Cafes in and around the city have become the new hangout spaces which you can call your own and can do what you like. Each café has its unique trend and has a lot to offer to its customers other than a cup of coffee. Visiting cafés doesn’t require a particular reason or occasion, nor are you required to book the place in advance, you can drop in at anytime. For those looking for a good place to refuel with coffee and food, work and study in peace without being pushed out the door, or just a new ‘adda‘ for catching up with friends, here are a few of the cafes you must try:
A cinnamon aroma encircles the street
Where everyone is rushing and scurrying feet
It lures the whole crowd, the smell is enticing
Freshly baked cakes, smothered in icing
Come swift to the cafe, they very seldom close
Simply open the door and follow your nose
Walk into their quaint cafés and you will be hypnotized by the whiff of freshly prepared cakes and breads. The menu is exclusive and includes a wide array of breads, pastries, signature desserts and savouries; some of these maybe new to you-some more familiar.Whether you are after a luscious lunch, a sugary sweet or just the perfect pastry to complement a coffee, Sugardough is the place to visit!
Must Have: Chicken Hydrabadi sandwich, Cold Coffee, Cheese cakes
Address: 3, Rahul Apartments, Gaikwad Nagar, Aundh
It is arguably the most recognized coffee brand in the city. This place has made cold coffee as a favourite drink across Pune due to its distinguished taste from rest of the high end cafés. Apart from Cold Cofee, café Durga serves spicy Misal pav, hot coffee, hot chocolate, cold chocolate, tea and egg bhurji. It is a must try if you want a quick bite and maybe a quick conversation before going to work. It is inevitably very crowded and many people gulp down more than one glass of cold coffee here for sure. What works for it is also its pricing, which is quite reasonable.
Must Have: Cold and hot coffee, Misal pav
Location: Has 13 outlets across the city
Timings: 7 am -11 pm
Café Old Skool
A Quaint little place with few tables at mezzanine level and a few just outside.The cafe is characterized by posters and orange interiors. Gorge on succulent pastries, pies and sandwiches. Towards late in the evening when the hustle-bustle goes down; it’s time to sit here and relax over tit-bits and beverages. If you’re a connoisseur of people watching like me then sit outside with your favorite cuppa and partake in the activity or simply chit-chat while indulging in some board games.
Must Have: Ferrero Rocher Pastry pastry, Masala Chai(for those who want to skip coffee), Cappuccino
Address: C 1, Chaitraban Residency, Off ITI Road, Aundh
Timings: 11 am -11:30 pm
Flour Works located in a quiet residential lane in Kalyani Nagar takes you on a culinary journey through the bakery and café, filled with delectable delicacies from traditional and contemporary European cuisine. They are open from 7 am to 11 pm. One can come in anytime in the day and partake of fabulous sandwiches, salad, thin crust pizzas and of course the gorgeous, sinful unique desserts. They play soft music – so you can always have a conversation. Moreover, they have parking space all around the premises, which is an added bonus. And their service is discreet, attentive and courteous. It is the perfect place to spend quality time with friends and family with no distractions except for the good food!
Must Have: Hot Chocolate(for chocolate lovers) Banoffee Tart, Mushroom & Seafood Tartlets
Address: Commercial 3, Nirvana, North Avenue, Between Jogger’s Park and ICICI Bank, Kalyani Nagar
Timings: 7 am -11 pm
Pink Butter Cafe
Spend a lazy evening at this delightful vintage cafe, guaranteed to take you back in time and transcend you to a slice of Paris, in the heart of Pune. Pink Butter Cafe is your getaway to Paris, and its old world charm.The place stays true to the name. If you walk in, you feel like you’ve escaped to a pink colored France. Boys beware, you might find it a little too pink for your taste but it’s been done up gorgeously. The subtle pink wallpaper makes you think of fairyland and the pink chairs and little curios placed around compliment each other perfectly. Overall it’s a lovely place to sit at and spend an evening or a late night dessert.
Must Have: Hazelnut mousse cake, Pink lemonade, mini cupcakes
Where: Pink Butter, Shop 1, Modibaug, Ganeshkhind Road, Shivaji Nagar, Pune
Timings: 12pm- 10 pm
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