Near Hampi Bazaar, the ruins of Hampi, there is a small lane made especially for tourists also called Hampi Bazaar where restaurants, souvenir shops and guesthouses lined up the street.
It felt a bit out of place with the entire ancient city at first. When we entered the market, we were in a place somewhat alienated to the whole journey. This place brought us to the colorful markets on the hills or a hippie hangout spots in Goa. It was strange, but somehow we found it quite comfortable to take a break here.
I don’t know what Hampi’s local cuisine was like. It’s something I regretted not having time to search for the authentic dishes of this charming old city. If you are looking for something like that, you will be disappointed here.
The restaurants and cafés here work on multi-cuisine concept to cater to all travelers from around the world who visit Hampi— from Chinese, Thai, Napal, German, Italian, a bit of Indian and something else— everything is vegetarian and some good eggs.
You can rent a bicycle to get around the city here. It’s one of the most popular mode of transportation here. You can leisure explore the city on your own pace.
As we entered the market, there were so many shops selling beautiful products from handicrafts to clothes to handmade jewelries, etc.
These rustic clothing are popular among the tourists.
You will have to bargain for most of the items. And bargaining works here.
The problem is you will still want to buy a lot of things.
So it’s good to control yourself a bit 😛
Oh, and if you’re tired of paddling the bicycle, you can rent one of these bikes.
At the end of the road, there were guesthouse and restaurants with wifi and good coffee.
So we settled for a restaurant called Tom & Jerry run by a Tibetan family.
The restaurant is situated of the roof top, and there is a juice bar on the side.
We loved the cozy interior that made us wanted to nap a bit on the lazy windy day.
From the restaurant, you can see the entire street from up here.
We started with some good chai.
Then some eggs with homemade toast and potatoes tossed in soy sauce and basil.
Or how about pancakes smeared with Nutella, a bowl of fresh fruits topped with cheese, and fresh steamy vegetable momos.
Most restaurants here are run by Tibetans, and oh they made humbly good food.
Look at how pretty it is.
We felt so relaxed and calm up here.
Calm enough to make the boys sleepy.
Calm enough to have a mantis on our juice glass…
We could spend all day here seriously… with books and the beautiful day.
But yea, maybe we would be back for dinner later. Now it’s time to be on the road again.
I will show you later how this place look after dark.
See you soon 🙂
Tes (Tweet to me at @Testerfly)