India’s tech city, Bangalore is hopping with good vibes. So much more than the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India, there’s countless things to do in Bangalore.
Want to eat incredible street food? Check. What about haggle at a colourful market, or take pretty photos of fresh flowers? Check, and check. Bangalore also has culture in buckets, as well as a great food and drink scene.
These are the unmissable things you simply have to experience in this fun city.
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1. Have a feast at VV Puram (Food Street)
The city’s one-stop area for tasty street food, VV Puram has over 20 food stalls that serve up the best snacks you’ll find in the city.
From North Indian cuisine to local treats, you won’t leave here hungry. Check out the best street food to try in Bangalore here.
2. Stroll through Cubbon Park
Officially called Sri Chamarajendra Park, this 1870 pretty-as-a-picture park has landscaped gardens. There’s a cute farmers market every sunday, and you’ll often happen on an outdoor yoga class.
Bangalore is also called the ‘Garden City of India’, and once you stroll through this peaceful oasis you’ll understand why.
3. Visit Bangalore Palace
Bangalore Palace is a 19th-century Tudor/Gothic palace that was inspired by Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. There’s pretty Victorian furniture, unique artefacts and paintings that perfectly show what life was like in the old Indian dynasty.
You could easily spend 2-3 hours here, and the entrance fee for foreigners is INR 460.
4. Check out the flowers at KR Market
Bangalore’s largest wholesale flower market is at the junction of Krishnarajendra Road and Mysore Road. The market quicks off super early in the morning, so try get here first thing for the full experience of the local bargaining.
Bursting with colour, you’ll find every shade and variety of flower you can ever imagine at this hectic market. It’s a photographer’s dream setting.
You can also book a guided walking tour of the market here.
5. Enjoy a night out in the ‘Pub Capital of India’
Bangalore has a great choice of bars and pubs, if you’re looking for a night out on the town. From hip hop nights to rooftop bars with panoramic views, you’d be crazy to visit Bangalore and not enjoy a drink.
Check out our guide to the best Bangalore bars here.
6. Shop ’til you drop at Ghandi Bazaar
Take a walk through the delightfully hectic Ghandi Bazaar if you want to do some shopping. You’ll pick up local spices, delicate silk sarees and other interesting goods.
There’s also some great food vendors serving up Masala Chai and Dosas if you need some refreshments. A classic Indian shopping district that’s well worth a visit.
7. Visit the National Gallery of Modern Art
A treasure trove of modern art, this art museum is housed in a historic colonial mansion that’s almost as beautiful as the artworks within. Discover paintings, sculptures, graphic prints and examples of early photography in India, which showcase the historical development of modern art in India.
Foreigners have to pay an entrance fee of INR 500.