There are a few localities in Bengaluru which have become the part of city’s culture and heritage from ages. They are so inherent that in its every lane, you will experience the gray fragrance of the city’s legacy. One such bustling areas of Bengaluru is Rajajinagar. It is a residential locality in the west of Bengaluru bordered by Basaveshwaranagar, Malleshwaram, Mahalakshmi Layout, and Vijayanagar. Being regarded as the most liveable place in the city, Rajajinagar is beautifully gingerbread in its old charm. From hotels, street food, art galleries, to cultural hubs and shopping, the area is padded with a lot of things. Here we are with a list of things to do in Rajajinagar in today’s read.
Brahmin’s Thatte Idli
Located just next to Rajajinagar Metro Station, Brahmin’s Thatte Idli is a go-to place for the local residents. It is a small joint which serves awesome Bengaluru food. Their menu includes Thatte Idli, Idli-Vade, Puliyogre, Kesari bath coupled with super-awesome Chutney and Sambar.
Open: 7 AM – 12 PM and 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: 22,1st A Main Road, Near Metro Station, Mahalakshmi Layout, Rajajinagar
If you want to chill out with your friends relishing some good food then come to this place. It is one of the most happening places in Rajajinagar blessed with a great ambiance. It is a rooftop pub and probably one of a kind in Rajajinagar. Be it a friend’s party or just a simple weekend hangout; one can easily bet on Stories.
Open: 12 PM – 1 AM
Where: 77, West of Chord road, beside Mahalakshmi layout metro station, 1 St block, Rajajinagar
The popular Isckon temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is right here in Rajajinagar. A beautiful place to walk in. The entire vibe of this temple is filled with the essence of Krishna to its fullest. A sacred place which is well-maintained and is one of the noted places to visit in Rajajinagar.
Where: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru
If you love Arabic food and wish to try something new in Non-Veg then you can choose Al-Bek. Grilled Chicken, Karara Chicken, Biriyani and Shawarma would be the best orders. On the other hand, you can also try their Murugh Masala and Butter Chicken. Please note this place is not recommended for Vegetarians as they have limited options in Veg.
Open: 1 PM – 11 PM
Where: C Block, MKK Road, towards Basaveshwara Nagar, Rajajinagar
Rajajinagar and the surrounding areas have no such great seafood restaurants but we are blessed with Kadai. It is a normal hotel run by Mangaloreans and Kerala native people. Here, you can choose from different varieties of Kane fish, Fish Rawa, Crabs, Chicken items to Fish thaali and delicious vegetarian foods.
Must try – Fish thaali and Anjal
Price – Rs. 700 for two (Approximate)
Where: Opp to Modi hospital, towards Basaveshwara Nagar, Rajajinagar main road, Bengaluru
Military Hotels of Rajajinagar
The meaty and toothsome Kaima Curry and steaming hot biriyanis from Bengaluru’s military hotels are the ones you must taste before you die. What an Aroma! When you are in Rajajinagar, you have two noted Military hotels; Prashanth Hotel and Maruti Hotel. Both the hotels are equally good, serving the authentic Naati style non-veg food.
Prashanth Hotel: 12th Main Road, 3rd Block, Near Swathi Gift Centre, Rajajinagar
Sri Maruti Hotel : 2nd Block, Rajajinagar, opp to SBI Bank
Pani Weds Puri
1 Plate, 9 Puri and each Puri with a unique Pani. Have you ever tasted this? If you haven’t then visit Pani Weds Puri located on Rajkumar Road of Rajajinagar. Every time having the same taste sounds bizarre and sometimes it is good to try offbeat things.
Open: 12PM – 10 PM
Where: 2nd Block, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru.
There are some who always long to help others. And if it is about a language, then there is no need to speak about special interest. You can find a similar situation in the life of D N Guruprasad. He heard complaints about the non-availability of stores selling Kannada books from neighbors. So, he opened this Aakruti Book Store on 1 January 2011 for the citizens who are in Northern Bangalore. He gave up his software job to run the store.
The store sells Kannada books, rare ones as well the new novels. Do you stay near Bashyam Circle, Rajajinagar? Then you can shop at this unique bookstore. There is no need to go to Majestic to buy Kannada books in Avenue Road or elsewhere. For further information, call the number 080- 23409479.
O.G Variar Bakery
This is one of the legendary outlets of Bengaluru and you can’t take any chance to miss this. Because of the quality and price, Variar Bakery has become a crowd favorite in the city. Everything here is perfectly baked and with the very aroma, I can say that this item is from Variar.
Must-Have: Rusk, Apple Cake, Veggie Puffs, Sweet buns, Khara Bread, Salt and Sweet Biscuits, Fruit Puff, and Potato Bun.
