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The smell of freshly baked bread, warm muffins right out of the oven, cookies that crumble in your mouth and delicious pastries and cakes that leave you drooling for more! Bakeries should be crowned as "the official happy place”. A feast for the eyes and the stomach, Pune has some lovely establishments enticing you to cheat on that diet. There are the long-standing bakeries that have become institutions in their own right and the newer ones with gourmet treats that make you squeal with delight! Here’s a list of 12 bakeries worth visiting in Pune, obviously we haven’t ranked them or anything because we understand that the love for baked treats is universal.
Kayani Bakery is a Pune landmark! The cookies and cakes here are some of the best in Pune. Simple goods that are truly old school and lip-smacking like are what Kayani serves up. The lines here are always never ending, so make sure you get there early before the stock runs out!
Must Try: Shrewsbury Biscuits, Mawa Cake
The cost for Two: Rs. 150 (approx.)
Address: 6, Opposite Victory Theatre, Camp, East Street, Pune
Marz O Rin has been around for over 5 decades and is already a part of Pune’s culinary history. The bakery/eatery is housed in a 100-year old heritage property and serves up some great snacks, shakes,and pastries. It is also known for baking specialty bread made from buckwheat, sorgum, corn etc.
Although slightly more expensive than a stand alone bakery owing to its 5-star location, the Pune Baking Co. is definitely one of the best. The gourmet desserts, chocolates, and bread along with the ambiance definitely make it worth the premium spend.
When on MG Road, just follow your nose and it will lead you to Royal Bakery. Established in 1910, they still dish out a delicious fare. A great place for breakfast in Pune or a teatime treat, this place is famous for its unique milk bread that is made from a secret family recipe passed down from the owner’s grandfather.
With bread in their name, you can certainly expect a wide variety of freshly baked bread here. Their pastries and cakes too are quite popular. The added advantage Bread Story has is that there are several outlets spread across Pune, from Viman Nagar to Baner.
Another one of Pune’s oldest bakeries, Imperial has yummy buns, cakes, and cookies. Though not as crowded as Kayani, their baked goods are just as delicious and fresh. They also supply bread and buns to several Irani cafes in Pune.
Must Try: Walnut Cake, Jam Roll, Brownie
The cost for Two: Rs. 200 (approx.)
Address: Near Poolgate Post Office, Poolgate, East Street, Pune
German Bakery was famous long before the ill-fated disaster that brought it into the spotlight. It is loved by both expats and locals who frequent it for its delicious fare. A great place to grab some breakfast or even just hang out with friends, it has been renovated and is just as great in its new avatar.
Must Try: Red Velvet Cheesecake, Mango Cheesecake, Kheema Pav
The cost for Two: Rs.500 (approx.), more for meals.
Address: 291, North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune
A cute patisserie and boulangerie, Forennte is known for its yummy cakes and pastries. Nestled in the green locale of Koregaon Park, it is a favorite of residents in the area. The décor is pretty and the desserts scrumptious. They also serve varieties of tea and coffee.
Must Try: Belgian Chocolate Pastry, Ferrero Rocher Pastry, Red Velvet Cupcake
The cost for Two: Rs.350 (approx.)
Address: 2, Princeton Flair, Lane 8, Koregaon Park, Pune
Offering both indoor and al fresco dining, The Flour Works is a foodies paradise. Their baked goods and dessert counter have a wide selection to choose from. They breakfast here is truly divine as is their Vietnamese Coffee. They also serve full meals and snacks. The décor is relaxed tranquil, and they even allow pets!
Must Try: Veg. Shepherd’s Pie, Custard Quartet, Walnut Tart
The cost for Two: Rs. 700 (approx.), more for meals.
Address: Commercial 3, Nirvana, North Avenue, Kalyani Nagar, Pune
They have shelves of baked treats from croissants to cakes here, all you need to do is grab a tray and start loading it with goodies. There are an upstair seating area and a glass wall that lets you look into the kitchen as see the magic happen. They offer a wide range of snacks and desserts as well as loaves of bread and baguettes. DO stop by for a chat with the sweet old lady at the billing counter!
Must Try: Banana Bread, Veg Puff, Croissants
The cost for Two: Rs.200 (approx.)
Address: 198/3, Chandrakant Chambers, Dhole Patil Road, Pune
White French windows usher you into this tiny little patisserie that offers mouth-watering treats. There is limited seating so be prepared to wait or get a takeaway. They serve a simple, delicious breakfast of eggs and croissants. Their coffee is extremely good and their desserts are like little pieces of heaven!
Must Try: Christadam, Choux Pastry, Banana Caramel Cupcake
The cost for Two: Rs.300 (approx.)
Address: 4, Winterberry Purple, Lane 8, Koregaon Park, Pune
A great place to grab a quick bite or satisfy your sweet tooth. They also have a smaller branch at MG Road. A nice ambiance and decent pricing make for a pleasant visit here. Do try some of their other pastries and milkshakes.
Must Try: Honey Rose Petal Pastry
The cost for Two: Rs.200 (approx.)
Address: Aditya Towers.Opp.Mount Carmel Girls High School, Bibvewadi, Pune
Dessert and baked goods are definite comfort food, head to any of these bakeries on a bad day watch your frown turn into a smile!