While we agree that traditional markets have their allure for shoppers, malls are more the buzzword now. And in big cities like Bangalore, they offer a stress-free experience like none other. So if you’re visiting the city, head out from your hotel in Bangalore to any of the popular malls to shop, dine and spend some relaxing time with friends and family. Wondering which shopping mall to go to?
Here’s a list of the best shopping malls in Bangalore, or Bengaluru as it is now known:
Best Shopping Malls in Bangalore
1. Phoenix Market City, Bangalore
Grab your shopping bag and head to Phoenix Market City, one of the most popular shopping malls in Bangalore, for some chic apparel and accessories from world-renowned brands like ZARA, cosmetics from Mac and Sephora, home textiles from Fab India and much more. This centrally located mall also offers many dining options like Copper Chimney and Punjab Bistro or the kid-friendly Krispy Kreme’s and Burger King. Not in the mood to eat? Grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks or cool down with an ice cream from Häagen-Dazs. After a tiring day, you can enjoy a good movie at its nine-screen multiplex. The mall is spread over a huge area so wear comfy shoes (or buy a pair here!), and start walking.
- Where: Mahadevapura, Bangalore
- When: 10.30 am – 10.00 pm
- What: Branded apparel and accessories
2. Mantri Square Mall, Bangalore
This gigantic mall was designed just for shopaholics! One of the largest shopping malls in Bangalore, Mantri Square is spread across 1.3 million square feet (read that again) and has outlets selling more than 10,000 brands. You could get lost in here! But it would be a happy accident if you did because apart from the shopping experience, the mall also offers an indulgent six-screen INOX multiplex and a bowling alley. The food court offers several cuisines to tired shoppers, and a gaming corner keeps kids (and often grown-ups) happily occupied.
- Where: Malleswaram, Bangalore
- When: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm
- What: Branded everything, books and cosmetics
3. UB City Mall, Bangalore
Rare Rabbit is here, so is Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Paul Smith and Canali. All they need is you so break the bank and waltz into UB City, one of the most coveted shopping malls in Bangalore. Celebrated as India’s first luxury mall, UB City is everything your dreams are made of. With some of the world’s finest luxury brands, UB City is where you go to shop when you get a windfall gain or an inheritance! And once you’ve splurged on a L’Occitane product, treat your taste buds at one of the mall’s upscale restaurants like Sanchez, Rasovara, Shiros and Fava. Burp out loud (or don’t!) whilst enjoying some elevated artworks at the Sublime Galleria.
- Where: Ashok Nagar, Bangalore
- When: 11.00 am – 8.00 pm (for stores); 11.00 am – 11.30 pm (for restaurants: weekdays); 11.00 am – 1.00 am (for restaurants: weekends)
- What: Luxury brands, jewellery and chocolates
For budget shoppers too, the city offers myriad options. Read our blog on Bangalore shopping places to know more.
4. Orion Mall, Bangalore
One of the hottest shopping malls in Bangalore, Orion has all the apparel brands you want for your wardrobe. What sets the retail space at Orion Mall apart is that it also hosts events like Christmas Flea Market and Vintage Car Show and Flower Show that make shopping even more fun. It’s also got a waterside promenade, a bowling alley, spas and an awesome food court. Now that’s what creates a memorable shopping experience for the entire family, doesn’t it?
- Where: Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore
- When: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
- What: Branded apparels, lifestyle products
5. VR Bengaluru, Bangalore
The ‘Black Box on Whitefield Road’ is what the city folk fondly call it. And this swanky ‘space’ is more than just a shopping mall because it is home to a boutique hotel, co-working spaces, a nine-screen multiplex and of course a huge retail area. Dotted with pubs, cafes and restaurants, VR Bengaluru is an all-encompassing experience that goes beyond most other shopping malls in Bangalore. Home to the country’s first-ever Adidas Originals Concept store, VR Bengaluru also features farmers’ markets where you can get fresh produce, an entertainment arcade for the kids and many spas including one by the French brand L’Occitane for some much-needed pampering for you.
