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Complete Guide to Malleshwaram (2024)

Guest Post by Ashwin Vijayendra

Fellow travel buffs, welcome to Namma Bengaluru! In this post, we shall explore Malleshwaram, which is part of Old Bangalore. So, fasten your seat belts! Let me give you a virtual guide to Malleshwaram.

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About Malleshwaram

Malleshwaram, nestled in the north-western expanse of Bangalore, derives its name from the renowned Kaadu Malleshwara Swamy Hindu Temple. This architectural marvel, standing tall since its construction in the early 17th century by King Shivaji, has withstood the test of time, narrating tales of a bygone era.

Beyond its historical roots, Malleshwaram beckons with a charm that extends beyond the temple’s sacred precincts. This vibrant neighbourhood is a mosaic of culture and modernity, surrounded by an array of intriguing areas within Bangalore.

As we delve into the essence of Malleshwaram, our journey commences from the sacred enclave of Kadu Malleshwara Swamy Temple. However, the allure of Malleshwaram is not confined to its spiritual ambience. This locale unfolds a tapestry of experiences, blending tradition with contemporary vibrancy.

For those seeking a quick guide to Malleshwaram’s highlights, here are the top 5 things to explore in this enchanting Bangalore neighbourhood. Embark on a virtual tour transcending temporal boundaries, unveiling the myriad facets that make Malleshwaram a captivating destination.

Guide to Malleshwaram

Places of Worship

Malleshwaram epitomizes cultural richness, offering a sanctuary for diverse forms of worship. From the sacred precincts of Gangamma Devi Temple, Kadu Malleshwara Temple, and Nandhi Teertha Temple to the serene ambience of the Sai Baba Temple, this neighbourhood boasts a plethora of religious diversity.

In this harmonious blend, Malleshwaram embraces Hindu traditions and extends its embrace to the Christ the King Church and various mosques. The beauty of this locale lies in the seamless coexistence of multiple cultures, creating an atmosphere where diversity thrives in unity. It’s a testament to the spirit of harmonious living, where different faiths converge to contribute to the vibrant cultural mosaic of Malleshwaram.

Places of Education

Malleshwaram boasts a cluster of esteemed educational institutions that have nurtured numerous bright minds from Bangalore and beyond.

  • Among these institutions, Kendriya Vidyalaya, a Central Government-run school, consistently sets a national benchmark for academic excellence. 
  • Adjacent to Kendriya Vidyalaya stands Ammanni College for Girls, which specialises in Science and Commerce education from post-schooling to Metrics.
  • Just a short distance away, Himanshu Public School, the Malleshwaram Educational Society, MES College, and the Malleshwaram Ladies Association (MLA) college form a prominent educational hub. Renowned for its reputation, MES College is a sought-after institution, witnessing the enrollment of most native Bangaloreans. This institution has been instrumental in shaping accomplished academicians and professionals, contributing significantly to the country’s educational landscape.

Parks and Playgrounds

In the spirit of the 17th-century proverb, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” Malleshwaram lives up to this wisdom. Renowned for its expansive playgrounds, the area is a haven for recreation and physical activities. Notably, the Malleshwaram playground stands out for hosting vibrant floodlight cricket tournaments, adding a dash of excitement and sporting fervour to the local landscape.

Malleshwaram ground
Malleshwaram ground; P.C. Raksha Nagaraj

For quality time with family or friends, consider visiting Sankey Tank in Malleshwaram. This expansive lake offers picturesque walking tracks, boating facilities, and a delightful playground for kids. A stroll around the lake, surrounded by the calming presence of eucalyptus trees, is a soothing experience for the heart and soul. Sankey Tank is renowned for its popularity during morning and evening walks, while afternoons are perfect for boating adventures and creating memorable moments with loved ones.

Adding to Malleshwaram’s charm, the area showcases impressive street art that has transformed its landscape. Explore the vibrant makeover in “Malleshwaram Gets a Street Art Makeover” and discover the artistic allure gracing this dynamic neighbourhood’s streets.

Restaurants and Cafes

Amidst the balance of study and play, Malleshwaram has become a culinary haven celebrated for its diverse eateries.

Embark on a gastronomic journey through Bangalore’s food scene by exploring the comprehensive food guide. Malleshwaram takes pride in iconic establishments like Veena Stores on Margosa Road and Raghavendra Stores near Malleshwaram Railway station. Renowned for their breakfast menus, these eateries consistently serve culinary delights that are second to none.

Veena Stores, situated on Sampige Road, is synonymous with perfection in dishes like Idli-Chutney, a steam-cooked rice and lentil staple served with a delectable chutney, gram, and coconut paste blend. Their Semiya bath / Shavige Bath, a stir-fried rice vermicelli with green peas, green chilli, and turmeric, is a culinary masterpiece often sold out due to its limited availability.

Raghavendra Stores, a fast-food haven near Malleshwaram Railway station, tantalizes taste buds with its spicy Vada, a lentil-based spicy doughnut served with chutney, and the local delicacy Upma/Khara bath made from Semolina, boasting a spicy kick when paired with chutney.

No culinary exploration of Malleshwaram is complete without visiting Sri Sagar, formerly Central Tiffin Room-CTR. The irresistible dosas, skillfully drawn on hotplates, steal the spotlight. CTR is acclaimed for its Butter Masala Dosa and Goli Bajji, a deep-fried mixture of all-purpose flour and black pepper.

For a nostalgic dining experience, Halli Mane, established in 1947, is a renowned dine-in restaurant celebrated for its Akki Rotti, a flatbread made of rice flour.

