Bangalore may be the IT city, but it’s filled with hidden gems that keep the culture alive and kicking. Whether it’s Champaca the bookstore hidden in a quaint verandah of a bungalow or Let’s Play climbing station in the basement of the KSFC Bhawan on Cunningham road, these few finds might just lead you down a path of being a culture vulture.
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Hidden away in the quiet lanes of Edwards Road, Champaca is a bookstore, cafe and library space that overlooks an Avocado tree. Hosting a lot of events here, this makes for a great spot to spend your day working or eating some delicious food and reading a book. They even have a dedicated children’s section so you can take your tiny tots along.
Let's Play Climbing Station
The climbing gym is located in the basement of the KSFC Bhawan and is a great space for people to pick up a hobby after work and spend quality time with yourself. If you’re recovering from an injury and feel restricted by your body, the folks running the gym are also physiotherapists and will be able to guide you to climb. You can pick up climbing shoes at the gym along with gear.
Discovery is a clothing store in Ashok Nagar dedicated to vintage and the disco era. With bling and jazz in their apparel, pick up some of their stuff if you want oomph in your wardrobe. They’ll take care of your whole attire including sunglasses, accessories and bags. Located opposite Cathedral High School, you will have to keep an eye out for their signboard.
Kitchen Planet in Thippasandra has supplies that won’t break the bank. Crockery, utensils, storage boxes and gift items made of plastic and ceramic can all be found here. Teacup sets, juicer mixers, pressure cookers and artificial flowers are available here. You will have to keep an eye out on the bustling streets of Thippasandra.
Autumnvilla in Jeevan Bhima Nagar stocks up on fresh flowers, dry flowers, artificial flowers and planters that you can use to decorate your space. Birdcages, aroma diffusers and mason jars will all definitely add beauty to your house. A small store, you better follow Google Maps so you don’t miss it.
Located in the bylanes of Indiranagar, the Haveli will remind you of your ancestral home. With beautiful antique furniture, collectables, murals and period furniture, head on over to add a vintage vibe to your house. They even have Tanjore paintings made back in the 17th and 18th century as well.
Beruru on Lavelle road is a great store for gardening accessories and decor. Patio furniture, plants and planters in brass, terracotta and ceramic start at INR 500. Planters in the shape of Buddhas, elephants and leaves will keep your space in zen mode. The store is located inside Go Native.
Japan Travel Cafe Azuki
Japan Travel Cafe Azuki off Residency Road is like a mini-Japan in the heart of Bangalore that also serves as an informal cultural centre. From being greeted by dolls in traditional clothing to enjoying the posters and art, they offer so much more than food. Try the matcha milk, and omurice bowl, and end with mochi. You can even learn Japanese here.
Urban Magiq in Richmond Town is a one-stop-shop for authentic antique furniture, some of which are over a century old. Lampshades, vases, chess tables and sofas can be found here in beautiful and intricate patterns and designs. You can even sell your old furniture or have it upholstered and upcycled here.