Bangalore - 560008
What you see - The majestic spires of The Leela Palace Hotel arrest your eye even before you enter Leela Galleria, the high-end shopping arcade located in the hotel. Once you’re inside, it’s the sound of water falling on to a rose petal covered basin that you hear. If Bangalore is a city of malls, then Leela Galleria is the queen of those malls, given the luxury stores that line its three floors. This isn’t your average window-shopping mall. It’s a place you’d go and splurge if you are feeling like a queen, given that most of the stores here come with the designer tag attached to them.
What you get - Well, almost everything, with the exception of groceries is available here. You could walk in to Ganjam By Design and check their classic and contemporary collection of jewelry. This store is aimed at the high profile jewelry client and the collection includes aesthetically designed, unusually crafted pieces. Adding to the exclusivity is the perfume store Parcos, which has a range of fragrances from famous houses like Escada, Elizabeth Arden, Clarins, Nina Ricci etc. They also have a skin care range.
The shopping mall is spread over a huge area and opens out to the lovely gardens of the Leela Palace Hotel at the back. Barista, the coffee shop has an outlet here and you can either sit inside the arcade and have a cup of coffee while enjoying the twinkling stars on the ceiling, or take in the fresh garden air outside.
Like we said, the stores here offer good quality, classy products. Looking for stylish bags? Walk in to the Hidesign boutique and check out the collection. A ladies’ shoulder bag in leather will cost you around Rs. 3,000. You can also pick up smaller items like wallets, cardholders etc.
There’s a lot of designer wear on offer here and you can see the collection at Mogra, which has a good mix of different designers. You can get embroidered and trendy sarees from Anju Modi and men’s wear by Mayank Modi. If you are looking for that designer touch in shoes, check out Manish Arora’s collection at Reebok. His funky, psychedelic-sequined sneakers for Reebok start at Rs. 19,000 upwards.
Finding it difficult to gulp that down but not keen on just another coffee? Head to the Cha Bar at Oxford Book Store. Apart from Darjeeling First Flush and Masala Chai, you’ll get quiche and muffins here. The place is Wi-Fi enabled so it’s not surprising to see several people engrossed with their laptops. A better thing to do would be to check out the bookstore which has a good collection, especially in the children’s section.
Interestingly, if you are looking for suits and would like to get one tailormade for you, check out Khanate’s. They have a 24-hour delivery service and stock fabrics but you could get your own as well. Another upscale men’s wear shop here is Lokesh Ahuja’s store, which has a good collection of formal wear for men and accessories. Women can head straight to Anokhi, which stocks skirts, kurtas, jackets, tops, trousers, tunics and dupattas in beautiful Rajasthani prints, tie and dye work etc. You can also pick up bedspreads, cushion covers, small pouches and lovely cards with ethnic prints.
One of the new additions here is Frazer & Haws, the exclusive store of silver collectibles. You will get everything from tableware to candlestands to diyas and Ganeshas. They even have a contemporary jewelry line. Leela Galleria also houses stores like Daks, Ohana Flowers (for special bouquets) and even a salon.
Our verdict - Like we said, it’s a complete shopping experience, and a very leisurely one. The lack of crowds is a welcome change, given that overcrowded malls are a norm in Bangalore. Even if hardcore shopping is not on your agenda, this is a good place to chill out, gasp at the prices at some of the stores, admire almost everything, and have a leisurely cup of coffee. Valet parking facility is available.
Anytime between – 10 AM to 9 PM (Weekdays)
10 AM to 8 PM (Sundays)