Live like a local: Bangalore

The fourth in our ‘Live like a local’ series that tries to give you the insider scoop to what the long term residents love about their city. Read our Mumbai and Delhi posts also!

colourful nightlife, clubs in Bangalore Nightlife in India

Where to stay

Villa Camelot. Hosts Yamini and Raghu will offer you more hospitality than the average Bangalorean is used to, but their cosy three-storey in Whitefield blends in seamlessly with the homes of the upper-middle class that bought up the plots when the city was still young.

Have a cup of coffee and one of the many chill coffee shops while you read a book or work

What to eat
Bangalore is a haven for India’s beer lover. The breweries blossoming on every corner epitomize the cooler-than-cool vibe of the city with 60s tunes piped gently into the dimly lit interiors. Toit, Biere Club and Biere Street will make for a great start. Get your fill of a deep-fried South Indian breakfast at Benne Masala Dosa at CTR or Airlines Hotel, go to Faanoos Siddique Kebab or Misbah Kebabs near Johnson market for seekh kebabs, veal, and other Mughlai food. Chicken wing-y finger are best licked at Plan B. Get at least one plate of Ice-cream at corner house, not because they’re mind-melting, but because it’s just what people do. Burgers at Thulp Cafe. Roadside momos.

Delicious meat treats, Street food in Bangalore, Live like a local Juicy kebabs at Shivajinagar, Bangalore

Where to go

The Bangalore garden city is slowly being mismanaged into environmental oblivion, so pack a picnic and head to Cubbon Park while you still can. If you’re up for a trek and don’t mind sharing the view with hundred-odd other tourists, drive up to Nandi Hills. Book lovers, carve out a whole day for Blossom Book House. Indiranagar is a hub of night-time activity from plays and sketches to stand up and live music. If the night still seems to stretch endlessly ahead of you, we recommend Pebble to dance on the grass under the stars.

peaceful lush green parks Cubbon Park

What to say

Kannada gothilla. It means ‘I don’t know Kannada’. Not that you’ll be required to speak it, most shopkeepers and auto drivers speak basic English. Call anybody boss for a quick response.
Bonus tips:
  • If your auto driver won’t use the meter, get out. Radio cabs are a much safer bet, they cost the same for none of the hassles
  • If you want to start a conversation with a local, compliment the weather. They will embrace you as one of their own

    green and yello cabs Bangalore rick captured in motion, speeding!

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2 responses to “Live like a local: Bangalore
  1. Hello Indiasomeday Team.
    I came to Bangalore few months back. I must say its a dream place. Here are few points i like to mention about bangalore.
    1. Bangalore has an awesome climate.
    2. A very good Industry for job seekers.
    3. All the facilities you would expect in metro.
    4. Finally kind hearted people