Always thought the Kempegowda International Airport {KIAB} was a boring place to spend those extra hours during layovers or delayed flights? Not any more, folks. Whether you’re flying in or out of town {or find yourself in an unfavourable situation like Viktor Navorski aka Tom Hanks in The Terminal}, there’s enough to check out right in the airport. Have a relaxing spa session, sip on some wine or even do a spot of shopping while you lounge about.


For all those who are constantly hungry, especially when there’s a holiday coming up, the KIAL does its fair share to keep you happy. From hot idlis and oatmeal cookies to grilled chicken and pasta, here where to refuel.

La Alta Vita

A slice of Italy right here with pizzas, healthy salads and pastas to load up on. If you’re not in a tearing hurry, stop by for this trattoria for a buffet that includes their specials. Breakfasts here are great if you want to avoid the Indian versions. Think fresh fruit juices, flavoured yogurt, breads ranging from croissants to danishes, eggs, sausages and of course, coffee.

Where: Opposite Gate # 7, Security Hold Area, Level 1, Domestic Terminal

La Tepenade

Best known for their sandwiches that load up on olives, anchovies and capers, head here for a light mezze platter, Greek salads and meaty wraps. Baguettes with fresh olives, tomato and mozzarella is a hot favourite. For brekkie pick from yoghurt parfaits and Focaccia, and if lunch and dinner is what you need their Za’atar Rubbed Grilled Chicken and Peri Peri Prawns are ace. No matter what meal you have, end with Tiramisu.

Where: Opposite to Duty Free Store, Level 1, International Terminal


Want to tuck in to some crispy vadas, soft idlis and ghee-laden masala dosas before you catch that flight? Make way to the Maiyas outlet outside. Mostly served with chutney and sagu, their Akki Roti also makes for a quick meal. While you’re at it, pair it up with a cup of their coffee.

Café Noir

We wouldn’t mind getting to the airport a little early just to spend some time lounging about at Cafe Noir right outside Departures, sipping a cup of cappuccino. Pair that with one of their quiches or sandwiches and you’ve got yourself a nice meal before heading off to catch that flight. You can even pack up some of their snacks to chow down {they have a handy box to go} while you’re waiting for your boarding call.

Fresh & Healthy

Calorie counters, this is for you. Soups, fresh juices, healthy smooties, gourmet sandwiches and salads are what this eatery is all about. Either sit in and or grab your food to go, but rest assured it’ll be a healthy one.

Where: Opposite Gate # 9, Security Hold Area, Level 1, Domestic Terminal

Tiffin Centre

For some more South Indian food, Malgudi Tiffin Centre will work, with the added bonus of meat options. The Fish Curry with Iddiappam {stringhoppers} is the bomb! They even have Coorg chicken, mutton curry with paratha to be devoured instead of bland in-flight food.

Where: Opposite Gate # 4, Security Hold Area, Level 1, Domestic Terminal


Coffee, wine, cocktails or just a juice, stay rehydrated at these spots in the terminal.

Bar 380

Named because it’s located just where the grand Airbus 380 is expected to park when operations begin, hit up this bar for bourbon, brandy, whiskey and any drink you fancy. Cocktails such a Mojito, Bloody Mary and Long Island Iced Tea are on point here.

Where: Adjacent to Gate # 21, Security Hold Area, Level 1, International Terminal



Wine, beer and fruity mocktails is what you can look forward to here. We do like ourselves the fresh juices on offer here, especially the watermelon one. They have spirits too, so if you’d like to knock back a vodka martini then, hit up this place.

Where: Opposite Gate # 18, Level 1, International Terminal

Time Out Bar

Skip the whiskeys and wines in favour of some good old beer, Bangalore style. Be it a Heineken or Kingfisher, a pit stop here will have you in high spirits in no time.

Where: Opposite Gate # 7A & B, Security Hold Area, Level 1, Domestic Terminal

Hatti Kaapi

Whether you’re flying in or out, there’s always time for that quick shot of caffeine. This kiosk, outside the departure lounge, gets it right. Strong, minus chicory and South Indian, head here for coffee at its best!

Where: At the kerb-side opposite Arrival Gates 13 and 14

Chai Point

Photo source: Chai Point

Photo source: Chai Point

More the tea person? Not to worry, pouring out authentic chai from copper vessels, the mildly spiced tea will ensure you’re a happy camper.

Where: At the kerb-side opposite Arrival Gates



Photo source: HIDESIGN

Photo source: HIDESIGN

For good quality leather merch – wallets and hand bags to belts and shoes, they’ll spruce you up in no time.

Where: Domestic departure terminal

The Lotus Store

Bringing together the arts and crafts from the South Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, culture vultures will love this. Great as gifts or even souvenirs, pick up Mysore sandalwood, Kondapalli Toys from Andhra Pradesh, Tanjore Paintings from Tamil Nadu or Ayurveda products from Kerala, and you’re sorted.

Where: International and domestic departure terminal.

Shoppers Stop

Photo source: Shoppers Stop

Photo source: Shoppers Stop

No one can get enough of this store. Be it clothes, shoes, bags or accessories, there’s always plenty here to catch you eye. Or just browse the shelves and racks when you’re just waiting about. Do check out their sister store Arcelia for fragrance, beauty and cosmetics.

Where: Domestic departure terminal


For the literary flier or the spa lover, the KIAL isn’t only about snaking queues and troublesome baggage tags, it’s great for unwinding too! Here’s how…

Plaza Premium Lounge

Whether it’s a layover or just a delayed flight that’s keeping you at the airport, waiting doesn’t always have to be tedious. Especially when you can kick back at the Plaza Premium Lounge. Apart from offering comfy seating, they have food counters and beverage bars for you to fuel up at. Go for their spa and massage services if you’re looking for some pampering. Got some last minute work to be done? The lounge also has computer workstations with complimentary Wi-Fi. #LBBTip: There’s also a day hotel where guests with a confirmed ticket can spend up to 24 hours ahead of their connecting flight.

Where: Lounge at Domestic Departures, Terminal 1, Mezzanine Level and  International Departures, Terminal 1, Level 1; Day Hotel at Level 2, Domestic Departures, Terminal 1

O2 Spa

Photo source: O2 Spa

Photo source: O2 Spa

Just got off a flight and badly in need of some rest before you head out? Head to O2 Spa for one of their relaxing massages. Go ahead and indulge yourself with a Balinese or an Oriental Thai massage. Perfect for weary travellers, the Jet Lag Retreat spa combo has neck and back, head and shoulder, and foot reflexology massages to help you unwind.

Where: International Terminal, Beside Plaza Premium Lounge

Crossword & Relay

Got a couple of hours to kill before your flight? Hop over to Crossword {at Domestic Departures} to pick up a book or a magazine to bury your nose in while you wait. Or perhaps some music CDs to hum along to and while away the time? With an equally comprehensive collection of books, stationery, drinks, snacks and even travel accessories, the International Departures has Relay bookstore to sort you out. They also have book signings by authors every now and then.

With inputs from Roshni Jacob

Feature Photo: Bengaluru Airport


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