Rishikesh lies in the foothills of the Himalayas besides the River Ganga. Located in the Northern states of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is a famous tourist destination not only in India but all across the world. Many sightseers from corners of the world can be seen here round the year. The place is considered to be the holy and a notable pilgrimage location. The place is also famous for studying yoga and meditation with many Ashrams here and there. The beautiful Ganga Arti at Parmath Niketan in the evening makes the soul pure and refreshing. Apart from being a holy place, Rishikesh also has many adventure sports for its visitors. Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, The Beatles Ashram, Shivpuri, Jumping Heights, Parmth Niketan are few of well-known sightseeing spots of Rishikesh.
Rishikesh- being a tourist spot, the place has many restaurants and cafes to enjoy a hearty meal. The city is entirely vegetarian and has mostly Northern Indian cuisines but other cuisines are also available in many places.There is a uniqueness in every place you eat.
Below are top 20 places to have food in Rishikesh:
It is one of the oldest restaurants in Rishikesh located at a nearby distance in Ram Jhula. It is said that a trip to the city is incomplete without a meal in Chotiwala. Started in 1958, it is the most famous restaurant on the bank of Ganga. Serving from 20 years, the goal of this restaurant is to find new ways to reinforce relationships with their every customer and to make the visit pleasant. The restaurant is very famous for their Indian multicuisines and a very cordial staff. The place offers a pleasing and delightful meal at a very sensible price.
2 Little Buddha Cafe
The next place where you should try your meal is Little Buddha cafe located in Laxman Jhula. It is tree house-styled with a cozy sitting on the top floor giving a few of the Ganges. Their pizzas are quite famous which are reasonably big at a reasonable price. The ambience of the cafe is quite relaxing, and the decor is very elegant. A very nice place to hang out in the city of Ganga.
3 Ganga Beach Restaurant
Ganga Beach restaurant, located in 13 Store temple, Laxman Jhula, Pauri Garhwal. The restaurant has a perfect riverside location with a calm terrace and a menu with different items including cold lassis and crepes. The restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Rishikesh. The scenic beauty of Ganga flowing through gives a perfect ambience to its visitors.
4 Amrit Ganga Bhujonalaya
Located next to Ganga nearly 50 meters to the Swargashram side of Ram Jhula, Rishikesh this restaurant is a good place to eat. Their manager and other staff are loved for their warm behaviour. Besides Indian meals, the restaurant also has European and Russian dishes. They provide a delicious meal, cozy environment, and a satiating stomach, making sure that you visit them again.
5 Ramana’s Organic Cafe
Like their names the place offers a healthy & delightful organic meal that will not only make your belly full but will also please your desire for good food, the cafe is also a school and a place to stay for the children including orphans. It is taken care and run by volunteers where all the earnings go for the welfare of the school and cafe. Their menu includes cuisines that are vegan-friendly, Lacto, International, Ovo, Organic, Western, Salad bar. Located in the Village Tapovan, LaxmanJhula village, it is a lovely place to eat and relish the day in their garden.
6 Honey Hut
Honey hut is another restaurant popular in Rishikesh. Honey hut is a food chain that is popular in almost all cities of India. Its desserts and coffee makes you feel cosy and you start enjoying the scenery more and more.
7 Tulsi Restaurant
Tulsi restaurant is another fine place to dine in Rishikesh. Once you enter the restaurant, the dim light sets a peaceful mood and the light music just put the mood on the right track. Along with that, you can dine from their diverse menu of world delicacies. The restaurant is quite famous for their hospitality and friendly staff.
8 Oasis Restaurant
If you wish to enjoy a global cuisine in a cozy garden setting with lanterns and candle lit tables, then you should visit Oasis restaurant located in Swargarshram, Ram Jhula. Oasis restaurant is well known for their upmarket dining experience. If you are in Rishikesh and wish to enjoy a classy meal then Oasis is the right choice for you to satisfy your stomach.
9 Freedom Cafe
Good place, good vibes and good food- a perfect combination for a fabulous trip. Rishikesh is a splendid place and with river Ganga flowing through it, the place makes everyone blessed. So, what can better than enjoying a hearty meal in this city? Freedom Cafe is situated in Laxman Jhula from where you can have a glance of beautiful Rishikesh and enjoy their divine cuisine. The restaurant is popular for Italian and Chinese food.
