Great weather, eclectic places to eat and the soothing greenery make Bangalore a nice weekend getaway. Be it strolling through the serene Cubbon Park, sampling some South-Indian delicacies at local joints or unwinding over a freshly brewed beer, Bangalore has the right elements for a quick break. If you’re worried about the infamous traffic situation, don’t fret, weekends are a breeze compared to the weekdays. So, if you’re travelling for work and want to extend your stay or if you want to plan a short weekend break, here’s your complete Bangalore travel and food guide!
Where to stay?
If you want to pamper yourself and you are comfortable shelling out a few extra bucks, the ITC Windsor Manor is worth the premium. It has a very charming and Victorian vibe to it. Think ornate furniture, huge bookcases, old school telephones and wooden floors. The Manor rooms are plush and spacious and so are the bathrooms. That hot water bubble bath is just what you need to relax and de-stress. Room prices start at Rs. 9000/night.
If you’re not looking to spend that much, then you can check out My Fortune on Richmond road which is centrally located with comfortable rooms and great hospitality.
Don’t opt for a stay with breakfast, instead step out to get a taste of authentic South-Indian breakfast delicacies. Walk into Brahmin Tiffins & Coffee, Jayanagar and the smell of filter coffee will give you a warm welcome. Hot idlis, crispy medu wadas coupled with some tasty coconut chutney is a great start to the day. Do not ask for sambar, it’s considered sacrilegious! Sambar is traditionally had only with rice and most of the local restaurants live up to that.
If you’re in the mood for some English Breakfast, then you can try Om Made Café, Kormangala. It’s a gorgeous rooftop place and dishes out some lovely crepes, sandwiches and smoothies. Café Noir at Lavelle Road is another personal favourite! Their delicious golden-crusted quiche, and creamy yet light strawberry tart can make your morning! They also have a wide spread of egg dishes and sandwiches and coffee of course. Psst! They also have an outlet at the airport so I always get to the airport a little early to grab a quick bite because I absolutely dread airline food.
De-stressing Spa therapies
Set inside a charming heritage bungalow, Spa.ce at Cunningham Road, transports you to a bygone era. The vibe of the spa itself is so soothing that you immediately zone out and start feeling relaxed. From foot massages to body scrubs to body massages, they have it all! So take your pick and pamper yourself! It’s just what the doctor ordered after a long week at work!
For girls who want to pamper their tresses (Sorry boys, this ain’t for you!) head to The Blend Room, Richmond Town for some natural and chemical free hair spas. Yes, we’re talking about hibiscus paste, cocoa, olive oil and hair butter to give your hair and face the nutrients it needs to get the bounce and glow back! A cute little parlour, they have a range of natural hairicials and facials to choose from. I recommend taking an appointment in advance!
Where to get lunch?
For lunch, I would suggest some fusion cuisine which is a modern take on South-Indian cuisine. After all, you’re in Bangalore and you should get a taste of the local delicacies, but with a twist. The Permit Room, Richmond Town does some great fusion food. Their mushrooms in tamarind sauce served with appam will leave you wanting for more. The Puliogare poppers (crumb fried rice balls) are addictive. Non-vegetarians can try the Nizami Haleem samosas and the Chicken Ghee Roast. Another option is Go Native in Jayanagar. Let me warn you that it’s vegetarian, but still whips up some lip-smacking and innovative food. Their menu is seasonal and keeps changing. They believe in the concept of sustainability and source their organic produce from local farmers. This place also has a quirky home décor store, if you want to shop after your meal.
If fusion food is not your cup of tea, head to Pot-o-Noodles, Lavelle Road for some delectable Asian cuisine. Their ramen is like happiness in a bowl. They have an elaborate menu with dimsums, cuurries, donburis and ramen burgers on offer.
Post lunch dessert craving is normal and Bangalore’s iconic Corner House is a must. I would recommend the Hot Chocolate Fudge and the Toffee Cake with Caramel sauce sprinkled with nuts. Worth every calorie!
Bar Hopping in Bangalore
Any piece on Bangalore is incomplete without its famous breweries and bars. I am a Gin lover and hence I am biased towards Toast and Tonic, Richmond for their absolutely delish Gin and Tonics! My personal favourite is British Raj which has a dash of pomegranate and cinnamon and served with rose petal cucumber ice. Beer lovers can try the popular Toit in Indiranagar! I am not much of a beer person so I can’t personally comment on the brews, but they come highly recommended by friends. I personally love the vibe of this place. The food also does not disappoint. Arbour Brewing Company also comes in highly recommended. Monkey Bar and The Fatty Bao are your usual suspects. But, if you’ve already visited them in your city, then other local bars worth visiting are The Black Rabbit, Communiti and The Tipsy Bull (which works on a stock market concept of prices of the liquor fluctuating as per demand and supply).
Which are your favourite hangout places in Bangalore?
PS: All places suggested above are within close proximity of each other and achievable over two days.
This guest post is contributed by Sunami Paigankar who is a travel enthusiast. When she isn’t busy working as a full-time marketing professional, she loves writing about her travel escapades on her blog The Hungry Trotter.