Varanasi restaurants

Top Choice Multicuisine in Varanasi

Brown Bread Bakery

This restaurant's fabulous menu includes more than 40 varieties of European-quality cheese and more than 30 types of bread, cookies and cakes – along with excellent pastas, sandwiches and breakfasts. Sit downstairs …
Top Choice Indian in Varanasi

Darbhanga

Seriously some of the best Indian food we've ever had. The palak chaman (paneer in spinach and spices) is heaven in your mouth and the aloo chaat (fried pieces of parboiled potato mixed with chickpeas and chopped on…
Top Choice Cafe in Varanasi

Open Hand

This shoes-off cafe/gift shop serves real espresso and French-press coffee alongside breakfast platters featuring pancakes, omelettes and muesli. There's also a range of salads, sandwiches, pastas and baked goods, w…
Vegan in Varanasi

Vegan & Raw

This casual courtyard restaurant near Tulsi Ghat is an offshoot of Brown Bread Bakery, featuring excellent vegan dishes, including a full page of salads from spinach-radish-walnut to papaya-pomegranate-linseed. Entr…
Indian in Varanasi

Canton Royale

Housed in a nearly 200-year-old heritage building, the excellent main restaurant at Hotel Surya has colonial elegance; on warm evenings eat on the large lawn. It's one of Varanasi's best top-end choices, offering a …
South Indian in Varanasi

Dosa Cafe

This easy-to-miss three-table cafe woos travellers with Chef Ranjana's out-of-the-box South Indian preparations such as chocolate idli (fermented rice cake), and dosa with ratatouille, spinach or dried fruit. It won…
Indian in Varanasi

Dolphin Restaurant

Atmosphere trumps food at Dolphin (the rooftop restaurant at Rashmi Guest House), which is perched high above Man Mandir Ghat, but it's still a fine place for an evening meal. The breezy balcony offers fine Ganges v…
North Indian in Varanasi

Aman e Khas

Carnivores will appreciate the range of meat dishes here in veg-loving Varanasi. It has a great range of tandoori kebabs (though beware the reshmi kebab comes fried in an egg batter) and a tasty chicken handi curry.…
Indian in Varanasi

Keshari Restaurant

Known as much for excellent cuisine as for gruff service, this atmospheric spot (carved-wood panelling adorns the walls and ceilings) has been famously at it for nearly a half-century. Indians pack in here for high-…
Cafe in Varanasi

Aum Cafe

Run by an American woman who has been coming to India for more than 20 years, this colourful cafe has good lemon pancakes, astounding lemon or organic green-tea lassis and lots of healthy vegetarian options such as …