8 Ways You Can Tell A Real Bangalorean From A Fake One

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Cosmopolitan Bangalore is a mix of people from all corners of the country and the globe. But some of us have been around longer and some of us have just embraced the city with a more open heart. And if you aren’t one of the above, we are here to make you feel (slightly) bad about it while showing you how awesome real Bangaloreans are. Here’s how you can tell a real Bangalorean from a fake one. And if you want to be a real one, just look, and learn! 

Real Bangaloreans Never Pay ‘Oneandhaff’

The only things real Bangaloreans have to offer when they hear the words ‘one and a half metre’ are a scowl and a stomp in the opposite direction. Every. Single. Time. It is only the fake ones that haggle and then resignedly agree to inflated fares. 

Real Bangalorean's Don't Go To Malls

Bangaloreans love budget shopping. And budget shopping is best done at Commercial Street where you can snap up high street brands at down-to-earth prices and also designer copies. You can also take home bags of sexy lingerie, quirky accessories, and yards of fabric

Real Bangaloreans Know More Than Just ‘Kannada Gotthila’

Oh! If we had a penny for every time we heard ‘Kannada Gottila! Real Bangaloreans don’t claim to be Kuvempu (if you have to look up that name you are definitely not a real Bangalorean) but, hey, we know enough to not get ripped off by auto drivers or to sweet-talk our way out of a speeding ticket. If you are dying to learn Kannada, here’s an app to help you out.

Real Bangalore Amble Down Brigade Road

Bangaloreans are chilled out, laid back people. If you want to pick them out from a crowd, head straight to Brigade Road. The ones that are strolling by at a leisurely pace, with not so much as a care in the world, taking time to check out the street stalls or for a laugh with our buddies - those are the real Bangaloreans. 

Real Bangaloreans Know That Whitefield Is Not Bangalore

Fake Bangaloreans, even you, deep down in your heart know that Whitefield is not in Bangalore. For real Bangaloreans, it has and will always remain that far, far away land that once had a Joy ice-cream factory. That’s all. And of course Phoenix MarketCity (which technically isn't in Whitefield, but it's still far okay!). 

Fake Bangaloreans Think Starbucks Is REAL Coffee

Can you call it coffee at all if it’s not steaming hot, is not bubbling at the top and does not come in a steel tumbler or a ceramic cup with a saucer (in which we can pour out the coffee to slurp on)? We think not! So, hit up these places for actual coffee!

Real Bangaloreans Know Where To Find The Best Dosa In The City

And it’s often not MTR or Vidyarthi Bhavan. Instead we’ll wait in line at Siddappa's or crowd CTR (only fake Bangaloreans call it Shree Sagar) or tuck into sagoo-filled versions at Janardhan. Chickpet with Lakshmi Natraj and a bustling food street is popular too! 

Fake Bangaloreans Don’t Have Their Favourites

Bangaloreans are nothing if not loyal. We find our favourites and stick to them. That’s why for fish, we’ll always count on Russel Market (or Yeshwantpur) and meat we’ll go to Bangalore Ham Shop. We love our 90s dive bars that blare rock hits and our baked goodies usually always come from Alberts, Thom’s or Fatima’s. We have biryani aunties and old-world chai shops. Our favourite tailors (here's one for the ladies and one for the gents) have been around for generations and so have our second-hand bookshops

Don't go hating on us if you've realised you're not as True Blue as you think! Remember, Bangalore is full of love. 


Navya considers herself to be the Cassandra of the 21st century – no one ever listens to the wisdom that she so willingly imparts. This is the only Greek tragedy element in her otherwise happy life. She’s got her Husband Charming, has perfected the art of sarcasm, is always fed copious amounts of good food, and is well on her way to self-actualization.