What's up Bangalore April 2011
April 2011 - Vol 2 Issue 2
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Nagar: +91 80 2658 6677 Rajajinagar: +91 80 2342 5782 Subhash Nagar: +91 80 2287 0099 / 2287 3377 BMTC Depots City Market: +91 80 2295 2331 / 2295 6233 Shivajinagar: +91 80 2295 2321 / 2295 2323 Indian Railways: Railways Call Center: 139 Railways Accident Enquiry:1072 Banashankari (Reservation): +91 80 2671 0050 Cantonment: +91 80 2226 8554 Cab Services: City Safari: +91 99722 29999 Meru: +91 80 44224422 EasyCabs:+91 80 4343 4343 Cel Cabs: +91 80 6060 9090 Silicon City Taxi: +91 99009 90052 Dial-an-Auto Easy Auto: +91 98441 12233 Dial-a-Number Just Dial: +91 80 2333 3333 / 6999 9999 Phone Karo: +91 80 2222 2222 CREMATORIA / UNDERTAKERS Mukthidhama: +91 80 6596 9041 Chirashanthi ohama: +91 80 2598 8128 Alectric Cramatorium: +91 80 2271 9208 / 2691 5420 Indian Christian Cemetary: +91 80 2229 2930 Khuddus Burial Ground: +91 80 2559 6099 / 99006 43832 Kumar & Co international: +91 80 2336 7925 / 98802 82446 AIRPORT PICKUPS/DROP Airlift : 107, Sherwood Suites, 17/2, Varthur Main Road, AIRPORT GUIDE The Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) is set in Devanahalli, 40 km north from the city center. On arrival, you can avail of the airport authorised taxi services, which include Easy Cabs, Meru Cabs and KSTDC from BIAL to the city centre. The 'Airport Taxi' signage installed at the baggage claim areas point you in the direction of the 'taxi boarding point', situated outside the Arrivals building. The taxi fare to get to the heart of the city comes to about Rs 800, one-way. The most convenient and costeffective way to get to the city from the airport is to use the BIAS buses. These air-conditioned Volvo buses depart every 15 minutes to various locations around the city. The bus fare is about Rs 100-200, one-way. p 06 whats helpful? Marathahalli Phone : +91 80 4242 6100 KK Cabs : 84/d,4th main, 4th Cross, New Tippasandra, Hal 3rd Stage, Phone : +91 80 4151 9999 Zoom Airport Express: No. 602, A Wing, 6th Floor, Queen Apartments, Queens Road Phone : +91 80 6561 1999/421 96161 Easy Cabs : No. 602, A Wing, 6th Floor, Queen Apartments, Queens Road Mathikere. Phone : +91 80 4343 4343 Meru Cabs No. 90/4, 2nd Floor, Zonasha Alpha Bulding, Munikolalu Village, Varthur, Marathahalli. Phone : +91 80 4422 4422 TOUR OPERATORS Comfort Holidays Pvt Ltd 1647/1, Hal 3rd Stage, Indiranagar, Phone : +91 80 2529 5828/2528 6086 Thomas Cook India Pvt Ltd No.70 Vimal Chambers, MG Road. Phone : +91 80 4123 6767/2558 9844 Cox And Kings India Ltd No.22, BMH Complex, KH Road. Phone : +91 80 2207 1000 Sotc Tours & Travels No 6, Malliks Embassy, 1st Floor, Infantry Road Phone : +91 80 6628 4444/6628 4462 KSTDC No.8, Pannappa Street, Tourism House, St Marks Road Phone: +91 80 413 9211 Conti Travels No.66, Gandhi Tower, Richmond Road Phone: +91 80 3292 9977/2221 1632 Shree Raj Travels & Tours Pvt Ltd Bangalore Central, Residency Road, Phone: +91 80 6693 0277/6693 0278 Travel Corporation India Ltd No.9, Dhondusa Complex, Residency Road, Phone: +91 80 2210 5826 Hammock Leisure Holidays Pvt Ltd 87/1, 2nd Stage, Indiranagar Phone: 080-42023333/ 25219000 International Travel House Ltd 85, Sheriff House, Richmond Road, Phone: +91 80 4147 7788 Sita World Travels India Ltd 1, Sita House, St Mark's Road Phone: +91 80 4112 1861 Stic Travels Pvt Ltd G-5, Imperial Court, Cunningham Road, Phone: +91 80 2226 7613 Marcopolo Travels & Tours Pvt Ltd 2. Janardhan Towers, Residency Road Phone: +91 80 4122 1222 Ballal Tourist Corporation 74/4, 3rd Cross, Residency Road Phone: +91 80 2559 7275 Clipper Holidays Suite 406, Regency Enclave, 4, Magrath Road, Phone: +91 80 4112 3480 Alpine Travels & Tours Pvt Ltd 101-BMB Centre, Infantry Road, Phone:+91 80 2286 8077 Chartered Leisure Holidays 51/25, Sury, Rathna Complex, M G Road Phone: +91 80 2532 0606/2532 0707 Suhalaya Travels Pvt Ltd st st 16 B, 1 Floor, 1 Street, Ulsoor Phone: +91 80 4132 0084 Southern Travels Pvt Ltd Hotel Rajkamal Complex, Near Sivananda Stores Kumara Park East Phone: +91 80 2226 2633, 2237 5536 Pavit Tours & Travels No.g16, Brigade Plaza, Behind Rado Watch Showroom, Anandrao Circle, Gandhinagar Phone: +91 80 4113 8465, 4122 4446 Hkb Tours & Travels No.4-n, Unity Building, Opp To Jet Airways, J C Road Phone: +91 80 2212 7101 Jagadish Tours Mantri Square, LG 40 1, Sampige Road, Malleswaram T: 080-+91 9008099999 Purple Pause Holidays 1st Floor, 2nd Main MLA Layout, RT Nagar T: 080-9880011091 Trillophilia 4th Floor, 2628, 27th Main, 1st Sector, HSR Layout, T: 080-42134915 Make My Trip 136, Unit No. 301, Cears Plaza FM Cariappa Road T: 080-40688500 CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS K. Ravi & Associates M-12, Unity Building, J. C. Road, Bangalore - 560 002 Phone: +91 80 2224 0289 K. Raghu & Co. M-11, Unity Building, J. C. Road, Bangalore - 560 002 Phone: +91 80 2224 0020 Kothari & Kothari 41/42, 2nd Floor, Pamadi Mansion, Avenue Road Phone: +91 80 2221 6515 Rishi R Jain 9/1, Mahalaxmi Chambers, 1st Floor, M G Road Phone: +91 80 4126 6917 R Singhvi & Associates F-113, Central Chambers, 2nd Main, Gandhinagar Phone: +91 80 2228 1573 Miranda & Co 44/45, 2nd Floor, Vinayaka Complex, Residency Road Phone: +91 80 2559 4652 Ernst & Young Pvt Ltd 12, 13th Floor, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road Phone: +91 80 4027 5000/4118 6181 Deloitte Haskins & Sells 100/2, Anchorage, 2 Deloitte Centre, Richmond Road Phone: +91 80 6627 6000 JM Morgan Stanley Ltd 97/4, Aga Abdullah Street, Residency Road Phone: +91 80 2299 8264 GV Sunder & Co th 3/5, 4 Unity Building, J C Road Phone: +91 80 2227 5160 RSS & Co 102, Chicago Avenue, Cunningham Road Phone: +91 80 3058 0291/3058 0292 KP Rao & Co 25, Poornima Building, St. Mark's Road Phone: +91 80 2558 7385 AJS & Associates rd 312/314, 3 Floor, Vinayala Complex, Residency Road Phone: +91 80 2221 9261/62 Fraser & Ross 100/2, Anchorage 2, Deloite Centre, Richmond Road Phone: +91 80 6627 6331 ASA Associates 1/17, Hanumantappa Layout, Ulsoor Road Phone: +91 80 4151 0751 RS Agarwal & Co 48, Neetha Nanda Building, Lavelle Road Phone: +91 80 2212 7995 AF Ferguson & Co 11, Ashley Park Road, Phone: +91 80 2558 1894 BC Anand & Co 256, 3 Floor, K S Complex, Chickpet Circle Phone: +91 80 2287 3112 Devraj Kothari & Co 413/414, 2nd Floor, Alankar Plaza, K. G. Road Phone: +91 80 2287 5392 SVR & Associates S-3, Mangalam Chambers, 25, K H Road Phone: +91 80 2224 0210 SSP Khurana & Co 403, 4 Floor Janak Residncy, 2, Kumarakripa Road Phone: +91 80 2220 5829 LAWYERS Praveen Prabhakar India Law Practice-ILP st nd 7/5, 1 Floor, 2 Main, Palace Cross Road Phone: +91 80 2356 1220/3201 9490 Vivek Anand Anthony Britto th st 633, 5 Main, Indiranagar, 1 Stage Phone: +91 80 2525 0646 Lawyers Inc th 15/2, 12 Block, Kumar Park West Phone: +91 80 4155 3014 Conscientia st th 76/1, 1 Floor, 7 Cross, Wilson Garden Phone: +91 80 4131 1607 Fox Mandal & Associates 6/12, Fm House, Primrose Road Phone: +91 80 2559 5911 Legal Solutions 911, 9th Floor, Brigade Towers, 135, Brigade Road Phone: +91 80 4111 7141 KR Chawla & Sons 302-a, Cears Plaza, No.136, Residency Road Phone: +91 80 4112 8561 MV Kini & Co 4, 2nd Floor, Alexander Street, Richmond Town Phone: +91 80 4114 4702/2221 1434 Singhania & Co 204 A, Mittal Towers, 6, M G Road Phone: +91 80 6636 7249 Premier Law Associates 907 B, Mittal Towers, M G Road Phone: +91 80 2558 5700 King & Partridge Associates 48, Hitananda, Lavelle Road Phone: +91 80 2221 2341 Indus Law Associates 301, 2nd Floor, Infantry Road Phone: +91 80 2532 5821 Kocchar & Co 202, Prestige Meridien, 30, M G Road Phone: +91 80 4112 4994 Dacosta & Dacosta 403, 4th Floor, Prestige Meridien, No.11, M G Road Phone: +91 80 2558 4060 Uday Shanker Associates Fortune Chambers, 1st Floor, No. 8, Lalbagh Road, Richmond Circle, Phone: +91 80 4141 0006/ 4141 0007 Vijaya Shanker Associates 23, Sankey Road Phone: +91 80 2226 8276, 2225 0930 p 08 whats helpful? FOREIGN EXCHANGE Reliance Money Exchange Ltd 9, Malliks Embassy, Union Street, Infantry Road Phone: +91 80 6628 4463/6628 4464 Pheroze Framroze & Co Richmond Plaza, Raja Ram Mogan Roay Road, Phone: +91 80 2222 7194/2221 1025 Euro Change India Pvt Ltd 514/515, Oxford Towers, 139, Airport Road Phone: +91 80 4152 9421/4152 9422 Forex Point 18, Commercial Street Phone: +91 80 2559 4180 Zion Money Changes Pvt Ltd 105/1, Shakti Bazaar, Commercial Street Phone: +91 80 2559 2079 Wall Street Finance Ltd 3, House Of Loords, 13/14, St Mark's Road Phone: +91 80 3296 2679 TT Forex Ltd 33/1 Imperial Court, 180, Cunningham Road 10 Phone: +91 80 2225 1201/2225 4337 Thomas Cook India Ltd 55, Pavilion Building, M G Road Phone: +91 80 2558 1338 Sln Forex Service Pvt Ltd th 28/3, 5 Main Road, Gandhinagar Phone: +91 80 2235 3388 Zain Foriegn Money Exchange D4, 1/a, Tnr Chamber, Church Street Phone: +91 99455 82119 Temptations Foreign Exchange 2nd Floor, Dubai Plaza, Rest House Road, Brigade Road Phone: +91 80 6568 6896 AA Foreign Money Exchange No.917, 26-27, 9th Floor, Raheja Tower, M G Road Phone: 96633 11214, 97394 83462 Multi Foreign Money Exhange No.f-130, Brigade Garden, 1st Floor, Church Street Phone: +91 80 6649 5108 Poundwise Forex Pvt Ltd Atm-1, Rmz Infinity, Concourse Area, Old Madras Road Phone: +91 80 6681 5023 UAE Exchange & Financial Services Ltd Ng 12 & 13, Ground Floor, North Block, Dickenson Road, Manipal Center, M G Road Phone: +91 80 6649 8180 Choice Link Foreign Exchange No.96, Singapore Plaza, Next To Koutons, Commercial Street Phone: +91 80 6649 5940 Vision Forex Pvt Ltd No. B-8, Opp Jayadeva Hospital, Next To Airtel Mobility Centre, 1st Main, Keb Hbcs Layout, Btm 1st Stage, Bannerghatta Road Phone: +91 80 6649 0550 PACKERS & MOVERS Four Winds 4th B, Ngef Industrial Estate, Mahadevapura Phone: +91 80 4116 3226 Agarwal Packers & Movers No.166, 4th Cross, K S Garden, Lalbagh Road Phone: +91 80 2222 9045, 2224 4171 Leo Packers & Movers No.48, Opp High Gate Hotel, Church Street Phone: +91 80 2532 0053 Bangalore Packers & Movers No.2, Rameshwaram Temple Building, 1st Cross, 3rd Main, Chamarajpet Phone: +91 80 4155 2777, 4130 4888 Presitige Packers & Movers No.7, 4th Shope Lane, Tata Silk Farm, Basavanagudi Phone: +91 80 6649 7097 Duke Pacekrs Movers No.126, Aslam Arcade, Opp Richies Hotel, Frazer Town Phone: +91 80 6649 5542 World Packers&movers No.130, 2nd Main, 1st Cross, 2nd Sector, Hsr Layout Phone: +91 80 6649 6001 Neo Packers & Movers No.3/1, 1st Main Raod, Shampura, R T Nagar Phone: +91 80 6649 3220 Nova Pavkers & Movers No.1050, Sai Dry Cleaners, Hsr Lyt, 7th Sector, 8th B Main Road, Koramangala, Phone: +91 80 6598 5991, 2572 5715 Vishal Packers & Movers Opp Kanteerava Studio, Yeshwanthpur Phone: 98456 58547, 93798 29547 VISA ASSISTANCE UK Visa Facilitation Services 304, Prestige Centre Point, Cunningham Road Phone: +91 80 3292 9264 Edwise International 305, Manipal Centre, 3rd Floor, 47, Dickenson Road Phone: +91 80 2559 0355 Consolidated Support Services 26/27, 6th Floor, East Wing Raheja Towers, M G Road Phone: +91 80 2559 6806/8962 Worldwide Immigration Consultancy Services st 21 Floor, Krishvi, Airport Road, Domlur Phone: +91 80 6559 3357 World Visa Consultants S-211, Manipal Centre, Dickenson Road Phone: +91 80 4110 1201/02 Global Gateways 59, Money Point, K H Road Phone: +91 80 4114 2233 Visa Master No.103, Raheja Arcade, Near Forum, Koramangala Phone: +91 99725 34460, 98861 98278 Script Legal Service India Pvt Ltd No.303, Villa Maria Apt, No.24, Near Banaswadi Railway Station, 6th Cross, Hutchins Road Phone: +91 80 6681 5081 Sigma Visa Consultation & Documentary Services No 20-9a, Near Wilson Garden, FACTS ABOUT THE CITY engineering colleges in India � the city boasts 21 specialist engineering colleges according to recent estimates. 4. Bangalore has shown maximum growth over the past two decades, thanks to the information technology boom � having grown ten-fold it is one of India's fastest growing metros. 5. First a Cantonment town, then a Garden City, Bangalore has now transformed itself into the Silicon Valley of India. The hi-tech city purportedly has the highest number of software companies (212) in the country 6. The traffic density in Bangalore is one of the highest in the country. Traffic congestion is a big urban problem with road space in the city standing at an inadequate 11.9 percent of the total city area. 7. Bangalore has the largest number of pubs in India, from whence it got its legendary epithet of 'Pub City'. Incidentally, the prevalence of tobacco smokers in the city is also the highest in the country at 33.6%. 8. Bangalore's has the second-highest literacy rate for an Indian metropolis (after Mumbai), and is pegged at 83%. 9. There are over 15 lakh migrant workers in the city, who have come here in search of livelihood. 10. Bangalore is a prominent tourist destination. According to the Bengaluru International Airport, the city's passenger air traffic was 8.71 million for 2008-09. The airport has the capacity to handle 14 million passengers per year. All you wanted to know about Bangalore, but never asked We feature ten intriguing facts about Bangalore that might just take you by surprise. Read on: 1. Bangalore is a truly cosmopolitan city with the local Kannadiga community estimated to make up anywhere between 38 and 50% of the city's six million-plus population. The rest comprises of Tamils, the second-largest community, followed by a sizeable section of Teluguites, Keralites, settlers from north India and Bengalis. Migrants from the North East and expatriates also make the third most populous city in the country their home. 2. Bangalore was the first city in India to get electricity. In 1906, the city was electrified with the setting up of a hydroelectric plant in Shivanasamudra. 3. Bangalore has the highest number of p 10 whats helpful? 7th Cross, Someshwara Nagar Phone: +91 80 6681 6804 Page Overseas No.77-1, Rajasa Apartment, Near Himanshu School, 4th Main, Malleswaram Phone: +91 80 6649 6633 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Indo-american Chamber Of Commerce nd 205, 2 Floor, Hvs Court, 21, Cunningham Road Phone: +91 80 2220 3366/4114 8325 www.iaccindia.org Indo-German Chamber of Commerce th 4 Floor, 403, Shah Sultan Complex, Cunningham Road Phone: +91 80 2226 5650 www.indo-german.com Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce 503, Prestige Centre Point, 7, Edward Road Phone: +91 80 2226 4130 www.indiaitaly.com Indo-Japanese Chamber of Commerce &industry 63-b, 13th Cross, J P Nagar, Phase III Phone: +91 80 2658 0466/3522 www.ijcci.com British Trade Office Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Cross Road Phone: +91 80 2210 0200/300/691 The Canadian Trade Office 103, Prestige Meridien, 1, 29, M G Road Phone: +91 80 2559 9418/2558/1116 www.infoexport.gc.ca/in French Trade Commission C/o Alliance Franchise De Bangalore, Millers Tank Road, Vasantnagar Phone: +91 80 2220 0767/2238 1247 Japan External Trade Organization 407-408, Prestige Meridien Ii, 30, M G Road Phone: +91 80 4113 8168/2559 3133 British Council Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Cross Road Phone: +91 80 2248 9220 Britishcouncil.org/india.htm Queensland Govt Trade & Investment No 106, Embassy Square, 148, Infantry Road Phone: +91 80 4153 1401/02 www.export.qld.gov.au The Trade Representation Of The Russian Federation State Enterprises Central Research Radio Technical Institute Unit 1007, 10th Floor, 29, Prestige Institute, 1, M G Road Phone: +91 80 2509 5248 US Commercial Service 52, 2nd Floor, Esteem Oracle, Red Cross Bhavan, Race Course Road, Phone: +91 80 222 06401 www.buyusa.gov/india/en Alliance Francaise De Bangalore 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasantnagar Phone: +91 80 4123 1340/1344 www.afindia.org/bangalore Bangalore Expatriate Club www.bangalore-expatriateclub.com Max Mueller Bhavan 716, CMH Road Indiranagar T: 080-25205302 ] DIY BANGALORE While Bangalore is a safe and friendly city to negotiate, we list some must-dos and just-don'ts to make your stay more rewarding � the day-long Opt for sightseeing tour, 'Bangalore Rounds' offered by the BMTC. This trip, in an airconditioned Volvo bus, covers the city's prominent tourist sights. The tour kicks off at 8am daily from the Kempegowda Bus Stand in Majestic. Call 080-12667 to reserve a seat. Fresco's, Rogue Elephant, Raintree Cafe, Java City, Mocha and Caf� Cofee Day and Barista outlets. � a play or a dance/music performance at Catch Rangashankara, Chowdaiah Memorial hall or Ravindra Kalakshetra. Local theatre groups as well as those from out-of-town perform at these venues on a regular basis. � Mall rats can spend an entire day shopping and eating at Bangalore's numerous malls � Garuda, Forum, Mantri Square and Sigma are some of the popular ones. � ample time to explore the hundreds of Do allot restaurants dotting the city, offering a smorgasbord of global cuisines. From gourmet restaurants to small eateries, there's something to suit different budgets and food proclivities. Just follow your nose! � A pub-hop is must-do when in Bangalore. Enjoy beers or cocktails at any of the city's pubs and lounge bars. Or just follow the pub trail along the Church Street-Residency Road axis. � Bangalore is a big wellness destination. So do take time out to indulge in holistic therapies at its numerous luxury spas and Ayurvedic centres. Flip to our 'What's the Secret' section for recommendations. � To explore the innards of the city, we suggest you try the 'Bangalore Walks'. These guided walking tours are a refreshing way to discover the history and landscape of specific areas. Trails include the Traditional Bangalore walk, the Victorian Bangalore walk, the Lalbagh walk etc. Log onto bangalorewalks.com for details. Do's � shopping is your thing, then do walk If street the bylanes of Commercial Street, Brigade Road and Shivajinagar. You can expect to find interesting bric-a-brac, and unusual clothes and jewellery at bargain prices. � at MTR on Lalbagh Road and Stop by Vidyarthi Bhavan in Gandhi Bazaar to sample a crisp, buttery masala dosa and a cup of superstrong filter coffee. These eateries tend to be rather crowded, but the wait is definitely worthwhile. � are heading to Mysore, make a stop en If you route at Janapada Loka, a folk art museum on Mysore Road. Round off the tour with a delicious traditional North Karnataka meal at Kamat Lokaruchi, set next to the museum. Cubbon � Park, Lalbagh and the Bannerghatta National Park are the green lungs of Bangalore. These massive parks are part of the city's heritage and a must-visit on any tourist itinerary. Afternoons are well-spent sampling the city's � numerous cafes. Koshy's, India Coffee House and Airlines Hotel are some old favourites, while the new breed includes Caf� Noir, Caf� HOW THE CITY GOT IT'S NAME Legend has it that king Veera Ballala, an 11th Century Hoysala ruler, lost his way around the jungle while on a hunting expedition. Tired and hungry from his wanderings, he came across a poor and old woman who offered him a delicious meal of boiled beans. Touched by her kindness, the ruler christened the town � 'Benda Kaal Ooru' or the City of Boiled Beans. This boiled bean town may have a long way since Veera Ballala's times. But the DNA of the city has remained intact with the same streak hospitality coursing through it even today. A fact made evident by the scores of diverse people from around India who live in Bangalore, and feel at home in it. p 11 whats helpful? Dont's � Bangalore's pubs, clubs and restaurants shut at 11.30pm, Cinderella-style. So don't start your evening too late in order to get sufficient time for merriment. � fall for demands by Don't auto drivers for excess fare. Pay by the meter, which starts at a minimum fare of Rs 17. After 9pm, however, auto fares go up by 150%, i.e. one and a half times the meter fare. � travelling during peak hours as traffic Avoid clogs up along arterial roads, ring roads and the main roads leading to the various IT parks. � shy away from seeking the help of locals Don't if you are in need of help or directions. Bangaloreans are known to be a warm and friendly race, so do make contact. Women � travelling alone after 10pm should avoid public transport. Opt for cabs instead � Meru Cabs and Easy Cabs operate across the city. Also, avoid walking alone on lonely stretches or dark streets late at night. � leave your bags unattended. PickDo not pockets and bag snatchers are known to operate in crowded places like bus stands and on buses too. � head to restaurants without making Do not dinner reservations, especially on weekends. Most lounge bars and restaurants take table bookings. � use unauthorised cabs to ride into the Do not city from the Bengaluru International Airport, even if taxi touts try to court you at the airport. Use only 'airport authorised' taxi services, which include Easy Cabs, Meru Cabs and KSTDC. The 'Airport Taxi' signage installed at the baggage claim areas will point you in the direction. monetize, advertize! call +9180 4040 2321 / 22 fax +9180 2346 4353 +91 99800 31145 email firstname.lastname@example.org website www.whatsupguide.com BANGALORE AT A GLANCE Bangalore is a multifaceted city that has worn multiple identities. In its past lives, the city has been a Cantonment town and a quiet pensioners' retreat with a surfeit of gardens and lakes, best-known for its pitch-perfect weather. In its present incarnation, the city is a humming and buzzing technopolis choc a bloc with software campuses, IT parks and a teeming community of techies. Gone is the sleepy Bangalore of yesterday � today's Bengaluru is a city with a galloping growth rate, bustling traffic, booming realty, a cosmopolitan migrant population and the tag of a global city. Riding on the back of the IT boom over the last two decades, hip-new Bangalore is a feel-good place with glitzy malls, posh night spots, trendy restaurants and a gushy pace of life. But if you think it's all just nouveau razzle-dazzle, you're pretty far off the mark. This city of contradictions has not lost its abiding connection to the past. The mamis (traditional south Indian women) of Malleswaram, the Benne dosas (buttered rice and lentil crepe) in Basavanagudi and the Carnatic music kacheris (concerts of classical south Indian music) at Chamrajpet are also very much part of the Bangalore rubric. Alongside the sprawling apartment complexes and th new satellite suburbs are 19 century British churches and streets with quaint colonial names. Bangalore is ultimately a melting pot of people, cultures and ways of life, where new flavours are constantly intermingling with the old in interesting ways. This pot has its dents for sure � creaking infrastructure, potholed roads and inadequate public transport. But shrugging these off and trundling along cheerfully through the zillionth Metro-construction-related traffic jam is what the indefatigable Bangalorean spirit is about. Laidback and driven in equal measures, trendy and simple all at once, welcome to intriguing Bangalore! LAUNDRY Fabric Spa 505, Ground floor, 1st stage, Indiranagar, CMH Road T: 080-42171471 Also at : Sadashivnagar T: 080-41532003 Koramangala, 7th block T: 080-41739348 Malleshwaram T: 080-22667244 Brookefield T: 080-42247225 Doddaballapura T: 080-25580243 White Rose Dry Cleaners 27, Subbaiah Circle, Mission Road T: 080-22075165 Also at : 45/1, 1st Cross, 1st Main Road Nandini Layout T: 080-23598553 p 12 whats helpful? whats around? places to see p 14 streets & markets p 20 malls p 20 art galleries p 23 cultural centres p 23 festivals p 24 city navigates p 25 PLACES TO SEE Vikasa Soudha Ambedkar Veedhi, Next to vicinity. Housing the City Central Library, this flame-red heritage building is similar to the Attara Kacheri in its architectural sensibilities. Bangalore Palace Just across the road from the Vidhana Soudha, sits a dramatic, bright red structure which houses Karnataka's State High Court. This 19th century brick and stone building originally housed the public offices of the British colonial government in Bangalore. In fact, 'Attara Kacheri' literally translates to 'eighteen offices', the number of departments that worked out of here. Built in the Graeco-Roman style with graceful Corinthian columns and dark-green wrought iron grillwork, the construction of this two-storied, terracottahued building was supervised by Commissioner Lewing Bowring, and was completed in 1868. An annexe was added on in 1995, which faithfully followed the original style of architecture. Watch out for the statue of Lord Cubbon astride his horse at the front of the Kacheri. Do stop by at the Sheshadri Memorial Hall in the Vidhana Soudha The Vidhana Soudha has recently cloned itself and its more modernist version sits to the south of the original. The 'Vikasa Soudha' was added as an extension as recently as 2005. This southern block houses more offices of the secretariat and is fitted with the latest amenities, while the structure of the building stays true to the original. The Vikasa Soudha is built in the same Neo-Dravidian style as its predecessor. Although it is not quite in the same majestic league as the Vidhana Soudha, this twin-building does add double the drama to the landscape. Attara Kacheri Vidhana Veedhi, Cubbon Park Vidhana Soudha Ambedkar Veedhi The Vidhana Soudha's onion-shaped dome rises majestically over the rest of Bangalore's skyline. Housing the offices of the State Legislature and the Government Secretariat, the Vidhana Soudha is also something of an architectural landmark. This neo-Dravidian edifice, built in 1956, is a fusion of four distinctive architectural prototypes � Dravidian, Rajasthani, Chola and IndoSaracenic. The gleaming structure created with locallyquarried granite was built during the regime of Kengal Hanumanthaiah, chief minister of the former Mysore State. As you wander around the imposing Vidhana Soudha and take in its larger than life dimensions � the towering domes, massive pillars, Rajasthani-style 'jharokhas' or balconies, archways and the grand stairway � do pay attention to the minutiae as well. The ornately carved frieze panels, pillars and doors are peppered with geometrical designs and floral motifs, reminiscent of the Hoysala sculptures in Halebid and Belur. As you take your gaze right to the top, you can also spy the national emblem of the Sarnath lion crowning the dome. While the Vidhana Soudha's exteriors are open to the public, access to the inside of the building is restricted. Go here on Sunday evenings when a lit-up Vidhana Soudha makes for an elegant visual spectacle. Palace Road, Tel: 2331 5789 This Tudor-style castle sprawls across 400 acres of the Palace Grounds and offers an interesting peek into the life of royal Wodeyars, the dynasty that ruled Mysore from 1399 to 1947. The Bangalore Palace draws inspiration from the Windsor Castle in England and lavishly replicates it, from looming fortified towers and turreted parapets to Gothic windows and sweeping arches. The embellishments in the form of floral motifs, fluorescent ceramic tiles, wooden carvings and painted ceilings are highly ornate. The palace is steeped in luxury as seen in the elaborately done-up Durbar Hall, the lacquered furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl and the rare Greek and Dutch paintings that hang on the walls. The origins of the palace go back to 1884 when it was bought by the Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar. Today, the palace is owned by the current descendant of the royal Wodeyar clan, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, who is also credited with renovating it. Don't skip the palace's public gallery which displays royal family portraits and historic photographs. The picturesque palace grounds are also a popular venue for cultural shows and private parties. Tipu's Palace Albert Victor Road, City Market In the midst of the chaos and din of City Market stands an 18th century monument � Tipu Sultan's Palace � a looming Indo-Islamic structure. Littleknown and little-visited, this palace served as the administrative seat of Tipu Sultan's kingdom, where the 'Tiger of Mysore' (as he was titled) retreated for the summer. It was Nawab Hyder Ali who started building the palace in 1781 and Tipu Sultan completed its construction in 1791. Like all the other Tipu Sultan palaces, this one is simple and elegant, and made of wood and stone. What is interesting about this monument is that it gives the illusion of being singlestoreyed, while actually spreading across two floors. The fa�ade of the palace is replete with pillars -- 160 fluted, wooden pillars to be precise, with some of them reaching all the way up to the upper storey. Cusped arches and brackets spring off these columns. The ground floor houses a museum of sorts, featuring interesting trivia about the statesman-king, Tipu Sultan. Paintings of the palace by British artist Robert Holmes are on display. The palace is poorly maintained, so you will have to use your imagination to view the palace in its former glory. Cubbon Park Accessible from MG Road, Kastruba Road and Hudson Circle, Tel: 2286 7440, Open all day Bangalore's legendary Cubbon Park can be described as three hundred acres of bewitching greenery in the middle of the traffic-ridden city. The park's eco-system consists of jade lawns, indigenous flora and fauna, blossoming trees and thick bamboo groves. Responsible for giving Bangalore its famed sobriquet of 'Garden City', Cubbon Park was laid out in 1864 by Sir Richard Sankey (the chief engineer of the Mysore state) and was named after British Commissioner Lord Mark p 14 whats around? Cubbon. Over 6,000 plant species flourish in the Cubbon Park habitat, which also happens to be dotted by a multitude of flowering trees, including flaming Gulhomars, blush-pink Cassias and bright yellow Tabebuia. With its nippy air and wide expanses, the park is popular with nature lovers and morning joggers. But it is also a historical hotbed. Find quaint remnants of Bangalore's colonial past as you walk through its many tree avenues and shaded groves � like the statue of Queen Victoria statue or the one of King Edward II. A walk through the park will also take you to past heritage buildings like the Attara Kacheri and the Sir Seshadri Memorial Hall. The bandstand, Bal Bhavan and the government aquarium are also set in the park. Visveswaraya Industrial and Technology Museum museum is the bright red edifice of the Government Museum. Built in 1876 by Colonel Sankey, this relatively unknown museum features an assorted clutch of archaeological finds, some even dating back to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Spread over two exhibition floors and eighteen galleries, the museum covers the domains of geology, numismatics, sculpture and art. Motley exhibits from various periods in history are on display, from Hoysala sculptures, Chola bronzes and Rajasthani miniature paintings to ivory carvings, Vijayanagara relics to prehistoric artefacts from the Neolithic period. The museum showcases south Indian heritage prominently with ancient jewellery and textile exhibits. The upper galleries of the museum are artheavy. The collection of rare paintings in the Mysore and Tanjore traditions deserve special mention. Venkatappa Art Gallery Lalbagh Lalbagh Main Gate, Mari Gowda Road, Tel: 2657 3667, Open all day This 240-acre garden in the heart of the city was laid out as far back as 1760 during the regime of military-statesman Nawab Hyder Ali. Lalbagh is something of a botanical wonderland, covered with swathes of indigenous and international flora � Hyder Ali imported plants from Afghanistan, England, Mauritius, Turkey, Africa and Persia to create the look and feel of a Mughal Garden. Rare tropical and sub-tropical plants, exotic flowers and ancient trees figure among Lalbagh's wealth of natural vegetation. The garden's attractions include the rose garden, a lotus pond, a floral clock, a bandstand and a mango grove. A glass hothouse modelled along the lines of the Crystal Palace in London, a lake and a quaint wooden bandstand are other Lalbagh landmarks. While the sights of Lalbagh are obviously stimulating, do pay attention to its sounds too. The garden is home to a flurry of birds, so take your binoculars along for an ornithological expedition. Round off the trip with piping hot south Indian coffee and delicious masala dosas at nearby Mavalli Tiffin Room, a historic eatery in the city. 52 Kasturba Road, Tel: 2286 4009, Open from 10am to 6pm Located on the edge of Cubbon Park, this museum gives visitors an insightful tour through the world of all things science and tech. Set up in 1962 to showcase the history of technological development in the country, the museum crisscrosses through wide-ranging topics like astronomy, popular science, automobile engines and aircrafts. A bevy of galleries explore the intricacies of biotechnology, dinosaurs, electronics, rocket science and fun science. The USP of this science centre is interactive exhibits that show and tell. Named after the city's most famous scientist and engineerstatesman, Sir M Visveswaraya, the museum is stimulating to kids as well as adults. Go here to engage with science in a light-hearted vein. Government Museum Kasturba Road, Tel: 2286 4483, Open from 10am to 5pm, Closed on Mondays and public holidays Right next door to the science Kasturba Road, Tel: 2286 4483, Closed on Mondays and public holidays Art lovers must add this on their itineraries. This government-owned gallery boasts an eclectic blend of old and new art. Venkatappa, after whom the gallery takes its name, was the court painter of the Wodeyars � the ground floor of the gallery is dedicated th to this 19 century painter's works, which are lyrical and trippy. But things get modernist as we move to other rooms. Here we encounter the art of th 20 century masters like MF Hussain, SG Vasudev, Yusuf Arakkal and KK Hebbar. While these form the permanent displays at the gallery, there are also a host of contemporary art shows that go up on view regularly at Venkatappa. HAL Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum HAL, Airport-Varthur Road, Tel: 2522 8341, Open from 9m to 5pm, Closed on Monday This unusual museum showcases Indian aviation history. Set up by the city-based Hindustan Aeronautics, this sole aero museum in the country offers a glimpse into the history of flight. A variety of aviation-themed displays come together, from aircraft/fighter plane models and a mock control room to old photographs and trivia. The aircraft simulators are a musttry for flying enthusiasts. There is a store attached to the museum which offers interesting airplane-related merchandise. Do take a walk around the museum's lawns where life-sized airplane and helicopter models are displayed. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road, Vasanthanagar, Tel: 2226 1816 The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, a.k.a. CKP, is one of the city's oldest and best-known art complexes. This premier institute of art and design is also a vibrant gallery space hosting art shows and craft fairs, while also housing a permanent gallery. Established up in 1960, the institute has over the years built an eclectic collection of contemporary and traditional art that is displayed across five permanent galleries. The Svetoslav Roerich gallery is the most prominent of these. The Bangalore-based Russian painter donated many of his own art works and some others from his collection to CKP. Works of other prominent Indian artists are also on display. Performance art shows as well as street and puppet theatre are staples at the openair theatre on-campus. Travelling handicraft fairs stop by on a regular basis at the Parishath. Bull Temple Bugle Hill, Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi, Open from 7am to 1pm and 4pm to 9pm This age-old temple was built by the founder of Bangalore, Kempegowda I, around the year th 1537. In fact, this 16 centurytemple gives one of Bangalore's oldest suburbs its name � Basavana Gudi (Bull temple). What is unusual about the Bull Temple is the massive monolith p 16 whats around? Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Raj Bhavan Road, Tel: 2226 6084, Web: taralaya.org The planetarium came up in 1992, and is a major draw for kids and space buffs. On display are permanent galleries on outer space � exhibit halls display photographs of stars, galaxies and astronomical phenomena. However, it is the sky theatre that is the piece de resistance � a host of shows explaining the mysteries of the universe are screened here. A state of the art projector beams a life-like view of the entire night sky across the planetarium's 15-metre dome. The theatre can seat 225 people at one go and there are two daily shows to choose from. Star-gazing sessions for amateur astronomers and educational lectures for students are also organised. Check the daily schedule of programmes before you head here � there are no shows on Mondays and second Tuesdays. Chord Road, Rajajinagar, Open from 7am to 1pm and 4pm to 8.30pm Built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, this temple dedicated to Krishna and Radha, fuses modern architecture with traditional elements. Perched on the top of the 'Hare Krishna Hill', the temple complex soars over the surrounding landscape with trademark towering 'gopurams'. One of the biggest Iskcon temples globally, the campus is large and airy with the main hall featuring a medley of deities from Balarama to Prahlada Naramsimha. An open theatre, a bakery and a Vedic Museum are also part of the temple's offerings. Someshwara Temple Ulsoor This ancient temple in Ulsoor has a history of over five hundred years. Built by the chieftain of Bangalore, Kempegowda, the Someshwara Temple is a wonderful instance of Chola architecture. Dedicated to the deity Someshawara and his consort Kamakshi, this temple like so many Bangalore temples, has an icon of the sacred bull Nandi flanking the sanctum sanctorum. There are also visible influences of Vijayanagara architecture, as seen in a hall with 48 carved pillars and the massive 'gopuram' or pyramidal tower at the entrance. Jamia Masjid of Nandi (bull) that it ensconces, which teeters at 15 feet, and stretches across 20 feet. This sacred bull is carved out of a single stone of grey granite, which is then polished with groundnut oil and charcoal to give it a black sheen. Built in the Dravidian style, the Bull Temple is still a bustling and energetic place of worship, especially during puja times. The tradition of venerating the Nandi still holds, and an annual groundnut fair is held every November. Called the 'Kadalekai Parishe', the event is a colourful one that spills onto the streets. Worshippers are known to propitiate the Nandi with groundnut garlands during this time. Near the Bull Temple is the Dodda Ganesha Temple, another ancient city landmark. Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain are put up everyday, from 7pm to 7.30pm, and from 8pm to 8.30pm. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple Gavipuram Guttahalli This over-five-hundred-yearold Shiva temple was built in Kempegowda's time. Today, it is a protected monument and an active temple still in worship. The remarkable thing about this ancient temple is that the Shiva linga that is worshipped here is set in the heart of a natural cave, or 'gavi' as it is called in Kannada. Other sculptural highlights are granite monoliths carved with discs of the sun and moon, a stone umbrella, Shiva's trident and an idol of Agni, the Vedic god of fire. Every year, a rare spectacle can be witnessed at this cavetemple � on the day of Makara Sankaranthi (a harvest festival in January), the sun's rays passes through the horns of the stone bull seated in front of the linga and spotlights the inner sanctum for an hour or so. A must-see for temple architecture buffs, it is also believed that sage Gautama, one of the 'Saptharishis' or 'seven great sages' in Indian lore, meditated here. ISKCON Hare Krishna Hill, West of St Mark's Cathedral 1 MG Road, Tel: 2221 3633 A prime historical address from Bangalore's Cant era, St. Mark's Cathedral stands regally at 1, MG Road. Its 200-year-old life is rife with historical gems. The cathedral was built exclusively for the British Army posted in Bangalore as far back as 1808. th Built in the style of 17 century English churches, and modelled after St Paul's Cathedral, this cream-coloured cathedral's dome infuses the city's skyline with a touch of old-world drama. High Roman arches, exquisite stained glasswork, and intricately carved woodwork make the church among Bangalore's best-kept heritage buildings. There's more -- the cathedral houses one of the biggest church bells down south and a must-see German pipe organ. Go to St. Mark's to witness a chapter of the British Empire's rule in Bangalore. For instance, the brass tablets on the wall offer touching tributes from the city's colonial days, including one of an English officer who was drowned in the Cauvery after saving an Indian workman's life. St. Patrick's Church Raj Bhavan Road, Closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays Bang in the middle of Raj Bhavan Road is an unusual attraction � a multimedia show featuring lights, music and dancing fountains. With the backdrop of a park, these gushing fountains powered by a thousand nozzles move to the riffs of Western and Indian music, making fifteen formations in all. Two shows KR Market This beautiful mosque looks almost otherworldly in the midst of crowded jumble of KR Market. The all-white, fivestoried Jamia Masjid has striking architectural features including carved latticed windows, floral motifs, and capacious interiors replete with Rajasthani white marble. Jamia Masjid was built in 1940 and is still a prominent mosque in the city, sometimes holding up to 10,000 worshippers at a time. 15-K, Brigade Road, Tel: 2559 9863 There is more than a sprinkling th of 19 century British churches in and around the erstwhile South Parade (present MG Road). The rose-pink St. Patrick's Church, with its tall twin belfries beckon from a distance as you make your way through Residency Road. This church was not built for the British, but the Irish soldiers posted in Cantonment Bangalore. Built by a military chaplain in 1844, its best features include a sloping Mangalore-tile roof, fluted pedestals and circular ventilators with floral grazing. The church is a prominent centre of worship in the city. St Mary's Basilica Shivajinagar, Opp Russel p 18 whats around? Market, Tel: 2286 5434 One of the oldest churches in Bangalore, the legendary St. Mary's Basilica is a spot of calm in the otherwise chaotic Shivajinagar. Located across Russell Market Square, the basilica had humble beginnings as a small chapel set up by a travelling Frenchman Abbe Dubois. The chapel was transformed into an ornate Gothic church by Rev LF Kleiner in 1874. The baroque structure displays vaulting arches, stained glass windows from Paris and Corinithian capitals with a profusion of bunched grapes. However, more than its architectural razzle-dazzle, it's the powerful faith that this church invokes, which gives the basilica its special reputation. Shrouded in mysterious lore, it is believed that the St. Mary here possesses miraculous powers of healing. The story goes that prayers to at the basilica once quelled a plague epidemic that struck the city. Even today, belief in the powers of the St. Mary of Shivajinagar is overwhelming. Come September, thousands of believers flock to the basilica for an annual feast, dressed in customary orange. Ulsoor Lake Shiva Temple Kemp Fort, Airport Road A 65-foot marble statue of Shiva holds centrestage at this recently built temple on Old Airport Road. The ginormous Shiva idol is seen seated in meditation, with Goddess Ganga flowing out of his matted locks � an artificial waterfall depicts her descent. A manmade replica of the Manasarovar lake with artificial caves and 'Jyothrilingas' make this temple a popular attraction among the religiously-inclined. retail shops of international brands. Brigade Road connects M G Road with Residency Road and Hosur Road. Commercial Street Commercial Street is the busiest commercial area in Bangalore. The street is the most famous shopping destination among Bangaloreans. There are a lot of shops of different items lined up in the street which include garments, accessories, jewellery, shoes, slippers, etc. Commercial Street offers you both expensive and inexpensive goods according to your budget. 100 feet Road Indiranagar 100 Feet Road situated in Indiranagar, is in a suburban part of Bangalore. This is one of the happening places in Bangalore today. A number of shops, restaurants, offices buildings are present in 100 Feet Road. You can also find many IT companies that have also established themselves in 100 Feet Road. Though the place has been commercialized, this part of Bangalore is still a very good residential area. This road also boasts of some of the good schools in the city. The road is also famous for the handicraft and furniture stores that line up on the street. Residency Road This place is famous among the young people in Bangalore because of all the pubs that are situated here. The famous Bangalore Club is one of the major attractions of this place. It is also popular for the Gateway Hotel located on this road. Apart from these, this place also has some prestigious educational institutes to its credit. Cunningham Road Cunningham Road is one of the happening places in Bangalore. It is a perfect place to hang out with a lot of eateries that adorn the street. It has outlets of almost all the famous eateries and coffee shops to its credit. The famous Sigma Mall is situated on this road which attracts a lot of crowd. 80 Feet Road, Koramangala 80 Feet Road in Koramanagala is one of the fastest developing places in Bangalore. It is near to Forum Mall. The place has a lot of shops, restaurants and offices which makes it one of the happening places in Bangalore. MALLS Mantri Square lake is best-visited in the wee hours of the morning. Just across from Ulsoor Lake is the Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha. Sankey Boat Club Ulsoor Once upon a time, Bangalore was a city of lakes. Although most of these have been lost in the quest for urban development, the Ulsoor Lake still stands as testament to the city's lake legacy. Spread over a three-kilometre radius, the origins of the Ulsoor Lake (or Halasur Lake as it was formerly known) go back to the reign of th Kempegowda II, a 16 century chieftain of Bangalore. But the lake in its current form was built by British Commissioner, Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring. Speckled with tiny islands, the picturesque Ulsoor Lake has been cleaned up from time to time. Boat rides are offered here. There's a walkway around the lake, which is a favourite with walkers and joggers. The Sankey Tank Another major lake in Bangalore from the late 19th century, the Sankey Tank was constructed by Col Richard Hieram Sankey to provide water to Malleswaram, a suburb in west Bangalore. While the 500-year-old manmade water body has been intrinsic to the ecology of Bangalore, it is also a tourist spot where you pedal and motor boat rides can be had across its greenish-blue expanse. There's a park built around the lake, making this space green and welloxygenated. STREETS AND MARKETS Brigade Road If you are in Bangalore, a visit to Brigade Road is a must in your itinerary. It is one of the biggest commercial centres in Bangalore. This busy shopping street is one of the favourite hang outs among Bangaloreans. The street is lined up with shops, restaurants and pubs. It also has many Mantri Square is the largest mall in India. It is spreadout across 1 million sq. ft. having 250+ stores. The mall has a huge food court and a 6 screen multiplex. No.1, Sampige Road, Malleswaram + 91 80 3016 0000 The Forum The Forum, developed and brought to Bangalore by Prestige Group could be called M G Road The `South Parade' of Bangalore became Mahatma Gandhi Road or M G Road after the independence. This is one of the busiest roads in Bangalore with its shopping centres, office buildings and theatres. M G Road lies between Trinity Circle and Anil Kumble Circle. The much-awaited Bangalore Metro rail will pass through M G Road. p 20 whats around? Road +91 80 4147 5913 The Collection The Collection is the country's largest retail outlet with 125,000 square feet for luxury retail environments. An idea jointly conceived by Dr. Vijay Mallya of the UB Group and Mr. Irfan Razack of the Prestige Group, it has all the biggest names in international fashion, lifestyle, entertainment and food. The Collection, Vittal Mallya Road Phone: +91 80 2271 1488 Eva Mall as a Retail Centre that Entertains. It houses almost everything you may want to buy. You can also entertain yourself with a choice of 11 screens showing the latest movies. Don't forget to satisfy your food cravings with its huge food court and eclectic cuisines. #21, Hosur Road, Koramangala +91 80 2206 7676/7664 Garuda Mall the second mall in the Garuda Group of Malls. Garuda's entertainment options include the INOX multiplex with more than one screen and around 1000 seats. The complex also offers shoppers a wide range of cuisines at a food court with many food counters. Sri Garuda Swagath Mall, Jaya Nagar 4th block, Jaya Nagar, +91 80 4130 9058 The Forum Value Mall the city. It has everything from designer wear to dazzling accessories from all over the world. It also has a four screen multiplex which hosts about 900 seats. Swami Vivekanand Road, Ulsoor +91 80 4147 2625 Total Mall The Garuda Mall is one of the biggest malls in south India. It is spread out over 75,000 sq. meters and includes 26,000 sq. meters of shopping and entertainment space on five floors and 120 stores. The Mall gives you world-class retailing experience, a wide assortment of your favorite products, guaranteed satisfaction and friendly service all 7 days of the week. Magrath Road, AshokNagar, +91 80 4112 6259, 4147 8800/01 Sigma Mall Sigma Mall on Cunningham Road is a place sited as a young adult's entertainment zone. It houses all the most looked for brands in clothes, with Pantaloons being its flagship store. Jewellery showroom, electronics, music stores, photo shops, diamond boutiques, food outlets, fun cinema, it's all out there to give you a wholesome experience. No 15/16/17, Cunningham Eva Mall by Prestige is the first exclusive women mall to have come up in Bangalore and still the only one. This flowerembossed building, stocks only women's stuff; Shoes, accessories, clothes, swimwear -- the entire range is available there. Ofcourse, it also has electronics, food courts and all general outlets. HM Towers, Brigade Road Phone: +91 80 2536 0393 Cosmos The Forum Value Mall Whitefield is a one-stop shopping destination where you will find factory outlets, supermarket, cinema, entertainment and dining outlets under one roof. It hosts over 100 different brands at discount prices and three floors of undivided attention for you. The Forum Value Mall, No.62, Whitefield Main Road, Whitefield, +91 80 2504 3800/2504 3700 Email: infodesk.fvm@ crpmm.com Esteem Mall Esteem mall by the Esteem group is yet another addition to the list of wonderful Bangalore malls with a plethora of branded products to shop for. Some of the major brands it has are Wrangler, Lee, Pepe Jeans, Peter England, Koutons, Monte Carlo, Sam and Sally, Health and Glow, Ezone, Planet M and Fab India and in Restaurants, it offers numerous choices like Chung Wah, Biryani King, Mir Maya and more. Next to Hebbal Flyover, Bellary Road, Hebbal, +91 80 4169 9000 Lido Mall Lido is the latest mall to have caught the frenzy of shoppers in TOTAL is a retail venture of the Jubilant Group. Located at Sarjapur Road, the Mall sprawls across 2, 40,000 sq ft of space and has hypermarkets and individual stores. It offers the best variety and value across product segments & services like Apparel & footwear, Consumer electronics & IT products, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, FMCG, Furniture, Home furnishings and more. Hosur Road, Kaigondana Halli, Sarjapur +91 80 2574 0224 BMP Commercial Plaza, Opposite Madiwala Police Station, Madiwala, +91 80 41550 9299 Old Airport Road, Beside Shiva Temple +91 80 2522 2501 Oasis Mall Oasis Mall, located on Inner Ring Road, Sarjapur gives a good shopping experience with about 200,000 sq feet of shopping and office space. International brands such FCUK, Calvin Klein, Lifestyle, Spar Hypermarket, NDS office and a food court are all there. 30, Salarpuria Tech Point, 80 Feet Inner Ring Road, Koramangala. +91 80 4155 9377, 4166 6662 Bangalore Central Bangalore Central, a part of the Central brand, is situated opposite to Mayo Hall, in the heart of the City. The six-storey mall occupies over 120,000 sq feet and houses more than 300 brands across various categories like apparel, fashion accessories, electronics, Cosmos Mall, an idea of FUTURE GROUP, has become a prominent shopping hub of Bangalore. The Mall comprises an ideal mix of Lifestyle and value brands. Some major brands present are Pantaloons, Scullers, The Body Shop, EZone, Collection I, Sports Bar Xpress, Talwalkar's Fitness centre & Spa, Food Bazaar, Lilliput and Depot. ITPL Road, Next to HP Petrol Bunk, Brookfields, +91 80 6452 8945/46 Sri Garuda Swagath The Sri Garuda Swagath Mall is p 22 whats around? consumer durables, cosmetics, books and music and more. 47/48, Victoria Embassy, Residency Road, +91 80 6693 0100, 6693 0000 Lifestyle Lifestyle International (P) Ltd is part of the Landmark Group, a Dubai � based retail chain. Lifestyle, positioned as a trendy, youthful and vibrant brand that offers customers a wide variety of merchandise at an exceptional value for money, began operations in India in 1999. You can find there apparel, babyshop, home Centre, shoe mart, lifestyle accessories and more. Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd., Adarsh Opus, W - 76, Door No. 1, Campbell Road, Austin Town, +91 80 2556 4555 Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd., Oasis Centre #30, Salarpuria Tech Point, Inner Ring Road, Koramangala +91 80 4027 6400 HyperCITY Hypercity mall is from the finest hypermarket chains in India. It offers a truly international shopping experience with all those contemporary products from international markets. They have a wide range of products like Food, Homeware, Home Entertainment, Hi-Tech Appliances, Furniture, Sports, Toys & Fashion. Embassy Paragon, Ground Floor, Near. Kundalahalli Gate, ITPL Road, Near Brooke Field, +91 80 4364 3333 Leela Galleria Leela Galleria is a luxury shopping mall at the Leela Palace. Spread out on three floors it is a one-stop shopping destination for designer wears, jewellery, perfume, bags, shoes and silver collectibles. Apart from these it also has a coffee shop, a florist, a salon and a book store. The Leela Palace 23, Old Airport Road Kodihalli T: 080-25211234 ART GALLERIES Earthen Symphony Earthen Symphony is a name well reckoned for designing and crafting unique and electrifying gamut of artifacts. They have an array of products in console table with shelves, wall mounted drawer table, decorative wall murals, handmade pottery, decorative mirror, lamps, mementos, console with mirror, tea table, center table and counter table. Earthen Symphony, 3169-B, ESI Hospital Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, +91 80 6570 0798, 6451 2778 Streisand Streisand International is known for its wonderful art selections of Indian, Western, Mid-Eastern, Oriental and African themes and more. It houses thousands of handmade oil paintings in all styles on canvas by over 500 artists, associated with their studios from all across the globe. South-East Asia Regional Office: 382, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. +91 80 6537 3100 Thar Art Gallery Thar Art Gallery is known for mastering the subtle nuances of culture in a modern age marketplace and manufacturing the top quality products. It has the exquisite collection of silver furniture, articles, animals and silver jewelry, silver frames, doors, sofa and more. Shop # 1, 3rd Floor, Total Mall, Sarjapur, +91 80 4173 0895 #534, Intermediate Ring Road, Amar Jyothi Layout, Indiaranagar, +91 80 2527 4868, 4204 2475 Natesan's Antiqarts Natesan's famous as a family of art lovers who has kept Indian tradition alive in the finest pieces of art. It is a beautiful treasure house of artifacts and antiques, where you will find exquisite objects d'art in bronze, silver, teak, sandal and stone. 