The Flora Fountain
lies at the centre of South Mumbai. It is now known as Hutatma Chowk
South Bombay is a commonly used term, but the extent of this district is not commonly agreed upon. This article uses the term to denote the areas of Fort, Colaba, Malabar Hill, Nariman Point, Marine Lines, Kalbadevi, Pydhonie, Mahalaxmi, and Tardeo.
South Bombay was the center of terrorist attacks between the evening of Nov. 26th & 29th 2008. The situation is improving but significant damage led to the temporary closure of the Taj Mahal and Trident-Oberoi Hotels. These hotels re-opened on 21st December, 2008.
This district contains some of the oldest parts of the city. For a long time, this was the city. One of the seven islands that were joined to form Mumbai was called Bombay. This is where the British started on their long quest to build the docks and the city. They built Fort St. George, which no longer exists, but the area is still called "Fort". The Fort area contains many corporate offices and most of the administrative offices of the city and state governments.
Paradoxically, this district contains one of the newest areas of the city, Nariman Point, which was built on land reclaimed between the 1940s and the 70s. This is Bombay's downtown, where the offices of India's topmost corporate houses are located.
Malabar Hill, the most affluent residential neighbourhood in the city is also located here. Most industrialists have their bungalows here. This is also where the official residences of Maharashtra's chief minister and Governor are located. The other famous location is Colaba, which used to be an island by itself, until it was connected to Bombay by a causeway. This area contains a naval base.
Most of the city's famous landmarks, including the iconic Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, and Marine Drive (Queen's Necklace) are located here.
It has now been given the nickname, and used by most people of the 'Gen Y', of 'SoBo' (SOuth BOmbay).
This is the best way to reach South Mumbai whether you have arrived by air, train, or bus. The taxi should be able to get you straight to your hotel. It is also a good way to commute around South Mumbai.
All three lines of Mumbai's local train network terminate here. The Central and Harbour lines end at Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (commonly known by its former name of Victoria Terminus, or VT). The Western line ends at Churchgate, though long-distance trains stop at Mumbai Central. Most tourist areas can be reached most easily from VT and Churchgate stations. The best way to get here from the airport is to make your way to Andheri station and take a southbound train to Churchgate, though this method is not recommended during peak hours, especially if you have luggage.
BEST serves this area exceptionally well. During peak times buses have standing room only, but at other times it is a comfortable option. Buses in the series 1-199 serve this area.
It is best to avoid getting your car here, especially on a weekday. While all highways terminate here and traffic discipline is better than almost anywhere else in India, the extraordinary amount of traffic and the near impossibility of finding parking close to your destination make this a bad option to take. Even if you drive down, it is a good idea to park your car at one of the paid parking areas run by the Municipal Corporation (Look for "MCGM" on the streets) and then take other means of transport to your destination.
The Gothic facade of the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway terminus
, popularly known as VT (Victoria Terminus) station
- Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island, Mumbai . Check out these fine examples of rock sculptures dedicated to Shiva. Even though many of them have been vandalized by Portuguese invaders, their grandeur is hardly diminished. Every year around February, the Elephanta Festival of music and dance takes place on this island in the backdrop of the sculptures. Take a ferry from the Gateway of India. The round trip costs Rs. 100 and will take 45 minutes one way.
The Prince of Wales Museum and gardens
- Hanging gardens, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, 400 026. 5AM-9PM. Officially known as the Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens this terraced garden is worth visiting less for the carved hedges and fountains and more for the spectacular view of Mumbai that it affords. Right across the street is Kamala Nehru Udyan, which is another garden whose most famous attraction is a structure shaped like a shoe, which one can enter and climb on top and look out. Visit Kamala Nehru park late in the evening to see a beautiful view of Marine drive. free.
- Nariman Point — Located at the other end of Marine Drive, Nariman Point is the business hub of Bombay. However, with the change in economic conditions, many companies have shifted to other areas of Bombay like Parel, Worli, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Andheri-Kurla Road, and Powai. The top end hotel The Hilton Tower is located here along with a number of Airlines Offices. Don't miss out the Air-India building.
