Belonging to the UB Group, UB City is probably one of the biggest landmarks of Bengaluru in present times. This sprawling and urbanized property consist of offices, residential spaces, service apartments and a mall. The towers are namely UB Tower, Concorde, Canberra and Comet. Parking is taken care of completely as there are different levels of parking available to accommodate the heavy car traffic, a problem that the city knows all too well. The property also has been built keeping the green nature of the city in mind, and the architects have done a commendable job with the landscaped gardens that provide much respite to tired eyes. UB City is one of the most expensive spaces in the city, given its prime location but once you enter it, the world seems beautiful and fresh again.
Brigade Road is located between MG and Hosur Road. It is a busy road outlined with numerous commercial centers, shopping complexes, retail outlets, pubs, cafes, cinemas, restaurants and many other venues of interest. It also transforms as the hub for New year celebrations every year. Its the place to be, where despite the heavy traffic, for a stroll while watching out for the happening places of Bengaluru.
Mahatma Gandhi Road popularly known as the M. G. Road is the lifeline of Bengaluru city and is well connected to all the places within. Many prominent establishments and attractions like the Bible Society of India, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Cariappa Memorial Park and Field Marshal Maneckshaw Parade Grounds, all lie along this busy stretch of road. The M. G. Road bus stop is one of the busiest bus stops around. Named after the 'Father of the nation', there is at least one M. G. Road in most of the towns and cities in India. And Bengaluru is no exception to this popularly proven fact.
Characterized by narrow roads and cul-de-sacs that are brimming with local vendors, Chickpet is one of Bengaluru's oldest shopping districts. This bustling street market goes back to the 16th century and is surrounded by several peripheral trading districts. If you happen to venture into Chickpet, sarees and dress materials are what you'll find here at wholesale prices. Team it up with some good ol' street-style trinkets and jewellery. A reasonable dose of haggling may be required if you want to get a good bargain.
Set on a historical battlefield location dating back to the eighteenth century, the K.R. Market is now used for more genteel purposes. K.R Market is short for Krishna Rajendra Market, named to honor one of the erstwhile rulers of the princely state of Mysore. The market is known to be the largest flower market in all of Asia, besides also being recognized for its wholesale commodities trading. This bustling marketplace was first established in 1928 and can be easily recognized today by the swirls of flower garlands that dot the streets everyday.
The Collective brings 60 luxury brands under one roof, making it one of the best luxury shopping destinations in the country. The Bangalore outpost of the chain is located in UB City, where brands like Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Fred Perry and Simon Carter occupy the sprawling space. Peruse through vast collections for men and women, across categories such as jackets, shirts, sweaters, scarves, footwear, hats and several more.
Sri Suryanarayan Art Jewellers on Bengaluru's most popular shopping street, Commercial Street, is a haven for lovers of silver. This cute little shop is decades old and gives its younger competitors a definite run for their money. Named after the grandfather of the present designer of the jewelry, this shop offers an impressive variety in silver accessories. There are pretty earrings, bracelets, anklets, chains, finger rings, neck pieces and a lot more to delight any discerning woman. The display units are practically packed with silver jewelry, both casual and classy. All these are beautifully embellished with pearls and stones to match any dress that you own.
If you find yourself getting restless every time a new stamp or a currency coin is launched, this is the perfect place for you. Located on the Avalahalli Main Road, Thalanki International is the quintessential collectors' paradise offering stamps, currency coins, currency notes, postcards and what not. The store has a formidable collection from various countries and is a haven for philatelists and coin collectors. The store also offers online ordering. Check website for more information.
Touted as the largest secondhand bookstore in India, Blossom Book House stocks nearly 2 lakh used and new book titles, including Kannada literature. This quaint bookstore on Church Street was created by former engineer Mayi Gowda in 2001, and has grown from a small book nook to a three-story powerhouse of literature. Blossom Book House also has an online division, and delivers to 27 cities.