10 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In Bangalore, India - Updated 2021

10 Best Neighborhoods To Stay In Bangalore, India - Updated 2021

Bangalore has a built a reputation in India and beyond, as a warm, welcoming and lively city. As a result, young IT and creative professionals, digital nomads, students, families, and expats are making themselves at home in different neighborhoods across the city. Each neighborhood has its own pace of life, atmosphere, and characteristics. For instance, you’ll find plenty to discover in and around the historic neighborhoods of Basavangudi and Malleshwaram. If you’re a reveler, you’ll love the upbeat spirit of Koramangala and Indiranagar, whose concentration of nightclubs, brewpubs, cafes, and street-art murals have captivated the young crowd. Read on for our pick of the best neighborhoods in Bangalore, India.

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1. Koramangala (from USD 14)

Bistro Claytopia in the rain
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Located in the south-eastern part of Bangalore, Koramangala is a hive of activity and a popular neighborhood for young professionals and students. Its tree-lined avenues are home to upscale bungalows, commercial buildings, and startups which are at varying stages of development. Tourists and residents flock to this area as there are plenty of things to do here. Book lovers can visit Atta Galatta that houses over 10,000 titles in several languages. Foodies can enjoy authentic Indian and international fare at one of the many restaurants in the area - an excellent option is Om Made Cafe, where you can savor Indian and European food, while coffee lovers can head to Third Wave Coffee Roasters, which specializes in artisanal coffee. Those who like to party will also be at home here, thanks to the numerous pubs and lounges dotting the area. Some of the popular haunts include Indigo XP, Gilly’s Resto Bar and Social, to name a few. For shopping, Forum Mall is a good option.

Where to stay: Octave Studio Hotel is a great choice for travelers interested in nightlife, food, and sightseeing.

Octave Studio Hotel

Address: 69 1st Main, 7th Block, Koramangala

24-hour front desk Express check-in/check-out CCTV in common areas Parking Free WiFi Fire extinguishers Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Luggage storage

2. Indiranagar (from USD 34)

Costa coffee in Bangalore
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Until a few decades ago, Indiranagar was a residential area with very little going on. However, in recent years, the neighborhood has become the stomping ground of young, trendy millennials. Filled with cafes, pubs, craft breweries and restaurants, it is one of the most socially active places in the city. Head to eateries like Chianti or The Fatty Bao for a sumptuous meal, and if you’re in the mood for a drink, head to 100-Feet Road that is dotted with the popular pubs like Toit and Loft 38. Those who live and breathe music, pop into The Humming Tree, a happening live music spot showcasing live bands and entertainment shows. The shopping scene is also great, from high-street fashion stores selling international and indie labels to independent boutiques offering handicrafts and more. Another thing that makes it a popular locality is its easy connectivity to the rest of Bangalore via metro and buses.

Where to stay: With its convenient location close to the city center, the bloomrooms @ Indiranagar is the best spot to stay on a budget. Rooms come with WiFi, air conditioning and toiletries, while there is also a restaurant on site.

bloomrooms @ Indiranagar

Address: 1136, 100 Feet Road , HAL 2nd Stage , Indiranagar

Safety deposit box Lift Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Smoke alarms Process in place to check health of guests 24-hour security Newspapers Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies

3. Basavanagudi (from USD 35)

Dodda basavanna 3 inside basavangudi

Located in South Bangalore, Basavanagudi is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city that comprised of old architecture and retail businesses dating back to 1920s and 30s. Tourists and locals enjoy walking down its alley and admiring the architecture, which is followed by a visit to the famous 16th-century Bull Temple, otherwise known as Dodda Basavana Gudi. It houses a huge stone monolith idol of Nandi (Hindu Lord Shiva’s mount or vahana) and is perhaps the biggest temple of its kind in the world. Its arterial DVG Road consists of the traditional shopping market called Gandhi Bazaar, which is a must visit. It is dotted with plenty of cloth stores, condiment hawker shops, and flower vendors. While the neighborhood exudes an old-world charm, it has also upped its cool quotient in recent years. Several cafes and eateries have popped up in the area. Legendary Vidyarthi Bhavan is an ideal spot for lunch consisting of vegetarian South Indian dishes, while newer additions like Cafe Mondo and House of Kebabs are equally good.