64, M.G Road, +91 80 2558 8344, 2558 7427 Email ID: email@example.com Venkatappa Art Gallery Venkatappa Art Gallery is among the oldest galleries of Bangalore that houses about 600 paintings. Other than display of paintings by family of court painters it has stone sculptures from the Mathura and Khajurao schools of art and pottery and clay articles belonging to the Indus Valley civilizations. Kasturba Road, +91 80 2286 4483 Renaissance Gallerie Renaissance Gallerie, an Indian Art Gallery, promoted by Shreen Malani, has built its foundations on the promotion of artists and the inculcation of art-appreciation among its populous. It exhibits paintings and sculptures of artists both famous and promotional. Renaissance Gallerie, # 104, Westminster, 13 Cunningham Road. +91 80 2220 2232 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org m Heady Dawn Heady dawn, an art gallery located in Jayanagar, offers an exclusive art for its continually interested customers. Its collection includes exotic Persian hand knotted pictorial carpets, sublime art pieces created by the truly gifted and more of such genius work of art. # 1A/39, Shop No. 3, Parmar House, 27th Cross, 4th Block, Jayanagar +91 80 4219 8201, 98441 45461 Magnitude Gallery Magnitude Gallery is the pioneer in customized art and is the premier source for original masterpieces. Apart from the abstract paintings that enriches most of the galleries; here you can get an original masterpiece created according to your choice. Magnitude Gallery, No 140/13, 13th Main, 27th Cross, 3rd Block, Jayanagar. Abstract Art Gallery Abstract Art Gallery offers a wide range of beautiful paintings and frames. It is also home to fine art prints, original paintings, historical images and sculptures & art objects. #8, Cunningham Road, Vasanth Nagar. +91 80 4123 5444, 4123 5440 Gallery Caperberry Gallery Caperberry was conceived as a natural connect between art and the aesthetic cuisine of Caperberry, the restaurant. Now a regular fixture on the art circuit, Gallery Caperberry organises an art show, every two months. The works are displayed and sold at Gallery Caperberry, reinvigorating the restaurant's energy and space continually. Ground floor The Estate, 48/1 Dickenson Road T: 080-25594567 Galleryske A prominent art gallery which showcases art exhibitions by contemporary artists. 2, Berlie Street Langford Town T: 080-41120873 Maya Art Gallery It is a contemporary art gallery that promotes many modern day artists by displaying their art works. 73, Nandidurga Road Jayamahal Extension T: 080-23532546 CULTURAL CENTRES Gandhi Bhavan It was started by Dr. Rajendra Prasad under the name of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi. It aimed at promoting the life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi. It houses a picture gallery which displays a rare collection of photographs and letters of Gandhi. The place also conducts seminars, sessions and meetings based on his life and values. Gandhi Bhavan, Kumarakrupa Road. Max Muller Bhavan Max Muller Bhavan, a cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, provides complete information about Germany's cultural, social and political life. The place is famous for the German classes and the cultural events that they organise. 716 CMH Road , Indiranagar 1st Stage +91 80 2520 5305/06/07/08 Alliance Francaise De Bangalore Alliance Francaise is an IndoFrench cultural centre started in 1956. Apart from French language classes and dance classes, it acquaintances its visitors about the life in France. The well-stocked library gives great insights on French art and culture. 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthanagar, +91 80 4123 1340/44/45 Bangalore School of Music The music institute established in 1987 teaches all kinds of p 23 whats around? Ranga Shankara Ranga Shankara is a world-class theatre facility that is committed towards the art of theatre. It has constantly introduced theatrical performances from India as well as abroad. With more than 300 plays a year, it facilitates outreach programmes for the audiences and tries to impart theatre skills to the enthusiasts. Ranga Shankara, 36/2 8th Cross II Phase J P Nagar, +91 80 2659 2777, 2649 3982 music forms, instruments and other art forms like dance, theatre etc. It inculcates discipline, confidence and sense of commitment in people and aims at cultural unity through music. No 8, CBI Main Road, HMTHBCS Layout, RT Nagar (Next to St. Jude's Church), +91 80 2353 6090, 2354 6090 Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography is an attempt by dancer and choreographer Dr. Maya Rao to nurture talented dancers and performers. It provides courses in different dance forms and shows up high calibre performers and choreographers. Bhoomika, 37, 17th Cross, Malleswaram, +91 80 2334 8645 Indian Institute of World Culture The centre works towards uniting the world through literature, art forms, science and history. Various programmes like public lectures, art exhibitions, film shows and concerts are conducted for different causes. Chitrakala Parishath (College of Fine Arts) B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore 080-26678581 B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, +91 80 2667 8581 Art Complex The college of fine arts under Chitrakala Parishath is one of the best institutions of art education in India. The parishath conducts some of the best art exhibitions both at national and international levels. Kumara Krupa Road. +91 80 2226 1816, 2226 3424, Suchitra Film Society different parts of India participate in different events and work towards cultural unity. Bangalore Karaga Festival The festival is celebrated in Dharmaraya temple every year during the month of March and April. The festival is celebrated by the Thilaga community to worship Goddess Shakti. It starts from the day of Chaitra poornima. On that day shortly after dusk, the priest of the temple dressed himself as a lady carries a pot on his head and starts a procession accompanied by drum beats. The pot that he balances on his head is called the 'karaga'. He walks for 12 miles and return to the temple in the morning. Kadalakeyi Parishe The festival popularly known as Ground nut festival among Bangaloreans is held in Bull Temple. Kadalekayi means ground nut. The farmers of Bangalore sell ground nuts near Bull temple during this festival. It is celebrated as a welcome ceremony for the ground nut crop during the month of November-December. The farmers seek the blessing of the God during this time to help them lead a prosperous life. Ulsoor Palaki Ulsoor Palaki, which falls in the month of April, is a Floral Float festival which is held at Ulsoor during the Hindu month of Chaitra. During this festival 108 floats are beautifully decorated using flowers and taken for a procession. The procession starts around 10pm in the night and is carried out till early morning. Makara Sankranthi or Pongal It is known as the harvest festival. This day is celebrated in South India as Pongal, while Karnataka celebrate it as Makar Sankranthi. Celebrated in the month of January it also marks the beginning of spring season. On this day cows and bullocks are decorated and are fed 'Pongal' a preparation made of rice. People offer special pujas and prayers in temples and houses. Makar Sankranthi is very significant for Gavi Gangadhareshwara (Siva) temple also. On this day the sun's rays pass through the horns of 'Nandi' bull and lights the whole sanctum. This phenomenon is an architectural wonder and has never failed to astonish the viewers. Dussehra Dussehra is unarguably the most widely celebrated festival in Karnataka. Dussehra or Navratri is celebrated for ten days in the month of September or October . It is also called 'Nadahabba'. The festival is celebrated with great pomp in Mysore and the involvement of Mysore Royal family makes it all the more special. During the celebration the Mysore Palace is illuminated. The most important attraction of the festival is the procession that carries Goddess Chamundeswari. The procession starts from the Mysore Palace and heads towards the Chamundi hills. Hindus all over Karnataka celebrates this festival with great splendour. Ugadi Ugadi is celebrated as the Kannnadiga's New Year. People believe that Lord Brahma, the creator of life according to Hindu mythology, started the work of creation on this day. Lord Brahma is worshipped on this day and predictions are made for the New Year. People start the preparation of the festival one week in advance by giving their home a thorough clean and they do rigorous shopping. This day is The film society which is a part of Cinema and Cultural Academy screens some of the world-class films from different languages across the world. They have also expanded to theatres, dance and music. #36,9th main,(B V Karanth Road), Banshankiri 2 nd Stage, +91 80 2671 1785 Attakalari Centre for Movement Arts Attakalari Centre is a charitable organization which concentrates on contemporary dance, Kalarippayattu, yoga, ballet and other dance forms. The institute organises and produces different events related to the contemporary dance. It also plays a key role in bringing out digital arts. 24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Behind Mandovi Motors. +91 80 2212 3684 / 4148 3534 / 4146 7690 FESTIVALS Bengaluru Habba `Bengaluru Habba' is an initiative by the Karnataka State Government to promote sports and culture. The annual cultural and sports event that lasts for 10 days is celebrated during the month of November or December. The event promotes art forms like Hindustani classical music, classical dance, Jazz, street theatre, Rocks music and sports like, tennis, Golf and swimming. Artists from Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival which is observed throughout India. It is popularly known as Vinayak Chaturthi and marks the birth of Lord Ganesha. Ganesh idols are made, decorated and installed in streets and homes and prayers are offered every day. The festival is celebrated for one, three, five, seven or ten days after which the idols are taken to a procession and immersed in sea or river. The festival falls between the August and September. p 24 whats around? Diwali Diwali, the festival of lights is celebrated all over India with great splendour. It falls during the month of October-November. On this day people worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. The houses are adorned and decorated with lights and oil lamps. People burst fire crackers on this occasion which is one of the major attractions of this festival. decorated and Christmas Eve services are conducted on the eve of Christmas. Christmas Carols are conducted in different places and carol processions are also seen. CITY NAVIGATE CABS KK Cabs K K Cabs is one of the reputed city taxi service providers in Bangalore. They are a professionally managed taxi service and have adopted various safety measures for passengers. 84/D, 4th Main, 4th Cross, New Thippasandra, HAL 3rd Stage, +91 80 4151 9999 www.kkcabs.com Meru Cabs Bangalore V-Link Taxis Private Limited, 90/4, Zonasha Alpha Building, 2nd Floor, Above Staples Bridge, Marthalli Outer Ring Road, Varthur Hobli, +91 80 4422 4422 Safe Cabs They are one of the largest car rental services in Bangalore. They are professionally maintained and provide high quality service. #30, Sri Ranga Appartment, 1st Temple Road, 11th Cross, Malleswaram, +91 80 4128 0600/4152 7666 Easy Cabs Easy Cabs are functioning in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Economical transport facility with real time tracking online communications 12/10,1st Floor, Above Vijaya Bank, MSR Main Road, Gokula, +91 80 4343 4343 Hertz Rent a Car Address: 476, Audugodi, Koramangala, 8th block, +91 80 4184 1212 City safari #724/8, 3rd Block, E.S.I. Hospital Road, Rajajinagar :+91 80 6453 9999, 6453 6666 Bangalore City Taxi No.2934/B, Mkk Road, D Block, Rajajinagar, +91 80 4155 2222/4155 3333 BUSES - BMTC BMTC was found in 1997 in Bangalore keeping the expansion of city in mind. This division of Karnataka State Road Transport Service aims at providing efficient, economic, safe, and reliable transport bus service in Bangalore city. BMTC has the credit of introducing the intracity Volvo buses for the first time in the country. This is one of the few public sector undertakings in Asia to make profit. The different kind of BMTC buses on road are : Big 10 These are buses painted in green and bottle green colours. They ply in 12 major routes namely Hosur Road, Bannerghatta Road, Sarjapura Road, Kanakapura Road, Mysore Road etc. coming in from different suburbs in the city. Suvarna Silver Coloured Suvarna bus services are recently introduced which are air suspension and high comfort buses. They are specially deployed during peak hours. Pushpak The coffee coloured buses have added features like better upholstered seats with head rest, more leg space etc. The fares are slightly higher than the ordinary buses. These buses are also used by many companies to run on contract basis. Vayu Vajra Airport Service These air-conditioned buses considered auspicious to start new ventures. It normally falls during the second half of March or first half of April. Varamahalakshmi This festival is observed during the month of August. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day. Women perform pujas at home and offer garlands of cash, jewelleries and valuables to Goddess Lakshmi. People pray for their prosperity and happiness and hope that all their monetary problems will be solved. Mahashivrathri Mahashivratri is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India. The festival dedicated to Lord Shiva falls on the month of Magha (according to the lunar calendar). It is believed that on this day Lord Shiva drank the poison produced from the churning of ocean and saved the universe. It is also believed that he married Goddess Parvathi on this day. On this auspicious day devotees fast for one whole day and observe vigil at night. People offer panchamrit to Shiva and offer prayers to him for peace and prosperity in their life and also forgiveness for their sins. . It is observed in the month of February or March. Flower Show Lalbagh, the most famous landmark of Bangalore holds flower shows every year. The flower shows are conducted during the Independence Day and the Republic Day for one week. It is held in the Glass House inside Lal bagh. People from different parts of the country visit Lalbagh to see this flower show every year, which is conducted based on some theme. St Mary's Feast The oldest church in Bangalore holds one of the most popular Feasts in Bangalore. St Mary's Feast is celebrated every year in the month of September to mark the birth of Mother Mary. The festival is celebrated for 10 days starting from August 30. Special prayers are offered on the first nine days and on the tenth day i.e., September 8, the feast is celebrated. A chariot carrying Mother Mary's image is taken out for a procession through the streets of Bangalore. The feast is attended by thousands of devotees. Ramzan/Ramadan/Id-ul-Fitr It is one of the major festivals of Muslims. Ramzan falls on the ninth month of Ramadan of Islamic lunar calendar. People observe fasting from dawn to dusk during the whole of this month. After 29 or 30 days, at the end of the month Eid is celebrated on the sighting of the moon. On the day of Eid, people get up early in the morning and offer prayers. They also offer special prayers in mosques on that day. They donate money and food to the poor on this day. It is a festival of self control, devoutness and brotherhood. Christmas Christmas is one of the major festivals in Bangalore and is celebrated with much zeal. The festival that falls on the 25 of December is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The celebration starts around a week before Christmas. The streets are decorated with colourful lights. Christmas trees and Santa Claus are important parts of the decoration. Churches are beautifully Vajra They are premium service buses from BMTC. These red coloured buses are airconditioned and offer high comfort. These buses ply on almost all the localities including arterials and ring roads. p 25 whats around? connect the BIAL to different areas of the city. MAJOR BUS STATIONS Kempegowda Bus Station This is one of the major bus stations in Bangalore. Kempegowda Bus Station is a large bus station in central Bangalore. This bus station is just opposite to the Bangalore City Railway Station. Buses ply to all areas in Bangalore from this station. Shivajinagar Bus Station The station is situated in one of the main commercial areas of Bangalore. It is near the Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station. Shantinagar Bus Stand The bus station is well connected to Kempegowda Bus Station. Buses mainly ply to South and South East of Bangalore. For details of different bus routes, timings and fare visit www.bmtcinfo.com EASY AUTOS The city also has a fleet of auto services also to make the journey of passengers easy. One of the best ways to get an auto is to contact Easy Autos. Easy autos are call-auto services started by the Transport Department of Karnataka through the Regional Transport Authority. They have a call centre which helps passengers to find autos. You can make a call and avail the service any time of the day. 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The Bat and Ball Inn 3, Laurel Lane, Richmond Town T: 080-41738503 /9902034904 Wildlife Photography Till Apr 2 (Sat) The magazine, Fur Fins and Feather hosts a wildlife photography exhibition featuring the works of wildlife photographers Vinay S Kumar and Priya Vinay as part of their first anniversary. Proceedings from this exhibition will be used to adopt an animal at Bannerghatta Biological Park. At Gallery Blue Spade Hotel Chancery, Lavelle Road T: 080-65469627, 41188888 Dange, Pramod Apet, Ravindra Salve, Sanju Jain, Shantkumar, Hattarki, Sunil Sarkar and Vishal Sabley. At Gallery Caperberry 48/1, The Estate 121, Dickenson Road T: 080-25594567 BOOK LAUNCH Stealing Karma Apr 1 (Fri) at 6.30pm Stealing Karma is the debut novel by writer Aneesha Capur. It tells the story of a mother and daughter and their precarious life in the time of political unrest. At Relaince Timeout 74, Ground Floor, Cunningham Road T: 080-41286025 FILM SCREENINGS In Search of the Royal Apr 9 (Sat) at 3pm This film explores the Nepali migrant world in the Gulf. People with minimal skills and training and disadvantaged family backgrounds toil in the UAE to support their families back home. The story shows how the lucre of Gulf money often lures people to go abroad and makes it impossible for them to come back home. The film is screened as part of 'Travelling Film South Asia Festival'. At National Gallery of Modern Art 49, Manikyavelu Mansion Primrose Road Palace Orchards T: 080-22201027 Children of God Apr 10 (Sun) at 11.30amm The Children of God throws light on the story of children living around the Pasupathinath temple in Kathmandu, who survive on the food and money given as offerings for the funerals. The holy crematorium is home for these children and a way of earning a living. At National Gallery of Modern Art 49, Manikyavelu Mansion Primrose Road Palace Orchards T: 080-22201027 FOOD & DRINK Feeling Fishy Apr 1-4 (Fri-Mon) Italia hosts 'Il Pesche d'Aprile' � the fish of April � this April Fool's Day, where menu full of fish specials with an Italian twist awaits you. At Italia The Park Hotel 14/7, M G Road T: 080-25594666 A Tasting of Kebabs and Wine Apr 1-15 (Fri-Fri) Masala Klub brings together delicious Indian kebabs and international wines. The restaurant offers a five course and a seven course kebab tasting paired with hand-picked international wines. At Masala Klub The Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Associate Networking Apr 1-30 (Fri-Sat) from 12.302.30pm and 7.30pm-11pm Visit Graze this month and gear up for a special treat on your next visit. Each table at the restaurant will have a special voucher that entitles you to an exclusive surprise at your next visit to the restaurant. At Graze Vivanta by Taj 41/3, MG Road T: 080-66604444 Champagne Lounge Apr 1-30 (Fri-Sat) from 6pm8.30pm Enjoy champagne along with music and sumptuous caviar, strawberries and oysters at Mynt. The Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Seafood Fare Apr 6-17 (Wed-Sun) from 7.30pm Featuring an exotic dining experience with a whole new menu comprising of seafood displayed in an open aquarium. Guests can select from finest offerings which will be served a la minute by the chefs at the open kitchen. Priced between Rs 2500-5000. At Blue Ginger Apr 1-6 (Fri-Wed) Renaissance presaents paintings by Delhi-based Sudhir Pillai, and GV Vamshi and Devadason from Bangalore. This will be followed by another group exhibition from April 8 to 13. On display will be the paintings of Deepak Ganesh from Bangalore and Vishnu Das from Kolkata. At Renaissance Gallerie Shreen Malani 104, Westminster 12, Cunningham Road T: 080-22202232 Summer's Sensation A Tribute to Bangalore in Canvas Till Apr 2 (Sat) This exhibition features oil paintings by Anjana Kuthaiala, which depict women as a blend of the east and west. At Art Corridor The Taj West End 24, Ground Floor, Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Roots from Bengal Till Apr 15 (Fri) at 11am A specially curated art show by Dr. Archana Roy, an independent art consultant from West Bengal, will feature art works of internationally acclaimed artists. Mahua Art Gallery 344/8, 4th main Road Sadashivnagar T: 080-23616971 Embedded Memories Till Apr 16 (Sat) City-based Gallery Caperberry and Crimson bring you artworks of assorted artists like Anand Panchal, Avinash Thaker, JMS Mani, Nishant How long does it take to complete a circle? Till Apr 16 (Sat) This exhibition showcases artworks by contemporary artist Susanta Mandal. At Galleryske 2, Berlin Street Langford Road T: 080-41120873, 65951972 Apr 1-30 (Fri-Sat) from 10am6pm The exhibition of contemporary Indian paintings curated by Jasmine Khanna, features works of artists like Sunil Jadav, Santosh Andani, Kumar Singh, Sanjeeb Samanth and Kanthraj N. At Gallerie Third Eye 2nd Floor,Yemlur Main Road Next to Logican IT Park Behind HAL Airport T: 080-41640471, 9916586941 p 28 whats happening? The Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Biryani Cart April 6-23 (Wed-Sat) from 12.30pm-3pm Mynt offers a selection of seven different biryanis, a selection of salads from the live salad bar, a soup and a range of desserts, all at Rs 1250, all inclusive, per person. Mynt The Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Dessert Fourplay Apr 8-20 (Fri-Wed) post 7.30pm Pick from a selection of four exquisite desserts � a range of artisanal chocolates, brulees and cheese cakes only at Mynt. Offer priced at Rs 450. Mynt The Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Thandai Gelato Till Apr 9 (Sat) Enjoy a very special thandaiice-cream made of thandai syrup, almonds, saffron and pistachio this Holi at Mama Mia. Mama Mia 6th Main, 4th Cross Indiranagar T: 080-41149423 Classics of Memories of China Till Apr 10 (Sun) from 7.30pm11pm Memories of China offers a chance to relish some of the best dishes at the restaurant from the past once again, this April. Vivanta by Taj 41/3, MG Road T: 080-66604444 Buffet at South Indies Apr 15-24 (Fri-Sun) at lunch and dinner South Indies offers a sumptuous spread including two varieties of unlimited starters, four varieties of unlimited savouries, and 10 varieties of unlimited desserts. Buffet lunch priced at Rs 299 and dinner buffet at Rs 349. At South Indies 100 Feet Road Indiranagar T: 080-41636363 Chevron Hotel 147, Opp Police Commisioner's Moonlight Dining at The Lalit Ashok Apr 17, 18 & 19 (Sun, Mon & Tue) Here is a unique opportunity to enjoy an intimate moonlight dining experience in private tents set in the hotel lawns. You can make a choice between a pre-set Mediterranean dinner and a customised menu from the North West Frontier restaurant, Baluchi, along with a supply of unlimited Ciroc cocktails. Priced at Rs 5995 per person, inclusive of taxes. At The Lalit Ashok Kumara Krupa, High Grounds T: 080-30527777 Office Infantry Road T: 080-41636362 Grand Trunk Road Part II � Jhelum to Amritsar Till Apr 15 (Fri) from 12.30pm3.30pm and 7.30pm onwards The new menu at Terracotta is inspired by cuisines ranging from Amritsar to Jhelum. Some of the dishes that will be on offer are Amritsari Macchi, Saagwala Mutton etc. At Terracotta Vivanta by Taj ITPB, Whitefield T: 080-66933333 Banh Bao and Dien Tam Apr 20-30 (Wed-Sat) after 7pm Enjoy a great selection of Vietnamese-style banh bao and dimsums. At Blue Ginger The Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Hennessey Happiest Hours Throughout Apr Indulge in the luxury of Cognac with Hennessey cocktails at the Blue Bar. At Blue Bar The Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Grey Goose Classics Fridays in Apr Enjoy a classic night with retro sets and innovative cocktails by Grey Goose from the customised cocktail bar. At Blue Bar The Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Good Living Sunday Brunch Buffet Sundays in Apr from 12noon3.30pm This Sunday brunch offers a sumptuous spread along with unlimited select beverages, live music, activities for kids and a focus on health and wellness. Priced at Rs 1650, all inclusive. At Cafe Mozaic Vivanta by Taj 41/3, MG Road T: 080-66604444 Khao Galli Wednesdays in Apr till 11.30pm 'Khao Galli' serves scrumptious Indian street food along with unlimited draught beer. A tarot card reader, magician, caricaturist and a mehendi artist are part of entertainment offerings. Priced at Rs 1250, all inclusive. At Cafe Mozaic Vivanta by Taj 41/3, M G Road T: 080-66604444 Mediterranean Grills Fridays in Apr A delightful culinary experience awaits you at Cafe Mozaic where you can get some of the finest kebabs and grills like Samak e hara, Rubian meshwi, Sheesh tauk and breads like Mnaish bil zatar, whole wheat pita, Khoubz, and Mnaish bil jibneh along with single malts, draught beer and flavoured sheesha. Priced at Rs 1200, plus taxes. Vivanta by Taj 41/3, MG Road T: 080-66604444 Life at Midnight Fridays & Saturdays in Apr from10pm-1am Head to Cafe Mozaic for a sumptuous midnight buffet that include biryanis, an array of interactive dosa counters, curries, pao bhaji and kheema pao and a variety of parathas. Priced at Rs 700, all inclusive. Vivanta by Taj 41/3, MG Road T: 080-66604444 Bounce Back Throughout Apr from 12.30pm2.30pm and 7.30pm-11pm Dine at Memories of China this month and get special vouchers in angpow (red envelopes) and avail a special gift next month. Memories of China Vivanta by Taj 41/3, MG Road T: 080-66604444 Express Lunch Mon to Sat from 12.30pm-2.45pm Memories of China offers a fine dining experience with attractive choices of Chinese entree, an array of dim sum and Peking duck accompanied by a glass of beer or wine to complement the lunch. Priced at Rs 666, all inclusive. At Memories of China Vivanta by Taj 41/3, MG Road T: 080-66604444 The Big Fat Lunch Buffet Mon to Sat for lunch This interactive lunch buffet for corporate offers value for money. Priced at Rs 549, all inclusive. At GAD The Gateway Hotel 66, Residency Road T: 080-66604545 Dilli Haat Fri & Sat in Apr The famous cuisine of Delhi is presented through live interactive chef counters, served with unlimited chilled beer. Priced at Rs 750 plus taxes. p 30 whats happening? At GAD The Gateway Hotel 66, Residency Road T: 080-66604545 Street Food of the Orient Wed in Apr On offer is a sumptuous buffet spread of Chinese food with an Indian touch along with interactive live counters and unlimited beer. Priced at Rs 750 plus taxes. At GAD The Gateway Hotel 66, Residency Road T: 080-66604545 Weekend Midnight Buffet Fri & Sat in Apr from 12am2am On display is a sumptuous spread, several comfort food and interactive counters along with unlimited beer. Priced at Rs 350 plus taxes. 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At I-bar The Park Hotel 14/7, M G Road T: 080-25594666 Mango Mania � A mango promotion Throughout Apr at lunch and dinner The restaurants at The Leela Palace present an exotic a la carte dessert menu with quality mangoes this summer. Savour the sweet, pulpy and fresh mangoes of the season at The Leela Palace. At Citrus, Zen, Jamavar The Leela Palace Kempinski 23 Airport Road T: 080- 30571234 (pumpkin custard). The buffet will also have a spread of soups, salads, starters, live noodle counters and Thai desserts. Priced at Rs1750 per person +taxes. At Zen The Leela Palace Kempinski 23 Airport Road T: 080- 30571234 Bengali Food Festival Apr 15-24 (Fri-Sun) Enjoy the diverse and distinct flavours of Bengali cuisine at By the Blue. Priced at Rs 950, plus taxes. At By the Blue Grand Mercure Bangalore 12th Main, 3rd Block Koramangala T: 080-45121212 Steak and Wine Promotion Apr 13-24 (Wed-Sun) from 12.30pm-2.30pm and 7.30pm11pm Graze presents a steak and wine festival with a special menu comprising of some of the best steaks in the world like sirloin, ribeye, Wagyu and veal loin paired with best of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec wines. At Graze Vivanta by Taj 41/3, MG Road T: 080-66604444 EASTER SPECIAL Easter Goodies at Deli Apr 20-24 (Wed-Sun) Grab traditional Easter goodies at the Deli counter. At Deli The Gateway Hotel 66, Residency Road T: 080-66604545 Easter Day Brunch Apr 24 (Sun) Grand Mercure organises a special brunch on Easter day at the poolside of By the Blue. Priced at Rs 1499, plus taxes. At By the Blue Grand Mercure Bangalore 12th Main, 3rd Block Koramangala T: 080-45121212 Easter Sunday Brunch Apr 24 (Sun) from 12 noon4pm Take your family and friends for a special Easter Sunday Brunch at the Olive Beach. The Mediterranean restaurant features the finest delicacies for the special occasion along with unlimited cocktails. Some of the Cri-Kit World Cup Offer Till Apr 2 (Sat) Watch the World Cup matches at Opus wearing your favourite jersey with pom poms, horns and whistles. Get unlimited barrels of freely flowing alcohol at Rs 1299. At Opus 4, Palace Cross Road Sankey Tank Vasanth Nagar T: 080-23442580 Cricket Fervor Till Apr 2 (Sat) This World Cup Season, watch the biggest games on the big screen at Hard Rock Cafe along with unlimited starters and drinks priced at Rs 999 plus taxes. Hard Rock Cafe 40, St. Marks Road T: 080-41242222 Cricket Mania � Cheer for India Till Apr 2 (Sat) from 7pm-11pm Watch the World Cup matches along with unlimited liquor from the select bar served with a choice of vegetarian and non vegetarian starters of the chef's choice. Priced at Rs 750, all inclusive for league matches; Rs 950, all inclusive for quarter finals and semi finals; Rs 1500 all inclusive, for finals. Onyx The Gateway Hotel 66, Residency Road T: 080-66604545 Cricket Extravaganza at Lalit Ashok Till Apr 2 (Sat) This World Cup, catch the action of your favourite team live in giant screens at Oko and 24/7 along with cocktails, chilled beer and delectable snacks. Oko offers a special extended 'Happy Hours' during match hours and also sushi, sashimi and starters from the teppeyaki and live grill counters. 24/7 offers a wholesome dinner buffet at Rs 995 per person, plus taxes. At the Lalit Ashok Kumara Krupa High Grounds T: 080-30527777 Gentleman's Game Till Apr 2 (Sat) at 6pm Watch the World Cup live at Tease, the high energy lounge bar along with unlimited whiskey based cocktails. Priced at Rs 750, all inclusive. At Vivanta by Taj ITPL, Whitefield T: 080-66933333 Cricket Fever Apr during matches from 3pm1pm Leela organises special screening matches along with buckets of beer, alcohol on offer and lip-smacking snacks. At Citrus/Library Bar The Leela Palace Kempinski 23 Airport Road T: 080- 30571234 FOOD FESTIVALS Vietnamese Food Festival Apr 1-15 (Fri-Fri) from12 noon11.30pm Ping restaurant introduces delectable items from Vietnam into its menu. At Ping Restaurant 130, 1st Cross 5th Block, Koramangala T: 080-41329357, 41521773 'Songkran', Thai Food Festival Apr 14 (Thurs) from 7pm11.30pm Zen is celebrating 'Songkran', the 'Thai New Year'. Thai chef Tim Lee will prepare a lavish buffet spread of Thai delicacies such as Poh Pia Gai (chicken spring rolls with glass noodles), Pla Sum Rod (deep-fried fish with spicy sweet and sour sauce) and Sanggaya Fuktom p 31 whats happening? own omelette section, a selection of fresh seafood, salads, soup, pasta, hand-carve meats, cheeses, assorted fruits, an array of desserts unlimited spirits, wines and sparkling wines and a kids' buffet. A jazz band will play for entertainment. Priced at Rs 1700, plus taxes. At Cafe Mozaic Vivanta by Taj 41/3, M G Road T: 080-66604444 delicacies on offer are Lamb Pan Rolls, Beef Casserole, Roast Leg of Lamb with Mint and Apple Chutney, Deviled Eggs, Fugias, glazed carrots and brussel sprouts. Priced at Rs 2000, plus taxes. At Olive Beach 16, Wood Street, Ashoknagar T: 080-41128400 Easter Grand Brunch Apr 24 (Sun) from 12.30pm3pm Mynt hosts a special Easter brunch with the finest and most extensive spread. Special entertainment for kids include painting Easter eggs and making cupcakes, while the adults can enjoy the lunch along with free-flowing champagne and wine. Priced at Rs 3500. At Mynt The Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Easter Day Brunch Apr 24 (Sun) from 12noon3.30pm Celebrate this Easter with the multi-cuisine buffet spread at Citrus. Main attractions of the afternoon are live BBQ, free flowing sparkling red and white wines, beer and house brands of the liquor. The buffet will feature specially designed cocktails and mocktails. Entertainment includes a golden egg-hunt and a live band. Priced at Rs 2500, plus taxes. At Citrus The Leela Palace Kempinski 23 Airport Road T: 080- 30571234 Easter Brunch Apr 24 (Sun) from 12.30pm3.30pm The special Easter buffet presented by Executive Chef Selvaraju features a choice of breakfast items with maplescented waffles, a build-yourMUSIC Agam Apr 1 (Fri) at 8pm Agam is a contemporary Carnatic rock band from Bangalore playing rock, Carnatic and experimental genres. At Kyra Theatre 2nd Floor, 2001 Katti-ma center, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080- 43419999 Les Boukakes Apr 2 (Sat) at 8pm This French rock group gets its original sound from an ethnic and cultural mix and plays a mix of stirring rock, groove, electronic, ra�, and gnawa. At Opus 4, 1st Main, Off Palace Cross Road Chakravathy Layout, Vasanth Nagar T: 080-23442580 Infinity Apr 2 (Sat) The pre party to the Gurujosh Project is presented by Obliquity India. DJ Blaque, DJ Sash and DJ Stallion bring great music to party to. At Blue Waves 73, Above Shelton Grand MG Road T: 080-40430000 The Coldplayer Apr 3 (Sun) at 6pm Coldplayer is a band of four Amrapali at Wills Fashion Week Apr 6-9 (Wed-Sat) Amrapali Jewels unveils its exquisite collection, 'Feminine Indulgence' and 'An Eccentric Phase'. Inspired by the divine world of femininity, and art as an emotional expression of states of mind, this collection will be showcased at the Wills Fashion Week being held in Delhi from April 6 to 9. But don't fret if you can't make it to the fashion week. Just head to the Amrapali store where you can enjoy this collection. At Amprapali Collage, Wood Street musicians who are fans of the international band Coldplay. The band will play some of the English alternative group's popular songs. At UB City Vittal Mallya Road Pentagram Apr 7 (Thurs) Mumbai-based rock band Pentagram will be launching its new album 'Bloodywood' at Hard Rock Cafe as part of fivemetro tour. The band which is one of the most popular in India is fronted by renowned music director Vishal Dadlani. At Hard Rock Cafe 40. St.Marks Road T: 080-41242222 Retronome Apr 14 (Thurs) Retronome is a fun band which plays pop-rock and rock hits from 70s, 80s, and 90s. At Hard Rock Cafe 40. St.Marks Road T: 080-41242222 Bollywood Calling Apr 16 (Sat) The master of remixes DJ Aqueel brings his brand of Bollywood Masala remixes for some Bollywood-style entertainment. At I-bar The Park Hotel 14/7, M G Road T: 080-25594666 Rock N' Rolla Apr 30 (Sat) Lou Majaw and Co will be performing at Aqua. A line up of rock n' roll classics will be played at the bar. At Aqua The Park Hotel 14/7, M G Road T: 080-25594666 SHOPPING Garage Sale Apr 1-3 (Fri-Sun) The first ever 'garage sale' at the Calantha Wardrobe will showcase saris ranging from Tussar to Kanjeevaram. Discounts are available on every purchase that you make. Also on sale are ready-to-wear apparels like tops, kurtas etc. At Calantha Wardrobe th th 535, 12 Cross, 5 Main HIG Dollars Colony Rajmahal Vilas, 2nd stage T: 080-40905084 Make My Saree Till Apr 3 (Sun) This event gives a unique opportunity to customise saris according to your personality. You can also check out the new collection by D'Zine Studio created by artists from India and Bangladesh. At Safina Plaza 84/85, Infantry Road Shivajinagar T: 080-25591504 Jewellery Show Apr 9-11 (Sat-Mon) The jewellery show organised by the 'Art of Jewellery' is an opportunity for traders to showcase their latest offerings. At Palace Grounds Jayamahal Road Venky's Akon Live Concert Apr 17 (Sun) Internationally renowned Grammy-nominated singer Akon will be performing live in Bangalore. Tickets will be available at www.kyazoonga.com at Rs1500 for silver category and Rs 3000 for the gold category. At Palace Grounds Gayathri Vihar p 32 whats happening? SPIRITUALITY Spiritual Sundays @ Urban Solace Apr 3 (Sun) from 11.3012.30pm This initiative is an effort to connect people with the metaphysical world of mystery and wonder. Yoli Maya Yeh, a Native Elder of the Seneca Peoples of North America, will be sharing her views about the prophecies of this unique time that represents a shift in human consciousness and human spirit. At Urban Solace 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road Ulsoor T: 080-25553656 T: 080-23360818 THEATRE Kannada Gundaayana Apr 1 (Fri) at 6.30pm 'Gundaayana' is written by Naa Kasturi and directed by Lakshmi Chandrashekhar. The play will be performed by Kriyative Theatre. At Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross II Phase, JP Nagar T: 080-26493982 Heegadre Hege? Apr 2 (Sat) at 6.30pm Directed by Pramod Shiggaon, Heegadre Hege is a comedy play based on the humorous writings of T Sunandamma, portraying a few hilarious incidents in the life of an elderly middle-class couple. At Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross II Phase, JP Nagar T: 080-26493982 Bayalu Seemeya Kattepurana Apr 12 (Tue) at 6.30pm The play is written by B Chandragowda and directed by Kallappa Poojer. At Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross II Phase, JP Nagar T: 080-26493982 Kaayakayogi Siddarama Written and directed by Mahadev Hadapad, the Kannada play will be performed by Jamura Suththaala. Apr 13 (Wed) at 6.30pm At Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross II Phase, JP Nagar T: 080-26493982 Chaalesha Apr 14 (Thurs) Chaalesha is directed by P Gangadharaswamy and performed by Gelayara Balaga troupe. The screenplay is written by Dr. Chandrashekara Kambara. At Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross II Phase, JP Nagar T: 080-26493982 Kuberanigenirabeku?! Apr 15 (Fri) Directed by Suresh Anagalli, the play will be performed by the troupe Aneka. At Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross II Phase, JP Nagar T: 080-26493982 Jugaari Cross Apr 16-17 (Sat-Sun) at 6.30, also at 3.30pm on Sun Adapted from the novel by K P Poornachandra Tejaswi, the metaphorical play depicts today's political scenario where one person controls the others. At Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross II Phase, JP Nagar T: 080-26493982 Gaggarayyana Friendsu Apr 19-24 (Tue-Sun) at 6.30, also at 3.30pm on Sun The play is written and directed by S Surendranath. At Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross II Phase, JP Nagar T: 080-26493982 Gora Apr 26-27 (Tue-Wed) Directed by Prakash Belawadi, Gora is an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's play. The play will be performed by Rangayana. At Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross II Phase, JP Nagar T: 080-26493982 Narnia Fantasy Apr 27 (Wed) at 7pm The Kannada play is based on the novel Magical Wardrobe by CS Lewis. It is a colourful fantasy play featuring dance and music. KH Kala Soudha Ramanjaneya Temple Compound, Hanumantha Nagar T: 080-64505457 Achanak Apr 30 (Sat) at 7pm This hilarious Kannada comedy play is directed by Ashok Nottur. The story revolves around an Indian family settled abroad, which faces cultural troubles. K H Kala Soudha Ramanjaneya Temple Compound, Hanumantha Nagar T: 080-64505457 English Sunshine Boys Apr 1 (Fri) at 8pm The classic comedy by Neil Simon focuses on two great comedians Al Lewis and Willy Clark. The two partners who rose to fame together started hating each other later. The play is about what happens when the old comedians are asked to perform together for one last time. KH Kala Soudha Ramanjaneya Temple Compound Hanumantha Nagar T: 080-64505457 Five Point Someone Apr 5-7 (Tue-Thurs) at 6.30pm This play is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel of the same title. It will be performed by Evam Enterprises. 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It is one of the finest hotels with all modern facilities. Toucan Plaza, 65, Residency Road T: 080-42744444 La Marvella La Marvella is a hotel located in Jayanagar that provides all the amenities and comforts to guests to ensure a comfortable stay. 1, 14th Cross, South-end Circle 2nd Block Jayanagar T: 080-43335333 Neemrana Villa Pottipatti Hotel Villa Pottipati is a colonial era villa situated in the traditional district of Bangalore. A stay in the villa surely gives you a chance to relish the rustic charm of the place. The rooms of the villa have an old-world charm and beauty that never fails to enchant the guests. The place also has a granite pillared lounge and a conference room. 142 New, 8th cross, 4th Main Road, Malleswaram +91 80 4128 0832/33/34 BUDGET (Below `. 5000) The Basil Hotel interiors portray a sense of royalty. 14, St Mark's Road, +91 80-2227 8736/1/2/3/ 4/5 Ramada Bangalore Ramada is known for its hospitality which is of international level. It has spacious rooms that are cozy and comfortable. The hotel is suitable for any kind of stay. 11, Park Road, Shivajinagar +91 80 2286 5566/55/ 4001 9555 Raaga's Rain Tree The hotel has 20 well furnished rooms with all modern facilities. 6, Resthouse Road, Next to Dubai Plaza Civil Area, off Brigade Road +91 98450 38059 +91 98869 94531/ +91 80 2588 9005/ 6/7/8/9 Ivory Tower It is an all suites hotel well known for its decor, service and food. It offers modern facilities and services to business people and leisure travellers alike. 84, M G Road +91 80 2558 9333/4178 3333 The Park Residency The hotel is situated in one of the major commercial, business and entertainment centre in Bangalore. 31, Residency Road, +91 80 2558 2151/2559 6718/ 19/20 Ginger Hotels One of the best economy hotels in Bangalore has 99 self sufficient rooms. It is the first hotel in India to introduce smart basics. It aims at meeting your key needs and ensuring comfort. 124, EPIP Phase II, Whitefield, +91 80 6666 3333 The Elite The Elite is a well known hotel that focuses on the corporate guests and business people. This top notch budget hotel is famous for its luxury and hospitality. The interiors are wonderfully done and the service is flawless. 627/628, 5th Cross, 15th Main, 80 Feet Road, 4th Block Koramangala +91 80 4175 5500/4000 8000 Citadel Hotel It is a budget hotel with royal splendour and contemporary comforts. Its proximity to the shopping and commercial centres makes it one of the most well sorted hotels. It has 3 conference halls,3 board rooms in addition to the 111 rooms and suites. 41, Sheshadri Road, Anand Rao Circle +91 80 4240 2222 Kandi Tree Kandi Tree is a deluxe hotel mainly for the business travellers and gives upmost importance to the quality. 30 elegant fully furnished rooms, cordial and attentive staff, and impeccable services make Kandi Tree a delight to stay at. 118-119, 8th B Main, Jayanagar, 4th block +91 80 4245 4000 Maple Green The hotel is situated in one of the happening places in Bangalore. 3, 4th Cross, Green Leaf Layout, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala, 4th Block +91 80 2550 7222/224/ 4110 4410 Safina Hotel Safina hotel is a budget hotel with 34 spacious fully furnished rooms which are tentatively designed in contemporary style. It has a multi-cuisine restaurant, a conference room and a business centre. 84 & 85, Infantry Road +91 80 2558 1982/83 Hotel Nandini Hotel Nandhini is a centrally located budget hotel in Bangalore. It has all the modern facilities in order to make the stay of guests comfortable. 72, St. Mark's Road +91 80 4126 6666 Dr. Rajkumar International Hotel It is a premium boutique hotel. This contemporary hotel has 50 elegant rooms which are well furnished with all amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. 109, 6th Cross, Off Race Course Road, Gandhinagar +91 80 4022 3344 IRIS Business Hotel This business hotel in Bangalore provides top-notch facilities across all its rooms. While it's an ideal business hotel, Iris is also a good option for tourists as it is centrallylocated centrally. 70, Brigade Road Bangalore- 560025 The centrally located hotel is noted for their excellent hospitality. With all modern facilities, calm and serene ambience with elegant decorthis is one of the best budget hotels in Bangalore. 8, Sampige Road, Malleswaram +91 80 4040 2323/ 2346 4353 Nandhana Grand It is a 3-star hotel and is popular among the corporate sector. The hotel caters to the needs of business people by providing all facilities and makes their stay as convenient as possible. 52, 60 Feet Road, 6th Block, Koramangala, +91 80 4185 8299 Museum Inn This hotel is equally popular among the business people and leisure travellers. They offer very good service and the ambience is comfortable. 1, Museum Road +91 80 4111 3333 J P Cordial The hotel has all the facilities which one can hope for and has high standards of hospitality which makes it one of the best budget hotels in the city. 68, 68/1, Subedhar Chartram Road, Near Anand Rao Circle +91 80 4021 4021 Pai Viceroy Situated in one of the suburban areas of Bangalore, the hotel is well surrounded by lush greenery. It is popular among both business people and tourists. 1504, 16th Cross, 9th main, 3rd block, Jayanagar +91 80 2653 5400 Nahar's Heritage All the well maintained and well furnished rooms of the hotel offer comfortable stay with a touch of class for the guests. The service is excellent and the 40 whats inn? T: 080-40555888, 9731388862 Shilton Royale Shilton Royale is the flagship hotel of Shilton group. Situated in the business and IT hubs of Bangalore it aims at providing comfort and convenience to business travellers. 9, 100 Feet Road, Koramangala, Diagonally Opp to Oasis Mall +91 80 4060 7777 SERVICE APARTMENTS Sterling Suites These service residencies recreate the magic of traditional hotels with well furnished interiors and modern facilities. They ensure maximum comfort during your stay here within economical prices. 8, Hayes Road Cross, Off Residency Road, +91 80 4114 6770/4/ +91 98801 12360 The Orchard Suites A home away from home, they are ranked among the best serviced apartments in Bangalore. They combine hospitality and style in such a way that they suit both business travellers and leisure travellers alike. 105, 1st Main Road, Off Sankey Road, Sheshadripuram +91 80 4123 4444 Oakwood Premier Prestige Bangalore They are located in UB City which is the centre of commercial and business hub. All the recreational centres like restaurants, night pubs, shopping centres, parks are just a stone's throw away from this place. These residencies are well furnished with all the luxurious facilities that one can imagine. UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Comet Block, +91 80 2234 8888 The Senate One of the best of its kind they provide the best of accommodation with all the luxury at affordable price. Block G, Diamond District, Airport Road, +91 80 4137 8888 Lavelle Inn These lavish and spacious rooms are ideal for all kind of temporary stay. The serene and pleasant atmosphere of the place is sure to leave a lasting impact on you. G F Lavelle Mansion, 1/2, Lavelle Road. Ground Floor, +91 80 4112 0187/0203/ +91 99014 14982 Shilton Suites 21 well equipped, airconditioned boutique residences offer you great experience during your stay in Bangalore. 2, Ulsoor Road, Behind the Oberoi, Ulsoor +91 80 4113 8777/6649 7236 Walnut Crest 201, Gitanjali Lakeview, Old Madras Road, Near RMZ Infinity, Benniganhalli +91 80 6565 8874/ +91 80 93412 20648 Eskay Home Stay Eskay Home Stay is a very comfortable place to stay. The stylish serviced apartment offers very good accommodation with excellent service. 17/25, Spencer Avenue, Spencer Road, Frazer Town +91 80 4112 4180/4181 Terrace Gardens Terrace Gardens is the first bed and breakfast. They provide quality accommodation with a homely atmosphere. The serviced apartment is recognized by the department of Tourism and is well known for its cleanliness, service, location and value for money. Kausalya Villa, 15, Brunton Road Cross, M G Road, +91 80 4112 3239/2558 1836 Droog House Droog house has 24 spacious fully furnished guest rooms and studio apartments. These rooms are peaceful, cosy and airy. 8, Nandigurg Road, Droog House Hospitality, Benson Town, +91 80 4020 5555/ 2333 2399 Aranha Homes The guests are provided with all modern facilities to make their stay comfortable. These serviced apartments are so professionally maintained that one will feel the comfort of one's home while his/her stay here. 148, 2nd Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage, 4th Main, Indiranagar, +91 80 2535 2020 Chalet Services Pvt Ltd Chalet executive serviced & furnished apartments are an ideal choice for corporate travellers, families on relocations. 8, A Block, Diamond District, Old Airport Road, +91 80 4152 0871/4151 5797 Melange These luxury service apartments with contemporary life style are designed in such a way to have a feel of home away from home. From travel arrangements to security, they take care of every minor detail to make sure your stay is comfortable and memorable. 21, Suryamukhi Garden Apartments, Vittal Mallya Road, +91 80 2212 9700/01/ 02/03 Daffodils Daffodils Living is primarily focussed on luxury accommodation for corporate lodging, short stay vacation rentals, relocation or extended stays. They are professionally organized with experience in hospitality services and are more focussed on total customer care and towards clients seeking style, comfort, space and exceptional service. 345, 12th Cross, 1st Stage, CMH Road, Indiranagar, +91 80 4163 1643 Mel's This budget service apartment is an ideal place to stay whether it is a business trip or a leisure vacation. Mel's offers all the facilities required for a comfortable stay with a touch of luxury to it. 103, VBF Plaza, Opp Diamond District, Next to Leela Palace, Kodihalli Main Road, +91 98440 16969 Mapple Mapple is considered as a breath of fresh air in the Indian hospitality industry. They offer two types of service apartments - premium suite and deluxe suite. The apartments are suitable for both long and short stay. 7 E, DDK, Industrial Area, 1st Phase, ITPL Road, Whiefield, Mahadevapura, +91 80 4032 4032 Baskar One It stands out as the most uniquely designed service apartments in Bangalore. 35/A, 3rd phase, 1st Main Road, J P Nagar +91 93412 76102 +91 80 4015 0440 Amethyst Serviced Apartments and Villas 210, Sundance Apartment, Near Velankani Infotech, Gate-1, Electronic City, Phase-1 Blue Valley Service Apartments It is a premium service apartment with all luxuries and comforts of home. 41, Nandidurga Main Road, Jayamahal Extention, Indiranagar +91 80 2353 5581/ Mathyoo Residential Apartments Mathyoo Residential Apartments is a collection of premium apartments which serves as an alternative for traditional hotels with all luxuries and comforts. These apartments with their style quotient are one of the best places to enjoy contemporary lifestyle in Bangalore. 38, Berlie Street, Langford Town +91 80 2222 2033/4112 0796 Shilton Suites At Shilton Hotels you will receive high standards of personalized and efficient service along with modern luxury and in house business facilities at tariffs which are truly value for money - thier numerous repeat guests bear testimony to this. 2, Ulsoor Road, Behind the Oberoi, Ulsoor +91 80 4113 8777/6649 7236 Compact Guesthouses Compact Guest Houses concentrate on creating the homely magic in the guest houses. The clean surroundings and interiors are suitable for any kind of stay and will surely make you feel at home. They also serve simple � like home made meals, gourmet to the guests. 311, 7th Cross, Domlur Layout +91 80 4115 0505/ 2572 0909/ 0808 City Central Service Apartments City Central Service Apartments offers fully furnished, equipped apartment and executive home 42 whats inn? which are ready to move into. Serviced apartment is created and designed specifically for people who travel for long periods of time, and who will be resident in one particular place. 812, 7th main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar +91 98450 02490/2529 6312/2529 6437 Tristar They offer comforts of home as well as all business facilities to their guests. 216, 100 Feet Road, Doopanahalli, HL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar +91 80 4118 5900 Tranzell Court Tranzell Court has all the 3-star amenities for a comfortable stay with excellent service and warmth. Linden Street, Off Victoria Road 17, Palm Grove Road, Austin Town +91 80 4112 8895/96 Alcove Alcove service apartments are perfectly well furnished service apartments with the mission of customer satisfaction suitable for both tourists and business executives. G-301, Raheja Residencies, 3rd Block, Koramangala +91 99005 78231 Brigade Homestead These professionally managed service apartment offer you fully furnished studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments for your stay. 12/12, 7th Cross, Lavelle Road +91 80 2222 0966/ 4187 0700 also at : Jayanagar, T : 080-4005 3333 RESORTS Angsana Oasis Spa & Resort An ideal place to relax and forget your stress and anxiety. The calm atmosphere and the lush green country side where the resort is situated in are sure to do wonders during your stay here. The guests have access to facilities like a well-stocked library, aerobics centre, meditation and yoga centre, squash and tennis courts, gym and a spa. Main Doddaballapur Road, R D Vishwanthapura Village, Rajankunte, Yelahanka +91 80 2846 8892 Golden Palms Hotels & Spa A luxurious resort with beautifully done interiors, lush green covered lawns, lagoons and waterfalls -all contribute towards an aesthetic pleasure. Treat yourself with a spa by the specialists and see for yourself how the magic works and transcends you to a calm and refreshed state of mind. Golden Palms Avenue, Off Tumkur Road, Nagrur Village, Dasanapura, Hobli +91 80 2371 2222 Silver Oak Silver Oak resort has 22 rooms and suites, facilitates guests with a 24 hour coffee shop, a restaurant, snack bar, swimming pool, health club, billiards and various courts for games like tennis, badminton, volley ball, squash etc. 23 km, Rajankunte Post, Doddaballapura Road +91 80 2846 8880 Manipal County Spread over an expanse of 16 acres of greenery, Manipal County is an ideal place for corporate outing, business conferences and family get together. Every room has a safe, a minibar and 24 hour room service. They promise to offer the guests a truly marvellous experience. 65, Singsandra, Off Hosur Road +91 80 2573 4242/ 6705/6706 Mangomist Resort Set in the midst of mango groves, a holiday here promises a relaxing experience under the refreshing veil of mango trees. Perfect for a rejuvenating weekend along with family and friends. Koppa Gate, Bannerghatta Anekal Road T: + 91 9449009550, 9448075551 Angana the Country Inn The traditional style set up complete with a courtyard is sure to make you feel at home. It is a perfect place for a family get together. The place has a massage centre, a swimming pool, an amphitheatre, a conference hall, badminton court and indoor games room. 55, Pattareddypalya, Kaggalipura, 25th km, Kanakapura Road +91 80 2843 2888 Native Village Native Village is a place that provides a respite from the isolation of a modern lifestyle and the web of complexities, where you can taste the possibility of a different way of living. Resort : Hessaraghatta, P.O. Box 8802, Corporate Off : 110, 1st Floor, 2nd Cross, 4th Main, HAL 3rd Stage, +91 80 4114 0909 Confident Resorts & Retreats India Pvt Ltd The luxurious resort group in Bangalore has the best residential and recreational facilities. 