One of the oldest areas of Bengaluru, Gandhi bazar is said to be the most traditional and an area with a festive look any time of the year. The area also houses many ancient temples, and age-old fruit, vegetable cloth markets, and restaurants. However, the buzzing old-school environment, with its combined fragrance of spices, fruits, vegetables, and flowers, wafting through its by-lanes has gradually made way for brightly-lit modernized retail stores and cafés. A side effect of development one can say. But nevertheless, it continues to bustle as it ever did despite the influx of corporate brands. So let’s look at some of the finest destinations at the locality mostly age-old, few trendy.
Vidyarthi Bhavan is more than just a vegetarian restaurant in Gandhi Bazar. It is an iconic landmark and sentiments of true Bangalorians. VB is a standing symbol of old Bangalore architecture and heritage. It was, and is, where history has been written, is being written, and will be written. The crisp ‘Benne Masala Dose’ along with saagu-masale and spicy coconut chutney washed down with their fresh aromatic filter coffee is real bliss.
Along with doseys they have poori-saagu, idli sambar, uppittu, chow-chow bath, and rave vade as their short menu but with an exceptional an exemplary taste like nowhere for sure. Vidyarthi Bhavan was primarily started for students, as the name suggests. But its popularity increased, and today it witnesses celebrities from all fields who brainstorm over their doseys and coffee.
Dodda Ganapathi Temple
Also called ‘Dodda Basavana Gudi’ is situated in Bull Temple Road. This is an iconic milepost of the town. The 16th-century Hindu temple contains a gigantic sculpture of the sacred bull carved out of granite. And hence the road is named after it as ‘Bull Temple’ and likewise the locality as ‘BasavanaGudi’. The temple is inside a park called Bugle Rock. The bull is the sacred Hindu god called Nandi. Dodda Basavana Gudi is said to be the biggest temple to Nandi in the world.
The stone monolith idol of Nandi is continually covered with new layers of benne (butter) which is a real visual treat. The groundnut fair is held at the temple premises every year and groundnut is offered to the deity. This fair is known as ‘Kadalekaayi Parishe’ which is a great carnival of the town. p\People from across the country come over to watch this wonderful fair with stalls all around.
Who doesn’t love to eat at a cafe that not only serves delicious South Indian food but also at extremely moderate prices? SLN is one of Bengaluru’s exceptional eatery with authentic south Indian breakfast eats and known for its flavourful Veg Pulao. The ‘Green Masala Dosey’ and ‘Mini Meals With Ragi Balls’ served here are highly recommended. It is a small restaurant with a very simple set up but offering dishes with an exceptional taste like nowhere. Having Namma SLN’s super crisp Masala Doseys and super soft, piping hot idlis early in the morning is real bliss indeed!.
Treating the sweet-toothed lovers to an amazing variety of baked goodies is epic Ganesh bakery of the town. This bakery cum patisserie set shop offers mouth-watering delicious baked treats. It serves pure-vegetarian treats such as cakes, pastries, cookies, snacks, puddings, mousse, cheesecakes and muffins. Having served a plethora of customers since its inception, it has secured staggering patronage from the local residents living in and around Basavanagudi. The bakery also showcases its expertise in the skillful art of designing artisanal and bespoke cakes. Some of the must-haves are Blueberry Cheese Cakes, Choco Doughnut, Sinaasapple, Melting Chocolate, Choco Hazelnut, Chocolate Trifle Mousse and Fresh Fruit Muffin etc.
Mahalakshmi Tiffin Room
Mahalaxmi Tiffen Room (or MLTR as its fondly known) is more than half a century old, still in its old-world ambiance or savor, with delectable, authentic south Indian idli-dose-vada on offer. MLTR has been the center for many a literary discourse, in a setting that’s charmingly old-world. The ambiance is reminiscent of old Bangalore, actually having nostalgia on offer!. The Benne Masala Dosa, Vada Sambar, Bisi Bele Bhaath, Gulab Jamun are the highlight of the Tiffin room and a must try.
As the name suggests, this place is known for its Puliyogare which is an amazing tangy rice dish containing peanuts to give a crunch. They also excel in other South Indian dishes like Sakkare Pongal, Idlis, Dosas, and Karnataka favorites like Uppitu. The iconic Puliyogare dished up here is something which people are crazy about coming from across the city just to have a mouthful of it. Besides Puliyogare the food point also serves some fantabulous varied dosas among which the ‘Benne Masala Dosa’ and crisp ‘Rava Dosa’ are the most populous ones and the best of all which is, of course, a must try.
Venkateshwara North Karnataka Hotel
An exemplary old charm restaurant serving best north Karnataka food. They serve pure vegetarian food which are typical cuisines of different villages from North Karnataka. The not very sophisticated restaurant owns courteous staff providing great service to the customers. They make incredibly tasty Shenga Pudi, Jolada Rotti and Mensinakayi Bhajji which gives you the authentic taste of north Karnataka food. The hotel is known for its hygienic, tasty, moderately priced cuisines. People crave for the soft jawar roti meals dished up here which is extremely delightful. A must try to all the north Karnataka food lovers out there.
It is a dhaba cum restaurant, and this place will not fail to take you back to the roots of Punjab. With its fusion theme, the place attracts a lot of foodies. Along with a Sufi ambiance and folk decor, this place serves North Indian and Rajasthani buffet. This is a pure vegetarian restaurant that serves you complete traditional food. The restaurant is at its best with a fine blend of the traditional set up with modern amenities. Highly recommended place for family gatherings. And the best place for fine dining with friends or family with its colorful and vibrant ambiance around.
Redberrys handcrafted Italian Ice Cream
A wonderful cool joint in Gandhi Bazar where you could relish yummy bakery products and fast food. The ambiance is totally cool and refreshing being perfect to hang out with friends, without burning a hole in your pocket. The dense, Italian style gelato with a rich, creamy texture offered here is simply awesome. You can also have some yummy masala fries and mind-blowing delicious ice creams. The ice creams served here with natural flavors or the delicate fruit flavor intensified with the delectable fresh cream is truly delightful. The Ferrero Rocher flavored Gelato, and Manhattan Burger served here are a must try.
UD RotiGhar & Cake Ghar
U D RotiGhar is an age-old, iconic dining restaurant serving a variety of delicious preparations. It is praised for its stylish presentation perfect for anyone looking forward to satisfying hunger pangs with tasty and hygienic rotis. They offer wide varieties of rotis with all of them being incredibly tasty. The restaurant hosts a diverse menu including mouthwatering North Indian and South Indian cuisines. They also have Plantain leaf food service section as well. With a splendid ambiance, the service and food served here is of the highest quality. A great restaurant to hang out with friends and family for perfect lunch and dinners. To all the roti lovers Gandhi Bazar Roti Ghar is a must try.
So, this was about the best of Gandhi Bazar. Of course, the list of things to do in Gandhi Bazar goes on and on. If you have any favorites in the area then do let us know about them in the comments below.