Great Pune Vegetarian Restaurants for Lunch / Fast Food: Vaishali and F.C. Chaat House.

Pune is one of the India’s greatest cosmopolitan food cities and as you start exploring the city you realize there is no dearth of traditional as well as more contemporary delicious flavors to sample and savour everywhere you go.

Talk of street food, traditional or international cuisine – Pune is a city which packs it all in! Restaurants of all levels for every type of traveller, serving an extensive array of mouth watering cuisine are flourishing in every nook and corner of the city – like any metro city in the country there are so many food possibilities that you can be literally spoilt for choice.

Pun, for us, this time was just a stopover. So although I didn’t get to explore the food as much as I would have loved to (like this complete food guide here) but still managed to grab a lunch and dinner. So, for all those who are in Pune for a quick stopover and are wondering where they can head to for some good vegetarian meals, here’s my post to help you!


Vaishali is one of the most famous restaurants in Pune known for its south Indian dishes. Such is its legend that my dad once travelled from Mumbai to Pune just to grab a bite here! (Imagine, it’s that big a name and yes, my dad is that big a foodie!) And he has got us all rightly hitched to this place ever since.

Vaishali South Indian Vegetarian Restaurant, Pune

The place is located strategically in the central hub of the city and serves a lot of people all through the day and night. It’s a sit down restaurant and has an indoor and an outdoor seating area, so it’s pretty clean and good for friends, family alike.

South Indian Yummy food at Vaishali in Pune

I began with a plate of Idli wada then proceeded to have its dosa and sandwiches topping it all up with my favourite, watermelon juice. The dishes are all fresh and impressively scrumptious.

Vegetable Sandwich at Vaishali in Pune
Watermelon juice at Vaishali in Pune

The only catch here is that the waiting time can be terribly long especially at peak times, minimum half an hour, so be prepared to wait it out till your turn comes up in the queue.

How to reach Vaishali?

Vaishali Restaurant is located on the busy Fergusson College Road in the heart of Pune. Keeping walking across the street, the restaurant is very easy to find as it is arguable one of the best in Pune.

Address: 917, Fergusson College Rd, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, Maharashtra 411004
Phone Number: +91 20 2553 1244
Opening hours: 7 A.M. to 11 P.M.


F.C. Chaat House, Pune

F. C. Chaat house as the name suggests is a chaat house serving all kinds of quick savoury bites. The place is not that famous but strategically located on the F.C. Road hence attracts a lot of hungry customers like us. The place is a street eatery with a few chairs for seating.

We had pani puri, crispy dumplings dipped in spicy mint tamarind water and a chocolate sandwich. I thought it was pretty okay but what I loved about this place was the kala khutta rose gola, crushed flavoured ice lolly, I had in the end – it was excellent!

Kala Khutta Chuski at F.C. Chaat House in Pune

How to reach FC Chaat House?

Address: Land Square Mall, Near Roopali Hotel, Fergusson College Rd, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411004
Phone Number: 098227 53770
Opening hours: Always open (as per their FB page)

For more options like where to have Vada Pao and Misal Pao in Pune, you can check my more extensive Pune food guide from an earlier trip here:

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Have you been to Pune?
What are your best vegetarian eating places that you would like to recommend?

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  1. Loved to read about Vaishali and FC Chaat House. Yummy :))

  2. Both of them look yummylicous... and good to know that your Dad is such a big foodie..:) I am for sure trying these on my next visit to Pune...

  3. What you had, idli with wada is my all-time fav! Good to know this popular restaurant serving south Indian dishes. And the chat house is really cool and could be a wonderful place to hang out with friends and cousins.

  4. Nice recommendations, Arti! I've been to FC many times but never knew that there is a fine dine-in restaurant as well. I'll definitely visit Vaishali soon.

  5. Hello,Arti,
    It has been such a long time since I visited you. I am so glad that you are fine.
    Do you see me now? I have to be giggling, because those meals at a chat house look so delicious! They are tempting me so much. I am not a hungry customer though. Especially that pani puri is quite new to me. Thank you for visiting me today!
    Have a happy new week Arti. See you!

  6. I’ll have the same dishes with Arti at Vaishali restaurant. The foods in the photos look so delicious. I’d like to try idli vada and dosa for the first time but unfortunately south Indian dishes doesn't seem to be served at the Indian restaurants I know. You made my mouth water and I got hungry, but I’ll refrain from eating before I go to bed. Thank you for this delicious information.

    Thank you for your comment, too. 3 months rainy season sounds too long, but maybe it’d be better than full intense summer. Enjoy your rainy season and be healthy and happy.



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