The heritage city draws tourists from all around for its regal palaces, historic buildings, the grand Dussehra celebration and a lot more. Check out our list of Royal Palaces and Building to See in Mysore. Additionally, it is also home to many local and iconic eateries that have been around for decades serving vegetarian and robust meaty preparations. Bookmark this list of local eateries you must visit when in Mysore.
Hotel Original Vinayaka Mylari, Nazarabad Main Road
Hotel Myllari is the first stop of many once they arrive at Mysore. The iconic eatery has only six tables and three items on the menu. In contrast to the usual crisp dosas, the masala dosas at Mylari are soft and sponge-like, cooked over a wood fire, and served with a blob of butter on top in steel plates laid with a banana leaf. The place is crowded in the mornings, so be prepared for a long wait.
Timings: 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Address: Shop No, 79, Nazarbad Main Road, near Police Station, Doora, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Hotel Mahesh Prasad, Lakshmipuram
The 20-year-old eatery features a homely setting with old-style architecture and is well-liked by locals. The vegetarian restaurant is influenced by South Canara flavours and offers a selection of “tiffin” items as well as hearty meals for lunch. Think Kara Bath, Pongal, Puliyogare, and a variety of dosas. Their Bonda Soup is one of the top-selling items and a must-try.
Timings: 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Address: Ashoka Cir, near RTO Office, Chamarajapura, Chamarajapuram Mohalla, Lakshmipuram, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Hotel RRR Mysore, Chamarajapura
Hotel RRR is a popular biryani point in Mysore and the compact eatery is thronged by locals and tourists alike. The brief menu consists of Andhra-style starters and biryani alone, slightly high on spice and not for ones with delicate palates! Choose from their mutton or chicken biryani, each of which is served with two flavourful gravies for that extra kick.
Timings: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Address: Gandhi Square, Near, Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Lashkar Mohalla, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Kamat Madhuvan, Mysore-Ooty Road
The multi-cuisine garden restaurant has cosy indoor and outdoor seating and is best known for its North Karnataka meals. The meals are served on a banana leaf with a spread of 18 items ranging from plain curd and pickle to staples such as Jowar Roti, Kaal Palya, Engai Badnekayi, sambar, rasam, rice, and a paan to wrap up the meal.
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Address: #151, F2/1E, Khille Mohalla, Mysore - Ooty Road, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Hotel Hanumanthu original since 1930, Mandi Mohalla
The modest eatery situated in Mandi Mohalla has been serving their iconic Mutton Palav (not biryani) since 1930. The meat is freshly butchered before the preparation and cooked with rice and home-ground spices on a woodfire. We like how the spices don’t overpower the palav and let the tender meat shine. Kaal soup, mutton liver, keema, and fry are other options on the menu.
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays; 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sundays; 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Mondays
Address: 1720, Akbar road, Mandi Mohalla, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Brahmin Soda Factory, Mandi Mohalla
A bubbling soda at Brahmin's Soda Factory is a saviour after long touristy walks. The tiny shop, which is in the heart of Mysore Market, has been around for about 80 years and is known for making its own soda using equipment imported from England. Here, you must try the sarsaparilla soda, lime masala soda, and ginger milk. Fruit salads, homemade ice cream, and juices are other options.
Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Address: 8M63+G9C, Kali Temple St, Devaraja Mohalla, Mandi Mohalla, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Malgudi Coffee Shop & Bakery (in The Green Hotel), Hunsur Road
The cafe initially began as an enterprise to support underprivileged women and has grown into a quaint space serving delicious bakes. Located inside The Green Hotel, Malgudi Coffee Shop emits vibes of the yesteryears with its beautiful setting in the open-to-sky courtyard dotted with plants. Scoop into their moist and zesty lemon drizzle cake, their signature offering, and sip on the robust filter coffee.
Timings: 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; 10:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on other days
Address: 81, Hunsur Road, Near University of Mysore Campus, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Tegu Mess, Vani Vilas Mohalla
The 46-year-old, hole-in-the-wall eatery is known for its naati-style non vegetarian dishes. Every meat dish served here is cooked in a distinct gravy with home ground spices that hold a unique flavour. While most people swarm the place for breakfast to feast on dosa, ghee rice, paya, and boti, the place also serves hearty mutton and chicken meals during lunch hours.
Timings: 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays; 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 pm on other days; Closed on Mondays
Address: #5, First Floor, 6th Cross, Adipampa Rd, Vani Vilas Mohalla, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Gayathri Tiffin Room, Chamundipuram
Gayatri Tiffin Room, also known as GTR, is a popular pick for a typical idli-dosa breakfast. The restaurant offers a variety of dosas and South Indian breakfast options, but the finely roasted Masala Dosa and porous Mallige idli are the real deal. If you have a sweet tooth, go for their ghee-laden Kesari Bath.
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays
Address: 2954, 1, NS Road, near Ramachandra Agrahara, Chamundipuram, Ramachandra Agrahara, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Bopy’s Restaurant Bar and Pub, Vijayanagar
Set in an open courtyard with plastic chairs, chequered tablecloths, bricked pillars, and potted plants, Bopy’s Restaurant Bar and Pub is perfect for a laid-back evening in Mysore. It offers scrumptious Coorgi dishes including Ginger or Garlic Pork, Coorg Chilli Pork, and other bar bites to go with chilled beer. Indian Chinese and North Indian options are also available.
Timings: 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Address: next to Aishwarya petrol bunk, Vijay Nagar 3rd Stage, Vijayanagar, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Laxman Mess, Chamrajapura
The mess initially started off as a pushcart that served Mysore-style naati oota and has evolved into a modest mess with home style meaty preparations. It has a limited menu of mutton and chicken options spanning from Thale Mamsa and Mutton Kaima to Chicken Meals. The mutton boti and palav are must-orders here.
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays
Address: No.87 city corporation 1,k, 46/1, Santhepete Rd, KR Mohalla, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka
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Guru Sweet Mart, Devaraja Mohalla
A stop at the legendary Guru Sweet Mart is an ideal way to wrap up the Mysore food trail. While it is not an eatery as such, the sweet shop is known for its melt-in-the-mouth Mysore Pak, and is run by the fifth generation of the inventor of the famed sweet. Choose between the special Mysore Pak oozing with ghee or the vanaspati variant which is slightly hard and crumbly.
Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays; 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on other days
Address: Shop No: 1, Devaraja Market Building, Near K.R. Circle, Sayyaji Rao Road, Devaraja Mohalla, Mysuru, Karnataka
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And if you happen to be driving to Mysore from Bangalore, there are quite a few