SURGE is now just a little over a week away. Your flights are booked, you’ve gotten your elevator pitch down, you’re making plans on who to meet up with at the conference.
You’ll need to get to know Bengaluru, too.
Depending on who you talk to, the city is either the Garden City of India, the Silicon Valley of India or the Pub Capital of India.
You’re sure to find a side you love.Ahead of SURGE, I caught up with two locals, Byond.Travel Founder Vikram Ahuja and blogger Deena Pinto, to get their picks on what to see and do in Bengaluru…
Where to eatExperience The Royal Afghan’s dining rooms.
Get to MTR for breakfast and order a masala dosa, a kind of pancake. MTR – Mavalli Tiffin Rooms – is a real Bengaluru institution. Be sure to try Koshy’s Bar and Restaurant for appam and stew, too.
For lunch, head over to at Nagarjuna or Bheema’s for Biryani, a traditional Indian curry.
When it comes to dinner, the incredible dining rooms at the Royal Afghan alone are an experience.
Where to seeCommercial Street in Bengaluru.
Commercial Street is the place to go for markets, souvenirs, trinkets, authentic Indian wear, gold and silver and everything else in between.
To see why Bengaluru is called the Garden City of India, check out the outdoor theatres Ranga Shankara and Jagriti.
Where (and what) to drinkThe Windmills brewery.
Bangaloreans love their beer. There are plenty of microbreweries to check out such as Toit, Windmills, and Arbor.
And if you’re looking for a pub to have a post-conference beer, try The Black Rabbit, Brick Lane, or Monkey Bar.
Beer aside, Old Monk is a local dark rum that is very popular in India. It’s probably most popular mixed with Coke, but you can have it with anything – the locals actually like to take theirs with ice cream.
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