Our top picks of things to see and where to eat in Mumbai
Mumbai is a true melting pot of contemporary India and a fast paced city that never sleeps. We have a fantastic Mumbai extension that can be added onto any of our suggested Indian itineraries or, alternatively, can be tailor-made to your requirements.
Here are some of of our suggestions of things to see in Mumbai, as well as suggestions of places to eat, thanks to some fantastic blog posts from our favourite food and travel bloggers.
What to see
You can do a heritage walking tour and see examples of intricate colonial architecture such as the Gothic looking Prince of Wales Museum in the Kala Ghoda art precinct and the Victoria Terminus (CST) railway station.
The Bombay High Court and the buildings of Horniman Circle in the Fort area are worth seeing too, especially the gardens.
Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
This is a massive open-air laundry which gives a great glimpse into the inside of Mumbai. Laundry is brought here from all over Mumbai and hand-washed by the dhobis (washermen) in rows of concrete troughs. The clothes are then hung to dry, coordinated by colour and fabric type, and each section is divided based on the area the clothes will be delivered to after cleaning.
A Dabbawala, is the name given to a a person who delivers a lunch box of freshly cooked food to the city’s office workers every day. There are so many dabbawalas and this is one of the most unique and most efficient concepts in the world.
Visit the markets
There are many amazing markets to see in India such as Sassoon Dock, where fishermen auction their haul to the highest bidder in a loud contest, Crawford Market, Zaveri bazaar and Mangaldas market.
A walking tour of Dharavi Slum
Mumbai is notorious for having Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi, and you can have an eye opening and insightful tour of it. Within the Slum you will find a bustling place full of small-scale sellers, and you can even buy leather items and fabrics from the vendors.
Juhu and Marine Drive Chowpatty beaches
After a day of sightseeing unwind on the beaches of Juhu and Marine Drive, and watch the sunset while indulging in tasty snacks such as roasted corn on the cob, bhel puri, pani puri and pav bhaji.
Gateway of India
This magnificent archway was originally built to commemorate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 when they visited Bombay for the first time. It is a great landmark from the colonial era.
Where to Eat
Leopold’s café on Colaba is a Bombay institution. Located in Colaba Causeway on one of the oldest and busiest roads in the city, the café is famous for being featured in the book Shantaram. You can read more about it in Blogger Binny from Binnys Food and Travel Diaries post – The Leopold Cafe, Mumbai.
Ayushi from The Foodie Diaries, has the ultimate guide to new restaurants to try in Mumbai, the 2018 edit, which you can read about here. She is from Mumbai originally and so well versed in the best finds in the city.
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