Must-sees of the city
Eather you come to Puducherry for a short or a long time, this is our selection of must-sees in the city.
Become a fan of Vijay at the Balaji Theatre
You will find many cinema theatres along Anna Salai, but the most famous is probably Balaji Theatre on Kamaraj Salai (west extension of Nehru Street). In a bright blue and red building. come to discover the latest Tamil movies (Kollywood industry) and enjoy a real “fiesta” atmosphere with live dance, songs and whistlings from movie fans.
Balaji Cinema Hall, 118, Kamaraj Salai
Shop at the Sunday Market and the Goubert Market
All you could need is at the Sunday Market! On Sundays, on MG Road from Bussy Street until Calve street, you’ll find home equipment, clothes, second-hand kitchen robots or movies and cds. At the Goubert Market you’ll have a wide choice of fruits, vegetables, fishes or spices. Don’t forget to go to the tailors’ corner, under the clock.
Goubert Market, Nehru St and MG Road
Drink fresh coconut water on Beach Road
After a walk on Sunday Market, the end of the day rendezvous shall be the beach promenade. This is the must-do to get fresh air and walk a little. Among toys, snacks and cotton candy vendors, you’ll find tender coconut stands. The best drink to quench your thirst.
Have a tea at the Café des Arts
Come and drink different varieties of teas or a delicious expresso coffee; have a drink in the garden of Café des Arts to enjoy the peacefulness of the place. Recently, a pop rickshaw has been installed and it brightens the place. You can eat as well delicious bruschettas.
Café des Arts, 10, Suffren Street
Taste Indian sweets at Mithai Mandir
Mithai Mandir is a shop with two different spaces: downstairs you’ll find Indian cakes and sweets and upstairs is a North Indian snack. Don’t hesitate to taste pooris, samosas and delicious doklas, a steam cooked Gujarati specialty.
Mithai Mandir , 26 Ambur Salai
Listen to a concert as well as to the waves at the Seagulls
At the end of Beach Road come and have a drink or eat Indian snacks. The terrace is wide and open to the beach, giving a beautiful sight of the sea. Every second Saturday of the month, a concert is organized: rock, folk, reggae, all genres are represented.
Know you future thanks to a little parrot
In a small street between Barathi Park and Beach Road, let a bird tell you what you future is all about. The little budgie will choose a card for you, on which you can see Hindu Gods and Godesses. The Future teller will then explain you what is written on the card and so in your life. Come there with a Tamil friend so he can help you to translate, except if you are still scared about the future, who knows?
Get your beard shaved at Vijay Coiffure
Relax while getting your beard shaved and get a little massage afterward… at your own risk of getting your neck cracked.
Vijay Coiffure, MG Road between Bussy Street and Railway Station