two: ₹400 Timings: Tuesday- Sunday; 8am – 5pm Cuisine: Continental & Fast Food Address: Main Raod, Kuilapalayam, Auroville, Puducherry
Tanto’s is one of the best cafes in Auroville that every person who’s been to Auroville recommends. They’re especially known for their pizza and iced tea. You’ll definitely gobble down an entire pizza within no time to your heart’s content. So, if you’re a pizza lover, Tanto’s is a must-visit! However, they have poor customer service, and you may also witness stray dogs running from under your chair.
Cost for two: ₹1,400 Timings: 12noon – 3pm, 6pm – 9pm Cuisine: Fast Food, Italian, Seafood Address: Kuilapalayam, Auroville Main Road, Viluppuram, Auroville, Puducherry
3. The Greek Cafe
Auroville’s Greek cafe delivers delectable cuisine & food! You may sit and relax on the roadside while touring the town. They provide a range of French food at a very reasonable price, with a genuine French touch to the taste, and they were all too nice and tasty!
Cost for two: ₹500 Timings: 10:30am – 11pm Cuisine: North Indian and fast food Address: Kuilpalyam, Main Road, Auroville, Puducherry
4. Naturellement Garden Cafe
The Naturellement Garden Cafe is nestled in a lovely garden and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu is extensive, and the atmosphere is one of productivity and cleanliness. However, there were a lot of mosquitos while we were sitting outside, so you may want to go for the indoor seating. It’s also a little tough to find because it’s in a remote area of Auroville. But, without a doubt, it was one of the best cafes in Auroville!
Cost for two: ₹500 Timings: 10am – 5pm Cuisine: Healthy Food, Italian, Fast Food Address: Udyogam, Villupuram District, Auroville, Puducherry
5. Jardin de Olive
The splendour of the Jardin de Olive is beyond description. You can revitalise yourself with a breath of fresh air and greenery at an exceptionally low cost. The staff is extremely helpful and respectful. It is definitely one of the cafes in Auroville worth paying a visit to.
Cost for two: ₹700 Timings: 8am – 10:30pm Cuisine: Continental, Chinese, North Indian, Fast Food Address: Auroville Main Road, Kuilaplayam, Auroville, Puducherry
6. Marc’s Cafe
Marc’s is one of the best cafes for couples to have a romantic and cosy date! The Cafe’s ambience and homey aroma will draw your soul into its cocoon for a few blessed moments. If you’re visiting Auroville, this is a great place to get your morning coffee fix. They provide both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a large selection of speciality coffees. The food at Marc’s is fresh, healthy and fulfilling.
Cost for two: ₹500 Timings: 8 am – 6 pm Cuisine: French, Fast Food Address: Main Road, Auroville, Puducherry
7. The Smoothie Bar
Providing complete justice to its name, the smoothies here are just fantastic. The mango shake and the oreo frappe were my top favourites! If you’re someone who loves sandwiches, burgers, and croissants, you can find them at reasonable prices here. Staff was quite kind and inviting. If you are in Auroville, you should definitely visit this place and try out their delicious smoothies!
Cost for two: ₹500 Timings: 9 am – 9pm Cuisine: European, Fast Food, Continental Address: Opposite Purple Resorts, Main Road, Kuilapalyam, Auroville, Puducherry
8. Cafe 73
Cafe 73 is one of the best cafes in Auroville that have amazing people and service. They were quite friendly and suggested the best dishes on their menu. I particularly enjoyed their victory burger, bacon burger, and Nannari juice. They have plenty of options for juices, and you should definitely give them a try!
Cost for two: ₹400 Timings: 11 am – 9pm Cuisine: Fast food Address: Kuilapalayam Main Road, Auroville, Puducherry
9. Roma Italian Cuisine
Rakesh, the chef and creator, brings years of experience from throughout the world and a passion for Italian cuisine to each plate. Their atmosphere, music, and menu selection are a welcome change from the regular cafes in Auroville. We had the white sauce pasta, which was flavorfully cooked with basil, and the fried potatoes, which were unlike any we’d eaten before.
Cost for two: ₹650 Timings: 11am – 11pm Cuisine: Italian Address: 223, Auroville Road, Kuilapalayam, Auroville, Puducherry
Lhasa is one of the best cafes in Auroville with amazing Tibetan food, especially dumplings. It comes with a side salad and is very affordable. Apart from the atmosphere, there is nothing to complain about. The owner is also incredibly nice and helpful. It is unquestionably worth your money.
This was the list of the best cafes in Auroville! Do visit them and try out their specialties that fill your stomach and your heart! Thank you for taking the time to read this blog! I hope that was useful to you. If you want to read more of these blogs, please go to www.gulshanbafna.com and become familiar with the world of travel!
Have you ever been to a cafe in Auroville? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
Gulshan Bafna is one of the luxury travelers in India. He, along with his wife, has traveled to many exotic places that one could dream. With their travel journey, they bring us the best face of those places. He compiles all of his travel journeys to give the taste of traveling to his readers. In his writing, he jots down the best things to do in all those places that he has visited. Reading these would help one know better about the place. He is also a seeker who loves exploring and discovering new places and share his experiences with everyone.