A Hood Guide to Jayanagar: South Bangalore's Favourite Neighbourhood

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.

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

Cool Joint

Cool Joint

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

Ganesh Darshan

Ganesh Darshan

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

Rotti Mane

Rotti Mane

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

Maiya's

Maiyas

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

Taaza Thindi

Taaza Thindi

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

Rajvardhan Foods

Rajvardhan Foods

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

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

Jayanagar Shopping Complex

Jayanagar's Shopping Complex

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.}

Maati Terracotta

Maati

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

Grameena Angadi

Grameena Angadi

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

Metaphor Racha

Metaphor Studio

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.

The Summer House

The Summer House

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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.

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

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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

Radel Electronics

Radel Electronics

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

Nritarutya

Nritarutya

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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

Music House

Music House

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.

Jayanagar Jaguars

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.

Nandanavana Park

Nandanavana

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.

Jayanagar Rising

The Ugly Indian

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.

Yediyur Lake

Yediyur Lake

Jayanagar, Bangalore

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.