19km, Bannerghatta Main Road, +91 80 4011 3333/6667 3333 Devanahalli Retreat 1/2, 1st Main Road, J C Nagar +91 80 2354 4669/ 2333 9569/ 2333 9006 Guhantara Resorts A resort with a cave dwelling theme is situated in a place full of adventures. It is the first cave resort of India. It is a nice weekend getaway and an opportunity to have an experience of lifetime close to nature. 1317, 1st Cross, 2nd Phase, J P Nagar +91 97409 98981 Procupine Castle Procupine Castle is a resort in the heart of Coorg. The resort in the midst of nature and plantations offers independent cottages with comfortable rooms and picturesque view of the valley. The resort provides easy access to places like Nagarhole National Park, Tala Cauvery and Tibetan Settlement at Bylukkupe. Corporate Office FF1 ,Gokul Towers # 86, MSR Main road, Behind MSR Kalyana Mantap, Gokula, Bangalore � 560054 T: 080-41660805 Resort : Hanchikad, Pollibetta, Coorg - 571 215 T: 93791522575 monetize, advertize! call +9180 4040 2321 / 22 fax +9180 2346 4353 +91 99800 31145 +91 99865 32360 email email@example.com website www.whatsupguide.com 44 whats inn? whats cooking? all day dining p 48 american p 50 andhra p 50 bengali p 52 chettinad p 52 coastal p 54 coorgi p 56 chaat p 56 chinese & pan asian p 56 japanese p 62 korean p 62 thai p 62 tibetan p 62 vietnamese p 62 cafes p 62 european p 64 italian p 67 multi cuisine p 67 north indian p 68 north east indian p 71 parsi p 71 portuguese p 71 south indian p 71 sizzlers p 72 pizzas p 72 bakeries p 73 ice creams/juices p 74 food courts p 75 organic/ gourmet stores p 76 ALL DAY DINING/24 HR COFFEE SHOPS 1498 AD A comfy and generic d�cor marks this all day dining restaurant serving Indian, Chinese and Continental. The lunch buffet is popular, but try the steaks and pastas from the menu. The Atria Hotel, 1, Palace Road T: 080-22205205 Average meal for two ` 600 24 Carats A popular restaurant, more because of its location than anything else, the breakfast and lunch buffets are well liked. The atmosphere is not anyway near memorable but a few Indian and Continental dishes are good. The Capitol, 3, Raj Bhavan Road, T: 080-22281800 Average meal for two ` 10001500 20 Char This elegantly decorated 24/7 coffee shop offers a blend of ethnic and international cuisine. Matthan Hotel, 134, HAL Airport Road, T: 080-42494949 Bean Here Bright and airy, but calm with a business like look, the restaurant is known for its reasonably-priced buffets. The biriyanis get rave reviews here. The solitaire 3, Kumara Krupa Road Madhavnagar, T:080-40443636 Brooks An average looking place designed more like a coffee shop, the restaurant serves sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pastas, Chinese and Indian fare, all of which is fairly good without being spectacular. 15/1, A J International Bowring Hospital Road, Shivajinagar, T: 080-41971111 Average meal for two ` 500 BTDT Short for been there done that, the d�cor and atmosphere are just as ho-hum. However, because of its location, the lunch and dinner buffets are popular while the biriyani is probably the best thing about the restaurant. 73, The Shelton Grand M G Road, T: 080-40430000 Average meal for two ` 500 Caf� Masala Not much d�cor to speak of, but the restaurant is a great place for leisurely lunches as the buffet spans many cuisines and is value for money. The a la carte menu is more distinguished, both where European and Indian is concerned. Eva Mall, BJN Floor, Level 5 60, Brigade Road T: 080-41118433 Average meal for two ` 1100 Caf� Mozaic Warm and comfy with a classy d�cor, this is buzzing throughout the day. The other 'aah' factor is the enormous buffet spread which comprises of fabulous things from around the world � prawns, foie gras, lobster... Vivanta by Taj � M G Road 41/3, Mahatma Gandhi Road T: 080-66604444 Average meal for two ` 10001500 Citrus Surrounded by the hotel's sprawling greenery, Citrus is charming and relaxing. The lunch buffet and the Sunday brunch are huge hits, but choose the thin-crust pizza or the grilled chicken from the a la carte menu; check out the unique ayurvedic breakfast as well. The Leeela Palace Kempinski 23, Airport Road T: 080-30571234 Average meal for two ` 2000 Cubbon Pavilion Classy and beautifully designed, with a fabulous atmosphere, even the buffet is set out with a lot of care and attention. The variety of course is mindboggling � from sushi to pizzas and everything in between. The a la cart menu, especially the burgers, pizzas and steaks are done very well. ITC Royal Gardenia 1, Residency Road T: 080-22119898 Average meal for two ` 2000 La Brasserie A bit of a throwback, with dated d�cor, this nevertheless is a place known for its buffets. On its a la carte menu, the fish n chips is quite good, while a couple of biryanis hit the mark. Le Meridien, 28, Sankey Road T: 080-22262233 Latitude Chic and smart, Latitude is all bread, falafel and lamb tagine with cous cous. Taj West End, Race Course Road, T: 080-66605660 about business with elegance. Both the breakfast and lunch buffets, have quite a variety and are popular for their unique combo of dishes. Almost everything on the a la carte, whether a sandwich or a Conti dish, are very well made. Vivanta by Taj, ITPB, Whitefield, T: 080-66933333 Average meal for two ` 1800 Le Jardin Elegant and serene, aided by the acres of greenery adjacent to it, Le Jardin is like an oasis in the middle of chaos. In addition to all the regulars, the new Indian menu, with dishes from across the country, is a huge attraction. The Oberoi 37-39, M G Road T: 080-2558 5858 Average meal for two ` 14001800 Limelight The best thing about it is the location, overlooking the undulating greens of the golf course and providing fabulous views. The food, spread over 34 cuisines, while being fairly good, is less spectacular than the atmosphere. Hotel Royal Orchid 1, Golf Arcade, HAL Airport Road T: 080-41783000 Average meal for two ` 15001800 Monsoon Overlooking the deep blue swimming pool, the restaurant is simple yet elegant, with nothing overwhelming. The buffets are wonderful, but it's the a la carte menu which wows. From the soft shelled crabs to pomfret fry, from chicken murgh masala to the weight-watchers menu, it's great all the way. The Park, 14/7, M G Road T: 080-25594666 Average meal for two ` 20003000 Mynt Warm and welcoming, Mynt is like coming home; the friendly service only adds to this. Serving Indian, Continental and Lebanese, it is the last which is most popular. Try the mezze platter with tabbouleh, hummus, kibbeh and pita Paparazzi Stylish and classy, and located on the top floor of Central Park restaurant, it seems to have lost some of its oomph from when it opened. The kababs, Chinese dishes and a few European dishes are still good. Royal Orchid Central 47/1, Dickenson Road Manipal Centre T: 080-25584242 Average meal for two ` 1200 Pinxx There's no guessing the colour theme, and novel when it started, it does seem over the top feminine now. The food is all about fusion, which also seems outdated, but it is a good place for a quiet meal. Royal Orchid Central 47/1, Dickenson Road, Manipal Centre T: 080-25584242 Average meal for two ` 16002000 Raj Pavilion Sparkling by day, beautiful by night, the glass roof and poolside location is among the best in the city. The menu is largely from the Colonial era as the name indicates and spans Indian and Chinese, with an endearing twist, especially the mulligatawny soup and the Chinese dishes. ITC Windsor 25, Windsor Square Golf Course Road T: 080-22269898 Sidewalk Caf� Designed to look like a European street caf�, the high ceiling and the lovely lamp posts add to the charm of the place. A huge breakfast and lunch spread, as well as a humungous all-day menu starting with beef sandwiches to Kerala dishes, make for a great place; very romantic at night. The Paul Hotel 139/28, Domlur Layout Off Intermediate Road T: 080-40477777 Average meal for two ` 1500 Stir Smart and chic at the same time, the restaurant has got a makeover with the re-branding. Its food too reflects the change with a smart buffet combos and a nice a la carte selection at p 48 whats cooking? other times. The Gateway Hotel 66, Residency Road T: 080-66604545 Average meal for two ` 2000 AMERICAN/FAST FOOD Bistro Claytopia Different kinds of seating, and various kinds of cuisine, make this an ideal destination for any kind of mood. American is the most popular variety here with a choice of burgers, sandwiches, waffles, pancakes and the like. 318, 6th Main 2nd Stage, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-41267163 Average meal for two ` 200 Chili's Grill and Bar Well known fast food chain famous for its Mexican and American dishes, served here with an Indian twist in a minimalist atmosphere; go for their tacos, quesadillas and fajitas. 35, Phoenix Idiom Murugesh Palya, Old Airport Road T: 080- 40971165 Average meal for two ` 400 Fanoos An ordinary store-like eatery in Johnson market, this is Indian fast food at its best. The kababs and chicken rolls are fabulous in a hearty kind of way and worth the occasional indulgence. 17/1, Hosur Road Richmond Road T; 080-22275161 Friends A place for the yuppie crowd, a kind of a hangout for college kids, the food is tailored for this clientele: it's fast, inexpensive and rather average. Try the fries, cheesy pastas and the fried chicken. 12/11, 1100 Feet Road BTM Layout T: 080-26784129, 26912010 Hard Rock Caf� Housed in an ancient and beautiful stone structure, HRC is similar to those in its ilk: thumping music, rock music paraphernalia on the walls, sleek seating and yuppie American food with a nodding acknowledgement of local palette in the form of curry and wraps. 40, St. Mark's Road T: 080-41242222 Average meal for two Rs 1000 4, Brigade Road T: 080-41510224 Also at: Commercial Street T: 080-41510390 Majestic T: 080-41494959 Indiranagar T: 080-25203445 Koramangala T: 080-22067993 Whitefield T: 080-41158626 M G Road T: 080-41240876 Cunnigham Road T: 080-41231393 Malleswaram T: 080- 22667077 Jayanagar T: 080-42198198 McDonald's Another international chain serving burgers and fries; has a faithfully following among the children and youth. Ideal for quick meals but quite indistinct. The Forum, 1,21, Hosur Road Koramangala T: 080-22067733/7661 Also at: Rajarajeshwari Nagar T: 080- 32651125 C V Raman Nagar T: +91 9620206959 Basavanagudi T: +91 9620206960 Brigade Road T: 080-32502535 J P Nagar T: 080-42278571 Indiranagar T: 080-40936600 Commercial Street T: 080-22067733 HSR Layout T: +919739995612 Ruby Tuesday Chic, warm and friendly place, with lovely music; specialises in American food, especially the fast food variety with an abundance of fried dishes; the healthy conscious have a range of options as well. 20, Asha Enclave Church Street T: 080-41470023 Average meal for two ` 8001000 Subway A chain serving sub sandwiches with filling choices which are ideal for a quick meal, the outlets have come up with some interesting salad choices that made for a decent meal. 6, Kasturba Road, B-01 T: 080-22860813, 22860813, 98454333126 Also at: Bannerghatta Road T: 080-41215613 Brigade Road T: 080-25091320, 41121905 Koramangala T: 080-22067695 Shivaji Nagar T: 080-65705404 Whitefield T: 080-41151323, 41156868 Old Madras Road T: 080-41665051 Kasturba Road T: 080-22860813 Marathahalli T: 080-32402669, 32445444 K Kamaraja Road T: 080-25584466 Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-22112525 Domlur T: 080-41486266 Taco Bell A popular Tex Mex American chain's first outlet in India is similar to its counterparts in feel; it has the usual tacos, burritos and quesadillas all of which have been spiced up a bit for Indian tastes. Mantri Square Sampige Road Malleswaram T: 080-22667222/3 Sbarro One of America's leading pizza chains is now in Bangalore. Sbarro specialises in traditional Italian cuisine and serves the best New York-style pizzas in town. Also on the menu is their globally popular option, "pizza by the slice". Mantri Square 1, Jai Bheema Nagar Sevashrama, Malleshwaram T: 080-30160001 ANDHRA Annapoorna Delicious and spicy Andhra meals served on banana leaves against a backdrop of no nonsense d�cor, basic furniture, brisk and efficient service; nonvegetarians can feast on the biriyanis and the chicken/mutton fry. G-122, 6th Cross Gandhinagar T: 080-22912755 Average meal for two ` 200 Ice & Spice No nonsense and rather tiny, with nothing much in atmosphere to stand out, the eatery nevertheless has a loyal band of fans who love the lamb and chicken burgers, tarts and mud pies. 22, St. Marks Road T: 080-41121160, 32507859 Indiana Among the places that introduced fast food to Bangaloreans, the eatery has no d�cor or atmosphere to speak of. Yet, old timers swear by its burgers, the chicken sandwich and shakes. 9, St. Patrick's Complex Residency Road T: 080-25585966 Kaati Zone A chain that popularised rolls, the outlets are bright and clean with neat staff who care about hygiene. Almost all the rolls are tasty and make for a quick meal. Chicken tikka and fish rolls are popular with healthy wrap choices. 39, Opposite To 12th Main, 80 feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-66507871 Also at: Koramangala T: 080-66507852 Malleswaram T: 080-66507884 Church Street T: 080-66507879 Hebbal T: 080-66507895 Old Madras Road T: 080-41122100 Bannerghatta Road T: 080-41122100 Domlur T: 080-41122100 Devanahalli T:080-41122100 KFC The famous international chain specialising in fried chicken variations has tweaked a couple of combos for the Indian palate, especially the zinger burger and pulav options. Fast, efficient and crowded. p 50 whats cooking? Alampur More of a watering hole, the restaurant is popular and hasn't changed in a quarter of a century. The food, predominantly Andhra meals and the chicken biriyani, are hot favourites here. 44, Race Course Road T: 080- 22256578 Average meal for two ` 500 Bhagini Go here for the vast choice � more than 200 items on the menu. Apart from the usual Andhra fare, which is fairly good, it also has North Indian and Chinese, but most of these are very spicy. 92/6, Opp Innovative Multiplex Theatre Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli T: 080- 64501573/65961818 Average meal for two ` 150-250 Bheema's Almost always crowded, Bheema's takes spicy rather too seriously. It is popular owing to its location on Church street and serves ubiquitous Andhra fare. There's also Chinese and North Indian on the menu, but the restaurant's priorities are rather clear. Asha Bldg, Ground Floor 31, Church Street Road T: 080- 25587389/41122535 Average meal for two ` 250-300 Eden Park Located under a canopy of green and tables set in pergolas, Eden Park is a great place for leisurely eating. Andhra meals are the overriding favourite, but the fish curry, biriyanis and the lemon chicken are equally good. 21/1, Cunningham Road Near Sigma Mall T: 080- 22861100/22864100 Average meal for two ` 350-400 Hyderabad House This is no place to look for d�cor or atmosphere. Go for the biriyanis, whether chicken or mutton, though the latter is what scores. Pepper chicken and roast mutton are good too. 75, 'Krystal Prestige' Koramangala Industrial Area Hosur Main Road T: 080- 25525522/25521133 Average meal for two ` 500 Mayuri A popular chain of Andhra restaurants, the food is not very different from the some of the other joints, but it has a loyal following. Expect basic d�cor, fairly efficient service and palate burning fare. 47 D, J C Road T: 080- 26704284/26708073 Average meal for two ` 250 Nandini A chain of Andhra restaurants scattered all over the city, each of the outlets tries to offer something different in terms of d�cor and atmosphere, though the food is uniformly fiery in all, especially the chilli chicken and chicken 65. 14/A/37, 27th Cross (Opp. Karnataka Bank), 4th Block Jayanagar, T: 080-26535090/91/ 92/93/94 Also at: Minerva Circle T: 080-26424244 St. Mark's Road T: 080-41266666 J. P. Nagar T: 080-40355566 R. T. Nagar Main Road T: 080-40455555 White Field T: 080-41259166 Indiranagar T: 080-40799966, 08040799999 Kathriguppe Circle T: 080-26890011, 26890033 Gandhi Nagar T: 080-22203842, 22208306 Average meal for two ` 200 Nagarjuna Known for its fresh masalas, Nagarjuna sticks to the Andhra formula of fiery and spicy. Like others of its ilk, the chicken/mutton biriyani is almost always good, but the chilli chicken can be searingly hot. 44/1, Residency Road T: 080- 25592233 Average meal for two ` 150 Nandhana One more among the plethora of Andhra restaurants, there's nothing much to distinguish it, but the locations make it convenient for patrons. Try the chicken fry and mutton kheema curry. 83, M K Tower, St Thomas Town Post, Kammanahalli Main Road, Kammanahalli, T: 080-25804466, 25804477, 25804488 Domlur T: 080- 25352266, 25352244, 25353344 RR Among the earliest restaurants to introduce Andhra food to Bangaloreans, it is still a very popular eatery. The novelty is the Hyderabadi cuisine restaurant they have added which serves excellent biriyani. 55, Off Brigade Road Church Street T: 080- 41122505 BENGALI 6 Ballygunge Place A mix of ethnic Bengali as well as colonial, the restaurant feeds into the nostalgic element with such diverse dishes as prawn cocktail and dab chingri. For the veggies, there's always luchi and aam ada dal. 612, 1st Floor, 12th Main HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-41521390 Average meal for two ` 500 Bhojohori Manna Styled like non-fussy Bengali restaurants of Kolkata, the emphasis is on earthy food which changes according to the season, much like how it does on traditional Bengali homes, and with Bengali playing in the background. Check out the mutton dakbangla, fish fry of the season with mustard sauce and choler dal. 668/B, 6th Block Koramangala Club Road T: 080-25503666 Bangliana Very basic and down to earth, Bangaliana takes home-style and authentic very seriously, so it can be a bit of a put off for non-Bengalis. Nevertheless the thalis and the fish curry and rice are good options. 355, 1st B Main 7th Block, Close to Juke Box Restaurant Koramangala T: 080- 25711058/9845366458 Average meal for two ` 450-500 Bay of Bengal An enterprise of KC Das, and located just above the flagship, the restaurant is convenient without too many frills. By far, the fish is king here: the hilsa is definitely worth a try as it is fresh, as are the chital and the bekti, especially in paturi style. 48/1, St. Marks Road 1st floor,Above K C Das T: 080-25320332 Average meal for two ` 300 Best of Bengal An interesting option for Bengali food in this part of town, it is non-pretentious and a bit small but does a fairly good job with its food, especially the thalis which offer a taste of typical Bengal with fish, dal, curries and rice. There are plenty of a la carte options as well. 41, Haines Road, Opp Santhosh Hospital, Frazer Town T: 080-41251301/41251302 Average meal for two ` 200 Esplanade Deceptive from outside, this elegant restaurant serves Bengali food with a delectable twist. Try the mochor chop, kosha mangsho and bektir rassa. For kicks, have the baked rosogolla, a modern twist to the old classic. 151, KHB Colony 1st floor, Koramangala T: 080-40927878 Average meal for two ` 900 Oh! Calcutta Classy and elegant , with lovely prints of old Kolkata make for a rather nostalgic setting. The theme is Colonial Calcutta with an interesting take on fish n chips, bhappa chingri, bekti gandhoraj, dum alu, cholar dal, smoked hilsa and the lobster. 15/16, House of Lords St. Marks Road T: 080-22277722 Average meal for two ` 10001200 CHETTINAD Annachi One of the pioneer Chettinad restaurants in Bangalore, it is a smart looking place with a lot of little artefacts from the area. But go here well prepared for the fiery fare. Faves include the veg thali, pepper chicken, kheema dosa, egg parota, fish and other curries. 54, 100 Feet Road Defence Colony, Indiranagar T: 080-41261181 Average meal for two ` 900 Anjappar With a history of nearly half a century, the restaurant professes to carry the authentic Chettinad flavour forward. Almost all the Chettinad style curries are good, as are the varuval, kothu parota and chicken fry. 50, 100 Feet Road 4th Block, Koramangala T: 080-25534477/78/79 Average meal for two ` 120 p 52 whats cooking? Chettinad Express Traditional d�cor and setting distinguish it from the other Chettinad restaurants, and the service is quick and friendly. Apart from the usual Chettinad staples, try the mutton curry and the paniyarams served with chutney. 124, 1st Cross, 5th Block Next to Kaati Zone, Koramangala T: 080-41216333 Naachiyar's All done in terracotta, this hole in the wall takeaway place has graduated into a decent restaurant though don't go expecting any frills. The food though is pretty good, served on banana leaves; try the veg meals, kozhi kothu, Kerala parota, prawns and chicken curry. Near Yamini, 36/2 Haudin Road, Ulsoor T: 080-41738588 Average meal for two ` 300 Ponnusamy A bit of a climb down from when it was started, nevertheless Ponnusamy is known for its hearty and rugged Chettinad food such as the mutton kozhambu, fish and prawn fry, and biryani. 607, 80 Feet Road 6th Block, Koramangala T: 080-41105334 COASTAL Coastaal Express A thorough Mangalorean restaurant, there's not much d�cor and atmosphere to speak of, but the food scores, especially rava fry of any kind of fish, crab, bangda pulimunchi, Karwar style kori gassi, neer dosa and appams. 6/4, Sivananda Complex, Sivananda Circle, Kumara Park East, Kumara Park T: 080-22355094, 22355095 Average meal for two ` 500 Coast II Coast Not much guessing required here, but the restaurant does serve Tandoori and Chinese as well, though there are best ignored. Focus instead on the chicken ghee roast, kane masala fry, Mangalorean style chicken curry and the rice dishes. 113, 6th Cross, 6th Block Koramangala T: 080-41460666, 64505444 Also at: M G Road T: 080-30523388 Average meal for two Rs 250 Sana di ge Located inside a hotel, the restaurant is decidedly Tulu in pedigree, though those from Tulu land are not so sure. Nevertheless, the regional fare extends to such dishes as kane rava fry, prawn fry, crab, mussels, neer dosa and sannas. 32/3, Cresent Road, High Grounds, Off Race Course Road T: 080-41291300 Average meal for two ` 600-700 Kubay Sparingly decorated and quite functional so to speak, Kubay's Konkan style food is generally appreciated. Almost all the seafood is fresh; try the mussels, Goan rechedo, oysters and curries with sannas and neer dosa. 110, 6th Cross, 6th Block Koramangala Club Road, Koramangala T: 080- 41105221 Average meal for two ` 250 3 Storys Literally, spread over three floors, there's much here from up and down the west coast; from the delicious Goan panfried sausages and Karwar style prawn fry to the Kerala style meen mappas with appam, a veritable coastal feast. 35/2, Off Lavelle Road Kasturba Cross Road T: +91 9880327238 Average meal for two ` 500 Oasis Better known as a watering hole rather than a family place, Oasis was probably among the first to popularise Kerala cuisine in the city; fish and prawn curry rice are very popular, as are the pomfret fry and Kerala parota. 1, Church Street Off Brigade Road T: 080-25586081 Average meal for two ` 200 Karavalli With more than 20 years behind it, this elegant, high-end and rather expensive restaurant with choice of seating, serves the most delicious coastal fare. A big fave is the thali though the Alleppey fish curry, prawn curry, Goan pomfret and a host of other dishes are well worth the money. 66, The Gateway Hotel Residency Road T: 080-66604545 Average meal for two ` 1250 Coconut Grove Designed to recreate a bit of the Kerala ambience, it has undergone a subtle makeover in recent times and is much better looking. The food though, is as good as ever, especially the appams, ulli theeyal, a rather fiery red fish curry as well as the biryanis. 86, Church Street T: 080- 25596149/25596262 Average meal for two ` 800 Kudla Patterned rather rustically, the restaurant specialises in Mangalorean food especially Bunt and Konkan dishes, some of it really good; try the kane rava fry, kozhi gassi, crab fry, the various rice dumplings. Do end with ragi manni if it is available. Hotel Ramanshree 16, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road T: 080-41350000/41350001 Average meal for two ` 400-500 Beach More a drinking hole than a serious restaurant, its menu is also not reflective of the name and it has North Indian and Continental on its menu as well. Some of the Goan dishes though, such as the xacuti and fish curry are good. 1211, 100 Feet Road HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar T: 080-41518087/86 Average meal for two ` 150-250 Fishland Located on the first floor in busy Gandhinagar, this is an earthy, non-fussy and basic Mangalorean restaurant, but very clean. The food is authentic, especially the thali; add on any of the fish fry dishes and your meal is bound to be great. Sujatha Complex 1st Main, Gandhinagar T: 080-22258080 Mangalore Pearl Though a bit difficult to locate since it is obscure and tiny as well, the food is authentic and tasty and a favourite in this part of town; try the bangda fry, kori roti and gassi, prawn curry and neer dosa. 3, Coles Road, Next to KC Das Sweets, Frazer Town T: 080-25578855 Average meal for two ` 500 Port of Pavilion A budget coastal restaurant, this is more of a drinking den, but if you are in a group and want typical Mangalore fare and quickly, then the fish and prawn curry, parota and staples are worth it. Sujatha Complex, 1st Floor, 1st Main, Gandhi Nagar T: 080-22205831 Something Fishy This is coastal in a jiffy and popular with the office types in the area; no nonsense d�cor and simple, delicious Mangalore style food are the hallmarks; try the chicken curry, kane fry and mackerel. 1, Cornwell Street Langford Road T: 080-41245505 Unicorn The dim lighting and old-style d�cor might be a put off, but foodies who love coastal swear by it, especially the prawn and fish fry, fish curry rice and rice dishes. 94/3, Infantry Road T: 080- 25591670/41517774 Average meal for two ` 700 Sea Rock A dark and rather boring looking watering hole more than anything else, serious foodies prefer lunch time when the emphasis is less on the drink. Don't miss the pomfret fry, though other coastal dishes are fairly good as well. 1st Main, Sivananda Circle T: 080- 22260144 Average meal for two ` 500 Sea Spice Sea Spice is a coastal cuisine restaurant whose speciality is home-style Mangalorean delicacies. The restaurant has a very relaxed decor that matches perfectly with the soft music playing in the background. 1890, 9th Main, Kaveri Nagar, Banashankari 2nd stage T: 080-26715060 Kanua It's a toss up between the d�cor and ambience, and the food in this elegant coastal restaurant. The architecture resembles the area where the food comes from, which is fresh and authentic. Crisp fried yam, jackfruit papads, kane rava fry, chicken ghee roast and some of the veggie dishes are absolute stunners. Above the Quetzel Outlet Survey No 6/2, Kaikondahalli village, Carmelaram Post, Sarjapur Road T: 080- 55374471/72 Average meal for two ` 450-500 p 54 whats cooking? JEWELS The Big Jewellary Showroom in Mysore "When it comes to quality, we don't compromise" Tholasi Jewels Ashoka Road, Mysore Ph: 0821 - 2521926, 2441926, 4265926 Vembanad Savour a cuisine as exclusive as an ethnicity and loved irrespective of boundaries. At Vembanad Restaurant at The Paul, delicacies from Southern coasts of India are brought ashore and presented by the award winning chefs of the Kumarakom Lake Resort. Treat yourself to an exotic culinary voyage amidst a glorious ambience of luxurious heritage at its finest. The Paul Bangalore A Unit of Paul Resorts & Hotels Pvt Ltd. #139/28, Domlur Layout. Off Intermediate Ring Road T: 080-40477777 Average meal for two ` 1800 to Rs. 2500 COORGI Coorg No atmosphere to speak of, but head here for some great value for money Coorgi food, especially the pandi curry, roti and other dishes. 100 FT Road , Near Hotel Imperial, CMH Road, Indiranagar T: +91 9845493688 Wild Spice A pleasant if not non-fussy place, though a bit cramped sometimes, it specialises in earthy Coorgi fare; try the set meals, kadambuttu, veg and non veg curries, and of course the pandi curry. Cariappa Bhavan 96, Residency Road T: 080- 41127404 Average meal for two ` 300 Windsor Pub An out and out watering hole, regulars swear no other place does the pandi fry and pandi curry quite like here, though there's nothing much else from the region. 7, Kodava Samaja Building 1st Main, Vasant Nagar T: 080-22258847, 41148006 CHAAT Bhagatram Sweets Initially a tiny sweet shop, it has expanded its space and scope as well. The gulab jamun is the hands-down favourite, but if you are in the mood for something different then try the chaats: almost all of them are uniformly good. Sweet alternatives include jalebis and gajar halwa. 174/1-14, Commercial Street Bombay Chowpatty Kulfi and Chats Don't look for ambience, atmosphere or d�cor; stay in your car instead. But the chats and the kulfis bring the Mumbai experience, and they come at a price as well, but regulars don't complain. 41/B, Mosque Complex M M Road, Frazer Town T: 080- 25488811/9845884414 Delhi Walle A basic place, but serves authentic North Indian chats as well as sweets; there are some North Indian dishes also on the menu, but stick to the former. Caters as well. 9/9/1, Thubarahalli Varthur Main Road, Whitefield T: 080- 64533510/9845623510 Gangotree An out and out chaat corner, in all its branches, the pani puri and samosas are the best on its menu, though the rest are not too bad either. It has some innovative stuff but the classics are the best. BIAL Airport, Sulibele Road, Devana Halli T: 080- 22268484/9844034141 4108, High Point 4, 45, Palace Road Gullu's Chaat A landmark of sorts in Seshadripuram, the place is buzzing in the evenings. Don't come away without trying the pani puri, bhel and papdi chaat. There's plenty more if you have space. 2/1, Serpentine Road Opp Kumara Park West T: +91 9845102389 Karthik Mithai Shop Don't get fooled by the name, this is a hardcore chaat establishment which has grown from a mere footpath eatery to A/C branches all over the city. Great for pani puri, dahi puri and masala puri; fillers include parathas and channa bhatura. 81/1, New Thippasandra T: 080-41724166 Khushboo Tucked away on Lavelle Road, the two-floor eatery serves some well made chaats, especially the masala puri, bhel and samosas; head to first floor for simple meals. 25/5, Maruthi Complex Lavelle Road, M G Road Area T: 080-42156161 Mishti A haunt for those eager for the taste of Kolkota, the eatery is basic and known for its Bengali sweets such as sandesh, jalebis and rosogolla. Among the savouries, try the kachori and the alur dum which is done quite well. 29, Kaushal Presidency 80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala T: 080-65583935 Sagar Chaats A tiny chaat counter on busy Ibrahim Street it is almost always crowded due to its location. Some of the stuff though is quite good, especially the bhel, masala and dahi puri and the samosa chaat. 93/1, Ibrahim Saheb Street Shivaji Nagar T: 080-25583054 Sudha Chaats A tiny establishment on Langford town, with no atmosphere to speak of, this is nevertheless a great place for such unusual and sinful snacks as moong bhajis, dal vada, mirchi bhajis, samosas and kachoris. Be early, as he shuts shop if he runs out of stuff. Shantinagar, Langford Road, Berlie Street, Near Nanjappa circle, Hockey stadium T: 080- 9980348380 Tewari Brothers Among the best chaat places in town, it is neat and tidy, and predictably crowded. Try the papdi chaat and ragda patties, as well as some mouthwatering sweets. If you like Agra petha then this is the place to get the authentic stuff. 27, Dickenson Road, Near Commercial Street Opp ABNMS School T: 080- 41133015 Tung Tung Chaats Specialists in Delhi and Kolkata style chaats, the eatery has an impressive list of snacks with some innovative things such as Chinese samosa. Among the regulars try the alu tikki, chole samosa and bhel. Spencers Hyper Mart,1st Block 80 Feet Road, Koramangala T: +91 9741295044 Spencer's, Old Airport Road Murugesh Palya, Opp Total Mall CHINESE and PAN ASIAN Aromas of China A classy setting, especially at the Eva Mall branch, the spread is wide; the buffet especially has a wide range of choices. Try the steam boat as well as dimsums from the a la carte menu. 19, Lalbagh Road, Richnond Circle Shivshanker Plaza, Next to Tata Motors T: 080-41113355 Average meal for two ` 1400 Aroy Beautifully designed and laid out on a terrace skirting a treelined avenue, Aroy is a midlevel restaurant specialising in Thai and Burmese cuisine. The khao swe is really a meal in itself; most Thai dishes are quite spectacular as well. 74, 15th Main 3rd phase J P Nagar T: 080-40939311 Average meal for two ` 700-800 Asean Oriental in appearance and ambience, Asean is a fair old timer serving Chinese, Malay, Indonesian and Thai. Good choices include the Thai curries, Chinese noodles, Malay rice dishes, and the satays. 30, Castle Street Brigade Road T: 080-41126381 Average meal for two ` 500 Beijing Bites Run of the mill Indo-Chinese, some of the outlets are bright and lovely while the food court outlets are quite pedestrian. However, the Szechwan dishes, rice and noodles, as well as the Thai curries are quite nice. II Floor, Epip Industrial Area Opp. Sai Baba Hospital Above Raymond Showroom Whitefield T: 080-40930388 / 0488 Frazer Town T: 080-41251616 Richmond Road T: 080-22075060 Banashankari T: 080-41723700 R T Nagar T: 080-41492149 Marathahalli T: 080-41504388 HSR Layout T: 080-25729855 Jayanagar T: 080-42068388 Whitefield T: 080-40930388 Vijaynagar p 56 whats cooking? T: 080-41608828 Average meal for two ` 400 China Pearl No d�cor or atmosphere to speak of, the outlet is nevertheless a fave with the local community as a takeaway. What distinguishes it is some of the dishes such as stir fried tofu, crispy vegetables, whole fried fish and crab dishes. 53/1, 5th Cross 6th Block, Koramangala T: 080-25501735, 41105060 Average meal for two ` 400 Chinese Hut A rather old haunt, the restaurant offers good views owing to its location. The food is iffy but some of them, such as fried chicken, chilli babycorn and fried rice are like soul food for regulars. 45, Palace Road High grounds T: 080-22281922 Average meal for two ` 600 Chopstick Set amidst a long line of eating establishments on Ring Road, there's nothing much to distinguish either from its neighbours or those of ilk. It claims to be multi cuisine, but focuses on Chinese; the food is fairly flavoursome and consistent. Hotel Aangan Residency, 100, Ring Road, Near To Surya IT Park II, Electronic City, Hosur Road T: 080-28521670/71 Average meal for two ` 500 Chung's Pavilion A local favourite, it is an average Chinese eatery, specialising in thick soups and red, garlic-laden gravies. Go here if you don't want to spend too much. 3047, 80 Feet Road HAL II Stage, Indiranagar T: 080- 25254142 Average meal for two ` 700 Chungwah Spread all across the city, Chungwah outlets are basic and functional serving typical budget Indo-Chinese. Popular dishes include wantons, American chopsuey, fried rice, noodles, steamed rice and soups. Leo Complex,45/1, Residency Road T: 080-25580708/25550053/ 25582662 Also at: Bannerghatta Road T: 080-41215333 Koramangala T: 08041607888/41607999 Jayanagar T: 080-32488588/8688 Sadashiv Nagar T: 080-65903348 Hebbal T: 08041699088/41699188 Church Street T: 080-25598598 Varthur Main Road T: 08028540041/28540039 Frazer Town T: 08041234738/41234739 Whitefield T: 08041641322/64542188 Katriguppe T: 08041553388/64542088 Sadashivnagar T: 08023618861/23616945 New Bel Road T: 08023413814/65675955 T: Cunningham Road 080-22204949/ 22202224 Indiranagar T: 080-25250500 Jayanagar T: 080-26644700 Malleswaram T: 08023368222/23369844 Jayanagar T: 08026551899/26631899 Mahalakshmi Layout T: 08023104949/23207729 HRBR Layout T: 080-30923325 Average meal for two ` 400 Chung's Another popular chain of budget Chinese restaurants; expect no flourishes but the restaurants are neat and clean nevertheless. Dishes span the usual Chinese friend rice, noodles and soups, though there are some Thai dishes which are interesting. 295, Sri Krishna Complex, 22nd Cross, 10th Main Road, 3rd Block, Jayanagar T: 080- 26644700 Also at: Vasanth Nagar T: 080-22202224 Malleswaram T: 080-23368222 Indiranagar Civet A pan Asian restaurant done smartly, in keeping with its surroundings, Civet is a favourite with techies for a quick meal or just to lounge around. Some of the Thai and Malay dishes are quite good. Tech Park Mall, International Tech Park Ltd Whitefield Road T: 080-41156216 Average meal for two ` 600-700 East Winds Located on the terrace of S Hotel which is tucked away in JP Nagar, the restaurant is a fairly good Chinese and Thai option in this part of town. There's also a bit of Italian, which brings diners up short, but the oriental food is fairly good. S Hotel, 60, 13th Cross 2nd Main, JP Nagar T: 080-42456060/2055 Average meal for two ` 2500 Ginseng A nicely done restaurant with interesting oriental touches, the restaurant specializes in South East Asian cuisine; must eats include the sushi and peking duck, though some of the Thai is delicious as well. Hotel Royal Orchid, C Floor Adjoining KGA Golf Course, Airport Road T: 080-25205566 Average meal for two ` 18002000 Hong Kong Hustle Delicate bead curtains and low tables set the tone for this Chinese eatery. The lunch buffet with a twist is very popular; check out the chowmein as well as some of the starters like satays and the spicy chicken. 2rd Floor, Asha Enclave, 20, Church Street, Off M G Road and Brigade Road T: 080-41122855 Average meal for two ` 700 Hungry Buddha A student hangout, this is a budget place with a very basic line up of fried rice, noodles and chicken dishes. The only flourish are the momos, which are simple and nice. Money Center, 7th Block Near Raheja Arcade, Koramangala T: 080-41216390 Average meal for two ` 300 In China Done in red and gold, there's no mistaking the oriental connection. Apart from Chinese, there's Singapore and Indonesian cuisine as well. Try the dumpling soup, mushrooms in hoi sin sauce, glass noodles and interesting desserts. HM Eleganza 31, Museum Road T: 080-40001234/9008001196 Average meal for two ` 400 Khao One of three restaurants in one building, Khao is a good Chinese option in the area. It has a generic d�cor and is tidy, but the menu is however quite predictable. Stick to the fried rice, noodles and Szechwan chicken. 30, 1st Cross Sampige Road, Malleswaram T: 080-42067030 Average meal for two ` 500 Magnolia Done up in pink with a lot of flourishes and water bodies, this Chinese and Thai eatery is quite a nice place to relax. Try the crispy fish, mixed fried rice, the crab dishes and Thai curries. 840, 7th Cross, 15th Main 3rd Block, Koramangala T: 080-41102222 Average meal for two ` 1000 Mainland China Smart and contemporary, the restaurant serves delicious Indo-Chinese. The lunch buffet is a great hit and also great value for money, while the crackling spinach, four treasure vegetable and dimsums are excellent from the a la carte menu. 14, Church Street T: 080-25596677 Average meal for two ` 1000 Mandarin Trail Mandarin Trail at Mantri Square is a Chinese fine dining restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. Mantri Square, third Floor 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram Memories of China High end fine dining Chinese restaurant with a classy ambience and atmosphere, it has a great lunch buffet. Also popular are the soft shell crabs, sliced pork and bamboo steamed rice. Vivanta by Taj � M G Road 41/3, M G Road T: 66604444/4276/4277 p 58 whats cooking? Average meal for two ` 2500 Mugen Stylish, contemporary and arresting, Mugen is quite a classy restaurant with an open kitchen that is quite riveting. It serves pan Asian but the Indonesian and Thai score over all others. 3rd floor, 2011 100 Feet Road, Above Indigo nation HAL 2nnd stage, Indiranagar T: 080-41481414 Average meal for two ` 800 Oko Classy and beautifully located on the terrace of Ashok, overlooking greenery, Oko is among the city's best pan Asian restaurants and expensive too. Especially good is the sushi, satays, rolls, and the noodles. The Lalit Ashok, Kumara Krupa Road, High Grounds T: 080-30527777 Average meal for two ` 5000 Oriental Spice Bright and cheerful, the restaurant claims a pan Asian menu but stick to the Chinese. Some of the good ones include the stir fried vegetables, kung pao lobster, crispy chicken and the rice noodles. Ashraya International Hotel 149, Infantry Road T: 080-41148409, 41148989 Average meal for two ` 600 Ping Set in a beautiful white bungalow, Ping is smart and contemporary in d�cor and atmosphere. Focus on the dimsums, they are spectacular. It does nice soups and noodles as well. 130, 1st Cross, 5th Block Koramangala T: 080-41329357, 41521773 Average meal for two ` 700 Red Bamboo Shoots Done in Oriental colours and interesting artefacts, the restaurant has reinvented itself with the red in the name symbolizing spice. It has a reasonably priced lunch buffet but try clay pot chilli prawn, flaming chicken and pan seared Mongolian chicken. Museum Inn, 1, Museum Road T: 080-41113338 Average meal for two ` 1000 Sake Located on the terrace and incorporating the five elements, the restaurant offers terraced seating as well as a closed one in front of a teppanyaki; food ranges the whole South East Asian gamut with the sushis hitting the high mark; try also the pepper prawns, grilled NZ lamb and the satays. The Zuri Hotels, Rajpalya Hoodi, ITPL Road, Whitefield T: 080-66657272 Average meal for two ` 3000 Shangrila Don't go by the fa�ade: it might look seedy from outside, but is better on the inside. The food is old world Chinese, with such staples as fried rice, noodles and chicken gravies being much better than many. 182, Brigade Road T: 080- 25588994 Average meal for two ` 300 Shiro The setting and d�cor are spectacular to say the least with the giant Apsaras and Buddha statue. The outdoor seating is fabulous as well. The food is equally good and runs the whole gamut: try the sushi, Mehtani's chicken, dim sums... 3rd floor,UB City (Comet) Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41738864/8861/ 8862/8863 Average meal for two ` 2500 Shyvan Multicuisine restaurant in a busy area, the restaurant leans towards Chinese. The d�cor is very basic, but the idea it to order, eat and leave. The menu is quite long but stick to the basics for these are what it does well. 1/5, Royal Corner, Double Road Junction Lalbagh Road, K H Road T: 080-22276519, 41144355 Average meal for two ` 200300 Silk Route The name is misleading as it serves North Indian and more of it. But whatever Chinese is on the menu is passable if you are looking for a quick and inexpensive meal. Dr, Marigowda Road 2 & 3, AMM Towers Hosur Main Road, Wilson Garden T: 080- 55379903, 55379904 Average meal for two ` 600 Silk Winds Not much to look at, the restaurant nevertheless dishes up good Chinese, Thai and a sprinkling of Japanese dishes. Try the Chinese stir fries and the Thai curries, almost all of which are quite good. The Atria Hotel, 1, Palace Road T: 22205205 Average meal for two ` 800 Silver Wok An old timer, the location in a basement is not much of an attribute but loyalists claim its Szechwan chicken, spring rolls, fried rice and noodles are the best in town. The momos are a good alternative too. 85, Sheriff House, Near Lakme Beauty Parlour, Richmond Road T: 080-22242288/22211081 Average meal for two ` 500 Taipan Basic d�cor and a functional set up characterise this small restaurant which dishes out Indo-Chinese, with the emphasis on Indian; wanton soup and roast pork are the runaway favourites. 14/1,Krishna Manere Wood Street, Richmond Road T: 080-25545637/25365913 Taiyvans All in red and black with fans on the walls, locals claim it is highly underrated; home delivery and takeaways are more popular. Dishes ordered most include the fried wantons, chicken drumsticks, honey chilli chicken, lamb chops and Szechwan noodles and rice. 1/1, CBI Road, Opp CBI Office, Near Bellary Road, Ganganagar T: 080-23337349/23337197 Average meal for two ` 150 Tasty Tangles Beautifully located and airy with choice of indoor/outdoor seating, the restaurant is a great place to linger, though the menu is not extensive; try the satays and the laksa, both of which are good. UB City, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41738812 Average meal for two ` 1000 The Rice Bowl One of the city's oldest Chinese restaurants, it looks a bit run down, but the food, old style Indo-Chinese, is as good as ever. Don't miss the cracking spinach, drums of heaven, soups and the pineapple fried rice. 40/2, Lavelle Road T: 080-22240216/22105437 Average meal for two ` 400 The Szechwan Court Cosy and sophisticated, done in warm colours and oriental flourishes, this is among the city's most elegant Chinese restaurants. The dim sums are the highlight, though the peking duck, pomfret in five spice and fried lotus stems are delicious. The Oberoi Hotel, 39, M G Road T: 080-25585858/41358202 Average meal for two ` 2500 Three Quarter Chinese Smart and yuppie, the restaurant is sprawling and rather crowded at times that it could be a bit of a bother. The menu is not very different from the usual Chinese but they are done quite well. 22, Church Street T: 25327981/82/83 Average meal for two ` 700 Tangra Located at the Edan Park Restaurants, it is a fine dining experience with authentic IndoChinese fare. th th 722/22, 36 cross, 10 A Main th Jayanagar, 4 Block T: 080-42777333, 9980102919, 9886095845 Wok with Chung Spacious and spread out, the restaurant is ideal for Sunday family outings. It serves Chinese, Thai and a selection of Korean which is the novelty. Try the chicken satay and the barbecued spare ribs. 35/1-A, Varthur Main Road Munnekolala, Marathahalli T: 28540039, 28540041 Average meal for two ` 400 Yo China Meant for the yuppie crowd and focussing on boxed meals, Yo China outlets are breezy with nothing much to distinguish. The fare is mostly basic fried rice, noodles, veggie and chicken sides; combo meals and momos are also popular. 90/3,Sri Sapthagiri Complex, Outer Ring Road, Opp. Innovative Multiplex, Marathahalli T: 080-40980666 Average meal for two Rs 400 p 60 whats cooking? Zen Perhaps the classiest pan Asian restaurant in the city, it is elegant and meant for a leisurely meal. Try the exotic dishes, which are done very well: teppanyaki, sushi, tempuras, glass noodles, Thai soups and curries. The Leela Palace Kempinski 23, Airport Road T: 080-30571520 Average meal for two ` 5000 JAPANESE Harima Stylish and elegant, with traditional Japanese low seating at one end of the restaurant this is for the true Jap food lover. The sushi and sashimi are great, as are the prawn tempura, stewed pork and soba noodles. 4th Floor, Devatha Plaza 131, Residency Road T: 080- 41325757/65688222 Average meal for two ` 1000 Korean food. The best way to go about it is by having the set meal with kimchi soupl, chicken in chilli sauce, roast pork, tossed greens and such like. 20, Paul Castle Castle Street, Ashoknagar T: 080- 41127730 Average meal for two ` 500 Soo Raa Sang Tiny, cosy and expensive, the restaurant serves authentic Korean that goes beyond just kimchi. Try the grilled meats and seafood soups. There's also a karaoke room is you like that kind of thing. 35, RK Arcade Wind Tunnel Road, Off Airport Road Airport Road T: 080-41303435 Average meal for two ` 800 THAI Rim Naam Set in a gazebo surrounded by greenery and water, there can never be a better setting for the delicious and authentic Thai food served here. Must haves include som tam, prawn and crab cakes, warm seafood salad and any of the Thai curries with the fragrant jasmine rice. 37-39, The Oberoi M G Road T: 080-25585858 Average meal for two ` 300 TIBETAN Taste of Tibet A rather dingy and cramped place in a small shopping mall, the restaurant nevertheless serves authentic Tibetan; try the momos, pork buns, noodles and fried rice. Nanjappa circle, 1, Cornwell Road, Langford Town T: 41235438/41237875 Average meal for two ` 150 VIETNAMESE Blue Ginger High end and set in a beautiful location with greenery and water all around, this is a great place for a leisurely meal. Feast on the raw mango and papaya salads, noodle soups, crab cakes and the fish/prawn curries with rice. 55, Taj West End, Race Course Road T: 080-66605660 Average meal for two ` 5000 CAFES Au Bon Pain A chain of smart looking cafes serving a variety of beverages, cakes, pastries, breads and short eats, these are good to chill and catch up with friends. They also do hot sandwiches, soups, pastas and rice and curry dishes for quickie lunches. MG Road, 86 Mahatma Gandhi Road T: 080-25586969 Also at: ITPB, Whitefield Road T: 080-28412260 / 61 Mantri Square Mall, Malleshwaram, T: 080-22667435 Old Madras Road T: 080-65832366 Jayanagar, T: 080-41538841 very Parisian with just some tables and chairs spread out casually. Not just the coffees, but the variety of sandwiches and salads are good; however, the array of desserts, yummy cakes, pastries, mousses and tarts, just take the breath away. 206, The Collection, UB City, 24, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-40982050 Caf� Thulp Casual ambience makes for a very homely feel; board games and abundance of books further enhance this feel. The food is mostly burgers, sandwiches and like, almost all of which are excellent. The highlight however is the changing menu on the blackboard: fish and prawn curry rice, Thai curry rice, pandi curry and sannas... 998, 1st Main, 1st Block, Koramangala T: 080-40933344 Barista Funky when it started out, this has become just another chain of coffee shops; the blaring music could be an irritant for some, though others swear by the cappuccino. A few of the cakes and muffins are delectable. 664,1st floor, 11th A, Main, 5th Block, Jayanagar T: 080- 42075023 Also at: M G Road T: 080-41134817 Cunningham Road T: 080-41148062 Koramangla Ring Road T: 080-41218329 Frazer Town T: 080-41253983 Magrath Road T: 080- 40913723 Old Airport Road T: 080- 41265329 Caf� Beanstalk A nice place to linger and hangout, the list of coffees is fairly extensive, though the food menu does not inspire. If you have to eat, try the kheema dosa. Opp Post Office,311 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-65358858 Caf� Coffee Day CCD revolutionised coffee drinking with its simple cafes, chirpy music and yuppie attitude; has branches all over in its trademark red and beige colours. Some coffees are good, while the food is average but is Edo Very high end, very classy and very nice: the latest ITC branch to be launched, this is all Japanese done in semi casual style with teppanyaki and robatayaki. The menu is extensive; try the sushi, sashimi, soups and steamed dishes. ITC Royal Gardenia 1, Residency Road T: 080-22119898 Average meal for two ` 40005000 Ants Caf� Relaxed and laid back atmosphere, this is ideal for a leisurely meal; there's even an all day breakfast so doesn't matter what time you wake up; try the eggs, sandwiches and coffees. 2023/B, 14th A main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-4152742/41715639 Boca Grande Homely and amiable, the ambience is very caf� and tends to make people linger. Ditto with the all day breakfast, as well as the lasagne, crepes and other desserts. 606, 8th Block, Near Bethany High School, Koramangala T: 080-41105183, 41110889 Bean Fuel Caf� Nothing much of d�cor or ambience, but the coffees, especially the frappes are excellent and the place is ideal for that all important caffeine shot of the day. IBP Petrol Pump, Opp. Next/FChisel, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala T: +91 9880866955 Caf� Noir Owing to its location it looks KOREAN Hae Kum Gang Not much of a place to look at, the restaurant nevertheless provides a large window into p 62 whats cooking? a great place to meet and hangout. 30, Mezanine Floor, Prestige Meridian, M G Road T: 080- 32488840 Also at: Indiranagar T: 080-41269982 Richmond Road T: 080- 32486263 Whitefield Jayanagar T: 080- 32486278 Old Airport Road T: +91 9343713016 Frazer Town T: 64512291 HSR Layout T: 080-64541183 Koramangala T: 080- 32903012 Coffee Day Square High end outlet of the CCD brand, it stands out with its specialist coffees selected from all over the world; especially good are the single-origin coffees. 23/2, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-40012345 Caf� Matteo Trendy and buzzing, with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, Matteo is a notch above the usual coffee places. Nice range of coffees while some of the dishes, especially burgers, pastas and salads, are delicious. 2, Church Street T: 080-43336000 Caf� Pascucci No doubt about the Italian connection, though the d�cor is quite generic done in reds, blacks and pastels. Speciality Italian coffees are worth a try though the food is quite ordinary. Madhura Beaverages India Pvt Ltd, United Mansions, 39, M G Road, T: 080- 40912134 Caf� Terra More of an all-day breakfast kind of place, which also serves meal combos, this is more a homely kind of place to linger or get that familiar dish. To go with the coffee, try the muffins and waffles. 1020, V3, Trinity. 1st floor, 80 Feet Road Koramangala T: 080-41313553 Cha Bar A smart tea lounge attached to a book store, the combo couldn't be better. It has a wide variety of teas from all over the country and beyond, accompanied by some delicious cakes and cookies. The Leela Palace 23, Kodihalli, HAL, Airport T: 080-30571234 Gloria Jeans Trendy and yuppie, this is the place for those who like peace and calm. Some of the coffees are innovative and good, like the vanilla coffee. Food is good but nothing spectacular. 50, Zatakia Centre, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-41487631 India Coffee House Old and nostalgic, this is Bangalore's pride. Cramped, no-frills and dowdy attitude of the waiters notwithstanding, the coffee is authentic and the scrambled eggs are favourites. Great place to catch up with old friends. 19, Ground Floor, Church Street T: 080-25587088 Infinitea Smartly done up tea place, it is trendy and has become a place for the young to hang out. It offers a wide range of teas as well as a selection of interesting snacks and meal combos. 2, Shah Sultan Complex, 17/1, Ali Asker Road, ent. Cunningham Road T: 080- 4114 8810/8428 Java City A few outlets spread out, it has a casual atmosphere that is a great hit with youngsters; live music in the evenings is also a draw. The Mysore coffee is good while the food is quite ordinary. 24/1, Next To Ajantha Apartments, Lavelle Road T: 080-41120647 Kalmane Koffee Spartan but clean and tidy, this chain focuses on the matter at hand: coffee. There are a few choices, but almost everything is good, fresh and reasonably priced. No deflecting attention with fancy food either. 433/30/1 Ist Floor 4th Block, 28th Cross, 10th Main, Jayanagar T: 080-41505585 Also at: Forum Mall, Koramangala Garuda Mall, Magrath Road T: 080-32519870 Mantri Mall, Malleswaram T: 30160000 Mocha Hip and happening at one point, it has lot of competition. The Lavelle Road outlet is charming due to the location. Apart from the usual cappuccino and latte, there are some choices from across the world; food is rich and sinful. 577, 80 Feet Road, 8th block, Koramangala T: 26601236/41570437/ 30224711 Mr Beans Warm and lovely, with nice little niches for groups, some of the appeal of the place comes from the hookahs; the menu is quite diverse ranging from pizzas, sandwiches and burgers to brownies, cakes, ice-creams and shakes. 651, 3rd block, 100 Feet Main Road, Koramangala T: 080-41115717 My Tea House Meant to be a refuge for the serious tea drinker, the ambience is nevertheless one of relaxation, where one can linger over a cuppa. Choices range from Nilgiris and Darjeeling to Arabian, Ceylon and Tibetan. Have the cakes if you feel peckish. 293, 100 Feet Ring Road 7th Block, 4th Phase, 3rd Stage Banashankari T:080-65975430, 9448367927, 9241112071 Urban Solace A charming little caf� facing Ulsoor lake, there are just a few tables with bright tablecloths and some frames on the walls. The menu runs to sandwiches, burgers and a few dishes, but the ambience is cool; special events, like jazz evenings are a hit. 