11 Cafes with Character in Bangalore
By: Monisha Sharma on Jul 24th, 2014
More than just coffee: 11 Cafes to suit your personality

Coffee shops have a magical ability to bring people together - whether it’s hanging out with friends after college/work or insightful conversations with complete strangers. We found a list of cafes in Bangalore that encourage the spirit of creativity and community; cafes that are different from the homogeneously branded chains; cafe’s that have different vibes, menus, activities and fun things to do!

1. Art Blend Cafe
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Coffee and Hobbies. Art Blend Cafe is a vibrant yet relaxing place with board games, books and a dedicated crafts corner for people to explore their creative side. They even have a small rooftop section where you can enjoy the pleasant Bangalore weather. (By ‘pleasant’ we mean the 15 minutes between rain showers.) They also conduct really fascinating workshops from time to time for kids and adults.

Location: #659, 24th Main, 22nd Cross, 2nd Sector, Near Parangi Palya Bus Stop, HSR Club Road, HSR Layout, Bangalore.

Contact them at: 098867 82062

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2. Cafe 42
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42 is the “answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything.” Cafe 42 is a rooftop cafe in Indiranagar. With a wide selection of books, lines of poetry on the blackboard walls along with posters and artwork, Cafe 42 also hosts various poetry reading sessions, yoga classes and art jams. We’re not sure of the frequency of these events, but drop in on a rainy day for some chai and pakodas and you’ll be delighted none the less.

Location: 2040 17th main 1st cross HAL 2nd stage, Bangalore.

Contact them at: 090085 88662

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3. Coffee on Canvas
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We know how difficult removing coffee stains from our clothes is, but do you know how BEAUTIFUL coffee on canvas can be? Each of the tables here have beautiful artwork placed under a glass top. They have a great selection of books, board games (Brainvita!) and very cordial and pleasant staff. They also have local artists’ works on display and for sale.

Location: No 84, ST Bed Layout, 12th Main, Koramangala 4th block Bangalore. 

Contact them at: +919845070371/ 9900044248 

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4. Atta Galatta
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A haven for book lovers, Atta Galatta also stages plays, book readings, discussions, seminars and workshops making it every art lover’s paradise. We’re particularly excited about checking out their spoken word poetry night sometime soon. (Let us know if you’d like to tag along.) 

Location: #134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore

Contact them at: 080 4160 0677 

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5. DYU Cafe
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An art cafe with spectacular pieces on display, what we love the most about this place is the ambience that’ll definitely take you on a nostalgic ride. Tiny details add to the whole decor, making this one of our favourites. Catch up on your reading or with a friend, this place will cater to every mood. They also serve the most heavenly french toast which is nothing short of pillowy sugar goodness.

Location: No 23 MIG, KHB Colony, Koramangala 8th Block Bangalore, India  

Contact them at: 098956 74244 

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6. Cafe Max
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A cafe located at Goethe Institute, CMH road, Cafe Max makes for a perfect place to catch up with a friend over coffee, glass of wine, or dinner(or the way we prefer - all three!). They have some delicious European and Mediterranean food; never forget to try their desserts. It’s a rooftop cafe at the Goethe Institut, which is also a wonderful place to watch a play or to visit for the art displays and other events they have quite regularly.

Location: #716, CMH Road, Indiranagar Bangalore. 

Contact them at: 080 4120 0469 

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7. Om Made Cafe
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Another rooftop cafe, Om Made Cafe provides us with the serenity that is becoming increasingly difficult to find in Bangalore. They have a pretty extensive menu, with quite a few options for Vegan lovers. What we love about this place is the spectacular sunset you can catch a glimpse of from the deck.

Location: No 136 1st cross 5th Block Koramangala Bangalore, India. From Sukh Sagar go towards Jyothi Nivas college, above Gold's gym/Mainland China, on the rooftop

Contact them at: 080 2553 3369

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8. Claytopia
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This Bistro is perfect for exploring your creative side! Located in Koramangala and Indiranagar, you can paint on ceramic cups, bowls, magnets, piggy banks, etc. Once you’re done painting, the kind folks at Claytopia will get them baked, glazed and ready for you to exchange with your friends or for you to decorate your home with.

Location: 11, 80 Feet Main Road, 1st Block, Koramangala Bangalore.

Contact them at: +91 80 41267163/ +91 80 41323394/ 8064350526

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9. Courtyard Cafe
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Hidden from the wrath of Bangalore's din, Courtyard Cafe is a small garden cafe with some homely food options and the opportunity to meet great people. It is also co-situated with PLaY and that means Foosball, Pool Table, Beach Volleyball AND a Climbing Wall! A lot to do here, we promise. We’ve even seen some bring their pets to this quaint little cafe. (Don’t forget to try out the lemon tea and Santosh’s special pizza.) We've also just been informed that they have a new menu and can't wait to check it out soon. Join us maybe?

Location: K.H.Road (old double road) Bangalore. 

Contact them at: 080 4012 4488

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10. Leaping Windows
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With amazing breakfast and a comic books library, Leaping Windows had to make it on our list! You’ll find reminders of your favourite superheroes in every nook and corner of this beautiful cafe. (P.S - They also have WiFi, making it a go-to place for when you’re looking for a change of scenery while working.)

Location: 509, 9th Main Road, 3rd Cross Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038 

Contact them at: 098808 22390 

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11. Hole in The Wall
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Want to get some breakfast with your friends on a Sunday morning? HITW will pretty much be your first option. Amazing English Breakfast, waffles and BACON! What more could this world possibly need?

Location: No 4# , 8th Main Road, Kormangala 4th Block , near Ooty Chocolates , opposite Cafe Coffee Day , Bangalore, India Bangalore.  

Contact them at: +91.080.4094.9490/ +91.99005.17582

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Well, we hope that caters to your coffee shop needs for a few days. If you discover more coffee shops and feel there is more that needs to be added to this list, do share in the comments section! We’re always eager to try out new places!

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Monisha Sharma
Monisha is currently pursuing a Masters in Counselling Psychology. When she's not at school or at the Polka Cafe Headquarters, you'll find her exploring the city for new coffee shops. She loves elephants, board games, jigsaw puzzles and prides herself with AWESOME taste in music. Her favourite dinosaur is the Stegosaurus.   Read more
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