Always thought malls were boring and only meant for shopping enthusiasts? Well, with some offering activities like rock climbing, hosting events and even devoting play areas for the little ones, you might just change your mind. And there’s also the allure of finding everything under one roof, including international high street brands, food courts with an array of cuisine and multiplexes to catch the next flick. LBB picks out the best of malls in Bangalore that give you a combination of food, shopping, entertainment and relaxation.

LBB’s Loving 

Phoenix MarketCity

Readers’ Vote 

Orion Mall

VR Bengaluru

vr bengaluru mall in whitefield

Source: VR Bengaluru

Nicknamed the Black Box on Whitefield Road, this swanky new space {they don’t call themselves a mall, you see} is worth the trip to Whitefield. Pick from international brands like H&M, BCBGeneration and Superdry if you’re hoping to do a spot of shopping. They also have a concept store for adidas Originals {the only one in the country!}. On the food front, they have outlets serving everything from Andhra and Punjabi cuisine to Chinese and Middle Eastern dishes. Load up on Italian specials from Toscano, churros from Gobble Me Up and ice cream sandwiches from Nutty Squirrel. Up for some pampering? Head to Spa La Vie by L’Occitane, and then end your trip here with a movie at the nine-screen PVR IMAX {apparently the largest in the city}. VR Bengaluru also hosts regular farmers’ markets, weekend performances, and has a legit carousel for endless entertainment for kids.

A few of our favourites: H&M, Superdry, Toscano, PVR IMAX

Phoenix Marketcity

phoenix market city mall in whitefield

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Going beyond just being a mall, Phoenix MarketCity has a combination of food, shopping, entertainment and night life, all to lure you back there every now and then. Fill your shopping bags with everything from apparel accessories to footwear and bags, from high street brands like Zara and Mango as well as Indian outlets like FabIndia. Done with your spree? Down a mug of beer or two at Barley & Grapes  or just give in to your comfort food cravings at California Pizza Kitchen. Apart from activities like rock climbing, they also host live performances and art installations. Read more about it here.

A few of our favourites here: Zara, Barley & Grapes, Rock Climbing

Forum Mall

forum mall in koramangala

Photo by: Augustus Binu

Supposedly Bangalore’s first full-fledged mall, Forum Mall in Koramangala is a popular haunt, frequented as much by college students in the area as by families looking for a day out. Spread across five floors, the space is home to outlets like Calvin Klein, Call It Spring, United Colors of Benetton and Rattrap. We love their expansive Landmark store which sorts you out for all your book, stationery and music needs. Make sure you stop by Kalmane Koffees for a cup of their Kaapi Blue Grass. Want something to keep your kids engaged? There’s Timezone with its interactive entertainment centre. Oh, and they also have a Flight 4 Fantasy outlet {a flight simulation centre that lets you experience virtual flying}.

A few of our favourites here: Calvin Klein, Call It Spring, Kalmane Koffees, Flight 4 Fantasy

Garuda Mall

garuda mall on magrath road

Photo by: Ramesh NG

Situated on Magrath Road, Garuda Mall has plenty of options for you to score clothes {choose from Levi’s, Forever 21 or Jashn, among others}, footwear {everything from Nike to Metro}, stationery {William Penn} and beauty products {think The Body Shop}. If you’re hit by hunger pangs, they have outlets like Kobe Sizzlers and Beijing Bites apart from Pinkberry and Gelato Italiano for sweet treats. While you’re there, why not try your hand at some bowling {Amoeba Bowling} or, perhaps, go for a horror trip at Scary House?

A few of our favourites here: Forever 21, The Body Shop, Kobe Sizzlers

Forum Value Mall

While Forum Value Mall boasts of over 100 brands across three floors, what we love about the place is its laidback ambience. Apart from the open airy space in the mall, they have an engaging play area right outside the entrance with a jungle gym, kiddie rides and even a trampoline for the little ones. On a purchasing spree and looking for a bargain? Head to the factory outlets of Nike and Louis Philippe here. While they don’t have any fancy restaurants, they do have chains like McDonalds, KFC and Krispy Kreme, along with old-time favourites like MTR. Forum also hosts a couple of flea markets throughout the year.

A few of our favourites here: Nike factory outlet, MTR

Bangalore Central Mall

With three malls in different parts of the city, this is probably one of the favourites for mall-goers. While they do have a fair share of restaurants and food outlets, the chain is best known for being a shopping destination. Touted to house fashion and accessories from over 1000 brands, they have regular offers and discounts {especially over the weekends and festive occasions}. They have entire floors devoted to home decor and furniture {Home Town}, too. They’ve jazzed up the MG Road one to include plenty of new brands including Gucci, Armani and Versace.

A few of our favourites here: Home Town, Aurelia. Their discounts!

