Best places to eat in Pune: Restaurants, Street Food Shops, Bars, Cafes

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Must visit places to eat in Pune

Well! Hello Food Lovers,

Sometimes we just crave to have delicious mouth-watering food with no importance for ambience, Sometimes you all need is romantic ambience to take your special once and have quality time and most of the times you need both good food and perfect ambience. Being North Indian I find it very difficult when I crave for spicy and yummy North Indian food in Pune. There are many good places to eat in Pune that can at least help to relax your cravings

Here I have shared all the best places to eat in Pune: Restaurant, Street Food, Bar, Cafe and Lounge. Not only that but their specialty and my experiences over there. Fortunately or Unfortunately I am vegetarian, so most of the specifications will be about vegetarian food. But I will try and gather reviews from my friends who love to explore non-vegetarian food as well.

Story behind the blog:

When I told my friends I am going to write about yummy food serving joints in Pune. They all got pretty excited and gave a large number of suggestions. So obviously these are the ones most filtered.

Chaitanya Parathas:

Although there is no comparison with special Punjabi parathas and our Capital’s famous “Paranthe wali Gali” (Parantha street) at Chandni chawk, Delhi, but yes when you are in Pune, this is the most suitable place to go for desi style stuffed paranthas along with delicious flavoured lassi.They offer a wide range of stuffed paranthas and flavoured lassi in jumbo glasses.My favourite is Aloo-Onion Parantha along with Mango Lassi. For Paranthas, this is the must visit restaurant in Pune

Location: You will find their branches at almost all famous spots of Pune, Some of them:
FC Road, Viman nagar behind Phoenix Mall, Kharadi, Kothrud(near new Reliance Mall) and Baner.

The Paratha House, Destination Center, Magarpatta City:

They serve varieties of paranthas with unique names. If you haven’t been to this place, you must visit once. Specially their Italian and cheese filled (named as chillie millie) Paranthas are mouth-watering served with pudina chutney, boondi/vegetable raita and pickle. One of the best places to have yummy buttery Paranthas.

Gol Gappe(Pani Poori): Delhi Style Gol Gappe in Pune

When it comes to Pani Poori, every region has its own variation. But I being from North India love the most spicy delhi-style gol gappe served with filling of mashed potatoes, onion and chickpeas and ice-cold water. Pune also has some places which serve these kind of Gol Gappe.
1. Ganesh Bhel, Pimple Saudagar( along with its delicious servings and water, its speciality is pani puri water made using mineral water)
2. Pyare Pani Puri(a small stall with no board), Near Delhi Chaat, Destination Center, Magarpatta City
3. Lane 7 Koregaon Park, opposite to Subway(It’s the only small stall with no board)

Cream Corner, Pune:

It’s a famous fast food joint. Noodles, Pav Bhaji, Sandwhiches, Veg Crispy etc are all good in taste and available at very affordable price. Veg crispy is their speciality.

Location:
1. Kalyani nagar near Big Cinemas, Pune
2. Camp, Pune

 Menchie’s Frozen yogurt, Koregaon Park, Pune:

This place in Koregaon Park Pune is a must visit if you have sweet cravings and with sweet and delightful aura.I loved their self-serving system and pay according to weight. They have yogurts enriched with different flavours, with a variety of toppings and sauces. You can visit any time and I would suggest you to go after dinner and enjoy the desert over there, it is open till 11:45 pm all days.

Location: Lane-6 Koregaon Park, Pune. 

Burger, East Street, Pune:

This is a very old and famous burger joint in Pune started before 20 years, previously known as Burger ‘King’ (not the new ‘Burger king’). They named it as burger ‘king’ because they offer a Jumbo size burger (with fresh bun baked by themselves) and that too in a very low price but yes they only accept cash. People say that they serve the same taste as they used to serve before years. I had a potato cheese burger and my friend had chicken burger (which is more famous here), it was huge but I being a burger lover tried my best and finished it and I was more than full. But It’s freshness and taste is heavenly.

Location:
1. Phul Gate, Opposite Talwarkars, Off East Street, Camp, East Street, Pune
2. Mundhwa Koregaon Park Road near High Spirits.

Satguru’s Punjabi Rasoi:

It’s a good restaurant in Pune famous for its dishes with typical Punjabi taste. If you like spicy and tasty food, it’s a must go place to have proper lunch/dinner. For vegetarians, garlic naan and Paneer Kadhai is their speciality and for non-vegetarians, you need to go and try out 

Location: There are many branches of their restaurant which you can easily find on Google Map but I personally prefer the one in Destination Center, Magarpatta.

 

The flour works, Kalyani Nagar:

I would recommend this as the place for brunch. If you just need to hangout with friends or just need a cup of coffee and a soothing ambience, it’s a must visit place. The place used to be a small bakery initially for serving fresh buns, breads etc and then gradually they opened a café. They serve pies, cup-cakes and many more mouth-watering deserts. They also serve good food and drinks.

