Jayanagar lets you do old-timey Bangalore as only Jayanagar can. The planned locality is known – rightly so – for its iconic food, its markets, and its plethora of parks. Navigate by the mains and crosses, and you’ll never be lost.

Here’s our guide to one of our favourite neighbourhoods in the city.

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You come to Jayanagar for the cult eateries which’ve built their reputation on single dishes.

Cool Joint

Nondescript and unabashedly no-frills, Cool Joint is always bursting at the seams with patrons – typically hungry students on dates – who will hold out for the sandwiches and ice creams. Try the grilled cheese-tomato sandwich and wash it down with a glass of watermelon juice. Marvel at the things you can do here with just INR 100.

Where: 30th Cross, 11th Main, Near Mayura Bakery, 4th Block, Jayanagar

When: 10am-11pm

Contact: 080 41210004

Ganesh Darshan

Another joint in the area with a forgettable name and unforgettable food. They’re known for their masala dosa, but their akki rottis and ragi rottis are also excellent picks.

Where: 244, 27th Cross, 9th Main, 3rd Block, Jayanagar

When: 7am-10pm

Contact: 080 41505554

Rotti Mane

With a name like that, you probably know what you’re in for. If you’re seeking the finest fare from North Karnataka – including ragi rottis and jowar rottis – here is where you need to be.

Where: 2, 40th Cross, 5th Main Road, Jayanagar

When: 11am-4.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm

Contact: +91 9008829029

Maiya’s

The dosas are revelatory, as is the coffee; ardent devotees of the thali will also do well to make a beeline for this decades-old institution.

Where: 459/30, 30th Cross Road, IV Block, 7th Main, Jayanagar

When: 7am-10.30pm

Contact: 080 43414400

Taaza Thindi

More of the south Indian fare that Jayanagar renders so excellently. But it’s not run-of-the-mill by any means: the brief menu at Taaza Thindi contains all sorts of treasures, including an unforgettable khara bhath.

Where: 1004, 26th Main road, Jayanagar 4th T Block

When: 7am-noon, 4.30pm-9.30pm; all days.

Contact: +91 7676208899

Rajvardhan Foods

Craving sabudana vada and shrikhand instead of idli-sambar? Rajvardhan Foods is there for you. This modest establishment has been supplying the city with a short-and-sweet list of Maharashtrian favourites.

Where: 1291, 25th Main, 9th Block, Jayanagar

When: 11am-8pm; Tue-Sun

Contact: +91 9886303088

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There’s plenty to shop at Jayanagar – from terracotta crockery to Khadi saris.

Jayanagar Shopping Complex

Jayanagar Shopping

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The big daddy of old-school shopping. The Jayanagar 4th Block Complex {which rose, phoenix-like, from a fire a few years ago} is a treat to the window-shopper and the errand-shopper alike. Puja items, books, clothes, vegetables – it’s a veritable chitranna. {Didn’t catch the reference? Look out for our upcoming lingo guide.}

Where: 4th Block, BDA Shopping Complex, Jayanagar

Maati Terracotta

Shashi Bagchi’s terracotta store is an ode to the functionality and aesthetics of “cooked earth”. From sample decorative pieces to utensils, you’ll find it all here.

Where: 358/1, Siddapura Rd, 1st Block, Jaya Nagar East, Jayanagar.

When: 10am-7pm

Contact: +91 9886105432

Find them on Facebook here.

Grameena Angadi

GrameenAngadi

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As the name suggests, it’s all things rural here; Grameena Angadi carries pottery, other handicrafts, wooden games, handlooms and khadi textiles, and herbal and organic fare.

Where: 8, 11th Main Road, 39th A Cross, Jayanagar 4th T Block

Contact: 080 22441835

Check out their website here.

Metaphor Racha

The Khadi enthusiast will truly find the area a treat. Metaphor Racha are fans of the fabric’s versatility, and sell khadi jackets, stoles, and saris besides kurtas and tunics.

Where: 175/1, Pavilion Street, 1st Block East, Jayanagar

When: 10am-8pm; Thur-Sun.

Contact: +91 9741973604

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

The Summer House

This boutique primarily retails online, but you can write them a letter or visit their studio during one of their pop-ups. They’re known for their focus on minimalism and slow-living. Expect skirts, tops, dresses and shorts.

Where: 4025/26, 6th Cross, 7th Block West, Jayanagar

Contact: Call +91 9820428314.

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

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It’s hard to walk down a road without running into a music or dance teacher of some sort, and several authors have made the area their home. Keeping that in mind, here are some of the landmarks of the area.

{We’re also keeping an eye on Books Bonanza, a second-hand bookstore that has announced it might reopen in the area after a hiatus; stay tuned.}

JSS Auditorium

JSS Auditorium

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From wholesome dance and music to stand-up comedy and puppet festivals, this venue is quite the cultural hub.

Where: 1st Main, 38th Cross, Kanakapura Road, Jayanagar 8th Block

Contact: 080 229701230

Radel Electronics

The manufacturers of every classical musician’s trusty accompaniment – the shruti box or electronic tanpura – have set up shop in the area. You can also explore a range of other digital musical instruments, such as an electronic veena and an electronic tabla.

Where: 217, 8F Main Road, Jayanagar 3rd Block

Contact: 080 33059714

Nritarutya

The well-known dance company offers lessons in contemporary and classical dance.

Where: 475, 1st floor, 39th ‘C’ cross, 9th Main, 5th Block, Jayanagar

Contact: +91 9916072270

Price: Classes start at INR 300 {approx.}

Music House

The musically inclined can find instruments such as keyboards, violins, and guitars here, as well as a range of percussion instruments such as bongos and maracas. If you have a broken guitar or a piano that needs tuning, they take care of repairs as well.

Where: 25, 100-Feet Ring Road, 5th block, Jayanagar

Contact: +91 7829004321, +91 8792888866

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Even if the gentle pace of life here encourages languor, there’s plenty to see and do in Jayanagar.

Jayanagar Jaguars

This local running group is contagious in its enthusiasm for running across all forms, be it half-marathons, fun runs, or a recent run up and down Nandi Hill. They also conduct regular practice and training sessions.

Contact: 9986071806 or email jjsrunning@gmail.com.

Find them on Facebook here.

Nandanavana Park

Even among Jayanagar’s several parks, the Nandanavana Park stands out for its kid-friendliness: toddlers and children can play on slides, tunnels, and other activities. Even better? It’s all for the princely sum of INR 5.

Where: 38th Cross Road, 18th Main Road, 4th T block, Jayanagar

Jayanagar Rising

Jayanagar Rising

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Taking after popular groups such as The Ugly Indian, Jayanagar Rising is a group of residents who conduct “spot fixes” in and around the area. You can sign up to volunteer, suggest spots to be fixed, or simply stay informed about the group’s activities.

Contact: Sign up to volunteer on their Facebook page. You can also email jayanagarrising@gmail.com.

Yediyur Lake

Yediyur Lake

Source: Nikhil Baliga

This lake has plenty of history to it: some accounts suggest it goes back as far as 1,400 years. Joggers, walkers, and residents favour the lake for a tranquil stroll.

Where: Yediyur, Kanakpura Road, Jayanagar

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