This district covers Byculla, Parel, Worli, Prabhadevi, and Dadar areas of Bombay.
It started its modern history as a sort of backyard to South Bombay. In the late 19th century, many industries, especially textile mills, relocated here. The industries naturally attracted migrant labour from all parts of the country, but mostly from Maharashtra and its Konkan region. The influence of this migration is still seen today and the district is considered the home of Marathi culture in the city.
In the 70s and 80s, high labour costs, industrial unrest, and the exorbitant price of land caused the closure of many industries and the district consequently went into a decline. Over the past two decades, the decrepit old mill area has regenerated into swanky office complexes. You will find many BPO operations, advertising agencies, film production houses, and banks here. Many old textile mills have given way to enormous malls like High Street Phoenix. Much of what is happening in Mumbai today is happening here, with the newest, largest malls (Atria, Phoenix), clubs (Shiro, Hard Rock), hotels (ITC, Four Seasons), and restaurants (Olive).
If you're in Mumbai city, you can get here just about anyway. There is excellent road connectivity and most bus routes pass through here. Although word of caution, at night this place can be a traffic nightmare.
- Worli Seaface — A promenade in 2 parts.
- Bandra-Worli sealink — Long-awaited connectivity dream for Mumbaikars.
- Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400 028 +91 022 2437 3626 (Fax +91 22 2422 1558) . One of the most famous temples in Mumbai is a shrine to the Lord Ganesha (the elephant headed god who is said to be the destroyer of obstacles). Many devout Hindus walk from their homes to this temple barefoot, especially on Tuesdays, which is considered a special day. The queue to enter the temple stretches to eternity on Tuesdays, so visit some other day if you can.
- Haji Ali — A shrine to a Muslim saint on Worli Seaface, accessible only at low tide since at high tide the pathway to the shrine is submerged.
- Veermata Jijabai Udyan (Local Stn. Byculla) — A zoo in Byculla, it was established during British times and named "Victoria Gardens". After independence, naturally, it had to be renamed, so it is now named after Shivaji's mother Jijabai, though it is popularly known as Rani Bag (queen's garden — it is not clear whether the queen in question is Victoria or Jijabai). The place is not really worth visiting as it has been called more of a prison for animals than a zoo in the modern sense. Go there for the garden, not to look at the animals.
- Shivaji Mandir — Marathi plays are running in this theatre.
- Nehru Science Centre (Local Stn. Mahalaxmi) Dr. Edwin Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 018 +91 22 2493 2667, +91 22 2493 4520, +91 22 24926042(fax: 91 22 2493 2668 [email protected], [email protected], Additional Contact ) . A science museum, also contains the "Discovery of India", a show on India's History named for Jawaharlal Nehru's book. It is spread over a relatively large area and surrounded by greenery. Check the website for prices and timings of different shows.
- Nehru Planetarium (Local Stn. Mahalaxmi) Dr. Edwin Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 018, +91 22 2492 0510. This is located next door to the Nehru Science Centre and has some interesting shows. Adult Rs. 35. Children Rs. 20, Tu-F 11AM-5PM.
- Magen David Synagogue, located at Veer Jijamata Udyan, Byculla by the Sassoon family.
Just about everything you can do in the city you can do here.
- Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel. Multiplex, mall, food, booze, entertainment, all in one place. See below:
If you can get members to sign you in, do go to Bombay's old British style clubs- Willingdon, CCI, NSCI.
- Phoenix Mall, Lower Parel. Phoenix Mall is one of the largest, most popular malls in Mumbai. You can find international designers and brands (from Burberry to Guess, Nike, Zara, Body Shop, etc) to local brands and Indian designers. Check their website for the store listing. It can get extremely crowded on weekends. Also has a multiplex, food court, supermarket, restaurants, pubs, and even a nightclub. You can easily kill an entire day here if you choose.
- Atria mall, Worli. One of the nicest, best maintained malls in the city. For upscale there's Mango, Nine West, Aldo, Promod, Guess, La Senza (all sold at slightly inflated prices in India). There's also your regular Nike, Reebok, Levi's, along with some cheaper local brands. Be sure to check out the Rolls Royce dealership next door.
- Central, Tardeo. At the site of Crossroads, what used to be Mumbai's first mall. Nothing to write home about.
- Sarees — The best place to buy them is Dadar. The place is buzzing 12 months a year. Good shops to buy Sarees are Dadar Emporium, Lazaree, and RoopSangam. You can buy almost everything a woman needs in eastern Dadar at the Benaras Silk House on N C Kelkar Road and Ranade Road.
- Shirts — Reasonable priced shirts at Adacks near Sena Bhavan.
- Olive, Mahalaxmi Race Course. Bombay's best-kept secret, the Olive in Bandra, recently opened this outlet in South Bombay. Spectacular Mediterranean food (including kebabs, meats, seafood, and pizzas) at spectacular prices (expect to pay Rs 1000-2000 a head with drinks). Beautiful, romantic ambiance, and if you sit inside you can see the horses stabled in the race course.
- Gajalee, High Street Phoenix. A cheap Indian seafood restaurant.
- Copper Chimney, Worli, near Atria, or at High St Phoenix. The original Copper Chimney at Worli serves perhaps the best butter chicken in the city. Go for their chaat and buffet lunch, or simply for their smashing North Indian food (at reasonable prices- expect to pay Rs 400 a person for a very large and filling meal). The one at Phoenix, while technically the same, doesn't quite compare.