Location: Commercial 3, Nirvana, North Avenue, Between Jogger's Park and ICICI Bank, Kalyani Nagar, Pune

Red Chilllies, Kharadi:

Decent ambience and great food. I have been there many times when I want to have spicy and delicious food with proper flavours of spices and I look for affordable yet allegant places to eat in Pune, Red chillies is one such place. They have moderate prices and there are varieties of dishes available which is rare in vegetarian food. I recommend to have hara bhara kebab and their red chillies special veg masala. They also serve spicy non vegetarian food which you can go and try out and let me know the reviews too. It would be helpful for other readers here

Location: Parmar Square, Kharadi, Pune

Spice Factory, Kharadi:

This bar and restaurant in Pune is a must visit and one of the best places to go with friends especially if you like authentic Bollywood music or good old evergreen Bollywood songs. On Fridays, they have a live band too. Its décor makes you go again and again. I love the sarcastic quotes they have on the walls of stairs about all the alcoholic beverages. You can also create memories by asking their photographer (and that too free) to click your picture which they later publish on their facebook page.
The Place is mostly crowded, so always book a table in advance or else you will have to wait 15-20 minutes to get the table. Rest all is good enough, Food, drinks and ambience, to go at this place again and again.

Location: Goodwill Landmarks, 3rd Floor, Kharadi, Pune

Café F.R.N.D.S, Kothrud:

It is a small café started recently based on the theme of most favourite series of almost all the people “FRIENDS”. It has a perfect ambience. As it has started recently not all the items in the menu are available but yes! You can create memories by clicking pictures with your friends at scene of your favourite show.

Location: Chaitanya Nagar, Kothrud, Pune

 

 

Vada Pav at J.J. Garden Pav Center:

Its a simple Maharashtrian dish made of spiced potato-patty(Vada) covered inside Pav(bread roll), served with fried salted green-chillies and garlic-peanut chutney. You may find it at many places in all the cities or villages in Maharashtra as it is very common and affordable dish. I have had it at many places while I wander around in or near Pune but J.J. Garden’s vada pav is the best one with their amazing chutney. It’s a small street shop at MG Road.

Location: J.J. Garden Vada Pav Center, MG Road, Pune

 

New Poona Cold Drinks (“Duns Dairy”), MG Road:

It is a very small old café/dairy and they serve delicious ice cream faluda, kulfi, mastani in different flavours. And most importantly it is easy on pocket along with taste. If you have sweet tooth you must visit this place. Their mastani and Faluda are delicious.

Location: RS Kedari Road, Off MG Road, Camp Area, Pune

 

Idlicious, Baner:

They serve one of the best South Indian food in Pune. If you are tired of having that Marathi style sweet and red sambhar, you must go for this place. They serve mouth-watering sambhar along with two chutneys. You can totally satisfy your cravings for good south indian dishes. The place is decent and simple located in a complex and is pocket friendly too.

Location: Shroff Suyesh Building, Balewadi Phata, Baner, Pune

 

Café Uniq Aroma, Nigdi:

It is more of a teenage/college hangout place with some music in background. They also have guitar which you can grab and play it. I had hazelnut frappe which is luscious. They serve varieties of coffee, shakes and sandwiches in pocket friendly prices.

Location: Sunscape Apartments, Pradhikaran, Nigdi, Pune

 

Idli Sambhar Tapri, Dange Chowk:

It is a small hut (tapri) located infront of Hotel Regent at Dange Chowk. They serve fresh soft Idli with tasty and spicy sambhar. It opens only for 2-3 hours in morning starting from 8am.

 

11 East Street Café, East Street, Pune:

It is a themed restaurant which is a replica of the famous London Street. The place has a bus at the entrance and the place shows the view of streets of London. They have a special tradition that if you order any desert, you can only have it by sitting inside this beautiful red bus. I went there with my girlfriends (although the place gives romantic vibes so you can also go with your partner) at this place and everything we ordered was delicious Pink sauce pasta, lasagna, cheese balls and some desserts.

Location: East Street, Camp, Virwani Plaza, Pune

 

Marz O Rin, Pune:

The place is an ancient eatery and perfectly fit when you are tired of shopping in streets of MG Road and want to grab quick bites. The place is pocket friendly. They serve various juices but the mango juice is their specialty. Apart from that they offer varieties of sandwiches, cookies, burger, bun-maska and much more.

Location: Bakthiar Plaza, Camp, MG Road, Pune

 

Husseny Bakery, Camp:

Its pune’s oldest Irani Bakery started in 1914 run by Dr. Irani and his family since years. They serve Irani naan, plum cakes, lamington cakes, khari and freshly prepared Pizza base.

