With its rich history, cultured traditions, and diverse local cuisines, Kochi is one of the most enchanting regions in Kerala. From traditional breads like appam to seafood dishes like fry-kari, there’s a dish for every palate and every budget. In this blog post we’ll take you on a virtual tour of our Best Places To Eat in Kochi.
The Rice, Kochi
Home to one of the oldest monasteries in Kerala, The Rice, Kochi is the perfect place to dine if you’re after cold-pressed juices and healthy meals that are free from oil and refined sugar. The Echo Pavilion serves a host of tantalising options from the likes of egg wraps to vegan strawberry cheesecake..
Must Try: Fish Grill, Crab soup
Location: Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, Willingdon Island, Kochi
Timings: 11 AM to 11PM
Qissa Cafe, Kochi
The dreamy aromas coming from the kitchens of this restaurant, located on the first floor of Apollo Road Shopping Centre, is enough to whet your appetite. For an extra special treat, order their “Shi Kela”, a meal prepared with Bangala Gourd and Tiki Paneer.
Must Try: chocolate cake, banoffee pie, poached eggs
Location: Number 18, KB Jacob Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 8:30AM to 9:30PM
Dal Roti Restaurant, Kochi
Owned and run by a local family, Dal Roti Restaurant serves soups, biryanis, and curries on a roti, the traditional Indian flatbread. The chicken raan is a must-try for foodies who are big on meat.
Must Try: Kathi Roll, Chicken Thali, Mughlai paratha
Location: 1/293 Lilly Street, Fort Kochi, Kochi
Timings: 11 AM to 10PM
Dhe Puttu, Kochi
A local favourite, Dhe Puttu serves a variety of dosas, idlis, and different types of vadas. What makes this place unique is its interior design – it has an open-air dining space with wooden tables and chairs.
Must Try: Beef curry, Cinnamon Tea, Kada fry
Location: NH Bypass, Edappally, Kochi
Timings: 11 AMto 11:30PM
Fusion Bay, Kochi
This place is a perfect spot to dine in if you’re after refreshing and delicious salads and sandwiches. The pan-fried salmon salad and their signature muffin sandwich are the best bets.
Must Try: Coconut rice, Beef, Crab toast
Location: KB Jacob Road, Near Santa Cruz Basilica Church, Fort Kochi, Kochi
Timings: 11AM to 10PM
Brindhavan Vegetarian Restaurant, Kochi
If you’re looking for a restaurant that serves delicious vegetarian dishes, then this is the place to go. Their menu mainly consists of dosas, idlis, and parathas.
Must Try: Filter Coffee, Milk Halwa, Malai Kofta, and Masala Dosa
Location: Kalvath Towers, Palarivattom
Timings: 8 AM to 10.30 PM
Vasantha Vihar Pure Veg Restaurant, Kochi
The perfect place to have a quick breakfast or lunch, this restaurant is known for its authentic South Indian curries and delicious tikkas. Having just started its operations in 2012, this restaurant has already garnered a loyal following. They also run an online store where you can order home delivery of your favourite dishes.
Must Try: Spring Dosa, Veg Cutlet and Tea
Location: Airlines Building, MG Road
Timings: 6.30 AM to 10.30 PM
Sky Grill Lounge Bar & Restaurant, Kochi
If your idea of a good meal involves seafood, beer, and watching sports on a giant screen then this restaurant is for you. Their menu has many options from seafood curries like Goan fish curry to continental dishes like Southern fried chicken.
Must Try: Grilled salmon, pork rib, finger-licking kebabs and heavenly cocktails
Location: Crowne Plaza Kochi, Kundanoor Junction, Maradu, Marad, Kochi
Timings: 12 Noon -11:30PM
Fort House Restaurant, Kochi
This restaurant serves some of the best Chinese, Thai and Continental cuisines in Kochi. They have a huge variety on their menu so you’re sure to find something that suits your palate. The ambience is beautiful and the service is impeccable.
Must Try: Pork Vindaloo, Appams, Kerala chicken curry, Mango Lassi
Location: 2/6A, Calvathy Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi
Timings: – 9:30Am to 10:30PM
Asian Kitchen, Kochi
Asian Kitchen is a chain of restaurants and food courts, offering a wide variety of Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. They have an outlet in the heart of Kochi and have many more planned for the future.
Must Try: Sushi, Chicken Skewer, Dimsum Platter
Location: Cochin Club, Opposite Parade Ground, St. Francis Church Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi
Timings: 12:30PM to 11PM
Top sights in Kochi
Located near the Cochin International Airport, Fort Kochi is the perfect place to unwind after a tiring day of shopping and sightseeing. With many restaurants and pubs, this place is best-known for its bustling nightlife and festivals. Head down to see live music performances during the Carnival at Camp Station.
Known as the Venice of India, this old port town is home to a large number of churches and mosques. Mattancherry is filled with spices, drugs and souvenirs from around the world.
Bolghatty & Vypeen Islands, Kochi
One of the best things to do in Kochi is a day trip to Bolghatty or Vypeen Islands. These islands are located just off the coast of Kochi and have beautiful, white sandy beaches. You can take an early morning ferry from Ernakulam and enjoy yourself on the beaches before returning in the afternoon.
Lulu Shopping Mall, Edappally
The Lulu Shopping Mall, located in Edappally near the Cochin International Airport, has been Kochi’s favourite shopping destination for years now. The large outlets here include IKEA, H&M and Forever 21.
Malayattoor is one of the very affordable and popular areas to reside in Kochi. With great transportation facilities and easy access to shopping malls, this place has become quite popular in recent years.
Kochi is a place of natural beauty and captivating history. Getting around is very easy as the city is well connected with the rest of India. You can easily explore all major places on foot or by local transport, which does not cost much. Fort Kochi and Mattancherry are the most famous tourist destinations in Kochi. The city also has many heritage sites, museums, markets and mosques that are worth exploring if you have time on your side.