Restaurants

Top Choice Indian in Varanasi

Darbangha

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 is a gourmet-street-food revelation. There's also a good list of cont…
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, pizzas and more. Sit downstair…
Top Choice Cafe in Varanasi

Open Hand

This shoes-off cafe-cum–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 good…
Bakery in Varanasi

Bhumi French Bakers

This casual cafe creates some of the best pastries in Varanasi, and what might be the best chocolate croissants in all of India.
Vegan in Varanasi

Vegan & Raw

This casual courtyard restaurant 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. Entrées lean toward …
Indian in Varanasi

Canton Royale

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

Bona Cafe

This cosy restaurant does everything well, but you really want to come here for the quality Korean food. Tasty full meals, such as jabchaebab (glass-noodle stir-fry), include soup and kimchi. Sit on floor cushions, …
Indian in Varanasi

Keshari Restaurant

Known as much for excellent cuisine as for surly service, this atmospheric spot (carved-wood panelling dons the walls and ceilings) has been famously at it for nearly a half-century. Indians pack in here for high-qu…
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 – chocolate idli (fermented rice cake); dosa with ratatouille, spinach or fruit – and won us over with …
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 breakfast all day (good lemon pancakes!), astounding lemon-and-organic-green-tea lassis and a handful of light sa…