It is said that when you explore a city at night, the experience is drastically different and you see the city in a new light. And when the city in question is as charming and as lively as Indore, a night tour becomes a must for everyone. From the vibrant streets to the most happening cafes, here’s a look at how you can spend a night in Indore.
1. Sarafa Bazaar
At 8 pm when the jewellery shops shut and you think the day is coming to an end, a new world wakes up at Sarafa Bazaar. A favourite among locals, no trip to Indore is complete without a visit here. Aside from the finger-licking food, it is the chitter-chatter and a peek into the Indore way of life that gives you memories of a lifetime. Among the dishes you must try, the ones that top the list are Bhutte Ka Kis, crispy pakoras and Sitafal Kulfi. Reasonably priced and worth every bite, you won’t be disappointed to spend your night here. The market is open till the wee hours of the morning though it’s best to come early to get the best of the delicious treats.
2. Kalakund Forest
If a 9-km night trek amidst thick forests and pristine valleys sounds exactly how you’d like to spend your night, this one is for you. Kalakund Forest is located a little over 30 km from Indore and if you are looking to do something unusual then you must try this.
The trekking route is for moderate trekkers and the guides here are super helpful and ensure complete safety during the trek. Trekking at night might sound a little tricky but it is definitely worth a shot in the beautiful city of Indore.
3. Chokhi Dhani
This is one of the few places in Indore that is open till 11 pm and is a great way to spend an evening. Modelled on Rajasthani village life, Chokhi Dhani gives one a glimpse of the traditional way of life and culture. From the rhythmic folk dances to the handcrafted shopping items, it is a world of its own offering an unforgettable experience.
- Must-try: Dal bhati, mirchi kadi & bajre ki roti
- Cost for two: Rs. 1000
4. Janapav Temple
Chances are that you have heard absolutely wonderful things about Janapav Temple including the scenic views enveloping the area. What most people, however, don’t know is that you can even visit this temple at night. Imagine trekking to the second highest point of Malwa region under the moonlight – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
It’s definitely better to go in a big group since it keeps the vibe lively and is a much safer option. During Kartik Purnima, the temple attracts a large number of devotees and it’s perhaps the best time to visit the temple.
Mustang at Hotel Somdeep Place is by far the most underrated pub in Indore and in fact it is one of the best ways to spend an evening here. The food here is great and if you are in the mood for a few drinks, you won’t be disappointed. Typically a Wednesday evening here includes a live performance by a band or a DJ and it is a great way to take a break from the mid-week stress.
- Must-try: Crispy corn & chilly chicken
- Cost for two: Rs. 1500
6. Taberna – The Café Bar
Taberna Café is one of those places where you can go every week and not get bored! Spacious, welcoming and great music are some of the things that make sure you come back here besides the great crowd. They also have a foosball and snooker table set-up which keeps one super busy though you might have to wait a little bit for your turn!
- Must-try: Grilled chicken, cheese balls, cocktails & mocktails
- Cost for two: Rs. 1200
7. Pitchers Cafebar
The décor at Pitchers is the first thing that’ll catch your attention – it’s spacious, the lighting is unique and the interiors are well-thought of. The brick and mortar look along with the high bar tools and the absolutely delicious food is bound to have you coming back for more. Another great thing about Pitchers is their dance floor which is huge and ensures that it doesn’t get cramped during weekends.
- Must-try: Chicken cigar rolls & Alfredo pasta
- Cost for two: Rs. 1500
8. Hobnob Gourmet Cafebar
If the name of the cafebar doesn’t excite you, a glance at the interiors definitely will. Cozy and welcoming with soft music and dim lighting, Hobnob is one of those places where you can have easy conversations over a couple of drinks. The music here during the weekdays is quite mellow while during the weekend you’ll definitely be up on your feet. It’s one of the few bars in the city where you can choose between outdoor and indoor seating making it quite popular.
- Must-try: Thin crust pizza, brownie & Mezze platter
- Cost for two: Rs. 2000
9. Tic Tac Toe
The name of the bar takes you back to days of childhood when this game was a favourite and that’s one of the things about this place that instantly puts you at ease. With a relaxed, chilled out ambience, you’ll spot a lot of Indore’s young crowd here. High-ceiling with a number of unique paintings on the wall, the décor of Tic Tac Toe can get slightly overwhelming though the food definitely more than makes up for it. They have big, comfortable couches and high bar tools as seating options; the former definitely a big hit.
- Must-try: Thukpa & Kolhapuri mutton chops
- Cost for two: Rs. 1200