A shopaholic’s paradise, The Forum stands as a premier shopping mall and a famous landmark of Bangalore. Located on Hosur Road in the Koramangala area of Bangalore city, the mall is one of the largest shopping destinations of the country. It has the distinction of being the first full-fledged mall of Bangalore.
The Forum was built by the renowned Prestige Group in the year 2002. Ever since it’s opening, the mall has been attracting the young and the old alike to enjoy a lavish experience in shopping and entertainment. Spread across 780,000 sq ft of futuristically designed shopping space, the mall is a multi-brand bonanza in retail shopping and several other attractions.
The shopping mall is one of those few places where you can get anything and everything that your heart desires to shop. It has five swanky floors housing retail giants like Westside, Metro, United Colors of Benetton, Mochi, Planet Fashion, Weekender, Provogue, Isis and plenty of other renowned brands. The credit to bring the international brand Tommy Hilfiger to South India goes to this reputed mall. From designer apparel to gold jewellery, from home furnishings to video games, and from electronics to exercise equipments, the mall holds the key to fulfil all your shopping dreams under one large roof.
PVR Cinemas at Forum Mall
Apart from being a shopper’s delight, the mall is also a full-fledged entertainment centre. It houses a multiplex, PVR, with 11 screens (including IMAX) that feature the latest movies from Hollywood, Bollywood and the South Indian film industry.
Watching movies at the PVR is an experience in itself. It has stadium seating, wall-to-wall screens and amazing sound system. The attraction of the place is such that it has revived the people’s interest in watching movies on the large screen once more. The mall is truly a chilled out zone where after a leisurely shopping spree you can proceed to watch your favourite movie with friends and family.
Crowd Puller In Forum Mall, Koramangala
The Forum is truly a place that has something for everyone. One of the major attractions of the mall is the multi storey bookstore, the Landmark. This bookstore is a crowd puller that offers a huge collection of books belonging to several genre of interest. Books apart, the store has lots of other items also. It has a wide range of office stationery, CDs, soft toys and various other attractions for the visitors. This place is dear to book lovers because here you can sit with a book in a corner and flip through the pages at leisure. No one will come and ask you to hurry up or insist you to make a purchase first.
The shopping mall has cosmetic stores where you can relax while having a makeover. The various reputed gift stores like The Archies Gallery, The Gift Kiosk, The Gift Gallery, etc. offers plenty of stuff to select and gift to your loved ones.
Restaurants in Forum Mall
The mall is a great place to satiate your taste buds too. The food court of the mall is called The Transit. The inviting place is designed like an airport Transit Lounge. Several top line food chains like KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, etc. offer the most delicious delicacies for your choice.
Sahib Sindh Sultan, Firangi Paani, Krispy Kreme, Rajdhani – Snacklet restaurants in Forum Mall are very popular.
The ambiance and the feel of the place make dining at the mall a beautiful experience. The huge food court and the diverse cuisines available there add to the appeal of the mall. Visitors have the choice to select from a simple cup of coffee to delicious cuisines from around the world.
The aroma of fresh-baked cookies and bread can lift your mood instantly. You can pick your assorted cookies from any of the labels like Cookie Man, The Donut Baker, Daily Bread Gourmet Foods India Private Limited, Bread Talk, etc. Most importantly, the place offers an opportunity to spend some moments with your loved ones and friends.
The shopping mall organizes and hosts regular events to attract and entertain visitors. Occasions like Christmas, Diwali and Valentine’s Day are celebrated with much pomp and glory. The Forum Shopping Festival is another occasion that the mall hosts in a grand manner to mark the event.
Ambiance and Facilities
The shopping mall offers exceptional facilities for the visitors. There are dual entrances, close circuit cameras for round the clock security, 100% generator backup and computerized parking management systems to enhance your shopping experience.
The mall offers parking facility for 800 cars. The parking facility is spread across all the five storeys of the mall. There ATM machines inside the building that add to your convenience.
The centralized air conditioning and line-in music makes the ambiance comfortable and relaxed for the visitors and shoppers alike.
The grand shopping mall has not escaped from a few controversies and complaints. On 26th January, 2009, a minor electrical fire broke out at the food court of the mall. Though it was quickly brought under control, it led to speculations about the safety of the building.
Several visitors are concerned that safety is compromised at the mall. This is due to the fact that the fire exits and the emergency exits of the mall are always kept under lock and key. In case of an emergency, this can prove to be a very dangerous situation.
But irrespective of all the complaints and controversies, The Forum stands as one of the prominent landmarks of the city and a great place for shopping and entertainment.
Forum Mall Timings
Everyday: 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Food & Beverages
Everyday: 11.00 am to 11.00 pm
Everyday: 10.00 am to 9.45 pm [PVR website]
No. 21, Hosur Road,