Ten-Second Takeaway

Yamu’s Panchayat is a ‘paan parlour’ that boasts of paans unlike any other. And you can shop for other things such as hookahs, lamps, imported cigars and just a whole lot more there.

What’s It About?

Picture this: It’s a lazy afternoon and you’ve just had a scrumptious meal. A freshly-made Kolkata meetha is just what you need to feel 10 minutes of bliss. What if we say that you can replace your choice with litchi, strawberry, kesar, mango or mogra-flavoured paan? Even better – what if we gave you some irresistible Swiss chocolate paan? Yamu’s Panchayat, which calls itself India’s first paan parlour, offers all of this and more in abundance. We were pleasantly thrilled to have bumped into this one-of-kind, air conditioned and women-friendly paan shop {that’s right, imagine paan shopping without queues and amidst all luxuries}. With presence in many cities, Yamu’s has been around for over two decades.

This paan parlour is distinct for many reasons. To begin with, the paan spread is huge – Ice Paan, Mehfil-E-Khaas {it has dates}, Andaaz-E-Bayan {Make your own paan by choosing the flavours you like}, Chote Nawab {kids special range of paan}, Nakhrewali {Special paan for girls with coconut, dates and more} and Ishq-E-Khas {Special magai patta, fresh rose petals, and more} among others, starting at INR 40, barring the kids special paan priced at INR 20. These yummies are made with plenty of detailing and love, are simply delicious, and it’s safe to say the chocolate one is our favourite.

Yamu’s has four outlets in the city, and as each one is tastefully done, they barely look like shops that sell paan. Beyond the obvious, Yamu’s also sells a variety of mouth fresheners, hookahs {staring at INR 1,500}, fancy Zippos {starting at INR 2,000}, imported cigars {Cuban cigars range between INR 300-8,000}, lamps {starting at INR 350}, imported chocolates and a lot more. The friendly staff will help you with all your queries and happily make for you some of their bestsellers.

In case you want to enjoy all of the above without moving an inch, you can do that too. You guessed it – Yamu’s also lets you shop online. They obviously have hit the right note with this one, and presently only deliver around the areas their stores are located in {Bandra, Versova, Lokhandwala, Borivali}. In case you wish to visit, they also have seating in some of their outlets [the Borivali one is the biggest of the lot}.

So We’re Thinking…

Truly a paan shop unlike any other we’ve seen before, Yamu’s Panchayat is a must-visit with family and friends. Gorge on their delicious paans while trying not get distracted by everything else that’s there in the store.

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Photo courtesy: Yamu’s Panchayat

Photos: Athul Prasad/LBB