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Paragon Restaurant

Join the inevitably long queue out the door at this always-packed restaurant, founded in 1939. The overwhelming menu is famous for its legendary chicken biryani and fish dishes – such as pollichathu or molee (fish p…
Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)


Hidden away in the sea-facing Beach Hotel, Salkaram serves excellent fish and chicken dishes, Malabari cuisine (such as fish coconut curry) and Keralan meals (₹170 to ₹190), plus snacks out on the front lawn.
South Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Adam's Teashop

Distressed-wood shutters, vibrant paintwork and old-school radios create a retro-style scene at this wildly popular restaurant near the beach, where classic Malabari dishes are given a creative makeover. Biryanis co…
Mosque in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Miskhal Masjid

Around 2km southwest of Mananchira Sq, this 650-year-old mosque is an attractive (mostly) wooden four-storey building supported by impressive wooden pillars, topped by traditional sloping-tile roofs and painted in b…
South Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)


A local favourite for its Malabar dishes, biryanis and snacks, with a small terrace out the front, three-decades-old Zains is run by the entrepreneurial Zainabi Noor and is usually busy in the afternoons and evening…
Indian in Kozhikode (Calicut)


From the team behind Calicut's famous Paragon Restaurant, frills-free Salkara fuels hungry rail travellers with Malabari biryanis, steaming filter coffee, breakfasts of puttu (rice powder and coconut, steamed in a m…
Bar in Kozhikode (Calicut)


The laid-back bamboo bar at the Beach Hotel delivers light snacks, chilled beers and respectable pan-Indian cuisine (mains ₹150 to ₹300).
Church in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Church of South India

This bright-white church opposite Mananchira Sq was established by Swiss missionaries in 1842; its unique European-Keralan architecture features a three-tiered tower with a German-style pointed steeple.
Hindu Temple in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Tali Temple

Dating back to the 14th century but restored in the 18th century, Calicut's major temple is dedicated to Shiva and open only to Hindus.
Landmark in Kozhikode (Calicut)

Mananchira Square

The former courtyard of the Zamorins, this large central park still preserves its original spring-fed tank.