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Culinary Tour

Bangalore is a foodie’s paradise. Your senses will be in overdrive as you tour the bustling markets, full of fragrant spices and exotic ingredients, and sample iconic dishes like the dosa, a pancake-like snack beloved by locals. From family-run restaurants that have been around for decades to modern eateries embracing an organic-local ethos, you’ll find plenty of options for dining out. India may be known for tea, but in Bangalore, locals are more likely to embrace craft beer.

Day

1

MORNING
  • A Walk in the Park.

    Lace up your sneakers and join locals for a morning walk or jog in Cubbon Park, a 197-acre green space in the center of town. 

  • Fare Start.

    Head back to The Market at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, where the rich aromas of coffee and tea will wake you right up. Choose from baked goods, egg dishes and fresh parfaits to help you fuel up for the day. 

MIDDAY
  • Market Tour.

    Get schooled in India’s most popular cooking ingredients at Gandhi Bazaar, a busy market in Basavanagudi, one of the oldest areas in the city. Known for its condiment hawkers, the market feels like a dizzying, fragrant maze of colorful stalls. Seek out Sri Manjunatha Condiments. One of the oldest stores in the bazaar, it sells close to 450 products ranging from pickles and sambar to chikki and kodubale. The owners will happily give you a tutorial in the exotic ingredients.

  • Divine Dosas.

    Vidyarthi Bhavan, on the Dandhi Bazaar main road, makes one of the best masala dosas in town. This Southern Indian snack staple is similar to a large crêpe stuffed with potatoes and dozens of spices.

AFTERNOON
  • Wine Country.

    India is home to some surprisingly delicious wines. Hire a car and make the hourlong trip to Grover Zampa Vineyards on the outskirts of the city at the foot of the Nandi Hills. One of India’s oldest and most respected vineyards, Grover offers three-hour tours of its 410-acre vineyards. You’ll finish with a tasting in the barrel room (don’t miss their La Reserve range) and lunch overlooking the vineyards.

EVENING
  • Northern Flavors.

    Take a culinary journey through Northern India during dinner at Riwaz, the fine-dining restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. Your server can help you navigate the menu of iconic dishes like tandoori aloo (potato stuffed with nuts, cottage cheese and pomegranate) and chopan kebab (lamb chops steeped in a spice hung yogurt and
    sour cream marinade). Save room for dessert. India is known for its sweets and you won’t want to miss the gulab jamun (cheese dumplings drizzled in a saffron-flavored sugar syrup). 

Day

2

MORNING
  • Botanical Wonder.

    The lovely Lalbagh Botanical Garden, a 2,400-acre park dating back to the 18th century, today holds the distinction of having the largest collection of rare and exotic plants in India.

  • Tiffin Brunch.

    Mavalli Tiffin Room is a local institution, and its brunch spread serves dishes rarely found elsewhere in the city. Opened in 1924, the restaurant serves Southern Indian comfort food including not-to-miss dishes like kesari bhath, a porridge flavored with ghee, cashews, raisins and saffron, and rava idli (steamed semolina cakes made with yogurt, coriander, curry leaves and mustard seeds).

AFTERNOON
  • Discover Hyderabad’s Rice Dish.

    Each region of India proudly boasts a distinct cuisine, and Bangalore has always been a melting pot of cultures, with culinary influences from regions like Hyderabad, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The next best thing to making a trip to the source is to get a taste of the regional cuisine at either Meghana Biryani Foods or Nagarjuna on Residency Road. Both restaurants specialize in biriyani, a casserole-like baked rice dish.

  • Eco Home Goods.

    Take home sustainably crafted souvenirs from Go Native in Jayanagar, where the products are from local designers. Shop lighting from Purple Turtles and fresh jams from Martha’s Preserves, which are delivered straight from a farm. The space also has a yoga studio and a farm-to-fork café.

EVENING
  • Pub City.

    Visit Bangalore’s first microbrewery, the Biere Club, and you’ll get a firsthand look at the city’s craft brew mania. In addition to traditional styles, like stouts and lagers, the taps also pour creative brews like chilly lime and mango ale. The pub regularly hosts live music from popular singers like Vikramjit Singh.

  • China Town.

    Designed to resemble its namesake, The Lantern at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore combines an informal Chinese fine dining experience with cutting edge nightlife. Savor masterful dim sum served from wheeled carts and flavorful regional delicacies that embrace China’s proud gastronomic heritage.