Best places for breakfast in Pune

Once a sleepy city, Pune was known as Pensioners’ Paradise. Today, in part because of the IT revolution, this city is home to some of the most vibrant restaurants and bars. Thanks to the young population that’s thriving in Pune—partly because of the IT industry but also because of its many educational institutions—it also has some really cool breakfast places. Here’s our round-up of the old guard and the new upstarts.

German Bakery, Koregaon Park
What better way to start this list than with the most iconic eatery in Pune? German Bakery has recovered from the dastardly 2010 terror attack and continues to serve amazing breakfast day after day. Consider the Japanese omelette, served with a side of freshly baked multigrain bread along with the aloe vera and coconut juice.
Opens at: 8 am
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The Flour Works, Kalyani Nagar
Serving nearly a dozen different types of eggs, including omelettes, Eggs Benedict, and French toast, as well as diet-friendly options such as muesli, granola, etc, The Flour Works is a reliable favourite in Pune’s Kalyani Nagar neighbourhood. Their spring onion and bacon omelette, served with toast, potato wedges and garlic tomatoes on the side is particularly recommended.
Opens at: 7 am
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Bedekar Tea Stall, Narayan Peth
The Puneri misal is a less-spicy variant of its cousin, the Kolhapuri Misal and Bedekar Tea Stall has been doing a rather good job serving it since 1948. This establishment, nearly as old as Independent India, refuses to serve pav with the missal and insists, instead, on giving you sliced bread as an accompaniment because nothing should take away from its mainstay.
Opens at: 8 am
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Fat Cat's Café, Wanowrie
This pet-friendly café in upscale Wanowrie serves a particularly delicious breakfast featuring house-made hummus, onions, olives, and feta cheese. Fat Cat’s Café is the kind of place where you’d want to spend your lazy Saturday mornings, relaxing, having pancakes and sausages, as you watch the city go by at its own sweet pace.
Opens at: 8 am
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Café Yezdan, Camp Area
Irani cafés are a gift of the Zoroastrian community that settled in India several centuries ago. These unique cafés are basic, but stand out for their décor. Café Yezdan is one such example. Yezdan’s chai and brun maska is always a hit (as it is with most Irani cafés), as is its fluffy cheese omelette.
Opens at: 6 am
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One O Eight, Koregaon Park
This delightful café may not serve meat, but it does a great job with eggs and all its vegetarian dishes. Take your pick from various breakfast bowls or its range of egg preparations or go for the millennial favourite avocados on toast or mushrooms on a baguette. Wrap up your meal with their house pancakes and you’re good to go.
Opens at: 7 am
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Shri Wadeshwar Bhuvan, Sadashiv Peth
No list of Pune restaurants can ever be complete without Wadeshwar. Perhaps the most famous of all the breakfast places, Wadeshwar serves varied cuisines—dosas to choley bhature, etc—but what its really famous for is its thalipeeth. Make sure you start your meal with it, because it tends to fill you up. Wadeshwar’s other Maharashtrian dishes also stand out—from sabudana wada to pohe and upma—so make sure you’re famished before you attack your breakfast.
Opens at: 7.30 am
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Sante Spa Cuisine, Koregaon Park
The upmarket Koregaon Park is home to most of the millennial cafés and Sante Spa Cuisine is one such space. Serving up organic food with fresh ingredients, Sante Spa Cuisine is where you go after your spin class with your girlfriends. Try their muesli almond ice cream, beetroot sorbet and oats and fit smoothie and thank us later.
Opens at: 7.30 am
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Vohuman Café, Sangamvadi
What’s true of one Irani café is true of all. Just think of them as a single chain of restaurants except run by different owners and yet, surprisingly, serving almost identical menus. Vohuman is also known for its omelettes, chai, and bun muska. But if you’re looking for a specific recommendation, consider the two-egg cheese omelette.
Opens at: 6 am
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