6 Of The Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Ayodhya To Try
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Ayodhya, the temple city of Uttar Pradesh has always been a hub of religious tourism in India. The backdrop of the Indian epic Ramayana and the birthplace of Lord Ram, there has always been a fair share of visitors to the city, despite having a somewhat tumultuous past, its religious and mythological past has always won.

Since 2020 which marked the ruling which ended the Ayodhya dispute and especially in the run-up to 2024, there has been a dramatic rise in tourists to the city, both domestic and international. Now as the world’s eye is on the city for the unveiling of the new Ram Mandir on January 22, the city is preparing for more visitors than it has seen in centuries.

Most restaurants in the city offer vegetarian and Jain food options, but seeking out quality meals can be a bit tricky with so many new businesses opening up to capitalise on the increased tourism. If you’re planning on making a trip to Ayodhya, here are some places you should put on your list.

1. Makan-Malai Restaurant

Located within the Ramprastha Hotel, they serve up a blend of fine pure vegetarian cuisine and beverages. With a fine dining concept with a seating capacity of 100 people, the restaurant, named Makhan-Malai, is thoughtfully designed for both indoor and outdoor dining experiences. Their specialities include North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes, catering to the diverse tastes of guests from all corners of the globe.

Address: G- Floor,Ramprastha hotel, naya ghat, Ayodhya, India, Uttar Pradesh 

Timings: Breakfast - 08:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Lunch - 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Refreshment - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Dinner - 07:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Cost for two: Rs. 600 (approx)

2. Shri Kanak Sarkar Rasoi 

If you need a hearty meal with unlimited servings they offer up one of the best thalis in town. With pure vegetarian food with additional options for Jain and vegan dishes, there’s something for everyone. Simple but flavourful and all very reasonably priced, this stands as one of the best options for a large family meal that will leave everyone full and happy. 

Address: Kanak Bhawan Rd, Tulsi Nagar, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh 224123

Timings: 7 am - 10 pm

Cost for two: Rs. 350

3. Amma Ji Ka Rasoi

For great quality, quantity and simple, homestyle cooking, head to Amma Ji’s. Lunch is served around 11:30 am, and dinner is available from approximately 8:00 pm onwards. Enjoy unlimited servings until your appetite is satisfied; there are no restrictions on quantity. The meal includes all the standard veg thali staples dal, chawal, sabji, chapati, achar, and raita in an exclusively vegetarian setting.

Address: Kanak Bhawan Temple Tulsi Nagar Rajkot, Tulsi Nagar, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh 224123

Timings: 10 am–9:30 pm

Cost for two: Rs. 300 (approx)

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4. Cafe Bollyfood

If you’re looking for a modern dining experience with popular food from all across the country, this is the spot to be. With a range of north and south Indian delights plus an array of Western favourites like burgers, pasta and pizza it’s got something for every occasion. It even has a modest Chinese menu with staples like Fried Rice, Hakka Noodles and some Asian-inspired appetisers to whet your palate. 

Address: Chawla Complex, near V-Mart, Niyawan, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh 224001

Timings: 11 am - 10 pm

Cost for two: Rs. 500 (approx)

5. Ghar Jaisa Pure Veg Restaurant

The promise is in the name, if you want some tasty, simple but homestyle food, they will bring it to the table in spades. The central hub of 3 restaurant franchises in Ayodhya, namely Ghar Jaisa 2.0 and Ghar Jaisa 3.0, they have a high standard of quality and a mission to deliver the best Indian and international vegetarian dishes in a warm and friendly atmosphere. From Malai Chaap to Momos, they have a large range of options and a helpful staff that will help you choose the perfect fit for you. 

Address: First Floor, Vrindawan Garden, Near Bank Of Baroda, Naka, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh 224001

Timings: 11 am - 10 pm

Cost for two: Rs 600 (approx)

6. The Vaidic

Deemed one of Ayodhya’s most luxurious eateries, The Vaidic stays true to its name and prioritises the spiritual purity of eating. With outstanding vegetarian fare and speedy service, they keep their customers coming back. They also cater to large-scale events and corporate parties. But while they are geared towards larger events, they also provide excellent service for smaller groups with a range of Indian delicacies.

Address: Manas bhawan, ramghat chauraha, Karsewakpuram, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh 224123

Timings: 12 am - 12 am

Cost for two: Rs. 400 (approx)