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road, Ulsoor T: 080-25553636 Sidewalk Cafe Nestled at the hotel's atrium, The Sidewalk Caf� is open from 7am till 11pm and serves a sumptuous international breakfast buffet spread. Cozy and cool, with a bar and a choice of a la carte delicacies of various popular cuisines including Mexican, Italian, Brazilian and Latin, the Sidewalk Caf� invites you to relax and watch as the world goes by. The Paul Bangalore A Unit of Paul Resorts & Hotels Pvt Ltd. #139/28, Domlur Layout. Off Intermediate Ring Road T: 080-40477777 Average meal per person Rs.750 to 850 EUROPEAN / CONTINENTAL /MEDITERRANEAN 100 Feet Stylish, with indoor and outdoor seating, it is a boutique restaurant ringed by trees. Food is mostly Med; try the tapas, pastas, risottos, and the lobster thermidor. 777/1, 100 Feet Road, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar T: 080-25277752/25278616 Average meal for two ` 1000 20 Feet High The name is because it is perched 20 feet high from the ground, under a spread of trees. The accent is on Continental, but stick to the sizzlers, pastas and bakes. 22, Amoeba Complex, Church Street T: +91 9902861115 Average meal for two ` 600 Aqua Stylish poolside location with gazebos and a charming ambience, especially at night, makes this is a great dining place. The food is mostly European and Mediterranean; try the tapas, the sea bass, NZ lamb chops and the lavish Sunday brunch spread. The Park, 14/7, M G Road T: 080-25594666/5081 Average meal for two ` 2500 Bangalore Bistro Sleek and smart, as opposed to the charm of its former location, this is nevertheless a good place to have salads, veal chops, pastas and some delectable desserts such as the cheesecake. 74, Sumeru Towers, 3rd floor, Brigade Road T: 080-41131616 Average meal for two ` 400 Caf� Y Done in bright colours, the place has a zing about it that is refreshing. It dishes up old style Continental that veers more towards soul food. Example: cheesy sauce with spinach in bakes and thick creamy soups. Prawn cocktail and the choc mousse are very popular. 2/2, Langford Road T: 080- 41144561 Average meal for two ` 600-700 p 64 whats cooking? Caperberry High end, fine dining Mediterranean restaurant, this is among Bangalore's best, especially for the innovative molecular gastronomy concept. Almost everything on the menu is good, but try the tasting menu. An executive lunch option is a great hit and great when you are strapped for time. Ground Floor, The Estate, 48/1, Dickenson Road T: 080-25594567 Average meal for two ` 1500 Casa del Sol The outdoor seating, especially at night, is the best thing about this place, where it recreates a Med bistro experience. Stick to the tapas which is very good; some pastas, the paella, pan seared beef are also worth a try. 3rd Floor, Devatha Plaza, Residency Road T: 080-41510101 Average meal for two ` 1000 Casa Piccola Bangalore's first taste of budget Continental, and a chain at that, this is no gourmet fare. Yet, the old style Continental cooking has a fan following especially for the spaghetti bolognaise, steaks and burgers. A-14, Devatha Plaza 31, Residency Road T: 080- 22212907/41101888 Average meal for two ` 500 Chamomile This fine dining restaurant specialises in authentic European cuisines and in an unusual twist offers its diners Chamomile tea (known for its health benefits) throughout their meal. 4031, 1st Floor, 100 Feet Road, HAL 2nd stage Indiranagar T: 080-42156000, 42167000 Couch A Med place with the accent on Italian, the restaurant has a lounge feel to it and is popular for that reason. Some of the Italian dishes like the pastas and meat dishes are popular, as are the Med style grilled veggies. 114/1, Sai Complex, M G Road T: 080-41512898 Average meal for two ` 600 Fava Done elegantly and offering differing styles of seating, Fava is high end Med food at its best. Try the pita with dips, lamb tagine, veg stacks, the grilled fish... It does some lovely cocktails as well. The Collection UB City 203/24, 2nd Floor, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-22117444 Average meal for two ` 10001500 Fireflies Trendy and innovative, the restaurant offers a beautiful ambience for diners. Some of cocktails, jerked chicken, prawns wrapped in ginger, grilled fillet, barbecued ribs, wood oven pizzas and tiramisu are delicious. 4/1, Walton Road Lavelle Road T: 080-41140303 Average meal for two ` 1500 French Quarter Chic and cosy, and done in warm colours and nice lighting, this is all about French food, without the snails though. Try the steaks, the pate, shrimps, French onion soup and coq au vin. 298, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-42171998 Average meal for two ` 900 Fresco's Located under a rain tree in a courtyard kind of space, Fresco's serves mostly Continental fare such as chicken stroganoff, grilled fish and lamb chops, with a smattering of Indian. But don't miss the gorgeous desserts from Rahila's. Hatworks Boulevard 32, Cunningham Road T: 080-41327555 Average meal for two ` 800 Grasshopper Outside the city, set in the backyard of a sprawling bungalow, this is far, far away and an absolutely fantastic place for a meal. The menu is a set one based on preferences so it is something of a surprise, but is almost always good. 45, Kalena Agrahara Bannerghatta Road T: 080-26593999 Average meal for two ` 3600 Graze Swish and stylish, high end and very discerning, Graze is all about dining on elegant food made with fresh ingredients. Check out the crab bisque, veal chops, warm duck salad, scallops and such other exotic things. There's also a set meal, as well as a huge wine list. Vivanta by Taj-M G Road 41/3, M G Road T: 080-66604444 Average meal for two ` 2500 Herbs and Spice Set on a terrace, with minimal fuss d�cor and furniture, the restaurant sets out to serve delectable European food. Popular dishes include the ravioli, quiche, walnut and pear salad as well as the toffee pudding. 39, 80 Feet Road Indiranagar T: 080-25290399 Average meal for two ` 800 Herbs and Spices Located in a charming bungalow, this is something of an expat destination, even as it serves a few Indian dishes. By far, the tequila chicken and the tiramisu are must try items, though the rest of the menu is not too bad either. 154, Main Road Whitefield T: 080-28452803 Average meal for two ` 700 Ithaca Though smart and stylishly done, Ithaca can also be cozy and warm. It specialises in Med fare, especially Italian, with a sprinkling of some rare dishes such as the dolma as well as the usual paella and polenta. The Chancery Pavilion, 135, Residency Road T: 080-41414141/41510000 Average meal for two ` 8001000 Olive Beach Romantic and with just that hint of the Med in its ambience, this is such an enduring favourite. By far the hit is the Sunday brunch, with its humungous spread; other favourites are the pan seared foie gras, the 8-hour lamb and the chocolate valronha. 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar T: 080-41128400 Average meal for two ` 1500 On the Edge The restaurant's biggest attribute is its location in Barton Centre which offers fabulous views of Bangalore. The d�cor is also stylish. As for the food, which is a mix of Med and Asian, that's good as well, especially the Burmese khao swe and pastas. 84, 13th Floor Barton Centre MG Road T: 080-41783344/33 Average meal for two ` 12001500 Medici Light walls, deep furniture, a glass wall to watch life outside � Medici combines all these to provide great ambience. There's also French and Italian on the menu, though the latter scores with thin-crust pizzas and such dishes as the warm duck salad. 1206, Mannan Arcade, 2nd Floor 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-42350674 Average meal for two ` 2000 Road Trip It has tried to move away a bit from the biking theme and retained its minimal d�cor element. But the food continues to score with its salads, lamb chops and simple desserts. 3524/1, 1st Main, Park Service Road HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-41155848 Average meal for two ` 800 Secret Garden Among Bangalore's best kept secrets, it is located on the terrace of a house in a cul de sac. Salads, pastas, baked fish, grilled chicken, fig and walnut cake are favourites here. 7/1, Edward Road, Off Queens Road Cunningham Road T: 080-41131365 Average meal for two ` 600800 Spiga Reopened and relocated on a terrace, the restaurant is a tad hot during summer afternoons, but perfect for other meals and other times. Faves here are the salads including the pasta salad, the grilled chicken, Mexican tortillas and fish dishes. 9, 4TH Floor, Halcyon Complex St.Marks Road T: 080-42110469 Average meal for two ` 750 Sunny's The old timer, with its lovely ambience, is still a favourite, while the spanking new branch in Indiranagar is making waves as well. Go for the prawn cocktail, rolls, orange glazed ham, fish diane, pastas, salads and paris brest. 34, Embassy Diamante, Vittal Mallya Road p 66 whats cooking? T: 080-41329366, 41329391 Average meal for two ` 1000 Take 5 Pub meets restaurant, the place offers nice views of 100 feet road. The food is largely old style Continental but delicious as well, especially the steaks, grilled fish and steamed lemon chicken. 54, 2nd floor, MSK Plaza, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-65300645 Average meal for two ` 500 Tangerine Even though it serves multicuisine, the restaurant specialises in European especially sizzlers, almost all of which are tasty. Bright and airy, it is a great place for a quick meal or a leisurely repast. 311, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. T: 080- 41152678/79 Average meal for two ` 900 The Only Place Set in a lovely courtyard with trees all around, the restaurant is all about old style Continental, which can sometimes go awry. But you can never go wrong with the cheesy fries, lamb chops, grilled fish and the lasagne. 13, Museum Road T: 080-32718989 Average meal for two ` 700 Vicky's La Terrazza The predominant blue and white colours give it a distinct Med feel with a cosy atmosphere. Have the Greek fish, the pastas and cr�me brulee. 99/ARD Complex, 5th Cross, 6th Block, Koramangala T: 080- 41751635/41751636 Average meal for two ` 1000 Woodstok Set in a bungalow in the middle of a busy area, the restaurant manages to exude a sense of serenity. The fare is mostly continental, such as bakes, steaks, pizzas and the like. 3777, Service Road Domlur, HAL 2nd Stage T: 080-42115042 Zoe Nice d�cor and a warm ambience make this a great place for Italian and Continental dining, though the place has been getting some flak for letting standards slip. Stick to soups, sandwiches and steaks. 3790, Opp Ambedkar College, 7th main, HAL 2nd stage, Off 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-42115257/42044101 Average meal for two ` 1100 West View Classy, elegant and very high end, the restaurant is all about healthy and grilled food, and looked after by a all-woman set up. All of it done with so much sophistication. The choice is not only humungous but very top end so be assured of a truly fabulous meal, with some great wines. Definitely has the 'wow' factor. ITC Royal Gardenia, 1, Residency Road T: 080-22119898 ITALIAN Fiorano The d�cor is nothing much to speak about since the focus is all on the food. Among the best dishes here are the veg lasagne, panzanella, chicken siciliana and the tiramisu. 63, 100 Feet Road 5th A Block, Koramangala T: 080-25534231 Average meal for two ` 750 Incanto Ornate and elegant furniture, murals depicting Italian landscape and a classy atmosphere form an apt setting for innovative Italian cuisine; try the smoked salmon appetizers, seafood bake and pastas. The Zuri Whitefield Road Seetharampalya, Hudi T: 080-66657272 Average meal for 2 ` 1200 Italia Elegant and minimal, done all in white, Italia is a fine dining restaurant that doesn't want anything to take away from the food. The pizzas are great of course, as are the risottos, pastas, chicken and lamb dishes. 14/7, The Park Hotel, M G Road T: 080-25594666/4029 Average meal for two ` 2000 MULTICUISINE Blue Fin Seafood Caf� Designed like a casual caf�, this is multicuisine with a difference: everything is seafood. So from fish n chips to Kerala fish curry and rice, there's much here to enjoy, and at reasonable prices. Try the prawns done in different styles as well. th 5 Avenue Shopping Complex Ground Floor, Brigade Road T: 080-65592266/65593377 Also at: Sadashivnagar T: 080-65592266 Average meal for two ` 300 Desmond's Named after the owner and looked after personally, the restaurant is homely, serving Continental, Chinese and North Indian. Try the grilled fish, crumb fried prawns, sizzlers, pepper chicken, sticky toffee pudding and apple pie. 41, Cristu Complex Lavelle Road T: 080-41278000 Average meal for two ` 800 Egg Factory Another multicuisine restaurant working with one main ingredient � eggs. It is a nice and bright all day diner serving eggs in various forms such as omelettes, scrambles, French toasts, curries, subs, pastas and desserts. Ground Floor, White House, St. Marks Road T: 080-42110041 Average meal for two ` 250 Isys Little Italy Vegetarian Italian might sound like a bit of paradox, but Little Italy, a lovely restaurant tucked away in Koramangala, shows it can be a hit. Apart from the humungous list of pizzas, the ravioli and the veg bolognaise are superb. 32, Krishna Nagar Industrial Layout Near Forum, Behind Skc Mall Hosur Road, Koramangala T: 080-41114034, 41215709 Average meal for two ` 8001000 Pizzeria Romano Bright and vibrant with Hollywood posters, the restaurant has a charming ambience. Wood fire oven pizzas are the speciality here, but the menu spans pastas, risotto, seafood and meat dishes as well. 55, 5th Cross, Above Sprocket, 6th Block, 60 feet Road, Koramangala T: 080- 40953752, 40953751 Average meal for two ` 800 Toscano Beautifully located on the terrace of UB City, it is nonfussy and serves up some delicious Italian fare, especially from Tuscany. By far the pizza margherita is fabulous, but the spaghetti alia oleo, risotto and the lamb chops are great as well. 24, The Collections-UB City Level-2, 4th block Concorde Block, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41738800 Average meal for two ` 700 Via Milano Smart and chic, with a great atmosphere, the restaurant serves up some of the most amazing Italian dishes; try the pastas especially the tortellini, the beef fillet and the tiramisu. 612, Basil Moneta 3rd & 4th Floor, 80 Feet peripheral Road th 4 Block, Koramangala T: 080-41309997/9994 firstname.lastname@example.org Average meal for two ` 1400 Isys is a unique resto bar with European-style blue light flooring. The multi-cuisine restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The President Hotel 79/8, Ground Floor President Hotel Premises Elephant Rock Road 3rd Block, Jayanagar T: 080-41808777, 41808700 Koshy's Koshy's defines Bangalore with p 67 whats cooking? its old world charm, no-fuss d�cor and furniture and an atmosphere that is indescribable. The cuisines too straddle many spheres. The menu is humungous but faves include fish n chips, roast mutton, meen moilee, fish curry and rice, Korean fish etc. 39, St. Marks Road, Diagonally Opp LIC Bldg T: 080- 22213793/ 22915840 Average meal for two ` 800 Manchester United Restaurant Bar The restaurant crafted with their unique signature is the city's first Manchester United restaurant. Enjoy great cuisine while watching live matches on gigantic screens at the restaurant. 1, Kira Layout, Hosur Main Road Opp. Prestige Acropolis T: 080-64516268 Phileas Hogg An interesting d�cor, with map tracing the cuisines its serves, this is a charming place both for ambience and food. Try the mutton patty, prawn tempura, steaks and seafood specialities. 90/3, Sarjapur Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli T: 080-42001297 Ruchi It is a multi-cuisine restaurant located in Ulsoor. The restaurant with a pleasant ambience has an extensive menu of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Rainbow Enterprise 18/1, Cambridge Road Above Canara Bank, Halasuru T: 080-25363694 Shezan Designed to resemble a caf� more than a restaurant, it is pleasing and comfy, serving Continental, Indian and Chinese. Some of the bakes and steaks are good while the kabbabs, nalli gosht and biryani are decent Indian choices. 25/5, Kasturba Road Cross, off Lavelle Road T: 080-22249319 35/2, Shah Sultan Complex Cunningham Road T: 080-22287895, 22262195 Average meal for two ` 300 Touche Diner Bar Restaurant Touche is the first touch table dining destination in India with state-of-the-art design and technology. It is a multicuisine restaurant with an amazing range of food and drinks. 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: +91 9591101111 Under the Mango Tree A charming place, literally under the mango tree in the backyard of a bungalow, the restaurant has great ambience. The food is good as well, spanning pizzas, pastas, steaks, soups, Goan and Kerala dishes. 03, The Bat and Ball Inn, Laurel Lane, Richmond Town T: 080-22111112/3/4 Average meal for two ` 600 NORTH INDIAN 9th Mile Dhaba Tucked away from the city, and spread amidst greenery, the restaurant serves passable North Indian fare, but its charm lies in the location and relaxed atmosphere. Royal Orchid Resort, Allalasandra, Bellary Road, Near Jakkur Flying Club, Yelahanka T: 080-28560668/69 Average meal for two ` 800 Adaa Comfortable and cozy without being overwhelming, this is a favourite with the locals. The menu runs to Punjabi with tandoori chicken, murgh curry and kababs being the popular dishes. Vegetarians have a fair selection as well. 6, Silver Springs Layout, Marathahalli T: 080-64514608 Average meal for two ` 600 Angeethi Among the foremost dhabastyle restaurants in the city, complete with charpoys, Angeethi continues to score with its food, especially the tandoori dishes including rotis, and the tandoori chicken. The lunch buffet is great value for money. Museum Inn, 1, Museum Road T: 080- 080-41113340 Average meal for two ` 800900 Baluchi Simple and elegant, the focus at Baluchi is all about the food. Specialising in frontier food, it has some innovative dishes such as the cold kababs which are actually brilliant. The rotis, rann, stuffed morels and biryani are delicious. Th Lalit Ashok, Kumara Krupa, High Grounds T: 080-30527777/3052 Average meal for two ` 5000 Banjara One of the locality's old timers, with a pleasing d�cor and ambience, this is a multicuisine restaurant but the Punjabi and Northn Indian dishes score. Try the lamb seekh, the chicken makhni and breads. 19/2, Kumara Krupa T: 080-22262756 Average meal for two ` 1000 Bayleaf Part of the name comes probably from the large bay windows, while the rest is smart and stylish. As for the food try the chicken tikka, prawns, koftaq curry and the breads. 1, Raheja Arcade, Koramangala T: 080-25535050/41104018 Average meal for two ` 600-700 Chandni Chowk Designed to recreate a slice of this famous Delhi locality, it does not succeed all too well, but the food more than makes up for this. The tandoori chicken is really good, as are lamb chops and dal makhni. 28, Opp IBP Petrol Bunk, 80 Feet Road, 6th Block, Koramangala T: 080-41105454/5757 Average meal for two `500-600 Chak de Phatte Residency Road T: 080-66111800/66111900 Average meal for two ` 800900 Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs A throwback to the Colonial past, both in terms of ambience and food, the restaurant provides one of the those rare 'aah' moments with its food. The delicious kakori kabab is an absolute must; try also the lamb shanks, chicken rezala and dum biryani. ITC Windsor 25 Windsor Square Golf Course Road T: 080-22269898 Average meal for two ` 40005000 Ebony Simple d�cor and furniture take away nothing from the fabulous views of the city. The lunch buffet spanning mostly Indian with a sprinkling of Chinese is popular, though the Parsi dishes on the a la carte are a great choice as well. 84, Hotel Ivory Tower, M G Road T: 080- 41783344/45/46 Average meal for two ` 1000 Sikander The erstwhile Sikander re-cast as Bistro in the busy Garuda mall, makes for a tidy lunch buffet and a simple, uncomplicated a la carte menu. The biryani though is as good as ever. Garuda Mall, Fourth Floor, Magrath Road T: 080-41252333 Average meal for two Rs 550 Gramin No nonsense eatery, which doesn't believe in ostentation, Gramin is loved for its all veg fare which is simple, healthy and easy on the stomach. No greasy or creamy stuff here. Apart from the thali, popular dishes include the haryali dal, rotis and simple veg subzis. 20, 7th Block, Raheja Arcade Koramangala, T: 080-41104104/41104103 Average meal for two Rs 300 Golmaal Parathas Golmaal Parathas offers a total of 99 different varieties of delicious parathas. Near Jyothi Nivas College, Khb Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, T: 080- 42085757 28 A Cross, Geetha Colony, Chak de Phatte is the latest addition to the list of Punjabi restaurants in Bangalore. It presents delectable authentic Punjabi cuisine straight from Punjab with romantic ambience, filling combo meals, slurpy lassi, scrumptious rolls, out the world biryanis and much-much more. nd 65, Commercial Street, 2 Cross (Behind The Man Store) T: 25580339, 25587754 Copper Chimney Inside a mall is probably not the best of locations, but the views of the city that the restaurant offers is fantastic. Among the favourites here are the kababs, the chicken gravies, rotis and the grilled prawns; do check out the desserts as well. 47/48, Victoria Embassy Central, p 68 whats cooking? 4th Block, Jayanagar T: 080-41460328, 9036207568 Gufha The restaurant themed like a natural cave promises an unusual dining experience. The restaurant provides a true jungle-like ambience with even the wait staff dressed like jungle men. It serves Afgani and Peshawari cuisines. The President Hotel 79/8, Diagonal Road Jayanagar, 3 Block T: 080-41808777, 9980909192 Heera Panna A bit kitschy in d�cor, it's a fun place to go once in a while, it's actually spread on two floors, giving smokers a whole floor. The food is fairly good; try the kababs, nalli gosht, garlic nan. 62&63, The Pavilion Building, Church Street T: 080- 41152727,41143737 Average meal for two ` 800-900 Jamavar Luxurious and elegant, with Jamavar shawls draped all over, this is a really high end restaurant that is sure to delight. There's food more across the country, but North Indian is the favourite. Start with the kababs and choose from the selection of gravies, especially the lamb curries, and amazing breads. The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore, 23, Airport Road T: 080-25211234 Average meal for two ` 2500 Kabab Korner A chain specialising in various types of kababs, these are not meant for sitting in and lingering, but rather takeaway places. Some of the varieties are really good; there are add ons like rolls as well. 22, St Marks Road T: 080-22215476 32, BDA Complex Koramangala 080-25520961/25520404 585, Service Road, Domlur 080-25356391/25356392 Kabab Studio Located on a hotel terrace, the ambience combines the great views it provides. As the name indicates, it specialises in kakbas, especially the galouti and chicken tikka; it has a fair share of North Indian menu that's pretty good. Goldflinch, 32/3, Cresent Road T: 080-41291300 Kebabs and Kurries Elegant and classy, with beautiful furniture and a glassed-in open kitchen, K&K is among the best North Indian restaurants in the city combining the best of some of ITC's brands. Some must try dishes are the galouti, fish tikka, the morel curry, lamb curry, breads and the lamb biryani. ITC Royal Gardenia 1, Residency Road T: 080-22119898 Average meal for two ` 4000 Khansama Muted lighting, elegant furniture and royal touches such as battle scenes and portraits, make this a unique dining space. The food is good by and large, but some of innovations are interesting like the cheese and olive nan and salmon kabab. UB City, Level 2, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080- 41114499/4477/4466 Average meal for two ` 800 Legacy of Punjab Done up in a lot of ethnic kitsch, the restaurant is known more for its good Punjabi fare. Try the murgh chicken, the lamb curry and the Amritsari biryani which is flavourful and yet not overwhelming. 16, Hotel Ramanashree, Richmond Road T: 080- 65995970 Average meal for two ` 700-800 Masala House Tucked away behind a large building, this is a surprise. Done in simple colours and furniture, the food is delectable North Indian with some nice starters. Try the rann, tandoori roti and the biryanis. 70, Cunningham Road T: 080- 41516233 Masala Klub The Taj's brand specialising in Indian with a twist, the restaurant at the West End is beautiful, opening into the sprawling lawns. It has a delectably huge menu; try the dal makhni, rotis, some of the chicken dishes, the fish fry, and end with some mouth watering desserts. Taj West End Race Course Road T: 080- 66605660 Masala Dani Masala Dani at the Paul Bangalore brings to you the same delicacies hidden in the cook books of yore. A bite into the food and you'll be back into an era redolent with rich aromas from the kingly kitchens. A time where refinement and taste were celebrated everywhere, from the Royal Durbars to the crowded narrow lanes. Come give in to the taste. The Paul Bangalore A Unit of Paul Resorts & Hotels Pvt Ltd. 139/28, Domlur Layout Off Intermediate Ring Road T: 080-40477777 Average meal for two ` 2400 to Rs.3000 Mast Kalandar Honest to goodness, simple, veg North Indian fare chain, this is a fusion of fast food and sitdown, in that you have to order your food at the counter. Nevertheless, it is very popular with such dishes as kadichawal, rajma-chawal and parathas flying off the shelves. 420, 80 feet road, 6th block, Koramangala, Opp Federal Bank T: 080-41214646 Average meal for two ` 100 Mint Masala Busy and crowded, the restaurant's d�cor is all old world with brass crockery and an open kitchen. The fare is hearty vegetarian multicuisine, though the North Indian is better; try the chaats and rotis with paneer dishes. 384/1, Bashyam Circle, Sadashivnagar T: 080- 23610668, 23616191 Average meal for two ` 1000 More than paranthas Kitschy d�cor and dim lighting might be off-putting, but the fare is hearty Punjabi, though some of the dishes are over the top. The paranthas and rotis are good as is the chicken masala. 610, 80 Feet Main Road 6th Block, Koramangala T: 080-41724640, 41724630 Average meal for two ` 700 Nakshatra Located on the top floor of Fortune hotel, the restaurant is simple and does not compete with the views which are fantastic. The food is great as well, spanning pan Indian, though the North Indian is good, especially the innovative dal counter; try also the paneer tikka, prawns, rann, rogan josh and dum biryani. 37, Ramanashree Chambers Lady Curzon Road T: 080-25590777 Nawab There's not much d�cor to speak of, but what matters � food � is good, with a heavy tilt towards Mughlai. The buffet is value for money and comes with a kabab selection on a sizzler. Other dishes are good, though the biryani is delightful. The Solitaire Hotel 3, Kumara Krupa Road Madhavanagar T: 080-40443636/40443034 Average meal for two ` 600-700 Oye Amritsar Dhaba style d�cor, complete with 'puncher shop' milestones and graffiti, the fare is truly hearty Punjabi fare; the highway mutton curry and fish tikka are great. 20, 4rd Floor, Asha Enclave, Church Street T: 080-41122866 Average meal for two ` 600 Oye Shaava A more sophisticated version of Oye Amritsar, and located just below, the d�cor and furniture speak of elegance. The menu is slightly different with the food toned down a bit perhaps from upstairs and served in elegant crockery and cutlery. 20, 3rd Floor, Asha Enclave, Church Street T: 080-41122877 Average meal for two ` 500600 Queen's A homely place, with some earthy touches, this is homestyle Punjabi fare. The phulkas are probably the best in town; have it with the chicken bharta, p 69 whats cooking? methid chicken, baingan bharta, alu gobi and bhindi fry. Nice dals and a super gajar halwa as well. 7, Shrungar Complex Ground Floor,Chruch Street T: 080-25596361 Average meal for two ` 250 Rajdhani Punjabi stuff and choose the Kashmiri pulao or rajmachawal, or the Rajasthani dal bati churma. 777 E, Opp New Horizon School, 100 feet road, Indiranagar, T: 080-25203007 Average meal for two ` 400 Royal Afghan Located by the poolside of the Windsor, the restaurant has a nice elegance to it. The fare is mostly frontier with a touch of heartiness to it, especially the tandoori kababs, rotis and gravies while the biryani though is delicious. ITC Windsor, 25, Windsor Square, Golf Course Road T: 080-22269898 Sahib Sindh Sultan Designed like a railway compartment, this is a rather charming and unique restaurant. Check out the atta chicken cooked in a pocket of wheat dough; try also the chicken curries, the railway mutton curry and sinful Indian sweets. Level 2, Forum Mall, Hosur Road, T: 080-22067878 Samarkand Low lighting, low seating and rustic ambience, Samarkand is very popular for its frontier food. Try the galouti, pomfret fry, murg filafi, dal makhni; the biryani is among the best in the city. Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, between Monarch Luxur Hotel and Infantry Hotel T: 080-41113366 Average meal for two `600-900 Tandoor Among the city's old time North Indian restaurants, the d�cor is rather ornate while the ambience is suited for leisurely meals. Favourites include almost the breads, kababs, achari gosht and tandoori veggies. 28, Cenetary Bldg, M G Road T: 080- 25596961/25584620 Average meal for two ` 450 Tandoori Hippie bar, live bar, and cocktail bar. Just 4 Hospitality th 541-543, 4 Floor, Amarjyothi HBBCS Layout, Koramangala Intermediate Ring Road Domlur, T: 080-41500787 Tashan A rather plain restaurant with attempts to look like a dhaba, the food is nevertheless tasty and good. The butter kulchas are heavy, but for something lighter try the rotis, tangdi kabab, tandoori chicken and fish tikka. 3 rd block, HRBR Layout, 204, 4th cross, Kalyan Nagar T: 080- 41125127/9341979627 Average meal for two ` 300 Taste of Rampur A reference to the royal chefs of Rampur, the restaurant is done for comfort with plush cushions. The food is rather good, and not meant for calorie-counters; have the kababs, gosht nahari, Mughlai roti and kaali mirch murgh. 24, 1st Floor Industrial Layout 5th Block, Koramangala T: 080-41460000,41102888 Average meal for two ` 600-750 Tattva walk through kitchen where you can get the chefs to cook the dishes as you want them. Almost all dishes on the menu are good, but do try the galouti kabab, herbed and spiced breads, with the boti curry and dal makhni, and the mutton biryani. Vivanta by Taj-Whitefield ITPB, Whitefield T: 080-66933333 Average meal for two ` 1200 The Pink Pappadom Glitzy and glamourous, the restaurant is all about classy elegance, looking out across rain trees. The Awadhi fare here is rich and exotic, especially the tandoor and fried kababs including the hara bhara kabab; also try the prawns, dal makhni, rann and the rotis. The Ista Hotel, 1/1 Swami Vivekananda Road Ulsoor T: 080-25558888 Average meal for two ` 800 The Vil'age Located on a terrace with rustic Punjabi as the theme, the good part is that it is open and airy. Expect the usual Punjabi fare with tandoori murgh, kadai paneer, seekh kabab and dal makhni. Terrace, 54, MSK Plaza, 100Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-41263331 Average meal for two ` 400 Tiger Trail The hunting references can get a bit overwhelming, what with the leopard skins prints but the place is rather cosy. Have the chaats, kababs, malwani chicken, saag paneer, masala prawns and jeera pulao. Ramada, 11, Park Road, Near Indian Express T: 080 -22865566 Average meal for two ` 600 Tijouri Elegant and beautiful, with special care given to the lovely furniture, this is a place to have a leisurely meal. Must have dishes include kakori kabab, pathar ka gosht and the biryani; they also do haleem with sheermal, but has to be ordered ahead. Atria Hotel, PB No.5089, 1, Palace Road T: 080- 22205205 Average meal for two ` 500 Treat A tiny simple place, with a homely feel to it, Treat serves Don't look for anything else apart from the food. There's no menu either. The day's thali, a mix of veg Gujrati and Rajasthani dishes served in quick and efficient precision, is all there is. The variety is quite large and almost all of it is heavenly: samosas and kachoris, rotis, alu subzi, kadhi, kichdi and currice, and a choice of desserts. UB City Mall, 2nd Floor, 24, Near Mallya Hospital, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080- 22133400 Mantri Mall, Malleswaram T: 080-22667345 Average meal for two ` 600 Ramana's A simple restaurant with white walls adorned with tribal art, spices packed in glass cases on the partitions; uncomplicated veg fare yet very tasty. Try the khasta roti, bharwan mirchi, veg kadai and dals. HM, Geneva House, 14, Cunningham Road T: 080- 080-22263200 Average meal for two ` 350-400 Richies Don't bother about the d�cor and ambience; it's non-existent. Just focus on the mutton/chicken biryani, chicken kababs and mutton chops, all of which are heavenly. Pack the food and enjoy at home in leisure. 82, MM Road, Frazer Town T: 080-25486696 Average meal for two ` 250 Roomali with a view As the name suggests, it's a terrace restaurant serving pan North Indian fare. Skip the Tattva , the speciality Kabab fine dining restaurant aims to showcase the world of kebabs using the 5 culinary elements namely the Tandoor, Sigri, Kadai, Tava and Curry. The restaurant is decorated with Stone Jaalis, Rajasthani jharokas and intricate gold leaf work. The dining area is ornate with plush seating and the kitchen as a stage. st 1 FLOOR, 25/4, Lavelle Road, Above Barista T: 080-41552225/9901066246 Terracotta Tandoori Hippie is a fun dining places where you can bury your worries have great time while enjoying a sumptuous North Indian meal. It also has a chai Airy and bright, fronted by trees, this is a classy restaurant. Especially interesting is the p 70 whats cooking? up some excellent North Indian fare. Popular dishes include the kababs, dal makhni and sarson ka saag. 3047, 80 Feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080- 25253902 Average meal for two ` 300 The Safraah PARSI Daddy's Deli Daddy's Deli is famous for delicious and authentic Parsi delicacies like chicken farcha, patrani machhi, sali murghi,colmi no pulao etc. The restaurant is open only on Fridays for dinner to Sundays for lunch. 3289, 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage Indiranagar T: 080-41154372 PORTUGUESE Nando's Average meal for two Rs 100 Bon South Classy interiors and furniture, with beautiful paintings on the wall, the restaurant stands out even in a mall. Serving dishes from the four South Indian states, almost everything in the menu is delectable, though the Kerala fish curry, prawn curry, Andhra fish curry stand out. 4th block, 749, 10th main, 80 feet road, Koramangala T: 080- 0716500 Mantri Mall, Malleswaram T: 080-22667377 Average meal for two ` 350 Brahmin's Coffee An eatery in a garage with just four items and the eating on the pavement are not likely to instil confidence but the crowds will inspire. Idlis with runny chutney are the highlight, while the vada and chow chow bhath are mere supporting actors. Ranga Rao Road (Near Shankar Mutt), Shankarpuram Central Tiffin Room (Shiv Sagar) CTR for short, there's no other place to beat the benne dosa; the crowds waiting to get in will vouch for that. Functional and basic, the restaurant is not meant for lingering. There are other items too, but not many will order anything else. 154, Ground Floor, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram T: 080- 23317531 Dakshin High profile, high end and absolutely elegant, the restaurant is all about South Indian in a fine dining setting. Apart from the thali, try the meen moilee, kozhambu, sweet appams and fish curries. ITC Windsor 25, Windsor Square Golf Course Road T: 080-22269898 Average meal for two ` 1500 Halli Mane Designed to look like a village home, as the name indicates, the place is far too crowded always, no question of lingering. The thali is quite basic but opt for the kadubu or the akki and ragi rottis, and have the divine filter coffee. 3rd cross, Sampige Road, Malleswaram T: 080- 41279754 Average meal for two ` 180-200 Halli Thindi Roughly translates to village snacks, but serving traditional Kannadiga tiffin, the place is not much to look at. Have the akki rotti, avarekai or menthya dose, kadubu, moode and Mangalore bun. 3, Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi T: + 91 9986039333 Average meal for two ` 100 Kadamba An almost plain looking place, go here for the idli-vada, button idlis, kancheepuram idlis, dosas, akki rotti, sweet pongal and puliyogare. There's North Indian as well, but its best left alone. G-29, Lower Ground Floor, Itpl, Whitefield Road, Whitefield T: 080- 28412800 Kamat Yatrinivas A restaurant complex serving North and South Indian fare, it is the North Karnataka segment on the top floor which draws the crowds. Thali meals on banana leaves is the only item, but the jowar rotis with an array of curries including brinjal, sprouts and lentils is delicious and very spicy. 1st Main, 1st Cross, Gandhinagar T: 080-22260088/22263727 Average meal for two ` 150 Kollapuri's A narrow, cramped place with formica tables and benches, the eatery serves Savji or immigrant Maharashtrian non veg cuisine. There's not much on the menu but popular dishes are all spicy: chilli chicken, mutton chops and chicken/mutton biryani. 429, 31st Cross, 4th Block, Jayanagar T: 080-51211693 Average meal for two ` 300 Malgudi A bit of a mish mash in terms of d�cor, the ornate swing and door give it a unique flavour. The food spans cuisines from the four South Indian states, with favourites being veg stew and appam, Malabar fish curry, kane masala fry, karaikudi chicken masala and biryani. 95/3, Daddanakundi, Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli T: 080- 25234166 Average meal for two ` 200-250 Maiya's This is a South-Indian An ultimate place to treat yourself with North-west frontier cuisines where you can choose cuisines from Afganistan to our very own Punjab. 722/22, 36th cross, 10th A Main th Jayanagar, 4 Block T: 080-42777333, 9980102919, 9886095845 Umerkot Rather plain and unassuming, don't let the d�cor throw you. The food is excellent; start with kababs and try the murgh Afghani and dal as well. The biryani is good too. 30, 4th block, 80 Feet Road Koramangala T: 080-25500426 Average meal for two ` 500 Zaika A tiny cramped place, it serves veg food, veering towards Jain. Popular dishes here include the paneer gravy, jeera and veg pulao and the desserts. A lowpriced daily buffet and a Gujrati thali on Sunday are favourites as well. 34, Raheja Arcade, 1/1, Koramangala Industrial Layout, Hosur Road, Koramangala T: 080- 25536260 Average meal for two ` 500 NORTH EAST INDIAN NE Diner A no-frills restaurant with simple decor, it serves authentic North-Eastern cuisine at reasonable prices. 404, Opp Raheja Arcade, Near Forum Mall, 7th block Koramangala T: +91 8861446753 Nando's is a restaurant from the international chain of AfroPortuguese restaurants which is spread across five continents. It is famous for its flame-grilled chicken and peri-peri sauce recipes. 1/A, Church Street M G Road T: 080-65681480 SOUTH INDIAN/TIFFIN Adiga's Chain of restaurants spread across the city, the decor is basic and the furniture generic, but the South Indian tiffins, especially the dosas, are fabulous; the chain does a decent thali as well. There's passable North Indian and Chinese too. Sampige Road, 15th cross, Malleswaram T: 080- 41535991/41535992 Average meal for two ` 150 Adyar Anand Bhavan A Chennai chain which has made it big here, the outlets are bright and uniform with no pretensions. The dosas, akki rotti and pongal are good as are some of the chaats; other dishes are basic. Steer clear of the North Indian and Chinese fare. 7 Block, Koramangala T: 080-41466299 Also at: BTM Layout T: 080-41466399 Indiranagar T: 080-41280909 Ganganagar T: 080-41515454 p 71 whats cooking? restaurant started by Sadanand Maiya, son of the founder of the renowned food brand MTR. Spread across three floors it has different restaurants one each floor. From sweets and savouries to breakfast and dinner, Maiya's offers a wide range of delicacies for every palate. 459/30, 30th Cross, 4th Block, Jayanagar T: 080-43414400 Maratha Darshan A typical 'military hotel' don't go looking for d�cor, but it does have an atmosphere of its own. It specialises in mudde and saaru, though the chicken and mutton curries done in hearty rustic style are great accompaniments. 4, Miller Tank Road, Queens Road Cross T: 9845101418 Average meal for two ` 200 MTR Bangalore's most iconic brand, the place hasn't changed in decades. Dark, dingy and crowded, the place is hygienic and the food is excellent; have the rava idli, dosas, uppittu and khara bhath. The thali meals are humungous and will fill you up for a couple of days! Near Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, 11, Lal Bagh Road, Mission Road T: 080- 22220022 Mudde Madappa A rustic mess kind of place in a bare room with tables and chairs, it's not for the squeamish. Ragi mudde and basic veg curry is all that is served with a few add ons, but the crowds say something about its popularity. Jayadeva Shopping Complex, 3 & 4, Gandhinagar, 5th Main Road T: 080-22264708 Average meal for two ` 100 Pai Refreshments A generic restaurant with no frills, it serves the busy commercial area around it. Veg North and South Indian cuisines are on the menu, but the South Indian thali and tiffins are the better choice here. 26/1, Sangeetha Lodge, Sheshadri Road, Anandrao Circle,Opp Fortune Hotel T: 080-22286750 Average meal for two ` 300 Ramanna Miltry Hotel Like all others of its ilk, the place is basic to the point of non-existent, but regulars swear by the ragi mudde and soppina saru. 224, Kanakapura Main Road, 7th Block, Jaya Nagar T: 080-22441051 Sanjeevanam Cholayil Sanjeevanam is a healthy vegetarian restaurant. The food is prepared based on naturopathic principles and is in fact prepared only in earthen, bronze and copper vessels. The food also has the approval of doctors and dieticians. 50, 100 Feet Road, Opp. Kendriya Sadhan Madivalla Bus Stop 2nd Block, Koramangala T: 080-25631962, 25634430 SLV No d�cor or atmosphere to speak of, this is more like an evolved darshini. The fare is the usual South Indian thalis and tiffin, but done reasonably well. They serve North Indian as well but best to stay away. 1990/17, 28th main, Jayanagar, 9th block, Near Raggigudda Temple T: 080- 26586345 Average meal for two ` 100 South Indies Vegetarian high end dining became popular with this elegant restaurant that serves vegetarian from the four South Indian states. Check out the appams and parotas with stews and curries, tamarind and tomato rice and various sweets. 147, Chevron Hotel Infantry Road T: 080-41636363 Average meal for two ` 600 Suggi Murals made with kitchen utensils and glass front with running water pass for d�cor. The food is regional Malnad, with nice akki rottis, mutton curry, neer dosa and fish curry. 330, 3rd Stage, 4th Block, Basaveshwarnagar T: 080- 40907942 The Higher Taste Located inside ISKCON, the restaurant is on two floors and done quite elegantly. It serves sattvic food, which might seem boring, but the menu is actually humungous and the dishes are quite delicious. The banana flower fritters, vadas, paneer tikkas, kothu parota, tender coconut curries, curried vermicelli and lemon rice are very popular. ISKCON Temple & Cultural Complex, Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road T: 080-22766501 Upahara Darshini Among the oldest darshinis, this has stand-up-room only. Apart from the usual fare that darshinis specialise in, the shavige bhath is a hands-down winner. 72, DVG Road, Basavanagudi T: 080-26611355 Average meal for two ` 150 Veena Stores Just a shop jutting into the pavement, it could not get more basic than this. It also serves just a couple items but the idlis are the thing that is so popular that foodies come from all corners. Try the uppittu as well. 183, 15th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleswaram T: 080-23344838 Vidyarthi Bhavan The queues outside the place should be indicator enough of the popularity of the place. Have the plain and the masala dosa here; other dishes are only for when you get bored with the dosas. 32, Gandhi Bazaar, Near Gandhi Bazaar Circle T: 080-26677588 Average meal for two ` 15001800 SIZZLERS Barbecue Nation Muted elegance with deep brown furniture is what marks this popular restaurant. The novelty is in the fact that each of the tables has a barbecue and diners can cook pre marinated stuff, ranging from baby potatoes to chicken satay, according to their taste. 4005, 100 Feet Road Hall 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar T: 080-32503344/55,25422913 Average meal for two ` 900 Indijoe Sizzlers Hived off from the original, the restaurant seems a bit stuffy what with posters and frames, but the sizzlers, whether the sizzling chicken or the steaks, are the highlight here. 46/2, Kalpak Arcade, Church Street, T: 080- 41113311 Average meal for two ` 700 Juke Box The theme is music as it evident from what's on the walls and the memorabilia scattered around. Some of the steaks and the grilled veggies are favourites here, though it has been getting mixed reviews of late. 359, 7TH Block, Near Microland, Koramangala T: 080- 25710032, 22211833 Kobe The mall location probably is the reason for the generic d�cor of this Mumbai chain. Chicken shashlik, cubed chicken and veg sizzlers are the most popular, though the restaurant does a few other non-sizzler dishes as well. 15,5th Floor, Garuda Shopping Mall, Magrath Road T: 080-65600872 Average meal for two ` 750 Miller's 46 This is for hardcore sizzler fans in a Wild West setting, complete with rough wooden tables and waiters in cowboy costume. The food is uniformly good, their signature being the Chateaubriand, though the choice of sides, such as potatoes, is interesting. 46, Millers Road, Vasanthnagar T: 080- 41131746 Average meal for two ` 400 The Grill House One more Wild West themed sizzler eatery, it has the usual steaks and sizzlers, but some of the starters like the prawns in a glass and the sides like the Mexican potatoes are great add ons. 43, 7th main Road, Indiranagar T: 080- 25256571/32972411 Average meal for two ` 600 PIZZAS (chains and home delivery) Domino's Thin crust pizzas are the speciality here, especially the margherita. Garlic bread and p 72 whats cooking? Sadashiv Nagar T: 080-3988-3988/ 23312752 Vijay Nagar T: 080-3988-3988/ 23146498 Coles Road T: 080-3988-3988/ 25512693 Mantri Square T: 080-39883988 Pizza Corner Clearly aimed at the young and yuppie generation, it has some good appetisers and soups, but the pizzas, especially with the Indian flavours, rule. The conizza is a fave with kids. 121,Money Centre, Op To Forum, 7th Blk,Indl Lyt,Hosur Rd, Koramangala T: 080-41104605, 41104606, 44112233 Also at: Bannerghatta Road T: 080-44112233 Jayanagar T: 080-41474472, 44112233 Indiranagar T: 080-41154083, 41154084 T: 080-Hebbal 44112233 Cox Town T: 080-41250034, 41250035, 44112233 Whitefield T: 080-41693022, 44112233 Electronic City T: 080-44112233 Old Madras Road T: 080-41665009, 44112233 Magrath Road T: 080-41241357, 44112233 Malleswaram T: 080-44112233 Whitefield Main Road T: 080--65467106 Peenya Indl Area T: 080-41325888 M G Road T: 080-44112233 Residency Road T: 080-41210022, 44112233 Pizza Port A tiny homely place, the trick is to get home delivered or do a takeaway. Value for money pizzas are the order; also serves pastas, sandwiches and the lot, but stick to pizzas. 19, Mittal Towers, Ground Floor, B-WingM G Road T: 080-25591122 BAKERIES AND CONFECTIONARIES Bake n Cake Clean and neat, it specialises in cakes and pastries; snack on a burger or a chicken sandwich if you are hungry. 19, BDA Complex, HSR Layout, 6th sector T: 080-25722488/41501605 Bliss Chocolate Lounge The 'Bliss Chocolate Lounge' is the first ever luxury chocolate destination designed to provide a luxurious ambience; it is a place to indulge in chocolate temptations and experience a whole new concept of chocolate meals prepared by international Chocolatiers. The menu includes mouth-watering delicacies like Spanish donuts, waffles and crepes, served with fresh fruit, ice cream and, of course, amazing chocolate! Mantri Square, F67 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram T: 080-30160153 Breadworks One of the new-fangled deli kind of stores, this nevertheless dishes up some interesting breads including baguettes, sour dough and multigrain, as well as sandwiches and cakes. Other items on offer include cookies, brownies and such like. TR3, 4th Floor, Esteem Mall, Bellary Road T: 080-41610832 Brownie Cottage Brownie Cottage is India's first and only retail brownie brand. With its 30 different kinds of brownies it provides an authentic brownie experience. Mantri Square, Third Floor 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram Bun World An erstwhile Iyengar bakery chain that got a makeover, the cakes and pastries are as yummy as ever, but there plenty of other goodies like puffs, stuffed buns and cookies that are delectable. 52/1, 17th Cross, 10th Main, Malleswaram T: 080-23314456 Candy Treats Candy Treats brings to you some of the most famous chocolates and candies from across the world. The candies come in various sizes, shapes, smells and tastes. Mantri Square 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram chicken wings are nice but the pastas are a disappointment. Papa John's A generic pizza joint, the barbecued veg pizza and the chicken pizza are great choices. Phoenix Idiom, Plot No.35 Airport Road, Murugeshpalaya, Jivan Bimanagar Range T: 080- 41507272 Also at: Koramangala T: 080-40997272 HSR Layout T: 080-42197272 Jayanagar T: 080-42107272 Kammanahalli T: 080-41237272 Bashweshwarnagar T: 080- 42157272 R T Nagar T: 080- 41307272 Pizza Hut Loved for its deep dish and pan pizza, the chain comes up with innovations every few months, the latest being the cheesy bites. The tomato basil soup is excellent; service is friendly. 54 Monarch Plaza, Brigade Road T: 080- 3988-3988/ 41129994 Also at: New BEL Road T: 080- 3988-3988/ 23519701 Banashankari T: 080- 3988-3988/ 26710997 Forum Mall T: 080- 22067994 Jayanagar T: 080- 3988-3988/ 26532999 Kanakapura Main Road T: 080- 3988-3988/ 26542999 Cunningham Road T: 3988-3988/ 22282410 R T Nagar T: 080- 3988-3988/ 23331507 Basaweshwar Nagar T: 080-3988-3988/ 41287999 Domlur T: 080-3988-3988/ 41538420 CMH Road T: 080-3988-3988/ 25260999 Kamanahalli T: 080-3988-3988/ 25435999 Koramangala T: 080-3988-3988/ 25533999 Caramel A little place tucked away, it specialises in huge, multi layered cakes designed with elaborate care. It also stocks sandwiches, burgers and other savouries. 6, O'shangnessy Road Langford Garden, Langford Road T: 080-65994158 Caramel at Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield A lovely deli style eatery, with the option of sitting out under umbrellas when the weather is good, the range of bakes and goodies is just huge. Sandwiches come in a mindboggling array of bread choices; there are also a variety of cookies, cakes and pastries and savouries in veg and nonveg; try the bun-chow for a unique experience. Vivanta by Taj - Whitefield ITPB, Whitefield T: 080- 66933333 Chocolate Junction An out and out chocolate place, with a wide variety of nut and fruit centres. Also available are hampers and gifting solutions, as well as a chocolate fountain that can be hired. 117, Annaswamy Mudaliar, Facing Ulsoor Lake, Ulsoor Lake, Dickenson Road T: 080- 25555195/25514908 Cookie Man Cookie Man, launched in India in January 2000 by Australian Foods (I) Pvt. Ltd, is a premium range of cookies made from unique recipes. It is India's No 1 brand of fresh baked cookies. Steeped in Australian tradition and exemplifying a youthful international palate, Cookie Man's cookies have the same superior standard and premium quality across the world which is made with finest ingredients available. Mantri Square 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram T: 080-30160163 Also at: Forum Mall, Koramangala T: 080-22067766 p 73 whats cooking? Garuda Mall magrath Road T: 080-41126710 Airport T: 080-66783907 Forum Value Mall, Whitefirld T: 080- 40961440 Daily Bread A chain that stocks a great variety of breads including whole wheat, multigrain, garlic and muesli. Also has muffins, sandwiches and salads. 43, 4th B Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala Industrial Area, Koramangala T: 080-43436666 Also at: Banerghatta Road T: 080-64546662 C V Raman Nagar T: 080-42053475 HRBR Layout T: 080-64554592 J P Nagar T: 080-64526672 Indiranagar T: 080-64526665 Jayanagar T: 080-64524223 Sadashivnagar T: 080-64526671 Ulsoor T: 080-64526669 Forum Value Mall T: 080-64554594 R T Nagar T: 080-42146829 Sarjapur T: 080-64546665 HSR Layout T: 080-65833513 Kundanahalli T: 080-65832439 Church Street T: 080-64526667 Fatima Bakery A regular family-run neighbourhood bakery, it stocks breads and a wide variety of cakes; especially delicious is the sponge cake. 1/2, Hosur Road, Richmond Town T: 080-25510378 French Loaf A chain of deli kind of outlets, breads, baguettes, paninis and pizza bases apart, it has some great quiches, croissants, tarts, cakes and pastries. The cashew, choco chip and plain home make cookies are excellent. 1/3, Ulsoor Road T: 080- 42066999 Hot Oven The inside does not bear out the expectations set on the outside, but it certainly is a neat and tide place, offering brownies, cakes, cookies, desserts, pastries, snacks and shakes. 1700, Behind Maruthi Mandhir, Mrcr, Vijayanagar, 22nd main T: 080- 23159411 Just Bake Just Bake offers cakes, pastries, snacks, chocolates, sandwiches and burgers at reasonable. They also undertake special orders for birthday cakes and wedding cakes. Mantri Square 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram T: +91 9632671772/8970650626 Jus Trufs As the name suggests, it's chocolate all the way, especially truffle chocolates. It also has a range of all kinds such as crunchy variety with nuts, butterscotch and choc chips. Expensive but worth it. 132, Aditi, Talacauvery nagar, 4th cross, Shobha Sapphire Lane T: 080- 23624324/32909246 Koshy's Bakery An old timer, it stocks a variety of breads including the rare ragi bread. Among the other things, the mutton puff is delicious. 1, Wellington Street T: 080-22211516 La Boulangerie The hotel's pastry shop, at the lobby level, is a fave place for those in between times for a range of pastries, sweets, cookies, chocolates and savories. Le Meridien, 28, Post Box-174, Sankey Road T: 080-22262233, 22282828 La Patisserie A pleasant and chirpy patisserie, the breakfast combos and the coffee is great, as are the pastries, cakes, quiches and other kinds of savouries. F&B, Rendezvous Restaurants Pvt Ltd, 8, Excellency Bldg, Ground Floor, Papanna Street, St Marks Road T: 080-40333888 Oven Fresh True to its name, the cakes and bakes in this eatery are fresh. Apart from the ubiquitous breads, it serves up some nice cream pastries as well as sandwiches. Try the homemade style cookies as well. 40&41, 5th cross, Near to Police station, Malleswaram T: 080- 23446173/32951245 Rahila's Tucked away inside the charming Hatworks Boulevard, this best describes sinful, with its range from baklava to a mindboggling array of chocolate cakes and pastries. The mousse cake is particularly heavenly. Hatworks Boulevard, 32 Cunningham Road T: 080-41327555 Spoonful of Sugar Tiny and bright, SOS is possibly the best dessert place in town. It's a tough choice to make: there's mud pie, banoffee, mousse cake, oreo cakes, cup cakes, tarts and delectable sandwiches, lasagne and pastas for some savoury. 421-G, 1st Main, 3rd Cross 1st Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-25255534/5 Sweet Chariot A chain of bakeries, the cakes and bakes are good, but their diet cake is particularly well done. Some of the meal options are nice as well. 15/2, Residency Road T: 080-41309306 Also at: Indiranagar T: 080-25918869 Koramangala T: 080-41217697 Brigade Road T: 080-25580729 BTM Layout T: 080-41202072 J P Nagar T: 080-32016655 Vijayanagar T: 080-23153794 Sheshadripuram T: 080-41138507 Thom's Bakery A reputed old time neighbourhood bakery, the stuff is always warm and oven fresh. If you feel like a savoury bit, the veg and egg puffs are great. 