Spending A Day Out In Bangalore

Spending One Day In Bangalore

It just takes experiencing a day in Bangalore to realize how much the city has to offer. Bangalore actually has multiple names, like the Silicon Valley of India, the Garden City and the City of Lakes. Bangalore has become quite famous for its cafes and microbreweries in the last few years. Plus, the city is also adored for its great weather.

Bangalore is an urban melting-pot which has a lot to offer. A single day can never be enough. But if that’s all you had, figuring out where to start can be confusing. Ideally, your day should have a mix of different experiences. So to make the most of your time, here’s how you should be spending one day in Bangalore.

Mornings In Bangalore

There are many beautiful places in and around Bangalore which are perfect to experience the sunrise. There’s one place in particular which will definitely be worth the journey. It’s really worth waking up super early in the morning for this.

Experience Sunrise At Manchanabele Dam

Just about 39 kms away from Bangalore, Manchanabele Dam is located in the town of Magadi. The drive takes about one hour and fifteen minutes. Depending on where you’re staying in Bangalore, the distance can be lesser. But the road to the Dam is really good and enjoyable. You’ll be particularly thrilled when you’re driving through the countryside road, amidst the greenery, especially early in the morning with the cool breeze embracing you.

We would suggest reaching there by 6-6:30 am. Yes, that’s really early but trust us, it will be worth your while. You will surely love the view of the sun rising over Arkavathi river and the hills in the backdrop. Spend a good hour here and then head to Lalbagh main road for some scrumptious south Indian breakfast.

Breakfast at MTR Restaurant In Lalbagh

You might know MTR as the brand that’s famous for their packaged instant food. MTR however, has a rich legacy behind it. They’ve been around since 1924 and their restaurant was shifted to Lalbagh in 1960. Today, it’s arguably the most iconic restaurant in Bangalore. In fact, the existence of the delicious Rava Idli is also thanks to the Maiyas family of MTR.

Be it the variety of dosa, idli, vada, kesari bath or anything else, everything tastes really good. Even the chutney and sambar they serve are very flavorful and authentic. MTR has many restaurants across Bangalore and they’re all pure vegetarian. Do keep in mind that the one in Lalbagh is the original one and it’s often crowded so you might have to wait a little.

Afternoons In Bangalore

By this time, you would’ve definitely started to feel a little hungry. For lunch, the small local restaurants here serve really good food. So don’t underestimate them. But there’s one place we recommend to everyone who goes to Bangalore.

Nagarjuna Restaurant

Our personal favourite for sure, Nagarjuna is that place where we’ve seen groups of Indians and foreigners using their hands to eat food. Where the foreigners keep licking their fingers and constantly say, “man, this is good”. Nagarjuna is a restaurant famous for Andhra-style cuisine, often serving food in a banana leaf. If you want to experience a true food coma, go for their Andhra Meal. They serve generously, but the food being so good makes it hard to stop eating.

We love their fish fry and their spicy Andhra-style chicken starter Pacha Karam Kodi too. Their biryanis are also really delicious. Over the years, we’ve come across a lot of people who have visited Nagarjuna. But we’ve not come across a single person who didn’t like the place. If your spice tolerance is low, do inform the staff first so they can help. The staff here is also really polite and helpful, so that’s a bonus. The nearest outlet would be in Residency Road.

Shopping In Bangalore: Brigade Road & Commercial Street

You need to digest that heavy food you ate. So why not head to either one of the famous shopping streets in Bangalore? Both Brigade Road and Commercial Street are at a walking distance from Nagarjuna at Residency Road. Both these areas have everything from stores of huge brands to tiny street-side shops. You can get clothes, footwear, accessories, electronics and a bunch of things in both these areas.

And there are many street food stalls too in case you feel like munching on something. You will easily get everything from chaat to momos. Visiting these streets is not just good for shopping: it’s also a great way to get a feel of Bangalore and its locals. You can also locate Chai Point nearby and head there to enjoy some warm evening tea or a cool beverage. Do try their Banana Cake for sure.

Evenings In Bangalore

Ulsoor Lake

One of the best ways to start your evening is by visiting the Ulsoor Lake. It’s pretty, it’s famous and it’s not too far from Brigade Road or Commercial Street. We’ll admit, the lake is not half as charming as it used to be a few years ago. For years now, the lakes of Bangalore have been suffering and even dying due to various reasons. Efforts have been made to restore these lakes and maintain them. That’s also one of the reasons to visit Ulsoor Lake – to appreciate what we have. 