- Cuffe Parade is one of the high-end areas where the famous World Trade Centre and Unit Trust of India offices are located. The President Hotel is located here. Navy Nagar/Army cantonment area is located here which is the southernmost boundary of Bombay.
- Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Hornbill House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai 400 023 (Located near Prince of Wales museum) +91-22 2282 1811 (fax: +91 22 22837615 email@example.com) . This is a massive source of information for those interested in flora and fauna. Houses collections of beetles and butterflies. There is another floor which has embalmed reptiles, birds, and animal pelts.
- Crawford market, Bhuleshwar, Chor Bazaar — These are crowded, chaotic markets which are home to some of the really interesting items, including antiques available for very cheap. One has to be prepared to look around though.
- Esplanade Mansion — Esplanade Mansion, previously known as Watson's hotel, was one of the most posh hotels in the area until Jehangir Tata was refused entry and he went on to build the Taj Mahal Hotel which went on to become the most popular hotel in Mumbai. The building is currently in a pathetic condition, due to negligence but has been listed in the "World's 100 Most Endangered Monuments" list and hopefully shall be restored soon.
- Priyadarshini Park & Sports Complex, Nepean Sea Rd, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, . It is 20 acres of a beautiful green belt on the sea front, with one-third of the park developed for the activities of the Priyadarshini Sports Complex. A good place to watch the sunset from.
- Gateway of India — This was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India. This arch is the most recognizable symbol of the city.
- Taj Mahal Hotel . The landmark hotel close to the Gateway of India, along with the Oberoi is one of the oldest five star hotels in India.
- Flora Fountain — Known as Fountain area which is a prominent hub for commercial activity of Bombay as all the Major banks are located here. You may cash your Traveller's Cheques here. Also country's premier stock exchange Bombay Stock Exchange(BSE) is situated here. This tall building is visible from anywhere in VT/Churchgate and makes a prominent part of the skyline of Bombay.
- Marine Drive Chowpatty (Local Stn. Marine Lines or Charni Rd) is the city's most famous beach. Situated at one end of Marine Drive, Bombay's most famous promenade. This is not a place to sunbathe, however. Go here to watch the crowds enjoying themselves and have Bhel puri, as a moderately famous Hindi song asks you to. Note that Chowpatty in Marathi means "beach". So you may hear people referring to other beaches suffixed with Chowpatty. (For example, "Juhu Chowpatty"). But if they say "Chowpatty" without qualification, they are referring to this place.
- Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (V.T.) — At the other end of Flora Fountain is the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, previously known as "Victoria Terminus". It is the disembarking station for Central Railway local trains and long-distance trains. Adjacent to V.T. station is General Post Office, a grand building which is open 24 hours. The road goes further up to Ballard Estate where a lot of Corporate Offices and Mumbai Port is situated. The V.T. station building is a fine piece of architecture. A visit can be booked on working days between 3 pm to 5 pm at CSTM for inner look at its internal architecture.
- Rajabai Clock Tower, located in Mumbai University, close to Flora Fountain. Similar to the Big Ben of London. Chimes every 15 minutes.
Museums & Galleries
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, 159-161, M.G. Road, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023 (located near next to Jehangir Art Gallery, near Regal cinema), ☎ +91-22-2284-4484, +91-22-2284-4519 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +91-22-2204-5430), . Tu-Su 10:15AM-5:45PM. Housed in a wonderful example of Indo-saracenic architecture the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya was established in 1904. The ground floor contains a small, but representative collection of sculpture from ancient and medieval India. A mezzanine floor has exhibits on the Indus Valley civilization that is not particularly well organized but worth a stop, especially if your visit to India does not include the National Museum in Delhi. The First Floor has an impressive collection of Buddhist (Nepal and Tibet) thangkas and bronzes and a smorgasbord of medieval Indian court and religious painting. The Third Floor houses an indifferent collection of European art and medieval weaponry that is best skipped. The excellent audio guide and the building itself make this museum a must on any visit to Bombay. Rs. 15 for Indians, Rs. 300 for foreigners.Audio guide worth Rs. 150 complimentary with the price for foreigners.
- Jehangir Art Gallery, M.G. Rd, 400023 (Local Stn. Churchgate), ☎ 22044058. Free. Open daily 11AM-7PM.
