Ten-Second Takeaway

Cinnamon offers beautiful prêt clothing and home decor if you’re looking to step out of Bangalore without ever really leaving. Check out their boutiques-filled courtyard if you’re looking to be spoiled for choice — from kidswear to designer wear.

Add Spice To Your Life

What was once a 19th-century orphanage, started and run by philanthropist Rai Bahadur Arcot Narrainsawmy Mudaliar, this bungalow now serves as the home to Cinnamon The Store. Founded in 1999 by Abhishek and Radhika Poddar, the property was purchased over and rebuilt into its current-day state by architect Soumitro Ghosh. The couple also owns Tasveer art gallery, so you know the aesthetics will be on point! Expect a beautiful pebble-lined driveway that leads up to the store, and antique doors serving as their garden decor and up-cycled interiors for a retro feel.

A Touch Of Charm

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Inside Cinnamon you will find some of the finest Indian design labels such as Pero, Aavaran, Vivek Narang and Eko to name a few. They carry a selection of well-curated clothing: cotton and silk dresses, tops, jackets, saris, scarves and palazzo pants, in hues of indigo to bold block prints. They also have a wonderful range of trendy home decor, from kitchenware to upholstery for the living room and your bedroom. If you’re looking for some quirky range of knick-knacks, check out their handmade papier mâché crows, or their bronzed peepal tree statues.

The store also stocks jewellery, comprised of their in-house brand, handmade in Karnataka. You won’t know which direction to look at first — think modern aesthetics with antique touches. Not content with being a regular boutique, Cinnamon has taken it one step forward, turning its beautiful courtyard {complete with natural sunlight filtering in, giant urns and stately pillars} as a gateway to a bunch of other boutiques it hosts . At the heart of the courtyard is Cafe Cassia, run by chef Abhijit Saha {Of Fava and Caperberry restaurants} who specialises in light and healthy mediterranean food.

Small Shop Jason + Anshu

Featuring a range of silks and cottons, this Bangalore-based boutique run by Jason Cheriyan and Anshu Arora offers up gorgeous, hand-painted clothing in natural fibres. We found a lovely floating organza dress, which had a very wearable and elegant floral aesthetic to it. Check out their colourful range of children’s clothing {dresses and tops, mostly} if you’re looking for something cute and whimsical for your little girl.

Rasa

Rasa carries a lovely assortment of soft cotton and luxurious silks. From bedding {sheets, quilts, pillows} to apparel {kurtis, tops, dresses}, everything is made in Jaipur in contemporary hand block prints and intricate embroidery. From dusted gold to striking teal, you can find a plethora of colours to choose from.

Ahilaya

This clothing boutique from Bombay has been around since the 60s, and carries a range of beautiful kurtis for women, as well as tops and dresses for children. Available in every colour of the rainbow {and arranged that way, too!}, they heavily feature Lucknowi Chikan work, batik and Kalamkari prints.

Raw Mango

Sanjay Garg’s iconic saree label creates contemporary, handcrafted textures using traditional Indian handloom techniques. They are best known for their ethereal Chanderi and Banarasi sarees, and their well-crafted blouses — bold colours {from gold to fuchsia}, rich silks and exquisite craftsmanship is what dictates Raw Mango. You can expect clean and simple lines, classic motifs and modern touches {bell-sleeved blouses, anyone?}. This branch is the only stand-alone store in all of South India!

Almirah

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If you’re looking for adorable children’s {ages 0-14 months} clothing and accessories, don’t miss out on this store. They use organic cotton for everything, and offer clothes with fun prints in animal patterns, comfortable tie-dye bedding, mulmul booties, and fashionable carry bags in colourful, whimsical designs. Read more about Almirah here.

Sacred Lotus

Carrying mostly contemporary western wear and yoga clothing, you can expect colourful, stylish and comfortable clothing at very reasonable prices. Get in the exercise mood with their invigorating shades of teal, or their calming whites. Also check out their dresses if you’re in the mood for something a little more fun!

Jewellery Store

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This store has a beautiful selection of silver and gold-plated jewellery — don’t miss out on their earrings. From chandelier earrings covered in pearls, to ruby-studded jhumkas with intricate cutout work, this collection is stunning. All the accessories are created by Jaipur-based designer Deepa Sethi. This little store also features a great selection of classy and simple Kanchipuram silk sarees by designer Manish Saksena if you’re looking for a complete look.

Photos: Sunayana Kumar/LBB