Bangalore, the former "Garden City," located in the South Indian state of Karnataka, has been one of the fastest developing Indian cities since its independence. Back then, people traveled to Bangalore when they craved a club culture and social life. However, with the boom of technology, the "Garden City" has become the "Silicon Valley of India," drawing tech professionals from all over the world. Today, urbanization has given a facelift to the city, evolving the club culture into pub culture with 24-hour restaurants, late-night pubs and bars, big baristas, and fast food outlets like Starbucks on every corner.
Regardless of the rush of the fastest developing Indian city, Bangalore's climate is no match for other Indian cities and still stays true to the saying that Bangalore is India without its scorching sun and Europe without its snow. The city is technically a hill station 3,000 feet from the mean sea level. Over the years, it has transformed from a typical South Indian town within the fort walls to a megalopolis of more than 12 million people. The transportation system is well developed to match the demands of the growing population, with a stylish international airport, ultramodern metro, well-connected bus services, the famous South Indian tuk-tuks, and taxi services like Ola, Uber, and EZI Drive. For digital nomads arriving Bangalore, using metros wherever possible on working days will not only be a wise choice but a time-saving one.
With work-friendly cafes, theme-based restaurants, and night-party pubs, Bangalore is a perfect destination for a workation, especially in one of these digital nomad-friendly neighborhoods.
Koramangala in the southeastern part of Bangalore boasts the infrastructure to live your best life in Bangalore, with its residential neighborhood's calmness and the commercial hub's comforts. Having witnessed Bangalore's tech boom, Kormangala, yesterday's suburban area, is today's most celebrated startup hub.
If working in cool spaces is your thing, try the Dyu Art Cafe or Third Wave Coffee Roasters, both with their stylish interiors and endless coffee flavors, are very aesthetic working places. But for an office away from the office kind of work ambiance, One Co.work claims to be India's first hospitality-inspired coworking space and offers a cafeteria, networking sessions, sleeping pods, and a clean office environment. Meanwhile, BizzHub Workspaces has a colorful industrial-look interior and provides private cabins, showering facilities, pantry area with a free flow of hot beverages. Another option is 91Springboard in the Kormangala 7th block, with a beautiful lounge area and gaming zones.
Whether for the homemade continental breakfast or the warm cozy ambiance, a stay in Kormangala is incomplete without visiting The Hole In The Wall Cafe. However, for a fine dining experience, make a reservation at The Black Pearl, Truffles, or Fenny's Lounge And Kitchen.
The main reason why many remote workers choose Kormanagala is because of its high-energy pubs and lounge bars. From Indigo Live Music Bar and The Bier Library to Biergarten and Koramangala Social, there are multiple options to get pampered with drinks and sweat out on dance floors.
With extravagant retail outlets, sophisticated restaurants, and jaw-dropping mansions, Indiranagar is that luxury neighborhood where all the delights are within walking distance. Moreover, having a metro station, well-established gyms like Cult.fit, and an indoor climbing gym called Equilibrium Climbing Station, the residential locality of Indiranagar can be the perfect workation neighborhood. For community workshops, keep a close eye on the happenings at Lahe Lahe, an art space to meet like-minded people, and Slurp Cooking Studio, which brings together people with a love for food.
Though known for its luxury environs, Indiranagar is also home to coworking spaces like 91springboard and Grit Coworks, which inspire you to work with all the conveniences of an office. BHIVE Workspace, with the homely comforts of sleeping pods and a gaming area, is the space that provides a great work-from-home ambiance. Whether a relaxed space to slide into the world of books or a chic setting to get your work done, there are work-friendly cafes like Yogisthaan, Tata Cha, and Starbucks in Indiranagar.
As you come across pubs like Toit, Hangover, and Vapour and restaurants like Burma Burma, Sly Granny, and Vegan Vogue, you will understand why youngsters and young-at-hearts cherish Indiranagar so much.
Located east of Bangalore, Whitefield was once a quiet Anglo-Indian neighborhood but today, it is one of the most desirable residential areas with lots of shopping malls, tech companies, and opportunities for entertainment. With malls like Phoenix Marketcity and Inorbit, Iona Entertainment with football turf and fitness games, and Lake View Farm, a boho-like marketplace with organic vegetables to handicrafts stores, Whitefield makes the perfect setting for a chic workation.
With so many tech professionals residing, Whitefield is home to many work-friendly cafes and coworking spaces. Glen's Bakehouse, with Parisian cafe vibes, and Third Wave Coffee, serving variety, are two good places to work while munching something. But if you are looking for highly functional coworking spaces, GoodWorks CoWork, Evolve Work Studio, and Awfis have amenities like private cabins, meeting rooms, and unlimited tea and coffee.
Whether regional or continental cuisines, Whitefield provides a world of gastronomic delights like Herbs & Spicesserving Italian and North Indian, Ebony doing Punjabi-Mughlai-Continental classics, and The Pallet-Brewhouse & Kitchen famous for brewed beer, food platters, and oriental cuisine. When it comes to pubs and bars, there are Whitefield Social, 153 Biere Club, and Amoeba Sports Bar for youthful and vibrant nights.
Located towards the south of Bangalore, J.P.Nagar is mainly a residential area that is less crowded and has all commercialized establishments like shopping malls, restaurants, eateries, pubs, and coworking spaces.
Pubs like Hakuna Matata, with an open-air ambiance; Fat Owl, with music nights and themed events; Three Dots & A Dash, with a Hawaiian vibe; and Casa Piccosa, with rustic interiors and live music makes J.P.Nagar a haven for bar-hopping. But if the night calls for a special occasion meal, head straight to Onesta for unlimited pizzas, Le Arabia Restaurant for Arabic delicacies, or 1947 Restaurant for Indian vegetarian cuisine.
J.P. Nagar isn’t the techiest Bangalore neighborhood, but it still has excellent coworking spaces like Indiqube, Somara, and Golden Square to work and thrive. For those who hate to work in a traditional office setup, ClayWorks with the miniforest and open courtyard is your coworking space. Moreover, J.P.Nagar is irreplaceable regarding work-friendly cafes with creative interiors. Dialogues with the 'time model' concept, The Caffeine Baar with experimental specialty coffees, and Blue Tokai Coffee with the inspiring white interiors are some to mention.
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