Nevertheless, it continues to be a charming lake. Ulsoor Lake also has tiny islands of its own. The lake is popular with both the younger and older generations, and is also a good place for people-watching.

Dinner & Nightlife In Bangalore

Depending on your preference, you can do all of it or just some of it. Bangalore definitely has a lot of great brew pubs and restaurants, so here’s a short list of places you can visit.

Vapour Pub & Brewery (Indiranagar)

They have some nice beers and good pizzas. Their bacon-wrapped prawns are one of our personal favorites. The rooftop area is really nice.

Truffles (Koramangala/Indiranagar)

This place is really famous for their burgers and pastas. They have an All-American Cheeseburger which is insanely delicious.

Nasi & Mee (Koramangala)

If you can afford to splurge a little, go to this place. They serve authentic Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine, amongst others from South East Asia. Nasi & Mee is a little expensive but the food here is so good that it feels worth spending.

Taco Bell (Koramangala)

This might seem like an unconventional choice, but trust us. This is not your typical Taco Bell. It’s a full-fledged restaurant with an open balcony area. Don’t go there if you’re not a smoker or have a problem with that. The menu is interesting, they also serve Bira beers. But for us, the show stopper was the Jack Daniel Milkshake. That’s all we’ll tell you.

Honourable mention – Tharuni Andhra Mess in Koramangala

It’s a very tiny, cheap local place. Super rustic vibes. You might not like the look and feel of the place, but keep an open mind. Their food is good. You get simple but flavorful desi Andhra food.

FAQs

Where Can I Go For A One Day Trip In Bangalore?

Bangalore is packed with things to do, but ensure you check out our list of places from above and tick off at least one place to have some tasty local food (MTR, Nasi & Mee, Nagarjuna), experience the nightlife and beer scene (Taco Bell, Vapour Pub & Brewery), and explore the city (Ulsoor Lake, Bangalore Palace).

How Can I Spend A Day Alone In Bangalore?

When in Bangalore alone, your priority must be your safety and getting back to your hostel or room before it gets too late. Head to one of the mentioned restaurants for lunch, and get in some shopping before you witness the sunset at Ulsoor Lake. Drop in to one of the pubs for a safe beer (don’t overdo it) and keep an eye on the time to head back safely.

Is Bangalore Dangerous?

Bangalore does have a high crime rate, comparable yet lower than that of Delhi and Mumbai. But remember that any metro will have a high crime rate; the city is also constantly bustling with people, so stay away from dark, shady and suspicious areas to remain safe.

Is Bangalore Costly?

Bangalore isn’t particularly costly, and has a range of accommodation and dining options to suit all budgets. How much you spend depends almost entirely on you and your choices.

Where Can Unmarried Couples Stay In Bangalore?

There are several hotels in Bangalore that have no qualms with admitting unmarried couples. In some cases you may have to show identification, but call ahead to ensure there’s no hassle.

Where Can I Go For Long Drive In Bangalore?

Driving around in Bangalore may prove to be a hassle since the city tends to see a lot of traffic. Head out of Bangalore on a half or one day trip for a long drive to places like Manchanabele Dam, Nandi hills, Savandurga Hill or Skandagiri.

What Can Couples Do In Bangalore?

Bangalore is a great place for couples, young or old, married or unmarried. Catch a stellar sunrise at Manchanabele Dam, spend the day eating and shopping, and close the day at one of the breweries or restaurants. The list is endless!

Which Is The Safest Place In Bangalore?

Several residential localities are known for their safety in Bangalore like Koramangala, Indira Nagar and HSR Layout. As a general rule, avoid accommodation that is too far from the bustling corners of the city and stick to the places that are well lit with plenty of people to be safe.

What Should I Not Miss In Bangalore?

Missing the food and the breweries when in Bangalore is practically a sin, so scan through our blog and narrow down on where to go. Alongside, make sure you explore the city to see the Palace, Ulsoor Lake and other sites.

Is It Safe To Walk In Bangalore?

Bangalore is reasonably safe to walk around, especially for women. However, the traffic may test your patience since there can be a lot of it at times.

Is It Safe To Stay Alone In Bangalore?

Yes, Bangalore is a safe city for solitary travelers. But ensure you follow basic safety precautions and avoid attracting trouble.