Location: Taboot Street, Camp Area, Pune

 

Gujar Mastani House, Budhwar Peth:

They started in 1995 also known as Gujjar Cold drink house. This place gives you feel of old days and childhood for 90’s kids with old wooden chair, tables and people here love to share their old stories how they started and all. They serve glass full of luscious mastan. They have varieties of mastani like mango mastani and they have the famous Bajirao Mastani too. Kulfi here is also must try dessert.

Location: Behind City Post, Budhwar Peth , Pune

 

Smiley House, Aundh:

It is a first Vietnamese café/restaurant in Pune. The décor is cute, happy with Chinese lantern and cute cushions. Their specialties are noodle soup, Vietnam coffee, fried spring rolls. Along with that they serve a wide variety of Vietnamese food. Including various rice dishes.

Location: Near Midpoint Hospital, Aundh, Pune

 

And the list goes on…

Phew! I am tired and hungry now. I am going to go for some of these places… Till then read it out and go and grab your appetite. Will be back soon with some more eateries in Pune.

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A birthday surprise: Trek to Kodigad/Koriagad Fort.

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For a traveller like me, nothing can be more special than a b’day surprise to explore a new place.

Ah, this time I am definitely going to reach the destination unlike last time. I planned this trip few months ago but unfortunately we had a bad luck; our car got puncture and there were many more circumstances.

He-he so yeah!! finally Paresh planned a surprise trip to Korigad fort on my birthday.

Dated 02 Oct,2016:

I will start with the beginning of my b’day. The day is already special, as my birth date is same as that of great personality of India “Mahatma Gandhi”. woo-hoo! I do not possess those great qualities though.

Anyways, so where I was? Yeah my first b’day gift was a surprise candle light dinner ( won’t go in much detail now #personal 😛 ). All planned by my one and only partner (wink!!). Then we returned back and went to Nikhil’s (One of our bestie) place, where all my friends did beautiful decorations. As I entered his flat along with Paresh, everyone started wishing me with hugs. There were heart shaped balloons all over the place, two cakes ( one from my all friends and one came from my best friend Ekta aka “Eku”from Delhi ) on the table lighten with candles. I was so happy and excited. The cake was yummy but we ended up playing holi with the cake. Oops!! Again lost in writing, this blog is more about the trek to Kodigad. So here we go.


About Kodigad:

Kodigad fort, also known as “Koraigad fort”, is a one-day easy trek situated at a distance of 90kms from Pune and located at height of 3,028 feet approximately.

Although the place is known to a few, perfect to go for hiking during light rain. If you move a little ahead of most famous point of Lonavala “Lions Point”, you will find Korigad fort on the way to Aamby valley.


How to reach(from Pune):

Basically, to reach korigad you need to reach Lions point, Lonavala and then move ahead towards Aamby valley until you find a V-shaped road. You will see a direction board showing Korigad on it, go straight on the path for around 12 kms. There is a car parking on the left, you will find a trek to Korigad fort beside the parking area.

Also, you should have your own vehicle as there are very few transportation sources such as shared buses and autos available for the place.


My travel Experience:

We started off at 11 am (a bit late. Hehe actually very late). Nobody woke up as we slept late due to my my birthday bash as I mentioned. We hired a car on rent ( ZoomCar ). We were five people which includes me, Paresh, Nikhil, Rupal and Ruchi. After about an hour, we moved out of city towards Lonavala. It was raining slowly, romantic music in the car. After every 20 mins, I was getting a rose and a tiny letter with something written on it about me (“Love in the air”). I was excited and surprised as I had no idea where we were heading usually my journey is well planned, but honestly I loved this unplanned journey. I was curious to know about the place but nobody told me about it. Still I was happy as I was going on a trip and that too with the best company of friends. Also It is well said:

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

After a while we stopped to have fresh Coconut water ( Rupal being crazy about, nowadays ).

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Mostly, when we go on Lonavala route, all the ghats are covered with fog. But this time( due to less rain ), we could see huge lush green valleys reflecting peace. Once we reached Lion’s point, there was huge fog all over the place. It kept becoming dense as we moved towards Aamby Valley road. There were sharp turns and fog, it was a bit difficult to drive as well.

Finally, we reached the base village of Korigad Fort, known as Peth Shahpur village, at 2 pm . We parked our car on the parking provided near a bus stop. It was raining outside. We started wearing the raincoat, kept phones in waterproof cases / covers and good to go now.

Wait a second, there gotta be something tragic(Paresh+Ani = pareshani) with this trip too, right ?  Oh yes, length of my raincoat and end of my hot pants was at a same level. It seemed more like I am 4 year old kid wearing only raincoat and forgot the bottoms. Duh! I realized it later, when all of them teased me. Anyways I was laughing at myself too and yes Rupal was also wearing her “Jhola” ( extra large ) raincoat, ha-ha So I had a company with someone.

