24 Hours in Bangalore!
I’ve often thought that a nomad like me is just not cut out to enjoy a city. Time and again, my two years in Delhi reinforced that belief. But when I decided to pack my bags and make the road my home (Read: I’m Hitting The Road, Indefinitely), something unexpected happened; I fell in love with Bangalore. Even on a summer afternoon, Bangalore was a breath of fresh air. People hung out on the streets, quaint cafes lurked around every corner, breweries served up handcrafted beers, and the cool weather was perfect for pleasant strolls. Here’s my ode to the city, and a lowdown for your next trip to Bangalore:
WHERE TO STAY
- Roerich Grand Hotel, off MG Road. Previously known as Sea Grape Gardens, it has everything you can want from a good hotel – quiet surroundings on Residency Road, a short walk to the city’s most happening areas, fast and free Wifi, clean and spacious rooms, decent breakfast, and courteous service. At INR 2,200 – 2,600 a night for a double room, it is a steal. Yatra.com has some great deals.
- Au Bon Pain, Brigade Road. Most coffee shops open around 10 am, but if you find yourself walking the streets in the wee hours of the morning, grab a bite at this gourmet bakery (opens at 7 am). The freshly prepared basil pesto and cheese croissant and the mango smoothie are must tries.
- Meghana Foods, Residency Road. Literally a stone’s throw away from Roerich Grand Hotel is this busy biryani joint. It serves some of the best vegetarian biryani I’ve ever tasted, complete with curry and raita, on a banana leaf. I loved it so much, I had it twice in two days.
- Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, Lalbagh Road. I didn’t have the time to try it, but they say it has the best South Indian food in town, and possibly all of India!
- Matteo Coffea, Church Street. With an alfresco sit-out for people watching, Matteo offers decent coolers and sandwiches, and free Wifi to get some work done.
- Arbor Brewing Company, Magrath Road. If your creativity flows with beer, this microbrewery for you. The food is nothing to write home about, but the beers are refreshing and the ambiance is awesome even during the day.
JUST TO CHILL
- Green Theory Cafe, Convent Road. An oasis in the middle of the city, this is your break from city life (not that you’ll need one in Bangalore, atleast in your first 24 hours!). With leafy green surroundings, this vegetarian / vegan cafe serves us delicious nachos and pizzas, cooked using organic ingredients.
GRAB A BEER
- The Biere Club, Lavelle Road. An after-work hangout of choice, this microbrewery has a chirpy ambiance, complete with funky wall paintings, a rustic bar, and a whole range of in-house brews to sample.
- Toit, 100 Feet Road. Not one I had the chance to try, but it came highly recommended from my Facebook and Twitter networks. Good beers, great ambiance, they say.
- BonSouth, Koramangala. You probably need more than 24 hours to have time and space for this one! I didn’t make it, but they say Bon South is a contemporary take on South Indian cuisine in a finer ambiance. Sounds like it’s worth a try.
- Toscano, UB City. If you’re in the mood for something more romantic, let it be Toscano; their Italian food is delightful, and the salads and pastas are a must try.
Over to you, what would you recommended trying (or doing) within 24 hours in Bangalore?
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Featured image by Sandip Bhattacharya.