- Manibhavan (Gandhi Memorial) — The house where Mahatama Gandhi often stayed when he visited the city between 1917-1934.
- Victoria & Albert Museum — (Bahu Daji Laad Museum).
- Taraporewala Aquarium — Has an exotic collection of marine and fresh water life. An interesting section demonstrates various stages in the growth of a pearl and also displays exquisite pearl, and mother-of-pearl jewelry.
Places of Religious Worships
- Mumbadevi Temple or Bhuleshwar — Mumbai is named after the goddess Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the city. The shrine dedicated to Mumbadevi is believed to have been originally built by Koli fisherman in the 1st century B.C. on the site now occupied by Victoria or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. It is now at Bhuleshwar. Tuesday is the main day of worship. Newly married Hindu couples visit the shrine soon after marriage, seeking blessings from the goddess for a happy married life.
- Mahalaxmi Temple — The temple dedidated to Mahalaxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity is one of the most popular shrines of Mumbai.
- Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple — Located in the lane just opposite the Babulnath temple is the beautiful ISKCON Hare Krishna temple, dedicated to the worship of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. The temple hall is enchantingly beautiful. One can participate in the regular pujas and sacred Hare Krishna Maha Mantra chanting and hear a philosophy class each morning.
- Afghan or St. John's Church, Navy nagar, Colaba.
- St. Thomas Cathedral, near Flora fountain.
- The Gloria Church, Mazgaon.
- The Holy Name Cathedral, Wodehouse Rd, Colaba
- St. John the Evangelist Church Fort, Mumbai
- St. Francis Xavier's ChurchDabul, Mumbai
- 'Our Lady of Seven Sorrows ChurchSonapur, Marine Lines, Mumbai
- St. Teresa's ChurchCharni Road, Girgaum, Mumbai
- St. Ignatius Church Mandvi, Mumbai
- Haji Ali.
- Raudat Tahera.
- Jumma Masjid.
- Tower of Silence. This is where the Parsis practice their famous burial custom of leaving bodies out in the open to be devoured by vultures. However, as the name hints, the site is within a tower where non-Parsis are not welcome, so there is nothing to be seen. There are several other Parsi (Fire) Temples in Mumbai. These are located at Church Gate, Princess Street, New Queen's Rd, Gowalia Tank, and Bandra. The Agiary, located at Fort, was built in 1790 and is considered to be the oldest Parsi temple in Mumbai.
- Kenesseth Ellyahoo Synagogue, 55, Dr. V.B. Gandhi Marg, Fort Mumbai - 400 023, ☎ 22831502/22839617, . Synagogue built in 1884 by Jacob Elias Sassoon and his brother Albert in memory of their father Eliyahoo Sassoon
- Tephereth Israel Synagogue, (located at Agripada).
- Magen Hasidim Synagogue, (located at Agripada).
- Harbour Cruise — If you can afford it, rent the Taj's private yacht (has two sun decks and three bedrooms) for a cruise around the Mumbai harbour, $300/hour (including drinks and meals).
- Breach Candy, located in the Breach Candy area. Home to Premsons and Amarsons department stores.
- CR2, located near Nariman Point. One of the newest malls in Mumbai, also houses the INOX multiplex.
- Colaba Causeway is the street most frequented by tourists. You can buy many pretty trinkets from the street vendors at prices that an Indian would consider exorbitant and a foreigner cheap.
- Crawford Market, located just ahead of CST. This is one of the most beautiful buildings to look at and is also a famous market to buy everything from fruits and vegetables to imported colas, hookahs, and plastic cups at whole sale rates. Used to be the city's main whole sale market until it was shifted to New Mumbai.
- Fashion Street, (close to Churchgate suburban station). These are actually street shops lined alongside the road starting from VSNL building. Decent stuff at good prices, bargains for clothes and accessories. Make sure that you negotiate well (prices can come down by as much as 50%). Look around the first few shops and try to estimate the going price. If you decide to walk away (during a negotiation), sometimes the vendor will try to hail you back. Don't go back to the same vendor, he will not discount it to the price you asked and might try to humiliate you. Just walk away, you will find another shop with the same merchandise down the street.
- Heera Panna, located near the Haji Ali Dargah. It's a popular shopping destination for locals and shops usually deal in imported goods and electronics.
