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!
Newbie's Guide To FC Road: Shop Under INR 1,000, Eat At Legendary Restaurants & Buy Books On Discount
F.C. Road is known among Pune-ites as a location to find best possible hacks for street shopping for men and women. Score shirts, skirts, t-shirts trousers, cardigans, shorts and various other clothing items starting from as cheap as INR 200. Quaint roadside shops full of colourful slippers, canvas and kolhapuris adorn either side of the street. If you’re looking for affordable eye wear, head gears and makeup, this is the place to be. For more, check our recommendation here, where we tell you how to shop on FC Road under INR 2,000.
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? Must-try the famous choco-dip ice cream from Cream California for just INR 25. And if you still have space left in your tummy, try FC Road’s chocolate paan for just INR 15!
The Newer Ones!
Besides the famous old-school restaurants at FC Road, there are tons of newer options, in case you want to experiment.
Ever heard of imli cheese fries or alien fries? Well, now you can! Get your hands on UFO’s exotic range of fries, starting at INR 70, served in a long cone with a burst of toppings and sauces. We recommend try their Maggi fries for INR 130 and the barbecue pizza fries for INR 110.
Bengaluru-based dessert parlour, Frozen Bottle has ventured in to Pune too! Everything out here gets a twist INSIDE A BOTTLE. We recommend you try the choco fererro rocher for INR 199, the death by chocolate sundae for INR 155 and the irrestible litchi punch for INR 140.
Don’t miss the Red Velvet Brownie Fries for INR 129 at Icekraft. Delicious soft brownies, coated in red velvet, fried to perfection and served with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle, will make you say, to hell with that diet!
Drink At Culture
Culture-Pune has become the new favourite hangout spot of town. The 10-page bar menu is love. Try out the Flaming Waterfall shot for INR 350 and the J Bomb DRDO for INR 500. The crafted cocktail named Culture Electric Gin for INR 250 is an absolute must-try. The Culture specials on the food menu is yum. Order a Crostini Italiano with fresh farm veggies to go with your glass of scotch! If you love seafood, go for the Crevettes Vol Au Vents for INR 250. It’s spicy prawns in flaky puff pastry shells.
Price: INR 1,300 for two (approx.) with alcohol
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% on everything all year round. Read our recommendation on the place here.
Buy Stationery From Venus & PPC
Venus Traders on FC 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, coloring 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 a piece.
The New PPC Stationery & Printing Hub, behind Hotel Roopali at FC Road is one of the leading distributors of stationery in the city. The well-bifurcated racks are always filled with boxes of pens, pencils, erasers, scales, sketch pens, paint brushes and staplers that come at a dirt cheap price. If you’re looking to buy 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 FC Road, Champion Sports sells everything from your gym wear, equipment, Whey protein, supplements, etc.
Learn Salsa At enMotion
Want to perfect those moves? Take salsa lessons at enMotion Salsa, behind Vaishali restaurant. Starting at INR 1,500 for a month, their classes are divided between beginners and intermediate.
Mara-Mari Chai At Trupti
Trupti Tea Center at Dnyaneshwar Paduka Chowk will remind you why monsoon and a hot cup of tea is an inseparable couple. Try the famous Mara-Mari, a combination of regular and special tea. The regular chai is made of water and milk, whereas the special one has no milk in it. Have a cup of this happiness with either a cream roll or samosa and you’re sorted for the evening.
Price: INR 22