Catering to the non-vegetarian palate, Karavali Lunch Home elevates the dining experience with its remarkable South Canara delicacies. In Malleshwaram, every bite tells a story of culinary excellence.

Akki Rotti (Bangalore)
Akki Rotti; P.C. Manjula Kishore


Transitioning from the culinary delights, let’s now explore the shopping treasures that Malleshwaram offers, accommodating a spectrum of budgets from affordable to luxurious. The shopping landscape in this vibrant locale ranges from street-side vendors to an air-conditioned mall, ensuring a diverse and fulfilling retail experience.

Beginning with the simplicity of 8th Cross Malleshwaram, this bustling area presents many options, from street stalls to shops, offering many choices in clothing, footwear, home decor, and various utility items. Whatever you desire, be it clothes or essentials, 8th Cross has it.

For special occasions like weddings and parties, Malleshwaram houses specialty stores such as Nalli Silks, Kalyan Silks, and Janardhana Silks, renowned for their exquisite sarees and authentic Indian attire for women. Conversely, men can explore Manyavar, Park Avenue, Tailor Men, and Reid & Tailor for their distinctive needs.

Indulging in the love for gold jewellery, Malleshwaram boasts esteemed stores like GRT Jewels, Kalyan, Lalitha Jeweller, and Sri Krishna Chetty and Sons, which are known for their designer collections. While these jewellers cater to a luxurious taste, there are also options for smaller budgets, including Swagath and Navratna Jewellers, ensuring everyone finds something to suit their preferences.

The vibrant Malleshwaram flower market adds a delightful touch to the shopping experience, offering a diverse range of flowers, from carnations to garlands. Additionally, the market features shops selling fresh fruits and vegetables, making it a one-stop destination for various needs.

In essence, Malleshwaram is a shopping haven that caters to the diverse needs of budget-conscious and lavish shoppers, ensuring a fulfilling and inclusive retail therapy.

Malleshwaram market
P.C. Raksha Nagaraj


Are you weary from the stroll and shopping spree? Take a well-deserved break and savour a cup of rejuvenating coffee in Malleshwaram. For those craving the comforting familiarity of Café Coffee Day, indulge in their offerings of iced coffee, cappuccino, latte, or mocha.

Alternatively, for a taste of traditional South Indian filter coffee, Hatti Coffee on Margosa Road awaits. Just across the street, the iconic CTR in Malleshwaram beckons with its unique charm. If you find yourself on the 10th cross, Adayar Anand Bhavan stands ready to serve delightful filter coffee, refreshing ice-cold almond drinks, and delectable ice creams. Whatever your coffee preference, Malleshwaram has the perfect spot to pause and recharge amidst its vibrant ambience.

Filter coffee
Filter coffee; P.C. Raksha Nagaraj

Standing tall as an iconic landmark, Mantri Square, or Mantri Mall, defines the essence of Malleshwaram. This expansive mall is not just a shopping destination; it’s a multifaceted hub featuring numerous stores and integrated apartment complexes.

Mantri Square offers a respite from the bustling city, providing a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Visitors can immerse themselves in the world of arcade gaming, creating cherished moments with family and friends, or opt for a cinematic experience in multiplex cinemas hosting a diverse array of movies and shows simultaneously.

Beyond its entertainment allure, Mantri Square caters to the shopping enthusiast and casual stroller alike. Whether indulging in a shopping spree or simply enjoying a leisurely window-shopping stroll, the mall offers diverse options. Notably, major electrical and electronic brands showcase their products in exclusive showrooms within this shopping haven, adding a touch of technological sophistication to the overall experience. Discover the manifold offerings of Mantri Square, where entertainment, shopping, and relaxation converge in a harmonious blend.

Transport To and Within Malleshwaram

With convenient travel and transport options, getting to and around Malleshwaram is a breeze. Whether you prefer the ease of drivable one-way roads or the efficiency of the Metro lines, this vibrant area offers diverse modes of transportation.

  • The Metro conveniently stops at Mantri Square, which is seamlessly integrated within the shopping centre for easy access.
  • For a more personalized and flexible commute, consider the auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) as the most convenient mode of transport to navigate the area efficiently.
  • Limited 2-wheeler and 4-wheeler parking spaces are available in and around the shopping lanes for those opting to drive. To ensure a hassle-free experience, street parking a bit farther from the bustling shopping lanes and taking a short walk is often the best approach. Malleshwaram’s accessibility ensures that your journey to and within this dynamic locale is seamless and enjoyable.
Auto Rickshaw in Bangalore
Auto rickshaw; P.C. Raksha Nagaraj


Whether immersed in studies, indulging in a shopping spree, engaging in friendly games, or savouring moments with family, Malleshwaram caters to all your needs. Don’t forget to explore the tantalizing delicacies we’ve highlighted, and cap off your day with a delightful cup of filter coffee. Wishing you a fantastic time in Malleshwaram, where every moment is crafted for your enjoyment.

About the Author

Complete Guide to Malleshwaram (2024)
Ashwin Vijayendra

Ashwin Vijayendra is a software engineer by profession and a chef (at Kavi Ruchi) by passion. As a foodie, he talks a lot about food and likes to try and cook different delicacies. He also loves long drives and always waits for an opportunity to escape urban madness.

Note: Most of the images used are by Raksha Nagaraj. And for other images, the credit has been given to the owners. Any duplication or reproduction of the images is prohibited. In the case of photos and content use, prior written approval must be taken from the owners.

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