After an exhausting day of clambering over ruins and trudging along dusty trails, it is truly delightful to rest your weary and battered feet, wash up and obey the growling noise in your stomach. That is when almost all tourists make a beeline to the ‘Mango Tree’ restaurant located within Hampi itself.
A colourful signboard encourages you on by indicating that your destination is just a minute away. Before you go in, remove your shoes, wash up and then take your seat either on the same floor itself or below that or out in the verandah. The service is prompt, helpful and courteous.
Entire Hampi is alcohol-free and vegetarian. So you settle for a sumptuous ‘thali’ and partake of the free ‘papar’ provided by the management. Better to order mineral water. You can while away your time by surreptitiously glancing at your neighbour’s plate and wondering if you have placed the correct order. Your piping hot ‘thali’ arrives in a few minutes and you can then tuck away to your heart’s content. They do have desserts.
Outside the entrance, near the road, you may watch a local craftsman busy at work sawing away at a soft stone as he brings alive some sculpture or the other. It’s a free treat
First Written: Mar. 6, 2013
If you take the main back street heading left off Hampi Bazaar (with your back to the temple), and follow it round, you should, if memory serves, find this little blue building with trellises and patio furniture.
They do serve international cuisine, but ignore that. I had a very decent paneer butter masala here, but the highlight was my partner's choice - the cheese kofta, which was cheese inside mashed potato, coated in breadcrumbs and fried, then served in a tomato curry sauce. Delicious - yes I pinched some!
During the Virupaksha Car Festival, this hotel was offering a 'festival special sweet and salty' breakfast, which we just had to try! It turned out to be two helpings of what looked like semolina, one, as promised, sweet, like a pudding, and the other savoury. Quite odd, but worth a go!
This restaurant is a bit more touristy, but it's worth the trek and the prices for the ambiance and surroundings. You have to walk along the ghats and then along a path between banana plantations to get there, and then walk through the compound and down the steps to the seating on terraces overlooking the river and a glorious sunset. Once the sun has gone down, they light lanterns.
The service is attentive, the food is good (and the lemon sodas out of this world) and the setting is amazing. They serve both Indian and continental food. We had thalis for dinner, but returned on our last day for a late lunch and had pasta which was equally pleasant.
This little cafe is on the path between Vitthala Temple and Kodanda Rama temple. We had a drink there the day after the big storm - and the winds had knocked down their power supply! - and came back again later in the week for breakfast, as the owner was really friendly.
The rooftop restaurant at Rama Guesthose, which is where we stayed, does some decent snacks and meals. We had lunch of veg chow mein there on the day we arrived as we were too tired to go out straight away!
On the left side of Hampi Bazaar if you face away from the temple was Geetha's restaurant, which we had dinner at our first night in Hampi. We had a very satisfying thali, in the middle of a massive storm with thunder and lightning! There were a few locals eating there as well, and everyone was very friendly.
The Mango Tree restaurant is situated under a big Mango Tree west of Hampi village. To come here you walk along the river and then through a banana plantation. In my guidebook it says they have delicious food. I didn’t try the food but some people I spoke to said it was good. It also says in the book that this is a great place to chill out in. Well, with this in mind I though I would be sitting here for quite a while, but I stayed just as long as it took me to drink my coca-cola (Rs 18 in June 2010). The setting is nice and calm, with views towards the river. When I arrived the two or three tables with chairs were occupied, but there are several low tables at the terraced seating. There are no cushions and the wall lean back so I didn’t find it a comfortable place to sit in. And there were too many mosquitoes and flies. Even if the Mango Tree didn’t live up to my expectations I returned another day, but I was disappointed again and didn’t stay long that time either.
Durga Huts Roof has got good food and a relaxed atmosphere. There are a couple of tables with chairs, but most tables are lower and you sit on mattresses. It is easy to meet other travellers here, but the majority are very young.
This is what I paid in June/July 2010:
Aloo Gobi Rs 70
Malai Kofta Rs 75
Plain Naan Rs 20
Lemon Juice Rs 25
Mango Juice Rs 50 (too much of the seed was in the juice so it was not good)
I chose to stay at Gopi’s Guest House because they had a nice rooftop restaurant. It was a good place to sit in to eat or read a book. From the restaurant there is a great view over Virupaksha Temple and on a hot day it is nice with the breeze on the roof.
In the menu you will find a big variety of food, both Indian and dishes of pasta and pizza. But because Hampi is a religious place you will not find alcohol on any of the menus.
This is what I paid in June/July 2010:
Black Coffee Rs 15
Toast, butter Rs 40
Scrambled eggs, toast Rs 50
Fruit salad Rs 60
Lemon juice Rs 25
Lemon-mint juice Rs 30
Papaya juice Rs 40
Pizza al Fungi Rs 120
Tagliatelle al Fungi Rs 110
Malai Kofta Rs 70
Plain naan Rs 15
New Shanthi has tried to give the place a new age feel to it. They play wonderful lounge music. They also display some new agey art work, which i think are for sale.
The food here is good. Good quantity servings unlike the Mango Tree. Pretty close approximation to western food. You get pastas and pizzas and good breads and cakes and donuts.
They bake their own bread and have their own wooden pizza oven. Bread and pizza fresh and tasty.
Price is pretty reasonable.
Since they have only tin roofing, it could feel a bit stuff in the afternoons. Evenings and mornings are pleasant though.
Friendly staff. You can also chat with the owner of the restaurant, Mr. Elango. He will give pretty good tips on travelling in Hampi.
Favorite Dish: Their bread and pizza. Their omelettes are good too.
This restaurant is set up around a big mango tree. Hence, the name. It is situated on the bank of Tungabadra river, and it overlooks the river. They serve only vegetarian food.
Nice view, comfortable seating (sitting on the floor and leaning against slated wall). Their international cuisine isn't that great, but the Indian stuff is good.
Their breakfast quantity isn't that great. Neither is their coffee (they use instant coffee powder).
I would visit this place primarily for the view.
If you want to look and listen to the river while lazily talking to friends go to the Mango tree restaurant. Food is basic and south Indian, but tasty. It does get crowded so go early.
We liked both dinner and lunch there.
The Mango Tree Restaurant is literally nestled in a banana plantation which you walk through when you walk west from the Virupaksha temple along the river.
The food served is nothing 'exotic' from a culinary point of view, but the setting is very scenic and special, overlooking the river. The seating is arranged on concrete terrace steps facing the river which isn't that comfortable but you do get to sit on straw mats. A giant sprawling mango tree (hence the name) stands in the middle of this open air restaurant. It's a great place to come to and chill out after a hectic day’s sightseeing. Thali (south Indian rice meals with assorted tiny dishes) cost Rs30, other dishes (Cauliflower Manchurian, Fried rice, Vegetable curry) are Rs60ish.
This is an excellent place to chill out and relax after a hard days sightseeing that's located on the other side of the river. I came here for lunch after exploring what there was to see over on this side of the river and had a good grilled chicken sandwich and some very good chips. I then laid around on a mattress on the floor and chatted with a few people for the rest of the afternoon as it was so nice!