It was all muddy as we started trekking and me being extra scared, when it comes to trekking, took every step slowly with everyone’s help. Fortunately,  I have amazing friends.

As we moved ahead, there was this area full of dense black-rooted half cut trees without leaves on them, even on such a green plateau. It looked creepy.

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I wanted to go to the loo. Ah, but I couldn’t find any place so there was no option but control. Moving ahead there was one very slippery path where Rupal fell off and 😛 she was not able to get up. Paresh helped her to get up. Then suddenly one uncle came and he fell down at the same place. He was old, so we ran towards him to help. Surprisingly, he denied with a smile and requested, ”Let me do on my own”. I was amazed to see his enthusiasm and positivity.I hope to have such enthusiasm when I am this age.

Pheeewww! finally found a place full of trees and sheds, where I could go for the loo. Rupal waited for me just near the shed and meanwhile, she was jumping in excitement.

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As we started moving ahead, there were brambles all over the place, muddy land and it was raining continuously. It is more a jungle trek.

Finally, we found old black-stoned stairs. The stairs are covered with tiny waterfalls.

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First you will see a big area where Korai Devi Temple is located. There is a big tree shed and a view point nearby, which has a beautiful view of the valley. We captured some pictures over there.

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As we climbed up we found the gate of fort and some caves.

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The caves are all dark, filled with water and they are all very creepy. We saw few bones inside some caves. My legs were paining a lot. It felt as if those stairs kept increasing and still no sign of fort.

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But you know “To travel means to discover” and suddenly this thought filled me with energy and this time I took a breathe only after reaching on top. The feeling was intense, I was so relaxed and sat on a corner of the plateau, where I could see the whole view of the way through which we came all the way to top.

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I could feel the wind on the hair, rain on the face, shivering on the body ( as I was totally wet ) and smell the mist of fog and flowers.

There was a huge plateau on top. It was all covered with mud and tiny yellow flowers.

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While I was lost in nature's beauty, my crazy friends were clicking pictures and were enjoying like kids. Ha-ha I just love this picture.

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There is also one snack shop on the top.We ordered some food.But the biggest weakness I always find about India is waste materials lying here and there instead of dustbins. I cannot go and ask everyone to keep cleanliness but at least I would really like to request my readers including travellers like me to carry forward my message and put the waste materials in dustbins and if you do not find any dustbin where you ate, please always carry paper bags with you to take the waste and throw it at nearby dustbins/garbage bins available.In short,"Clean India Green India".

Instead of waiting for our order to come we started capturing snaps. Paresh and Nikhil made a crown with those yellow flowers on all of three girls hair. Ha-ha! though It was totally unexpected from them to do such a lovely thing for us. The crowns looked beautiful and so were we. Maybe I am a bit crazy, but these small things make me feel so special and lucky.

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Then we had those hot and crispy corn and onion pakodaas were mouth watering with a perfect hot cup of tea.

There is no sign of fort left except some boundaries and a small temple with an idol of Lord Vishnu. We visited the small temple and there we found two cute puppies. I was just looking at them and all of a sudden rupal  started playing with them and fed them with biscuits. And when it comes to puppies, she behaves as if she is their mother and starts caring for them. As it was raining and puppies were shivering, she took them inside her raincoat (as I mentioned previously, extra large in size) and started cuddling them (whispering “ale..le..le”).

There are two ponds just behind the Lord Vishnu temple. I was amazed to see the ponds at such a height and that too on plateau. The water was so pure and clean. I was just gazing at the waves forming in the pond due to rain drops. It was a perfect bliss to eyes to see the serene beauty of nature with layers of fog, water and mud. We spent some hours there and then started returning back capturing beautiful pictures.

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As we moved downstairs, we started singing loudly with full energy. It took only 15 minutes approx to move all the way down. We were just about to reach parking area, Ruchi fell down at one very slippery patch covered with shallow and wet soil.

That’s how our trip ended with lots of memories and a crave to explore next destination.


Points Covered: 

2 Large ponds on the top of beautiful plateau, View of Aamby Valley, Korai Devi temple, Ganesh temple, Lord Vishnu’s Idol, lotus flower, some tiny yellow blossoms and some old creepy caves and few chunks of fort left.

Best route from Pune: Reach Lion's Point Lonavala through expressway and from lion's point go straight upto 13kms till car parking area of Koriagad base village.

Photos taken: 230

Money spent:

  • Car Rent: Rs.3000 included round trip from Pune to Kodigad fort including petrol.

Miscellaneous:Food on the road trip including breakfast, lunch , and dinner: Rs.2000.

Total amount spent: Rs.5000(for 5 people).


See you guys soon with my next travel story.Till then keep exploring love, life, food, and wanderlust.