Central Kerala restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Kochi (Cochin)

Kashi Art Cafe

Fort Cochin's original (and best) art cafe, this fashionable, natural-light-filled space has a Zen vibe, a creeping vertical garden and stylish wood tables spreading out into a courtyard dotted with contemporary art…
Top Choice International in Kochi (Cochin)

Malabar Junction

Set in an open-sided pavilion or at candle-lit poolside tables, the outstanding Malabar House restaurant is (almost) Bollywood-star glam. The ambitious East-meets-West menu creatively fuses local and European flavou…
Top Choice Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Dal Roti

Always-busy Dal Roti is one of Fort Cochin's most-loved restaurants. Knowledgable owner Ramesh will hold your hand through his expansive North Indian menu (with its own glossary!) and help you dive into a delicious …
Top Choice South Indian in Thrissur (Trichur)

Hotel Bharath

Spotless, air-conditioned Bharath is widely regarded as the best veg restaurant in town and the place for a lunchtime thali (₹86 to ₹165), a Keralan breakfast or a spicy curry.
Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Grand Pavilion

The restaurant at the Grand Hotel is as elegant and retro-stylish as the hotel itself, with cream-coloured furniture and chequered floors. It serves a tome of a menu that wanders from North India to South India and …
Cafe in Kochi (Cochin)

Qissa Cafe

Usually packed with fashionable Kochiites, Qissa channels a cosmopolitan scene with its mismatched pastel-painted chairs, outdoor garden and buzzy atmosphere. Come for the homemade cakes, brunch-type snacks (avocado…
Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Ginger House

Hidden behind a massive antique-filled godown (warehouse) is this wonderful waterfront restaurant, where you can relax over fresh juices and punchy Indian dishes and snacks (including a deliciously creamy cashew-pan…
Cafe in Kochi (Cochin)


Behind an ivy-covered facade, this atmospheric cafe is perfect for ‘high tea’, with an impressive choice of brews, sandwiches and cakes turned out in airy, heritage-style rooms amid canary-yellow walls and wood-beam…
Seafood in Kochi (Cochin)

Fort House Restaurant

The waterside restaurant at the family-owned Fort House Hotel is a prime choice for a leisurely lunch, fringed by hot-pink bougainvillea and plants overflowing from earthy-red pots. The signatures are the seafood di…
Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Malabar Grills

Join feasting Indian families at this sprawling modern restaurant fronted by a barbecue just southeast of Fort Cochin's tourist centre. Breakfasts (₹30 to ₹80) are classic South India: puttu, iddiyappam, dosas, idli…