Restaurant - There are ample dining options both humble and kind of fancy lining the cliff top, especially on North Cliff. Very few good ones can be found on South Cliff. But most places to eat here spring up during peak tourist season beginning late November. Sample seafood at these cliff-top restaurants; the fish recipes served here are fresh and succulent. Freshly caught fish by local fishermen are displayed in front of the restaurants, beckoning you to make a pick and have it cooked in the tandoor to your taste. And take in a stunning sunset while you dine. Most of the restaurants on the cliff serve beer to go with your meal. An all time favorite of the locals and even tourists visiting Varkala is marlin, freshly caught shark cooked in coconut curry, fresh fish platter,
butterfish delicacy and pasta blended with some interesting fish sauces.
Regular live musical shows and soothing ambience make âThe Funky Art Caféâ a popular haunt of tourists in Varkala. The staff is often seen distributing pamphlets for parties and other live events at the café. Do try the âbhang lassiâ here! The restaurant otherwise does a smattering of Continental and multi-cuisine specialties. You can sample local dishes at the in-site vegetarian restaurant of Hotel Suprabhatam. âOootapuraâ is another decent vegetarian restaurant you arrive at from the helipad. For delectable Mexican and Italian cuisine âCafé del Marâ on the cliff top is a good option. Watch the horizon darken with the setting sun as you tuck into a hearty meal. The service at this restaurant is particularly good. Opposite the Varkala railway station there is Reena Bakers offering sumptuous pastries, cakes and an array of desserts. Visit âTrattoriaâsâ on the northern end of the cliff offering a second storey view of the sea, multi-cuisine specialties and fast service.
JA Tourist Hotel offers atmospheric rooftop dining and specializes in Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisine. Try out spaghetti pasta with Alfredo sauce and garlic bread at Café Italiano, and round this gourmet meal up with a steaming cup of cappuccino. You can also sample local Kerala specialties and Italian cuisine at âSea Rock Caféâ. Kerala Coffee House is another great place to unwind with an evening cup of coffee. You could also try out their deep sea delights. The in-site restaurant of âSeaview Beach Resortâ too does a good job of Chinese, Italian and local delicacies. Anandan Tourist Home across the railway terminal and Shri Padman adjacent to the temple tank are economical places for delicious South Indian cuisine. At âJuice Shackâ you get all kinds of fresh fruit juice.
And if you are looking for an exclusive dining experience, head only to âCape Comorinâ, the onsite restaurant of Taj Garden Retreat. Nestled on a cliff, it affords brilliant sea views and scrumptious local cuisine in a lively ambience. The place also has a bar, a sunken cocktail bar - again with great views - and sunset lounge for snacks and drinks by the sea.
Most café restaurants fringing the beach stay up till midnight.