Restaurants in Varanasi are predominantly vegetarian and either cater for an Indian or multi-cuisine menu.
Being a holy Hindu city, restaurants in Varanasi predominantly have vegetarian menus. They make up for the lack of meat by providing a diverse range of vegetarian options from Indian to international cuisines. Most of the Varanasi restaurants either cater for an Indian or multi-cuisine menu as the visitors to this popular pilgrimage town consists of a large number of Indian pilgrims as well as an International backpacker crowd.
The restaurants in Varanasi can be found in a few small pockets, namely, in the Old City Centre, Cantonment area and in and around Assi Ghat.
Old City Area
In the Old City area, there are plenty of Indian restaurants ranging from the budget end to the upmarket ones. Budget Indian restaurants include the South Indian Madhur Milan Café and VSR, while Keshari Ruchikar Byanjan specialises in North and South Indian cuisines. For upmarket Indian food, head to Dolphin Rooftop Restaurant with a lovely balcony view. For the best multi-cuisine option in the area, head to Brown Bread Bakery for all your baked needs; they also do more than 20 varieties of cheeses. Lotus Lounge, Apsara Restaurant and Phulwari are all good multi-cuisine restaurant options.
The Cantonment area is dominated by upmarket Indian restaurants. Eden Restaurant is a lovely place for a candle-lit evening meal surrounded by gardens and manicured lawns. Varuna Restaurant specialises in North Indian and Afghan dishes, while Canton Restaurant is housed in a 150-year-old heritage building.
Assi Ghat Area
Head to Assi Ghat for the best pizzeria in town – Pizzeria Vaatika Café. It’s such a busy eatery that it’s hard to get a table; however, the wait is worth it as the wood fire-baked pizzas are top-notch as is the scrumptious apple pie. Haifa Restaurant, a Middle Eastern restaurant also does Indian and Chinese food.
Apart from the restaurants, the street food in Varanasi is second to none. As the sun begins to set, Assi Ghat comes alive with vendors including street food stalls that serve some delicious Indian snacks. Try the Aloo Tikkas which are absolutely delicious.
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The street food in India is some of the best in the world and Varanasi street food is one of the best in India. The variety of options, the delicious tastes and textures and the cheap prices are all associated with Varanasi street food. There are three areas where you can find the best street food in Varanasi – Assi Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat and Cantonment area.