- A Tranquil Respite.
Bangalore may be growing, but amid the traffic and high rises you’ll find 197-acre Cubbon Park in the center of town. Built by the British in the late 1800s, the park is surrounded by historical, neoclassical buildings and is full of Banyan trees, bamboo groves, flowering plants and unique bird species, such as green-bee eaters. Rise early and join the locals who come to walk and jog here.
- Coffee Break.
India may be best known for tea, but the country also produces quality coffee in the south and the northeast. Sample different single-origin Indian coffees at Café Coffee Day Square just across the street from Cubbon Park. The café also sells whole bean or ground coffee if you want to bring home a taste of India.
- Modern Art.
Time & Space and Sublime are two trendy art galleries worth exploring. Visitors will find a well-curated selection of contemporary art from throughout India.
- Raj Living.
Feel like royalty as you explore the rooms and grounds of Bangalore Palace. This architectural marvel took more than 80 years to build and was decorated with the finest furnishings imported from around the globe. The ballroom exemplifies the palace’s opulence, done up in polished teak from the forests of Myanmar and cut-glass chandeliers.
- Dine in Style.
Peruse Bangalore’s luxury shopping destination, UB City mall. Shop the wares at Armani, Jimmy Choo and Ferragamo, then enjoy dinner at one of the many onsite eateries.
- Urban Jungle.
You could easily spend an entire day wandering the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Hyder Ali, the emperor of Mysore, laid down the groundwork for the 2,400-acre park in the 18th century. His son, Tipu Sultan, completed his vision, importing exotic plants from France, Afghanistan and Persia. Today, the gardens hold the distinction of having the largest collection of rare plants in India.
- Dosa Tasting.
Sampige Road, in the Malleswaram neighborhood, is ground zero for dosas, the savory crêpes that are a South Indian staple. New Sri Sagar, known locally as Central Tiffin Room, is arguably the most beloved dosas spot in the city. There’s no menu, but ask for the classic and your server will deliver a piping hot, potato-stuffed crêpe.
- It’s Showtime.
Built in memory of Tirumakudalu Chowdiah, India’s music maestro who pioneered the use of the seven-stringed violin, Chowdiah Memorial Hall was appropriately built in the shape of a violin. One of Bangalore’s most photographed buildings, the hall has also emerged as a national center for music, arts and theater.
- A Proper Pint.
Bangalore’s burgeoning craft beer scene has earned it the nickname Pub City. Popular spots for a pour include Biere Club, which was the city’s first microbrewery, Windmills and Arbor.
- Eggs Every Way.
A short auto-rickshaw ride from Cubbon Park, the Egg Factory reimagines the egg beyond your standard breakfast dishes. Sure, the menu has your standard omelets and
over easy, but it also has entire sections dedicated to egg-focused pastas, rice dishes and even curries like egg vindaloo.
- Sensory Overload.
Be prepared for sensory overload (in the best way) when you visit Gandhi Bazaar. This busy market in Basavanagudi, one of the oldest areas in the city, is known for its flower and condiment hawkers. Let yourself get lost in the bustle as you weave your way past fragrant spice vendors, sari shops and colorful piles of flowers used for
- Learn Indian Mythology.
Near Gandhi Bazaar, the Bull Temple is an enormous granite monolith of Nandi (the Bull). This is thought to be the only temple where the vaahana, or vehicle, of the God gets precedence over the master, or the Hindu God, Shiva. The giant bull is surrounded by idols of the god Surya and the goddess Chandra, riding on their chariots.
- Toast to City Views.
End the day at Bang, the highest rooftop bar and restaurant in the city, at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. Nibble on mezze platters and sip creative cocktails as celebrity DJs perform against a stunning backdrop of city views.