Mantri Square

mantri square mall on sampige road

Source: Mantri Square

Apart from the 10,000+ brands available here {shopaholics, this place is bound to be paradise for you!}, the SPAR hypermarket {India’s largest, we hear}, a six-screen Inox multiplex and an Amoeba bowling alley and gaming centre are some of the highlights of this mall. Oh, and it is the first and only retail centre in the country to be directly connected by the Metro!

A few of our favourites here: Hush Puppies, Upsouth, Amoeba

Orion Mall

orion mall in rajajinagar-malleshwaram

Source: Orion Mall

Vero Moda, Van Heusen, Ed Hardy and GAP {the city’s first, in fact!} are some of the stores you can check out in this popular mall. Want something more? Head to Blu-O, the biggest bowling alley in town or catch a flick at PVR. And, if that’s not your thing, the waterside promenade might be perfect for a late evening walk with your buddies. Make sure you end it with some grub from their food court {which has the likes of Sbarro to Beijing Bites} or from one of their restaurants {Chili’s, The Big Kahuna and Mainland China, to name a few}. End your day here with a relaxing massage  at Footworks. Read more about it here.

A few of our favourites here: GAP, Vero Moda, The Big Kahuna, Footworks

Inorbit Mall

Not too cluttered yet giving you enough options to spoil you silly, Inorbit Mall has the usual suspects like Lee, Levi’s and Celio along with handcrafted products from Craft World and handwoven fabric from Cannanore. Head to Crossword to pick up your favourite reads and stationery {their cute book reading light is a must-buy!}. That Awesome Place {a breakout studio designed for families to chill and play} is where you can while away your time with the little ones. While you’re here, try 4 Seasons, a Hyderabad-based restaurant that dishes out authentic Hyderabadi biryani as well as Lebanese and Arabic specials. They also have regular events if you’re hoping to make a day of it. Read more about it here.

A few of our favourites here: Cannanore, 4 Seasons for its Lebanese cuisine, the newly-opened WHTFLD Bar & Grill at the Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield {attached to the mall} and That Awesome Place

1 MG Mall

1 mg road mall on mg road

Photo by: Ashwin Kumar

Shopping enthusiasts can browse through Da Milano’s luxe Italian leather accessories, the French chain, Promod’s collection of womenswear and Marks & Spencer’s trendy clothes, among others. Fine dine spots like Blimey {an Irish-themed watering hole}, Yauatcha {now comes with a new terrace bar and space}, Fort Kochi {fancy some Kerala delights?} and The Tao Terraces {Pan Asian cuisine in an elegant ambience} vie for your attention. And, for classy home decor pieces and furnishings to jazz up your space, there’s The Bombay Store and Pure Home + Living. Another must-visit here is Smaaash, the sports-centric interactive entertainment space which also has a lounge area that serves cocktails and bar nibbles. There’s also MAC to stock up on lipsticks, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for their coffee and chewy chocolate cookies, and Haagen Dazs for sinful ice cream.

A few of our favourites here: Promod, Yauatcha, Smaaash

Gopalan Mall

With hypermarkets, electronic showrooms, branded outlets, children’s play areas, entertainment zones and multiplexes, Gopalan Enterprises’ six malls have everything you’d need for a fun day out over the weekend. We particularly love the 3 Monkeys Brewpub in Gopalan Signature Mall for its funky ambience and great beer.

A few of our favourites here: Van Heusen, Pantaloons, 3 Monkeys Brewpub

Royal Meenakshi Mall

royal meenakshi mall on bannerghatta road

Source: Royal Meenakshi Mall

Probably one of the best malls in South Bangalore, Royal Meenakshi Mall has a little of everything to lure you there. We love that it has almost all your household needs sorted out with HyperCity {a supermarket chain}, Shoppers Stop and Mother Earth. Adding to the array of choices, there are fashion outlets like Wrangler and Mogra Pret, departmental stores which include Max and Reliance Trends, and even a branch of Sapna Book House! If you’re looking beyond Chinese, North Indian and chaat for food options, there’s TGIF and Intalia Pizza. Oh, and the best part? The Cinepolis here {one of the largest in the city, we hear} promises a superior movie experience with its picture clarity and sound technology. Did we mention you get to watch a movie here for INR 150 on Wednesdays?

A few of our favourites here: HyperCity, Wrangler, Sapna Book House, TGIF

UB City

Described as India’s first luxury mall, UB City brings together all things posh and classy under one roof. This is where you’ll find high end brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Paul Smith, L’Occitane and Canali. On the food front, wood fired pizza from Cafe Mangii, modern European dishes {with molecular gastronomy techniques on display} from Caperberry and Mexican delights from Sancho’s are what you must try here. There’s an art gallery {Sublime Galleria}, too, if you’re up for some art attack. Keep an eye out for the events that happen here every now and then.

A few of our favourites here: L’Occitane, Louis Vuitton, Caperberry

Featured image by: Veera SJ