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Places To Visit In Pune When You Are hungry

by Team SaleBhai - 23-Aug-2017 - Hometown Special
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With only 38% Marathi population and the rest a melting pot of people from all over India, Pune is truly a cosmopolitan city. And this rich mix of culture and traditions spills over to the city’s cuisine as well. No wonder this software capital of India has something to offer to even the most discerning palates to ensure you keep coming back for more.

 

Come evening and the roadside starts filling with bright makeshift stalls hand-pulled or rickshaw-pulled by vendors who bring with them flavours galore.  What follows is an evening full of a gorgeous medley of traditional and contemporary snacks that embrace with you their tempting wafts - from lip-smacking dabeli, peppery bhelpuri, sweet and luscious puran poli, filling pav bhaji, and the ever-so-addictive vada paos.

 

So whether your are a local or are visiting Pune, make the most of the city’s authentic local delicacies at the most happening places bustling with happy foodies. Here is your guide to the best places to visit in Pune when you are hungry. 

 

hot and steaming kebabs

 

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1. Bedekar

 

 

fresh misal pav 

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The hot and spicy misal served with chopped onions, a slice of lemon, and lot of love. This is what Bedekar specialises in and is known for. This basic restaurant/cafe with self-service is the right place if you want to taste the most authentic misal pao preparation. The rich lentils/pea gravy with a generous sprinkling of crunchy local farsan makes it absolutely appealing in terms of taste as well as looks. Holidays are not for waking up early, but if you can make it in time to Bedekar for breakfast, we promise you  - you will be very happy about it.

 

Cuisine

Street food

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 200

Super star preparations

Puneri misal, misal pav, kokum sharbat, buttermilk, kanda bhaji, misal mixture, sol kadhi

 

2. Cafe Good Luck

 

Radhika enjoying coffee and keema 

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This one is a huge hit, especially amongst the youngsters of Pune, for its Iranian tea and bun maska/omelette served here. The cafe carries with it the charm of being one of the oldest Irani food joints in Pune – set up by Hussain Ali Yakshi in 1953. Also, if you are a non-vegetarian, don’t miss out on their mutton keema – something even actor Radhika Apte loves. She never leaves Pune without dropping in here. You shouldn’t either.

 

Cuisine

North Indian, fast food

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 600

Super star preparations

Chai, brain masala, bun maskas, lassi, rumali roti, masala paneer, butter naan

 

3. Appa

 

mouth-watering sabudana khichdi

 

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Every city has at least that one age-old eatery people are emotionally attached to. Appa is one such place in Pune. Satiating the locals and tourists alike for over five decades now, this most-loved joint is holding its own even now; in fact, only getting better and better. Limited menu notwithstanding, their offerings will sweep you off your feet with their genuine and rich flavour. The place is primarily famous for its sabudana or appachi khichdi. Loyalists swear by the quality and taste it has managed to maintain even after all these years.

 

Cuisine

Street food

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 150

Super star preparations

Sabudana khichdi, idli sambhar, kakdi khichdi, vada

 

4. Garden Vada Pav Centre

 

Garden vada pav centre making news 

 

Those craving for some genuine Maharashtrian-style vada pav must head to Garden Vada Pav Centre. Enjoy the subtle spicy and tangy flavours – made using the exact same recipe for over three generations spanning four decades. With absolutely no compromise on the taste and quality, this is indeed one joint you must squeeze in your schedule.

 

Cuisine

Street food

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 100

Super star preparations

Buttermilk, masala chaach, crispy vada pav, masala taak

 

 

5. Vaishali

 

Alia and Varun enjoying a sumptuous meal at Vaishali

 

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With great popularity and awesome food comes long queues. Well, this place might test your patience with its serving time - but trust us, it is more than worth it. Established in 1951, this iconic eatery is rated as one of the best Udupi restaurants in town. And probably this is the reason that even the famous author Aditya Nighot could not help but mention this restaurant in his novel ‘U n Me….It's Complicated’.

