Pondicherry: French Flair & Exotic charm

Pondicherry: French Flair & Exotic charm


Designer Vera Fritsch takes you on a captivating journey through Pondicherry, India, a charming coastal town and former French colony on the southeastern coast of India.  


“During my first visit to Pondicherry in 2021, I was so intrigued by the town’s blend of cultures, its architecture and design with a distinct French flair, that I created an entire collection that reflects the mood and beauty of this place. 

Join me on this journey and let me show you the allure of this unique destination.”


 Vera in her Mia Dress in the French Quarter of Pondicherry
Right Image: La Maison Rose, CN Traveller

French Flair and Colonial Splendor

Pondicherry’s French Quarter is where French flair meets colonial splendor. Strolling through the streets feels like stepping into a different era, with its colorful heritage buildings, quaint cafes, and delightful boutiques. Pondicherry is a true paradise for those seeking a taste of history, exotic charm and a touch of European flair.

Must do: Stroll along the tree-lined streets, where bougainvillea and hibiscus flowers cascade over old stone walls and sit down for a coffee and croissant in one of the many French cafes and patisseries.

Café des Arts, White Town


Culinary Fusion

Lobster Meal at the Courtyard Restaurant, Le Dupleix Hotel

Pondicherry is known for its exquisite, fusion cuisine full of flavors. Vera’s favorite restaurants are:


  • Maison Perumal: Nestled within CGH Hotel, invites you to savor traditional Tamil cuisine with a contemporary twist, showcasing the region's authentic flavors in an elegant setting. 

  • Courtyard Restaurant in Le Dupleix Hotel: Situated in “White Town”, the restaurant offers a  charming ambiance and fantastic French and Indo-fusion dishes, prepared with finesse.

  • Villa Helena: The restaurant beckons with its intimate atmosphere and Mediterranean-inspired fare.

  • Cafe Des Arts: For a cozy café experience, head to Cafe Des Arts, where French pastries and refreshing beverages await.


Architectural Marvels

Pondicherry is full of architectural masterpieces. Here are Vera’s top picks:

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
“I was especially mesmerized by ‘The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus’, so much so that I based the print design ‘Basilica’ on the beauty of this neo-Gothic basilica. My print artwork references the vaulted arches, stained glass works and ornamental details.”
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Raj Nivas
In contrast, the Raj Nivas, once the French Governor's residence, showcases a harmonious blend of French and Indian architectural styles, exuding regal charm and a rich historical legacy.

 Raj Nivas, Pondicherry


French Consulate
And then there's the French Consulate, a magnificent structure adorned with colonial elegance, captivating passersby with its ornate balconies and a tangible connection to Pondicherry's French past. 

French Consulate, Pondicherry 


Heritage Hotels with Charm

Hotel Palais de Mahe

Pondicherry is well known for its magnificent heritage hotels. These meticulously restored colonial mansions offer an elegant blend of French sophistication and Indian hospitality. 

Vera’s top picks:

  • Palais de Mahe: The hotel channels a regal past with its elegant architecture, tastefully decorated rooms, and a serene courtyard. Subtle luxury with a lot of character. 

  • Villa Shanti: A boutique hotel known for its artistic ambiance and warm hospitality. 

  • The Promenade: A charming waterfront hotel, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Bay of Bengal and the French Quarter.  “I especially love its stylish rooms and rooftop terrace”

  • Hotel de l'Orient: A beautifully restored heritage hotel. Its unique blend of French and Tamil architectural styles, antique furniture, and tranquil courtyard create a soothing atmosphere.

Shopping Extravaganza

Maison Coromandel: A place to eat, drink, and shop 

Pondicherry is a true treasure trove of unique shopping experiences. The small boutiques and concept stores in White Town are brimming with stylish clothing, accessories, and home decor items. Visit concept stores like Maison Coromandel, Casablanca, and Kalki to find chic apparel, while Maison Perumal showcases exquisite handicrafts and home furnishings. Don't forget to explore Goubert Market for local produce, spices, and aromatic oils.


The Vacation Edit

Going on a vacation soon? We've got you covered! These effortless and feminine dresses will instantly elevate your vacation wardrobe - whether you're strolling along the tree-lined streets of Pondicherry, enjoying a seaside aperitivo on the Amalfi coast or exploring the streets of Marrakech...