With an old-world charm so distinct in the winter air, the quaint little town of Pune is all set to be a scene right out of a movie this Valentine’s Day. Beautiful architecture, classical history, warm and cosy hotels and add to this the spirit of love and optimism; how about we make this Valentine’s a little extra romantic? Candle-lit meals or simply bonding over drinks, we’ve put together a list of must-visit places in the city for the special day. What do they have in common? An open-air, romantic atmosphere with great menus (food and drink) and an atmosphere to die for!
Located in Lane 5 of Koregaon Park, Malaka Spice is a chic restaurant with a sprawling outer seating area under a green canopy of trees. Colourful lanterns and marbled tabletops add to the visual appeal. The delicious aroma of mouth-watering food only adds to the drama. Take off your heels, sit back and relax over a glass of Sangria on a candle-lit table under a starry sky.
For those of you who prefer something quiet and a little formal, the indoor (air-conditioned) seating arrangement is an option as well.
Flying Saucer Skybar
City lights, warm kebabs, some cinnamon-infused cocktails and chocolate desserts to end the night; newly launched Flying Saucer Skybar in Viman Nagar is a highly recommended option for a romantic dinner night in Pune. Neon lights, purple, pink and white decor, good music and a beautiful view of the city around you while a slight winter breeze has you reaching out for warm hands… Need we say more?
Evviva-Sky Lounge – Courtyard By Marriott Pune City Centre
This season of love, Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre gives you the perfect excuse to create some beautiful memories with your loved ones. Evviva Sky Lounge, the open air rooftop bar with its breathtaking panoramic views of Pune’s skyline, ambient lounge music and contemporary décor makes for the perfect romantic set up for those who want to enjoy an unforgettable dinner date under the star lit sky. The Lounge will serve a special four course set meal with indulgent fare including starters of shorba and kebabs and main course dishes like Murgh Dhaniya Korma, Paneer Manpasand and Kashmiri Roganjosh among others prepared by the Hotel’s Indian MasterChef. The set menu will also have many choices of desserts like Gajar Halwa, Gulab Jamun and more. To top it all, the meal includes two glasses of sparkling wine, unlimited domestic alcohol and of course, chocolate-dipped strawberries!
Pick up your cocktail and head over to the rooftop to take in the ultimate gorgeous view of the city while you chat up your special one, or stay indoors for a warm, quiet and intimate setting. Pasha in JW Marriott on Senapati Bapat Road lets you enjoy the best of both worlds.
With an old-world charm lingering in the indoor space and a Greek themed exterior, Olive Bistro is a perfect romantic ‘destination’ for those looking at an intimate evening together. With distressed white-washed walls, quirky furniture, floral prints, chandeliers, life-sized lamps, a white pebbled pathway and a fountain, Olive Bistro will take you on a romantic journey along the cobbled pathways of quaint beach towns in Greece. So, so perfect!
Tucked away in a quiet lane in Koregaon Park, Darios is a quaint cafe serving Italian (vegetarian only) food. The indoors are a perfect fit for those who prefer something private and formal. With glass walls and food counters displayed in the restaurant, it would make for an interesting ambiance for those who particularly love to bond over food. For those who prefer a friendly, comfortable-yet-romantic setting, the outdoors are a good choice. Fairy lights and candles warm up the place at night and the song of the cuckoos adds in to the romantic setting.
The Flour Works
Situated on a quiet corner in one of the many lanes of Kalyani Nagar, The Flour Works is a cafe hidden away from the hustle bustle of the city life. If you’re in the mood for a casual and fun evening, head over to this cafe this Valentine’s Day. Start it off with a hot apple cider tea and end your date with a cup of hot chocolate. The food here will charm and leave you with beautiful memories of a friendly evening. With white curtains, lights, seats by the windows as well as outdoors, wine bottles set on a table for two, what more can one ask for!
Stone Water Grill
Enter through a set of glass doors and you find yourself in a dimly lit space of high ceilings, sparkling wine glasses, mirrored walls and glass windows. All this is a prelude to a menu of modern European dishes. In the main dining area, diners tuck into Crab Cakes, Tandoori roasted veggies, wood-fired Pizzas and even Burgers. The scene in the adjacent pink-lit outer bar area reminds you of a scene right out of a fashion shoot; occupy one of the white leather couches, sip on your Mojito, and watch the supermodels do their thing. Look around either of the rooms and you’ll see a mix of Pune’s elite cutting deals over wine and duck, and young professionals enjoying a hearty meal while preparing to let loose at the bar later in the night. Sounds like something that you might like? Go ahead and make your reservations!
Walk into a space done up with concrete and limestone, dimly lit and private. This roof top restaurant gives you a view of the hills and the highway while you sit back and relax with your special someone. Trikaya whisks you away from the busy cityscape into an expanse of tastefully done landscapes and elegant decor inspired by south-east Asia. If you’re looking for a private, romantic evening, do give this a try. The place boasts of some of the best seafood dishes in the city. Perfectly flavoured, enjoy them with some drinks over romantic conversations!