Soul food of Mysore

"After a full belly, Everything's Poetry."

Slurp, bite, gulp, hoard. Your first filter caffi , the most amazing Dosas, guiltiest Rasgulla, spiciest Vada , and the meanest Idli. Mind you, we are still just on the outskirts. If you are in the mood to tantalize your taste buds, finding an excuse to ditch that diet, or are struggling to find what more does this city has on its menu- fellow foodie, Mysuru is just the place for you. Thousands come from far and wide into this land, in the search of good health, solace, peace, culture and what not. And all these people definitely take back an everlasting impression of Mysuru food.

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Masala Dosa, served in traditional style with "Chutney" at the famous Gayathri Tiffin Room in Mysore.

Mysore, and particularly Gokulam, has a vast array of great places to eat – you just have to know where to find them. From very cheap standard South Indian fare to more expensive organic/vegan/gluten-free Western and fusion options, it’s often surprising what you can find here. And if you like food half as much as we do, you’re going to want to try them all!

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A super healthy fusion Thali in Gokulam 

Many of the cafes and restaurants can be tricky to find, particularly if it’s your first time in Mysore, and some have very specific opening hours, so we've put together the following guide to help you navigate your way around the wonderful world of food in and around Gokulam.

So here it is, the ultimate list of the food places in Mysore when you are visiting this sparkling city :

Anu's Bamboo Hut, Gokulam

Anu’s home-cooked buffet lunches are the epitome of hearty, wholesome, healthy, safe and delicious Indian food. She always uses the freshest ingredients and the buffet lunch includes brown rice, curries, dal, chapatis, salads and a yummy dessert.

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In the evenings Anu serves delicious banana-based smoothies (so thick they’re served in bowls), with optional add-ins such as dates, figs, cashews, almonds, coconut and chocolate, as well as hot and cold drinks and her famous chocolate pie. Free wifi. Open every day except Thu (and during cooking classes). Lunch buffet (Rs250) 1-3pm, smoothies 5-7pm.

Santosha Cafe, Gokulam

Santosha means 'contentment' and this Western breakfast establishment certainly lives up to its name. You’ll always get the warmest of welcomes from Arun, the owner, who offers everything from omelettes and tofu scramble, to fruit salad and pancakes, to granola and almond milk. With the real coffee, bottomless chai and a great range of juices and smoothies, the only hard part is deciding what to order!

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La Petite France, Gokulam

This place is run by an Indian lady and her French husband. The colourful decor and menus, and full-sized tables and chairs (as opposed to the low tables and floor cushions so common elsewhere) give La Petite France a funky cafe vibe.

The menu is mostly light bites and treats, such as sandwiches, soups, salads, French fries (which are really good), pancakes and even waffles. They have hot and cold drinks and a few breakfast items too. Free wifi. Open every day except Mon, 10am-3pm and 5pm-9pm.

Depth N Green, Gokulam

This was established in October 2014, with their tree trunk tables, betel leaf plates and bowls and the Depth n Green philosophy which states “Be present… looking deeply makes everything appear greener!”

Their fusion menu consists of such delights as the Buddha Bowl (brown rice, rajma masala and salsa salad), Penne al Pesto and Thai Papaya Salad as well as a range of soups, green and fruit smoothies, delicious homemade dairy and vegan cakes, and an assortment of teas including “the tastiest chai masala in Mysore” – they’re not wrong! They also offer a wholesome lunchtime thali and live music on Saturday evenings. Free wifi. Open every day except Mon, 9.30am-9.30pm (weekends til 10pm).

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Perfect Salads to compliment the healthy days in Gokulam

Dhatu for Vegans and Gluten Free

The restaurant run by Dhatu Organics & Naturals is officially called Rasa Dhātu, but everyone knows it simply as Dhatu. This is a place not to be missed during your visit to Mysore. All the food here is organic and they only use fresh, top quality ingredients. It’s very popular with both Indians and foreigners alike and recently started opening throughout the day.

The menu features a wonderful variety of salads, starters, soups, pastas, millet dishes, juices, smoothies and teas as well as very good Indian curries, rice, breads and combo meals. There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options and various daily specials too. The spinach paneer pakoras are a must – melt-in-your-mouth-paneer encased in crispy spinach & curry leaf batter, served with a tangy tamarind sauce.

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You can also find such delicacies as spinach, walnut & goats cheese salad, amaranth salad, pasta with pesto, and gluten-free multigrain chapatis. A visit to the next door shop is a must too. Free wifi. Open every day 11am-10pm.

Tina's Cafe

Very popular with many yoga students. They have a small menu and serve traditional Indian dishes and snacks. You can choose a few dishes you like and they’ll make up a plate, like a small thali. They also have rather good chocolate brownies! Open every day 1pm-11pm.

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Green House Gokulam

Conveniently located in Gokulam near the famous KPJAYI yoga shala, they provide everything you may need during your time here. From organic, homemade food and snacks including grains, spices, nut butters and sweets, to Ayurvedic medicines, health supplements and beauty products. We also stock a wide selection of yoga books and accessories including clothing, bags, malas, incense and much more.

Anokhi Garden Cafe

With various indoor and outdoor seating areas, including the beautiful tree covered garden at the front, it’s no wonder Anokhi’s is the favourite weekend breakfast spot for many yoga students. Flora, the French owner, is a great cook and offers a huge menu, including hummus sandwiches, French crêpes, vegan gluten-free pancakes, French toast, special porridge, the best fruit salad, muesli, juices, smoothies and even masala coffee, that's a TREAT.

They also have daily specials which can include wonderful homemade tarts and raw chocolate brownies. Fundraising and craft sale events happen here from time to time and they also have a few rooms for rent. Free wifi. Open Thu-Sun 8am-1pm (last orders 12.30pm).

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The Old House

Organic Italian yummies for a change of pace. Started by international yoga students several years ago, The Old House is dishing out twice as much red rice salad and pesto pasta as before. Tuck in for a boost before round two at the Shaala.

Coconuts play an Important role in South Indian Foods, be it as a side ingredient or head. Coconut is a huge part of diet here. Its Hydrating  and tasty. Don't miss it out.

When you find yourself in Mysore below mentioned dishes are a MUST-TRY :

Mylari Dosa

79 Nazarbad, Mysore 570010 – near Nazarbad Police Station

They say Hotel Mylari is the birth place of Mysore Dosa and we really can argue. For under 20 Rs per dosa this is the perfect place to for an epic Mysore style breakfast.

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Down Town Fast Food, Gokulam  for the yummy burgers

Tegu Mess's  sumptuous Thali

Hanumanthu's Biryani

Anima Madhwa Bhavan

Kannan Bakery's  Mango Milkshake

Bombay Tiffany's Badam Milk

The famous Mysore Pak at Guru Sweets

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Bhajjis In Chamundi's Betta

Kolhapuri's Chat

Dry Gobi at Usmaan

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Gokulam and places around it in Mysore is a Vegetarian's treat. You find everything at a reasonable price and the service is up to the mark. You will find yourself munching the tastiest foods here.

Here, is where you belong.

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Crafted By, Anushka Arora


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