Hood Guide: Eat, Drink, Shop & Chill At Kothrud


    Because of its lush green surroundings, its proximity to almost the whole of Pune, and comparatively cheaper rates, Kothrud is becoming every student and working professional’s first choice to stay at. There are tons of things to do and we are here to tell you what they are.

    Open Air Gym


    Gokhale Nagar, Pune

    Love working out? Kothrud’s off-beat take for gym freaks is the open-air fitness centre that is a hub for physical activities. It takes place atop Arai Tekdi. The fitness sessions are conducted by Team Jungle Bars and they give free sessions every Sunday! To know more, read this.

    Community Cafe

    Community Cafe

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    Located near MIT, the Community Cafe is a super popular cafe with great breakfast options (starting at INR 100 only).You will mostly find students (especially from MIT) there and it's a great place for youngsters to hang out. The ambiance is very cozy and it's a perfect place if you want to gossip with a hot cuppa coffee. 

    Joshi's Museum Of Miniature Railways

    Inside the Saudamini Instruments factory, at Kothrud is the Limca Book of World Record’s famed, Joshi’s Museum Of Miniature Railways, tracing the importance of railways in the country’s transportation. The details expressed in this museum’s miniatures are uncanny! A trip here is going to cost you only INR 90. 

    The Ganache

    Without a fixed menu, chef Amit’s brainchild, the Ganache is a must-visit for all you sweet tooths! Of course he has some classic all-time favourites such as dark chocolate moose and New York cheesecake! If you’re not a sweet tooth, you must try Ganache’s special pasta in marinara sauce - you will thank us. 

    Maratha Samrat

    All you carnivores wanting to have some spicy Marathi-style chicken or mutton delicacies, head to Maratha Samrat for their mouth-watering thalis starting at INR 450. They are known for their mutton thali, seafood thali where you will get the best of authentic Maharashtrian-style meaty delights.

    Waari Book Cafe

    For all you book lovers, Waari book cafe is your paradise! With a number of books to choose from and coffee, tea and snacks to munch on, Waari book cafe in Kothrud is a cozy and comfy cafe to read your favourite book. Take a look at the best book cafes of Pune. 

    Rent A Bicycle

    The best part about Kothrud is its proximity to almost the whole of Pune and hence, all those health freaks and environmentalists are taking an alternative route to work and other places on their bicycles! Rent one or buy one from Shiftgear in Kothrud. You can rent on a per-day basis or even on a monthly basis. 

    Date At Cafe Madeline


    Kothrud, Pune

    Let your date experience Paris in Kothrud. Head to Cafe Madeline for some macarons, charcoal latte, and a ton of desserts. Of course, there's a lot of savoury food too. And, their pasta is worth digging into. A meal for two will set you back INR 800 only! So, it's perfect for a cute first date. 

    Visit The Iconic Cafe Durga

    Last but not the least, make a trip to Cafe Durga and enjoy its cold coffee. Kothrud and Cafe Durga are synonymous with each other and anyone who visits the area has to try out this iconic place. Students, old-folks, working professionals, middle-aged crowd, everyone seems to love Cafe Durga and its coffee. You can also enjoy some hot South Indian snacks over great conversations with your friends. 

    These are some of the best cold coffee places in Pune. 

    Budget Shopping

    Here's our guide of budget shopping in Kothrud. The place has several stores and shopping lanes where you can score amazing readymade clothes, textiles, sarees, undergarments, bags, utensils, home accessories, jewellery, and other utility items without creating a hole in your pocket.