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The Essential Food Guide to Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram aka Mahabalipuram is a complete tourist town that is situated near the bustling business capital, Chennai. It also happens to be one of the best places to view architectural and sculptural delights in India. With a wealth of figurines and temples from the Pallava period, the place is fondly referred to as an open air museum. In between visits to the Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach, you would want to please your tummy with mouth-watering sea food specialties. Here are some great eateries that fill the town’s food district, Othavadai Cross Street:

Moonrakers Restaurant

One of the bigger restaurants on Othavadai Cross Street, it draws in people with its mix and match décor and even more multifarious menu. This includes a variety of Indian and continental style dishes that are available at a reasonable rate.


A trendy restaurants on Othavadai Cross Street that is especially popular with the foreign crowds. It offers decent Western-styled food items and a good cup of  coffee. It also has outgoing and capable staff on hand. A quirky feature at the restaurant is the in-house library where you can pick up Tintin and Asterix comics for Rs. 50 and Rs.200.

Gecko Café

Gecko Café is also situated on Othavadai Cross Street and caters to families and large groups with a range of multi-cuisine dishes. The lakeside restaurant is the ideal place for bird-watching. It has scenic vistas coupled with the laid back atmosphere, making it a great place to dine in this easy-going town.

The New Café at Lakshmi Lodge

This restaurant is known for its wholesome breakfast items and delicious local vegetarian fare. Other specialties include freshly caught prawns, lobsters, crab and calamari. Accompanying this delicious meal is a stunning terrace view that overlooks the ocean. It is a beautiful place for a family dinner as well as a for a meal for two.

Bob Marley Restaurant & Guesthouse

Although strictly not on Othavadai Street, a selection of the bets restaurant in Mamallapuram is incomplete without the Bob Marley Restaurant & Guesthouse. Locally prepared dishes, gentle breezes and decent prices have put the restaurant on the Lonely Planet map. 

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