Street Food 101: A Local's Guide To Eating The Yummiest Street Food In Lonavala

If I had a rupee for every time I saw a traveller from Mumbai or Pune eating at all the wrong places in Lonavala, I would be set for life. And, the surprising thing about the whole affair is that even the regular travellers are woefully ignorant about where to grab basic street food out there.

So here it is, the ultimate street food guide that'll make your next trip to Lonavala way better. 

For Vada Pav: Gupta Sweet Home

Gupta Sweet Home

Lonavala, Pune

You could go on a vada pav eating spree all over town or simply go for the yummiest one at Gupta Vadapav. The best part though? It’s not at all pricey. 

Price: Get a plate of vada pav for INR 15 (with unlimited chillies)

For Masala Pav: Sri Ganesh Pav Bhaji Centre

Ganesh Pav Bhaji

Lonavala, Pune

You want to taste the best selling and tasting masala pav on this side of the Sahyadri mountain range? Ganesh does it right for you. You like it extra spicey – you got it. You want the extra butter to give your arteries a run for an artificial stent – you get that too.

Price: INR 20 

For Pitla Bhakri: Annapurna

Annapurna

Lonavala, Pune

This pitla bhakri (a spicy Maharashtrian curry) will even impress the most rugged farmers in eastern Marathwada who are brought up on a diet of bhakri and thecha. For those of you who got the reference, yes it's that good! The dish is an institution in itself.

Price: INR 70

For Masala Puri: Jai Durga Bhel Puri

Jai Durga Bhel Puri

Lonavala, Pune

You ever had a masala puri with 8 jumbo puris in it? My bet is, you have not. That’s their speciality. They also have an alleged secret ingredient that makes all of their dishes extra delicious. Any guesses on what that could be? 

For Misal Pav: Buvachi Misal

Buvachi Misal

Lonavala, Pune

This is the best misal, arguably in the district. It’s so good, Marathi film actors sneak in for a plate on weekdays. If you're the adventurous kinds, ask for the extra spicy tarri (a spicy gravy), it will give your taste buds a great punch! It’s ridiculously affordable for the taste and quality they provide. 

Price: INR 60 (for all that goodness) 

For Chai: Jai Shiv Shankar Chaiwala

Jay Shiv Shankar Tea House

Lonavala, Pune

Are you sick of regular chai – the monotony of cutting chai everyday? Well, if that’s the case then Jai Shiv Shankar is your muse. From the traditional cutting-chai to fresh lemon and green tea, this joint, Jay Shiv Shankar tea house, makes around 20 types of teas and 20 other kinds of beverages. Woaahh, pretty impressive!

Price: INR 10 and upwards.