Whitefield has become one of Bengaluru’s F&B hotspots and one of the strongest neighborhood dining destinations. It’s one of the reasons why it’s impossible to get my friends from Whitefield to brave traffic and get out of their comfort zone. Their argument still remains that Whitefield has enough dining options, from trendy craft breweries to strong regional dining options to fine dining restaurants. I tend to agree with them. Om Nom Nomm is one of the best places for European-style artisanal ice cream in Bangalore. Although it is a takeaway or home delivery brand, you will be spoiled for choice of dining options in this part of Bengaluru with its unique mix of expats, locals and beer nerds.

Here are the 8 best stand-alone restaurants in Whitefield, Bangalore:

1. Sashay Taproom + Kitchen at CPIA Area, Brookefield

This huge 260 seater is one of our new favorite spots in Whitefield. It tries to recreate and celebrate the charm of “Old Bangalore”. Whitefield was also one of the old colonial outposts of Bangalore during the British era. Modern sensibilities meet nostalgic charm in a space emphasizing greenery and colorful furnishings. Positioned as a neighborhood tap room, Sashay offers 12 draft beers and a house selection of over 30 craft gins. The diverse menu celebrates global cuisine with everything from sashimi to pizzas in the mix.

2. Hopshaus at Whitefield Main Road

We can’t think of too many better weekend lounge spots in Whitefield. Try the wasabi shrimp and tres leches cake while you’re in lounge mode on the weekends here. This microbrewery makes our list for its tranquil botanical setting with a relaxed vibe and open-air appeal. It’s not just beer on offer, HopsHaus also offers mead on tap.

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A great weekend lounge in Bengaluru. Photo credit: Hopshaus

3. Fox in the field at Forum Shantiniketan

Bigger is better, at least that seems to be the scenario for the huge breweries of Bengaluru. Fox is conveniently located; it is part of Forum Shantiniketan, one of the best-designed malls in Bengaluru. We prefer the second floor – Fox in the Den with its sophisticated library theme. This is where you’ll likely spot regulars sipping craft cocktails. But it’s the beers, including their signature Chocolate Stout, that are the real deal.

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You will no doubt come across regulars sipping craft cocktails. Photo credit: Fox in the field

4.Oota – Above the windmill crafts, EPIP area, Basavanna Nagar

Remains one of our top recommendations in Bengaluru for Karnataka cuisine in a fine dining setting. The name is a giveaway, Oota (translates to food) brings together the best of Karnataka on one platter. The culinary team has traveled extensively through the varied culinary regions of Karnataka to source authentic home-style recipes. While coastal Karnataka dishes like Mangalore rolls and Kundapura chicken curry are among the highlights, there is also room for dishes like Mutton Dalcha from the Hyderabad Karnataka region.

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Oota brings together the best of Karnataka in one platter. Photo credit: Ashwin Rajagopalan

5. Layla, The Den Bengaluru at ITPB Main Rd, KIADB Industrial Export Promotion Zone

This “dinner-only” restaurant and bar is one of the most romantic rooftop dining spots in town. The Den is a design-driven luxury Israeli hotel, and the interiors’ cozy inside cabins are a throwback to another era. The dim lighting provides the perfect contrast to the bustle and traffic of Whitefield. We are fond of the outdoor section with a 360 degree view of the city. The menu brings together dishes from the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.

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Layla’s dim lighting provides the perfect contrast to the bustle and traffic. Photo credit: The Den Bangalore

6. Craft Works Windmills at CPIA Area, Basavanna Nagar

One of Bengaluru’s nightclubs that has redefined live entertainment in the city with an eclectic mix of talented musicians. The interiors add to its appeal as one of the city’s popular expat and adult hangouts with wooden floors, comfy sofas, and performance space. The beer menu is as carefully crafted as its live jazz concerts with everything from IPAs and Indian Pale Ales to Stouts in the mix.

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The beer list is as carefully curated as its live jazz concerts. Photo Credit: Windmill Craft

7. Magnolia Bakery in Phoenix Market City, Whitefield Main Road

The sequel to the legendary Manhattan institution’s first Indian outlet in Indiranagar. There’s an undeniable NYC vibe to it, after all, Magnolia went global thanks to Sex and the City making its cupcakes a cultural phenomenon. In addition to their foolproof cookies, we also dig their vanilla cheesecake and growing line of homemade ice cream. And then there are the delicious cookies; everything is cooked in small batches here.

8. Herbs and spices to Whitefield Main Road

An old Bengaluru institution that remains relevant with its consistent food quality and friendly service. The menu is varied with everything from Mangalorean signatures to North Indian signatures and Italian cuisine. The warm, home-style setting is complemented by an array of comfort food. Regulars swear by the Thai pumpkin soup, bruschetta and their dessert tastings.