There's a wide choice of cafes and restaurants on Ella's main drag. However, you'll find some of the best food in the simplest guesthouses, and these are great for home-cooked authenticity; just be sure to order in advance. Some places offer rice- and curry-making classes too.

Curd (made with buffalo milk) and treacle (syrup from the kitul palm; sometimes misnamed ‘honey’) is a much-touted local speciality.