Satiate your cravings with a myriad of dramatic flavours, from any of these 5 places.
Paan has a long-standing love affair with the residents of Lucknow, for nobody prepares this palate cleanser better than the paanwalas of this city! This refreshment has enmeshed itself with the vibrant culture of the City of Nawabs, as the activity of paan chewing is intricately connected with tehzeeb and nafasat that runs in the blood of Lucknowites. Nurturing the fondness of betel leaf and areca nut amid the city dwellers, we have prepared a list of 5 paan places in Lucknow, where you can find refreshing flavours that have evolved over the years!
Azhar Bhai Ka Pan
Popularly known as the oldest paan shop in Lucknow, Azhar Bhai Ka Pan is situated in the Chowk area of old Lucknow. Carrying forward the shops legacy, are its iconic paans sold under the name of Begam Pasand Pan, Kamar Tod Pan, Biryani ka Pan and Gola Barud Pan, among others.
Location: Near Akbari Gate, Chowk
Bajpai Paan Bhandar
The Bajpai Paan Bhandar claims to offer almost 2,000 varieties of paans to their customers. Among these, Fire Paan and an expansive variety of flavoured paans, such as Butterscotch Paan, Strawberry Paan and Orange Paan, are included. So when in Lucknow, do not miss out on these fusion favours served with betel leaf!
Location: B-Block, Rajajipuram
Mast Banarasi Paan Family Parlour
Albeit rare but possible, you can bring your family over here at Mast Banarasi Paan parlour while indulging in an after-meal drive, for it caters to children and adults alike. This shop also sells eccentric paan-based items such as Paan Shot and Paan Shake but if you really want them to knock your socks off, then do taste the Kohinoor Paan, which justifies its name at a price of ₹1,100!
Location: 4/211, Vivek Khand, Gomti Nagar
Serving around 47 varieties of paan in Lucknow, is the Paan Aroma shop in Khurram Nagar. This is the place where you will find an assortment of offbeat flavours which includes Oreo Laddu Paan, Bubblegum Flavour Paan, Burger Paan and Gundi Paan. Hasn't this unconventional christening just fired up your desire to taste them even more?
Location: Khurram Nagar
Gilori Paan Shop
Marking a perfect ending to a hearty meal is the chocolaty flavoured goodness of paan and when in the City of Nawabs, cater to your desires at Gilori Paan Shop. With 4 dedicated chocolate paan varieties and other kinds of flavours, this place has been successful in creating a customer niche for itself.
Location: A-14, Sector J, Aliganj
While the song 'Khaike Paan Banaraswala' prompted a popular paan culture in Varanasi, these paan variants have originated out of Lucknow. So if you are craving paan, then we suggest you satiate your cravings with a myriad of dramatic flavours, from any of the above mentioned 5 places.
-With inputs from Pawan Kaushal