- Hugo Boss — A Hugo Boss Showroom is in the Hilton Hotel.
- Kashmir Oriental Carpet Enterprises  One of the finest places where you can get exquisite hand-knotted carpets and rugs from Kashmir with genuine certification of authenticity. This 30-year old store has an amazing range of breath-taking carpets in wool and silk with very reasonable prices and a personalized service. They ship all over the world too - located at 20, The World Trade Centre, Mumbai. Tel: (24-hours) 022-22183284 / 022-22188851.
- Louis Vuitton — A Louis Vuitton Showroom is in the Taj Mahal Hotel.
- Manish Market, located ahead of Crawford Market on the other side of JJ flyover. Very famous for its electronic goods, especially cell phones. Shops usually deal in grey goods though.
- Musafir Khana, located ahead of Crawford Market on the other side of JJ flyover, next to Manish Market. Shops here deal in imported goods and electronics.
- The Oberoi shopping arcade (in the Oberoi hotel) has a variety of shops offering Indian leather, silks, and handicrafts. Although everything has price tags, at the non-branded leather stores even in the Oberoi don't be afraid to haggle hard (often to 1/2 the asking price), and do not pay more than Rs 1500 for a bag.
Book Shops & Libraries
- Oxford Bookstore, Apeejay House, 3 Dinsha Waccha Road, Churchgate, ☎ 56339309. 10:00am-10:00pm.
- Search Word, (Colaba Causeway, Colaba), ☎ 22852521.
- Strand Bookstall, Cowasji Patel Road, Fort, ☎ 22661994. 10:00am-8:00pm.
- Art & Design Book Store, 104 Ramnimi, Mandlik road, Colaba (Off Colaba Causeway, Next to Indigo restaurant, Above SBI), ☎ 22822211. Mon-Sat 10:00am-8:00pm, Sun 1:00pm-8:00pm.
- Alliance Francaise, 40, New Marine Lines, ☎ 22035993. Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat 9:30am-1:00am. Rs 200-800.
- Asiatic Library, (Next to Horniman Circle, Hutatma Chowk), ☎ 022 22611994.
- The British Council Library, 901 Tower 1, One Indiabulls Centre, Elphinstone Road(West).
- David Sasoon Library, (MG Road, Kala Ghoda), ☎ 22843703.
You can also eat from the various carts and hawkers if you feel your stomach can take it.
- Aga Brothers- Situated at Cusrowbaug, a Causeway institution since time immemorial- Aga brothers pioneered the heavenly Frankie, available in chicken, mutton and egg stuffing. You may wash that down with an orange, mango or kalakhatta drink, another Aga Brothers speciality. Cost for a meal for one Rs 100.Alcohol and smoking is prohibited
- Ayubs, located in a lane near Horniman Circle. Very Similar to Bademiyan. Great Kababs, especially the Tangri Kabab. Open until late and extremely popular among clubbers. It's a street joint and the only place to sit down and eat is your car.
- Crystal, on Marine Drive. Located at Girgaum Chowpatty opp Wilson College on Marine Drive, Crystal is famous for its Parathas and North Indian fare. The food is very affordable and one will always find a line outside waiting to eat at Crystal.
- Britannia and Co, Sprott Road, Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai (next to New Custom House.), ☎ +91-22-2261-5264. 10AM-3:30PM. This rundown restaurant, run by a partnership of geriatric brothers (by the name Kohinoor), is a South Bombay institution, having been in existence since 1923. The signature dish is berry pulav, the recipe for which the late Mrs. Kohinoor found in Teheran while she was working with Iranian Airways. The Parsi favourite dhansak is of course available and tastes great. Try the caramel custard for dessert. The waiter may con you into trying the Raspberry soda. The first sip is sweet, but the whole bottle is cloying. Rs. 180 will buy you a good lunch..
- Swati Snacks, Tardeo. A safe way to try Indian fast food and street food.
- Baghdadi, behind the Taj. Food is a mix of Indian and Mughlai. Don't get put off by its looks, you go there to eat, not for the decor. No booze allowed.
- Gokul, behind the Taj. It is frequented by anyone who wants an inexpensive drink served quickly.
