How Many Of These 12 Popular Dishes Have You Tried?

Divya posted on 25 May

Ten-Second Takeaway

If it’s one thing that unites Puneites from all walks of life, it’s food. Savoury or sweet, spicy or sour, crispy or soft; here are some of Pune’s most favourite foods.

Misal Pav

Misal Pav has acquired cult-status in Pune food circles – and most people can’t agree on which place serves the ‘best’ iteration of it, but what everyone can agree on, is that this dish is delicious. Sri Krishna Bhuvan’s misal pav is one of the most popular (and best) in the city, served as a potato bhaji and yellow pohe base topped with chivda, sev, and chopped onion, with two slices of white bread and the tarri or ‘sample’ {spicy gravy} on the side. Read more about them, here and check out our guide to the top 5 misal pav joints in Pune, here.
Fast Food Restaurants

1164, Tulshibaug Lane, Shanipar Mandai Road, Budhwar Peth, Pune

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Bhakerwadi

Bhakerwadi is a crunchy Maharashtrian snack, which perfectly balances spicy-sweet-savoury flavours in the perfect bite. The most famous bhakerwadi in Pune comes from Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale (more about them here), but we also love the mini-version of this snack that’s available at Karachi Sweet Mart. Bonus points: bhakerwadi also makes for great chakna with your drinks!

Sweet Shops

759/54, Opp. Gharware Chowk, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune

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Vada Pav

Touted as the ‘desi burger’, vada pav is a deep-fried potato fritters tucked into the middle of a super-soft ‘ladi pav’ (sometimes lined with spicy chutney, or charred green chillies). Vada pav in Pune is an iconic street food, and the most popular joint for it (by far) is the JJ Garden Vada Pav stall in Camp. Read more about them, here.

Fast Food Restaurants

948 & 949, Buttee Street, Camp Cantonment, Camp, Pune

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Samosa

Samosas are one of the most comforting snacks you could eat – their crisp pastry shell and soft, tasty fillings make it a dream to bite into. We love Karachi Sweet Mart’s Punjabi-style samosas – stuffed with a spiced potato-and-pea filling, and Akhtar Samosa’s delicious kheema (mincemeat) samosas. Karachi has several outlets across Pune, but the one-and-only Akhtar’s Samosa stall is located on MG Road in Camp, opposite Cafe Coffee Day (read more about them here).
Fast Food Restaurants

328, Saifee Street, Camp, Pune

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Dabeli

Dabeli is a dish originating from the Kutch-region of Gujarat, and has become a widely popular snack. This tava-toasted ‘sandwich’ of sorts is also made with the aforementioned ‘ladi pav’, stuffed with a potato-masala mixture containing chopped onions, spicy peanuts, doused generously with sweet and spicy chutneys, and topped with sev. Our favourite version comes from Raj Dabeli center on the corner of Lane 6 and North Main Road in Koregaon Park – and their cheese dabeli is a scrumptious alternative, too. Read more about Raj Dabeli here.

Fast Food Restaurants

Near Simnan Furniture, Balewadi Phata, Baner, Baner, Pune

Chaat

The ultimate street food has got to be ‘chaat’ – i.e. various savoury snacks like sev-batata puri, bhelpuri, and pani-puri (to name a few). Our favourite chaat spots in Pune include Kalyan Bhel (which has multiple outlets across town), Ram Krishna in Camp, and Classic Pani Puri on North Main Road in Koregaon Park.

Casual Dining

6, Moledina Road, Opp. Westend Theatre, Camp, Pune

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Pav Bhaji

You’d be hard-pressed to find a complete dish as comforting as a plate of piping-hot, buttery pav bhaji. A thick, vegetable-masala stew served with cloud-like bread buns, generously smothered in oodles of melted butter – is worth all of the calories, seriously. Our favourite version of this dish is the ‘Bombay pav bhaji’ by Cream Craver (formerly known as Cream Corner), which is silky-smooth and utterly buttery and comforting. Cream Craver serves around 15 different variations of pav bhaji, and they have restaurants in Camp and Kalyani Nagar.

Fast Food Restaurants

43, East Avenue, Near Mercedes Benz Showroom, Kalyani Nagar, Pune

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Idli-Vada-Dosa

This South Indian trifecta is super-popular with everyone from students, to senior citizens. Among the myriad of options for South Indian fast food, Vaishali on FC Road tops the list, followed closely by Dravidas Bistro in Viman Nagar (it’s closer to authentic), Anna Idli, and Ravi Famous Dosa Centre – which serves over 30 kinds of stuffed dosas.

Casual Dining

Gigaspace, Shop 3, Opp. Phoenix East Court, Viman Nagar, Pune

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Parathas

Eaten plain, stuffed, or used as a vehicle for curries, gravies, pickle, and dahi – parathas are a North-Indian staple that have worked their way into the hearts and bellies of many Puneites. Aaoji Khaoji serves the widest selection of stuffed parantha thalis (and has three outlets across the city), closely followed by Nandu’s Parathas. We recommend a glass of chilled buttermilk to pair with your paratha – especially in the summer heat!
Casual Dining

Next To Rosary School, Near BMW Showroom, Camp, Pune

Kebabs

In our opinion, nothing can beat a succulent, smokey, meaty kebab fresh off the grill. Though the seekh kebabs, jujeh kebabs, and chicken tikkas at George in Camp (more on them here), the kathi kebab rolls at Kapila Kathi Kebab remain old favourites, we also recommend the beef kebabs at Radio Hotel (and the kebab cart opposite it), galouti kebabs from Lucknow Meri Jaan, and the tender chicken, mutton, and beef kebabs from Garden Seekh Kebabs (right next to the JJ Garden Vada Pav Stall).

Fast Food Restaurants

173, Nalin Chamber, Dhole Patil Road, Sangamvadi, Pune

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Ice Cream Shakes

Puneites are obsessed with thick ice-cream shakes – whether they’re fruity, nutty, chocolaty, or all of the above. In this category, we recommend legendary Sujata Mastani – for their kesar mango mastani, Gujar Mastani House for their dry fruit mastanis, the ‘special creams’ and milkshakes at Bagicha Corner in Camp, and Cad (M) Cad (B) for their eponymous signature drinks (more on them and their other variations here).
Dessert Parlours

Behind City Post, Near Dattamandir, Budhwar Peth, Pune

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Biscuits

Last but not least – biscuits are certainly one of Pune’s most popular items. From Shrewsbury to ginger-snap, kharis, batasis, nankhatais, and more – they’re a melt-in-your-mouth treat! Looking beyond Kayani, we love Khodayar Bakery (on Pune-Sholapur Road), City Bakery, and Royal Bakery (the latter two are located on MG Road in Camp) – and you can read more about them here.

Bakeries

6, Opp. Victory Theatre, East Street, Camp, Pune

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