The enchanting city of Mysore is famous in the region for a number of things – high quality sandalwood, exquisite silk, natural incense and last but not least, mouth-watering food. We spent 3 magical days in the city and as always, one of our goals was to find the best of the best of food in town. Check out our Mysore travel guide for more information.
5 MUST TRY VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN MYSORE
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HOW TO GET TO MYSORE
BY AIR – The closest airport to Mysore is Mysore Airport, also known as the Mandakalli airport, situated 10km away.
BY TRAIN – The closest railway station to Mysore is Mysore Junction railway station. Mysore is connected via train from across the region, however, booking trains in India can be tricky. It is advised to book at least 3 days in advance and even then you aren’t always guaranteed a ticket. For this reason, we always used the bus network in India. You can book trains up to 6 months in advance using 12go Asia.
BY BUS – Mysore is accessible by bus from a number of destinations across India. To check routes, timetables and ticket prices we recommend using redbus.com. In our experience, they are extremely reliable. They are one of the few companies who will accept payment with an International card, and they are contactable by phone should you have any issues with your journey.
5 MUST TRY VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN MYSORE
We are not vegetarians (yet), however, we have wanted to cut down on meat for a while now, and there is no better place to start than in INDIA. It is so easy to be a vegetarian in this diverse country, and the city of Mysore is bursting at the seams with incredible vegetarian restaurants. Here are our top picks of the bunch:
1. HOTEL RRR
For the best South Indian food in the city, you cannot miss this local favourite. All meals are served traditionally on a banana leaf and if you really want to fit in with the locals, should be eaten with your fingers. It’s a messy affair but you do get used to it.
RRR mainly cater ftomeat eaters, however there is a delicious vegetarian option which we absolutely loved and didn’t stop talking about for days afterwards! The food is pretty spicy, so order lots of water and let the flavours of south India seduce your taste buds.
Opening hours – Daily 11.30am – 4.30pm for lunch (most popular) and 7pm-11pm for dinner
How much – 350 INR for 2 people with drinks
Located just outside of the city in the district of Mohalla, this charming little restaurant delivers some of the tastiest food we’ve had throughout our travels thus far. Offering a delicious menu of both local & Chinese food, they claim that their secret ingredient is LOVE – and we are suckers for love.
Although the food was slightly more expensive than other restaurants in the area, there is no doubt that it is worth it. We devoured a huge meal of Vegetable Kofta Curry, 2 Rotis and a portion of Vegetable noodles, and not 1 bite was left at the end of it. It was one of those meals you reminisce on for days afterwards, so don’t miss it!
Opening hours – Daily 11am – 11pm
How much – 750 INR for 2 people with drinks
3. DEPTH AND GREEN
Catering for both vegetarians & vegans, D&G have really nailed this charming little cafe with its tantalising menu. Located in the district of Mohalla, it’s a little outside of the city centre, therefore appealing to the yogi crowd who are living or staying in the nearby shalas.
The food menu is a mix of local food or western dishes with a local twist, and the coffee shop menu is unrivalled among others in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed the homemade veggie burger, and due to a power cut we ate by candle light, making the experience all the more enjoyable.
Opening hours – Daily 8.30am-9pm. CLOSED MONDAYS.
How much – 400-500 INR with drinks
4. OM SHANTI
Conveniently located in the city centre, Om Shanti is a locals favourite when it comes to vegetarian food. The menu is extensive, reasonably priced and we throughly enjoyed a fresh meal of mushroom curry and a mixed veg jalfrezi with butter naan.
It’s worth noting that the restaurant is located within a hotel, and you need to walk through another restaurant in order to get to it. Do not make the same mistake as we did and sit down in the wrong restaurant.
Opening hours – Daily 7.30am-10pm
How much – 500INR for 2 people with drinks
5. HOTEL MYLARI
Anybody who has been to Mysore will recommend that you try the Mylari Dosa, and it is not without reason. The delicious hot & crispy dosa, has been a famous local delicacy for almost a century, and Hotel Mylari is where it all began.
The Malari Dosa isn’t too much different to a regular Dosa, however here it has some secret local ingredients which make it all the more special. Served with a knob of butter and a side of coconut chutney, we guarantee you won’t be able to stop at 1!
Opening hours – Daily 6.30am-1pm for lunch (most popular) 3pm-9pm for dinner. CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY
How much – 40INR per dosa.
WHERE TO STAY IN MYSORE
Hostel – Zostel Mysore – Rated one of the best-rated locations in Mysore, just 3.6 km from Mysore Palace.
Budget – Sonder – Just 4km from Mysore palace, this accommodation comes with breakfast and has a garden, lounge and library too.
Mid-range – OYO 22046 Apple Trees Inn – Rooms are air-conditioned with a peaceful terrace, breakfast is also included.
For more places to stay in Mysore, check the latest prices here.
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Did you enjoy our list of vegetarian restaurants in Mysore?
Well, that concludes Must try Vegetarian restaurants in Mysore. We hope you enjoy your time in this magical country. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below, through our contact us page. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here where we share further travel advice & inspiration.
Stay Adventurous & Happy Travels,
Charlotte & Natalie x
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Last Updated on May 7, 2020 by Our Taste For Life