Adventure seekers to history buffs, fashionistas to crazy foodies – the queen of the Deccan has a lot in store for all. Here are a few secrets to experience the best that Pune has on offer.

Breakfast

There can be no better way to kickstart a Punekar’s day than with an early morning meal of Kanda poha and chaiAmruteshwar at Nalstop offers poha tossed with the traditional tempering of mustard seeds, chillies and curry leaves. Now we’re talking Maharashtra!

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Recommended:

Amruteshwar

Warje Malwadi Rd, Apex Colony, Erandwane, Pune, Maharashtra 411004

Phone:099 22 687268

Hours: 2:45 am – 12:00 pm

Hangouts

Pune is called the Oxford of the East, and very aptly so. The city is brimming with colleges. The population is relatively young and the atmosphere invigorating. Don’t hesitate to lose yourself in the lovely lanes of Law college road.

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FC Road eateries Image: http://www.panoramio.com

A list of the best hangouts in Pune would be incomplete without the Fergusson College Road. FC Road is a fashion geek’s paradise – available here are pretty and cheap trinkets, footwear and a wide assortments of fashion wear. Also, quite a few restaurants here are to die for. You wouldn’t want to miss Vaishali’s finger licking south Indian food, Café Goodluck’s Irani chai and bun maska or Peter’s Pan’s heavenly chocolate waffles.

Find out more about FC Road hangouts here

History

Take a trip down the historical and architectural lane of Maratha history. Sinhagad Fort; meaning the Lion’s Fort is a fortress located 30 km southwest of the city of Pune. It is a much loved haunt of photographers and trekkers alike.

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Cabs to and fro can be booked in advance to Sinhgad.(Wings cab- +91 20 40100100)

Know before you go: It is advised to avoid the fort during peak summer months. Sunscreen is a must. Also, do not forget to put on your best trekking shoes.

Sinhgad Fort

Thoptewadi, Sinhagad Ghat Rd, Pune, Maharashtra 411025

Phone– 020 2612 6867

Recommended for– History Buffs, Experience Seekers, Photo Fanatics

Entry fee– Rs. 20 for two wheelers, Rs. 50 for four wheelers

Timings– Seven days a week; 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Shopping

If mall-crawling is on your mind, Amanora town centre is where you should be headed. It is a stylish and uniquely designed expanse spread over one million square feet to be dubbed as Pune’s largest mall. You will find the finest Indian and international brands in fashion, lifestyle and entertainment.

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Amanora Town Centre
Opposite Magar Patta City, Mundhwa-Kharadi Rd, Hadapsar, Pune, Maharashtra 411028

Phone:020 3057 0405

Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Party Place

The most happening place in Pune is undoubtedly Koregaon Park. Explore the beautiful bungalows and parks, plus the lounges, pubs and eateries here. The famous German BakeryChabad houseOsho Ashram and Bund Garden are also located in here. Another fun way to spend the evening would be to attend a gig at the The High Spirits café here.

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Recommended: The High Spirits Café

North Main Rd, Pune, Maharashtra 411001

Phone: 093 71 006430
Hours: 12:30–3:00 pm, 7:30–11:30 pm
Expense: Rs. 1500 for two people with alcohol

More info here

Desserts

The local favourite, Pooran Poli is a must-have for dessert. Situated in the bylanes of JM Road, Sukanta restaurant known for its quick service, serves delicious Pooran Poli.

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Recommended: Sukanta

636, Deccan Gymkhana, Pulachi Wadi, Pune

Phone: 020 25530077, 020 66013222

Cost of Thali: Rs 250

(Inputs by TS writer Tanushree Nigam)

Want to explore Pune more? Check these out:

www.cityblogpune.com

Eating out in Pune – Another Pune food blog

Places around Pune – Preeti’s Travel Blog

 

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