I studied in Pune for two years, and over that course, fell in love with everything about that city; the culture, the people, the weather and the food!
Since I have been back in Delhi, I had been craving the food there and hence planned a weekend back in Pune just to eat. Yep, I just ate the entire weekend!
So I am compiling eight must-visit places in Pune according to me. Some places are on the list for purely their gastronomical value and some for a combination of exceptional food and stunning ambiance.
Note: Don’t mistake the numbering for rankings. Each place is special for a different reason, and I love them all!
1. Goodluck Café
This Iranian restaurant opened about 70 years ago and has been a favorite in the city since. No Pune experience is complete without the famous bun maska and chai here! It opens at 7 am every day and is rushed throughout the day. Don’t forget to try the delicious keema pav here.
Address: Fergusson College Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Near Goodluck Chowk, Pune
2. Alto Vino
All you Italian lovers, this one is for you! This restaurant is located in JW Marriott in Pune. They offer a high-end menu, and their food is highly authentic and scrumptious. The staff knows their food well and helps you choose the perfect wine to go with your dish! A must try here is their Tiramisu. It is, without a doubt, the best Tiramisu I have ever tasted.
Address: JW Marriott, Senapati Bapat Road, Near Chaturshringi Temple, Pune
3. Thai House
Now is when I tell you I am a die-hard Asian cuisine fan, especially Thai! Not many know about small, pristine place in Khaki that serves authentic Thai cuisine. The place is operated by a Thai couple and has seating for about 20 people. (They have outside seating as well!). They have an elaborate menu so you will have enough choices. Also, you must try the fried ice cream here! It’s the stuff of dreams – absolutely delicious! Head to Thai House for fantastic pan Asian grub!
Address: Shop No.1 & 2, Raviraj Heritage, Bhau Patil Road, Bopodi, Near Pune IT Park, Khadki, Pune
4. Garden Vada Pav
You cannot go to Pune and not have Vada Pav. Opened in 1972, rumor has it that this place sells close to 2000 vada pavs every day! Though always crowded, the wait is worth it. Priced at just Rs 15, their vada pav is the best I have ever had. Their green chutney is to die for! Go eat some Vadas here and get some packed for later (I always do this!). Do order masala taak along with you Pav!
Address: Opposite JJ Gardens, 948 & 949, Buttee Street, Camp Cantonment, Camp, Pune
5. The Flour Works
A woman entrepreneur, Meeta Makhecha, runs this all-day breakfast joint famous for its excellent ambiance, delectable European-style food, and the vibe. Their outdoor seating is perfect for Pune mornings! Fix this place for your next breakfast to enjoy some delicious waffles and coffee in a great setting. Don’t forget to buy something from their range of bread, such as French baguette, on your way out!
Address: Commercial 3, Nirvana, North Avenue, Between Jogger’s Park and ICICI Bank, Kalyani Nagar, Pune
6. Hotel Chul Mutton
I discovered this place on a friend’s suggestion. Though it has a limited menu, you should visit the place for its great Maharashtrian style non-vegetarian food. I would recommend their Mutton/Chicken Thali on your first visit there. Mutton handi and mutton fry are a must try for anyone who likes their food spicy!
Address: Opposite Krushna Sundar Lawns, DP Road, Near Mahtre Bridge, Karve Nagar, Pune
7. Burger King
Nope, I am not talking about the American joint here! This is a landmark in Pune, where I was taken to within my first week in Pune. The place is littered with young folks of Pune, and it takes a while for you to find a place to sit on most days but once you have had the delicious burgers here at such affordable prices, you will also see yourself coming back for more! The place has two outlets, and the address is below:
Address: ABC Farm, North Main Road, Koregaon Park and Phul Gate, Opp. Talwarkars, East Street, Camp, Pune
8. Kayani Bakery
Even if you are not from Pune, there are high chances you have heard about the legendary Shrewsbury biscuits of Kayani Bakery. You need to try them if you haven’t already. They’re mouth-wateringly delicious! In fact, I used to get a packet of biscuits every single time I came home! A paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth, this is easily the oldest and most famous bakery in Pune.
Address: 6, Dr. Coyage Road, East Street, Camp, Opposite Victory Cinema, Pune
I hope you enjoyed this list and had already decided a meal at these places! Pune has many more unusual places to offer, and I would love to know your favorite places in the comments below!