- Martin's, Strand, Colaba. Great Goan food. Order a drink quickly before your food is delivered to your table. Not for vegetarians.
- Bade Miyan, Between Taj & Colaba. Eat on the road or in your car. Open until the early hours of the morning. The rolls are a favourite after a movie.
- Kailash Parbat, Colaba Causeway. This is a basic restaurant, serving excellent vegetarian Indian food.
- Samovar, inside Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda near Colaba Causeway. A favourite with the Bombay art community, serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian food.
- Pancham Puriwala, Road opposite GPO/ VS or CST station - corner building. Serve the best Puris as the same implies with some side dishes. Not the greatest in ambience, but a very good hole-in-the-wall restraunt around here.
Authentic Marathi Cuisine
- Kelkar Vishranti Gruha (One of the oldest restaurents in Mumbai), D.N.Road, C.S.T. (near C.S.T. Railway station).
- Food Inn, Opp Colaba Police Station,
- Chetana Vegetarian Restaurant, Kala Ghoda, K Dubash Marg,+91 22 2288 1159, . A great Gujarati and Rajasthani food restaurant. Service is OK, atmosphere decent. They also serve cocktails and beer. Rs. 450 ($10) for two.
- Oh! Calcutta, Tulsiwadi, opp.A/C Market, Tardeo, Mumbai 400 034 (Nearest landmark is Crossroads Mall, M M Malviya Road. You have to turn left at a little lane a couple of blocks down from Crossroads.), ☎ +91-22-2496-3114 (email@example.com). A Bengali place which naturally means that it has an extensive seafood menu. It also has a good vegetarian selection. A meal for two would come to Rs. 800.
- Mahesh Lunch Home, 8-B Cawasji Patel Street, Mumbai - 400 001, ☎ +91-22-2287-0938, +91-22-2202-3965. The most famous seafood place in the city. Definitely try the crab. Rs. 90 upwards.
- Gallops, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai (first entrance of the Mahalaxmi Race Course while coming from Haji Ali). Continental and Indian food restaurant. It's expensive, but worth it for the ambiance, service, and food.
Suzette, at Atlanta Building in Nariman Point, is an authentic French Creperie famous for delicious Crepes and snacks.
- Rajdhani, near Crawford market serves excellent unlimited thalis. Strictly vegetarian. It has been rated one of the best places to eat in Bombay. Rs. 250.
- Ling's Pavilion, behind Regal Cinema in Colaba, serves some of the best delicious authentic Chinese food in Mumbai.
- Bhagat Tara Chand, Kalbadevi. Great Indian Curry and 'home food'. Must visit for Indian food lovers, but you have to walk a bit.
- Cafe Leopold, Colaba Causeway. Mumbai landmark, and badly damaged in the 26/11 terrorist attack. This place requires no introduction and is a favorite with travellers and locals alike. Serves a mix of Indian, Chinese, Persian, and Continental Food. Also serves great breakfast round the clock; it is renowned for fresh fruit juices.
- Cafe Mondegar Colaba Causeway, has a live jukebox and functions as a bar (beer and wine served) and restaurant. Food is a mix of Indian, Continental and Parsi, and the ambience is fun and low-key.
- Cafe Basilico, Colaba, off Colaba Causeway, near Strand cinema +91 22 5634 5670. This is not a budget restaurant, but it's not expensive either. Very popular with expats who live in the city. Offers non-alcoholic drinks and coolers, Mediterranean-inspired food, and great dessert. Open all day. The rawas (local kind of fish) and the cheesecake is recommended.
- Indigo Deli, Colaba, off Colaba Causeway, on the way to Gateway of India. Excellent food by the Indigo people at cheaper-than-Indigo prices. Very popular with locals and expats for lunch and brunch on all days, so there can be quite a wait.
- Cafe Mocha, Churchgate. It is a relaxed Sheesha restaurant serving heavy snacks. Very popular for dessert and coffee.
- Thrishna, Kala Ghoda. It's famous for its seafood and patronized by locals, as well as expats.
- Jazz by the Bay, on the junction of Churchgate Road and Marine Drive. Serves a popular soup and salad buffet lunch. In the evening has live gigs and is a popular bar and restaurant. British jockey Martin Dwyer described this bar as a "smashing little place" in a conversation with fellow jockey Paul Mulrennan.
