Nestled in the heart of the Sahyadris, Pune is a city that seamlessly blends tradition with modernity. Known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and academic institutions, the city also boasts a culinary landscape that has stood the test of time. As you traverse the vibrant streets of Pune, make sure to savour the flavours of the past at these iconic establishments for a delightful journey through time and taste. In this gastronomic journey, we explore some of the iconic eateries serving up delectable delights for decades, becoming timeless institutions in the city's food scene.
Established in 1935, this iconic cafe has been weaving stories and flavours through the decades, becoming a cherished eatery for locals and travellers alike. The place exudes an old-world charm that captivates you from entering. The extensive menu at the restaurant caters to a diverse palate, from hearty breakfast options of a classic omelette pav and bun maska with Irani chai served in classic chai glasses to authentic Irani dishes of keema pav, bheja masala, biryani, and the delicious meat preparations. For those with a sweet tooth, don’t forget to try out the caramel pudding. For the avid traveller seeking a slice of Pune’s rich culinary history, Cafe Good Luck is not just a pit stop but a journey through flavours and tales that linger on much after the last sip of chai.
Address: Fergusson College Rd, near Goodluck Chowk, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune
Timings: 8 am to 11.30 pm
Nestled in the heart of the city, Vaishali has been an integral part of Pune's breakfast scene since 1951. Ensconced in the vibrant tapestry of Pune's Deccan Gymkhana, Vaishali beckons travellers with its unique blend of gastronomic enchantment and nostalgic decor. The aroma of freshly brewed filter coffee mingles with the irresistible scent of spices, creating an atmosphere that resonates with the essence of South India and making it a timeless destination for a hearty start to the day. Begin your food odyssey with the crispy, golden dosas paired perfectly with an array of chutneys. Don't miss the cloud-like idlis that practically melt in your mouth and the sweet and spicy Sev Bata Dahi Poori, fondly called SPDP. Complete this authentic experience with their aromatic filter coffee; nothing beats their creamy Mango and Chikoo milkshake for those who like milkshakes.
Address: Fergusson College Rd, Ganeshwadi, Shivajinagar, Pune
Timings: 7 am to 11 pm
Started in 1965, this quaint patisserie is an integral part of Pune's cultural landscape. It offers a visual feast that begins at the threshold with the vintage signage and charming facade, inviting people to sample some of the best cakes and bakes in town. The signature mawa cake is a masterpiece of texture and flavour, while the puff pastry is a delight to the taste buds with layers so delicate that they practically dance on your tongue. While here, definitely try the fruit tart, the seasonal juices, and the evergreen chicken and mayo sandwiches. For vegetarians, the chutney and cheese sandwich and the veg pizza are a must-eat.
Address: Bakthiar Plaza, 6, MG Road, Opposite Bombay Store, Camp, Pune
Timings: 8.30 am to 10 pm
Contact: 077220 94983
No exploration of Pune's timeless eateries is complete without a visit to Kayani Bakery. Established in 1955, this timeless bakery in Camp is a paradise for sweet enthusiasts. As you step through the door, the aroma of freshly baked bread will envelop you like a warm embrace, awakening memories that seem to have been dormant for years. The buttery, melt-in-your-mouth Shrewsbury biscuits, soft mawa cakes, and decadent dark chocolate and walnut cake are a must-have at this legendary bakery. Baath Cake, a Goan specialty, is another highlight here. For those who prefer savoury items, cheese papadi and khaari biscuits will surely please your palate. Be sure to reach the bakery early, or you might have to wait long to get your favourite treats.
Address: 6, Dr Coyaji Rd, Hulshur, Camp, Pune
Monday to Friday: 7:30 am–1 pm, 3:30–7 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am–1 pm, 3:30–7 pm
Contact: 020-26360517, +91-91759 65421