10 German Bakery
It is another place in Rishikesh which is a quite popular eatery. With a unique open air setting, the restaurant serves some fusion food. Their most interesting dishes are yak cheese sandwich and fruit pancake. So enjoy a cup of hot coffee and pick any item to form their menu to enjoy the setting of the bakery. The staff of the restaurant is also very friendly.
11 Madras Cafe
With a reasonable price, madras cafe is where you will enjoy South Indian dishes. The cafe has recently undergone a contemporary renovation. Their South and North Indian dishes like mushroom curry, masala dosa, whole-wheat pancakes, thick lassis or their famous Himalayan Pulau are deliciously yummy.
If you are craving for the home like fresh, organic and splendid food then Ayurpak is the right choice for you. A local family cook in the restaurant where all the vegetables are fresh and grown in the garden with an authentic touch in the food. The meal is ready within 30 minutes of your order placed.
13 Bistro Nirvana
Nirvana which means bliss or joy or pleasure, Bistro Nirvana is just a perfect name for it. This cafe cum restaurant gives you a relaxing ambience once you enter it. You will be relaxed with their rustic ambience of mud and clay and bamboo furniture. They also have an outdoor sitting in a furrow of trees. Their menus include some irresistible delicacies like organic pizzas, garlic nun, chicken tikka masala, pancakes, pitta falafel platters, waffles and different soups.
14 60’s Cafe (Beatles Cafe)
60’s Cafe- A nice place to chill and relax or work is 60’s cafe. Take a break from Indian food and enjoy their diverse cuisines from Italian to Thai to Continental. What makes the cafe more popular is their shakes and smoothies. With Beatles picture all over in the Cafe, the Cafe is also known as ‘Beatles Cafe’. The Cafe also gives free Wi-Fi and so is a perfect place to spend a long lazy day. It is located in AnandDham, Tapovan, and LakshmanKhula Road.
15 Cafe Karma
Cafe Karma is another popular food joint located in Main Badrinath Highway, Tapovan. The place is highly appreciated for their food which offers a variety of coffees, sandwiches, pasta and many other mainland dishes. It has an open sitting which gives a picturesque view of the serene Ganga. A free Wi-Fi, a perfect coffee and a handpicked of delicious food items along with the beauty of the place to enjoy- nothing can beat this combination of Cafe Karma.
16 The Sitting Elephant
It is a theme based restaurant in Rishikesh where all the interior and decor is designed keeping in mind the features and personalities of elephants. It also has an attached outdoor dining area. They offer multi cuisine delicacies. The sitting elephant is a roof topped restaurant that gives a view of the mountains across the river Ganga making you fall for the place more and more. The place gives a divine dining experience along with a cordial staff.
17 Pure Soul – Café & Organic Kitchen
The restaurant has solely got a right name. This restaurant provides purely organic food. The restaurant serves an overwhelming place to feed your body, mind, and soul. It is located in Badrinath Road Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh and has a varied menu of fair trade teas and coffees. A homely environment with the revitalizing richness of food- the restaurant is a great place to relax and grab some bite.
18 Tip Top Restaurant
The best thing about Rishikesh is that the scenery is so beautiful that it mesmerizes everyone. Along with that if you find a cozy place to fill your stomach then it just upsurges your contentment. Tip top restaurant located in Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh is a little joint with a river view and breezes is a perfect example of this concept. The restaurant offers multiple cuisines.
19 Flavors Restaurant
While Rishikesh is a mesmerizing place so is its restaurants and cafe. Every restaurant serves some delicious items that fill your mouth with water and satisfies your craving for a hearty meal. Flavors restaurant located in Ramjhula, Rishikesh provides healthy and tasty food that is reasonably priced. The place is also hygiene and has a friendly staff.
20 P.S. I Love You Restaurant
Isn’t the name unique? Well, I am sure that you will surely love this restaurant. Located in LaxmanJhula, Rishikesh, the restaurant gives a great ambience. It also makes an effort to intensify one’s senses and emotions not only with great food but with warm and cordial hospitality.