Auroville and Pondicherry
DRY & FRESH PROVISIONS
PTDC and PTPS
Both have special sections with organic produce and dry stuff. Most of the produce grown in Auroville is organic, so look for Auroville fruits and vegetables. Check or confirm that it’s organic, just to be sure.
VEGAN EATING OUT
Vegetarian with vegan options
Aurelec compound, Old Auroville Rd, near Kuilapalayam village, Auroville
Open daily for breakfast and lunch only
Tel: 0413 – 2622416
Serves several vegan ice-cream flavours
Main Auroville Road, Near Auroville Bakery, Vanur Taluk, Kuilapalayam
Tel: 0413 2969918
You can find plenty of vegetarian options in La Terrasse but you must check what is vegan.
Visitor’s Centre has a regular vegan salad and could veganise the healthy plate but it’s important to stress that it should be vegan or you may end up with something you don’t want. They also serve vegan pizzas.
Tantos has a vegan pizza and also may have vegan pastas and are happy to let you know what’s vegan.
Farm Fresh often has a vegan cake and also has several vegan dishes on its menu. The more you stress that you want vegan the more options you will find, so it’s all up to you.
Both the Auroville Bakery and Ganesh Bakery have vegan bakes often. You will also almost always find something vegan at all Auroville eateries, just ask to make sure it’s vegan.
Aurovelo on the road to Ediavanchavady from Certitude has a great vegan selection.
Dreamers Café at Visitor’s Centre has some amazing vegan desserts, and snacks.
The Banyan Tree Restaurant in Ediavanchavady has a great vegan selection.
Mark’s Café, opposite Olive Guest house has a few vegan treats.
Brother’s Pizzeria has a vegan selection and their vegan calzone is recommended.
Happy Food can make vegan plates.
There is an amazing Korean restaurant, Goyo, which requires prior bookings and serves a silent lunch 3 times a week – call Wonja – 9489693809 to book. While most of the food is vegan it’s best to mention that you are vegan at the time of booking.
Naturellement also has a Garden Restaurant with a few vegan dishes.
Bread and Chocolate in Kuilapalayam has a vegan menu if you ask for it but you do have to make a special request.
Has a range of vegan soy products like tofu, smoked tofu, vegan muesli, soya milk and some cakes. These are available in Aurosoya as well as various Auroville outlets.
Also available at:
Auroville: Farm Fresh, Food Link, Pour Tous, Happy Foods, Food Dome, Bread& Chocolate
Puducherry: PY Cafe, Promenade, Casablanca, Farm Fresh, Grinde, Janaki
DRY & FRESH PROVISIONS
An ex-soldiers’ enterprise, based out of Puducherry. They have a direct-to-home service Mon-Sat for their fresh vegetables, fruits, greens, and organic kitchen items like juices, salads, jams etc. You can order directly online.
Tel: +91 9360626998
Aaraamthinai Organics and Natural
No.47, Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street, White Town, Puducherry, 605001
Tel: +91 7598812345
Krishnaas Organic Eco-friendly Store
Has fresh and dry provisions
65, Canteen St, Heritage Town, Puducherry, 605001
Tel: +91 9600042507
VEGAN EATING OUT
Raw vegan meals, all kinds of milks and milk shakes based on coconut milk, and loads of cooking ideas for healthy meals. They add honey to some of their dishes- so let them know your preference; few organic dry provisions and a range of health books and healthy sweets.
35-A, Chetty Street (between Mission Street and Canal (Arbour Salai) in Puducherry.
Tel: +91 9442605112 /+91 9965905112 / 0413 – 2339666
Hope Cafe (Vegan Options)
Vegan, Gluten free & Jain options available
Le Yuka Cafe
Has vegetarian and vegan dishes
2nd Floor, Roof Top, 97, Eswaran Dharmaraja Kovil St, Heritage Town, Puducherry
Tel: +91 93442 24650
MUST VISIT PLACE
It is an amazing sustainable vegan community which accepts volunteers in exchange for accommodation. It’s a great place to learn about lots of vegan options and they have a tour of their sustainable community every Friday, which is followed by a movie and dinner, open to all and free. (You are welcome to make a donation).
Tel: 0413 – 2677682 / 2677683