Get under the skin of daily Bengaluru life with a 2.5-hour guided shopping tour of KR Market, more popularly known as City Market. Visit early morning when trade is at the briskest, and soak in the colors and cacophony of the flower, food and spice stalls. Clinch the best deals helped by your guide, enjoy a typically Indian vegetarian breakfast, and if it’s a Sunday, browse the neighboring Sunday Bazaar. Breakfast included.
2.5-tour KR Market (City Market) guided early morning shopping tour in Bengaluru
Experience the sights and sounds of Bengaluru’s biggest wholesale marketplace
See the bright flower, fruit, vegetable, spice, and household stalls
Get the best deals with help from a guide
Learn about the history of the market and Bengaluru
Indian vegetarian breakfast at a popular cafe included
Meet your guide in central Bengaluru in the early morning, just as the KR Market, otherwise called the City Market, reaches the peak of activity. Set out on a stroll, learning about Bengaluru’s and KR’s history from your guide. Hear how this wholesale market stands on the site of a water tank, and also a battlefield of the Third Anglo-Mysore War between 1790 and 1792. Discover the origins of the name KR, and hear about the historical lamp-post that stood outside it: Bengaluru’s first street light. Weave through the packed buildings and outdoor areas, absorb the colors, noise and aromas, and explore the stalls hawking fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, household goods. Be led to the most interesting stands where you can snap up any goods you fancy with tips from your guide on how to secure the best deals. Wander through the flower sales area, admiring the stunning displays of vivid blooms and bright petals. Then, if your tour is on a Sunday, browse the Sunday Bazaar, the next-door flea market of clothes, kitchenware, and utensil stalls. Finally, follow your guide to a tried-and-tested and locally famous cafe for a scrumptious Indian vegetarian breakfast. Your tour then concludes at the starting point.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Jul 2018
An enjoyable few hours, I would certainly recommend a guide. Mansour was knowledgable, easy going and guided us around a busy and colourful market. Lots of smells, not good for clean freaks but that’s all part of it. Breakfast was nice, we tried traditional and popular Marsala Dosa which we really enjoyed. A fair bit of walking but not strenuous and really good to get into the thick of Indian life and to see all the work and activity that goes on every day. Endless vegetables, herbs, fruits, spices, nuts, and of course beautiful flowers. I must point out that the meeting point instructions were wrong, a few blocks off in a really average part of town - took a while to work out where to go with our guides help. All in all a total eye opener.
We had a great morning exploring the KR Market. Our guide, Mansoor, was great! He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He guided us through the entire market, we saw all it had to offer. He then took us to breakfast at a local spot which was delicious. After the market he took us to do some local shopping and even got to try a Sari! He even helped us with our driver who we had a hard time communicating with, if it wasn't for Mansoor we wouldn't have made it home!! Overall this was a great day, thank you Mansoor!!