If you ask youngsters, adults, kids about their favourite locality in Pune for shopping and chilling, we're sure most of them will opt for FC Road. One of the landmark streets of the city, FC Road is a one-stop hub for all your cultural dose, shopping sprees, yummy street food, ice cream parlours and more! Let's explore all the fun things that can be done at this iconic street.
Newbie's Guide To FC Road: Shop Under INR 1,000, Eat At Legendary Restaurants & Buy Books On Discount
Street Shopping For Clothes & Footwear
F.C. Road is known among Puneites as a location to find the best possible hacks for street shopping for men and women. Score shirts, skirts, t-shirts trousers, cardigans, shirts, kurtis, and various other clothing items starting from as cheap as INR 200. You will find some trendy crop tops and palazzos too along with beach shorts, sexy lingerie and summer dresses. Quaint roadside shops full of colourful slippers, canvas and Kolhapuris adorn either side of the street, all starting at INR 150. If you’re looking for affordable eye wear, head gears and makeup, this is the place to be.
If you’re on FC Road early in the morning, you ABSOLUTELY have to try the bun maska chai at the 1935 Irani restaurant, Goodluck. If you’re fan of South Indian cuisine and filter coffees, nothing beats the food served at Vaishali, Roopali and Wadeshwar. If you want to try authentic Maharastrian thali, head to Shabree for a lavishing meal. What to do for desserts? And if you still have space left in your tummy, try FC Road’s chocolate paan for just INR 15!
The Street Food
FC Road is known to have several street food stalls. You can eat dawangiri dosa in a lane near Westside. There's another dosa/dabeli/paratha shop in front of Frozen bottle. There are many momo stalls, boiled corn stalls and refreshing lemonade/soda stalls to quench your thirst on the road. We guarantee you can fill your tummy under INR 150.
Drink At FC Road Social
A humongous property, F.C. Social has become a Pune favourite. Not jut because of the famous picture walls, but also for their killer food, good drinks and super chill vibes. If you are at F.C, you simply cannot miss drinking over here. We would suggest that if you are going on a weekend over here, please book a table and be on time for it. An average meal for two will cost you INR 1200.
Biblophiles, head to Book World and get stunned by their enormous collection of fiction, non-fiction, academic, self-help books. What’s great about this place? Book World offers a discount of 25 percent on everything all year round. Read our recommendation on the place.
Buy Stationery From Venus & PPC
Venus Traders on F.C. Road, near Smart Inn, is a one-stop stationery destination for every student in the city. The two-storey store has everything one can imagine in terms of stationery. From writing materials to bags, canvas, calculator, umbrellas, colouring books, paints, water bottles... they have all your requirements stocked under one roof. So get yourself a complete painting kit for INR 600 or a laptop cover for INR 350. And if exams are coming up, don’t forget to get those gel pens in blue and black, starting at INR 5 apiece.
The New PPC Stationery & Printing Hub, behind Hotel Roopali at FC Road is one of the leading distributors of stationery in the city. The racks are always filled with boxes of pens, pencils, erasers, scales, sketch pens, paintbrushes and staplers that come at a dirt-cheap price. If you’re looking to buy a chart, handmade and A4 size papers, PPC is the place to be. Also, this store gives printing services, comparatively at a cheaper price versus the rest of the competitors.
Buy Sports Equipment From Champion
One of the legendary sports outlet on F.C. Road, Champion Sports sells everything from your gym wear, equipment, Whey protein, supplements, etc. You can get all your sporting goods, no matter what the sport. You can also get shoes that you need for particular sports and as it's one of the oldest stores in the city, you can be assured that the quality is good.
Check Out Cool Guitars At Musikshack
Music lovers, you've got to check out this tiny studio that has a huge collection of guitars and acoustic instruments. The variety is huge and you will definitely find your ideal acoustic instrument here. Beginners can check out their collection of classical guitars which approximately costs INR 10,000 while professionals can lay their hands on guild acoustic pieces which range between INR 40,000-INR 85,000.
Softee at Cream California
Love ice-cream? No visit is complete without a trip to Cream California and eating their signature softee for just INR 25. They also serve different varieties of thick shakes, juices and ice cream sundaes.
Accessories & jewellery shopping
We're not kidding when we tell you that FC Road is a heaven for budget jewellery. Chunky, Temple, boho, modern, tasseled- find all kinds of jewellery and accessories such as belts, keychains, bags, clips etc, under your budget. There is no dearth of earrings and the prices start at just INR 30 a pair. You will find cute ear tops, jhumkas, hoops, tasseled, beaded, temple and chandbalis in oxidised gold and silver too. Similarly, make a statement with chunky necklaces and bracelets. Totes, slings, pouches, clutches, potlis, handbags, duffels- get awesome bags under INR 500. You will also find pop-culture keychains for INR 50 only along with colourful belts.