Mumbai is a city with a lot to offer travellers. There is great food, shopping, nightlife, culture. Since Mumbai is surrounded by the Sea, there are wonderful views from all around. I will mostly focus on South Mumbai, however, there are lots of other areas that are wonderful to visit.
Where to stay?
There are lots of hotels in Mumbai that are absolutely outstanding in service, decor and overall experience.
Trident – Nariman Point, Mumbai – This hotel is located right across from the Sea. It has beautiful views and a luxurious atmosphere. It is in a central location to all of South Mumbai’s offerings. For a traveller it is a great place to stay for easy accessibility to activities and sights.
The Taj Mahal Palace – This hotel is considered one of the Leading Hotels of the World. It is beautiful and offers water views that are absolutely phenomenal.
Vivanta by Taj President – This hotel is beautiful and a great choice as it is centrally located and has great restaurants.
InterContinental Hotel – Marine Drive – This hotel is well situated to put you the a central location that with great views.
Where to eat?
There are many places to eat in Mumbai. More than I can list here, however, here is a list that is sure the please.
Swati Snacks – Tardeo, Mumbai – This vegetarian restaurant is wonderful for excellent Gujarati food. Even the seasoned carnivore can enjoy this restaurant without feeling they have missed anything. They offer mini meals that are spiced to perfection. You can’t go wrong at this popular eatery.
Thai Pavillion – For fabulous Thai food, this is the place. The setting is very nice with interesting and artistic decor. My children loved eating here as did we. The drinks are very unusual and tasty as well.
Konkan Cafe – This restaurant offers delicious Goan style food. They even serve some of the dishes in banana leaves. This is a classy restaurant with a relaxed vibe that pleases the palate.
Gaylord – My children loved the food here. They great part about this restaurant is that it offers tasty Indian flavor in a casual yet classy environment. This was a great place to go for a tasty lunch. Their tomato soup is worth a trip alone.
Copper Chimney – This is one of my favorites for India flavors in Mumbai. They have excellent kebabs and wonderful romali rotis.
Souk – They offer wonderful Lebanese food. The flavors are fresh and tasty. Worth a try. The drinks are wonderful as well. The service could be improved but still worth a visit.
Golden Dragon – This is one of my favorites for chinese food. Every dish I tried was outstanding. They are pricey but worth if you are in a mood to splurge.
Wasabi by Morimoto – This is a Morimoto restaurant as you can tell from the name and he does a wonderful job here. This place definitely puts a hole in your wallets but the food is fresh and outstanding. If you love sushi then this is the place to eat it if you are in Mumbai.
Leopold Cafe– This cafe has become a famous tourist cafe. They have a casual atmosphere with simple and tasty food such as sandwiches and desserts.
McDonalds – This one is something I must mention because it is a very different phenomenon in India. The menu is changed from the US version. I personally do not frequent this establishment in the US, however, it is worth one try in India. First off, the McDonald’s in India are non beef establishments. Due to the flavorful spices that people in India are accustomed to, the meals have many more spices added to them. In addition, there are many vegetarian options added to the sandwich offerings.
Creme Centre – They have the best Chola Battura dish. They are also casual and serve relatively quickly.
New Yorker – They offer mexican food with an Indian twist. Interesting and tasty for a quick bite.
Kobe Sizzlers – They offer sizzlers that are mouth-watering indeed. They bring your dish on a sizzling plate which my kids got a kick out of. The sauces are tasty and make you wanting to take another bite. This is a casual restaurant with quick and friendly service.
India Jones – This restaurant offers a great mix of asian foods. Off to one side they have a hibachi style grill where they cook the food live in front of you… a great interactive experience.
Spaghetti Kitchen – They offer great tasting salads, pizzas and pastas if you are in the mood for a bit of Italian food during your trip.
Vong Wong – This restaurant offers tasty Chinese cuisine that is casual and classy. This is a great place to head for a nice lunch.
Britannia and Company Restaurant – This restaurant is one of the few places that serves typical Parsi cuisine. They are known for their berry pulao among other dishes. Worth a try!
Where to shop?
The Shops at the Trident Hotel
Phoenix Mills Shopping – This is a large shopping mall with all kinds of stores. This is a great place to shop, however, it is similar to malls you have in places like the United States with some of the same brands, making this mall a less desirable destination for those wanting to see the real traditional sites of India.
Colaba Causeway – This is definitely a great place to shop for both inexpensive goods as well as for the culture and experience. You get an experience of the hustle and bustle of the city. Get ready to do lots of bargaining and take cash in small bills.
Amara – Here you can find fancy, fashionable indian clothing with a modern twist. This is a great place for formal shopping with a boutique feel.
Kimaya – Ladies Indian clothing store with formal modern Indian attire. Nice boutique with a variety of designs.
Bhuleshwar – This is a bazaar where you can get anything and everything. They key is maneuvering your way around. Crawford market is the fruit and vegetable area. Mangaidas Market is the silk and cloth area, Chor Bazaar is the antique and furniture area and Zaveri Bazaar is the area for jewelry to name a few. If you are looking for leather goods, Dhabu Street is the place to go. Mutton street has lots of knick knacks and possible useless items but items that are fun to browse through. There are so many shops around that you get overwhelmed with the selection. This is a fun, fun place to see and is definitely a cultural experience. Go with cash in small bills and your negotiating skills. Also, wear comfortable shoes and your casual attire as it is somewhat dirty. I feel this is a must see.
What to see?
There is a gold mine of cultural sites to see in Mumbai. This gives a traveller a great opportunity to explore the many options. Here I will name a few:
Siddhi Vinayak Temple – This temple is a Jain temple that is absolutely beautiful. This is a must see in Mumbai.
Elephanta Caves – These are a group of sculpted caves. They are beautifully carved and very interesting to see.
Mahalaxmi Temple – Beautiful hindu temple. It is worth visit.