While it may be 1 kilometer away from the MG Road Metro station, at Commercial Street you can enjoy both street shopping and high-end boutique shops. You can shop for unique local and ethnic fashion accessories and footwear, as well as antiques, jewelry, toys, and (of course) apparel from local and foreign brands. Many shops actually provide an option for customizing the fit and design at a reasonable price, but only if bargained well. It is the right place for people who like to experiment with new designs and have a completely updated, vibrant wardrobe.
It is easy to find a good restaurant to hang out with friends in the pub capital of the country. But for connoisseurs of brewed beer, Bangalore truly offers a lot. Located near Garuda Mall, Arbor Brewing is a city favorite for those who appreciate a good swig of beer. With more than six flavors of beer to select from, Arbor is a treat to the palate with a range spanning from mild to strong flavors. Though popular as a microbrewery, its unique cocktails and food make it even more attractive. But what truly differentiates it from most of the pubs in the city is the wonderful ambiance it offers. The only downside: it is advised to make a reservation before visiting.
In the mood for a souvenir? Standing at the junction of Brigade road and MG road, Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium is the one-stop destination for exquisite and traditional crafts of wood (sandalwood, rosewood etc.), bronze, metal wares, paintings, silk and other indigenous materials. Here, you can even find cosmetics made from many natural products. Something to look out for are sandalwood products, which are available in various forms; for example: incense sticks with scent lasting for hours, perfumes, cosmetic products, and even sachets which in turn protect your clothes.
Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium, 45 MG Road, Bangalore, India, +91 804 112 6509
While at MG Road, there is no dearth of choices when it comes to food; whether it is continental or traditional Indian cuisine. But if you have an interest in food buffets, Three Quarters Chinese at Church Street around MG Road is the place to be. Three Quarters offers an overwhelming variety of food in one single buffet purchase; spanning across continental and Indian cuisine for both vegetarian and non-vegetarians. A special mention to the fantastic desserts, which come highly recommended.
Three Quarters, No. 22 Amoeba Complex, Church St, Bangalore, India, +91 80 3290 4888