Svāgata! Welcome to Namma Bengaluru. An intriguing, bustling and overwhelmingly chaotic city, Bengaluru is one worthy capital of Karnataka. Feel the pulse of the spirited city with contradictions and surprises tucked away in its every nook and cranny.
Sliced into two halves - Bangalore has something of a split personality. The 'Silicon Valley of India', with its booming tech startups, corporate hubs and the birthplace of most IT giants like Infosys, Wipro, TCS and so on, is also known as the Garden City of the country for its lush green gardens spread across the place. A corporate hotbed with acres and acres of green parks and public spaces and pleasant weather all throughout the year, all seamlessly blend in and conspire to make Bangalore one of the most livable cities across the country.
With eateries, activities and places to explore aplenty, the city has got something to suit every taste. Either way, no matter your preferences, here are some of the best-kept secrets of the city you are about to uncover.
1. Flights Of Fancy
What to do in Bangalore is not a question you ask if you are a jazz lover or to the very least appreciate it. Walk your blues away over some old-school jazz, food and tête-à-tête at these eclectic jazz clubs in the city. With well-stocked bars, dim lighting and an array of jazz artists swaying you away with their music, these clubs seem to put you under a magic spell with their infectious energy and atmosphere. To name a few, Take 5, B Flat, The Humming Tree, and Windmills Craftworks are sure to delight you with that authentic dose of jazz.
2. Pop-culture Haven
Go berserk at the Animation Souk in Church Street, a place for all the pop-culture fanatics out there. The store goes beyond its name and sells all the pop-culture-based merchandise under one roof. From The Beatles to Naruto, they all find their ways in the store. And, of course, what's a pop-culture store without DC, Marvel, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter merchandise? From iconic movies' merchandise like The Fight Club or Scarface to the popular TV series ones, you name it - they have it! Head to the store for the hand-painted posters by the artist who does merch for the Bangalore Comic Con. With so many merch to pick from, here's one more to the wishlist for all the pop-culture aficionados out there.
3. Sweet Fix
With Instragrammable nooks and exciting new flavours every day, this ice cream parlour in Indiranagar is always there to satisfy your sweet tooth. Run by an Italian family, Milano Ice Cream with its assortment of unique new flavours, is a very popular joint for gelatos. When it comes to gelato, trust them Italianos. Milano Ice Cream is run by Giancarlo Segalini who takes care to see to it that the gelato is fresh and of good quality. The place regularly introduces new flavours and phases out the old ones, so you would want to go back again and again. From their Quella, Mascarpone gelatos to Whiskey Irish Creme gelato with undertones of the alcohol, each one is different and savoury in its own unique way.
4. A Starry Night
This is a hidden gem in the city for the hopeless romantics or the movie buffs. The folks at Under the Stars host open-air film screening under the stars! Cuddle up and watch cult movies at this secret drive-in cinema in the city. It is no less than a pipe dream, being out in the open on a starry night with popcorn and blankets. Get down to the nitty-gritty of bookings and show timings at their official website.
5. Mystique Of The Antique!
If you have a love for things old, then we know just the place for you. Get a dose of the old world charm and timeless pieces at this antique store on Kamraj Road. The Qurio City Shop hosts a range of antique items orphaned by their original owners and some entirely obsolete. The store is an antique lover's treasure trove. It is easy to fall in love with the shop because it is so full of character. From woodworks to buttons, super 8 mm movies of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, vinyl records, wall clocks, phones, rare posters, and so much more, the shop is a vintage collectors' Disneyland.