1/2,Wheeler Road T: 080-25301860, 25361076 Variar's Bakery Probably the only bakery you have to queue up whenever you go. Apart from the oven fresh breads, including wholewheat, the masala bread, toasted bread and rusk are very popular. 68, 2nd Block, 2nd Main Road, Rajajinagar T: 080- 23400620, 23324808 ICE CREAMS and JUICES Addict Juice Bar Addict is our honest attempt to create a Healthy fast food concept that will have you looking Fantastic, feeling Fabulous and bouncing all through the day with Energy. Our All Natural, Delicious Smoothies & Juices served in our chic cafes have all that it takes to keep you Happy, Healthy & Addicted. Mantri Square,S 67 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram T: +91 9743937333 Baskin Robbins Not just great ice creams but the tingling aroma of freshly made waffles lends a rather unique touch; fave flavours are banana caramel, almond, plain chocolate, Belgian chocolate and chco chip. 617, Opp Anjaneya Temple, 6TH Block, 80ft Road, Koramangala T: 080-41303424 Also at: Magrath Road T: 080-9341261675 Frazer Town T: 080-41540256 HSR Layout T: 080-42134005 Marathahalli T: 080-66591999 Whitefield T: 080-64548597 Hebbal T: 080-41157883 Malleswaram T: +91 9341054308 Jayanagar T: 080-9686336389 New BEL Road T: 080-23601449 Kalyan Nagar T: 080-40903598 Cane Crush/Cane-O-La A chain of sugarcane juice outlets with multiple flavours, these offer a hygienic option for juice lovers who are fussy about the pavement crusher. 1, MIG, 1st A Main Road, Sector B, Yelanhanka New p 74 whats cooking? Town 9900441231, 9449523053 Opp Indian Bank, Ashoka Market, Avenue Road Opp Water Tank, Next Shanti Sagar, Domlur 44/1 Bull Temple Road, Near Dodda Ganapathi Gudi, Basavanagudi 9449077700 19/B,, 7th Crs, 5th Mn Rd, Papanna Blk, Ganganagar, 9980913007 70, 11th Mn,30th Crs,4th Blk, Jayanagar, 080-41210004 Corner House Probably Bangalore's most endearing ice cream place with an array of flavours; death by chocolate, a combo of choc cake, ice cream, choc sauce and nuts is a meal in itself and an overriding favourite. Try also apple pie with ice cream and mango ice cream. 1225, Opp To Ragi Gudda Temple, 26th Main, Jayanagar 9th Block T: 080-26540925/25550885 363/364, 1st A Main, 7th Block, Koramangala T: 080-41103654 Whitefield Main Road T: 080-28495444 Seshadripuram T: 080-23447520 HRBR Layout T: 080-65465551 Residency Road T: 080-25550885, 25583262 New Bel Road T: +91 9845196617, 9902196610, 9845196610 Yelahanka New Town T: +91 9845196617 Indiranagar T: +91 9880846251 Residency Road T: +91 25583262, 25550885 Residency Road T: +91 9880846251 Cream and Fudge Factory A range of ice cream flavours, try the mix and match where they will pair or mix any number according to what you want. 368 , 7th Block, Opposite Forum Mall, Koramangala T: 080-41726222 Dolce Gelato Italian style ice cream, it serves fat free items. Popular flavours include almond, Ferro Rocher and fruit flavours such as strawberry and raspberry. Lifestyle showroom, Ground Floor, Adarsh Opus, Richmond Road T: +91 9980139070 Gelato Italiano A rather simple ice cream outlet, it specialises in chocolate flavours as well as such ones as Ferro Rocher, Madagascar fine chocolate and chocolate fudge brownie. 31st Cross Road Jayanagar 4th Block, Jayanagar Gelato Pazzo Black granite tables and wooden chairs make for a cozy place. The ice creams are good, though not fabulous, but generous and great value for money. 10th Main, BTM II Stage, BTM Layout T: 080- 65676444 Juice Junction A functional juice parlour, it does fresh fruit juices which are a favourite with patrons who love healthy choices. Devatha Plaza, Residency Road T: 080-22241077 Also at: 23, St. Marks Road T: 080-22109112 Jeevanbhima Nagar T: 080-25250089 Jayanagar T: 080-25922467 Wilson Garden T: 080-22293381 Whitefield T: 080-28416052 M G Road T: 080-25550712 Jus Booster Juice Booster Juice Smoothies are delicious, nutritious and thick chilled beverages. Made with the best fruit from around the world! A delicately blended m�lange of whole fruits, juices and yogurt go into each smoothie. Only real berries are used - strawberries, raspberries and blue berries imported from Europe and South America that pack in natural vitamins and antioxidants. Mantri Square, F50 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram T: 080-30160057 Kwality Walls Hindustan Unilever, the world's largest manufacturer of icecream launched Kwality Walls in 1995. It delivers superior quality products under international brands. Mantri Square,S 68 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram T: +91 9591972101 Mamma Mia A chain of ice cream and frozen yogurt outlets, it is making waves for the latter, especially the baileys, fruit froyos and sorbets. 6th main, 4th cross, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar T: 080- 41149465 Natural Ice Cream Made with natural flavours, which is its USP, the chain has some unusual and delicious flavours such as lichee, sitaphal, jackfruit, tender coconut and Belgian chocolate. 44/4, Next To Axis Bank, 13th Main, Jayanagar 4th Block T: 080-26541687 Orchard Fresh Made of pink and white interiors, apt for an ice cream place, it has some rare flavours like lemon grass and prune. Flavour combos are a good way to try different varieties at one go. Shed No.4, 600/676, Next to Wockhardt Hospital, Bharath Industrial Estate, Bannerghatta Road T: 080-26492015 Polar Bear When you want to chill out in style, the place is "Polar Bear" Ice cream zone which serves grand tastes in great ambience. The setting is perfect for youngsters and family outing. Their signature product, Ice Cream Pizza, has already won thousands of hearts all over Bangalore. Right from the alltime favourite Vanilla and Strawberry, to the latest entrant natural flavours such as Kashmir Kesar, the menu is exhaustive which also comprises of Gud Bud, Death by Chocolate, Brownie Fudge and Hot Chocolate Fudge, Polar Bear has come up with its own Ice Cream Salad, Fruit N Cake, Fresh Orange Sundae, Coffee Kick and Kesar Kulfi to name a few. Mantri Square, F68 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram T: 080-30160077 Richie Rich Among Bangalore's old timers, the flavours run the usual gamut, but its reputation runs on the freshness of its flavours. 5, SNS Plaza, Kumara Krupa Road, Sivananda Circle, Kumara Park East, Kumara Park T: 080- 22269655/30589655 Swensen's Swensen's is a world famous US based ice-cream parlour chain. Swensen's at Mantri Mall is the company's first outlet in India. They sell delicious ice-cream sundaes. Mantra Square, UG 15 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram T: 080-22667144 The Edge Ice Creams A simple and clean place, without any flourishes, plenty of ice cream flavours, though nothing stands out. 103, 5th block, KHB colony, 17th main, Koramangala T: 080- 25630854 FOOD COURTS Palette Sprawling, bright and airy, the outlets are separated by space in the middle which goes all the way through down. Interesting choice of American and Indian fast food, while three restaurants and a sports bar share space as well. Mantri Square, Sampige Road Malleswaram Pit Stop Some regular outlets and some constantly changing ones keeps visitors guessing about this food court. The darshini-style outlet does brisk business as does the Chinese one. 15, commisionerate Junction, 3rd floor, Garuda Mall, Magarth Road Spoon With different styles of seating, this is a bright and well lit food court. The Italian and Indian outlets have decent food, while there is a dedicated potato outlet dishing out fries and wedges. 3rd Floor, Sigma Mall, Cunningham Road Transit This is what gave Bangaloreans their first taste of food courts and is always buzzing; some of the original outlets are still p 75 whats cooking? around, providing a good mix of cuisines. The Forum Mall, 2nd Floor, Hosur Main Road, Koramangala The Forum Value Mall, 62, Whitefield Main road, Whitefield ORGANIC AND GOURMET STORES Dharani Located inside ISKCON premises, it stocks vegetables, fruits, grains and spices from its own organic farm as well as other organic farmers. ISKCON, Hare Krishna Hill, West of Chord Road Rajajinagar T: 080- 23471956 / 23322346 Fabindia A lesser known fact is that it that this popular apparel and furnishings brand stocks several types of cereals, grains, pulses, spices, sugar, tea, coffee, honey, fruit preserves and herbs, classified under three categories. 152, Commercial Street T: 080-32905429 Also at: Hebbal Magrath Road T: 080-32922335 Indiranagar T: 080-32962101 Jayanagar T: 080-321971973 Koramangala T: 080-25520004 Whitefield T: 080-32966131 Fava Deli & Gourmet 203, 2nd Floor, The Collection, UB City, 24 Vittal Mallya Road, T: 080-22117444 Foodworld Gourmet A part of the departmental store chain, this stocks the more high end variety of products be it pastas, olive oil, preserves, cold cuts, sausages, cheeses and the like. It sometimes also has vegetables not available elsewhere as well as fresh herbs. 88, Shariff Bhatia Towers M G Road T: 080-41474789 Khandige Offers products such as organic spices and powders (ajwain, pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, ginger, mace and nutmeg), turmeric powder, sesame and coconut oil, honey, and jaggery. 68/1, Jaraganahalli, Near Sarakki Gate, Kanakapura Main Road T: 080-26714599 Le Fromagerie A unique home delivery initiative, it stocks exotic French cheeses; check out some of the delightful blue cheeses, Roquefort and emmenthal. La Fromagerie Fresh Food Pvt. Ltd. No. 88, 11th Cross, 1st Stage Indiranagar T: 080-25219675 Lumiere Not just a store, but there's a restaurant as well which uses organic products; the store stocks organically grown grains, pulses, honey, spices, nuts and food products like jams and squashes sourced from different parts of the country. 27/7, Sri Kote Ashirwad Towers, Outer Ring Road, Doddanekundi, Marathahalli T: +91 8065341133/ 8065372244 Mother Earth Presently at two locations, it stocks staples and cereals, dairy products, juices and health drinks, frozen food, even household cleaning items and bath and beauty products; check out the Kancheepuram idli mix, organic ragi, organic sugar, jams and preserves, coffee and tea, and even organic baby food. 541 - 543, Amarjyothi HSBC Layout, Opposite Dell, Koramangala Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur T: 080 65397957 Mantri Square Mall 2nd Floor, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-65472292 Maison des Gourmets A Chennai brand, the store is pleasing and stocks deli products and a range of high end ingredients from Europe and Australia and a small section of Oriental Foods, which includes meats and cheeses. There's also a mini caf� with a salad bar and cakes. 67/8, Subbaraj Road, 4th cross, Lavelle Road T: 080-22121681/ 41134284 Namdhari's Fresh With branches all over the city, Namdhari's offers vegetables, fruits and herbs, though not everything is organic. Innovative and popular are its DIY packs for sambar, Thai curry etc. as well as the herb pots. 821, Kusal Arcade, Opp Indoor Stadium, 20th Mn, 8th Blk, Koramangala T: 080-41103777, 41103778 Also at: Jayanagar T: 080- 41502443, 41502444 Indiranagar T: 080- 41152909, 41152910 Banashankari T: 080-26794033 Residency Road T: 080-40220315, 40220316, 41233687 Langford Road T: 080-22111441 BTM Layout T: 080-41572605 Sarjapur Road T: 080- 41688568 HSR Layout T: 080-42134022 Banaswadi T: 080-41615837 Whitefield T: 080-25395201 Organic Impulse A home delivery initiative, it sources from organic growers and offers atta, dals, grains, sugar, tea, dry fruits, spices, oil, jaggery, snacks, naturals, syrup, jams, pickles and wheatgrass. 82, Royal Hermitage, 5th Cross, Gottigere, Banerghatta Road T: 080-26967682, 41467738 Sorbet A classy gourmet store, it stocks more than 375 kinds of products that are mostly the ready to thaw-and-serve or heat-and-serve kind; it also has cold cuts, meat products, fresh products as well as pastas, olive oil, chutneys, preserves, chocolates, sauces and the like. 287, Whitefield, Varthur Main Road, Main Whitefield Road, Near Shell Petrol Pump T: 080-28543245 monetize, advertize! call +9180 4040 2321 / 22 fax +9180 2346 4353 +91 99865 32360 email email@example.com website www.whatsupguide.com p 76 whats cooking? whats rocking? bars & lounges p 76 Bangalore's sobriquet of `Pub City' is a much-publicised one. It's also an old story. A lesser-known fact about its pub culture though, is its pub lunch culture. The city's watering holes offer a heightened gastronomic experience with scrumptious lunch menus and a wholesome choice of drinks. Moreover, the array of foods served is wide and varied, ranging from Chinese chilli pork and Punjabi murgh masala fare to Kerala appams and Mediterranean salads. Packing in a mean punch with food, alcohol and ambience, we pick the five best pub lunches that Bangalore offers. Cheers! Five lip-smacking reasons to hit the pub lunch trail this summer Pecos For the uninitiated, Pecos is one of Bangalore's oldest and must legendary pubs. Its food, retro music and flowing beer draw a cultlike following even today. A visit to the pub can feel like a walk down memory lane with a collage of rock and roll posters on the wall, raucous music played from a wellpreserved cassette collection, and a loyal set of young and old patrons who have been frequenting the pub for eons now. There's another reason to head to this pub. The Pecos lunch is the mother of all pub lunches, and is in fact, a must-do on the city's itinerary. Bangaloreans, out-of-towners, tourists and expats alike, flock to the pub during lunch hours for rounds of appams and beers. Pecos offers a delectable Indian lunch menu consisting of spicy Kerala beef fry, chilli beef, dosa and chicken curry, chilli pork, appams and stew and finger-licking peanut masala. Do keep in mind that the pub is packed to the hilt during lunch hours. 34 Rest House Road, Off Bridage Road T: 080-25586047 Timings: 11am to 11pm Avg meal for two: Rs 700 TOIT Brew Pub If Pecos is one of the oldest residents of Bangalore's pubscape, TOIT Brew Pub is one of its newest entrants. Set in Indiranagar, this is favourite new hot spot in town, offering a wide-ranging choice of beers and liquors. What's more, it's also a pub where you can binge impartially on food as well as drink. BANGALORE'S BIG FIVE another Bangalore heavyweight with a cult following that rivals that of Pecos. Windsor Pub is as much about drink as it is about food, serving up beer in frosted mugs along with Coorgi delicacies like Pandi Curry. The unpretentious ambience is comfortable and retro and you can also request your favourite music tracks. The comfort food adds to the buzzy pub ambience at lunch time. Patrons can choose from prawn curry with appams, Kerala chilli chicken with dosas, spicy chicken sausages, fish and chips, masala fried prawns, chilly cheese toast with jalapeno rings and great draught beer. 7, Kodava Samaja Building 1st Main Road. Vasanthnagar T: 080-2225-8847 Timings: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Avg meal for two: Rs 1000 Plan B This is a comfortable place to chill out and catch an action packed World Cup lunch. Plan B offers an all-encompassing menu with chicken wings, pork momos, pork sundal, beef satay, juicy burgers, mushroom and beef steak, pork chops, lasagna and vegetable casseroles along with a wide variety of beers and liquors. The ambience is interesting too with a multitude of white and green bottles strung up around the bar. 20, Ashok Nagar, Richmond Town T: 09739902745 Timings: Noon to 11 pm Avg meal for two: Rs 1200 Kala Kanthan What's on the lunch menu? Continental staples like pasta, pizza, steaks, summer salads and grilled fish. There's also a droolworthy range of desserts like prune and white chocolate mousse and chocolate raspberry mousse. Modern interiors, warm lighting, delicious food and great service � go here for a taste of contemporary Bangalore. 298 100 Feet Road Indiranagar (By Namma Metro Pillar 62) HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-25201460 Timings: 11.30 am to 11.30 pm Avg meal for Two: Rs 1600 Legends of Rock Legends of Rock is the quintessential Bangalore pub with good music, food and drinks. There's also ambience to boot. Mounted on the walls of this classic hard rock pub are guitars autographed by music legends like Mark Knopfler, Joe Satriani and our very own Usha Uthup. The big LCD Screen with the Bose hi-fi audio system completes the heavy duty rock ambience. You can catch all the World Cup action live and listen to some grungy music as you tuck into the sizeable selection of Chinese and Indian food, including chill chicken, murgh masala, tandoor naan and rotis. There's also a 25% discount on alcohol. No-985, 3rd Cross, 6th Block, 80feet Road 4th Block, Koramangala T: 080-41303232 Timings: 11am-11pm Avg meal for two: Rs1500 Windsor Pub One of the oldest hangouts in Bangalore, Windsor Pub is yet Here's a round up of the best watering holes to catch up with friends and root for your favorite sports teams this April. Dublin Suave and trendy, this thematic Irish Pub at the ITC Hotel Windsor Sheraton & Towers brings all the sports action live on its gigantic TV screens. Also on offer is a range of Irish delicacies. 25, ITC Windsor Sheraton & Towers, Golf Course Road, Windsor Square, Near Windsor Manor Bridge Open: 10am to 12am T: 080-22669898 Xtreme Sports Bar This Indiranagar-based pub is a huge draw for all sport enthusiasts. A range of snacks are offered to go with the drinks. 765, 100ft Road, Indiranagar Open: 11am-11.30 pm T: 080-42407777 / 42407788 The Pub World You can root for your favourite teams at one of the city's oldest pubs � The Pub World. This pub offers a taste of all the actionpacked sports fervor with delicious kebabs and freeflowing beer and wine. 65, Laxmi Plaza FM Cariappa Road T: 080-25585206 Open: 12pm-11pm Sherlock Holmes This all-time pub favourite is a big hit during all sports seasons. Regulars get their daily dose of sporting action here, over drinks and snacks. 60/1, Coles Road, Frazer Town Open: 11am-11:30 pm T: 080-41250156 BARS & LOUNGES 13th Floor Easily one of Bangalore's most loved watering holes, the 13th floor offers an unmatched panoramic view Bangalore. For the best seats, get there early!! Hotel Ivory Tower, Barton Centre, 84, M.G Road T: 080-41783355, 25589333 Aira Goth meets modern interiors at Aira. True to its name the place is very airy, making it a summer escape. Aira regularly conducts fashion shows & brand promos as well. The third floor is the place to be. Cognato, Opp Forum, Bhuvanappa Layout, 7, Christ College Road, Hosur Road T: 080- 43431111, 43431100 Amnesia Chic, contemporary styling with bright pink & blue hues added to hip hop & house music make for a heady mix, and we haven't even gotten to the cocktails yet. Chancery Pavillion Residency Road T: 080-41414141 Aqua Sitting at a candle-lit table by the poolside, mojito in hand, retro music in the background, makes for an excellent romantic setting. Barbecued delights abound for whenever hunger strikes/ romance wanes. The Park, 14/7 MG Road T: 080-25594666 Athena The cr�me de la cr�me of Bangalore's nightlife prefer Athena when its time to party... great music and a great time are virtually assured. Leela Galleria, The Leela Palace 23, Old Airport Road T: 080-41265411, 41265412, 41265413 Bacchus A part of the F&B bouquet of restaurants, Bacchus is a little pub that has gained immense popularity with the youth. F&B, Excellency, 8, Papanna Street, St. Marks Road T: 080- 40333888 B Flat 2nd Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indranagar T: 080- 42414000 Bling Situated in Whitefield, Bling is an offering to the affluent & classy. Rich leather & wood form a major part of the d�cor. The Zuri, Rajpalya, Hoodi, ITPL Road, Whitefield T: 080-66657272 Blue Bar Pricey it may be, but no other place offers an ambience quite like Blue Bar. The trendiest crowds converge here time & again as if it were a magnet. The Taj West End Hotel Race Course Road T: 080-66605660, 66623008, 66623009 Blue Waves Blue Waves Pub is the newest addition to the numerous watering holes in Bangalore. It is situated on the fifth floor of Hotel Shilton Grand. 73, Above Shilton Grand 5th Floor, Church Street T: 080- 40430000 Bull & Bush Curiously named, Bull & Bush is the only place in and around Garuda Mall for a quick sip while the family is shopping. Garuda Mall, Magrath Road, Ashok Nagar T: 080- 41126661 Cabinet Bar Housed in the Sheraton Towers wing, the Cabinet bar has a relaxing atmosphere. A nice place to close that business deal. ITC Windsor, 25, Sankey Road T: 080-22269898 Club Nero Formerly F Bar, Club Nero boasts the hippest tunes, the trendiest crowds & amazing cocktails. Manandi Plaza, St. Marks Road T: 080- 40333888 Cloud Bar clouds. Open on the sides with luxurious and comfortable scattered sofe seating, it is an ideal place to spend a leisurely evening. 2nd Floor, 25/4 Lavelle Road Above Barista and Tattva T: 080-41552225, 9901066246 Couch As the name suggests, Couch does very well to ensure you stay put in your seat while enjoying your mojito & listening to the dishy music. Sai Complex, 114/1 M.G.Road T: 080- 41512898 Cirrus Essentially an open to sky beer lounge, cirrus is popular among younger crowds, perhaps due to its budget friendliness. Reid & Taylor building, 5th Floor, 765, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080- 41524067, 9886035778 City Bar UB City, 2nd Floor 48, Rest House Road T: +91 9243102753 Downtown Pub Old school rock n roll music still echoes around Downtown pub. A much loved haunt for pub goers from the 90s. 41 & 42, Residency Road T: 080- 25581193 Dublin All that the Irish have to offer in having a good night out (sans the temper), Dublin brings the charm of Ireland closer than ever. ITC Windsor, Windsor Square 25, Golf Course Road T: 080-22269898 Firangi Paani Firangi Paani is another Irish themed pub, albeit with a difference. The d�cor is plush & attention to detail is very good. Good music & great cocktails to cap off a good evening. The Forum Mall, 21, Hosur Road, Koramangala T: 080-22067878 Fuga A lounge that carries a bit of everything, music, food, cocktails and does a great job of it too. Nagarjuna Castle 1/1 Castle Street Ashoknagar T: 080- 41511880, 41478624 Gallops Away from the hustle & bustle of the crowds, this place makes you feel like you're a 100 miles from anywhere. Rates high on old world charm. Jayamahal Palace Hotel 1, Jayamahal Road T: 080-40580444, 23542797 Geoffrey's Another one of many English themed pubs in the city, Geoffrey's is thronged by rock lovers. Panelled wood walls create a nice, cosy atmosphere. The Royal Orchid Central Off Old Airport Road T: 080-25205566 Guzzlers Inn Another old horse in the Bangalore pubbing scene, Guzzlers Inn is still a popular joint among younger crowds. Off Brigad Road, 48, Rest House Road T: 080- 25587336 Hard Rock Caf� This brand needs no introduction to the well travelled. The Bangalore franchise is just as awesome as any. 40, St.Marks Road T: 080- 41242222 Hint At the top floor above Bangalore Central mall, Hint is a must visit for every Disco fan, and for those who like putting their eardrums to test. Bangalore Central, Victoria Embassy, Opp. Mayo Hall, 47/48, Residency Road T: 080- 41123557, 41123558 I-Bar A trendy bar in a trendy hotel, the I-bar also allows you to chillout by the pool if the din gets too much. The Park Hotel 14/7, M.G Road T: 080-25594666 Ice Cooler than a polar ice cap, this place is sure to get feet tapping & spirits rising. Vivanta by Taj 41/3, M.G Road T: 080-66604444 Just Another Pub Just Another Pub is one of the numerous watering holes in Bangalore which serves up beer along with retro music. The golden fried prawns are a must- Situated in the ehart of town on Lavelle Road, Cloud Bar is the newest lifestyle bar in town. as the name suggests, it is on the terrace, and the open setting and white fabric roofing gives one the feeling of touching the p 80 whats rocking? try here. 57, 1st Main, 80 Feet Road 7th Block, Koramangala T: 080- 25700224 Jade Bar Lounge Simplistic, contemporary and idyllic. A good setting for a peaceful evening. Shilton Royale, 9, 100 Feet Road Koramangala T: 080-40607777 Kingfisher Swing - Lounge & Bar Lock N Load Pub Lock N Load Pub at the Chairman's Resort is done up a la cowboy with the Wild Wild West depicted through gun fights, bulls on parade etc. No.14/1, Kodigehali Mani Road, Sahakara Nagar T: 080-40703703 Lounge Bar The best lounge & bar available in Electronic City, a great place for when InfoTech gets boring. The Oterra, 43, Hosur Road Electronic City T: 080-30030303, 42666666 Loveshack ambience & quality crowds are the norm here. Light on the wallet too. Palace Grounds 3, Ramana Mahashi Road Sadashivanagar T: 080- 23614109, 9886651264 Pecos One of the oldest surviving watering holes in Bangalore, Pecos is a must visit bar. Classic rock tunes still entertain patrons to this day. 34, Rest House Road Brigade Road T: 080- 25586047 Purple Haze Old school rock 'n' roll music, chilled beer & packed crowds, all in all an awesome experience. 2nd Floor, Opp Prestige Towers, 17/1 Residency Road T: 080- 22220054 Above Pavithra Restaurant, B11 4th Block, Koramangala T: 080- 26632072 Opp. Innovative Multiplex Theatre, 90/3 Marathahalli Sarjapur Ring Road, Marathahalli T: +91 9740998905 Retro A multi-cuisine restobar, on the rooftop of Ruchi restaurant, it is a dimly lit place with a country side look. It offers a variety of drinks along with a great choice of food. 18/1, Cambridge Road Above Canara Bank, Halasuru T: 080-25363694 Sherlock Holmes 60/1, Cole's Road, Frazer Town T: 080-2551 0669, 9886035778 Shish Rasa, 30 1st Cross, Sampige Road T: 080- 42067030 Shiro Walk in to Shiro & you will be forgiven for thinking you're in a monastery. The giant buddha forms the centerpiece at this super chic & contemporary lounge. The Collection, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080- 41738861 Sports Bar Express Cosmos Mall, Next to HP Petrol Bunk, Kundanahalli Main Road, Brookfield T: 080- 41651543, 41651545 Sutra Essentially a lounge that doubles up as a nightclub, Sutra boasts of contemporary styling to entice the young & happening. Outdoor seating is also available. The Lalit, Kumara Krupa Road, High Grounds T: 080-30527777 Skyye Bar Situated at the 16 floor of UB City, the Skyye lounge bar is highly chic with very good ambience. UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, T: 080-49090000 Take - 5 Formerly on Race Course Road, Take 5 has now moved to Indiranagar, but it hasn't lost any of its charm or patronage. Extremely relaxing & chilled out. MSK Plaza, 54 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080- 65300645 Tapas Lounge The Spanish style Tapas Lounge is an extension of Caperberry restaurant. Infused with some of the finest lounge music, it sets the mood for a relaxed, enjoyable evening over fine eclectic cocktails, single malts, wines and much more. Interactive personalized service makes the Caperberry lounge an ideal space for business meetings but also a great place to hang out with friends. Ground floor, The Estate, 48/1 Dickenson Road T: 080- 25594567 Tavern Another classic Irish pub setting, Tavern has been a long standing favourite with Bangalore. Great music everytime is a guarantee. Museum Inn, 1 Museum Road T: 080-41113339 Tease Kingfisher swing is a lounge bar at the Eagleton Resort. Quality drinks are served for the guests at the lounge bar. Eagleton, the golf Resort 30th Km Bangalore Mysore Highway Bidadi (Bangalore Rural) T: 080- 22632222 Legends Of Rock Feel like you're in the midst of rockstars at Legends of Rock. Live performances are regularly on the menu here. The best place for rock lovers. 3rd Cross, 6th Block, 905 80 Feet Road, Koramangala, T: 080- 41303232 Library Bar Highly recommended if you prefer conversation over music, the library bar makes you feel like a dignitary with its luxury & opulence. The Leela Galleria, The Leela Palace, 23, Old Airport Road T: 080-30571234 Liquid One of the last few places playing live music, Liquid is set as a terrace lounge with a lovely ambience and fantastic views of the city. Ista Hotel, 1/1, Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor T: 080-25558888, 40187301 Lobby Lounge Bar As the name suggests, this lounge overlooks the lobby at the Taj Gateway Hotel. The Gateway Hotel 66 Residency Road T: 080-66604545 Love Shack is a terrace restobar with a casual ambience. The bar is well stocked. Just 4 Hospitality th 541-543, 4 Floor, Amarjyothi HBBCS Layout Koramangala Intermediate Ring Road Domlur T: 080-41500787 Mojo Opp Hyundai Showroom, Residency Road T: 080- 41142028, 30520448 Opus Scream your lungs out at Opus. Karaoke, live performances & great fare are the order of the day here. One of Bangalore's most wanted. Chakravarty Layout, 1st Main, Palace Cross Road, Vasanthnagar T: 080- 23442580, 9844030198 Opus In The Creek The second coming of the hugely popular Opus lounge on Sankey Road. Bigger, better & way cooler. Doddanekkundi Industrial Area, 2, Whitefield Road, Mahadevapura T: 080- 40943031, 40943032 Oxygen Opp. 5th Avenue, 50, Brigade Road, T: 080- 30525558 Pebbles A very successful attempt at creating a beachy feel when you're here, it is one of the most happening places in town. Awesome music, unobtrusive Unwind after a hard days work. Enjoy the view from the garden pavilion zone or step in and be charged up by the music. Vivanta by Taj - whitefield ITPB, Whitefield T: 080- 66933333 p 82 whats rocking? The Beach One of the most innovative themes in recent times, the Beach has garnered huge popularity. The best alternative to Goa, right in the heart of Bangalore. 1211, 100 Feet Road Indranagar T: 080- 41261114 The Lounge Xtreme Sports Bar HAL 2nd Stage, Above Reid & Tayor Showroom, 765 100Feet Road, Indiranagar T: +91 9663312703 Above Spar Hypermart, 39/4, Bannerghatta Road T: 080- 42077070, 422077071 Zanzi Bar Actually an island off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is themed like a jungle in this case. It has a dance floor as well. Total Mall - Madivala, BMP Commercial Plaza, Opp Madivala Police Station, Madivala T: 080- 40003333, 9731558307 Zero G An old haunt now, Zero G does make you feel high up in the atmosphere, with superb views of the city. 10th Floor, Prestige Towers 99/100, Residency Road T: 080- 41125528, 9845252264 It is a rooftop lounge where you can get a true barbeque experience. It features lots of kebabs, cocktails and also a lot of entertainment for everyone. 722/22, 36th cross, 10th A Main Jayanagar, 4th Block T: 080-42777333, 9980102919, 9886095845 The Oval Bar Mantri Square, T 34-36 Sampige Road Malleswaram T: 080- 31901122 The Pub World Laxmi Plaza, 65, Residency Road, T: 080- 25585206 The Polo Club Stylish, informal & easy paced, the Polo club has a great view to boot. The unparalleled lawns of the Oberoi are invitation enough. The Oberoi, 37 & 39, MG Road T: 080-25585858 Vaayu Sky Lounge A part of the BJN group, Vaayu is another open air lounge serving some of the funkiest cocktails you'll find in the city. Eva Mall, 60 Brigade Road T: 080- 41118477, 41113388 Wat Bar Wat Bar is a high energy lounge bar in Matthan Hotel. This extremely stylish place offers a wide range of international wines and spirits. Matthan Hotel 124, HAL Airport Road T: 080-42494949 Windsor Pub Chilled beer, delectable pork curry & appams, Windsor Pub takes care of your senses in more ways than one. Kodava Samaja Building, 7, 1st Main Road, Vasanthnagar T: 080- 41148006, 22258847 p 84 whats rocking? does God have a favorite colour? because we'd print it, if He did. seriously. that's not too far from the truth. at Tholasi Prints India, care a lot for our clients. you might even say they are Gods to us in many ways; because what they create, we make tangible. and the Gods have been demanding. T H O L A SI PRIN T S IN DI A the one-stop shop for all printing requirements Tholasi Prints India, #04, Platform Road, Sheshadripuram, Bangalore 20 | +9180 4047 0000 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org whats to buy? antiques & artefacts p 92 books, stationery & storage p 92 used books p 94 clothing men, women & kids p 94 kids wear p 98 men's wear p 100 women's ethnic wear p 100 women's western & indo-western wear p 104 departmental stores p 104 designer stores p 106 florists p 108 foot wear p 108 gardening p 110 home d�cor p 110 home electronics p 112 jewellery p 114 lifestyle boutiques p 118 liquor boutiques p 118 luggage & leather p 120 mom & baby stores p 120 music / instruments p 122 souvenir & handicrafts p 122 sports equipment p 124 watches & accessories p 124 luxury car dealers p 126 Presenting the comprehensive guide to children's shopping in the city, from custom made ethnic clothes to thematic furniture Clothes While most retail chains have a mindboggling variety of clothes for children, there is a clutch of exclusive children's stores that cater to assorted tastes and budgets, from top-of-theline designer wear to affordable casual clothing. Apple of my i offers a range of children's products, including clothes, toys, accessories, footwear and jewellery. Featuring a range of popular national and international brands, they have stores in Jayanagar, Whitefield and Indiranagar, so you can head to the one that's closest to you. (2985, 12th Main, Indiranagar, HAL 2nd stage, T: 080-41154031; Jayanagar, T: 080-41210179; Whitefield, T: 08041162051; W: www.appleofmyi.com) Magic Threads is partial to the little girls with its W ith the retail bug having bitten Bangalore, there seem to be unlimited shopping options for everyone, including the tiny tots in town. Speciality children's stores selling just about everything, from clothes and toys to footwear, furniture and jewellery have mushroomed all over the city. With summer vacations upon us, it's time to entertain the homebound kids with a spot of shopping. If you're wondering where to go, we have marked out a kiddie shopping trail for you. abundant range of custom ethnic party wear and accessories. Custom-made clothes are its USP. You can visit the store by appointment and discuss the kind of dress you want made with the designer, and voila, your daughter will have a one-of-a-kind dress to wear for special occasions. (Magic Threads, Richmond Road, T: 080-64500853) Lal Building is located in a dilapidated building tucked away in Chickpet. A visit to this crowded part of town could well be worth it � the stores in this building offer branded and fashionable kids wear at unbelievable prices. The roads are narrow and winding, and the store personnel are a busy lot, but Lal has such a huge variety tucked away on its shelves, that it is, ultimately, a shopper's delight. (S-6, Lal Building, Old Tharagupet, Chickpet) Toys With dozens of toy shops at every nook and corner of the city, we focus on the stores that are well worth a visit. The big daddy of all toy stores, Sapphire Toys is bigger and better after it was relaunched. The stores in Richmond Road and Koramangala are expansive, with a whole two floors flooded with toys for all age groups. The shopping carts at the entrance are an especially amusing touch, and can be seen parents stuffing thei r baskets with toys. This is a must- do toy-shopping experience. (62, Prestige Corniche, Ground Floor, Richmond Road, T: 08040803333; Koramangala, T: 080:41313206) If folk toys, ancient Indian games such as the `aadu puli aatam' (goat and tiger game), gilli danda brings back fond memor ies, and you would like your child to play them as well, stop by at Sutradhar for a taste of the unusual. The store boasts a range of unique toys, books, educational resources, and adorable stuffed toys to pick from. (59/1, 10th A Main, 3rd Cross, 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, T: 080-25288545, W: www.sutradhar.com) Furniture Funky designs, theme beds and study tables -- kids have never had it better when it comes to furniture accessories. Children's furniture is a rage these days and parents don't mind the burn in their wallets and are seeking out custom-built furniture. Theme beds, bunker units, Child Space exclusively stocks kids' furniture. From fire engine and trainshaped beds to customised sofas and study tables, the store pretty much has it all. Its range of wall papers makes for a particularly interesting buy: from dinosaur parks to a glimpse of outer space, take your pick. (543, Langford Road, Opp. Hockey Stadium, Shanti Nagar, T: 080-41138344) Another store in JP Nagar that has a wide range of painted wooden furniture for kids is Lil Carpenters. This store also showcases book shelves, desks, mini armchairs and a range of toy boxes. (248, JP Nagar 5th Phase, T: 080-64758626) Footwear Mothers swear by the comfortable and cute footwear that is available at Max, Westside, and Reliance Footprint. Most popular are the faux Croc shoes that are available in most footwear shops today. However, the original Croc shoes have a charm of their own � you can get original Crocs for kids at Gini and Jony outlets (2, Kamaraj Road, Near Commercial Street, T: 080-42109910) and Kittens, Garuda Mall (Garuda Mall, Shop-203, Magrath Road, T: 080-66641139). Jewellery The best place to buy pretty trinkets for kids is in the back lanes of Commercial Street. Beads, baubles, pretty clips, chains, amulets, there is treasure trove to be found here. Silver Shoppe on Commercial Street has a range of studs, chains and anklets in silver for girls. While there is a limited choice for boys, the best you can find here are bracelets sporting tiny figures and alphabets. (Commercial Street, Shivajinagar, T: 080-25323097) But if it is gold that you are looking for, city-based Kalyan Jewellers has launched a new range of kids' jewellery called `Bloom' featuring lightweight pieces in gold. The range consists of chains, bracelets, earrings and anklets. (17, Dickenson Road, T: 25550533; 080Jayanagar, T: 080-26347704) Annapoorna R Shinu Toy Story Confused about what toys to buy for your child? Are you looking for something that will engage as well as entertain? Here are a few pointers to guide you towards the right toys: � Buy toys that are meant for the age group of your child. � Always buy toys from reputed brands, as the material, paints used must be safe and the toy itself made well without sharp edges and so on. � Buy a combination of games as well as play toys, to help the child understand his or her preference. � Avoid toys such as swords and guns, especially for children under five years of age. � Also invest in a good set of educational toys that will prompt the child to think, think creatively and stimulate learning. � Encourage your child to buy sporty toys, and allocate a time when the child can play outdoors. ANTIQUES & ARTEFACTS Artefacts True to its name, this store is all about artefacts, and 5,000 sq.ft. of them. The store stocks a large collection of antiques and Indian art, of all types and from different times. Decorative artefacts in wood, metal, stone, as well as paintings, furniture and objects d'art also find space here. 33/17, Victoria Road 1st Cross, Xavier Layout T: 080-25560987, 25564931 E-mail: email@example.com Asian Arts Emporium At the Asian Arts Emporium, you can find art objects, home accessories and furnishings. It is one of the city's leading manufacturers, exporters and sellers of hand-knotted carpets, handicrafts and jewellery. 8, Cunningham Road Vasantha Nagar T: 080-22208963, 22208964 Dhakshini Antiques An antiques' hideaway, Dhakshini deals in antique furniture, carved doors, pillars, paintings, mirror frames, carved panels, wooden light fittings, old-wood baby furniture, and other artefacts sourced from around South India. 236, 2nd Main, Domlur Indiranagar 2nd Stage T: 080-65600550 Karigari Karigari is a 'concept theme art jewellery' brand. It is an exclusive 'ear rings' brand that encapsulates contemporary designs with traditional Indian designs. Its collection ranges from 'Swarovski and Metal', Fusion, Rajwada, Kashmiri, Assymetrical C collection etc. Mantri Square, K/FF/04 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: +91 9810053710 Krishtie Antique Art This store brings together a unique collection of antiques, European & Mysore paintings, bohemian chandeliers, curios, rose and teak wood furniture, Satsuma vases and lots more. 7, Airport Road Domlur T: 080-25357334 Maheen The store sells exquisite brass figures, hand finished to perfection. The wide range includes Ganesha, Buddha, Tara and other God figures; watches & telescopes; handcrafted mango wood pillars & chowkis, Rajasthani paintings and other artefacts. Mantri Square, S 31 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-22557066 Panchavati Heirlooms & Vermilion An antique treasure trove filled with artefacts from all over south India, here you're likely to find artefacts from the Moghul era, Chinese porcelain, gramophones, Indian antiques and writing tables from the Victorian era. Vermilion House 35, Tate Lane, Off Wood Street & Richmond Road Cleveland Road, Frazer Town T: 080-41225830 Also at: Brigade Road; T: 08025553916, 09844015051 Pracheen Pracheen's old-world collection includes European paintings, rare lithographs, colonial furniture, Chinese porcelain, and alabaster and marble figurines. 546, Langford Road Opp. Hockey Stadium T: 080-22277227 Swarovski The luxury brand offers a range of precision-cut crystal glass and related products including crystal sculptures and miniatures, jewellery and couture, home decor, chandeliers, and beads and rhinestones. 1st Floor, Monarch Plaza Brigade Road T: 080-25320733 Also at: Forum Mall Hosur Road; T: 080-22067788 Garuda Mall Magrath Road; T: 08066641088 The Attic This is a speciality furniture store showcasing restored colonial furniture in rosewood and teak. Affordable prices are their USP. 777-L, 1st Cross, 13th Main Road 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-25211588 The Oriental Haveli The store offers an extensive collection of antiques and objects d'art including white and blue Chinese pottery, porcelain figures of Dresden, Majolica vases, urns, platters, silver filigree and Japanese Satsuma. 45, 3rd Floor, 17th Main, 4th Block Opposite Karur Vysya Bank Koramangala 4th Block T: 080-25536239 The Vintage Shop The shop offers a wide range of antiques, period furniture, artefacts, paintings, home accessories, gifts, paintings, wall hangings and vases. 103, Oxford House 15, Rustam Bagh Main Road Off Airport Road T: 080-25278777, 25279777 BOOKS, STATIONERY & STORAGE Archies The store has an exclusive range of greeting cards, gifts and soft toys. Mantri Square,F 12 1,Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-65682572 Crossword Browse through all the genres of books here � from fiction, self-help, travel and food to non-fiction, children's books, bestsellers and magazines. The store also has a DVD and stationery section. Books & More Enterprises Ground Floor, ACR Towers 32, Residency Road T: 080-255824 11/12/13/14/15 Also at: Indiranagar; T: 08025213009/10/11/12 Garuda Mall Magrath Road; T: 08066641225 Bannerghatta Road; T: 080- 41317255 Whitefield Main Road; T: 08040961058 / 40961471 Fountain Head Book Shop Fountainhead has extensive sections on management and Indian mythology. Get all your popular magazines here, from GQ and Esquire to Vanity Fair and Vogue. 41, Christu Complex Lavelle Road T: 080-22229759 Gangaram's Book Bureau One of the city's homegrown bookstores, this stalwart boasts a vast and varied collection of books. These range from popular fiction, non-fiction, computing and self-help to health, management, art, biographies and food. 72, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Floor MG Road T: 080-25323289, 25581617, 25581113, 25581618 Higginbothams This bookstore stands out in its historic elegance amidst the newer stores on MG Road. Dating back to the city's colonial era, Higginbothams is among the oldest book stores in the city. On its racks are poetry, fiction, text books, coffee table books etc., along with stationery, maps and postcards. 68, MG Road Next to Deccan Herald T: 080-25586574 Howards Storage World Howards Storage World is an Australian-based speciality retailer of storage and organisational products for the home and office. Their products include kitchen baskets, food containers and pantry organisers, shower caddies and bathroom accessories, laundry trolleys, clothes' baskets and drying aides, bedroom storage baskets, jewellery organisers and shoe racks and modular Variety Book Store Variety Book Store is a well-known books and magazines outlet on Church Street. It stocks a variety of Indian and International magazines and best sellers. 48, West Of K C DAS, Church Street, St Marks Road T: 080-4091 3287 / 4153 1382 p 92 whats to buy? The Magazine Store The Magazine Store, located at the basement of Prestige RR building on Church Street, stores an array of magazines and newspapers from across the world. The store with an area of 2000 sqft has both national and international magazines on every possible topic including motorbikes, health, photography and housekeeping. Also available are the back issues of various magazines. 55, B 04, Prestige R R, Church Street T: 080-4146 4669 / 4132 5879 wine cellars. Mantri Square, S 71-73 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-22667313 Landmark Landmark has one of the widest range of titles, over 120,000 in fact. Its books span all the genres � bestsellers, business guides, fiction, biographies, computer science and a whole lot more. The store also stocks music, gifts, stationery, games and even has a home section. The Forum, Koramangala T: 080-42404240 Also at: Garuda Swagat Mall, Jayanagar T: 080-42404444 Odyssey Odyssey has a huge collection of around 75,000 books on an exhaustive range of subjects. Its offerings include music, movies, cards, stationery, gifts, toys and multimedia. 757/B, 100 Feet Road Near CMH Road Junction Indiranagar T: 080-42115341/42 Office Depot Office Depot retails office products and services like business machines, computers, computer software and office furniture, and their business services include copying, printing, document reproduction, mailing and shipping. Mantri Square, F 40-42 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667373 Oxford Bookstore Oxford Bookstore has two vibrant stores in the city, with one set in the swanky Leela Galleria. Over 100,000 titles spread over 89 sections is available here, along with music, gifts and art material. A trendy caf�, Cha Bar, is attached to the bookstore. The Leela Galleria Leela Palace 23, Airport Road T: 080-41155223 Also at: Jayanagar; T: 080-22457190 Reliance TimeOut With over 30,000 titles, sourced from national and international publishers, the stores impressive collection includes non-fiction, academic and professional books and books in six regional languages, apart from fiction, popular genres and a big children's section. This mega store also has stationery, toys, gifts and accessories. 74, Cunnigham Road, Vasanthanagar T: 080-41286025 Also at: Mantri Square Malleshwaram; T: 080-22667122 Sankars Started in 1967, this wellknown chain of bookstores has outlets all over the city, and stocks all categories of books. 393/394, 1st D Main Domlur Layout T: 080-25357899, 25350991 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Also at: Safina Plaza; T: 080-25595074 Vivanta by Taj Residency Road; T: 08025325621 Off St Marks Road; T: 08025586867 Le Meridien; T: 080-22207156 The Atria; T: 080-22256785 Domlur; T: 08025357899/25350911 Ranga Shankara; T: 08026494656 Sapna Book House The largest book showroom in the country, according to the Limca book of Records, the store's strongpoint is its extensive range of information and education books and multimedia products. Sapna also stocks a large collection of Kannada literature. 80 Feet Road Opposite Chinnmaya Mission Krishna Temple Indiranagar T: 080-40455999 Also at: Jayanagar; T: 080-41307322 Gandhinagar; T: 08040114455 Sadashivnagar; T: 08023446444/5 Staples A joint venture between Staples Inc and Future Group, it is the largest office products company in India. It provides products including technology, supplies, promotional gifting and furniture products. No.47, 15th Cross, Margosa road, Next to BSNL Telephone Exchange, Malleshwaram T: +91 9324325729 Also at: J P Nagar; T: 080-40982447 Garuda Mall; T: 08066962205/6 Koramangala; T: 08040928007/8 Marathahalli; T: 08066990606 Strand Book Stall Founded by the iconic bookseller, the late TN Shanbhag, Strand Book Stall has set a benchmark amongst bookstores in India. The store is known for its fine selection of books. S 113-114, Manipal Centre 1st Floor, South Block Dickenson Road T: 080-25580000, 25582222 William Penn William Penn houses premium pen brands as well as desktop and lifestyle accessories from around the world. 6, Ground Floor Garuda Mall, Magrath Road T: 080-41127993/92 Also at: Forum Mall, Koramangala; T: 080-32721999 Koramangala; T: 080- 25537803, 41104428 Mantri Square; T: 08022667315 USED BOOKS Blossoms Book House This is a landmark store for used books and new ones too. Spread across three floors, Blossoms is a browser's delight, featuring eclectic titles from fiction and art to sci-fi and philosophy. Church Street T: 080- 2532 0400, 2555 9733 E: info@blossombookhouse. com BookWorm A second-hand bookstore that is well known for its huge collection of fiction, non-fiction, technical and management books. Brigade Road T: 080-4112 6755 CLOTHING MEN, WOMEN & KIDS Alcott Alcott, derived from 'all cotton' is renowned Italian clothing line for men, women and kids. Mantri Square,UG 75 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160050 Bossini The brand offers casual wear and formal wear for men, women and kids. Its kidswear is particularly extensive and targets 3 to 12-year-old children. 57, Defence Colony, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-41735963 Also at: 185, Brigade Road; T: 08041513100 Commercial Street; T: 08041513048 Cotton World India's first store dedicated to natural clothing was set up in Mumbai in 1987. Over the period of time it has grown to seven cities across India. Cotton World has an appealing collection of apparels in clean lines, soothing colours and natural fabrics. 2, Barton Centre M G Road T: 080-25589443, 25091025 Also at: Mantri Square p 94 whats to buy? Malleshwaram T: 080-22667030 Eastern Stores Eastern Stores has an exclusive collection of winter wears, from sweaters and thermals to mufflers and scarves. It stocks clothing from well known brands as well as non-branded quality items. 102/103, Commercial Street T: 080-25589526 Esprit This international brand is known for its funky and lively clothesline, featuring contemporary tees, pants, bags and accessories. 10, Ananda Bhavan, Next to Ffolio, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-42110173 Also at: Garuda Mall Magrath Road T: 080-40913526 Favorite Shop One of the most popular garment stores in Bangalore. It provides a variety of readymade garments for men, women & kids. 84, 27th A Cross, Jayanagar 4TH Block T: 080-41239860 Also at: Mantri Square; T: 08022667042 Indiranagar; T: 080-41119446 M G Road; T: 080-25585665 Commercial Street; T: 08025589456 Hum India Stylish Western clothing from a string of international brands are available for men, women and kids. Party wear and lingerie are also available at the store's outlets. 6, Commercial Street T: 080-41130860 Also at: Church Street; T: 08041122550 Wills Lifestyle This clothing chain has a stylish apparel range for men and women, for work and after hours. 6, Brigade Road T: 080-41512632 Also at: Indiranagar; T: 080-41715665 Lerros This German-based apparel brand offers attire for men and women in a style that portrays sporty, classic and feminine fashion. The brand promises uncomplicated fashion to suit a person's attitude and personality. 100 Feet Road, HAL 2ndStage Indiranagar T: 080-42131407 Marks & Spencer This UK-based retailer offers all type of clothing ranging from formals to casuals for women and men. They also have a wide range of kids wear as well as personal care products. Mantri Square 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22043501/5 Also at: Garuda Mall Magrath Road; T: 08066641117/9 Max This Dubai-based brand, offers trendy clothes for men and women, accessories including handbags and jewellery and footwear. Affordable prices and stylish designs are its big selling points. 119/120, Commercial Street T: 080-41517782, 41517781 Also at: Next to Sony World, Koramangala; T: 08042405858, Next to ICICI Bank, CMH Road; T: 080-42171334 Opp to Khazana Jewellery, Jayanagar; T: 080-42517006 rd Banashakari, 3 Stage; T: 080-42025294 Bannerghatta Road; T: +91 9980444900 Mantri Square; T: 08039378530 Whitefield; T: 080-41796565 Pantaloons Pantaloons stocks trendy and hip collections of apparel and accessories for men, women and kids in sync with the latest fashions. Choose from a range of casual, ethnic, formal, party and sports wear. Mantri Square, UG07-09 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160085 Reliance Trends Reliance Trends is a speciality store for apparels, bags, luggage and accessories from Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail group. It offers quality products from some of the best brands both Indian and international to pick from. 29th Cross, Geeta Colony 4th Block, Jayanagar T: 080-43444810 Also at: Mantri Mall Richmond Road; T: 08041493333, 41493300 ShowOff The store stocks trendy clothes at an affordable price. From minimalistic clothes for a clean formal look to funky upbeat clothes for the night out to Indian ethnic wear, the store has it all. 452, Raj Mansion, 22nd Cross 3rd Block, Jayanagar T: 080-41301827, 41460266 Also at: Mantri Square; T: 08030160046/7 Brigade Road; T: 08041128805, 41128806 Commercial Street; T: 08042109673, 42109674 Splash This trendy store is spread over an area of 8000 sqft and caters to the fashion-conscious youth in the city with its range of stylish Western wear. 46, Emporium Davanam, 76, Next To Cauvery Emporium, M G Road T: 080-25597335/ 25597337 United Colors of Benetton This edgy brand brings fun, funky casual wear for men, women and kids. There's also a sizeable selection of formal linen pants, jackets and shirts and attractive party clothes. Don't miss their collection of accessories, eyewear and foot wear. 1212, 100 Feet Road, Hal 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-65306780, 65306781 Also at: The Forum Koramangala; T: 08022067860 Magrath Road; T: 08041473630 Mantri Square Malleshwaram; T: 08022667010 Western Stores Woollen clothes for men and women are available at this store. It also stocks some ethnic clothes like sherwanis. 176/2, Commercial Street T: 080-25590403 KIDS WEAR Adam's Kids Adam's Kid is an international brand of kidswear which brings out great collections of kids western wears for the age group of 1 to 7 years. Mantri Square, S63 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667272 Gini & Jony A one-stop-destination for children's clothes, there are over 700 designs to choose from. The brand brings out two collections a year � SpringSummer and Autumn-Winter. Coles Road Junction Frazer Town T: +91 9886230100 Also at: Jayanagar; T: 080-41210914 Indiranagar T: 080-40939378 Mantri Square T: 080-22667257 I-VOW This exclusive brand, caters to children between the ages of 2 and 14 and offers over 600 trendy styles to choose from. Mantri Square, U S 22 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667019 Kidzo Kidzo is one-stop-shop for ready-made garments for kids of all ages. It stocks everything from frocks, skirts and blouses to shorts, T-shirts and party wear. 49/1, Opposite to Planet Fashion Commercial Street T: +91 9880003113 Lilliput This chain offers clothes and footwear for kids in the agegroup of 0-11 years. The store also stocks garments from the house of Cartoon Network, with p 98 whats to buy? designs of popular cartoon characters. 2nd Floor, Eva Mall Brigade Road T: 080-41127492 Also at: Ulsoor Road; T: 080-41518324 Commercial Street; T: 08041130502 Mantri Square; T: +91 9886538212 Magic Threads A party wear boutique for preteens, the brand also stocks casual clothes and accessories like bags, hair clips, bands and junk jewellery. 