- Royal China, Sterling near VT. Good Chinese food and a special Dim-sum menu.
- The Bayview, Hotel Marine Plaza, 29, Marine Drive Mumbai 400 020, ☎ +91-22-2285-1212 (fax: +91-22-2282-8585), . 24 hours. This has a lunch, dinner, and midnight buffet worth trying. Also has a great view of Marine Drive and Malabar hill. Ask for the "Cafe Viennoise" and get extra chocolate flakes. It's not on the menu, so you have to ask the waiter for it. Rs. 222 for the midnight buffet.
- Paradise, located on Colaba Causeway. Paradise serves Parsi food and is extremely popular amongst locals, especially those who have been eating here since they were kids. The place has been recently renovated, though the charm still remains. The place is family owned and one must try the chicken steak, the chicken dhansak, and a really nice chicken salad.
- Gable's, located on Colaba Causeway.Restaurant that serves good array of goan food besides delicious Leg of Ham,Pork Chops and Steaks. Frequented by travellers, has a good british breakfast of ham,sausage,eggs and bacon.
- Cafe Churchill, located on Colaba Causeway. Serves mostly continental food in a very cramped location. The food is pretty good, especially the pastas. The desserts here are the best and one should not miss the Irish Baileys Chocolate Cake, which is highly recommended.
- Cafe Royal/CR, located across from the Regal Cinema. Bill Clinton chose to eat here on his visit to India. Famous for sizzlers and other continental food. It now goes by the name CR after being renovated.
- Fountain Sizzlers, located near Flora Fountain. As the name suggests, it is famous for its sizzlers, especially among the office crowd.
- Pizzeria, on the Corner of Marine Drive and VN road - great pizza in lively surroundings. Come early or be prepared to wait for a table!
- Moshe's, Cuffe Parade. Mediterranean food. Extremely popular with locals, and a good, classy mid-range option.
- Indigo, located in a bylane of Colaba behind the Taj hotel. This is an upscale restaurant serving global food. It also has a bar that gets lively after 9PM. Fantastic Sunday brunch (food+drinks+live music) at about Rs 2000.
- Konkan Cafe konkan coastal food at Vivanta by Taj President, Mumbai
- Kebab Corner in the Intercontinental Hotel - High class Indian food in a stylish restauraunt with superb views over Back Bay
- Khyber, Kala Ghoda. Nice Indian food at steep prices.
- Lings Pavillion, Colaba behind Taj Hotel. High-end Chinese.
- The Dome, Hotel Intercontinental, Marine Drive. It is an open air bar and snack restaurant with a beautiful view of Bombay.
- Golden Dragon, Hotel Taj Mahal, Colaba. The upscale Chinese choice for locals and expats.
- Wasabi, Hotel Taj Mahal, Colaba. Brand new Japanese restaurant. Recently re-opened after the 26/11 attacks, with a new, improved menu and a Nobu Chef.
- Tiffin, The Oberoi, Marine Drive. A new addition to the restaurants in The Oberoi. Very popular for lunch and in between meals. (also currently shut for renovation since the 26/11 terrorist attacks.)
- Frangipani, The Oberoi, Marine Drive. 24 hour restaurant. Popular for post-clubbing coffees with the posh set. They serve fantastic thin-crust pizzas, along with some local specialties. Excellent breakfast and brunch.
- Trattoria, Taj President, Cuffe Parade. 24 hour coffee shop. Excellent pizzas. Can get extremely crowded on Sundays.
- Thai Pavillion, The Taj President, Cuffe Parade near Colaba. The only legitimate Thai restaurant in the city.
- Tendulkar's, located in Colaba, near the Royal Bombay Yatch Club. Cricket player Sachin Tendulkar's restaurant. A mix of continental and Indian cuisine including Sachin's favourite dishes.
If you know someone who is a member of the Willingdon, Bombay Gym, Radio club, or CCI beg them to take you there for cheap, good food, and dirt-cheap drinks.