Where to stay: Springs Hotels and Spa is located near Basavangudi and a perfect base to explore the neighborhood.

Springs Hotels and Spa

Address: 19 H Siddaiah road, Opp Lions Eye Hospital, between JC road and Urvasi

Free WiFi Trouser press ATM/cash machine on site Barber/beauty shop Private check-in/check-out Security alarm Non-smoking rooms Soundproof rooms

4. Whitefield (from USD 57)

DELL Whitefield office - panoramio (2)
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Whitefield was established in the late 19th century as a little community for the Anglo Indians and Eurasians. When the city experienced an IT boom in the late 20th century, the neighborhood became a hub for the Indian technology industry. It is home to the International Tech Park, which houses numerous IT and ITES companies. Apart from that, there are many residential buildings and hotels for young IT professionals and business travelers. Also, there are many ways to unwind after a day at work, including restaurants, pubs, and cafes. For after-work drinks, check out Windmills Brewpub or the Biere Club. Whitefield is also home to Bangalore’s largest mall, Phoenix Marketcity, which houses more than 270 stores, a nine-screen cinema complex, and a sprawling food court.

Where to stay: Four Points by Sheraton hotel is a brilliant option. It ticks every box - think modern rooms, en suite bathrooms, WiFi, rooftop pool, fitness center, a library, and a multi-cuisine restaurant.

Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru Whitefield

Address: #43/3 Whitefield Main Road

Face masks for guests available Terrace Valet parking Express check-in/check-out Shoeshine Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Library Laundry

5. Jayanagar (from USD 109)

Lalbagh Glasshouse night panorama
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Built in 1948, Jayanagar is among the city’s first planned neighborhoods. It is one of the more upscale neighborhoods in Bangalore, where many acclaimed personalities reside, including politicians, South Indian actors, and filmmakers. There’s always something to do here. Environmentalists would be excited to know that the neighborhood is home to a rainwater harvesting theme park that houses 26 types of models of the same, while nature lovers must visit the Lalbagh Botanical Garden nearby. The highlight of the garden is its 19th-century glasshouse established along the lines of the Crystal Palace of London. For food and shopping options in the locality, the 4th and 5th Block areas have some excellent stores and restaurants. When in the vicinity, make sure to drop by Book Bonanza, definitely one of the finest bookstores in the city.

Where to stay: LA Marvella A Sarovar Premiere Hotel is a spacious accommodation with all the mod cons, including rooftop pool, spa, health club and restaurant.

LA Marvella A Sarovar Premiere Hotel

Address: 1, 14th Cross, South-end Circle, 2nd Block, Jayanagar

Adult only Process in place to check health of guests Shared lounge/TV area CCTV in common areas Free WiFi Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Bar Tour desk

6. Marathahalli (from USD 18)

Purva Riviera, Rohan Vasantha and Purva Fountain Square as seen from Rohan Mihira Terrace 8-22-2010 5-00-29 PM
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Marathahalli was once a sedate area with next to nothing to do. But with the construction of the Outer Ring Road, followed by residential buildings and companies, it has transformed into an affirmed hub for working professionals. Also, it’s close proximity to other IT hubs like Electronic City and Whitefield, and an overflow of budget and fine-dining restaurants also adds to the appeal. The shopping scene is also great, with many malls in and around the area - pop into the Brand Factory to grab some branded clothes.

Where to stay: For that boutique hotel vibe without a serious deduction from your bank balance, FabHotel Krishna Boutique Marathahalli is here to save the day.

