Places to Eat in Kerala

What are the top delicacies that come to your mind if you have to describe Kerala in a foodie’s language? Appam, Dosas, filter coffee, fish fry - the list goes on and on. If you are drooling thinking about the Kerala’s culinary delights. Here is your guide for what to eat in Kerala.


This is one of the oldest and the biggest restaurant chains in Kerala and will be the first name to pop up when you search for best places to eat in Kerala. Their outlet in Thiruvananthapuram is the most iconic one as it is located in a flamboyant red-brick building. Do not miss out on checking out this place at Central Station road in Thiruvananthapuram. Head to this restaurant early in the morning and slurp some dark filter coffee along with a dosa or idlis on the side. 

If you are planning on ditching the south Indian food, then head to this café at Kozhikode. Situated on the NIT Mukkam road on Kozhikode road, you can gorge on delicious burgers, waffles, ice-creams and desserts here.

Head to the seaside breezy cafes that line North Cliff on the Varkala beach. The freshly caught fish is served in authentic Kerala style at these sea view restaurants. Relish your meals while you take in the scenic view of the setting sun on the Varkala beach.

This place is a heaven for all the vegetarians in the house. Arul Jyothi has been serving piping hot dosas and other Kerala food for years now. They also make the yummiest banana and jackfruit snacks. This joint is packed in the evenings and you might have to wait in queue for your turn. 

Apart from authentic Kerala cuisine, this place boasts of a lush green courtyard, Indian instrumental music and a serene lotus pond. Villa Maya will also surprise you with delectable continental food and grills. Don’t forget to try the refreshing pineapple shikanji. Another highlight of this place is that this restaurant is set up in a revamped 19th century house making it one of the best places to eat in Kerala.

Visit Paragon on Kannur road at Kozhikode to indulge in some delicious sins. The mutton biryani and Kadukka Varuval served here is to die for. As this restaurant is incredibly popular place to eat in Kerala, there might be a little space crunch and you will have to share the table with fellow foodies. 

Hopefully, this guide has resolved your confusion about what to eat in Kerala. If not, then book Kerala holidays  with SOTC and forget all the planning woes for your culinary trail in Kerala.

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