- Spaghetti Kitchen, High Street Phoenix. Decent Italian food. Try their thin-crust pizzas. Average Rs 500 a head.
- Kebabs and Curries, ITC Grand Central, Lower Parel. Spectacular Indian food. They serve the famous Delhi Bukhara curry at this ITC restaurant. Try their succulent kebabs, their thick-enough-to-cut dal bukhara, or their fantastic Indian breads. Expect to empty out your wallets at this place, each dish can be Rs 1000.
- Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi Racecourse. Uber-chic and trendy place, go just to check out the modern decor. Excellent Mediterranean food. Dishes between Rs 500-Rs 1500, and an excellent bar too. Reservations must.
- San Qi, Four Seasons. The Oriental restaurant of the chic new Four Seasons
- Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra, Palladium, Phoenix Mills. Good Indian food at slightly inflated prices
- Veda, Palladium, Phoenix Mills. Newest Indian restaurant. The food is good and decor bling
Authentic Marathi Cuisine
- Aaswad, Opp. Sena Bhavan, Shivaji Park, Dadar(W) (right next to the petrol pump towards Mahim).
- Dattatray (Pure vegeterian restaurent), Ranade-Gokhale Road Junction, Dadar(W).
- Diwa Maharashtracha, Kataria Marg, Takandas Kataria Marg, Dadar(W), ☎ 24440202.
- China Gate, Atria mall. Heavily Indianized, spicy Chinese food. Rs 300 per person.
- Byculla Restaurant And Bakery (A typical Irani restaurant that has been in business for just under a century,), (not far from Gloria Church, Byculla).
- Pritam Da Dhaba (a traditional Punjabi restaurant with a very warm interior ideal for a quite drink), (near Dadar TT Circle, Dadar (E)).
- Aroma (Another traditional Punjabi restaurant for a quite drink), Dada Saheb Phalke Road, Dadar (E), 400014.
- Sadhana, Dada Saheb Phalke Road, Dadar (E), 400014.
- Manchester United Cafe, Palladium, Phoenix Mills. ManU themed bar. Getting a table on game days is near impossible.
- Thank God it's Friday, Palladium, Phoenix Mills. Like every other TGIFriday in the world.
- Zenzi, Todi Mills. Smaller than most other bars in the area, but well done up, and usually crowded with expats. Drinks between Rs 400-500, Fridays hiphop.
- Tryst, Phoenix Mills. Used to be called Ra then Play. Popular with the teenyboppers.
- Hard Rock Cafe, (Bombay Dyeing mills, Lower Parel). open til 01:30am. More club-like than most other Hard Rock Cafes worldwide. Packed with the post-office media crowd (usually between 20-30 years old), with a fair share of expats. Drinks Rs 300 up. Thursdays band nights. Don't expect to get a table for a while if you go after 11. This place is usually packed with office folk on weekdays and plays older music. Expect your Zeppelin, Hendrix, REM, etc.
- Shiro, (Right next to Hard Rock Cafe). is beautiful, and modeled bar after Buddha Bar. Shiro does some fabulous sushi on one day and yet somehow can mess it up so bad on another. Retro nights on Fridays are always packed to bursting, and it usually stays open til 3 on weekends. Cocktails are Rs 300 up. Alcoholic Sunday brunch.
- blueFROG, D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound, N.M. Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, ☎ + 91 22 4033 2375, . 6:30PM - 1:30AM. A great place to eat some fusion cuisine, drink some creative or conventional cocktails and enjoy an awesome atmosphere. Live music Tuesday - Sunday with a great Brunch on Sundays. More than just a dining experience - you get the added bonus of listening to a great range of music: jazz, blues, funk, soul, afro/Latin electronic, club, rock, and folk. Free before 9PM. Rs 300 - 500 afterwards.
- Tote, Mahalaxmi Race Course. Beautiful, chic restaurant and bar by the Indigo people. Cocktails are Rs 300 up. Alcoholic Sunday brunch.
- Aer, Four Seasons. Poshest rooftop bar of the city, stunning decor and even better views of the city. Prices as to be expected from the Four Seasons
- Hype, Atria mall, Worli. DJ Aqeel's nightclub.
- Hotel Midtown Pritam, Opp. Punjab National Bank, near Dadar Station (Central Railway), SG Road, Dadar(E), 400 014, ☎ 24042501 ([email protected], fax: 24042792), . This is a decently good hotel and is very close to Dadar station. Rs.4,500-5,500.
- ITC Grand Central Sheraton & Towers, 287, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Rd, Parel, 400 012, ☎ 24101010 (fax: 24101111). This extremely posh hotel is also suitably expensive Rs.15,000-22,000, $400-525 for foreigners..
- Four Seasons. Bombay's newest, swankiest hotel.
- Studio Apartment Rental, Worli, . checkin: 12:00 pm (noon); checkout: 12:00 pm (noon). This is an air conditioned deluxe room in a serviced apartment. Facilities include wireless internet, LCD TV and A/C. Chef available on request. This property is 3km away from the Bandra Worli sea link & 7km from the Mumbai Domestic Airport. 94 USD.
- Iyengar Yogashraya (The institute run by the renowned B K S Iyengar), Elmac House, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West (Local Stn. Lower Parel), ☎ 24948416, . Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat 6:30PM-8:00PM. Rs.111/day.
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