FabHotel Krishna Boutique Marathahalli

Address: No. 88, Marathahalli Outer Ring Rd, Next to Udupi Prak,

Daily housekeeping Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay 24-hour front desk CCTV in common areas Physical distancing in dining areas WiFi available in all areas Internet services First aid kit available

7. Electronic City (from USD 23)

Twin towers of Bangalore - panoramio
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Electronic City is the main IT hub of the city, with diverse companies, including IT/ITES and biotech campuses housed in the many tower blocks. Well connected by the expressway and NICE road, it is a popular base for professionally minded people who want to stay in a relatively peaceful residential locality that is within easy reach of the companies. You’ll find a good choice of places to eat and drink, and there are entertainment options like Play Factory close at hand if all you want to do is relax after a long day at work.

Where to stay: Hotel Royal Inn is perfect for corporate or leisure travelers. It offers comfortable rooms with a balcony, a restaurant serving Indian and international food, a spa and memorable service.

Hotel Royal Inn - Electronic City

Address: Neeladri Road Electronic City Phase 1 #32 Opposite Uniworld apartment Near Wipro gate 16

VIP room facilities Room service Shops (on site) Shared lounge/TV area Packed lunches Free parking Baby safety gates Designated smoking area

8. Ulsoor (from USD 65)

Ulsoor lake (5392337487)
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Ulsoor, otherwise known as Halasur, is teeming with entertainment and leisure activities for people of all ages. From boating at Ulsoor Lake to marveling at the ancient Someshwara temple dating back to the Chola period, there’s much to explore in this area. Cubbon Park, the largest green space of Bangalore, is located nearby and a perfect spot for nature walks, picnics and winding down. The neighborhood’s many relaxed pubs, cafes, and restaurants including Watson’s and Carnival De Goa, and the dynamic crowds that flock there further add to the area’s attraction.

Where to stay: Conrad Bengaluru is an ideal place for those who want to stay right in the thick of the action. It’s a luxury retreat kitted out with an infinity pool, five dining spots, and rooms with Ulsoor lake views.

Conrad Bengaluru

Address: 25\3 Kensington Road, Off MG Road

First aid kit available Swimming pool toys Pool/beach towels Breakfast in the room Cashless payment available Business centre Concierge service Shoeshine

9. Kammanahalli (from USD 18)

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In recent years, the once-rundown Kammanahalli has become a cosmopolitan hub. Its gentrification has seen international brand chains, retail outlets, restaurants, delis, and trendy cafes pop up in the area, making for a bustling atmosphere. Also, it is among the favorite residential areas for expats, students, and young professionals, considering its close proximity to tech parks and universities.

Where to stay: Shoba Inn-Kammanahalli is the perfect accommodation for families. Ideally located in Kalyan Nagar district, it is close to an amusement park and other entertainment sites in the city.

Shoba Inn-Kammanahalli

Address: #61 CMR Road, HRBR Layout,4 Cross, Kalyan Nagar, Kamanahalli

On-site parking Trouser press Fax/photocopying 24-hour front desk Internet services Contactless check-in/check-out Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed WiFi available in all areas

10. Malleshwaram (from USD 31)

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Named after the 17th-century Kadu Malleshwara Temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, Malleshwaram is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bangalore. From the city’s most vibrant street art to its ancient temples - including the centuries-old Sri Dakshinamukha Nandi Tirtha temple, Malleshwaram is a reigning cultural hotspot in the city. It’s also home to iconic eateries like Veena Stores and MTR that specializes in South Indian food, and shopping spots like Sampige Road that consists of street hawkers and stores selling clothes and accessories to handicrafts, bags, bedspreads, flowers, vegetables and spices. Stop by the Sankey Tank Park nearby for some outdoor fun activities, including boating.

Where to stay: bloom Boutique is perfect for city center exploring. The rooms are modern and bright, and a continental breakfast is served every day.

bloom Boutique | Malleshwaram

Address: No 8, Sampige Road, Near Mantri Mall, Malleshwaram

Explore the distinct neighborhoods of Bangalore

Bangalore is a bustling city brimming with charming neighborhoods. Whether you’re a history buff, art enthusiasts, culture vulture, shopaholic, beer aficionado or a foodie, there is a neighborhood for you. Check out our pick of the best neighborhoods in Bangalore.

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