15, King Street Richmond Town T: 080-41511981 MINC MINC is an eco-friendly lifestyle store for women and girls that retails apparel exclusively from organic cotton that is handspun & hand-woven (khadi) and coloured by natural dyes. Mantri Square 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667114 Pumpkin Patch The brand offers a wide range of clothes for boys and girls in a mix of all textures and prints. Mantri Square 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667350 Reebok Juniors This sports store from the Reebok stable retails sports gear, apparel and footwear exclusively for young girls and boys. Mantri Square, U 21 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667149 Strawberry Boutique A store just for little girls! Strawberry has both casual and party wear and specialises in beautifully embroidered frocks and dresses made from myriad fabrics like tissue, satin, organza and Italian silk. You can also get made-to-order garments. Kamaraj Road T: 080-41238292 Toon Kidz An international kids store chain that store apparels, accessories, toys, games and stationeries under one roof. The store provides international quality products at affordable price. Mantri Square, U 16 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667033 Weekender Kids Weekender offers a chic wardrobe for kids in the age group of 2-12 years. Western casuals and party wear, winter wear such as jackets and pullovers, accessories for kids -- it's all out there. 21, Ground Floor The Forum, Hosur Road Koramangala T: 080-22067626 MEN'S WEAR Allen Solly This pan-Indian brand has outlets across the city offering an exclusive range of formal wear for men. Old 8, New 166, Commercial Street T: 080-41238085 Boggi Boggi is a premium Italian menswear brand. It offers clothing and accessories for men, which is at par with international standards. Mantri Square, UG 67-69 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667424 Celio The French men's clothing brand is specialised in men's ready-to-wear apparels. It offers a range of casual wears for the youth. Mantri Square, UG 67-69 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667303 Indigo Nation Indigo Nation offers stylish formal wear for men that complement contemporary lifestyles and tastes. 2011, Black Pearl, 100 Feet Road, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar T: 080-32973459 Also at: Jayanagar; T: 08041219337 Hosur Road; T: 080-28523692 Khanate Khanate specialises in tailormade menswear. The store sources fabrics from around the world to create bespoke clothing. C- 19, Leela Galleria Airport Road T: 080- 4115 5774 Also at: Church Street; T: 080- 2559 4333 / 4112 1522 Indiranagar; T: 080- 4152 1673 Jayanagar; T: 080- 2663 2400 / 4130 7000 Louis Phillipe From formal wear for corporate meetings to casual wear for weekend revelry, Louis Philippe has an exciting range of ensembles for men, for just about any occasion. 115, Garuda Mall T: 080-41531021 Also at: Indiranagar; T: 080-42075526 Manyavar Manyavar stocks ethnic men's wear and specializes in wedding attire for men. Mantri Square,F 57 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667041 Neckties & More Neckties and more is a one stop shop for accessories from Raymond Apparel Ltd. Ties, tiepins, belts, cufflinks, bags, pocket squares, cravats, shoes and innerwear are available in the store. Mantri Square,UG 20B 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667007 PN Rao PN Rao has a fine collection of men's wear including shirts, trousers, suits and blazers. 69, M G Road T: 080-25581778 Prestige the Man Store This multi-brand store from the Prestige Group deals in menswear and men's accessories � four floors of it, in fact. Men's clothing from some of the best-known brands is widely available across a 20,000sft-area. 165, Commercial Street T: 080-25588599, 25588600 Also at: Mantri Square Malleshwaram; T: 08022667575 Proline The store retails all men's products from clothing to accessories. Mantri Square,F 64 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667256 Reid & Taylor One of the country's premium menswear brands, it provides a complete solution for men's apparels ranging from fabrics to ready-to-wear suiting. 36-37, Shrungar Complex M G Road T: 080-41121588 Tie Rack London The UK-based tie retailer is all set to establish in Bangalore. The retailer is specialised in tie, scarves and fashion accessories for both men and women. Mantri Square,UG 30 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667201 Van Heusen This store features premium formal and semi-formal ensembles for men. 116 & 235, Garuda Mall, Magrath Road T: 080-41531022 WOMEN'S ETHNIC WEAR Aanchal Clasilks The store has a beautiful range of silk collections. Apart from saris, salwar kameez outfits and unstitched fabric are also available. 65, Bluemoon Complex, MG Road T: 080-25589847 Anokhi This elegant boutique brings the ethnic designs and weaves of Rajasthan to the city. The brand has a distinct line of trendy Indo-Western wear, which is embellished with appliqu�, embroidery, patchwork and beadwork. Leela Galleria The Leela Palace 23, Old Airport Road T: 080 41262360 BIBA The store has a multitude of collections including ready-towear ethnic ensembles), a mix 'n' match or separates and a Western wear range called B COZ. Mantri Square,F 77 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667024 p 100 whats to buy? Deepam Silks International With its own weaving centres, Deepam makes some of the finest silk saris in the city, combining both traditional and contemporary design sensibilities. It also stocks salwar kameez sets for all occasions. 67, Bluemoon Complex, M G Road T: 080-25588760 Karishma Silks The store offers a sparkling selection of silk saris, wedding saris, designer saris, salwar kameez suits, and much more. 45, MG Road T: 080-25581606 Kalanjali Handlooms Kalanjali launched by Ramoji Group has come up with their handloom division where one can shop for traditional clothing including silk saris and salwaars. Mantri Square,F 49 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667051 Kalanjali Ultimo Kalanjali stores an exhaustive range of party and bridal wear. Mantri Square,UG 60-64, 72-73, 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667050 Kuberan Silks Authentic Kancheepuram silks form the backbone of this popular store's sari stocks. Apart from this, there are over 40,000 saris in different shimmering varieties to choose from. 226, Chickpet T: 080-22206514, 22206843 Lals's matching centre It is a clothing and accessories shop having a huge variety of collection to choose from. Mantri Square,F 69 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram M Fazal & Sons Ghunghat This is a go-to store for wedding saris, lehengas , ghahra cholis and salwar kameez ensembles in both traditional and contemporary styles. 153, Opp Titan Showroom Commercial Street T: 080-25597986 Nalli Next This south Indian chain believes in upholding traditions while also experimenting with new designs that match urban lifestyles. Nalli has a large collection of ethnic wear, bags and accessories. 8, First Floor, Opp Garuda Mall, Magrath Road T: 08042866999/25321903 Navrathan Silks Navrathan Silks is known for its vast range of saris including silk and designer saris. Also available here is an extensive collection of salwar kameezes. 85, MG Road T: 080-41515160, 41515162 Neeru's Neeru's boasts off one of the most extensive salwar kameez collections in the city. Saris for special occasions are part of its offerings. 511, 46th Cross 5th Block, Jayanagar T: 080-65363636 Also at: Mantri Square; T: 08022667308 Mysore Silk Emporium Karnataka is known for its silks. And some of its most exquisite silk saris, both traditional and modernist, can be found at this store. Printed silks, Kanjeevarams, Mysore silks are part of its vast silk repertoire. 64/1, Opp To BMTC Bus Stand, Double Road, K H Road T: 080-41248999 Mysore Silk Udyog The varieties of saris you get here include Mysore silks, crepes, tussars, chiffons, and Banarasi and Kancheepuram silks, among others. SS Plaza, 627/23 Opp To Pavitra Restaurant, 30th Cross, 4th Block, Jayanagar T: 080-22447998, 41505577 Prasiddhi Silks Prasiddhi Silks is known for its collection of elegant traditional and handloom saris. From tussar to bandhani, find some exotic sari creations here. 23/2, Double Road, K.H Road T: 080-22236613 Also at: Commercial Street; T: 08025321545 Bannerghatta Road; T: 08026689345 Priya-Simran's Silks This store is popular for its dressy ethnic clothes, from silk saris to Indo-western designer wear. Expect to find a varied selection of fancy women's wear. G 1, Prestige Meridien I MG Road T: 080-25325315 Samyakk Indulge in wedding shopping at Samyakk, known for its vibrant range of saris, salwar suits and ghagras. 8, D'Souza Circle, Opp Lifestyle, Richmond Road T: 080-41113330 Kalamandir This store features a collection of trendy ethnic wear for women at affordable prices. 1402, Old No.141, Near Vijaya College 32nd Cross,14th Main Road, 4th Block, Jayanagar T: 08026643396/26643397 Also at: Marathahalli; T: 08042979999 M G Road; T: 08041121690 Malleshwaram; T: 08042519999/23568182 Rumour A boutique providing fashionable designer clothing for all occasions. 46, 3rd Main 1st Cross, Domlur T: 080-41144056 Sakhi by Chandras Sakhi showcases saris, salwar kameezes and kurtis. The creations are a blend of traditional fabrics and contemporary themes. 305, 6th Main, Hal 2nd stage Indiranagar T: 080-25252007, 41155551 Sanskruti Silks From traditional saris and lehengas to salwar suits you get to pick from a wide variety at reasonable prices. They also retails bridal wear collections. 660/1, Akshaya (opp. Cafe Coffee Day), 100 Feet Road Indiranagar T: 080-41529295 Also at: Mantri Square Malleshwaram Soch Soch offers an exclusive collection of traditional as well as western wear. Choose from elegant saris, kurtas as well as western formals and casuals. 5, Melwanis Kidds Corner, Commercial Street T: 08025588833/25588844 Also at: Garuda Mall, Magrath Road T: 080-40913718/40913719 Forum Mall, Koramangala T: 080-22067660 Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-22667043 Sterling House From casual wear to party wear, the store brings together an extensive selection of salwar kameezes in both ethnic and contemporary styles. 40, Commercial Street T: 080-25588805 Suvasa Suvasa offers both men's and women's clothing, apart from accessories, and home decor. 765, 2nd floor, HAL 2nd stage, 100 Feet Road Indiranagar T: 080-41152312 Swiss Embroideries This store sells dress materials, saris, dupattas, kurtis and salwar suits embellished with 'Schiffli' embroidery. 110, Commercial Street (opp. Westside) T: 080-25550899/0799 Also at: Sankey Road T: 080-23348157/8161 Jayanagar; T: 080-41230010 The Bride-Fashion Boutique The store has Bridal lehengas in a huge range of designs. They also customise clothes to enhance one's personality and style quotient. 137, 1st A Cross Next to Cafe Coffee Day Near Jyoti Nivas College, Koramangala T: +91 9980145755 Toonz Toonz is a retail store that stocks an extensive range of ready-to-wear garments including sarees, t-shirts, skirts, pants, trousers, shawl and scarves, for men and women. You can also pick up toys for p 102 whats to buy? children as well as gifts and knick-knacks for the home. Toonz Retail India 1186, 12th B Main, HAL 2nd Stage Indiranagar T: 080-25201746 U U offers a selection of highly fashionable unique clothing in great designs and latest trends. Mantri Square,F 78 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667372 Varsidhi Traditional Kancheepuram saris and embroidered lehengas are Varsidhi's speciality. 661, 11th Main Road 4th Block, Jayanagar T: 080-41330615 Vijayalakshmi Expressions The store sells a range of saris, dress materials, party wear and readymade salwar suits. 125-1-18, G K Arcade 1st Block, T Mariyappa Road Jayanagar T: 080-26574341 Also at: Mantri Square; T: 08022667099 Vijayalakshmi Silks and Sarees Vijayalakshmi is one of the older Bangalore silk stores and upholds the city's rich silk tradition. Saris here span silks, cottons, Banarasi and embroidered saris, among others. MG Road T: 080-25587395, 25587937 WOMEN'S WESTERN & INDO-WESTERN WEAR AND Designs AND offers stylish trendy attires for the fashion conscious women at affordable prices. They launch 2 seasonal trends every year, Spring-Summer & Autumn-Winter and a new collection get launched every week at the stores. Mantri Square,F 56 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160060 Ayesha Ayesha showcases a variety of bright and colorful accessories. It also has a collection of trendy footwears, hat sand bags. Mantri Square,S 32, 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-22667011 Canterbay Canterbay has a range of clothing, from formals to casuals in the latest trends and designs. Mantri Square,F 65 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: +91 8147329937 Global Desi This indo-western apparels store combines Indian threads with global style. They retail kurtas, t-shirts, colourful jewellery and bags. Mantri Square,F 55 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 30160063 Hakashi Smart belts, trendy ties, panache jewels, exclusive kurtis and elite bags are just some of the items you can find here. Mantri Square, S 36 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-65460776 Jashnn A fashion store for the contemporary urban woman, it stocks ethnic and Indo- western wear. Mantri Square, F 76 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160082 Lemax The store offers fashion, innovation, style and affordability across its collections of casual wear denims, trousers and shirts. Mantri Square, F 66 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: +91 9886813150 Mustard Mustard offers an eclectic melange of fusion wear � a mix of Indian fabric and Western designing which is specially crafted to flatter the body shapes of Indian women. 4, The Forum Mall, Koramangala T: 080-32722260 Also at: Magrath Road T: 080-66641106 Poe The store retails stylish western wears. It offers customized t-shirts also. Mantri Square, S57 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667021 Pure Earth This Singapore-based modernethnic label has a range of collections range from cottons tops in cheerful prints to stunning silk dresses for the evening, which are handcrafted in small numbers only. Choice accessories are at hand to match. Mantri Square 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160037 Scarlett Scarlett is a store dedicated to accessories, home d�cor and gift items Mantri Square, S30 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-22667272 Scarlett Diva Accessorize yourself with the trendiest fashion accessories from Scarlett Diva Mantri Square, S 52-53 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-3016000 Vastrra Vastraa showcases formal evening dresses, poncho tops, cocktail gowns, clubwear and party wear tops, formal Indian outfits and bridal wear. Mantri Square,F 79 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667026/28 W The brand focuses on the newage Indian women offering a range of fusion wear comprising trousers, skirts, tunics, tops and tees along with an exciting winter outer wear line. Mantri Square, F 70 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160076 DEPARTMENTAL STORES & HYPERMARKETS Bangalore Central Bangalore Central is a shopping mall from the retail giant Pantaloons. It stores more than 300 brands in different categories like apparels, accessories, books, music, food courts, restaurants etc. 47/48, Victoria Embassy Residency Road T: 080-66930100 Also at: Jayanagar; T: 080-26593099 Hypercity With everything under one roof, this departmental store merchandises food & grocery, electronics & appliances, apparel, home & furniture, children's toys, and sports gear & fitness equipment. It also has an exclusive section for gourmet products. Embassy Paragon, Ground Floor, Nr. Kundalahalli Gate, ITPL Road, Near Brooke Field T: 080-43643333 Lifestyle The store stocks more than 250 national and international brands including Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Nike, Adidas, Kappa, Tommy Hilfiger, Tissot and Tag Heuer amongst many others. Oasis Centre 30, Salarpuria Tech Point 100 Feet. Road, Intermediate Ring Road T: 080-40276400 Also at: Austin Town; T: 080-25564555 Victoroa Layout T: 080-25566808 Mantri Square T: 080-23469217/6 Oasis Centre Oasis is an enormous departmental store that houses apparel, footwear, accessories, garments, home d�cor and furnishings. Take your pick from a whole spectrum of national and global brands. 30, Intermediate Ring Road Koramangala T: 080-40276400 Shoppers Stop Established in 1991 by Raheja Corp Group, Shoppers Stop is one of the leading departmental stores in India. It houses national and international brands of apparels, footwear, fashion jewellery, leather products, accessories and home products. Koramangala Industrial Layout Lusker Hosur Road Next to Forum Mall Salarpuria Tower 2 T: 080-40485500 Also at: Garuda Mall T: 080-56641200 p 104 whats to buy? Bannerghatta Road T: 080-41215681 Mantri Square T: 080-43627641 Big Bazaar Big Bazaar is a hypermarket that scores over other similar stores with its value for money proposition for customers. The hyper-store stocks just about everything, from clothes, foods, toiletries, home furnishings, utensils, crockery, cutlery and sports goods. Salapuria Gateway Jayanagar 45/1, A Block Near Ragigudda Anjinyaar Temple T: 080 -42198360 Also at: Whitefield; T: 080-41680412 Koramangala Industrial Layout; T: 080-40927845 Spar Hypermarket Spar is a one-stop shop for all your daily needs. Lining this hypermarket's aisles are processed food, fresh fruits, vegetables, personal care products, confectionary, fine liquors, crockery and a host of other household products. 30, 3rd Floor,100 Feet Inner Ring Road, Ejipura, 5th block, Koramangala T: 080-43456918 Also at: Bannerghatta Road T: 080-40618512, 40618555 Mantri Sqaure T: 080-39378500/22 Star Bazaar Star Bazaar, a Tata enterprise, caters to all household requirements from groceries to consumer durables. With several outlets in Bangalore, the hypermarket stocks a comprehensive range of products that includes food staples, fruits, vegetables, personal care products, kitchenware, apparel, toys and lots more. Near Forum Mall, HM Vibha Tower, Koramangala, T: 080-25535222 Also at: Rajajinagar; T: 080-23508444 Rajarajeshwari Nagar T: 080-28606700 DESIGNER STORES Balance by Rohit Bal Designer Rohit Bal brings his 14, Embassy Classic Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41121088 Ffolio Ffolio is a high-fashion store that retails both ethnic and western clothes from a variety of designers. This trendy space store also holds frequent exhibitions showcasing up and upcoming designers' lines. 5, Embassy Chambers Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-22218142/ 41246053 Also at: The Leela Galleria Airport Road T: 080-30571587 Jean Paul Gaultier French designer Jean Paul Gaultier's uber-chic ready-towear collections for men and women are on display at this store. The Jeans line and Soliel are available in addition to a whole range of fashion accessories, including bags, shoes, wallets and jewellery. 24, UB City Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41738914 Jimmy Choo This highly exclusive shoes and accessories brand stocks its innovative and fresh collections that are known for their style, beauty and also practicality. 17, Ground Floor The Collection UB City 24, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41738404 Kimaya This Indian haute couture store is spread over 10,000 sq.ft. and features designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Suneet Varma, Rohit Bal, Shantanu and Nikhil, and Abraham & Thakore amongst others. The Collection UB City, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41738920/21 Lokesh Ahuja An exclusive range of designer wear for both men and women is showcased at this boutique. B9, 1st, The Leela Galleria, Leela Palace Hotel, Airport Road T: 080-30571257, +919845054875 Louis Vuitton The French company is one of the leading names in the business of luxury leather products, accessories and jewellery and textile products. At the store expect to find the latest collection of handbags, suitcases, accessories, textile products and leather goods. 20-24, UB City 24, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-42460000 Mango Get the best of European women's wear and accessories from this well-known Spanish brand. G-15, Garuda Mall, Magrath Road T: 080-66641115 Manoviraj Khosla Bangalore-based designer Manoviraj Khosla's eponymous studio features an edgy collection of ready-to-wear garments: formal, casual, party wear and wedding trousseau. The studio also takes couture and pr�t orders for both men and women. 27, Dickenson Road T: 080-25510287 Mogra This designer store showcases a trendy collection of saris, ethnic clothes and accessories by some of India's leading designers. B-24, Leela Galleria The Leela Palace Old Airport Road T: 080-41152457 Mont Blanc This international brand of collectable pens features its latest and legendary collections at the boutique and also retails a range of exquisite accessories, eye wears, and jewellery here. UB City, 2 & 3, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41738831 Leela Gallerie Airport Road; T: 08025250270 Pashma The exclusive luxury cashmere line features ready-to-wear line cardigans, jumpers and tops in cashmere, silk cashmere and silk. There is also a collection dedicated to un-dyed natural cashmere. C-17 & C-18, Level 2 The Leela Galleria Leela Palace, Airport Road T: 080-41150789, 30571587 Qlue Designer wear by Kalpesh and Purobi Dresswalla, the fabric, design and colour change seasonally at the store. You can exclusive collections to the masses with this store. 14, Embassy Classic Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41121088/89 Boheme Tucked away in Victoria Layout, Boheme has a quirky collection of clothes, bags, shoes and accessories by young and upcoming designers. Party wear and stilettos are the store's speciality. Patterned kurtis, jackets, embroidered tees, and asymmetrical skirts � it's all up for grabs at Boheme. 17/1, 2nd Cross Victoria Layout T: 080-41225511 Canali Canali, an Italian brand, has a presence in more than 100 countries with 150 boutiques. Known for its impeccable styling, Canali now has a standalone boutique in Bangalore. 20, UB City Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41738998, 41738999 Collage A potpourri of designers showcase their clothes Collage. Apart from its chic sartorial offerings, the store also has a jewellery and accessories section. 21/1, Horizon Building Wood Street, Ashok Nagar Brigade Road T: 080-25566818, 25566819 Deepika Govind Shop for creations of prominent designer Deepika Govind at this boutique store. Also find an extensive collection of handwoven attire. 21/11, 1st Floor, Craig Park Layout Behind Nalli Silks, MG Road T: 080-25321786 Evoluzione Evoluzione is a high-fashion store featuring designer labels from a clutch of India's top designers. Also available at the store is home d�cor accessories and furniture. p 106 whats to buy? find tops, bustiers, skirts, dresses and pants in cotton, linen, chiffon, with touches of silk running through. 329, 7th Main HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-3290465 Ritu Kumar Ritu Kumar's designer boutique offers rich bridal saris and elegant western casuals from her latest collections. 8, Pappana Street Off. St Marks Road T: 080-41120278, 41120279 Satya Paul The designer wear at this store embodies Satya Paul's signature prints, ingenuity of designs and a vivid color palette. J-777, 100 Feet Road Indiranagar T: 080-42050023/24/25 Also at: Mantri Square Malleshwaram; T: 08022667043 Sanchita A store by Sanchita Ajjampur, it houses an exquisite collection of tees, tunics, blouses, flared skirts and togas made out of a mix of fabrics. C3, The Leela Galleria, Old Airport Road T: 08025211234/41265388 Shimmer by Jamilia & Seema A 'concept bridal store', designers Jamilia & Seema help create the perfect trousseau for brides-to-be by putting together your entire wedding ensemble � from picking out the outfit and selecting the jewellery to finding the matching bag and footwear. 33/1, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-22132580 Stella McCartney The British designer's luxury ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, fragrances, eyewear, accessories, organic skin care range and performance range with Adidas are available at this flagship store. 24, UB City The Collection Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41738912 The Collective The Collective, by Madura Garments is a men's apparel and accessories store. It offers accessories and clothing from renowned brands of the world as well as from famous designers. At the store, there is a Jean-Claude Biguine's French Salon and Spa with a French stylist as well. It also has a cafe, a newsstand and a music bar. 40, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-67678888 Tommy Hilfiger The iconic American designer's latest collections of jackets, dresses, trousers, shades and shoes and other products is are available in at these exclusive showrooms. Forum Mall Hosur Road, Koramangala T: 080-22067669 Also at: Brigade Road T: 080-41233364 Zarah A one-stop shop for top designer labels like Arjun and Anjalee Kapoor, Zarah also specializes in women's party wear like tunics and tops and sell embroidered Kashmiri suits and material with zardozi work. The store also retails its home products. 771, Hothur Grand 100 Feet Road, HAL II Stage Indiranagar T: 080-25257003/700 FLORISTS Ayoka Ayoka is one a leading florists the retails beautiful floral arrangements and provides blooms for corporate events, marriages and theme-based parties. Mantri Square LG Floor, 31 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160131 Blooming Florist Blooming's stalls brim with an assortment of fresh flowers. Stylised floral arrangements, both contemporary and traditional are created along with dried floral and silk arrangements. 69, 13th Cross New Vegetable Market Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: +91 9243100852 Daffodils Daffodils is a pan-Indian floral chain. This floral chain has over two decades of experience in this business. G-05, Blue Cross Chambers 1st Cross, Infantry Road T: 080- 25591560 E: email@example.com FloraStand A retail florist and wholesale flower supplier, this store's speciality is roses, which are delivered directly from the farm to consumers. 3194, 7th Main HAL II Stage, Indiranagar T: +91-9379433595 Flowerbox Flowerbox offers flower decoration services for various events and also provides weekly flower delivery services to corporates, homes, restaurants and stores. Cinnamon 11 Walton Road (off Lavelle Road) T: 080-41120988 Ohana Fine Flowers Ohana is a flower boutique that specialises in elegant arrangements and delivery of exotic flowers for weddings, homes, parties and offices. It has a variety of unusual flower arrangements and flower gifts to choose from. B 25b Leela Galleria Airport Road T: 080-32906030 Rosary Farm Rosary is one of the oldest flower shops in Bangalore, hawking exotic, exclusive flowers are available for every occasion. Rosary also delivers flowers to any part of the city. St. Patricks Complex Residency Road T: 080-41127252, 25597965, +91 98440 01566 Sheela Florists This store offers flower bouquet delivery services, including midnight and early morning deliveries! Flowers for big occasions like weddings and flower decoration for cars is also offered here. 97, Near Baldwin Girls High School Richmond Road T: 080-22210973, 22241187 FOOT WEAR Bata Bata is one the oldest and largest retailer of footwear in India. This brand offers a wide range of trendy footwear for men, women and kids at affordable prices. 89 & 90, Commercial Street T: 080-41573269 Also at: Adugodi T: 080-22112895 Malleshwaram T: 080-23560037 Indiranagar T: 080-25219596 Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-22667013 Crocs Based on the ergonomic CrosliteTM material in incredibly lightweight design, Crocs offers unparalleled comfort in unique styles. Mantri Square,F 15 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667014 Hush Puppies This international brand offers comfortable casual and dress shoes for men and women. Mantri Square UG Floor, 59 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667023 INC 5 The store at Commercial Street offers a range of stylish footwear for women to choose from. The collection includes formals, casuals as well as party wears. 54/55, Commercial Street T: 080-25586832/41132529 Luciano The Italian brand of footwear is always associated with luxury and quality. The brand adored by celebrities offers trendy high heel shoes in different designs. They also have a range of handbags for ladies. Mantri Square, S 80 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-65347711 Magnet Shoes and accessories to keep you fashionable and confident. Mantri Square, F 17 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160030 Metro Pick from a stylish collection of shoes for men, women and children. 43, Brigade Road, Civil Station T: 080-25582512 p 108 whats to buy? Rocia A footwear store that stocks trendiest shoes from popular brands. It has a collection of formals, casuals as well as sports wears to choose from. Mantri Square,F 20 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667318 Also at: Commercial Street Junction T: 080-25596111 Whitefield Main Road T: 080-25939110 Jayanagar T: 080-65974092 Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-30160099 Mochi At Mochi, you can shop from a large collection of footwear available at reasonable prices. Men, women and kids can pick from an equally sizeable selection, for different occasions. 38, Commercial Street T: 080-25588808 Also at: Koramangala T: 080-22067681 Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-30160034 Regal Shoes for men, women and kids are available here. Formal shoes to casual wears and sports shoes, all varieties of shoes are stocked. Mantri Square,F 61 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22043412 Also at: Commercial Street T: 080-25586786 Reliance Footprints A venture from the Reliance Group, this is a one-stop-shop for footwear and accessories. Top brands like Nike, Reebok, Schroll's, Clark's, Lee Cooper and Puma, among others, are showcased. 50, Zatakia Centre, Near Cafe Coffee Day, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-41574831 Also at: Koramangala T: 080-64565870 Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: +91 97407 05980 Soles With a sophisticated in-house manufacturing facility and cutting-edge design team, the brand offers stylish fashion footwear. Mantri Square,F 62 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667321 Also at: Commercial Street T: 080-25588081 Brigade Road T: 080-2559, 0018 Garuda Mall Magrath Road T: 080-66141040 Jayanagar T: 080-41210336 Whitefield Main Road T: 080-25939175 Woodland Defined by the spirit of adventure, this popular brand has a wide collection of trendy and durable footwear for men and women. 240/27, Asha Arcade, Below Vodafone, 9th Main Road,3rd Block, Jayanagar T: 080-22441406 Also at: Marathahalli; T: 08025400241, 64510152 Commercial Street; T: 08041464244 / 9986501326 Mantri Square Malleshwaram; T: 08030160033 GARDENING The Wheelbarrow Apart from garden products, and soil and organic supplements, this store offers landscaping and gardendesigning services. Lakeview Farm Varthur Main Road Whitefield T: +91 9945985848 Sunshine's Garden Boutique Whether a small garden or a large one, the boutique offers creative ideas to design your garden along with gardening accessories, artefacts, furniture, bonsai plants and much more. 3330, 13th Main, 6th Cross, HAL, 2nd Stage Indiranagar T: 080-65831100 HOME D�COR @home @home offers home furniture, furnishings and accessories. It also provides free interior planning services as well. Sriranga, Ground to 4th Floor (opp. Forum Mall) Koramangala T: 080-25501012 Also at: Marathahalli; T: 08042197133/34 Aaryansh A home decor and furnishing store where home linen like bedspreads, bed sheets, cushions, cushion covers, table linen, diwan sets, curtains and quilt covers are available. 9, Corporation Building Dispensary Road T: 080-41266544 Area A classy home decor store with trendiest and high quality home furnishing. Mantri Square, S65 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-22667288 Contemporary Arts & Crafts Contemporary Arts and Crafts, 'CAC' for short, is a trendy contemporary lifestyle store in Bangalore. Handmade furniture, furnishing, ethnic bric-a-brac, aesthetic handicrafts and quirky accessories for the home can be found here. 17/1, 2nd Cross Viveknagar Post, Victoria Road T: 080- 41225512, 41225511 Drapes Avenue One of the city's largest showrooms for home furnishings, the store offers a range of curtains, furnishing fabrics and fashion fabrics. 279, Amar Jyothi Layout Intermediate Ring Road Domlur T: 080-40381900 Dream Zone Dream Zone is a home decor store where you can purchase beds and mattresses under one roof. 414, 4th main, 2nd block HRBR Layout Kammanahalli, Kalyan Nagar T: 080-25459736, 9341801020 East Distribution From antique to contemporary, the furniture store offers various genres to choose from. Its products include beds, bedside tables, chaise lounge, divans, dining tables and the like, as well as accessories like cushion covers and curios for the home. 598, 2nd Main 80 Feet Road, Near Indoor Stadium Koramangala T: 080-25719576, 41130849 Glass Crafters India (The Stained Glass Studio) A one-stop shop for stained glass art products, restoration, supplies and services. It is retails Spectrum Glass Stained glass products including clocks, doors, lampshades and mirrors, murals, skylights, tile mosaics and windows. 3, 4th Cross 2nd Stage Michael Palya 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-25291601, 25285877 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org W: glasscraftersindia.com Home Centre This one stop destination for furniture, home d�cor and soft furnishing uses the 'concept' rooms route to display products, giving consumers a practical idea of how each piece of furniture would look in a particular room. Mantri Square, S 02-06 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-23469216/17 Home Stop A home concept store from Shoppers Stop, stop here for all your home needs ranging from furniture, recliners, bath accessories and bedroom furnishings to mattresses, drapes, carpets, and kitchen p 110 whats to buy? accessories. Raheja Point 17/2 Ashok Nagar Magrath Road T: 080-41126851 Home Town Home Town is a well-known home store chain stocking all varieties of furnishings, including upholstery material, curtains in different fabrics, drapery rods and other accessories. Outer Ring Road Next to Innovative Multiplex Marathahalli T: 080-25236622 Hunter Douglas Gallery American brand Hunter Douglas offers stylish dressings for windows. Some of the gallery's innovative window fashions include Duette honeycomb shades, Silhouette and Pirouette window shadings, and Luminette privacy sheers. 480, 2nd 'A' Main Indiranagar II Stage T: 080-42042722, 42042723 Indian Window Indian Window boasts a large collection of window furnishing products and offers product customisation services and technical expertise in the automation of window furnishings. 3169, Service Road, (1st Main Road), HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-25256925, 25423811 Jamal Mir Jamal Mir is a name to reckon with in the world of carpets, Pashminas and furnishings. Shah Sultan, Cunningham Road, T: 080-22265252 Just Linen Just Linen is a furnishings boutique whose range includes contemporary bed linens, window dressings, bath linen and table linen. 19 / 3, Double Road, Indiranagar, 2nd Stage, T: 080-32008320, 41153429 Kynkyny Home Kynkyny Home is a Bangalorebased furniture boutique that retails products made of solid wood, which are designed and produced in its own design studio and production unit. 104, Embassy Square 148, Infantry Road T: 080-40926202 Linen Galore Linen Galore is a leading manufacturer and supplier of a range of linen furnishings. Rich textures and clean simple lines characterise its line of linen accessories. 54 1st Floor, Commercial Street T: 080-25599699 Maharaja Furniture This is an Indian furniture brand with a particularly extensive carved wood range. You can also shop for office furniture and home furniture along with accessories. 115/3, ITPL Main Road (Kundanhalli) Next to Sobha Renaissance Brook Fields T: 080-32414903 Also at: Dodda Banaswadi, T: 080-41634529 Indiranagar; T: 080-41153909 Maspar Maspar showcases the best in home fashion. The latest technology is used to create a line of elegant home furnishings with high-quality fabric. Shop No 122, The Forum, Hosur Road, 6th Block Koramangala T: 080-22067686 Also at: Indiranagar; T: 080-41267696 Mon Chateau Mon Chateau brings premium American brands in furniture, fabrics and home accessories to the Indian market giving your home an international luxe look. 4, Bellary Road, 1st Floor, Opp Palace Grounds, Mekhri Circle Gate, Sadashivnagar T: 080-40977000 Nicora Nicora is a home decor boutique and a specialist in window dressing accessories. The store offers blinds in different fabrics and natural fibres like jute and chatai. 3157, 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-25285163 Ovion Furniture This store is a repository of some of the finest leathers from across the world. 2, Victoria Road T: 080-41321999 Pete's Furniture Pete's Furniture retails restored period furniture, blending classic styles with modern functionality. Also up for sale is a range of collectables to choose from. 2023/C, 14th A Main, 1st Cross, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-25202115 Reliance Living The store offers a complete range of home furniture, furnishing, d�cor, decorative lighting and elegant kitchens. Mantri Square, S44-48 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-22667298 Roseby's Choose from a wide range of home linen and lifestyle accessories including bedspreads, towels, cushions, cushion covers and pillow covers mingle with vases, frames, lamps, cocktail shakers and bathroom accessories. 623, 11th Main, 80 Feet Road Indiranagar, T: 080-41228323 Also at: Malleshwaram; T: +91 9448487869 Sarjapur; T: +91 9845022760 Koramangala; T: +91 9900197127 Sraja Sraja's custom-made rugs and loom-woven floor covering are a great way to embellish your home. Its extensive range of carpets range from flat weaves to pile rugs, from handloom to hand knotted, and from contemporary and traditional. 759, 2nd Floor, 100 Feet Road Indiranagar II Stage T: 080-25217040 Stanley Boutique Stanley Boutique is known for its signature line of leather sofas. The store also showcases luxury furnishing from different global brands. 4000/2A, 100 Feet Road HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-25357374, 41261777 The Bright Side A home decor shop where lighting fixtures of contemporary and elegant designs are available. 128, 1st Main Road, Domlur 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-41528039 The Swadeshi Store The Swadeshi Store is an exclusive home furnishings store dedicated to furnishings and accessories in pure handwoven cotton. 31, Krishna Nagar Industrial Layout, Hosur Main Road T: 080-25532061, 25536805 The Purple Turtles Bangalore's exclusive innovative designer lights destination, its unique designer collection of light fittings, lamps and lampshades, is carefully handpicked from some of the country's most renowned light designers. They specialize in providing and customizing lighting ideas to suit your homes, office spaces, resorts, restaurants and every kind of theme-based interiors. 128, 1st Main Road, Domlur 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-41528039, 974188668 Welhome Welhome offers a range of home decor accessories and a sizeable collection of bedspreads, quilts, cushions covers and towels whose designs are bright and stylish. 203, 2nd Floor, Sigma Mall Cunningham Road T: 080-41229752 Also at: Koramangala T: 080-25505973 Jayanagar T: +91 99456 20797 Mysore Road T: 080-26752455 Zara Zara is a multi-brand home d�cor store offering luxury brands of upholstery, drapery, home linen, curtain hardware, accessories and wallpapers, such as Designers Guild, Harlequin, Casamance, Casadeco and Elitis. 110, Opposite West Side Commercial Street T: 080-25595995 HOME ELECTRONICS Adishwar Electro World Adishwar retails electronics, p 112 whats to buy? consumer durables and home appliances. It has a direct marketing division, which markets kitchen appliances under the brand name "World Star". 5, Koramangala Intermediate Ring Road (Diagonally opp, Pizza Hut) Domlur T: 080-41118612 / 13/ 14 Also at: Marathahalli T: 080-40980514/15 Rajajinagar T: 080-23134692 / 93 Akshar's Telecom All brands of mobile phones and mobile accessories are available here. 16, East Circle Road VV Puram T: 080-26673421, 9886158861, 9886040240 Croma Croma, a Tata subsidiary, is one of the largest consumer electronics stores in the country. Croma stores are compulsorily large � an average of 15,000-20,000 sqft � and are designed to make shopping for gadgets a pleasurable experience. 60, Eva Mall Brigade Road T: 080-66310167 Also at: Koramangala T: 080-66969850 Kalyana Nagar Post T: 080-67127288 E-Zone Ezone is a chain of speciality stores that makes electronics shopping easier and pleasurable with good discounts. It stocks televisions, audio systems, home theatres, laptops, cameras, MP3 players, DVD players, mobile phones and more. Sigma Mall 15, 16, 17 Ground Floor Cunningham Road T: 080-32413975 Also at: Residency Road T: 080-66930000 Koramangala T: 080-25520241 Girias Girias' stores are spacious with well-displayed ranges of home appliances including television, home theatre systems, microwaves, refrigerators and air-conditioners. 138, Shoolay Circle Brigade Road T: 080-22228032 Imagine Imagine is an electronics and appliances outlet dealing with Apple products. It stocks Apple laptops, notebooks, iMac, iPod, iPhone etc. Also provides data storage solutions and repair services for Apple products. The Collections, UB City Level-2, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-22132000 Also at: The Forum Mall, Koramangala T: 080-220667799 Mantri Square T: 080-22667400 Mobile Store One of the largest telecom retailers in India, it offers the latest models in mobile phones from different brands at exclusive rates. Other facilities provided include mobile accessories, prepaid and postpaid connections, datacard, music players etc. Plot No. 118, Ground Floor, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala T: 080- 64529778 Also at: R T Nagar; T: 080-64526456 Rajajinagar; T: 080-64502764 Indiranagar T: 080-64561025, 9986018257 Richmond Road T: 080-64529721 Malleshwaram T: 080-64518823 Jayanagar; T: 080-64540016 Whitefield; T: 080-60006363 Modern World Modern World is one of the oldest showrooms for electronic and home appliances in the city. Washing machines, refrigerators, microwaves, food processors, irons, mixer grinders may be purchased here. Airport Road Domlur T: 080-25358192 Also at: 35, M.G. Road T: +91 9341234302 Pai International Pai International is one of Bangalore's largest electronics appliance stores. The store features wide variety of brands like LG, Samsung, Philips and Sony. 7, 7th Block Koramangala T: 080-25503625 Reliance Digital Reliance houses over 150 brands in the realm of consumer electronics, home appliances, information technology and telecommunications. The store also offers its own customer support for all its products, called Reliance ResQ. 74, First Floor Prestige Feroze, Cunningham Road T: 080-22965275, 41286000/01, 41286025 Also at: Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-22667000/1/2/3 Sangeetha This store specialises in wireless communication products and is the authorized retailer for international mobile brands such as Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Virgin Mobile, Blackberry and Asus. Mantri Square,S 78 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160198 Unilet Unilet offers home appliances and consumer electronics from a cross-section of brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, IFB, Siemens and more. 60/45, 50 Feet Road Near Canara Bank Hanumantha Nagar, T: 080-22956113 Also at: Sanjay Nagar T: 080-22956123 Bannerghatta Road T: 080-26787778 Univercell Founded in 1997 it has changed the wave of the Indian mobile revolution. It is India's largest mobile retailer and provides all the facilities, starting from brands to accessories pertaining to mobile phones. 8, Ngef Quarters, Near Pizza Hut, Cmh Road, Binnamangala 1ST Stage, Indiranagar T: +91 9742280441 Also at: Koramangala T: +91 9742280447 Jayanagar; T: 080-41489674 Malleshwaram T: 080-65476305 Dickenson Road T: +91 9742280436 Marathahalli T: 080-41511448 Basavanagudi; T: 08065476306 Banashakari, 1st stage; T: +91 9742280442 R T Nagar; T: +91 9742280461 Hebbal; T: 080-23433220 JEWELLERY Alice Jewellery The store offers an exclusive range of patterns and designs of jewellery from across the world. The craftsmanship of their products is a blend of tradition and modernity. 265, 18th Cross, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-23468128 Amrapali Amrapali showcases exclusive Indian jewellery. It has also revived several traditional methods of jewellery-making and presented collections at the Milan and New York fashion weeks. Collage, No 21 Ground Floor Horizon Building Wood Street, Ashok Nagar T: 080-25361130, +91 9342420042 Bhuramal Rajmal Surana Bhuramal deals in 'jadau, kundan, meena' and diamond jewellery. Its speciality is bridal jewellery, and the range includes necklaces, pendants, rings, earrings, bangles, bracelets and watches in diamonds, gold and silver. B-7, Devatha Plaza 131 Residency Road T: 080-22112841, 41125164 C Krishniah Chetty & Sons One of Bangalore's oldest jewellery houses, this brand has been around for 135 years, CKC's contemporary line consists of customised and exquisitely handcrafted jewellery. The stores have a wide variety of collections ranging from contemporary light diamond jewellery sets in white gold and traditional South Indian designs to antique pieces and ornate bridal sets. Main Guard Cross Road Next to Safina Plaza T: 080-40001869 Also at: Commercial Street T: 080-25588731/8733 p 114 whats to buy? Davanam Jewellers This jewellery house offers elegant designs in gold, diamond and platinum set with different gems and stones. 8 Kamaraj Road Commercial Street T: 080-41418181 Also at: Malleshwaram T: 080-41416161 D' Damas This international jewellery and watch retailer's stores display its own branded products as well as products sold under leading global and regional luxury brands. The jewellery line consists of gold, diamonds, gemstones and pearl jewellery. 73, 33rd A Cross 9th Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar T: 080- 41127200 Gili The store is retails exquisite diamond-studded gold and platinum jewellery collections and showcases international watch brands that cater to the need of every occasion. Mantri Square, S77 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-22667027 Jevar Jewellers The store features a range of timeless jewellery, crafted by a team of in-house designers and craftsmen. 179, Commercial Street T: 080-25589862 / 25594761 E-mail: m_rohatgi@yahoo. com Jewels De Paragon A leading retailer of branded jewellery, they offer a variety of pearls, gold and diamond jewellery fashioned into bracelets, chains, necklaces, ear rings, nose studs and more. 10/15 Rathnam Complex Opp. Chinnaswamy Stadium Kasturba Road T: 080-22211024 Josco Jewellers Josco is the leading brand in the precious metal space. The brand uses more than 44 years of experience in jewellery designing, and creates both traditional and modern jewellery. Kasturba Road T: 080-41219994 Jos Alukkas Jos Alukkas provides customers with a whole new range of shopping experience. It has a huge collection of jewellery in both traditional and contemporary designs. st 1 Floor, Garuda mall Magrath Road T: 080-66641134 Also at: rd Jayanagar, 3 Block Juel World Jewellery A part of the Chemmanur group, the store sells gold and diamond jewellery for women and has stores across south India and the Middle East. G9, Mezzanine Floor Gem Plaza, Infantry Road T: 080-25595956 Email: email@example.com Kalyan Jewellers One of the leading jewellery chains in India it deals with all type of jewellery. It has a huge collection of jewellery for any occasion or ceremony in diamond, gold, platinum and silver in contemporary designs as well as traditional designs. 17, Dickenson Road T: 080-25550633 Khazana Jewellery Khazana is a well-known jeweller, whose collections are typified by intricate designs, and a fusion of past and present styles. 183, Commercial Street T: 080-41149900 Also at: Jayanagar; T: 080-41539900 Kirtilals Good quality, design and styling is what you find at this jeweller, whose gold and diamond jewellery is popular. Ground Floor, Neeladri Plaza Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, T: 080-22103311, 22106011 Kohinoor The store offers rare pieces, unique designs and good quality jewellery. The collection ranges from contemporary to traditional. B17 Leela Galleria 23, Old Airport Road T: 080-41151735, 30571385 Kushal's Fashion Jewellery The store has an exhaustive range of jewellery for any occasion, which is retailed in spacious and well-designed showrooms.. UG 58, Mantri Square 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080- 22667177 Also at: Jayanagar T: 080-41440500 Malleshwaram T:080-41312255 Malabar Gold Malabar Gold showcases gold, platinum and diamond jewellery, dexterously crafted by traditional craftsmen from Kolkata, Rajkot, Delhi, Mumbai, Coimbatore and Kerala. 13, Near Commercial Street Dickenson Road T: 080-41283916 Also at: Jayanagar; T: 080-41526916 Manappuram Jewellery Kerala-based company, Manappuram Finances has ventured into the jewellery business with Manappuram jewellery. Get the latest trends in gold jewellery, necklaces, bracelets and earrings here. 4, New 110, K H Road Near Suzuki Showroom Sudhamanagar T: 080-41258703 Minawala A high-end jewellery brand, its collections incorporate diamonds, precious and semiprecious stones and white gold. Avalanche Bridal Collection and the Sunshine Collection are two prominent lines. The Collection, UB City Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-41314045 Nirvana The brand retails a range of exquisitely-crafted diamond jewellery in gold and platinum. It offers over 600 innovative and contemporary designs especially launched for the new age customer who buys jewellery as a fashion statement. Mantri Square, S 76 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 080-22667285 N S Jewells Highly fashionable authentic jewellery in great designs is available here. It offers jewellery for every occasion in life. 7/2, Near Lavelle Road Cafe Coffee Day Walton Road T: 080-41518008/8009 Orra Orra's collection is made up of diamonds set in aesthetic designs. Be it a perfectly sculpted solitaire or a classic handcrafted neckpiece, it offers diamond jewellery for every occasion. 155 Asha Center Commercial Street T: 080-41130100/200 Peora Peora is a jewellery store that retails conventional designs. They also have a unique collection of diamond and platinum jewellery. Mantri Square, S83 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667110 Prathibha Jewellery A store with authentic jewellery designed in gold, platinum and silver, studded with high quality gems sourced from across the world. 1/1, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, Richmond Circle T: 080-41145500 Reliance Jewels The store offers a range of exquisite gold jewellery like Kolkata Filigree, Rajkot minakari jewellery, Kundan from Jaipur, Temple jewellery from Kerala and Jadau from Amritsar. They also have diamond jewellery in various designs. Mantri Square 1st Floor, 35-37 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667110 Sia Art Jewellery The majority of the jewellery here is ethnic, comprising the likes of 'kundan', 'jadau' and antique-looking jewellery. Western-style pieces are available as well. Garuda Mall, Magrath Road Ashok Nagar T: 080-66641131 Srishti Jewellery Shristi offers an amazing range of exquisite jewellery in gold, diamonds and other precious stones, styled in contemporary designs. p 116 whats to buy? T: 080-32922335 Keya Lifestyle Boutique Apart from antique furniture, the store showcases collections of selected up and coming fashion designers from India and the Middle East. You can find saris with designer blouses, Indo-western wear, bags, pottery, plants, and accessories at this store. 73/2, Nandidurga Road T: 080-40914886 Levitate Levitate sells trendy clothes, zany accessories and lots of hippy chic produce for the urban Indian. This boutique store is downright quirky in its appeal, stocking bohemian apparel, handcrafted kitsch, silver jewellery, shoes, beads and unusual accessories and object d'art from all over India. 777/1, Mezzanine Floor 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: +91 9448145071, 08064528190 Also at: Koramangala; T: +91 9845317776, 9341955077 Mother Earth The store's offerings include an eclectic range of furniture and home accessories made out of natural fibre, garments, handicrafts, furniture, food, home linen and other knickknacks. Its specialities are handicraft objects, organic foods and eco-friendly products. 541-543, Amarjyothi HSBC Layout, Opposite Dell Koramangala Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur T: 080-65397957, 65397958 Also at: Mantri Square, 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram T: 65472292 RainTree Set in a 75-year-old bungalow, Rain Tree houses designer clothes, art and lifestyle accessories in one elegant space. Beautiful kurtas, Indowestern wear from Anokhi and Ritu Kumar creations as well as other designer names like Wendell Rodricks, Jason Cheryan, Anshu Arora share space here. 4, Opposite Windsor Sheraton Sankey Road T: 080-32723251 LIQUOR BOUTIQUES Chopine Chopine is a great place for wine buffs with its selection of imported and Indian wines. For those who are new to wines, you can also get a small sampling before you make your choice. Oasis Mall 4th Floor, Koramangala T: 080-41103371 Four Seasons Four Seasons is the flagship brand of Four Seasons Wines. One of the finest wines in India, it has two red wines (Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz), two white wines (Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc) and a rose (Blush). UB Group Wines Division Canberra, Level 15, UB City 24, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-39856500 Grover Vineyards 375, 9 Main, 100 Feet Road Indiranagar T: 080-25265414, 42023467 Tanishq The brand offers an exquisite range of ready-to-wear jewellery as well as modification and customisation services. 623, Balaji Arcade 4th Block, 80 Feet Road Koramangala T: 080-41504614 Also at: Dickenson Road; T: 08025550907 Jayanagar; T: 08041502122 Malleshwaram; T: 08023465402 Trendsmith This high-end jewellery store has a striking signature collection, with exclusive diamond and gold jewellery on offer. 2017 HAL 2nd Stage 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar T: 080-41155652 Zaveri Brothers Zaveri is known for its unusual traditional and ethnic jewellery. Gold, silver, platinum and diamond jewellery, as well as precious and semi-precious stone jewellery are its mainstays. The collection sports trendy pieces as well. 108, 9th Floor 5th Avenue, Brigade Road T: 080-25594422 LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUES Ambara The boutique offers art and artefacts, and amazing collections of traditional and fashionable clothes. Feng shui furniture, geometric designs, abstract furniture and a lot many more pieces of art are there can be found in this store. Indo Western wear, saris, fabrics & stoles, jewellery, bags and women's accessories, home linen and plants & garden accessories and a garden caf�, it's all there for your delightful experience. The Bombay Store This boutique store features an array of clothes, fashion accessories, jewellery, home accessories, handicrafts, furniture and stationery. Go here to shop for quality products and reasonably priced gifts. 