Restaurants to Eat in Chikmagalur

Restaurants to Eat in Chikmagalur

Food is at the centre of everything we do, which also decides how we spend a holiday trip. The first rule of a great and fulfilling travel experience is to be adventurous with our food choices, too. The second, however, would be to taste the local cuisine of that region; not the regular touristy food.

Chikmagalur, in Southwest India, is a hill station amidst the dense forests, gorgeous waterfalls, and historical monuments. But do you know that you can taste some extremely delicious dishes in the Chikmagalur district? Yes, this coffee town is admired for its diversity of cuisines served in restaurants and resorts. With a wide variety of cuisines, right from local Malenadu Cuisine, South Indian, North Indian, and Chinese, Chikmagalur has everything you will ever wish for!

What and Where to Eat in Chikmagalur?

When in Chikmagalur, you don’t have to HUNT FOR FOOD 😊. Most of the eating joints offer moderately good choices, yet we have made a list of the restaurants for you to enjoy a perfect meal in Chikmagalur.

Let’s have a Look at 10 Best Places to Eat in Chikmagalur:

Maharaja Restaurant:


Located on Indira Gandhi Road, Maharaja Restaurant is known as an exclusive multi-cuisine restaurant. They are very popular for their lip-smacking mutton biryani; it is a treat for your taste buds. They make you feel special with a Maharaja (king-like) treatment. Try their other popular dishes; the Shahi Paneer, Punjabi Chicken, and Mutton Rogan Ghosht. They offer a culinary fusion of Indian and Chinese cuisine on their menu. Enjoy an appetizing lunch or a delightful dinner in this restaurant when you visit Chikmagalur.

Town Canteen:


An ideal place to go for breakfast in Chikmagalur, Town Canteen is one of the oldest food joints in the city. It offers you a wide variety of authentic South Indian dosas and idlis which are appetizing. Delicious food and quick service are the two things that they are known for. Don’t forget to taste the mouth-watering desserts after a full meal; Gulab jamun, Kheer, and Sheera are must-haves here.

Café Agape:


A charming cafĂ© with a comfy wooden house, CafĂ© Agape is famous for its Italian cuisine and world‑class pizzas. Try their exclusive Bruschetta and pasta, which will leave you stumped. The Irish coffee is classy enough to fill your appĂ©tit. They have a limited menu, but a good enough choice for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian customers.

The Estate Café:


The Estate CafĂ©, as the name suggests, is located inside a coffee plantation. On your trip to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, it is a serene cafĂ© located amidst the greenery and never-ending mountain ranges. Get some ‘ME’ time for yourself or a lovely conversation with your dear ones in a pleasant atmosphere and grab a freshly brewed coffee or any of your favorite beverages. Coffee Arabica is their most famous beverage, and you must not miss it when you come to this cafĂ©.

Mayura Deluxe:


Mayura Deluxe is a pure vegetarian restaurant in Chikmagalur. Visit this restaurant if you want to savor homemade food away from home. The dosa, golibhajji, seviya bath, butter dosa are amongst the most loved dishes. If you are a huge fan of Hyderabadi Biryani, then what are you waiting for? Visit here and get yourself a great meal. The North Indian Thali they serve is again a favorite amongst tourists.

Siri Café:


Amongst the most loved eating joints, Siri CafĂ© is known for its peaceful ambiance. The ‘Mother of Earth’ statue is the highlight of the place, and the reason people visit this cafĂ©. A heart-warming coffee is a must when you are at this place, close to nature. Although, they cater non-vegetarian dishes; it is available only during the weekends.

Vishnu Delicacy:


A multi-cuisine vegetarian restaurant, Vishnu Delicacy is a small yet cozy place. Taste the mushroom masala which is amongst the most-served dishes of this restaurant. This place is highly recommended to you if you are looking for a pure vegetarian restaurant in Chikmagalur. Out of all the three meals of the day, you can surely try the sumptuous North Indian Thali or the South Indian Thali as your lunch or dinner.

Mysore Foodz:


Mysore Foodz will ensure that you find the authenticity of Mysore cuisine in Chikmagalur. A tastefully‑designed interior inside a traditional house makes it worth a visit. Don’t forget to taste the yummy Mysore Masala Dosa, bonda, bhajji, and many more dishes. The excellent taste of Mushroom Manchurian, Baby Corn fried rice, and Schezwan fried rice stays with you for a long, long time.

Vintage Café:


Vintage Café, best known for its beverages, is a place you would love to visit. Enjoy the top-notch flavored juice, tea, coffee, and milkshakes with a soothing atmosphere. Vintage café is one of the best hangout places in Chikmagalur for young adults and teenagers. With each passing month, Vintage Café has kept its fast pace with the addition of new flavors to its beverage section.

Annapurna Veg:


Preparing good vegetarian food is an art in itself. With the right blend of spices, you will be served amazing South Indian or North Indian meals at your choice in Annapurna Veg Restaurant. At a budget-friendly price, have your lunch or dinner here while waiting for your bus to arrive, because it’s within walking distance to the KSRTC bus stand.

Celebrate food by trying out all the mouth-watering delicacies of this coffee town. Explore the real foodie in you while having the best foods in Chikmagalur in these restaurants.

