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Cafe Des Arts

Someone once told me, a good Breakfast makes a Happy Day. I believe that’s true. Just when I was riding my scooter in the White Town, I found the café I was looking for many days, Café Des Arts on Suffren Street. A concept store, this turned out to be my favorite café in Pondicherry.

The building of Café Des Arts was built in the year 1880 and it looks wonderful with the bursts of colors and design from Indian Colonial Era. The café has a comfortable seating and carries a laid back vibe. From the graffiti on the walls to the furniture, the café carries a retro look. Inside the café, the store nirvana sells quirky lifestyle products. The cut out of Rajnikant (Film Industry’s Megastar) catches your attention immediately. The Cycle Rickshaw in the lawn area is another eye catcher. There is a cozy library where you can spend your entire day reading.

The Paddle Rickshaw
The Paddle Rickshaw
The Book Shelf and Megastar Rajnikant
The Book Shelf and Megastar Rajnikant
My beautiful corner
My beautiful corner
Let's go retro
Let’s go retro

I had my breakfast at the café, I ordered for Tomato Cheese and Egg crepe, Muesli served with Milk, Ratatouille Sandwich and Green tea.

While I waited for my food to arrive, I noticed a lot people (who seemed to be regular visitors of the Cafe) doing art work. It’s a wonderful place that provides people a chance to interact with each other and share their art work, showcase their creativity and also perhaps make new friends.

A lady in a traditional blue Sari with Gajra (Flowers) in her hair, carrying a big plate in her hand, got me my Crepe. I couldn’t wait to dig into the awesome looking dish.

Tomato Cheese and Egg crepe was served along with lettuce salad. Grated cheese was sprinkled on op of the crepe. The filling of tomato and egg was mild but very tasty. I really enjoyed the subtle taste of crepe along with some pungent salad. The Crepe was big, tasty and filling.

Tomato Cheese and Egg Crepe with Salad
Tomato Cheese and Egg Crepe with Salad

For health freaks the café serves a big bowl of Muesli with cold milk. Unarguably the best breakfast staple – it is healthy, nutritious and tasty.

A bowl of Muesli
A bowl of Muesli

Ratatouille Sandwich, like crepe, was also served with Lettuce Salad. Ratatouille is a delicious dish of zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic and herbs. It’s cooked in the French region of Provence and makes a fabulous sandwich. At Cafe Des Arts, they toasted the Brown bread and it was topped with creamy, melted cheese. This sandwich was scrumptious and extremely satisfying for the taste buds.

Ratatouille Sandwich with Salad
Ratatouille Sandwich with Salad

The café is reasonably priced; my bill came up to Rs 520.

Café Des Arts also organises event for Vintage design Bazaar on every first Saturday of the month and it’s shut on Tuesdays.

Graffiti on the wall
Graffiti on the wall

I am glad that I finally found this cafe. After spending some time here, I realised, that this cafe is a perfect blend of old and new. The place just lets you be. It taught me one very important lesson: respect for art comes from respect for culture, tradition, heritage and an individual. The place is extremely inspiring and delightful. Visit this café for its unique vintage feel and enjoy the dishes of France in the French Quarters.

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