When I arrived in Bangalore I had been told that I would spend my three months of stay in India in one of the less attractive cities of the country, because Bangalore is a place where, apart from renowned companies and prestigious offices, you don’t have much to do in your leisure time.
Now that these three months have passed and my stay in Bangalore is finished, I can tell the people warning of Bangalore being a grey and boring place were totally wrong, for the city has a wide offer of activities to keep your leisure time busy and amusing.
The city of Bangalore (also known as the Silicon Valley of India) is a metropolis of 8 million inhabitants located in the heart of Karnataka State, in the South West part of India, and it is a modern, colorful and vibrant metropolis.
Apart from the large number of MNCs located in the area, which made of Bangalore an important business center, the city is also filled with amenities which are able to satisfy even the most demanding visitors.
If you fancy some shopping there are countless places where you can go. Bangalore is filled with giant malls including Garuda Mall in MG Road and Mantri Square in the Malleshwaram. These giant shopping “oasis” offer a wide selection of goods, ranging from the most fashionable and stylish garments (it is not uncommon to find Valentino shops as well as Gucci and Louis Vuitton boutiques) to an incredible selection of gold items and jewellery.
If you are a fan of street shopping while walking among the crowd and enjoying the art of price negotiation (better learn it!) then a walk through Brigade Road and Commercial Street is a must. These streets are filled with small shops, usually managed by groups of merchants whose primary objective is to show you anything they sell in the shop. So be patient, take your time and be prepared to touch the most marvelous silk, enjoy the view of colorful cotton and be literally buried by pashminas.
In Bangalore it is possible to enjoy all kinds of dishes you can imagine, from local Indian cuisine to a classic dish of spaghetti. For the coffee-addicted you can’t avoid tasting the wide variety of coffee-based beverages offered by the popular chain Matteo Coffea, whose presence is widely spread in any street of the city. The most famous Matteo Coffea shop is located in the area of Indiranagar, and it is always filled with young people chatting loudly and surrounded with loud music.
Indiranagar itself is a place worth a visit, as it is a popular neighborhood, super busy at night, where you can find all types of pubs, bars and restaurants the city can offer, including the very famous pub Toit, where they serve one of the tastiest beers in town, as well as plenty of jazz joints.
In order to guide themselves across the huge selection of restaurants youngsters use a popular mobile app to be up-to-date on the last events and menu selections. The name of this app is Zomato and it reviews many Bangalore places.
If you are lucky enough to make local friends, do spend time with them and try to experience as much Indian lifestyle as you can. Go have lunch together, enjoy a walk in the city and go to the cinema to watch the latest movies (once in India you’ll be surprised by the huge amount of Indian movies available).
If you like going out at night you might be surprised to notice that the city keeps its busy style well beyond 9.00 pm. To enjoy the view of the sunset and celebrate the end of a working day and the start of the evening there is no place more appropriate than the terrace of the 13th floor on MG Road.
With its chairs facing the city it is possible to admire its skyline while sipping a good drink as the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon: magic!