Quick Tips:

  • To explore the tourist places in Chikmagalur to the fullest, make sure you visit this place in the right season that starts from October to February.
  • Stay at a resort in Chikmagalur amidst the coffee plantations to make your visit worth remembering!

We, at Nexstay Coffee Grove Resort, welcome you to have a comfortable stay at Chikmagalur.

Must Try Cuisines in Chikmagalur

Must Try Cuisines in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur, the beautiful coffee town of Karnataka is widely known for its picturesque landscape and coffee. Located in the foothills of Western Ghats, Chikmagalur lies in the Malenadu region of Karnataka. As a tourist destination, Chikmagalur offers you the mesmerizing view of Mother Nature in all its glory, the best coffee, and a completely distinct cuisine to warm your soul. The food of this region is highly influenced by the vegetables and herbs found in the lush green vistas. As one of the oldest surviving cuisines of Karnataka, the Malenadu cuisine in Chikmagalur is famous for its simplicity.

The ingredients for the cuisines in Chikmagalur, whether it is chutney or snacks, or a perfect meal (oota) are grown in the vicinity of the mighty Western Ghats. The staple food is, however, rice and vegetarian dishes, but you will get to feed your stomach with naati style Biryani and meat curry in the restaurants in Chikmagalur.

Have a Look at the Must-Have Cuisines in Chikmagalur:

Sweet Dishes:



Extremely famous in Chikmagalur, Kadubu has religious significance too. It is believed that Lord Ganesha was very fond of Kadubu. Made with rice, coconut, and butter, it is really delicious and can be served with any vegetable curry or chicken curry. These dumplings can also be prepared from seasonal jackfruits.



There are different variations of Obattu, which is basically a sweet flat bread stuffed with coconut gratings, chana dal, kova, dates, jaggery, etc. However, to get the authentic taste of Obattu, you must taste the local variants in Chikmagalur. Experience this delicious item while adding some butter or ghee on it.

Gasagaje Payasa:


Gasagaje Payasa is a simple, yet very healthy dessert prepared in the Kannada household. Prepared with poppy seeds, coconut simmered in milk, jaggery and garnished with cashew nuts and raisins, it is a complimentary sweet creamy dish, which you will get in most restaurants in Chikmagalur.

Authentic Malnad Dishes in Chikmagalur:

Chigli Chutney:


Are you up for trying something different from the usual rice and sambar? Visit Chikmagalur and taste the extremely tangy and spicy Chigli chutney made from red ants. The process starts with hunting the nests, and then the ants are roasted and ground with garlic, chilli, onion, coconut, and other spices. This winter-delicacy is believed to be effective in preventing cough, cold, and pneumonia.

Halasina Kayi Palya:


Jackfruit is an integral part of the Malnad cuisines in Chikmagalur. Gujje Palya or Halasina Kayi Palya is a famous dish made by raw jackfruits, jaggery, grams (urad dal and chana dal), spices, and lastly coriander (to garnish). Enjoy this appetizing side dish with a bowl of hot steamed rice. You can also prepare Halasina Kadubu and Halasina Kayi Happala with jackfruit. Discover and start your experiment in your kitchen today!



As Colocasia leaves are easily available in heavy rainforest regions, you can taste a special cuisine named Kesa, made from Colocasia leaves in Chikmagalur. This healthy food item is highly rich in iron and can be a great complimentary dish in your platter.

Appe Kayi Saaru:


Appe Kayi Saaru, also known as, Mavina Kaye Saaru is a traditional rasam prepared in the coastal region of Karnataka. This popular dish is prepared from seasonal mangoes. It is usually served as a soup; however, you can have it with rice too (if you are a lover of tanginess).



One of the popular cuisines in Chikmagalur, Pathrode is largely an evening snack prepared in both steamed and fried style. The key ingredients that make Pathrode a must-have dish are colocasia leaves, coconut, tamarind, and spices. Have this snack with a strong tea or filter coffee.



This traditional Pongal staple dish has many variations among the south Indian states. Prepared from green grams and carrot, this delicacy has got its name as Carrot salad. Easy to prepare, you can serve this side dish as a part of your dinner and grab some great compliments from your family.

Koli Saaru:


Koli Saaru is a chicken curry prepared in the Malnad region of Karnataka. Made from poppy seeds (a constant ingredient of Malnad cuisine), coconut paste along with the spices, you will be amazed by how different this curry tastes in comparison to normal chicken curry. This classic dish is super spicy and can be served with ragi mudde to roti or rice.

Akki Roti:


Akki Roti is equally popular in all parts of Karnataka as it is in Chikmagalur. However, you will find the difference from one place to the other; the Malnad version of Akki Roti is the most favorite delicacy among the people. The reason is the mouth-watering taste and the distinct texture and the local fresh ingredients that make it unique.


A filter coffee is must when you are in coffee land. Get a classic filter coffee and sit amidst the un-spoilt nature of the sweeping mountain ranges, or inside a coffee resort in Chikmagalur. On your visit, don’t miss these mouth-watering Malnad dishes in Chikmagalur to fill your tummy (and heart too!).

We, at Nexstay Coffee Grove Resort, welcome you to have a comfortable stay at Chikmagalur. Our dine-in multicuisine restaurant will offer you a bunch of variety dishes to fill your tastebud!

Visit our luxury resort in Chikmagalur amidst the coffee plantations and make your trip worth remembering!