100 Feet Road, HAL II Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-2526 6449 Cinnamon A fashion and accessories boutique by Radhika Poddar, it has a well maintained collection of designer clothes for men and women by leading designers of the country. Apart from that it also has an artefact section and home decorations section which includes candle stands, scented candles, vases and dried flower arrangements. 11, Walton Road Lavelle Road T: 089-22229794, 22212426 Eka Eka is known for its eclectic collection of Indian lifestyle products that reflect the culture, art, craftsmanship and diversity of the country and its people. It has items as varied as rustic furniture, a finely carved icon, a stylized figurine, apparel, jewellery, incense and more, all with a unique ethnic touch. 19, Gangadhar Chetty Road Near Ulsoor Lake T: 080-25544371 Fabindia Bringing handcrafted products to urban markets, the brand has clothes for men, women and kids, as well as curtains, bedspreads, home linens, furniture, lights and lamps, stationery, home accessories, pottery, cutlery and personal care products. 499, 1st Binnamangala CMH Road, Indiranagar T: 080-41481017, 25210316 Also at: Jayanagar T: 080-41304069, 32971973 Commercial Street T: 080-41132429, 32905429 32, Coles Road T: 080-41511781 Garuda Mall, Magrath Road th The only family owned winery in the country; it has an area of about 400 acres of winery on the foothills of Nandi Hills. Popular for its La-Reserve brand it produces some of the best Indian wines in the country. 127, Near Jayamahal Park Jayamahal Extension T: 080-23331547 Kinvah Wines Launched in 2008, Kinvah Wines is created by Bangalorebased wine producer Nandi Valley Winery. Kinvah has a range of red wines like Shiraz, Manthan, and Cabernet Shiraz and white wines like Sauvignon Blanc, and Sauvignon Chenin Blanc. Nandi Valley Winery 3rd Floor, 41, Blue Valley Celestial Nandidurga Road, Benson Town Post Jaymahal Extension T: 080-23535581 Madhiraa Wines Madhiraa is a niche outlet for liquor that stocks whisky, wine, beer, brandy, gin, rum etc. 84, RV Road p 118 whats to buy? Basavanagudi T: 080-26570139, 26570134 Madhuloka Madhuloka is a chain with a friendly and warm ambiance making for a pleasant shopping experience. A variety of Indian and foreign liquors are available. 459, Teacher's Colony, Ring Road, H.S.R. Layout T: 080-25505656/25525353 Also at: Amblipura; T: 08041607977/41607978 Brookefields; T: 08028543838 /28543939 /41655838 Star Bazaar, Koramangala; T: 080- 25521010 / 25525151 /65790547 Whitefield Road; T: 08040961172, 40961173 Raja Rajeshwari Nagar; T: 080- 28603696 / 28603595 / 28602393 Mantri Square; T: 08022667290 Noon Wines You can frequently hangout with your friends here. The place often known as Scottish pub has an amazing collection of finest wines. 17/12 Vasavi Complex St. Marks Road T: 080-22215002, 22116277 Not just Wine and Cheese Not Just Wine & Cheese is a perfect place to shop if you are planning a wine party! From Indian wines, courtesy Sula Vineyards, Chateau Indage and Grover Vineyard, among others, to Champagne, the range is vast. They also provide home delivery services, not only for parties, but single-bottle orders of wine as well. Classic Wine Mall Prestige Forum, Hosur Road Koramangala T: 080-22067653, 41235644 Sam's Wine & Spirits Sam's is a swanky walk-in wine store. The proprietor is a connoisseur of good wines and can offer recommendations. The store has a range of premium liquors � scotch, champagne, cognac, liqueur, beer and wine, from around the world. 5, St. John's Church Road Cleveland Town T: 080-41128880 Spirits Spirits is a premier liquor store that offers a large selection of the best brands in scotch, whisky, wine, beer, brandy, gin, vodka and more. C7, Leela Gallery Leela Palace, HAL Airport Road T: 080-41151555, 30571289 Spiritz & More A classy high end spirit shop, it is one of Bangalore's oldest spirit shops. 54, St. Marks Road T: 080- 25587320 Also at: Rajajinagar T: 080- 23386620, 23146152 Bommanahalli T: 080- 25505656. Brookesfield T: 080- 28543828. Chikalla Sandra T: 080-41632124 BTM, 2nd Stage T: 080- 41104849 Jayanagar T: 080-26655299 Indiranagar T: + 91 9945134111 LUGGAGE & LEATHER Bagzone Bagzone presents high quality fashionable handbags for ladies. Mantri Square 1st Floor, 32 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160066 Bulchee Bulchee is an Italian leather accessory store. It stocks a wide range of leather products and accessories like belts, wallets and handbags. Ground Floor, Garuda Mall Magrath Road T: 080-66141110 Calonge Calonge is a premium Spanish handmade leather accessories brand whose products are intricate, imaginative and ingenious master-pieces that are reflected in their product range of bags, belts, hats, wallets, footwear and more. 109, 1st Floor 1, Prestige Meridian, M G Road T: 080-25550966 Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-22667222/3 Esbeda From formal and chic to evening wear and bridal wear, Esbeda offers a range of designer bangs for any occasion. Mantri Square UG Floor, 76 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667303 Giordano Travel Gear This luggage brand combines style & fashion elegantly in its entire product range. Innovative travel gear made from the finest fabrics like: Corduroy, Velvet, Leatherite and Denim are available there. Brand Factory Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mall 1st Floor, Hombegowda Nagar Wilson Garden, Hosur Road T: 080-40574037 Also at: Near ICICI Bank Indiranagar; T: 080-25202112 Koramangala T: 080-25705556 Hidesign Hidesign is a luxury leather goods manufacturer based in Puducherry that has been handcrafting exclusive leather bags and accessories for over 30 years. Go here for stand-out luggage, hand bags and wallets. 49, Commercial Street Shivajinagar T: 080-41492419 Also at: Leela Galleria Airport Road T: 080-41153335 MG Road T: 080-25587697, 41325901 Ashok Nagar T: 080-66141055 Bannerghatta Road T: 080-64565329 Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-22667010 Holii Holii is a contemporary line of handbags, clutches and wallets that have been developed by Indian artisans, using genuine vegetable tanned leathers and exquisitely hand-woven crafted fabrics. Mantri Square, S69 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160092 Nyls Shop for the latest and trendiest leather bags at Nyls. Mantri Square, S 38 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram Samsonite This well-known brand retails its wide range of products including hard luggage, soft luggage, duffels, briefcases, backpack collection, travel accessories, footwear and more. 641, 4th Block 80 Feet Road, Kormangala T: 080-40933309 Also at: Infantry Road T: 080-42058090 Marathahalli Junction T: 080-41264419 Indiranagar; T: 080-42050111 Marthahalli; T: 080-65315038 Commercial Street T: 080-25589664 VIP Lounge Their product range includes luggage, backpacks, duffels, laptop bags, handbags, wallets, business and travel accessories and more. 19, Safina Plaza 84/85, Infantry Road Shivajinagar T: 080-25581622 Also at: Indiranagar T: 080-40936694 Commercial Street T: 080-42109689 Witco Witco is a travel goods and accessories brand with a portfolio that includes men's apparel, luggage, travel bags, laptop bags, executive bags, backpacks, school bags, hand bags and accessories. 114,1st Floor Koramangala T: 080-22067620 Also at: Indiranagar, Next to Food World T: 080-25202274 Jayanagar T: 080-41666563 Gopalapuram T: 080-28351143 Zaari Beautifully crafted high quality leather products are available. It has classy and elegant products in contemporary designs. Mantri Square, S 81 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: +91 9986147356 MOM & BABY STORES AppleofmyI This store is for mums-to-be p 120 whats to buy? and kids under the age group of six. The shop sells quality products from across the world. 2985, 12th main, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar T: 080-41154032 Also at: Brookefields; T: 08041162051 Baby Shop This is a one-stop-shop for all baby-related requirements. 776, 100 Feet Road, 1st Floor, Above ING Vysya, Indiranagar T: 08025217080/42115129 Just Born Baby One of the city's first speciality baby care stores, they retail a plethora of products for infants and tiny tots. 9, Mota Chambers, Off Cunningham Road, Millers Road T: 080-22258294 Mom & Me This exclusive store for babies and moms stocks everything from clothes to accessories. 165/2, Krishna Raju Layout, JP Nagar, 7th Phase, Near Delmia Circle, Opposite Kalyani Magnum Tech Park T: 080-42666379 Also at: Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-31900888 Moming Retail Store Moming offers comfortable and stylish maternity wear and accessories that include casuals, formals, ethnic wear, sleep wear, fitness clothing, and baby wear. There's also a range of maternity pillows, yoga mats, nursing equipment, bedding and strollers. Yashram Lifestyle 108-110, K. G. Nagar Off Bull Temple Road T: 080 -41666614 W: moming.in Mother Care The store stocks a large collection of clothes for expectant mothers and apparel for children in the age group of 0-10. Spread across 15,000 sqft in size, it has separate clothes, gift, bedding and feeding sections. 2981, Icon Mall, 12th Main Road, 5th Cross, Indiranagar T: 080-25213009/ 25213010/ 11/12 Also at: Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-30160136 MUSIC & MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Calypso It is a popular music store with a large fan base. It has a large collection of music including western as well as Indian music. 242, Ground Floor, Manandi Arch, 9th Main Road, Jayanagar, 3rd Block T: 080-22452368 Habitat Habitat has a rare collection of CDs and DVDs of every genre of music. 48, KFC Bldg, Church Street T: 080-25586886 Music World Music buffs will feel right at home in this store which stocks a great collection of music from every genre. CMH Road, Indiranagar T: 080-41230478 Planet M This chain has everything from Bollywood hits and rock music to jazz and trance. Apart from all the music, Planet M also stocks headphones, CD pouches, t-shirts and other music related merchandise. 39, 80 Feet Road, Hal 3rd Stage, New Thippasandra T: 080-41644361 Mantri Square Malleshwaram; T: 08022667272 Temptation M A music store which offers a choice of CDs and DVDs. 8, Edifice, Below Universal Mobile Showroom CMH Road, Indiranagar T: 080-41696009 Also at: Malleshwaram T: 080-41535997 Jayanagar T: 080-41169180 Furtados The largest Musical instruments store in India from the oldest Music House. Furtados houses over 100 brands ranging from musical instruments to accessories and a Music School imparting lessons for instruments and vocals. 116/C1, 5th Block, KHB colony, Koramangala T: 080-41104304 Reynolds This music house stocks Indian and Western musical instruments across categories. They also provide equipment like speaker systems, lights, cameras etc for parties and presentations. 131, Near Brigade Tower, Old Shooley Circle, M G Road T: 080-22215663 Rhythm Musicals An exotic collection of sandalwood and rosewood carvings is the speciality at this handicraft store. 49, M G Road T: 080-25581118, 25325491 Central Cottage Industries Emporium Central Cottage Emporium works on a heartening premise � it brings the different arts and craft forms from around of the country and makes them available in one space. The store boasts an exquisite collection of miniature paintings, blue pottery, Kashmiri carpets, objects d'art, Indian ethnic clothes, gem stone jewellery and wood works. 144, Opp to Mittal Tower, M G Road T: 080-25584083 /84 /515 Jute Cottage An intriguing store where everything is made out of jute, from handmade bags, folders and accessories to slippers, knick knacks and hammocks. 181, 1st Floor, Next to Nilgiris, Brigade Road T: 080-25590066 Rhythm Musicals is one of the best musical instruments store in Bangalore providing both traditional and western musical instruments. 1, Imperial Shopping Centre (Near Imperial Hotel), 91, Residency Road T: 080-41126120 Sound Glitz A well-known musical instrument shop, it sells Western instruments like keyboards and guitars and Indian instruments like the sitar, tabla and dholak. 233(108), Brigade Road T: 080-41470284 +91-9886754864 Also at: Mantri Square T: 080-6536 1111 Thomsun Music House This music store is one of the biggest distributors of Yamaha musical instruments -- from grand pianos and guitars to keyboards. 961, 12th Main Road, HAL 2nd stage, Indiranagar T: 080-42543000 SOUVENIR & HANDICRAFTS Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-22667277 Karnataka State Handicrafts A government-run outfit, the store offers all handicrafts produced in the state at affordable prices. 49, MG Road, Bangalore T: 080-25582656 Kashmir Govt Arts Emporium This art and crafts shop exhibits wares from Kashmir including paintings, papier-m�ch� boxes and vases, embroidered shawls and kurtas, carpets, silver jewellery fashioned with beads, pearls, crystals, and precious stones. 49, Commercial Street, Near Punjab National Bank T: 080-25583822 Natesan's Antiqarts � Richmond Road It is one of the most popular firms that deal with Indian art and craft. With their own manufacturing centre and expert artisans and designers they make artefacts in teakwood, bronze, silver, stone as well as hand-crafted furniture. They also undertake Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium p 122 whats to buy? custom-made orders for corporate, temples etc. 1 & 2, Ground Floor, President Chambers 8, Richmond Road T : 080 - 22118567, 22118582 + 91 9916109171 National Cottage Emporium With products like marble items and needle work, silver jewellery and a huge range of carpets, it is one of the leading handicraft exporting shops in Bangalore. 70, Infantry Road T: 080-25585336 SPORTS EQUIPMENT & APPAREL Adidas This German sports apparel manufacturer gives customers an ample range of stylish sports apparel, shoes and accessories to choose from. The Forum Mall, Hosur Road, Koramangala T: 080-22067618 Also at: Garuda Mall, Magrath Road; T: 080-41126856 Mantri Square T: 080-22667052 Nike Nike is the world's leading sports shoes and apparel biggie. Its products are at the forefront of edgy design and technology. Khanija Bhawan 49, Race Course Road T: 080-22949150, 22949154 Also at: Garuda Mall T: 080-32481480 Indiranagar T: 080-41323220 Jayanagar T: 080-41467718 Mantri Square T: 080-30160034 lifestyle stores in the city, it is a home to all types of sports and lifestyle footwear, apparel and equipment. Its brand portfolio includes leading sports lifestyle brands like Converse, Sketchers, Nike, Adidas, Lotto, Mitre and Speedo smongst others. Mantri Square,F 23-25 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160199 Puma This is a widely known sports lifestyle brand offering footwear, apparel and accessories. 216, Brigade Road T: 08025581889/41122788 Also at: IndiranagarT: 41528022 / 8121/ 8122 Garuda Mall T: 080-40913606 Banashankari 3rd Stage T: 080-41711671 Mantri Square T: 080-30160040 Rakhra Sports Rakhra Sports is a sports shop where you can get all your sports requirements under one roof at affordable prices. 6, Commercial Street T: 080-25588776 Reebok Store LG-4, Pavilion Mall, Ground Floor, Church Street T: 080-41476660, 41476661 SportsXS SportXS, located at the Forum Value Mall, is a sports gear and apparels store. The Forum Value Mall Whitefield T: 080-40961058 WATCHES & ACCESSORIES Citizen The showroom stocks the whole range of collections from its internationally-known watch brand. 299, 6th Main, HAL, 2nd Stage Indiranagar T: 080-43473777 Editions Editions is a luxury pen store known for its unique worldclass masterpiece pens. Mantri Square, UG68B 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-22667325 Ethos At this watch studio, you can get your pick of a wide range of brands along with an international shopping ambience. 7777/76, Touch Stone Annex, 1, Bowring Hospital Road T: 080-41130611/12 Fastrack Fastrack offers a collection of watches and accessories whose designs are refreshingly different. Off Commercial Street, Opp Lewis Showroom, Kamaraj Road T: 080-41513037 Omega Pick from this popular Swiss brand's great collection of elegant and stylish watches for both men and women. UB City, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-40982106 Rado Rado is a popular brand of Swiss watches with stunning designs. They have a wide range of watch collections. Mantri Square,UG 10 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160121 Rodeo Drive A one stop shop for all kind of Rodeo watches that are stylish, reliable and designed with latest technology. They provide custom made watches to suit customers' need and taste. 101, Richmond Road T: 08041248471/22271977 The Time Factory Timex's avant-garde multibrand watch store stocks midpriced to premium international watch brands like Timex, Nautica, DKNY and Fossil. Mantri Square, UG 70 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160038 Time Square Time Square is a branded watch showroom that has a wide range of various watch brands in different sizes and colours. S-23, 80 Feet Road, 5th Block, Koramangala T: 080-41473459 Tissot Choose from this premium international brand's latest timepiece collections. Mantri Square, UG 11 1, Sampige Road Malleshwaram T: 080-30160136 Titan This popular Indian watch Olympic Sports The store supplies all kind of sports gears to the sport persons in the city. 84, K. H. Road T: 080-22244303/22270879 Also at: Malleshwaram; T: 08023464839 Jayanagar; T: 080-26541967 H. S. R. Layout; T: 08025729929 Banaswadi; T: 080-42084338 Planet Sports One of the largest sports This globally well-known player in the sports segment showcases sports wear, apparel and shoes. Residency Road T: 080-22107086/41125425 Also at: Vijaynagar T: 080-40902497 Bannerghatta Road T: 080-41107112 Jayanagar T: 080-41307364 Mantri Square T: 080-22667151 Sports & Leisure Apparel This store boasts an extensive collection from Lacoste. Also at: Forum Mall, Koramangala T: 080-22067924 Mantri Square Malleshwaram T: 080-22667333 Helios Titan's first multi-brand watch store displays brands like Hugo Boss, Fossil DKNY, Versace, Ninia Ricci, Esprit and Tommy Hilfiger, apart from its own extensive watch collection. 107, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala T: 080-41101781/41217464 p 124 whats to buy? brand's showrooms display the many different collections of Titan watches. 37, Everjoy Building Commercial Street T: 08025587117/25595014 Also at: Mantri Square, Malleshwaram; T: 08022667333 Zimson Watches This watch studio's collection comprises brands like Raymond Weil, Omega, Tag Heuer, Dior, Movado and Longines. 109 & 110, 1st floor The Collection, U B City Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-40982100, 40982101 Also at: Mantri Square; T: 08030160121 LUXURY CAR DEALERS Advaith Hyundai Advaith Hyundai is the world's largest and most awarded Hyundai dealers with four showrooms in Bangalore. Residency Road, (Opp Hotel Gateway) 32, ACR Towers T: 080-22976101/05 Also at : Varthur Hobli T: 080-25639051/56 Vasanthnagar T: 080-22976171/4 / 6 / 7 Bannerghatta Road T: 080-22966201/3 Bimal Motors Bimal Motors are the dealers of Maruti Suzuki cars. They deal both in new and used cars. 60/2, Whitefield Road Mahadevapura T: +91 9845271717 Shahwar Nissan Shahwar Nissan is the sole dealer of Nissan Motors India Pvt Ltd in Karnataka. They have received the 'best dealer award' for sales and service by NMIPL. 15, Queens Road T: 080- 41235305, 22355407 Also at : 19, Kasturba Road T: 080- 41235305, 42586000 monetize, advertize! call +9180 4040 2321 / 22 fax +9180 2346 4353 +91 99865 32360 email firstname.lastname@example.org website www.whatsupguide.com p 126 whats to buy? whats the secret? ayurveda p 130 cosmetology p 130 dental care p 132 healthclubs p 132 salon p 134 spa p 136 wellness stores p 138 tattoo parlours p 138 yoga p 138 Urban lifestyles are taking a toll on children who are facing increased levels of stress and stimulation. A slew of city-based counselling and therapy centres are reaching out to remedy this B angalore has transformed over the last two decades from a pensioner's paradise into the Silicon City, and from a sleepy PSU town into a vibrant global city. With a staggering population that has stretched the city's resources to the hilt and created a frenetic pace of life, Bangalore's denizens have a host of new problems to deal with: stress, competition, and the alienation of life in a big city. One of the biggest causalities of this fastpaced urban life is the city's children. Today's children are exposed to an overload of information thanks to the Internet, and are spoilt for choices when it comes to food, clothes, toys, books, accessories and electronic gadgets even. This has opened a Pandora's Box of lifestyle-related problems such as stress, loneliness, lack of sensitivity towards the environment and early sexual awareness. With more and more children succumbing to various new age conditions, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to experience the normal, healthy childhood that they are entitled to. And so it is vitally important to address the challenges that children face by seeking the right kind of help. We've profiled a few organisations that work towards the emotional well-being of children in Bangalore. Through counselling and therapeutic activities and initiatives, these spaces are reaching out to troubled kids and making all the difference. Happy One of the biggest causalities of this fast-paced urban life is the city's children. Minds Counseling India This centre offers counselling for children suffering from challenges such as irritability, lack of concentration, hysteria, abusive language etc. Counseling India's team of counsellors, therapists, and advisors from the medical fraternity, help children overcome issues faced as a result of urban lifestyles. T: 09901988010; W: www.counselingindia.com Cadabam's Mind Talk This organisation offers solutions to facilitate the psychological nourishment of children. It works with individual children as well as groups of children in schools to help develop self-esteem, handle emotions and stress, and overcome behavioural problems and academic challenges. T: 080-26581455; W: www.cadabamsmindtalk.com Noah's Show Noah's Show is an interesting space that organises off-beat activities, workshops and camps for children. Programmes on emotional literacy, leadership, healthy eating, archaeology and new-age farming, offer just the right kind of healthy stimulation that children need to de-stress and go off too much TV and junk food. W: www.noahsshow.com The Bangalore School of Speech and Drama Essentially a school for speech therapy and drama, its mission is to help urban children with issues of self-esteem and confidence, the lack of which leads to several psychological issues. The founder Dr. Zulfia Sheikh is a medical professional who has moved into the field of theatre. She now helps children discover themselves through speech and dramaturgy. T: 080-25720735; W: www.bssd.co.in Samvada Samvada is a non-profit organisation that works with children and youth who have been victims of abuse. Sexual abuse is a grave problem that children may face. It can leave them scarred for life and unable to confide with those at home. Samvada helps such children and adolescents through counselling. T: 080-23468113 Annapoorna R Shinu it is vitally important to address the challenges that children face by seeking the right kind of help. A NOTE to PARENTS � The onus of seeking professional help for any issues that a child may face lies with the parents. Be proactive about getting in touch with qualified counsellors. Ensure that children are brought up in an environment that has offers stimulation in moderation. Make an added effort to communicate with your child. Clarity and openness in communication is probably the most effective way to understand what challenges a child may be experiencing. � � AYURVEDA Arogya Ayurvedic Centres Arya Vaidya Nilayam (AVN) started off as a small clinic in 1930. It has now grown into a full-fledged healthcare centre providing treatment for a range of chronic disorders. Holistic therapy, integrating Ayurveda, Yoga and physiotherapy is offered here, along with recommendations for dietary and lifestyle changes. Golden pebbles, Plot 33 & 34, Gulmohar Avenue, Munnekulala, (near marthahalli bridge), T: 080 � 41750389 E:marthahalli@avnayurveda. in W: www.arogyabangalore. com T: 080-25631962, 25634430 Soukya Soukya is a globally well-known residential integrative medical centre with a focus on holistic healing. Authentic Ayurveda therapies are offered in this 30acre organic eco-friendly farm. Also at: 1208, 2nd Block, BEL Layout, Vidyaranyapura Main Road, Nanjappa Circle, T: 080 - 4219 5067 E: email@example.com Birla Kerala Vaidyashala Pvt Ltd. A joint endeavour between the Yash Birla Group and Kerala Vaidyashala, their manifesto is to promote and preserve the age-old science of Ayurveda. It offers total health orientation programs for lifestyle disorders and chronic health ailments. 304, 5th main 2nd Block, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar Also at: 1st Stage, Indiranagar, T: 080-25255152 Kerala Ayurveda Started in 1945, Kerala Ayurvedais a prominent healthcare centre where expert Ayurvedic doctors are on call for consultation. Treatments like Panchakarma, oil massages and Rasayana Chikitsa are offered here. 3282, 12th Main Road HAL 2nd Stage Indiranagar T: 080-66491696 Sanjeevanam This holistic health services centre from the Cholayil Groupoffers therapies based on Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga. The centre also provides treatments for hair and skincare apart from various health products made from natural ingredients. 50, 100 Feet Road, Opp. Kendriya Sadhan Madivalla Bus Stop, 2nd Block, Koramangala Soukya Road, Samethanahalli, Whitefield, T: 080-28017000 / 08, +91 98453 74400 COSMETOLOGY/WEIGHT LOSS Abraham's Dr. Anil Abraham's Skin Clinic is a well-known dermatology speciality clinic that offersskin as well as hair treatments. 12, 14th Main Road Vasanthnagar T: 080-22261560 Berkowits Berkowits is a cosmetic and skin clinic that provides skin treatments and body care. using thelatest technology. Services include baldness treatments, hair care, skincare, body care, anti-ageing treatments and laser hair removal. 308, 6th Main 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-25293090, 25293091 DermaGlo Laser Aesthetics Skin Clinic A professional 'medical aesthetics' and cosmetic dermatology centre, it specialises in providing skincare treatments to enhance health and beauty. Lakeview Farm, Near Shell Petrol Pump, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Main Road, Whitefield, T: 080-65464509,+91 9901840019 Impressions A slimming and beauty clinic, Impressions offers various programmes tailor-made for people of different age groups and body types. Its weight treatment programmes include weight loss, weight gain, slimming, obesity treatment, stress relief and detoxification. S.T Bed, 967, Ammashri Complex, 2nd Floor, Koramangala T: 080-4261 2345, 9900330123 Inspirations Inspirations offers effective slimming programmes and body massages. The centre's weight management programmes are designed to overcome obesity, andhelp overweight people get in shape. 1133, 1st Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, T: 080-41523456, 41523457,+91 9902966922 Kaya Skin Clinic Kaya is a venture from FMCG company,Marico. This clinic provides skincare services that are result-oriented, and driven by expert dermatologists and skin practitioners. Treatments are recommended after assessing the specific needs of your skin. 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar, T: 080-4126-9978/9979 Also at: MG Road, T: 080-6661-1005/06 Koramangala, T: 080-6567-4479/80 Kosmoderma Kosmoderma is a cosmetic skin and laser centre. 67/2, Lavelle Road T: 080-42110070 268, 3rd Cross, 2nd Stage Domlur-Indiranagar T: 080-41525222, 25352211 Also at: 449, 9th Cross, 24th Main 2nd Phase, JP Nagar T: +91 9591152821 Vibes Vibes offers health and beauty services. It specialises in slimming techniques which range from diet, exercise and behaviour modification for weight loss, to herbal massages for muscle toning and detoxification. 93/12, Shreyas Point, South End Road, Jayanagar, T: 080-41219697, 26576606, M +91-9986070707 VLCC One of the largest slimming and beauty chains in the country, 'shaping your confidence' is VLCC's manta. In addition to its various weight management programmes, VLCC also has a personal care unit that addresses beauty needs. C-7, BMP ward 67, Near Bethany School, Ganesha Temple Road, T: 080-25501820/21, 080-41469705 Jayanagar T: 080-26766291 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.arogyabangalore.com Arth Ayurvedic Health Centre Indiranagar-based Arth is bestknown for its non-surgical therapies for backaches, slipped discs, spondylosis and arthritis. The centre's therapists have been trained in the classical techniques of Ayurveda. 1074-E, 11th Main HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-2528 8630, 2525 4654 Ayurvedagram This health spa resort is rated among the best when it comes to Ayurvedic treatment.Moreover, this wellness centre offers traditional Ayurvedic therapies in a beautiful, heritage setting. Tailor-made individual packages are combined with personalised care by the centre's expert physicians and para-medical staff. 111, Hemandanahalli, Samethanahalli Post Whitefield T: 080-41161195, 65651090/91 +91 98450 71990 Ayush Ayurvedic This wellness centre administers authentic Kerala Ayurvedic massages and treatments in a clean and friendly ambience. Only branded Ayurvedic medicines are used here, and the services of skilled professional therapists are employed. 202 New BEL Road, RMV 2nd Stage, Devasandra, T: 080-4174 8384, 4174 8385 p 130 whats the secret? B O D Y S C I E N C E R E D E F I N E D ISO 9001:2000 Certified International ffinity Also at: JP Nagar, 6th Phase, T: 080-41679290/91/92 Indiranagar, T: 080-25207131/32/33 DENTAL CARE Apollo Dental Centres A division of multi-speciality healthcare provider Apollo Hospitals, the centers have a team of 32 specialists to treat specific dental disorders. 154/11, Opp Indian Institute of Management T: 080-41103111 Narayana Hrudayalaya Dental Centre The centre provides cuttingedge treatment for dental diseases along with advanced dental healthcare services including laser dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, dental implants, orthodontics, periodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery amongst others. 30/A, 14th Cross, 9th Main Road 6th Sector, HSR Layout T: 080-25727914 Swiss Smile India Dental Clinic With up-to-date technology and experienced specialists, Swiss Smile provides a comprehensive range of dental treatments. 97, Hosur Road (Opp Forum Mall, Diary Circle Side) T: 080-43390000 Dental Medical Centre This multi-speciality centre is equipped with the latest technologies and offers the whole range of dental treatments. C 11, Devatha Plaza 131, Residency Road T: 080-22212648 HEALTH CLUBS & GYMS Affinity International Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, Affinity is a gymnasium cum spa. Skilled trainers are on call to assist you in your fitness regime. Affinityalso offers healthcare programmes for weight loss, weight gain, body-building and body-sculpting. 40/43, 8th Main, 5th Cross, Sadashivnagar T: 080-40896699/40896609 W: www.affinityinternational.com Ben Body Studio Established with the objective of promoting health and fitness, the gym is equipped with the latest technology, professional trainers, masseurs and an experienced nutritionist. A good ambience and ample space add to its overall appeal. 2012 Shreyas Plaza, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, T: 080-42689000/99 M +91-9900579810 Gold's Gym Part of an international fitness chain, the Bangalore branches offer the latest equipment group exercise, personal training, cardiovascular equipment, spinning,pilates and yoga. Mirza House, No.2, Convent Road, Richmond Town T: 080-41477626/627/628 Also at: RMZ Infinity, Old Madras Road, T: 080-41657218 F-Chisel FChisel is a fitness centre cum spa/salon, spread across an area of 16,000 sqft. Apart from exercise packages designed to suit specific requirements, it also hasan in-house physiotherapist and a dietician on call. 915, 80 Feet Road, 6th Block, Opposite IBP petrol bunk, Koramangala T: 080-4128 8524/6 Figurine Fitness Figurine Fitness is one of the country's biggest fitness complexes. The gymprovides a special fitness programme called 'Circuit Slimming', which is a clever combination of aerobics and gym-training. KSCA (Cricket Stadium) Gate No 10 M.G Road T: 080-22867499 / 25294019 +91 9845032994 Also at: Indiranagar T: 080-25294019 +91 9845032994 Jayanagar, T: +91 9845032994 Fitness One With over seven years of experience behind it, this centre proffers of customised fitness plans that promise to boost the quality of life. Fitness One also runs a chain of corporate fitness centres. Shankar Plaza, No. 24, 80 Feet Road, ST Bed, (Near Samsung Showroom), T: 080-25521222 Also at: Domlur, 2nd Stage T: 080-25351152 Jayanagar T: 080-26531222 Sadashivnagar T: 089-25521222 Brook Fields T: 080-41154106 Leena Mogres Fitness Centre Started by fitness guru Leena Mogre the gym works on a wholly scientific basis where each individual is assessed on a variety of factors like bodymass index, percentage fat, lung capacity and mental state after which a suitable regimen is prescribed. 8, Chinmaya Mission Hospital Road Indiranagar T: 080-41732828/4157 2828 NAP Figure and Fitness Boutique NAP offers a unique no-sweat workout. Their specialised equipmentgives an effective workout and buildsone's natural health by lowering stress and cholesterol levels, improving blood circulation and increasing flexibility and agility. 817 Girija, 80 Feet Road, 20th Main, 8th Block, Koramangala, T: 080-41205555, 9900705555 Naren's Footloose Aerobics Naren's Footloose Aerobics has consistently strived for many years by maintaining the status as one of Bangalore's most popular fitness brand and personality. Thus remaining synonymous with health and fitness through professional, friendly, fun, caring and efficient services. 36, N R Chambers Richmond Road T: +91 9845227477/ 91 9741984849 PINK Pink is an all-woman gym with a focus on women's wellness and weight loss. Expert nutritionists and trainers help members set and achieve personal fitness goals. The programmes offered include belly dancing, Pilates, exercise to music, cardio- kickboxing and step aerobics. 1155, 12th Main, HAL, 2nd stage, (Near Apollo Hospital), Indiranagar, T: 080-25257456 SNAP Fitness SNAP has a string of convenient and affordable centres across the city, and provides nutrition as well as wellness services. The highlights are excellent cardio and exercise equipment and a comfortable and friendly ambience. 12th Main Road, Indiranagar 3293, 1st Floor, 12th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage T: 080-25200488 Also at: HSR Layout Banashankari T: 080-42124326 / 42124327 Basavanagudi T: 080-2660 0012 Talwalkars Talwalkars Better Value (TBVF), started in 1932, is India's largest chain of health centres. The centres provide expert advice, personalised supervision, on-going facility upgrades and a result-oriented approach. 4th T Block, Jayanagar 364, Ashwath laxmi mansion 35th cross 16th main, T: 080-26631686 / 08026631706 E: email@example.com Ulsoor Road T: 080-41135671 / 08025595817 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Sadashivnagar T: 080-41138238 / 08041138239 E: sadashivnagar@ talwalkars.net Next to Dalmia, 683/A, 2nd phase J P Nagar T: 080-41753244 E: email@example.com Koramangala T: 080-40933043 / 4 / 5 E: koramangala@ talwalkars.net THE ZONE Located in an unusual setting � a spacious bungalow, theoperating philosophy here is 'work your body, work your mind.' Programmes customised to suit individual lifestyle patterns are designed p 132 whats the secret? B O D Y S C I E N C E R E D E F I N E D ISO 9001:2000 Certified International ffinity by the centre's experts using a mix of proven fitness practices. 384, 1st Cross, 4th Block Koramangala T: 080-2552 9366 /+91 98801 21418 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.zonefitness. blogspot.com Zela Built over 30000 sq ft, Zela is a luxury health and fitness club that offers you something that you have never experienced before. It provides customized fitness regimes to each member. It has professional trainers and global specialists such as Les Mills which is a New Zealand based international brand that specialises in group fitness. 58, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-65463261 Also at: Residency Road T: 080-43347000 SALONS Hakim Aalim salon also sports a trendy and energetic atmosphere. Each stylistat Bounce has his or her own unique signature style;and the onus is on personalised attention. 36, 1st Floor, Magnolia Tower Vittal Mallya Road, T: 080-41329100 Cleos Cleos is a beauty and cosmetic salon equipped with state-ofthe-art facilities. The multifacility salon offers comprehensive solutions for hair and skin care. 34, Castle Street, Ashok Nagar, (Road Opposite to Sacred Heart Church), Off Richmond Road T: 080-41511576, 41511574, 41511574 Also at: Cox Town T: 080- 4125 4746 Frazer Town T: 080- 4125 4746 BTM Layout T: 080- 4131 4541 HRBR Layout T: 080-4166 5296 Habibs This top-notch salon is a venture by well-knownhairstylist Jawed Habib and is purportedly one of the country's leading salons. 22, 1st Floor, 5th Cross, 60 Feet Road, 5th block, Koramangala T: 080-41104055 Also at: J P Nagar T: 080-41650417 Jean Claude Biguine The unisex salon at UB city with its French lineage offers a whole new range of services to pamper yourself from head-to toe. Get the trendiest hair cut to the latest skin and hair treatments at Jean Claude Biguine. The Collective, 40, Grant Road UB City Mall Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-67678877 Kanya Beauty Salon Kanya offers hair and skin treatments for women at affordable prices. With branches in Chennai and Bangalore,its portfolio of services includes hair-styling and colouring, pedicures, manicures, facialsand body massages. 133, His Grace, 60 Feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, T: 080-25267446, 25202945 Lakme Salon Lakme offers a comprehensive range of beauty services in the hair, skin and beauty departments. Services include treatments for the skin including facials, hair colouring, cutting and styling, advanced manicures and pedicures as well as other essential beauty services. 58, G.M Arcade, Industrial Layout, Opp Joythi Nivas College, 5th, Block, Koramangala, T: 080-41101222, 41216255 Also at: Whitefield T: 080- 65370022, 65370033 Bannerghatta Road T: 080-41558202, 41558203 Brookefield, T: 080-41527788, 41527733 Richmond Road, T: 080- 2221 1909, 2229 4521 Indiranagar, T: 080- 41154230, 25274238 Jayanagar, T: 080 � 26991117, 26643897, 41552999 LES Cheveux This salon offers various skin, hair and body treatments. It also provides bridal make-up packages. 3277, 1st Floor, Elfarera Meridian, 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-33910466 Limelite This unisex salon is best known for its trendy hair cuts and glow-inducing facials. The salon has a kids section too. Besides haircuts, styling, pedicure, manicure, waxing, threading and the like, the spa has remedial treatments for skin and hair that fight dandruff, acne and pigmentation. 158, Mota Royal Arcade, 1st Floor, Brigade Road, T: 080- 25326400 , 25326401, 9845650900 Also at: Indiranagar, T: 080-2521 1672/3 Vittal Mallya Road, T: 080-22103764 Brigade Road, T: 080-2532 6400/01 Koramangala, T: 080-2570 2373 Jayanagar, T: 080-2244 3205 Sarjapur, T: 080-2574 0322/23 Mirrors & Within A high-end unisex salon at the Leela Galleria, the salon offers an array of beauty treatments and services provided by internationally-trained specialists. The Leela Palace Leela Galleria, HAL Airport Road T: 080-32719320 Neeru's - For Men & Women A unisex salon, Neeru's' speciality is make-up services, including party make-up, bridal make-up, eye make-up and brush make-up. Hair and skin treatments can also be availed here. 25 Gurappa Avenue, Primrose Road, T: 080-2558-0880/1334, 4112 Peaches Peaches is a well-known salon and day spa for women. Several exotic treatments like mud and chocolate wraps are on the menu. You can also indulge in Ayurvedic and Thai massages as well as aroma therapies. 12, Aga Abbas Ali Road, Ulsoor, T: 080-41131234 Halim Aalim is one of the best hair lounges in Bangalore. This customer-friendly place provides the latest trends and the best service. 20/1-1, Eliza Manor, Lavelle Road T: 080-42110380 Bodycraft Spa and Salon With years of experience behind it, Bodycraft brings together well-trained professionals and the latesttechnology to offer skin therapy, hair care and wellness treatments. 62/10, Suchitra Apts, Coles Road, Frazer Town, T: 080-2551-0209/3661/4596 Also at: Indiranagar, T: 080-4146 9944/45/46 Jayanagar T: +91 9900248359 Koramangala T: 080-2206 7746 Bounce Bounce showcases awide selection of hair products and mini-spa therapies. The posh p 134 whats the secret? B O D Y S C I E N C E R E D E F I N E D ISO 9001:2000 Certified International ffinity Play Salon Get yourself the latest hairstyles and skin treatments at the Play Salon. The salon offers chic hair-styling services to help transform your look. Mantri Square, Second Floor 1, Sampige Road Malleswaram Rejuve A luxury unisex salon that offers assorted beauty treatments and spa services, Rejuve also provides hair care and anti-ageing treatments. The aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massages are specially recommended. 8, 80 Feet Road, S.T Bed Area, Koramangala T: 080-41217229, 9663408998 Salon Mousse A salon for men, women and kids,it offers hair-styling as well as hair treatments. 789-B, 12th Main, HAL 2nd stage Indiranagar T: 080-3391 0480 Sasha Sasha offers the whole gamut of beauty services, from simple haircuts to body piercing, under one roof. The salon has experts in hairstyling and nail extensions. Mole and wart removal and a range of massages are also offered here. 201 2nd Floor, 5th Avenue, Brigade Road T: 080-2532-7499 Shehnaz Husain Herbal Salon Shehnaz Husain's signature salon is a well-known franchise throughout the country. It is one of the best salons using only herbal products for beauty care and skin care. st 18/3, 1 Floor, Ali Askar Road Cunningham Road T; 080-22201549 Also at : Koramangala T: 080-41101041 Jayanagar T: 080-26640673 Spratt Hair Studio A one-stop luxury salon with the whole gamut of beauty and spa offerings. 3, Marielle Apartments Ground Floor, Magrath Road T: 080-25091110, 25091112 Squeeze Squeeze is one of Bangalore's high-end salons, known for its chic hair styling services. Facials, pedicures, manicures and the like are also handled here with expertise. 71, Ground Floor, 2nd Cross, Lavelle Road, T: 080- 41121220 YLG Salon & Spa YLG provides beautification treatments for women including massages, body scrubs, body contouring, facials, make-up, waxing, hair rebonding, nail art, hair colouring, perming or hair straightening. 13, 1st Floor, 6th Block, Kalyan Mantapa Road, Koramangala, T: 080- 40922004, 9663309531 SPA Angsana Managed by the Banyan Tree Group,Angsana's spa retreats are designed to be sanctuaries to refresh and rejuvenate your body as well as spirit. Angsana has over 40 spas around the world; in Bangalore they are located at UB city and Prestige Ozone. 12th Floor, Oakwood Premier Prestige, UB City T: 080-2234 8888 / 22345678 F: +91 80 2234 7777 Also at: Whitefield T: 080-2593 6299 / 2272 8974 Aquazone Aquazone is an underwater gym/spa at The Park Hotel. Apart from basic routines like the treadmill, cross trainer, cycles and weights, the spa has sauna and massage rooms as well. Floral wraps, body polishing with silks and Keralainspired pedicures can be had at the hands of qualified masseurs. 14/7, The Park, MG Road, T: 080-25594666 Aroma Garden Aroma Garden Spa is an exclusive day-spa for ladies, where the USP is holistic spa therapies combined with essential oils. Other services are body wraps, body massages, radiance facials, scalp therapy and body scrubs. 1305, 1st Floor, 10th Main, Jeevan Bima Nagar, 3rd Stage, HAL, T: 080-66379584 Ben Body Studio: Nirvana Spa Nirvana Spa brings together ancient healing philosophies from around the world. The spa's holistic treatments seek to balance and restore the body's natural rhythms. Qualified spa therapists and natural skincare products are the spa's highlights. 2012, Shreyas Plaza, Beside Titan Eye, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, T: 080-42689000, 42689005, 42689007 W: www.benbodystudio.com Chandan Sparsh Chandan Sparsh is a wellness spa and salon. Setacross 3,000 sqft, the spa offersglobally patented FDA approved technologies. Chandan or sandalwood is used as the basic ingredient in almost all its therapies. 775, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, T: 080- 42115122/23/24 +91 9620224701 Ista Day Spa Ista Spa is a spaceto unwind and de-stress. It offers a selection of massages by skilled masseurs that leave you feeling refreshed and energised. Ulsoor, 1/1 Swami Vivekananda Road T: 080-2555 8888 E: bangaloresales@istahotels. com JIVA The Jiva chain of spas offer authentic and traditional Indian wellness treatments. Drawing from ancient Indian healing wisdom and Ayurveda, Jiva Spa offers treatments with products made from pure Indian herbs, Indian aromatherapy oils, natural creams and special ingredients. Vivanta by Taj � M G Road 41/3, MG Road, 080-6660-4444 Also at: Whitefield Road 080-6693-3333 Kenko Reflexology & Fish Spa Kenko Spa is the first of its kind in the country. It is a 'fish spa' � this speciality treatment involves having thousands of doctor fish nibble at your feet to give you a pedicure. Also get other pampering therapies like foot and hand reflexology acupressure therapy and body massages at this wellness spa on Mallya Road. 36, Vittal Mallya Road T: 080-42070303/42110304 Oryza Oryza is a day spa where you can enjoy Balinese and Thai massages as well as Ayurvedic treatments. The tastefully doneup spa's holistic therapies and massages detoxify, smoothen, tone, relax and revitalise your system. 19, Lavelle Road, T: 080-41328320 SPA.ce SPA.ceis one of the swanky spas in town. Well-trained therapists provide a range of spa treatments from Swedish massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, hot stone therapy to the traditional Indian head massage. Bliss Hospitality Pvt Ltd, 70 Opp Embassy Woods, Cunningham Road T: 080-4132-7526 Also at: 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar 080-4217-1052 Tantrika An oasis of peace and tranquility spread over 16 acres of lush, verdant greenery, this aromatherapy spa offers customised wellness solutions and body wraps, milk baths and mud packs. Manipal County, 65, Singasandra, Off Hosur Road, T: +91 98456 75999 / 99027 22001 / 2573 4242 / 65668457 The 5th Element, Koramangala Fifth Element is a traditional Thai spa. It offers a broad selection of massages, body polishes and facials. You can also try the super indulgent three-hour Fifth Element Treatment, which includes a body scrub, massage, facial and a Cleopatra-style rose petal and milk bath. 489, Amarjyothi Layout, West Wing, 8th Main, Inner Ring Road, Koramangala, T: 080-41268111 Thai Sabai Thai Sabai Spa stems from Thailand's tradition of spas. Most of the specialists at this spa are from Thailand. So head here for authentic Thai massages, reflexology and aroma oil therapy. 139, Infantry Road, p 136 whats the secret? B O D Y S C I E N C E R E D E F I N E D ISO 9001:2000 Certified International ffinity Sterling Heights Basement, T: 080-4151 3090 The Bodycraft Spa & Salon Refer to our salon section The SPA Spread over 10,000 sq. ft. The Spa at The Leela Palace offers massages that are a blend of European techniques and ancient Asian traditions, like the Swedish massage and the Indian Magic massage. 23, The Leela Palace Kempinski, Airport Road, T: 080-30571234 Whitemantra Spread over 7000 sq ft in an independent setting, the spa offers various massages and treatments according to your needs. They offer seasonal specials which are worth checking out. Their salon offers the latest in hair care technology. 142, Rustom Bagh HAL, Airport Road T: 080-32429960/25214870 E: contact@whitemantraspa. com WELLNESS STORES Reliance Wellness Reliance Wellness outlets showcase products and services that enrich the body, mind and spirit. Pre-emptive, curative and health and beauty solutions are available under one roof. 22, 4th Block, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala, T: 080-4168-1811 Religare Wellness A one-stop-shop, it provides complete health solutions for the entire family, while its extensive network of stores provides both choice and convenience. 29, Bull Temple Road Basavanagudi T: 080-22956223 Also at: Jeevan Bheema Nagar T: 080-22956226 8th Block, Jayanagar T: 080-22956228 9th Block, Jayanagar T: 080-22956229 Malleshwaram T: 080-22956240 Yelahanka New Town 22956239 Banerghatta Road T: 080-22956241 Yeshwanthpur T: 080-41172646 Airport Road T: 080-41151363 R T Nagar T: 080-41244034 Koramangala T: 080-41216022 Bennerghatta Road T: 080-41107583 The Ostara Shop Ostara is the quintessential New Age store. This unique shop is well-stocked with Fengshui elements and mirrors, healing crystals, Ganeshas, aroma oils, energy candles, spiritual books and decorative knick-knacks. 10, Sai baba Temple Road, Cambridge layout, Riachmond Road T: 080-32942905 M: +91 9844065252 W: www.theostarashop.com TATTOO PARLOUR Bramha Tattoo Studio Brahma Tattoo Studio provides a sizeable section of tattoo designs to choose from � over 30,000 of them, in fact. The centre uses Korean needles and organic ink to tattoo the patterns. 26 2nd Floor, Dubai Plaza, Brigade Road, T: 080-2235-4167, 94482-001 Comfortably Numb Comfortably Numb offers hundreds of trendy designs to choose from, or you can even have your own signature tattoo created by its artists. 23, Y Cross, Mangala Layout, Kamanahalli, T: +91 9845588748 Naresh Mehandi Designers Naresh Designers provide all manner of temporary tattoos including those of cartoons, bridal motifs, animals and stars. Trained artists provide safe tattoos using good quality inks. 142, 2nd Cross, 5th Main, Opposite Kanteerava Stadium, Sampangiram Nagar, T: +91- 9844086787 W: www. nareshmehandi.com Sasha Salon and Institute Sasha has plentiful choices� from tribal signs, eagles and scorpions to butterflies and sunflowers; you can even opt for temporary ones which last for about a week. 201, 2nd floor, 5th Avenue, Brigade Road, T: 080-2532 7499/ 9886086021 Talent world This tattoo studio offersa range of interesting temporary tattoo designs. A team of twelve tattoo artists flesh out cartoon, animal, butterfly and fantasythemed tattoos. 1245, Kacharkanahalli Hennur Main Road, T: +91- 9980824969 Theatre Boy Get abstract designs, flowers and animalsor whatever else you fancy at this tattoo parlour. 673/786 1st C Main, 6th Cross, 2nd Phase Girinagar, T: +91 98861-66541 YOGA Anandamaya Wellness Center Pranayama. 1/2, 7th floor, Lavelle Mansions, Lavelle Road, T: +91 9886622700, +91 9884401001 E: email@example.com Prithvi Natural Healing & Yoga Prithvi offers Yoga instruction and Yoga therapy to treat lifestyle diseases. 841, 10th Main, 5th Cross, Near Cauvery School, II Stage, Indiranagar T: 080-41161666, +91 98451 62225 W:www.prithvinaturalhealing. com Siddha Yoga Siddha Yoga is the path of inner transformation and discipline founded by Siddha Yoga Guru, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. Yoga is combined with spiritual study and meditation here. 19th Main, 6th Block, Near Kormangala Police Station, Koramangala, T: 080-25530493, 25595618/19 Sri Vishwachethana Yoga Centre Anandamaya was started by Dr Gurudatta in 2007. A customised and integrated approach incorporating the traditional healing sciences of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese medicine, Yoga & Naturopathy is used to treat various disorders at this wellness clinic. 1252, 27th Main, 7th Cross J P Nagar I Phase T: 080 22449007 Email: drguru @anandamayawellness.com Arogya Mandira Trust Arogya Mandira is a wellequipped holistic healthcare centre, with both inpatient and outpatient facilities. The centre incorporates Yoga into its therapeutic system 148, 1st 'R' Block, Near ISKCON, Rajajinagar, T: 080-23579755 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Art of Living Sri Sri Yoga primarily teaches Hatha Yoga techniques, integrated with other paths of Yoga. A combination of gentle and vigorous asanas is taught to create well-being in the body.An equal emphasis is given to Yoga techniques that nurture the mind and spirit. The Art of Living International Center 21st Kilometer, Kanakpura Road, T: 080-26080291 E: contactus@artoflivingyoga. org Ekagara At Ekagra, Yoga classes have been designed keeping in mind contemporary lifestyles. This centre's Yoga practice targets specific body parts, along with At this centre, traditional Yogasanas are taught along with Pranayama practices, meditation and relaxation techniques. Yoga techniques for everyday living, as well as therapeutic Yoga for common ailments are part of this school's repertoire. Divya Keshavamurthy, 104, 4th Cross, Syndicate Bank Colony, Arkere, Bannerghatta Road, T: 080-41107861 /9845044786 Yoga Jeevana Kendra Yoga Jeevana Kendra offers numerous Yoga options including Kriya Yoga, asanas Pranayama, meditation and Kundalini Hatha Yoga. Clients derive benefits like physical, mental and emotional relaxation and spiritual fitness. 1349, 9th Block, South End Road, Jayanagar, T: 080-26586128 9448515413 Yoga Yuva Kendra Yoga Yuva Kendra promotes Yoga therapy as a remedy fora variety of ailments without the use of medication or surgery. According to the school's philosophy, the daily practice of Yoga leads to a feeling of oneness with nature, conservation of energy and a slowing down of the ageing process. 344, 8th A Main, Milk Colony, Rajaji Nagar T: 080-23370489, 9243475199, 9481775919 p 138 whats the secret? B O D Y S C I E N C E R E D E F I N E D ISO 9001:2000 Certified International ffinity whats entertaining? amusement parks p 142 mountaineering clubs p 142 golf courses p 142 driving ranges p 142 go-karting p 144 walking clubs p 144 cycling & biker clubs p 144 radio-controlled car racing p 144 gaming p 144 theatres in bangalore p 144 upcoming movie release p 145 upcoming book releases p 146 top movies in theatre p 147 movies in tv p 147 your Refreshing and cool recreational ideas for kids to indulge in this summer AMUSEMENT PARKS Agni Aero #99/A, Abhishek, 17th B Main Road, Koramangala 8th Block +91 80 2553 3203, 2553 5696 Fun World & Water World Wonder La Have a fun and frolic filled weekend with your family or friends at Wonder la. This well maintained park has sophisticated dry rides and wet rides. They also have a Virtual Reality Theatre, Indoor Musical Fountain and Laser show. 28th K.M. Mysore Road Hejjala, +91 98455 57777 http://www.wonderla.com Jawahar Bal Bhavan Jawahar Bal Bhavan is a children's park located in Cubbon Park. Adults are allowed to this place only if they are accompanied by children. There are joy rides for children. The famous ones are Puttani Express, Ferrris Wheel. The park houses the Sri Jayachamarajendra Hall which is known for the summer camps. Cubbon Park, +91 80 2286 4189 www.jawaharbalbhavan.com Greenland Amusement #5, Corporation Complex, 8th Main Road, 14th Cross, Wilson Garden, Adugodi, +91 80 2221 7022 MOUNTAINEERING CLUBS Bangalore Mountaineering Club This is the right place for adventure lovers. Chec-kout for their trekking trips, Camping, Jungle safari, White Water rafting, Rock climbing, Parasailing, Paragliding, Scuba Diving etc. Murgeshpalya, 69, 3rd Main, K R Garden,, +91 99020 27262 www.bmcindia.org National Adventure Sports Academy A premium educational institution which offers adventurous activities for those who love to explore. They offer adventurous activities for families, groups and individuals travelers. #123, "Sri Mylara", SFS 407, 2nd Phase, Yelahanka New Town, +91 80 2856 7083 www.adventureacademy.org Venture Adventure Clubs and Resorts If you want to explore the adventurous side in you then visit this club. Get your share of adventure sports and nature awareness from the professionals here. This club also facilitates trips for those who are interested in cycling, biking or walking trips. Off. # 107/7 Heritage Estate,, Puttenahalli, Yelahanka +91 92430 68286 www.teamadventure.info GOLF COURSES ACS Golf Course in Agaram It is considered as one of the best Golf courses in Bangalore. Near New Golf Hut, Agaram +91 80 2535 4599 Bangalore Golf Club Bangalore Golf Club is the second oldest Golf course in India. It is a well maintained popular Golf course in Bangalore. 