For Puneites and Indians at large, the quintessential after-mint, or paan as we know it, is the perfect end to a great meal….
The paan using the betel leaf is an amazing genius of culinary engineering and is capable of not only aiding digestion but also leaving your palate nice and refreshed.
While Pune always had a number of small ‘Paan Tapris or shops, the new gourmet line up is quite spectacular and innovative. They offer so much more than just the regular Magai, Gulkand, Banarasi or Calcutta and actually give you a taste of how the ‘Maharaja’s’ enjoyed their paan.
This is what we found when we hit the streets Paan-hunting!
Naad Paan Boutique
A boutiques store with a huge counter with an array of paan flavours displayed in the most hygienic way, this place offers some unusally delightful and surprisingly expensive paan in the city.
The price ranges from the regular Rs 20 and can go upto Rs 3500 depending how steep and experimental you want to go with your taste palate.
Flavours like Orange and Butterscotch including some flower flavoured one like Raat Ki Raani and Mogra are the regular delights. Bhasma Naad, Kesar, Chandan, Dry fruit flavoured are some that might burn a hole in your pocket.
Address: Shop No 3 Param Complex,Tathwade Garden Nav Sahayadri Karve Nagar.
Sector No 25, opp. Delhi Swaad, Bhel Chowk, Pradhikaran, Nigdi.
Shaukeen The Complete Paan Shop
Among the most overrated paans in the city are the chocolate and fire pan.
While this place is a one top to find a variety of more than 15 flavours of pan, the most unsual flavours here are the Kesar Pista, Strawberry, Black Current, Roasted Almond Choco Paan starting from Rs 30.
Address: Nal Stop, Minal Arcade, Maharshi Karve Road, Kothrud, Pune.
Rasarang Meetha Paan
Amisdt the many big and small outlets of paan that Pune offers, this place is unique because of their preservation techniques and claim to ‘not pollute the environment’ by being tobacco and ‘supari’(betel nut) free.
What makes them unique are the vaccum sealed packages of paan.
This then ensures it is hygienic and adds to their shelf life.
Address: Shop 5, Girme Heights, Salunkhe Vihar Road.
The Betel Leaf
Taking the adventurous paan a notch up, The Betel Leaf in Karve Nagar is a dessert bar oppering gourmet ice creams and desserts all made of paan.
The price ranges from Rs 15 for a basic pan Laddu, Rs 20 for Pan Pani Puri, moving to Rs 45 for Chocolate Crunch, Black and White Forest.
Rs 50 for Irish Coffee, Rs 80 for Gulkand Rabri and Rs 110 for Gulkand Kulfi Falooda. Try all this and more here.
Address: Shop 8, Minal Arcade, Building C, Near Samudra Hotel, Nal Stop, Karve Nagar.
Siddheshwar Paan Wala
A quaint shop located at the busting pimpri chinchwad area of Pune, Siddheshwar Paan Wala is what locals will suggest when you ask them for the best paan places in the area.
This is because apart from serving their regular customers with their daily dose of Katha, Gulkand, 120 Tez and so, they also have a varied variety of extravagant ones that can go upto Rs 350.
Address: New Gawali Complex, Bhosari, Pimpri-Chinchwad.
#All prices and images are indicative. Readers are advised to check for finer details at the respective outlets. This is not an official #Pune365 review and is intended only for reader information,
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