Irani Cafes in Pune: 5 Must-Visit Bun Maska and Irani Chai Joints

The smell of the freshly-baked buns loaded with butter within, dipped in sweet milky chai, a flaky khari biscuit and an old world charm are just a few things that make Irani cafés special. Recently, the number of iconic Irani cafés seem to be on the decline in Mumbai due to lack of demand and rising costs, but looking at the large queue outside Irani cafes in Pune, it doesn’t seem like this city will see such a fate anytime soon.
Irani Cafes in Pune
In this post, I’ve listed down some of the popular must-visit Irani cafes in Pune where you can get a lip-smacking bun-maska and chai.

Irani Cafes in Pune

Cafe Goodluck

Cafe Goodluck, established in 1935, is the most popular Irani cafe in Pune. To give you an idea about its popularity, the cafe has a street named after it called “GoodLuck Chowk.”

Cafe Goodluck

Cafe Goodluck. Credit: Zomato

With its quality food, traditional decor and mirrored walls, Cafe Goodluck, has been drawing in young and old alike for decades. Unlike traditional Irani cafe’s, this place also serves lunch, dinner, South Indian dishes, and rolls. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available.

Note: This place is always crowded, be it weekdays or weekends, so plan your visit accordingly. To skip the crowd, you could instead place an order online for home delivery.

  • Must try: Bun maska, bun omlette, tea
  • Timing: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Cost for two: Rs 600
  • Phone number: +91-20-65005710
  • Address: Goodluck Chowk, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune

Cafe Yezdan

Cafe Yezdan, established in 1964, is one of the earliest cafés in Pune. From the outside, it might not look like a regular Irani café, but once you enter the place, it’s as if you are transported to a time when there used to be no television or electronics.

Cafe Yezdan

Cafe Yezdan. Image: Zomato

With a simple, old-school decor, Cafe Yezdan, offers you a traditional Parsi-Irani ambiance. You can sit back, relax, and talk to your friends while having a delicious breakfast that doesn’t burn a hole through your pocket.

Note: Only cash payments are accepted.

  • Must try: Broon maska, chai, egg bhurji double.
  • Timing: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Cost for two: Rs 150
  • Phone number: +91-9545459850
  • Address: 623, Sachapir Street, Camp Area, Pune

Vohuman Cafe

The third café on our list is “Vohuman Cafe” on Sassoon Road. Vohuman (meaning good mind) café follows a simple formula – good food, quick service, and value for money – that makes customers coming back for more.

This place was established in 1978. It has been revamped since, but you can still view the original café’s picture adoring the walls.

Vohuman Cafe

Vohuman Cafe. Image-credit: Zomato

Vohuman cafe is extremely crowded during weekend. Therefore expect an extended wait time and sharing of the table with others. If you don’t like the concept of sharing of tables, you can insist the waiter to be seated at the first floor.

  • Must try: Cheese omlette, special tea
  • Timing: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cost for two: Rs 250
  • Phone number: +91-9373323263
  • Address: Millennium Star, Near Ruby Hall, Dhole Patil Road, Pune

The Irani Cafe

The Irani Cafe is a new joint in Viman Nagar that takes on the iconic cafés in town. Even though new, this place serves some of the most delicious broon maska, bun maska, omelette, and irani chai.

The Irani Cafe

The Irani Cafe. Image: Zomato

This place also gets quite crowded in the morning. So, you could be getting your breakfast with a delay.

The Irani Cafe has recently started a second branch at Kalyani Nagar, near Nagarwalla School.

  • Must try: Broon maska, tea
  • Timing: 6 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Cost for two: Rs 300
  • Phone number: +91-7420053999
  • Address: Shop 2, Opposite Rosary School, Viman Nagar, Pune

Aur Irani Chai

Aur Irani Chai is a cozy little joint with brick walls and stone tables that perfectly fills-in the “Irani café” gaping hole for the residents of Baner, Aundh, and other nearby areas.

Aur Irani Chai

Aur Irani Chai. Credit: Zomato

Along with the regulars of an Irani café – Bun-Maska and Irani chai – this place also serves rolls, sandwiches, and Maggi noodles. All the items are priced budget friendly.

  • Must try: Broon maska, tea
  • Timing: 6 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Cost for two: Rs 300
  • Phone number: +91-7420053999
  • Address: Shop 2, Opposite Rosary School, Viman Nagar, Pune

Those are a few of the must-visit Irani cafes in Pune, but the list doesn’t end there. You can also check out classic age-old Irani chai joints like Kohinoor Restaurant in Camp, Cafe Olympia at Shivaji Nagar, and the newer Irani Chai Corner and Waffle House at Nigdi.

Looking to brew your own Iran chai at home? Here’s a handy video recipe to assist you with that.

If you have any feedback, comment, or if we have missed any popular Irani Cafe in Pune. Do let us know in the comments below.

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1 Response

  1. Lakshman says:

    Goodluck is my favourite. You also missed out on cafe olympia at shivajinagar.

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