Open: 9AM – 9 PM
Where: 12th main, 2nd Block, Rajajinagar.
If you are looking for a simple Andhra meal then opt for Bhojanam of Nadhana Palace that consists of White rice, gunpowder, ghee, akkurapappu, vepudu, sambar, rasam, majjige pulusu, perugu, fried chillies, appalam, special pachadi, gongura pickle, mango pickle, and a sweet. For non-veg lovers, they have yummy Nellore chicken biriyani, Hyderabad mutton biriyani and other cuisines on the menu. It is a place of one bite and your taste buds come back to your life.
Open: 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM and 7 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: No 15, 5th Main, Shivanagar, Opposite-Power House, WOC, 3rd Block, Rajaji Nagar
One of the finest and highly rated hotels in Bengaluru for North Karnataka food. It has anything and everything to Karnataka food you wish to eat. There will be breakfast till 11:45 AM and lunch starts at 12:30 PM. The typical North Karnataka meal here include Jowar Roti, Brinjal Curry, Lentils Rice rasam, two chutneys, Buttermilk, and Curd. I have never heard anything negative about this restaurant except the crazy crowd during weekends.
Must Have: Jolad roti meal
Open: 7 AM to 4 PM and 5 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Near Navarang Theater, Rajajinagar
Kuravatti Basaveshwara Khanavali
One of the best food points in Rajajinagar Nagar to quench your thirst for North Karnataka food. This Khanavali is famous among the local patrons and has been into this business from years. From Roti, Holige, to Sweet dishes Kuravatti Basaweshwara Khanavali gets you the aroma of authentic North Karnataka food from the kitchen of Kuruvatti (a place in North Karnataka).
Must-Have: Rotti, Akki Rotti, and Coconut Holige
Open: Open: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Where: Bovi Colony, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru
Prasanna Veeranjaneya Temple
Being one of the popular attractions of the city, Sri Prasanna Anjaneya temple hosts the gigantic idol of Lord Hanuman; 22 feet in height and 16 feet in width. One of the most spectacular events is the “Benne-Alankara” (Butter decoration) which is usually conducted in August, during which the gigantic idol is decorated with more than 500 kg of butter (which is donated by thousands of devotees).
Where: 4th Main Road, Mahalakshmipuram Layout, Mahalakshmi Layout, Bengaluru.
We all know about the Hotel Empire and it is one of the popular restaurants in Bengaluru. Recently, they have opened their branch in Rajajinagar. There is no second thought about the food being served or the hospitality offered. So, when you are here, we recommend you to try their Grilled Chicken, Basa Fish, Popcorn Chicken and of course, Chicken Kebabs (empire’s special).
Open: 12 PM – 11 PM
Where: 701, Sri Lakshmi Narayana Arcade, West of Chord Road 2nd Stage, Modi Hospital Road, Mahalakshmi Puram, Rajajinagar
Barbeque nation is one hell of an experience if you are a hardcore foodie. A place made for a family lunch/dinner has a luxurious ambiance with a lot of options on their menu. A table booking is recommended or you can just walk in during non-peak hours. Some of the special items we liked are grilled pineapple, grilled chicken, grilled potatoes, Pan Icecream, Honey Cake, and Rotis. One should really have a big stomach to try everything which is available here.
Open: 12 – 3 PM and 6:30 – 10:30 PM
Where: 18, 19 & 20, West Gate Mall, Golden Heights, Doctor Rajkumar Road, Rajajinagar
From food & dining to entertainment & leisure, Orion Mall has four floors of retail space which includes shopping zones, multiplex, food courts and gaming points. A fabulous place to walk in.
Where: Brigade Gateway, 26/1 Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram West, Bengaluru
Malleswaram or Malleshwara is easily one of the most beautiful localities of Bengaluru with a lot of positive vibes and excitement packed for you. The very ambiance of this locality is so enticing that it can make you fall in love with it at your first sight.
Ramachandrapuram is one of those secret shopping nooks situated in the bylanes of okalipuram is a heaven for fabrics and textile shopping. You will be amazed to see that fabrics here are sold in kilos at Rs.300 – 400 and the most loved thing about this place is the availability of modern prints and upholstery fabric. Not only fabrics, you can also buy towels, mats, cushion covers, shirts, trousers and more. It is all in surplus here and the choice you have is limitless. If you are lucky then you can find branded clothes from Lee, Levis, and Wrangler for a throwaway price.
Tip: Take someone who had been to this place before and have a lot of patience else you will miss the great deals.
Nearest Metro: Sri Rampura
So, this was our list of things to do in Rajajinagar. If we have missed any places then please let us know in the comments below.
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