Perched on the rooftop of Kautilya Society, Filocafe is a neighborhood bistro frequented by the society's residents. The breezy terrace coffee shop offers an exciting selection of hot and cold beverages, frappes and light bites. Apart from the delicious espressos and cappuccinos, it also serves up about 45 different kinds of teas.
El Camarom De La India is a laid-back Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine restaurant located at the terrace of Assi Ghat's Ganga Paying Guest House. Menu offers an array of Spanish standards like delectable pastas, croquetas, paellas and tortillas. A must-try here is the toothsome churros served with savory chocolate sauce. El Camarom also has an interesting list of Indian beverages and decadent Spanish desserts.
Shri Restaurant is the rooftop dining venue of the eponymous guesthouse in the heart of the holy city. The open-air space features a rustic vibe, of wooden planks, dining booths, small lamps and a thatched roof lending it a very countryside feel. Menu features an array of Indian and European breakfast specialties, apart from light bites, pizzas, sizzlers and Chinese picks.
Perched on the rooftop of Sita Guest House, Ganga View Roof Top Restaurant offers a breezy ambiance to relish Indian and Chinese specialties. With those soothing waters of the Ganges gushing down in the background, diners soak in some picturesque views of the city horizons. The no-frills dining booths and friendly service create a convivial mood to enjoy hearty meals and arresting vistas.
Dolphin Restaurant might look like one of the many roof top restaurants around the ghats of the Ganga, but once stepped in you will realize it is the only one as their tag line says. Amazing views of the river make this place surreal and the cuisine match up to the expectations. The menu is an assortment of different flavors and varied tastes. Friendly and prompt service add to the overall experience at this one-of-a-kind restaurant. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, dining here with the cool breeze will stay in memory for long. Closely located is the Dasashwamedh Road, which is a good bet for some ethnic shopping, or the very famous Kashi Golden Temple, to experience the Indian religious fervor.
Apex Restaurant is the in-house restaurant of Varanasi's charming waterfront, budget hotel - Hotel Alka. Like most others, it serves only vegetarian dishes but no one's complaining. The chefs dish out an assortment of typically North Indian fare as well as Chinese and some Continental dishes. Recommended is the dal khichdi with curd and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Apex has shaded areas as well as alfresco areas but the seating space by the edge offers diners superb birds eye views of the ghats and people going about their daily routine. A good idea would be to catch a meal here on a full moon night - nothing quite compares to surreal sight of silver moonshine gleaming upon the dark waters of the Ganges.
A variety of cuisines and a nice homely ambiance defines El Parador, a popular eatery at the busy Cantonment area. Greek, Mexican, Italian and French savories are up for grabs which means a struggle to choose ensues. Run by a Gurkha family, the interiors exude a peaceful Nepalese grace and the terrace garden is a beauty. The weekend buffet is very popular among the locals and they also provide take away for long train journeys; Varanasi Junction is only meters away. This one is surely a humdinger of sorts. A welcome option to experiment in Varanasi, Mandarin Bar is next block.
This local cafe located on the roof top of Kashi Guest House, is an unassuming small space with a lot of tourists and a happy atmosphere. Plenty of breeze and amazing views of the captivating Ganges define the ambiance here. Very near to this cafe is the main burning Ghat, Manikarnika, which is an intriguing sight to foreigners. A welcome destination in Varanasi, this place has Indian and continental cuisine and is worthy enough for a visit. Go to Night Cafe for the amazing views.