 

Cuisine

South India, street food, and fast food

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 500

Super star preparations

Bhel Puri, veggie pizza, filter coffee, upma, mango shake, cheese toasts, veg burger

 

6. Kayani Bakery 

 

 

goodies at the legendary bakery

 

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If it is some well-made confectionary you crave, this is where you should be heading. Try reach the bakery at about 8 am if you want to enjoy the two biggest hits of the eatery – the melt-in-the-mouth and utterly delicious Shrewsbury biscuits and mawa cakes. While you will be able to get your hands on all the other delicacies they prepare, these two get polished off within minutes an any ordinary day.

 

Cuisine

Desserts and bakes

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 150

Super star preparations

Mawa Cake, chocolate chip cookie, shrewsbury biscuit, mava cake, chai, fruit cake, plum cake

 

7. Shabree

 

exotic maharashtrian thali

 

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For some legendary Marathi food, this is where everyone heads to. While the most-loved delicacy is the Maharashtrian thali enjoyed by the locals and outsiders alike, there is a huge variety of food you can choose from based on your inclination[1]  – all vegetarian cooked in authentic Maharashtrian style. These Maharashtrian style cooked delicacies presented as a lavish spread on your platter will keep you coming back for more and more.

 

Cuisine

Maharashtrian and South Indian

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 800

Super star preparations

Maharashtrian thali, pakoda, masala bhaat, misal pav, fruit custard, fruit salad, puran poli

 

8. Sujata Mastani

 

the famous mastani

 

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Probably the most celebrated ice-cream parlour of the city, Sujata Mastani is known to serve all-vegetarian and 100% natural ice creams. If you want to try something absolutely grand and luscious, go for ‘mastani’ – a house speciality. The famous drink is basically a milk shake served with a scoop of ice cream and an assortment of dry fruits. The 50-year-old house of the most sought-after ice cream flavours is just how you should start and end your meal. What's more, the brand has many outlets in the city; reach out to the one closest to you and you’ll be in dessert heaven. 

 

Cuisine

Desserts and bakes

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 200

Super star preparations

Mango ice cream, sitafal mastani, kesar pista, thick shakes, custard apple, thick milkshake, pista mastani

 

9. German Bakery

 

 

tandoori pomfret

 

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This is the perfect place for wandering souls from all over the world to meet and share a bite. Whether you are looking for a quick yet filling bite or some succulent after-meal sweet delights, they have it all. While there, after enjoying their rich and utterly delicious continental menu, do try the mango cheesecake, ginger lemon tea, and other bakes and desserts for a thoroughly satiating experience. Plan your visit to this happening joint for Sunday brunch for an even more fun experience. Be prepared to carry extra luggage on you way from Pune, because you would certainly like to bring some goodies back for friends and family from this legendary bakery.

 

Cuisine

German, Italian, cafe, and bakery cuisine along with some sumptuous salads, and juices

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 1100

Super star preparations

Barbeque chicken pizza, veg burger, pasta, coffee, mocktails, cheesecake, stuffed mushroom.

  

10. George Restaurant

 

tandoori pomfret 

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Pamper your taste buds with some exotic non-vegetarian delicacies at George Restaurant. Get spoilt for choice with their impressive myriad of rich meaty preparations – from sumptuous chicken and mutton gravies, buttery soft naans, aromatic biryani, to luscious, melt-in-the-mouth kebabs. The joint is famous for its unique combination of  Indian and Persian cuisine. You are likely to overeat at this meat-lover's paradise, so try go on an empty stomach to make the most of the variety this place has to offer.

 

Cuisine

North Indian, Chinese, Persian, Salad, Biryani

Average cost to satiate two people

Rs 800 

Super star preparations

Seekh kebabs, chicken tikka biryani, murg musallam, chello kebab, mutton biryani, rotisserie chicken, mutton salli.

 

Summary

Well, I can’t wait to visit Pune again. All the awesome food memories of the place are fresh and clear in my mind and I think I will surely plan my visit soon. Food is my biggest motivation and this city seems to have a lot more to offer each time I visit. You can treat yourself with some authentic Puneri delicacies by getting them delivered at your doorstep right here. 

 

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