- Where: Krishnarajapura, Bangalore
- When: 10.30 am – 10.00 pm
- What: On-trend apparel from designer labels and fashion houses, activewear
6. Forum Mall, Bangalore
Spread over five floors and filled with students and families looking for some fun hours while the sun is still out, Forum Mall is one of the oldest and most popular shopping malls in Bangalore. It is great for a shopping spree, spending a few hours browsing books at the huge Landmark store, and a few leisurely rounds of coffee at Kalmane Koffee. Got some young ones? Take them over to Timezone, built to delight your munchkins with its interactive entertainment centre.
- Where: Koramangala, Bangalore
- When: 10.00 am – 11.00 pm
- What: Books, stationery, music, branded apparel
7. Garuda Mall, Bangalore
With plenty of options to choose from, Garuda Mall is one of the best places to shop in Bangalore if you wish to refresh your wardrobe, shoe rack and make-up kit. People also visit this mall for its many eateries serving delish classics and some fun delights like gelato. But we’d recommend you go here for a scream-inducing hour at Scary House! Zombie attacks, blood-dripping strangers accompanied by blood-curdling screaming – this is a spook-fest you won’t forget! You’ll come back with shopping bags full of trendiest outfits and a petrified look on your face. How’s that for fun?
- Where: Ashok Nagar
- When: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
- What: Apparel, denim, stationery, footwear
8. Bangalore Central Mall, Bangalore
With fashion apparel and accessories from more than 1000 brands, Bangalore Central Mall is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Bengaluru. It sees heavy footfall throughout the year, and a lot of that has to do with the regular offers and discounts run by the retail chains in the mall. It has a fine selection of restaurants, casual eateries and cafes as well. A day at this popular shopping mall in Bangalore can give you and your family the much-needed quality time together.
- Where: Bellandur, Bangalore
- When: 11.30 am – 9.30 pm
- What: Home décor and furniture, apparel by luxury brands
9. Inorbit Mall, Bangalore
Besides housing the usual brands from Levi’s and Blackberry’s to Global Desi and Pepe Jeans, Inorbit Mall also hides some quirky little gems like Soch for contemporary ethnic wear and Craft World for eclectic handicrafts. This is one of the most visited shopping malls in Bangalore, with patrons coming here not just for its high-end retail options but also the many fine dine restaurants (a poolside dinner for two at WHTFLD Bar & Grill, anyone?). You’d love to go here for its family-focused ‘That Awesome Place’, which has a play area where the kids can go crazy, abutting a café where the parents can do the opposite. A cool shopping mall in Bangalore, Inorbit’s large, cavernous spaces give off a relaxed vibe that allows you to shop in peace and even just sit down and watch people.
- Where: Whitefield, Bangalore
- When: 10.30 am – 11.00 pm
- What: Branded apparel and accessories, handcrafted goods
10. 1 MG Mall, Bangalore
If you haven’t had enough of shopping malls yet, take a trip to 1 MG Mall, one of the finest places in Bangalore offering an invigorating array of dining options. You could visit the celebrated Café Felix to try its famed Goan Chorizo Pizza, Fort Kochi for some yummy Malabari cuisine and the very elegant The Tao Terraces for Pan Asian delicacies. Of course, you can find the best of apparel brands like the failsafe Marks & Spencer, the uber-chic Promod and many others. Browse through the collections at The Bombay Store for quirky décor items or get some luxe leather accessories at Da Milano. One of the highlights of this mall is Smaaash, the interactive sports entertainment space.
- Where: MG Road, Bangalore
- When: 10.00 am – 11.00 pm
- What: Home décor and furnishings, leather accessories
With so many malls spread around the city, Bengaluru is a mall hopper’s dream destination. We’ve listed out some of the best ones in the city but you could also visit Vega City Mall, Forum Value Mall and Royal Meenakshi Mall while here. Going to malls today is not just about brands and big spaces and the air-conditioning, though that comes in handy during the hot, muggy season that most of the country experiences during summers! It is about creating a social experience that you can share with your family and friends in a stress-free manner. No threatening traffic, no walking around a lot to get to that coveted shop and yes, they literally manufacture the weather for you!
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