FC stands for Fergusson College which is an educational institution. Nobody recognizes the street as Gokhale Road which is the official name of the street. FC is one of the areas which have developed immensely over the years. People also refer to FC road as The New MG Road. FC is a complete Commercial Street. It will provide you items from almost all categories like food, fashion, traditional, business, technology etc. In proper words, FC road is ruled by the youngsters of Pune. Youngsters get attracted to FC road because of two main reasons; they are food and fashion. You can find every single fast food company at FC like Dominos, KFC, Pizza Hut, AFC, Barista, Cafe Coffee Day, Subway, Baskin Robins, Venky's Express, Monginis and so much more. These are just the well known branded food junctions, there are also food stalls of which give you variety of sandwiches, chaat, Chinese, masala bhutta, bhel, kola, soda and the list never ends! In the list of restaurants which are enjoyed by families you can find Chaitaniya Parathas, Vaishali, Roopali, Kadhai, By The Way, Yana Sizzlers, Vadeshwar, Vishal, etc.
One of the favourites of FC road is definitely Good Luck Cafe. There is nobody in the entire Pune who has not had a taste of the Tea and Bun Maska from Good Luck Cafe. In terms of fashion, you can find brands like Van Heusen, Louis Philippe, Woodland, Park Avenue, Zara, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Gucci, Peter England, D&G, and Dior etc. The lane can make a shopaholic go crazy in no time. Even book readers come to Popular Book House, International Book Service, Archies etc to enjoy their time at FC road. Venus Trade, Super Shoppe & Sagar Arcade are some very well known commercial establishments. Another interesting part that is loved by the college students of the area is Hong Kong Lane. This lane is basically a junction for cheap and reasonable shopping of items like belts, wallets, key chains, imitations, ornaments, phone covers, accessories, bags, clothing, footwear etc. This lane has almost 50-60 shops in one small lane of about 200 meters long.
The traffic at FC road differs from time to time. There is normally very adequate amount of traffic apart from the peak office hours around 7:00-8:00 pm. All sorts of means of transportation like buses, cars, bikes etc moves along this lane. "If you visit FC road once, it is almost impossible for you to leave until you have spent at least 4-5 hours. You get addicted, looking at the variety and the collections. If you are a girl, this is an expensive heaven for you" - Punekar. The residents of the area are mostly young college students and nuclear families. Most of the students live on rented flats. The lifestyle at FC lane is not for the middle class population. From food to fashion, technology to business, all fall under the category of people who have heavy pockets. Most of the crowd you will find on FC road includes foreigners and non-Maharathran people. FC Road is nothing like the typical City area or the Peths of Pune. Beside the college atmosphere, busy street and gullible traffic, the area is a highlight of Pune. You want to visit an area where you can see people multitasking i.e. walk & shop or talk & eat etc then FC is the right place for you!