- Valhalla, Eros Theatre Building, ☎ +912267353535, . open til 4 on weekends unlike most Bombay nightclubs. Valhalla Lounge, a tapas bar and later at night, an extremely chic nightclub, is a great place to let your hair down. It has very upmarket interiors and plays host to some of Mumbai's biggest names in the party circuit. Getting in post 11:00 p.m. can be a challenge as they have a very strict guest list and a dress code. *Prive, Behind Radio Club. open til 3 on weekends unlike most Bombay nightclubs. One of the poshest and most popular nightclubs where you can watch the swish set prance around in their Blahniks and Ferragamos. Beware of long queues to get in, and a strict dress code and guestlist. Fights in this nightclub are a regular feature. Get a drink at the more chilled lounge Tetsuma next door before Prive.
- Tetsuma. The bar and restaurant is pretty and has some nice cocktails. A great place to pre-drink before heading off to Prive, the only good nightclub in (south) Bombay.
- Wink, At the Taj President. A chill lounge at a nice 5-star hotel. Drinks are Rs 400 up
- Dome in the Intercontinental Hotel provides a great view of Marine Drive, and has a fantastic ambience. Prices as to be expected at a hotel bar.
- Sports Bar, Colaba Causeway. Come unwind at Sports Bar after haggling for trinkets on Causeway. Cheap (Rs 150 or so) drinks, pool table, games on all screens.
- Woodside Inn, Colaba Causeway, . Across the road from Sports Bar, minus the sports. Cocktails are about Rs 300, and ambience is chilled. Good, reasonably priced food too.
- Red Light, Kala Ghoda. Crowded club popular with the teenybopper set
- Cafe Leopold, Colaba Causeway. Damaged in the 26/11 terrorist attacks, Leopold is an extremely popular local and expat hangout for cheap drinks, and good rock music. tasty food including an excellent reshmi kebab.
- Cafe Mondegar, Colaba Causeway. Mondy's, as it's popularly called, serves excellent pitchers of Kingfisher, and at rock-bottom prices. Beer and wine are the only alcohols on the menu. Again extremely popular with local college kids with. Suffers from a regrettable tendency to cram as many tables into a a small space as possible and sports a stereo system whose power isn't flattered by the echoey acoustics.
- Bootlegger's, Colaba Causeway. A small popular pub off Causeway. Reasonable drinks, ask for Jenga or Scrabble to play as drinking games (No longer in operation)
- The Bayview Bar, located at the lobby level of The Oberoi. Mumbai has an arresting view of the Arabian Sea and the finest range of single malts and Habanos cigars. “George and Soft Rock Revolution” perform at the bar and sooth you with their charming renditions of Jazz Classics. Open from 5PM-1AM. Tel +91 22 6632 6220.
- Opium Den, at Hilton Towers Mumbai. Serves a vast array of martinis, daiquiris, and home infused vodkas. Quiet and convenient, this bar is a break from the ordinary. Open: 12:30PM-1:30AM Tel +91 22 6632 4343.
- Indigo — An exclusive lounge and bar located at Colaba causeway behind Hotel Taj Mahal in South Mumbai is a not to miss destination. +91 22 56368980. On the expensive side with an average drink costing Rs. 250 upwards. Boasts of a large wine collection and also serves superb fusion food. Excellent alcoholic Sunday brunch.
- The Ghetto (near Mahalaxmi temple) is pretty good and has its usual media/arts college crowd and is completely filled with ultraviolet light.
- Tavern at Hotel Fariyas in Colaba shows music videos and is pretty packed, but don't go there if you don't like Linkin Park, etc.
- Apollo Guest House, Colaba Causeway 22045540.
- Anupam Guest House, V. Bhai Patil Rd. 2386755.
- Arya Nivas, Kalbadevi Rd. 22011011.
- Bentley's is a great budget hotel, but often booked up.
- Hotel Moti International 10 Best Marg, off of Colaba Causeway. Clean, safe and quiet.
