Eating Out

Varanasi offers a long list of eateries. Almost everywhere in town there is a good restaurant to eat. These restaurants offer choice of food and price range but most of them are affordable. Most of the old city cafés are vegetarian and alcohol is not permitted. The restaurants in the cantonment area have varied cuisine, including Indian, Chinese and Continental. Some of the restaurants have bars here but remember that the 1st and 7th of every month and some public holidays are dry days.

For your breakfast try traditional snack which includes kachori along with vegetable and accompanied with jalebi (sweet) sold in the old city next to the Ghats but best offered in the kachori gali. Street corner food shops make sweets, famous creamy rabari (thickened milk) and cool thandai and lassi (sweet yogurt drink). Travellers may experimental and try various food options to choose from. The paan shops offer paan (betel) with masala (spice often used in curry) or tobacco.

List of Popular Restaurants for enjoying lovely food

Brown Bread Bakery – They offer marvelous list of menu to choose from which includes more than 20 varieties of cheese and more than 30 types of bread, cookies and cakes as well as main courses from around the world. The ambience is also excellent, with live classical music performances in the evenings.

Madhur Milan Cafe – Very popular among locals, this restaurant serves mostly south Indian dishes, including dosa, idli and uttapam, and paratha.

Pizzeria Vaatika Cafe – It is a terrace garden restaurant overlooking Assi Ghat. They offer top quality pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Don’t miss delicious apple pie over here.

Lotus Lounge – It is half–open-air restaurant having a terrace that juts out over Mansarowar Ghat.

Canton Restaurant – It is an excellent restaurant offering garden sitting arrangement on warm evenings. They offer good Indian, Chinese, Continental, Korean and even Mexican dishes.

Mona Lisa Cafe and German Bakery – They offer coffee and bread as well as the usual multi-cuisine menu.

Eden Restaurant – It is a rooftop garden restaurant having lovely place for a candlelit evening meal offering good-quality Indian menu.

El Parador – It is a pricey restaurant but with homemade pasta, chicken souvlaki, crepes and Tibetan momos, it is worth to dine in this rooftop restaurant.

Varuna Restaurant - Varuna’s specialties include North Indian and Afghan dishes, maharaja thali and tandoor kebabs. There is a live sitar and tabla music every evening.

Poonam & Eden Restaurant – It is a rooftop restaurant having lovely place for a candlelit evening meal offering Indian menu in smart surroundings.

Yafah Restaurant – It is a good restaurant offering tasty Indian and Chinese dishes. Sometimes there is live classical music.

Apsara Restaurant – Good restaurant offering multi-cuisine menu which includes Indian, Chinese, Continental, Japanese, Israeli and Korean food.

I:ba – This restaurant specializes in Japanese and Thai food. Menu also includes a range of pasta dishes and some tasty wraps.

New Keshari Ruchikar Byanjan - This is a popular family restaurant which offers both North and South Indian cuisine.

Haifa Restaurant - This restaurant is popular for its Middle Eastern food including thali.

Dennis Restaurant – This is a good restaurant offering pizza along with Indian and Chinese menu.

Ganga Fuji Restaurant - Live Indian classical music is played every evening at 7.30pm, making this multi-cuisine restaurant worth considering for dinner.

Dolphin Restaurant - Located above Man Mandir Ghat, this rooftop restaurant is a fine place for breakfast or an evening meal.