When you talk to locals about Mumbai, they’ll stress on you trying out local street food delicacies. While street food in Mumbai is famous, the city does have other activities that should be added to any traveler’s bucket list. If you’ve wanted to visit the city by the bay and have wondered where to start, here’s a quick guide to what you should do as a tourist in Mumbai.
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 intreractive 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
3. 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. Please note that photography is not allowed on the bridge, if caught, you’re likely to pay a hefty fine. The best views of the bridge are from the Bandra Fort.
- Where: Bandra West
4. 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
5. 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. The train is a fast local, which means it does not stop at all locations. Check aps like mIndicator for stops and timings.
- Fare Rate: Churchgate to Borivali Rs. 200/*
6. 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
7. 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
8. Savour Mughlai Food
There’s nothing enjoying Mumbai’s street food and at in every suburb, you’ll find street food vendors setting up shop. One of the best street food varieties to try is Mughlai. The best places for Mughlai food in Mumbai are Mohammad Ali Road, Colaba Causeway, Bhiwandi, Kurla, Jogeshwari, and Mahim.
- Varieties to try: Kebabs, Naans, Kheema, Butter Chicken
9. 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
10. 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.
- Average Cost: Rs. 1,500 to Rs, 4000 for two
When you are in Mumbai for a holiday or work, it is best to experience the following mentioned activities. I suggest going out to them with a local, because he or she knows the best places to visit and more importantly, what to order on the menu. If you plan to visit Mumbai, I will be more than happy to show you around.