- Delight Guest House Behind Gulf Hotel, Near Radio Club, 5th Floor, Bhaskar Rao Kargutkar Marg, Colaba. Dorm 250 rs, single room 450 rs, double non ac 700 rs, double with ac 1000 rs. The walls are thin and you'll need to use the common bathrooms but it's reasonably cheap for Mumbai and the location is great. There's an elevator to the hotel on the 5th floor which many other hotels in the area lack. Also - no windows and no wifi. firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 22872693
- Best Western Hotel Sahil (Best Western Mumbai), 292, Bellasis Road, Mumbai Central 400008 (Opposite City Center Mall), ☎ +91-22-2305 5217 (email@example.com), . checkin: 12:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. Best Western Hotel Sahil is a newly renovated budget hotels in Mumbai centrally located in city, near Mumbai Central station and South Mumbai. Best for Business travelers, close to the diamond market, stock exchange, Nariman point, Gateway of India, all major Government offices. INR 4,000-INR 9,000. (18.968721,72.8236)
- Ship Hotel, 3 Rd Floor, Bharti Bhavan (walk out CST Station's south exit, turn left until you hit PD Mello road, it's on PD Mello road's east side, immediately east of CST.), ☎ 022 22617613. checkin: 9AM; checkout: 9AM. 3 Rd Floor, Bharti Bhavan Opp Govt Dental College, Mumbai G.P.O(Fort), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001. One of the, if not "the", cheapest place in Mumbai. Advertised rates as of 28/03/2009 are 140rs for basic dorm bed, 180rs for A/C Dorm Bed, 220RS for Single (no A/C, Shared Bathroom), and 330(!)for double (non A/C) Shared Bathroom. The cheap prices make it extremely popular with Indian businessmen and tourists. Arrive at 9AM for the best chance to bag a room, but it's extremely close to CST make it easy to check first when you get off the train, if it's full, the surrounding Fort area (between CST and Colaba) is a much better option to find cheap hotels instead of Colaba rs 300 140RS-320RS.
- Sheel Hotel, 23 Manohardas Street (Immediately south of CST station's south exit. Exit the south exit of CST, before you cross Walchand Hirachand Marg, look up and you should see a sign for this hotel.), ☎ 022 22615465. checkin: 10AM; checkout: 10AM. As of 29/03/2009, a double with fan and shared bathroom costs just 440RS (A/C rooms were upwords of 1000Rs, I did not enquire about singles but they should certainly be cheaper), making this a great cheap option (finding anything under 600RS is extremely hard in Mumbai) . The bathrooms are non-flush squat style, and the showers suck, but the price is right and the sheets are clean. This is a particularly good option given it's extremely proximity to CST (5 minutes walk, at the most), saving you the hassle of a taxi ride, and putting you in the spectacular Fort area, and sparing you from the lameness of Colaba. Note that the writer could not find any room (double) under 600RS in Colaba, take heed. Food tends to be cheaper in this area as well, as it's less frequented by foriegn tourists. WARNING! This place is an absolute nightmare. Only stay here if you want to stay in dirty rooms, on dirty sheets, listening to one of the miscreants downstairs beating dogs. Awful. 625r for double AC, no windows.
- Hotel Rosewood, Tulsiwadi opp. A/C Market, Tardeo, Mumbai 400 034 (Nearest landmark is Crossroads Mall, M M Malviya Road. You have to turn left at a little lane a couple of blocks down from Crossroads.), +91 22 2494 0320-29, +91 22 2496 0318, +91 22 2498 3568-69 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +91 22 2498 3567). The location is somewhat inconvenient, but has a good restaurant called Oh! Calcutta. Rs.1750-4500 (exclusive of tax).
- Taj Mahal Hotel  — The Taj Mahal Hotel and Palace was one of the first five star hotels in Asia and was built by Jamshetji N Tata, (the founder of one of India's largest business empires, the Tata group) as he was refused entry into Watsons Hotel. It also consists of a newer wing. This is by far one of the most beautiful hotels in the world and one must at least see it, even if it's a bit too pricey to stay in. The Taj Mahal was badly damaged by a terrorist attack in November 2008; the hotel partially reopened on December 21, and complete renovation was completed in 2010.
- Oberoi Towers, Nariman Point 22024343, 22025757.
- Vivanta by Taj President Cuffe Parade. Nice quiet area, with some great restaurants and bars in the hotel.
- Kaivalyadham, Netaji Subhash Rd, Marine Drive (Marine Lines railway station), ☎ 22818417, .
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