Mumbai might be the entertainment and financial capital of India, but the city’s touristy nature is often overlooked. Mumbai offers tourists with a plethora of experiences. It amazes and thrills its locals and guests by offering outstanding and fun things to do. Whether you are night owl or someone who loves to explore architecture and old buildings, Mumbai has all you need for a good holiday.
There are the best things to do in Mumbai for every kind of tourist
1. Visit the Gateway of India
An iconic structure in India, the Gateway of India is a must visit for every tourist to the city. Located in South Mumbai, at the Gateway you can click a few pictures of the monument and then take a boat ride that lasts for about an hour.
Where: South Mumbai
Ticket Price: Entry to the Monument is Free, Boat rides cost Rs. 100.
2. Visit an Amusement Park
In Mumbai there are quite a few amusement parks where tourists can enjoy thrilling rides. Some are located within the city, while the rest are on the outskirts of Mumbai. At these parks you can enjoy land as well as water rides. There’s also a interactive gaming zone called Smaaash that has some exciting games for the entire family.
Best Amusement Parks in Mumbai: Imagica Adlabs, Essel World, Water Kingdom, Smaaash
3. Watch a Play at an Iconic Theatre
Brain child of the legendary Prithviraj Kapoor, the Prithvi theatre is an iconic theatre in Mumbai. The place host plays and dramas across genres. After watching a play, don’t forget to dine at the famous Prithvi Theatre Cafe that is located on the ground floor.
Where: Juhu, Mumbai
4. Drive Through the Bandra-Worli Sea Link
The Bandra Worli Sea Link is one of the best roads to drive on in Mumbai. It lies between the suburbs of Bandra and Worli and the drive is a short 20 mins one. The best time to go is during the night, when the cable wires of the bridge are lit up and the sea link looks majestic. Stopping on the bridge and photography are prohibited, so avoid taking a picture with a camera, however, you can still click a picture from your mobile, not if you are driving though. If you visit in the evening, you can head to the Bandra fort that is nearby to watch the sunset, and for stunning views of the bridge.
Where: Bandra West
Toll Fee: Rs. 80
5. Enjoy Chaat at Juhu Beach
In the evenings, the Juhu beach is packed to capacity with revellers who come to enjoy time out at the beach. A must-do at the beach is to enjoy chaats, that are a famous delicacy in Mumbai. You’ll get to try a variety of chaats. You can ask the vendor to reduce or add spice to your chaat, depending on how spicy you like it.
Chaats to Try: Ragda Pattice, Bhel , Paani Puri
6. Ride the AC Train
A new addition to Mumbai’s transport system, the AC train is good experience to ride on. A ride from Churchgate to Borivali will cost you around Rs. 200 and the jounrey is comfortable. A must-try for anyone in Mumbai.
Fare Rate: Churchgate to Borivali Rs. 200/*
7. Shop at Fashion Street
The Fashion Street in Colaba is where shoppers can purchase clothing at rock bottom prices. The stalls along the street sell everything from formal clothing to accessories, jeans, tees and even shoes. For a good deal, bring your bargaining skills to the fore, it will surely help.
Average Shopping Prices: Less Than Rs.1,000
8. Chill Out At Carter Road
This famous road in Bandra is located close to the sea. It is a haven of relaxation and fun. Many Mumbaikars come here to work out, jog or to chill by the beach. There are many restaurants and food stalls on this street, you can sample the best of Mumbai’s food here.
Where: Bandra West
9. Savour Mughlai Food at Mohammed Ali Road
There’s nothing enjoying Mumbai’s street food. One of the best places for non-vegetarians to sample on non-veg street food is the Mohammed Ali Road in Mumbai. The places comes to life in the evenings with carts lining up and selling kebabs, chicken tandoori and tikkas. It is best to go during the month of Ramadan for a great experience.
Where: Mohammed Ali Road
10. Have Breakfast at an Irani Cafe
South Mumbai is famous for its Irani Cafes. These cafes serve delicious varieties of breakfast items that are just out of this world. Top picks are bun maska, scrambelled egg and veg/chicken puffs. While having your breakfast at an Irani Cafe, do not forget to order Irani Chai, it pairs well with whatever you pick from the menu.
Best Irani Cafes in Mumbai: Britannia And Co., Kayanis, Koolar & Co, Stadium Restaurant
11. Enjoy Mumbai’s Nightlife
Mumbai’s nightlife scene is the best in India. There are many different pubs, bars and nightclubs catering to different budgets. Open till late in the night, pubs in Mumbai serve different kinds of alcohol and have great food. Those looking for fun things to do, can head to pubs that have live music performances and karaoke nights.
Best Way to Enjoy: Pubs, Nightclubs, Street-food, Cades & Bistros