Bangalore’s Most Iconic Breakfast Places

Namma Bengaluru is home to not only IT companies, malls, and shopping complexes, it is also well-known for some iconic eateries. Known for their unique taste and for standing the test of time, these breakfast restaurants are a favorite haunt of the local residents, as well as residents from other localities who rush to these eating spots to tuck into their favorite dishes. Here are some of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in Bangalore. 

  • MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room) 
  • Shree Sagar (CTR) 
  • Vidhyarthi Bhavan 
  • Brahmins’ Coffee Bar 

MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room) 


Originally founded in the 1920s, MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room) is Bangalore’s oldest breakfast place. Renowned for its cleanliness and hygiene, it is said that one of the founders, Mr. Yajnarayana Maiya, personally went on a tour to Europe to find out how restaurants in the world functioned. This set the benchmark for MTR and it is still renowned for its high-quality cleanliness. 

You’ll feel a sense of history when you walk in, with photos of famous celebrities and founders hanging on the wall. Although famous for Masala Dosa, the restaurant’s claim to fame is the invention of Rava idli during World War II, owing to the scarcity of rice. 

Located in the heart of old Bengaluru, people start queuing up as early as 6:30 in the morning, for coffee and masala dosa- served with a cup of ghee. It is also famous for Mysore Pak, Badam Halwa, Onion Dosa, grape juice and coffee to conclude the feast.

Address: #14, Lal Bagh Main Rd, Doddamavalli, Sudhama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560027.

Timings: 6:30-11 AM (breakfast) 12:30-8:30 PM (lunch and dinner)

Must-Try: Masala Dosa, Grape Juice, Badam Halwa, Coffee 

Price: 120 for one person 

Shree Sagar (CTR)

Originally known as Central Tiffin Room, Shree Sagar is one of the most famous breakfast spots in Bangalore. It’s known for its special benne masala dosa (benne = butter), and folks to this day rush to Shree Sagar for their favorite buttery masala dosa. 

The ambiance of this place perfectly complements the tasty food. The yellow and blue chequered flooring along with souvenirs, vintage wall clocks, and rosewood furniture add a gentle yet old-world charm and elegance. 

Address: 7th Cross Rd, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560003.

Timings: 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Breakfast) 4:00-9:15 PM (Snacks and Dinner) 

Dishes to try: Benne Masala Dosa 

Price: 100 onwards 

Vidhyarthi Bhavan 

Vidhyarthi Bhavan, which means student’s place, was made to serve students upon its inception. However, as the years passed by, Vidhyarthi Bhavan has welcomed customers of all ages and professions.

As you walk in, you will find portraits of luminaries of Karnataka hanging on the wall. With only 6 items of the menu, you don’t have much to choose from, but whatever you choose, it will be worth it. 

Just like the aforementioned places in this list, Vidhyarthi Bhavan is famous for its dosa, typically served with chutney.

Another interesting thing about this place is, their waiters have a novel technique of pilling up 10-15 dosas on one hand and serving with other hands. 

Address: 32, Gandhi Bazaar Main Rd, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

Timings: 6:30 am to 11:30 am, 2 pm to 8 pm

Dishes to try: Masala Dosa, Idly Vada, and Coffee

Price: 100 onwards 

Brahmins’ Coffee Bar 

Founded in 1964, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar is renowned their Idly Vada & Chutney. The crowds swell in to have their idly and get their daily fix of coffee. Their chutney is so liked that people literally drink it. 

They have a 4 dish south Indian menu that includes Idly, Vada, Khara Baath, and Kesari bath, and their coffee is a must-try. It is a simple and traditional place serving quintessential south Indian food in terms of taste.

Address: Near Shankar Mutt, Ranga Rao Rd, Shankarapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004Timings: 6:00 AM – 12 PM, 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Dishes to try: Idly, Vada, Kesari Baath, and Coffee

Prices: 100 onwards 

Although there are a lot of other new and old breakfast places, these places stand out in terms of taste and quality. 


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