Wada Pavs, Bhakarwadis, and PuranPoli’s galore! Pune is not only known for its Maharashtrian delicacies, but its rich blend of authentic cuisines. There are too many great restaurants to possibly list down all, but here are some smaller but absolutely legendary places you cannot miss to eat at in Pune.
JJ Garden Wada Pav
Let’s start with the smallest (and quite Maharashtrian) of them all. Not a restaurant, café, or even a remotely close, but a must-visit if you’re in Pune. In this city you’ll find a Wada Pav every few meters, naturally, since it’s a staple dish of Maharashtra, but it makes it difficult not easy figure out where you get the best one. Here’s your answer; hot wada pavs, with cool Masala Tak, ultimate bliss! You will be in Wada Pav heaven!
-948 And 949, Buttee Street, Camp Cantonment, Camp Area, Pune
Vohuman Café – Irani Café
Let’s talk breakfast now. This is some serious breakfast, so make sure you’ve got an apetite for it. Bun-Maska, cheese omelet, cheese toast, and the delicate Irani chaii. This small Irani Café has been around long enough to make everyone feel quite at home, despite its rickety chairs and tables, and long waiting line.
-34, Near Jehangir Hospital, Sassoon Road, Pune
Vaishali – South Indian
How about lunch? This South Indian restaurant has been running for sixty years now, and it seems like the queue outside only gets longer. It offers great ambience along with lip-smacking food. You could choose to sit indoors, on the cozy rooftop corner, or the al-fresco garden seating.
-Fergusson College Road, Fergusson College Campus, Shivaji Nagar, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, Maharashtra 411004
Founded in 1965, this is one of the first fast-food establishments in Pune. They serve great fast-food including sandwiches, rolls, burgers accompanied by refreshments like fruity drunks, milkshakes and ice-cream.
-Bakthiar Plaza, 6, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Camp, Pune, Maharashtra 411001
Nestled in an ideal location, this place is visited by many shoppers who stop by for a quick bite. The richly stuffed parathas served with a layer of butter are significantly popular and as the name states, the small joint is more known for its variety of fresh fruit juices and milkshakes served here.
-2436/B, East Street, Camp, Pune
This little place is close the hearts of many college students, and those of who still know where to find it, still linger around for the heavenly strawberry ice-cream. Fresh pieces of strawberry, ice-cream and strawberry sherbet that takes you back to Mahabaleshwar with the first bite!
-Bund Garden Road › 50, Near Wadia College, Connaught Place, Bund Garden Road, Pune
Toons – The Café Down Under
There are probably hundreds of clubs and pubs to hit in Pune now, with its thronging nightlife. Yet, Toons will always have a special place in the hearts of Pune-ites. Literally the Café down under, situated in the basement of Wonderland. On the nights they aren’t screening matches, Toons is known to play everyone’s favorite rock music. If you feel like grabbing a chilled beer and some drool worthy chicken wings, definitely step in, or should we say under?
-26, Wonderland Basement, 7 MG Road, Camp, Pune, Maharashtra 411001