Ulsoor is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, and still manages to be chic and buzzing with activity. The neighbourhood’s official name is Halasuru, after the several jackfruit trees that once flourished in the area {the Kannada word for jackfruit is halasinahannu}. Today, it’s a neighbourhood with multiple attractions, making it quite the hub. Here are our favourite places to eat, drink, shop, and visit in the neighbourhood.

Cafe Thulp

Chikcen satay burger with peanut sauce and fries at cafe thulp in ulsoor bangalore

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The immensely popular cafe chain finds a home in a spot already studded with culinary gems. The Moo Burger remains, as always, a favourite. Keep an eye out for their ever-changing specials, as well. Smoked meats and experiments with Bhoot Jolokia chillies are their recent projects. Perfect greasy fare after a round of drinks at Watson’s.

Where: 5/1, Skywalk, Near Body Craft, Assaye Road

Contact: 080 49652947

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One of the city’s superlative Thai restaurants, Benjarong is a crowd favourite for their authentic offerings. Snacking on the toothsome welcome platter is plenty of foreplay for their mains – we especially favour the Tenderloin in Green Curry Paste. Benjarong also hosts regular food festivals where they bring down chefs from Thailand for an authentic experience.

Where: 12/1, Ulsoor Road, Ulsoor

Contact: 080 49653537

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Cafe Cassia

History and the contemporary sing a perfect duet at this cafe housed in the Cinnamon boutique. Chef Abhijit Saha’s interpretation of cafe fare especially shines in their salads and sandwiches. Perfect for a leisurely and delicious afternoon in Ulsoor.

Where: Cinnamon, Ground Floor, 24 Gangadhar Chetty Road, opposite RBNAMS Ground

Contact: 080 41154102

Dewar’s Marine

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The staff of the legendary Dewar’s Bar, which shut shop in 2011, set up their own establishment. As the name suggests, you can expect to gorge on seafood. Check out our detailed review here.

Where: 1/32, Assaye Road, Ulsoor

Contact: 080 22258080


ambiance decor at lemirado in ulsoor bangalore

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In the same building as Watson’s, this cafe serves a range of snacks, appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches besides mains from global cuisine and some buzzworthy coffee. Five kinds of fries? Sign us up.

Where: L1-02, Skywalk, Assaye Road

Contact: 080 49653072

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Marzipan Cafe and Bakery

ambiance decor at cafe bakery marzipan in ulsoor bangalore

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A sunny bakery-cafe serving Greek treats such as moussaka and spanakopita as well as a range of sweet treats. We love the decor – especially the wall murals exhorting us to indulge.

Where: 8, Ulsoor Road

Contact: 080 25596869

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Republic of Noodles

A veritable country for noodle-lovers. Situated in the Lemon Tree Hotel, this eatery offers stellar South-East Asian fare, including Indonesian, Thai, Philippine, and Malaysian dishes. The Sri-Lankan curry is also a popular pick.

Where: Lemon Tree Premier, 2/1, St. Johns Road, Ulsoor

Contact: 080 49653568


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When they say small, they ain’t kidding. This is a seriously small cafe. It’s ever-crowded for other reasons, though: the Trucker Burger and Goan favourites have people raving.

Where: Skywalk, 5/1, Near Body Craft, Assaye Road, Ulsoor

Contact: 080 49653459

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Ulsoor is full of designer boutiques, but it’s also home to a smattering of garden stores. There’s also the Ulsoor Market nearby for traditional shopping.


Ambara spotlights traditional Indian textiles, weaving practices, and crafts. Look for their unique period furniture, saris, textiles, and other gift items. They also have a garden store and cafe adjoining the store.

Where: 22, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road

Contact: 080 25575196

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Cinnamon The Store

Cinnamon The Store

Cinnamon is a lifestyle boutique store stocking accessories, designer clothing, home decor and more. Housed in a beautiful building that dates back to the late 19th century, Cinnamon is also a favourite for its in-house cafe, Cafe Cassia. Sanjay Garg’s iconic saree label Raw Mango finds a tiny store and home here too. 

Where: 24 Gangadhar Chetty Road

Contact: 80 41634220, 80 25367888

Check out their website here.


indian artisanal handicraft jewellery by eka in ulsoor bangalore

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True to their name, Eka stocks singular, unique home decor, fashion, furnishings, and accents. We especially favour the handicrafts, and the brassware and metalware.

Where: 19, Gangadhar Chetty Road

Contact: 080 25540876

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My Sunny Balcony

gardening watering cans flower pots by my sunny balcony in ulsoor bangalore

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The cheery garden consultancy sells beautiful planters, wrought-iron pot stands and accessories, plants, seeds, and tools at their Ulsoor location. Till October 26, there’s a big sale on all their products, so make sure you do your festival shopping in time.

Where: 12, Aga Abbas Ali Road (adjoining Peaches salon), Ulsoor

Contact: 080 40911623

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The Verandah

The Verandah is a small boutique that stocks a curated collection of Indian designers.

Where: 9 Haudin Road, Ulsoor Cross

Contact: 080 25590988

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There’s plenty of reasons to visit the neighbourhood, even if you’re not looking to shop or eat. Take a walk around the neighbourhood’s historic streets, view some of the heritage homes in the area – the conservation trust INTACH lists 90 buildings as heritage structures – or simply amble by the lakeside.

Auromirra International School

Dedicated to the mystic poet Aurobindo, this tranquil venue boasts 150-year-old trees and a school dedicated to his teachings.

Where: 110, Gangadhara Chetty Road, Ulsoor

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Students of the Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology have given the compound walls of the RBANMS college quite the makeover. Perfect for those selfies against this great backdrop or for those Instagram moments.

Where: RBANMS College, Ulsoor

Someshwara Temple

Someshwara temple

This temple dates back to the Chola period. Don’t miss the intricate carvings, the singular towers and pillars, and the platform inside.

Where: Someshwarapura, Ulsoor

Ulsoor Lake

sunset night lights over ulsoor lake in bangalore

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This giant lake offers the weary city-dweller plenty of respite. Walk or jog along the walkway, spot the birds swimming in the lake, or simply settle down with a book. You can also go boating here.

Where: Ulsoor Lake, Sivanchetti Gardens

Urban Solace

ambiance decor at cafe urban solace in ulsoor bangalore

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There’s a reason we put this cafe under this tab and not the eat-and-drink category: Urban Solace has an ever-full programme of film screenings, poetry readings, open mic nights, and more. Its pretty and soothing ambience encourages you to linger, as does the American cafe-style fare.

Where: 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road, Opposite Ulsoor Lake, Ulsoor

Contact: +91 9945022177

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Workbench Projects

Workshops for engineers, designers and artists in Bangalore

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Workbench Projects is a favourite for their ever-interesting roster of workshops, events, talks, and conferences. They’re a makerspace dedicated to helping artists, engineers, and pretty much anyone to just make stuff. Check out our piece on Workbench Projects here for all the details.

Where: Halasuru Metro Station, Old Madras Road, Gupta Layout

Contact: +91 9663090123, +91 9945002529

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