Make sure you buy Puneri saris and the Jijamata sari, a unique sari designed by the mother of Shivaji, from Kasat or Peshwai.
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Flea market visit
Tulshibaug, in the heart of the city, off the Laxmi Road, is a long street where you can bargain for anything and everything - from jewellery to cutlery. Youngsters head to the Main Street in Camp, especially on Sundays. If you are in the city on a Wednesday, do visit the Juna Bazaar (or Chor Bazaar, as it is referred to by many) - a weekly flea market. Hrishikesh Kanitkar
Pune specialties to take home
Take back bakarwadi from Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale and Shrewsbury biscuits from Kayani Bakery for your friends and family. These two items are immensely popular and synonymous with Pune. And gone are the days when you had to stand in long queues at one of only two Chitale outlets and hope that they didn't run out of bakarwadi before you reach the counter; Chitale now has franchise outlets all over the city. Hrishikesh Kanitkar
To get a feel of the local culture in Pune, take a walk along Laxmi Road, a busy shopping area, or to Juna Bazaar, a market for second-hand and antique items.
Shop for Shrewsbury biscuits
Pick up Pune's famous Shrewsbury biscuits and sponge cake at Kayani Bakery.
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Goodluck Café is one of the oldest, most loved restaurants in Pune. It serves Iranian and Punjabi dishes but has become more famous for its tea and buttered bread (maska pav). Any time you visit, you'll see college students chattering away inside.
Early risers must visit this iconic fort on the outskirts of this city. Have your breakfast on Sinhagad Fort with an unhindered, pleasing view of the Sahayadri. Don't forget to have some traditional Maharashtrian fare such as the kanda pohe, kanda bhajji, pithale bhakari, taak and so on. Remember a day that begins well ends well.
Tips for Travellers
Traffic can be pretty chaotic in Pune, so if you're visiting for a few days, depend on auto-rickshaws or taxis. Avoid the headache of driving through traffic jams on your holiday.