2, Sankey Road, High Grounds, +91 80 2228 1876 Eagleton in Bidadi Industrial Area Road, Near ITC Factory Doddakallasandra, +91 80 28477450, 2847 7451, 2847 7454 Http://www.fantacygolfresort. com Indian International Golf and Tennis Pvt. Ltd. Golf Avenue, Shop 1 Post Box No. 817 Kodihalli, Near Airport nd HAL 2 stage +91 80 2526 1018 +91 98451 93435 Karnataka Golf Association The KGA club as it is popularly known as is the result of an eighteen-hole championship golf course. The club also has a lot of facilities like banquet hall, swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. It also holds tournaments like The Wills Southern Open, The KGA Open Amateur Golf Championship and The All India Ladies Amateur Golf Championship. No.1, Golf Avenue, Airport Road, Kodihalli, +91 80 4009 0000, 4009 0001 www.kga.in SPT Sports Academy Aspiring golfers can get the best opportunity to master this sport form with this club. SPT Sports Academy, No.198, Kodathi, Sarjapur Road, +91 80 2844 1566, 6598 3284 www.sptindia.com DRIVING RANGES SPT Sports 10, 1st Main Road, +91 80 4147 5441 Chamundeshwari Photo Emporium 131, Old Madras Road, Ulsoor, +91 80 2536 1341 Touche Golf Sports Private Limited 1/4 Cunningham Road www.touchegolf.com Bangalore Academy Touche Golf maintains a driving A great place equally enjoyed by kids and adults. Fun World, located in Palace Ground is one of the oldest amusement parks in the city. It is a 3-in-1 amusement park where you have a Fun World, Water World and Star City. They also have Go Karting at affordable rates. Jaya Chamaraja Nagar, Palace Grounds, J.C. Nagar +91 80 2343 0496, 2354 3290 Innovative Film City The place promises entertainment in an innovative way. Situated in the MysoreBangalore highway at Bidadi, Innovative Film City offers a range of ways to have fun. The major attractions of the place includes Ripley's Believe it or not Museum, Louis Tussaud wax museum, Dinosaur World and Fossil Park, Mirror Maze, Aqua Kingdom and Cartoon City. The place also has a mini golf course and a go-karting zone. #24 & 26, Mysore Road, Bidadi Industrial Area, Rajaji Nagar, Industrial Estate, +91 80 6696 6666 http://www.innovativefilmcity .in Lumbini Gardens On the banks of Nagavara Lake is situated the Eco friendly Entertainment and Boating Park of Bangalore. You can go for boating in the lake or simply hang out in the park. They also have wave pool, kids play area, kids ride and bungy jumping. #45, Nagawara Lake Ring Road, Hebbal, Arabic College +91 80 3299 7009, 6567 9037 http://www.lumbinigardens. com A world-class golf course that enhances the image of Garden City. This magnificent golf course provides every golfer with an unforgettable experience. Mysore Road, Bidadi Industrial Area +91 80 2263 2222, 2677 4403 http://www.eagletonindia. com email@example.com Green Acres and Fantasy Golf Resort The golf course is one of its kinds that offers a premier family Golf attraction in a natural setting. The 18-hole course meets all international standards and is suitable for amateurs and professionals alike. NH-7, Yelahanka-Devanahalli p 142 whats entertaining? range in Bangalore Golf Club. No. 2 Sankey Road GO KARTING Freeway Gayathri Vihar, Palace Grounds, Ramana Maharishi Road, Sadashiva Nagar, +91 80 2361 1329 http://www.freeway19. com Patel Karting It is one of the best tracks in Bangalore which is made of concrete. New 38/2/2, Patel's Inn Club Resort, 15th Cross, 2nd Block, R T Nagar, +91 80 2333 7575 Grips Motors New #304, Mysore Road G.E.F., Near Post Office +91 80 6597 3356/ 6597 3357/ +91 98454 83077 E-Zone Club Pvt Ltd 23/24, Mahadevapura, Outer Ring Road, Marathahalli, Opp Malgudi Dabha, +91 80 41719481 /4171 9482, +91 99451 79112, 98864 79786 ezoneclub.com Fun World & Resorts India Pvt Ltd Fun world is an amusement park where you can go for a trip on a holiday with your family and friends. Apart from 36 thrilling rides it also has gokarting tracks also. Palace Grounds, Op To TV Tower, J C Nagar Entrance, J C Nagar, +91 80 2343 0496, 2343 1651 Patel Inn Resort It is the only resort which is situated within city limits. It is a perfect place to relax and with all facilities necessary for a perfect holiday spot. Another feature of this place is the Race Pace Karting. This has also hosted the 6th leg of JK Tyres National Karting Championships. No.1, 2nd Block, Govindraj Garden, 15th Cross, R T Nagar, Torqo3 Karting Track This is supposed to be the best karting track in the city. They are located inside E-Zone Club in Marathahalli. They enable you to develop karting skills and master this art. E-Zone Club, Outer Ring Road, Maratahalli, +91 90084 90303 www.torq03.com Innovative Film City One of the major attractions of the film city is the go karting track. It is a nicely done track for all age groups. They have karts for professionals as well as amateurs. 24&26, Mysore Road, Bidadi Industrial Area, +91 80 2209 9999, 2259 9999, 96322 80255, 96322 80241 WALKING CLUBS Stay Younger Corner #1/1, K.R. Road, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082 Venture Adventure Club and Resorts in Bangalore Off. # 107/7 Heritage Estate, Puttenahalli, Yelahanka, +91 92430 68286, +91 92436 02124 CYCLING OR BIKER CLUBS BikeZone Cycling Bikezone is a club for people who are fanatical about cycling or biking. It is a forum where you can plan trips and discuss about biking and cycling. www.bikeszone.com Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club Enfield Bullet Motorcycle is the binding factor of the members of this group. The group is passionate about the bullet and you need to own one to become a member of this group. They plan trips to different places of India on their Enfield. rtmc/info/site Bike Nomads Bike Nomads is a group of individuals who are bike lovers. Anyone who is passionate about riding and wants to go on tours in bike can join this group. The one factor that distinguishes this group from the rest is that anyone can join this group irrespective of the kind of bike he owns. Bike Nomads plan trips to all parts of India and explore the untraveled roads. www.bikenomads.com 60 Kph "You can never come back from a ride"- the club which runs on this philosophy looks out for bike riders who believe in this and arranges trips in search of new places and new people. www.60kph.com Bangalore Bikers Club THEATRES IN BANGALORE INOX 4th Floor, Garuda Mall Magrath Road, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.inoxmovies.com Sri Garuda Swagath Mall, 4th Floor, Tilak Nagar Main Road, Jayanagar 4th ` T' Block +91 80 4112 8888 Mantri Square Mall 3rd Floor, Sampige Road Malleswaram Telebooking: +91 80 4112 8888 This is a forum for those who are interested in cycling. Anyone can be a member of this group be it a serious biker or a week-end rider or a daily commuter. www.bangalorebikersclub.com RADIO-CONTROLLED CAR RACING Dirt Mania A perfect destination for speed fanatics to experience the thrill. Nelgulli, Somanahalli Post, Off Kanakapura Main Road, 7 K.M from Art of Living +91 98867 21669 IndiMotard Adverntures A-1, A-Block, A.E.C.S Layout, Brookefields, +91 80 2852 5759 +91 99808 29440 www.indimotard.com Pit Stop Racing Balan Farm, Natraj Layout, JP Nagar, 8th Phase, near brigade millenium apartments, +91 94482 70820 94481 42771 GAMING Game Zen This is a new gaming lounge with innovative and interactive game solutions. Hi-tech facilities like Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii are hooked up to 32" Sony Bravia LCD TVs via HDMI to ensure the best audio and video quality. TMR Towers Thubarahalli Varthur Road T: 080-080-41435660, 9663633266 PVR Cinemas No 21-22, 3rd Floor, The Forum, Hosur Road, Adugodi Road, Koramangala, Near To Madiwala Check Post NH 7, +91 80 2206 7881 www.pvrcinemas.com Fun Cinemas Sigma Mall Cunningham Road, +91 80 3989 5050 www.funcinemas.com Fame Lido Lido Mall 1/1, Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor, +91 80 2555 3262, 4061 4848 www.famecinemas.com Innovative Multiplex No.135, Near Marathahalli Junction, Outer Ring Road, Varthur Hobli, Marathahalli, +91 80 2522 2510, 4091 7980 www.innovativemultiplex.net Urvashi Cinemas Lalbagh Road, Sudhama Nagar +91 80 2224 5551 www.urvashicinema.com Big Cinemas Gopalan Arch Mall Rajarajeshwari Nagar GATE, Mysore Road, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, +91 80 2860 2945 Vision Cinemas No.44/1, Opp To Big Bazaar, Double Road, K H Road, +91 80 4123 7605 www.visioncinemas.net p 144 whats entertaining? UPCOMING MOVIE RELEASES Hindi Game Release Date: 1 April 2011 Game is a story of four strangers (Neil Menon, O P Ramsay, Tisha Khanna and Vikram Kapoor) who have been invited by the reclusive Kabir Malhotra, to his private island of Samos, Greece. They don't know each other and they don't know him...and by the next morning they will wish they had never come. Game is a whodunit tale spanning five international cities; a slickedge-of-the-seat crime thriller with twists and turns involving love, revenge, retribution and good old-fashioned murder. Everyone is a suspect, and every suspect ahs a motive. It's not over till its over. Director: Abhinay Deo Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Kangana Ranaut, Shanana Goswami, Gauhar Khan, Sarah Jane Dias Faltu Release Date: 1 April 2011 A question to begin with. Consider life as a building where you have been stranded on the ground floor while all the lift doors leading to the floors of success have been shut on your face, what would you do? Well, our faltus would create such a basement that the floors above look cheerless and dreary. Faltu is a story of coming of age of today's youth. They don't choose a different path but create one. Inspired by Mr.Nek Chand, the creator of the famous Rock Garden in Chandigarh, the film exhibits the discarded waste of the society when channelized smartly can create a Rock Garden and become the pride of the nation. Faltu is a story about a group of friends that are considered a total waste. The cherry on the cake being that they take pride in the fact. These hard-working backbenchers are hardly seen working. They crowd up the clubs of the town while the lecture halls remain empty. However a turn in their life leads them to such a situation where fates of many more like them comes in their hands. Director: Remo D'Souza Music: Sachin Jigar Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Puja Gupta, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Angad Bedi, Chandan Roy Sanyal Thank You private detective, Kishen to tail him. Kishen's built his reputation as a marriage who saves marriages by getting erring husbands to mend their ways. In this particular case, however, his overwhelming attraction towards Sanjana means he may not be acting in her best interest. What follows is a crazy cat and mouse game, with Kishen trying to catch the husbands, with their pants down literally and them attempting to just stay outside his grasp. This laugh a minute comic caper will have you in splits, continuing with the signature comic timing you have come to expect from the maker of No Entry, Welcome and Singh is King. Director: Anees Bazmee Music: Pritam Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Irrfan Khan, Suniel Shetty, Sonam Kapoor, Selina Jaitley and Rimi Sen Dum Maaro Dum Release Date: 8 April 2011 Raj, Yogi and Vikram-best friends, business partners, serial womanizers and happily married! Happy, because their lovely wives have no clue that their husbands cheat on them with every pretty thing that can lay their eyes on. This picture perfect world is rocked when Raj's wife, Sanjana begins to suspect and hires the suave Release Date: 22 April 2011 Goa. Paradise on Earth. But every Paradise has a few snakes. Multiple lives collide brutally one day at Goa Airport... and change forever. Lorry (Prateik Babbar) : A student on the verge of following his girlfriend to a US University. But when his scholarship gets rejected, his life threatens to spiral out of control, until he meets a smooth talking hustler who promises to get it back on track. For a small price. His soul. ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan): A self destructive cop fleeing his own past, Kamath is given the job of destroying the brutal local and international drug mafia in Goa. As he begins his ruthless, relentless campaign and takes on the murky drug world... he discovers nothing is what it seems. DJ Joki (Rana Daggubati): A local musician and mute spectator to what is happening around him, Joki drifts aimlessly through life after an encounter with the drug mafia cost him everything he held dear. Today he discovers history has a nasty habit of repeating itself. Will he finally have the guts to take a stand? Zoe (Bipasha Basu): An aspiring airhostess who saw her dreams turn to dust, Zoe in a way represents Goa itself. A child of the hippy generation, a mix of local and foreign culture, innocence and beauty have gradually been replaced by cynicism and abuse. Lorsa Biscuta aka the Biscuit ( Aditya Pancholi): A ruthless local businessman, the Biscuit has his finger in every Goan pie, legal or illegal. The point person between all the various Mafias operating in Goa, the Biscuit finds himself pushed to the extreme limit with Kamath's arrival. But he knows who to turn to: A mysterious shadow. The ultimate drug kingpin. Many names, many identities but no one knows who he is....We hurtle into the bylanes, beach shacks and raves of Goa with Lorry as his life spirals out of control, with Joki as he tries to redeem the past and with Kamath as he goes no-holdsbarred after the mysterious shadow figure behind it all... Punctuated with a soundtrack that moves from pulsating dance tracks to haunting Konkani songs, shot right in the midst of the teeming international tourist hotspots, Dum Maaro Dum takes you on a dramatic, thrilling trip filled with twists, turns, suspense... and a shocking finale! English The Adjustment Bureau p 145 whats entertainment? Release Date: 1 Apr 2011 Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future fate has planned for him and realize he want something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he's ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern day New York. On the brink of winning a seat in U S senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) woman like none he has ever known. But just as he realizes that he is falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep them apart. David learns he is up against the agents of fate itself � the men of The Adjustment Bureau � who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a pre-determined path...or risk everything to defy fate and be with her. Director: George Nolfi Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt The Lincoln lawyer However, what appears at first to be a straightforward case with a big money pay off swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation and a crisis of conscience for Haller. Director: Brad Furman Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei UPCOMING BOOK RELEASES 44 Charles Street by Danielle Steel Magical transformation takes place in Danielle Steel's chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As Francesca's art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life. As the roommates bond, and the house fills with the aroma of Marya's exquisite cuisine, there are shadows as well as light. Na�ve Eileen explores the precarious boundaries of online dating with a series of strangers. Chris's custody fight for his son escalates to devastating levels. Marya faces an unexpected choice that will take her into untested waters. And Francesca herself will contemplate what had seemed impossible: opening her heart once more. Over the course of one amazing, unforgettable, ultimately life-changing year, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter, heartbreak, and, always, hope. In the hands of master storyteller Danielle Steel, it's a place those who visit will never want to leave. I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark In I'll Walk Alone, Alexandra "Zan" Moreland, a gifted, Release Date: 1 Apr 2011 In the gripping thriller 'the Lincoln Lawyer' Mathew Mcconaughey stars as Michael 'Mick' Haller. A slick charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln continental Sedan. Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter-variety criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime: defending a rich Beverly Hills Playboy (Ryan Phillipe) who is accused of attempted murder. luminous new novel: strangers become roommates, roommates become friends, and friends become a family in a turn-of-the-century house in Manhattan's West Village. The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from garage sales. And every square inch was being devotedly restored to its original splendor--even as a relationship fell to pieces. Now Francesca Thayer, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a struggling art gallery, and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders. Soon her house becomes a whole new world. First comes Eileen, a fresh, pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City schoolteacher. Then there's Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled ex-wife and the challenge of parenting a sevenyear-old son who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to start a new Central Park--a tragedy that has left her torn between hope and despair. Now, on what would be Matthew's fifth birthday, photos surface that seem to show Zan kidnapping her own child, followed by a chain of events that suggests somebody--but who? Zan asks herself desperately, and why?--has stolen her identity. Hounded by the press, under investigation by the police, attacked by both her angry exhusband and a vindictive business rival, Zan, wracked by fear and pain and sustained only by her belief, which nobody else shares, that Matthew is still alive, sets out to discover who is behind this cruel hoax. What she does not realize is that with every step she takes toward the truth, she is putting herself--and those she loves most--in mortal danger from the person who has ingeniously plotted out her destruction. Even Zan's supporters, who include Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner and amateur detective, and Father Aiden O'Brien, who thinks that Zan may have confessed to him a secret he cannot reveal, believe she may have kidnapped little Matthew. Zan herself begins to doubt her own sanity, until, in the kind of fastpaced explosive ending that is Mary Higgins Clark's trademark, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place with an unexpected and shocking revelation. Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer From Ann Packer, author of the New York Times best-selling novels The Dive from Clausen's Pier and Songs Without Words, a collection of burnished, emotionally searing stories, framed by two masterfully linked narratives that express the transformation of a single family over the course of a lifetime. A wife struggles to make sense of her husband's sudden disappearance. A mother mourns her teenage son through the music collection he left behind. A woman shepherds her estranged parents through her brother's wedding and reflects on the year her family collapsed. A young man comes to grips with the joy--and vulnerability--of impending fatherhood. And, in the masterful opening novella, two teenagers from very different families forge a beautiful interior designer on the threshold of a successful Manhattan career, is terrified to discover that somebody is not only using her credit cards and manipulating her financial accounts to bankrupt her and destroy her reputation, but may also be impersonating her in a scheme that may involve the much more brutal crimes of kidnapping and murder. Zan is already haunted by the disappearance of her own son, Matthew, kidnapped in broad daylight two years ago in p 146 whats entertaining? sustaining friendship, only to discover the disruptive and unsettling power of sex. Ann Packer is one of our most talented archivists of family life, with its hidden crevasses and unforeseeable perils, and in these stories she explores the moral predicaments that define our social and emotional lives, the frailty of ordinary grace, and the ways in which we are shattered and remade by loss. With Swim Back to Me, she delivers shimmering psychological precision, unfailing intelligence, and page-turning drama: her most enticing work yet. TOP MOVIES IN THEATRE Black Swan represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. Director: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radioaddress that inspires his people and unites them in battle. Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING'S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch's quest to find his voice. Director: Tom Hooper Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter The Hole in 3D From legendary director Joe Dante comes a 3D thriller that explores the fears and secrets buried deep within the human mind. Life couldn't possibly get worse, or so thought 17 year old Dane and his 10 year old brother Lucas, when their single mother uproots them A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunas). Black swan follows the story of Nina (Portman) a ballerina in a New York City ballet companywhose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Harshey) who zealously supports her daughter's professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prime ballerina Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, 'Swan Lake', Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world � Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, and China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike and they've ever encountered before. Director: Jonathan Liebesman Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodridguez, Ramon Rodridguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Micheal Pena The King's Speech After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of from New York City to the sleepy little town of Bensonville. For Dane the only exciting thing about their new town is the beautiful girl next door, Julie. With Susan spending more and more time at work, Dane and Lucas are left unattended to explore the depths of their eerie new residence. With Dane paying more attention to Julie, he has far less time and patience for his little brother. But then everything changes when they find a sinister black hole under a locked trap hole on the basement. As the brothers experiment with the hole they realize that the cold pit goes on forever. They drop a penny and never hear it hits bottom. They lower a flashlight and it gets consumed by the darkness. Hoping for some answers about some house's past, Dane and Lucas bring Julie in on their new discovery. When the hole is exposed evil is unleashed. With strange shadow lurking around every corner and past nightmares coming to life, the trio will have to come face to facewith their darkest fears to put an end to the hole. Director: Joe Dante Cast: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bannett, Nathan Gamble, Teri Polo MOVIES IN TV Did You Hear about the Morgans The comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans? Follows a highly successful Manhattan couple, Meryl and Paul Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parkar and Hugh Grant) whose almost perfect lives have only one notable failure � their dissolving marriage. But the turmoil of their romantic lives is nothing compared to what they are about to experience; they witness a murder and become targets of a contract killer. The Feds, protecting their witnesses, whisk away the Morgans from their beloved New York to a tiny town in Wyoming, and a relationship that was on the rocks threatens to end completely in the Rockies...unless, in their new blackberry fee lives, the Morgans can slow down the pace and rekindle the passion. Sony Pix 12 Apr / 11.15pm p 147 whats entertainment? Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time From the team that brought the Pirates of Caribbean trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time. A rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhall) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow his possessor to rule the world. Star Movies 10 Apr / 9pm A Cindrella Story Cinderella never had it this bad. In A Cinderella Story - a twisted and hilarious update of the classic fairy tale - high school senior Sam Montgomery (HILARY DUFF) lives at the beck and call of her selfobsessed step-mother Fiona (JENNIFER COOLIDGE) and her sinfully wicked step-sisters, who treat her more like a servant than a member of the family. With her sights set on attending Princeton, Sam finds her less-than-sparkling social life wonderfully complicated when she meets her prince charming online. But when her anonymous cyber soul mate turns out to be her high school's �ber-popular quarterback Austin Ames (CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY), Sam makes a mad dash back to reality, leaving her cell phone behind just before the clock strikes midnight. Fearing rejection if her secret is revealed, Sam dodges Austin's efforts to discover the identity of his princess. Will Sam let fear hold her back, or will she find the courage to be herself and claim the life she's always wanted? Her chance at happily ever after depends on it. Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Clifford Werber Production, in association with Dylan Sellers Productions: Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story, starring Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray and Regina King. Directed by Mark Rosman, A Cinderella Story is written by Leigh Dunlap and produced by Clifford Werber, Ilyssa Goodman, Hunt Lowry and Dylan Sellers. Michael Rachmil, Peter Greene and Keith Giglio are the executive producers and Susan Duff is coexecutive producer. The director of photography is Anthony B. Richmond, ASC/BSC; the production designer, Charles Breen; and the editor, Cara Silverman, A.C.E. Music is by Christophe Beck. Soundtrack album on Hollywood Records. HBO 4 Apr / 1.15pm Hindi No One Killed Jessica The guns at Kargil are still blazing when another one goes off, this time in the nation's capital. Jessica, a young attractive model trying her hand at bartending, is shot dead at a celebrity party. Her crime � refusing to serve a drink after closing hours! The culprit Manish, son of a prominent politician, inebriated by a deadly cocktail of alcohol and a sense of entitlement, pulls the trigger in a fit of rage. With 300 of Delhi's swish set present at the party, many of whom are witnesses to the murder Manish looks all set to go to the gallows. Except, that it doesn't quite turn out that way! Now two women, Jessica's sister Sabrina and the feisty TV reporter, Meera will have to drum up every resource at their disposal to outwit Manish at his own game, if the truth is to have any chance of prevailing over money and political clout. Colors 3 Apr / 12pm Band Baaja Baarat Shruti (Anushka Sharma) is a 20-something no-nonsense girl from a middle class Delhi household. Focused and determined with preplanned ambitions, her goals in life are well laid out by the time she reaches her final year of college. Bitoo (Ranveer Singh), on the other hand, has no real aim in life. As a final year college student of Delhi University, he whiles away his life having fun with his buddies, barely scraping through his exams. A chance and inopportune meeting (or as you would call it, fate) brings the two of them together on a tumultuous journey where they become partners in their very own, "Wedding planning ka bijness". The rules however are clear: "Jisse vyapaar karo, use kabhi na pyaar karo" (Don't mix business with pleasure). Together, their friendship and business enters the ups and downs of the lavish Delhi weddings. And while trying to find themselves, Shruti and Bittoo discover each other and realize that in the course of their journey, unke khud ke rules ki bajega band! Sony 3 Apr / 5pm S&M Born this Way Tonight Blow More Hey Baby F**kin Perfect What The Hell I'm Coming Home Hold It Against Me Rihanna Lady Gaga Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris Ke$ha Usher Pitbull ft. T Pain Pink Avril Lavigne Diddy Dirty Money Britney Spears p 148 whats entertaining? whats the escape? day jaunts p 154 weekend escapes p 155 As the sweltering summer sets in, waterside getaways can be the perfect option for the whole family to cool off The combination of soaring temperatures and school holidays is every parent's nightmare. And if summer camps tend not to interest your kids or don't stretch till the end of holidays, then hot and bothered kids are not a great thing to have on your hands. In such a scenario, taking them on a trip might just do the trick. deally, hill stations where the weather is colder, is the apt solution. But the nearest ones are Coorg, Ooty and Kodaikanal, and even these get quite hot during summer. Ditto for seaside destinations. Destinations where there's plenty of water, on the other hand, while not exactly cold, are much better options. Not only do kids enjoy water, but it has the added advantage of keeping things cool. Amusements parks such as Wonder La come to mind instantly, but there are plenty of other options which are less expensive, less commercial and more natural. Here's a low-down on some of them. Lake view Some of Bangalore's lakes � Sankey, Ulsoor, Lumibini � are the most obvious choices, but the water is not easily accessible and kids might not be enamoured by the clinical gardens. Also, just outside Bangalore, Thippagondanahalli reservoir and its backwaters were among the most popular waterside destinations, but a string of unfortunate incidents has prompted the BWSSB to fence off the entire area. However, a turn from Magadi Road after Tavarekere, leads to a tiny and pretty reservoir called Manchanabele. Its shallow backwaters and streams, protected by shady trees, make for a great day trip. Hesaraghatta Lake, off Tumkur Road, is good picnicking option as well, though it sometimes gets completely dry during the summer. For a more ambitious trip, head to Pearl Valley (Muthyala Maduvu). It lies about 45 km from I Bangalore and can be reached by continuing on the road which turns left beyond Bannerghatta. It consists of a picturesque waterfall hidden deep within a valley and is a rather impressive sight during the rainy season. But there is enough water in the summer as well, for kids to frolic in. The water rushes down from a height of over 90 metres and ends in a shimmering, pearl-like pool, and hence the name `Muthyala Maduvu' � literally meaning pond of pearls in Telugu. The trek to the falls and the thick forested area around, provide good picnic spots and trekking trails. Facing the falls is a small temple dedicated to Shiva. Picnicking by the river Further afield, off Kanakapura Road, River Cauvery offers a stretch of riverside destinations that are ideal for the entire family, especially children. Sangama and Mekedatu are separated by four kilometres. Sangama, the shallow meeting place of the rivers Cauvery and Arkavati is reached first, from where a four-kilometre trek takes you to Mekedatu. This is actually a series of giant rocks through which the river has sculpted a pass. The water gushes and tumbles at a ferocious speed, making a deafening noise. A clamber up the rocks provides a panoramic view of the rocky formations as well as the river below. The distance between the two edges of the gorge is quite small at places. Centuries ago it was so narrow that goats used to jump across its length, and hence the name `Mekedatu' or `goat's pass'. Needless to say, children will have a smashing time here � but it is best if parents keep a sharp eye on them as Shivanasamudra: About 135km from Bangalore; take the Mysore road till Maddur and turn left; go past Malavalli to reach the falls. the gorges are known to hide whirlpools. Some distance further, about 100 km from Bangalore, River Cauvery pauses at Bheemeshwari and flows along gently to form ideal riverside spots for picnics. The lush green forests around the river are sheltered by valleys and fed by little streams, creating a picturesque setting. The area is home to some flamboyant winged creatures like the heron, ibis, cormorant and kingfisher, and animals like elephants, deer, wild boar, monkeys, jackals and crocodiles. While long walks along the river banks are surely a must, there's much more to do here on a day trip. The forests have some trekking trails, and experienced adventurers can try the river crossing when the river is not too full. However, since the river is full of crocs, extreme caution is advised. Boat and coracle rides are the other exciting options here. To witness nature's fearful beauty, take a trip to Shivanasamudram. Getting down to the water's edge might be tricky, but with a bit of assistance and supervision, children will find the exercise both exciting and exhilarating. Whether just outside Bangalore or a few hours away from the city, there are invigorating water spots that are ideal for the entire family to holiday in. Put in a little planning, and you can possibly take one waterside trip every week till the holidays are up. Anita Rao Kashi Manchanabele: About 35km from Bangalore; go past Tavarakere on Magadi Road and take a left; ask for directions as there are no clear signs. Fact File Hesaraghatta: About 25km northwest of Bangalore; take the Tumkur road out of Bangalore and turn right at Hesaraghatta junction; the lake is about 15 km from the turnoff. Bheemeshwari: About 100km south of Bangalore; take the Kanakapura Road and go past Kanakapura and Sathnur; turn off after Halagur and head up the village road (16km), right up to the river. Pearl Valley: About 45km from Bangalore; go past Bannerghatta National Park and continue towards Anekal; ask for directions. Sangama and Mekedatu: About 90km south of Bangalore; take the Kanakapura Road (NH209) out of Bangalore past Kanakapura and Sathnur. At Halagur, turn left and continue on the road for about 30km till you reach Sangama. Cross the confluence of rivers (by foot or boats) and continue to Mekedatu (4km), either by foot or in vehicles. DAY JAUNTS Bannerghatta National Park Set twenty kilometres out of the city, Bannerghatta National Park is a popular day excursion with both tourists and Bangalore city folks. This 25,000-acre zoological park is home to diverse species of fauna, including tigers, lions, panthers, bears, and deer. The best way to explore the expansive park is to take the 20-minute safari that takes you through the reserves, where you can catch a glimpse of the animals. The tiger isn't all that elusive here � you can see them roving about within a large enclosure. Bannerghatta Park's reptilian inhabitants consist of alligators, crocodiles and snakes, which are enclosed in the 'reptile park'. There is also a zoo, a big-ticket item with children, where there a whole range of birds from peacocks to owls and other animals like hippopotamuses and foxes. Elephant rides are also offered here. An unusual and recent addition to the Bannerghatta reserve is the 'Butterfly Park'. This eight-acre park features a museum with a range of lepidopteral exhibits as well as a greenhouse where 20 species of colourful butterflies make their home in a carefully preserved habitat. The area around the park is a scenic one � it's a biological reserve with the Elephant Corridor passing through. There are several restaurants that have set up shop nearabouts � but don't expect anything fancy. Alternately, you could pack your own picnic lunch. To get here, you could either hop onto a bus � these ply from the city's main bus stand at Majestic. There are KSTDC buses which will also get you to the park. Else, organising your own private transport is a better option. Jungle Lodges & Resorts have set up the 'Bannerghatta Nature Camp' here, in case you would to stay a weekend. Distance: 25 km Anekal Taluk, Bangalore South Big Banyan Tree An ancient tree that spreads across four startling acres is just a 40minute ride from the city! Ramohalli, on the outskirts of Bangalore (25km), is an unusual site where the country's fourth largest banyan tree has put down its roots. Called 'Dodda Alladamara' or 'Big Banyan Tree', this botanical marvel is over 400 years old and its all-encompassing canopy is a great place for a day getaway. Thousands of aerial roots and branches sprawl far and wide, creating a labyrinthine setting where you walk about, play and commune with nature. One of the city's most interesting th picnic spots, take a turn at the 20 -kilometre sign on Mysore Road to get here. An eight-kilometre drive after the turn will get you to the Big Banyan Tree. The tree itself is fenced off to protect it from rogue engravers who have etched its surface in the past. There is a Shiva Temple near the tree, as well as a KSTDC Hotel nearby. Expect crowds on the weekends though, as this is a popular jaunt as well as a favourite site for Sandalwood film shootings. Drive yourself up, or hire a cab for the day, as bus connectivity is limited. Distance: 25km Off Mysore Road, Ramohalli The park is closed on Tuesday Mekedatu Nandi Hills A popular place to wile the day in the lap of nature, Nandi Hills, is a green getaway sixty kilometres from the city. Sitting at a lofty 1,455 metres above sea level, this hilly destination also has a history to it � its sylvan landscape was the summer getaway and hill fortress of the th 18 -century ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. (His holiday home can still be seen here.) Nandi Hills is a riotous maze of trees, bushes and thick vegetation. Evergreen forests, eucalyptus trees, thick shrubbery, gnarly trees and a rich avian and simian life are part of its attractions. You can either pick your own way through the many pathways or explore the various Nandi Hills landmarks. The Magazine is a rock where Tipu Sultan's arms and ammunition were stored. There are two temples set here; one is an ancient Shiva Temple. Right at the top of the hill is a colonial bungalow constructed by British officer Sir Mark Cubbon, where a number of illustrious guests stayed, including Mahatma Gandhi. However, the most popular spot is Tipu's Drop, a 600-metre cliff from where convicts were pushed off during the Sultan's reign. Be wary of this spot if you are travelling with kids. The best way to get to Nandi Hills is by car, although buses from the Majestic Bus Stand do come out here. The winding roads, steep inclines and the grape vineyards and hills that dot the way, make the drive a picturesque one. A KSTDC hotel provides refreshments at Nandi Hills. Head back before it gets dark, for a safe drive through the hairpin bends. Distance: 60km Kolar District, Bangalore North Open: 8.30 to 5pm Nrityagram Mekedatu, a boulder-strewn ravine two hours away from the city, is a dramatic sight. This is the spot where the river Cauvery passes through a chiselled gorge, which is narrow enough for a goat to leap over � and hence the name 'Mekedatu' or 'goat's leap'. The surreal rock formations and the tumbling river, make this a beautiful riverside spot to spend your day. You can lounge around on the rocky outcrops or spend a peaceful day staring at the water and the surroundings. Or you can sign up for some adventure by walking up to the 'Sangama' where the rivers Cauvery and Arkavathy merge. There is temple to venerate this confluence at this spot. Mekedatu is best visited when it isn't raining. Getting here by your own private car or taxi is recommended. Restaurants are scarce, so pack a picnic basket. Distance: 98 km Past Kanakpura Road, Near Sangama This dance village is Odissi danseuse Protima Gauri Bedi's labour of love, started in 1989, with the passionate intent to preserve and further Indian classical dance. Set within picturesque and rural Hesarghatta, this beautifully envisaged dance school takes in students who take up the longterm study of classical dance and runs on the age-old Gurukul philosophy. Go here to watch a successful cultural experiment at work � although Bedi passed away years ago, Nrityagram continues to thrive in the able hands of a group of committed dancers. Every year, the dance school's cultural festival 'Vasanthahabba', a night-long celebration of music and dance attracts people from Bangalore in droves. The dance village runs on the lines of holistic living and is set in an elegant ethnic space, which makes for an interesting tour. Just across the road is the lovely Taj Kuteeram, a resort run by the Taj Group. With Yoga sessions, an Ayurvedic centre, an eclectic menu and a rustic ambience, stopping at Kuteeram for the day, makes for an uplifting excursion. Also visit the Hesarghatta Lake, an artificial reservoir, in the vicinity. Distance: 30km Nrityagram: Hesarghatta, Tel: 2846 6313, Web: nrityagram.org Taj Kuteeram: Opposite Nrityagram, Hesarghatta, Tel: 28466326, Web: tajhotels.com Embassy International Riding School If you'd like an equine day out, head to the Embassy Riding School on the outskirts of the city. A 400-acre expanse, the p 154 whats the escape? Hogenakkal Waterfalls If you are looking to getaway from the city, and don't mind driving a bit further long, then take yourself to Hogenakkal, a three-hour journey from the centre of town. This is a waterfall on the river Cauvery, situated at the edge of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in a district called Dharmapuri (in TN), 180 km from Bangalore. The pristine Hogenakkal Falls, which is set in the midst of thick greenery, has been nicknamed the 'Niagara of India'. When the water falls on the rocks it sprays into the air like white mist or smoke and thus the name, 'Hogenakkal' or smoking rocks! Hogenakkal Falls makes for a great tourist attraction, not just because of its natural beauty, but also because of the supposed curative powers that the waters hold. What makes Hogenakkal Falls an especially fun jaunt is the coracle boat rides. You can float and spin around in these circular bamboo boats as you make your way through the river and get wonderful views of the waterfalls around. But boating is only allowed in the dry season, when the waterfalls are flowing not at full-throttle. Dharmapuri town has some hotels where you can stop by for a meal. Visit hogenakkal.com for more information. Distance: Approx. 180 km Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu The river drops from a height of 320 feet here, creating the Shivanasamudra Falls. The waterfall is a segmented one, and creates two waterfalls which fall alongside each other � the Gaganachukki and the Barachukki Falls. Shivanasamudra is a picturesque place to spend your day; but stick to the known pathways to reach the Gaganachukki Falls and do not attempt to climb down the rocks � this could prove to be dangerous. Distance: 139km Mandya Savanadurga Savanadurga is a hill fortress which the founder of Bangalore Kempegowda used as a hideout. This was also the setting for 'The Passage to India', the film adaptation of EM Forester's novel. The ancient landscape, where Megalithic urns have been uncovered, consists of twin hills and a valley between � Karigudda or Black Hill is replete with green cover and Billigudda or White Hill is a barren one. This hilly getaway offers dramatic views and its other attractions include a lake, th the ruins of a 16 century fort that Kempegowda built, temples of Veerabhadraswamy and Narasimha at the foothills and the Savanadurga State Forest, which lies nearby. Savanadurga is frequented by rock climbers and cave adventurers, and makes for an unusual day getaway. The twohour journey can be covered by bus or car. Take a bus to Magadi Road from the Majestic Bus Stand. Take another bus from here, and 12 km after, you will arrive at Savanadurga. Distance: 33 km Magadi Devarayanadurga Located near Tumkur, Devarayanadurga is a favourite with trekkers and climbers. So if you want to flex those sedentary muscles after a long week of work, head to this hill, which stands at a height of 1188 metres. The hill is also speckled with temples (dedicated to deities Yoganarasimha and Bhoganarasimha). When trek up to the summit, you are rewarded with some fabulous views, with the Tumkur district stretching below. City buses leave for Devarayanadurga from the City Bus Stand at Majestic in the morning. Otherwise, it is a one and half hour drive by car. Distance: 65km Tumkur Road WEEKEND ESCAPES Upto 150 km Bheemeshwari Fishing camp Bheemeshwari fishing and nature camp is an ideal place to get away from the busy schedules and hassles of city life. Bheemeshwari, a nature camp on the banks of river Cauvery is around 100 km away from Bangalore city. This place is well known all over the world for its masheer, the largest river water sporting fish. Fishing here is great fun, and so it is also called 'angler's paradise'. The forest around Bheemeshwari is a fantastic place for camping and trekking. Another 'must do' on a visit to this place is the ride on the coracle in the river. Srirangappattana Srirangappattana is situated in the Mandhya District of best riding facilities, experienced instructors and well-cared-for horses make this an ideal place to try your hand at horse-riding or horsetrotting. Adding to the charm is 'Ai Cavali' (Italian for 'By the horses'), the in-house restaurant, where you can hang out at and sample delicious Italian fare. All in all, you are guaranteed you a satisfying day outdoors in the company of horses � especially recommended for kids. Distance: 27km 149/2 and 223 Torhunse Village, Jalahobbli, Devanahalli Taluk Tel: 2846 8296 Open: 6.30am to 6.30pm, Closed on Monday Janapada Loka Just 50 kilometres out of the city, among the rocky hills of the Ramanagara district, is an interesting folk museum called Janapada Loka. You can spend your morning ambling through the 15-acre folk theme park which showcases Karnataka's indigenous arts and crafts. Masks, household implements, folk dance costumes and such are displayed in the museum. There is an amphitheatre where films are screened. The highlight of a trip to Janapada Loka is also the Kamat Lokaruchi restaurant, next door. Here you can sample a traditional North Karnataka meal on a plantain leaf, which includes Bajra rotis with brinjal curry in peanut gravy. Round off the trip at the tiny handicraft stores that are situated at the entrance. Distance: 50km Bangalore-Mysore Road, Ramanagara Tel: 727 1555 Open: 9am to 1pm, 2.30pm to 5.30pm, Closed on Tuesday Shivanasamudra Bangalore is a city of tranquil lakes. But if you'd like to spend a day around gushing water, head to the Shivanasamudra Falls at a distance of 139 km from the city. A small town in Karnataka's sugarcane district Mandya, Shivanasamudra is set on the banks of river Cauvery. Mysore The second largest city of Karnataka is a vibrant place which is thronged by tourists from all over the world throughout the year. The city which was the capital of Wodeyar dynasty has an old world charm that enthrals every soul who visits the city. Situated around 140 km away from Bangalore, the Mysore city with its rich heritage is one of the most famous tourist spots in South India. The famous Mysore Palace is the major attraction of the city. Chamundi hills, on the outskirts of the city where the Chamundeshwari temple is located is another famous destination. Other important tourist attractions of the city are Brindavan garden, Mysore Zoo, St. Philomina's Church, Rail Museum and Karanji Lake Nature Park. p 155 whats the escape? Karnataka. It is a place of historical, religious and cultural importance. It is a vaishnavite pilgrimage centre and is famous for the Ranganathaswamy temple. The city surrounded by river Cauvery, was the capital of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The celebrated Daria Daulat Bagh, the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan is situated in this place. Srirangappattana is also known for the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali, Gumbaz. The city is about 127 km away from Bangalore. 150 km � 300 km Hassan Hassan is a place named after the goddess Hassanamba. It is known as the temple architectural town of Karnataka. The place is well known for its historical importance. Hassan has some of the famous temples in South India like Hasanamba temple, Siddesvara temple, and Chennahkeshava temple. These temples are examples of the fine architectural skills of Hoysala dynasty that ruled this place. This place is around 194 kms away from Bangalore. Bandipur Located at a distance of 215 km from Bangalore, Bandipur is one of the most well managed national parks in India. The abundant wildlife in Bandipur makes it one of the best wildlife reserves to visit. It is well known for its tiger reserve. The other wildlife that consist a part of Bandipur are Asian Elephant, Jungle Cat, Wild Boar, Indian Palm squirrel, Golden Jackal, Bengal Fox, Grizzled Indian Squirrel, Leopard, Indian Elephant, Four-horned Antelope etc. To enjoy the wildlife of the reserve to its fullest Safari tours are made available. Coorg One of the best hill stations in south India, Coorg has the power to fascinate every single soul on the earth with its scenic beauty. The misty dense hills and forests, tea and coffee plantations and the orange orchards add to its timeless beauty. Some of the activities that Coorg offers are trekking, golf, angling, and river water rafting. Nagarhole Mangalore Mangalore located in the konkan coast of Karnataka is one of the famous port cities. It is named after the goddess Mangaladevi. The city is 357 km from Bangalore. Tourist places of Mangalore include Mangala Devi Temple, Kadri Manjunatha swamy temple, Sultan Battery, St. Aloysius Church, and Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathi temple. Oak and Teak are some of the main trees found in this region. This national park is home to some of the endangered species on the earth. Animals that are commonly found here are Asian elephant, tiger, nilgiri tahr, nilgiri langur, bison, leopard, panther, sloth bear, gaur, sambhar, spotted deer, muntjac, the tiny mouse deer, giant squirrel, slender loris, langurs, wild boar, pangolin and macaques. Around 236 km away from Bangalore, this place is best visited from October to April. Chikmagalur Around 240 km from Bangalore is Chikmagalur, a hill station nestled in the Baba Budan Hills. The lush valleys, forests, scenic hills, streams and waterfalls make this place magical. The town is well known for its coffee plantations, the origin of which dates back to 350 years. Major attractions of this place include Baba Budan Range, Kondadarama temple, St.Joseph's Cathedral and Sringeri, famous for the 12 zodiac pillars. Chikmagalur is an ideal place for trekking. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located 275 km away from Bangalore and 30 km from Chikmagalur town. The wildlife Sanctuary famous for its tiger population derives its name from the river Bhadra that flows through this region. Besides tigers the wildlife sanctuary is also home to many other animals like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, mongoose, porcupine, jackal, and the common langur. The place also boasts of different species of rare birds. The Flora of the sanctuary is rich with different exotic species of trees. Coonoor The picturesque hill station in the Nilgiris is near Ooty in Tamil Nadu. The place is famous for its tea plantations. Catherine fall and Law fall are the famous waterfalls in this region. The other attractions include the Droog Fort, Dolphin's Nose, Lamb's Rock, Sim's Park, St. George's Church etc. The place also has a golf course. Kotagiri is another hill station near Coonoor which is a must visit. This is considered as the oldest hill in Nilgiris. 300 km -350 km Wayanad Spread between Coorg and Mysore districts, this national park lies on the North of Bandipur National Park. The forest was the hunting reserve of the rulers of Mysore. Rosewood, Sandalwood, Silver Shravanabelagola The city is located in Hassan district in Karnataka. It is around 158 km from Bangalore. It is a Jain pilgrim centre. Shravanabelagola is famous for its Gommata monolith, the statue of Bahubali. This is the tallest monolith statue in the world. The place has a lot of Jain temples. Other attractions are the Chandragupta Basadi and the Parashwanatha Basadi. There are about 800 inscriptions which belong to the 10th century are found here. Bhattaraka Math of the Desiya Gana Lineage is also found in this town. You can also explore the nearby areas of Halebid and Belur which treasures the glorious past of the Hoysala dynasty. Wayanad, located in the Northeastern part of Kerala, is nestled in the Mountain range of Western Ghats. Dense forests, lofty mountains, deep valleys and exotic wildlife are the characteristic features of Wayanad which makes it one of the most sorted of tourist destinations. The wildlife sanctuary of Wayanad, which is part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, is rich in flora and fauna. Wayanad has many tourist attractions which include Chembra Peak � the highest hill in Wayanad, Edakkal Cave, Kuruva Island, Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Pazhassi Raja Tomb, Pookot Lake, Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Watyerfalls, Soochipara Waterfalls and Banasura Sagar Dam. Pondicherry One of the Union territories of Modern India, Pondicherry was once a French Colony. One can p 156 whats the escape? Tirupati Tirupati, a place in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh is a sacred pilgrimage centre. It is about 258 km away from Bangalore. The famous temple of Lord Venkateshwara, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu is situated here on a hill called Thirumala. There are seven hills surrounding Thirumala called the "Sapthagiri". The temple is the busiest pilgrimage centre in the world. Some of the other attractions of Tirupati are Vaikuntha Teertham, Akasaganga Teertham, Chakra Teertham, Japali Teertham, Swami Pushkarini Lake, Sanaka Sanandana Teertham and the Deer Park. still feel the French flavour in Pondicherry. The colonial style French mansions, beautiful boulevards, the promenades, the name of roads and public places etc. still keep the French charm alive. Pondicherry is well known for its lovely beaches. Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville with its quiet, serene atmosphere ensure to enchant the visitors. Other attractions of the place are Raj Nivas � former palace of Dupliex, Botanical Garden, Chunnambar boat house, Museum, Romain Rolland Library etc. The place also has a lot of 18th and 19th century churches to its credit. Pondicherry is also a very good shopping centre and a trip to this place is incomplete without the shopping expedition. Hampi Hampi is a tourist destination in Karnataka with historical importance. It was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. The ruins of the capital city can still be seen and is listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites. The village stands witness to the remains of more than 500 historical monuments along with the temple of Virupaksha. The village is well Ooty Also known as Uthagamandalam, Ooty is popularly known as the 'Queen of Hills Station'. This hill station in Tamil Nadu lies in the Nilgiri Mountains. Ooty is famous for its tea estates. The green mountains, dense forests and the tea gardens that spread across great expanse of land add to the scenic beauty of Ooty. The tourist attractions of Ooty include the botanical garden, Ooty Lake and Boat House, Doddabetta Peak, Ketty Valley, Pykara Falls and lake, Pine forest, and Wenlock Downs. Another popular attraction of Ooty is the metre gauge train that one can board from Mettupalayam to Ooty. Writeto us; preserved on the banks of river Thungabhadra. Hampi is around 350 km from Bangalore. monetize, advertize! Send in your listing details call +9180 4040 2321 / 22 fax +9180 2346 4353 +91 99800 31145 email email@example.com website www.whatsupguide.com to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us for registration on +9180 4040 2321/22 p 158 whats the escape?