Jean Luc Godard famously said "Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form." The embodiment of that very spirit is what drove the initiation of The Storyteller's Bar - a unique cultural hub inhabiting The Promenade in Pondicherry. Originating as Dilip Kapur's brainchild, the idea to give Pondicherry's vivacious stories a platform took shape when he met Simran Mulchandani who then brought industry aces Ayaz Basrai and Kapil Thirwani into the picture.
Pondicherry has always attracted rebels, spiritual seekers, and dreamers - all filled to the brim with stories waiting to be told. The Storyteller's Bar, a unique bar in Pondicherry aims to be a presence that celebrates those abundant stories that breathe life into the "Paris of the East".
After all, stories make up the soul of a space. Not brick and mortar.
Design & Architecture
The primary feature of the bar is the large "Wall of Stories" - a space dedicated to a vast variety of memorabilia, stories, anecdotes, props and articles from Pondicherry.
Unmistakably inspired by Pondicherry and Auroville, it offers the best of both worlds - the French Colonial tropical vibe coupled with the quirky, sustainable aesthetic of Auroville. This bar in Pondicherry attempts to break masculine bar stereotypes and explore a more nuanced, detailed expression, thereby giving birth to elements in the bar which are classic, robust and full of soul.
Staying true to its name which is derived from the central theme of the bar, guests are offered journals or storybooks to fill out with anecdotes, memories of Pondicherry or stories of their own travel, which will then, almost poetically contribute to the evolution of the Wall of Stories.
The bar will always be a personification of the beautiful city which by itself is an embodiment of various cultures and their overflowing stories.
Events & Food
By night, the versatile space morphs into a stage that hosts varied performances. Intimate jazz gigs, larger world music, poetry, book readings, street art, experimental shows and more are carried out in the cozy atmosphere that engulfs Storyteller's Bar. Periodic film festivals, comedy, theatre - this bar is open to every performer with a story to tell.
As Maya Angelou so succinctly summarised - "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
With the marriage of international and local cuisines culminating in a subtle, yet assertive blend of food, the sheer diversity offered to you on a palate is an experience worth having.
Prosperous Pondicherry - The Heart of Indo-French Architecture
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, also known as Our Lady of Angles church is a classic example of French architecture in the colonial era. Serving till date, the church is painted a pearl white both on the outside and inside. Built in Greco-Roman architecture style, the church has two pillars on either side of the main chapel. Once believed to be adorned by the statue of Our Lady of Angels, the church now houses a Holy Cross.
As the name suggests, Raj Niwas is the Governor’s residence and is nearly 350 years old. The stunning white mansion is the perfect blend of French and Tamil architecture and was built by the French East India Trading Company in the year 1674. If you are a heritage enthusiast and you are visiting Pondicherry, this is a place you must see.
French Villas in the French Quarters
Mostly private residences, these sprawling marvels are plastered in hues of orange, yellow and white and provide a pleasingly aesthetic sight as you stroll down the road. The perfect fusion of Tamil and French architecture, the French Quarters are sure to provide you with your own personal slice of France on your trip to Pondicherry.
Timings: 6.30 am to 8 pm
Attractions in Pondicherry!
Pondicherry offers fabulous and interesting guided tours around the established French provinces and customary Tamil settlements in vintage bikes. People can rent their bicycles and explore the picturesque city on their own. Get set on your personal adventure pedalling down the lanes of this fascinating city!
Ousteri Lake, also popular as Osudu Lake, is the most picturesque and a freshwater, man-made lake of Pondicherry. The tranquil lake is one of the serene vacation destinations in the city attributable to its stunning dusk sees. Experiencing the eminence of the rising sun is one of the profoundly relaxing activities in Pondicherry.
Scuba plunging is a standout amongst the most exciting and fun activities in Pondicherry. The place is described by normal coral reefs and plenty of marine living beings. The marine life includes corals, lionfish, grouper, kingfish, moray eels, hawk, manta beams, parrot angle, ocean snakes, triggerfish and much more!
A secluded beach away from the hubbub of the town, Paradise Beach is an island tucked away at a 20-minute cruise ride from the mainland. Housing only coconut plantations and shacks, this place is perfect for a relaxing private experience.
Shopping Sprees in Pondicherry
A haven for shoppers, the Goubert Market in Pondicherry is filled to its brim with colourful jewellery, opulent shops selling budget-friendly goodies without compromising on quality. The bountiful display of colours on every street will surely test your resistance. This market in Pondicherry is located on the J N street near the Grand Bazar Police Station.
Serenity Beach Bazar
The Serenity Beach Bazaar is one of the busiest and funky places in Pondicherry. This market sells everything - from handicrafts to beachwear, from jewellery to home, all things are available at this splendid market. This market is usually set up on the weekends by Serenity Beach, making it convenient for beach-goers to skim around it. The nearby eateries make this market even more inviting.
Mahatma Gandi Street
Mahatma Gandhi Street in Pondicherry is the one-stop solution for your every shopping need. This street attracts crowds of people like no other place in Pondicherry does. Owing to the variety in goodies of all types, this market should be in your travel bucket list. Buy beautifully crafted bags and accessories at dirt cheap prices.
Romain Rolland Street
Housing both high-end boutiques, as well as street vendors, Romain Rolland Street market in Pondicherry, is the best place to shop for expensive as well as budget-friendly things. This market offers some amazing choices in stylish garments, semi-precious stones, perfumes, hand-made incense, candles infused with real petals, marbled silks and aromatherapy products.