New To The Maximum City? Don't Worry, We've Got Your Back

Nupur posted on 24 October

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There comes a day when you get down at the airport, breathing in a different air, soaking in a different atmosphere and before you know it, the city has already wrapped itself around you. Such is this city, Mumbai. Now, if you’re new and want to know where to go eat, shop drink or take a breather here, be our guest.


Must-Visit Iconic Eateries

Food is a very subjective {and touchy for a few} topic. Everybody has a different take on it. Names will pour out in abundance. Theobroma, Le Pain Quotidien, Ram Ashraya, Britannia & Co., IMBISS, and a lot more are names that frequent this list. Have a soul-satisfying South-Indian breakfast that consists of podi idli and sambar at Ram Ashraya, or devour the pulled pork burger at IMBISS, an all-meat soiree {our mouths are already watering}. Hit up Le 15 Cafe in Colaba or Goregaon for some delicious handcrafted desserts. Your trip is incomplete without a visit to the legendary Leopold Cafe in Colaba for their fiery chilli chicken paired with a chilled beer {are you going to fight that?}; it's the perfect place to unwind at in the evening.
Bakeries

24, Colaba Causeway, Cusrow Baug, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai

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Watering Holes

From "It's the month-end, let's go to a cheaper place" to "I don't mind paying INR 800 for a cocktail", Mumbai has it all, just like any other city. If you are looking to drink on a budget, Janata Bar in Bandra, Sunlight in Kalbadevi and Gokul in Colaba are your best bets.

If you like to swirl your wine perfectly, and want it served at the perfect temperature, you must hit up Cafe Zoe, Estella or It Happened In New York. If your parents are in town, check out Bastian for some seafood delicacies and mouthwatering desserts. The best cocktails according to us are at It Happened In New York.

Casual Dining

78-A, Pali Naka, Dr Ambedkar Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Organic Cafes

Didn't get a chance to hit the gym, but still want to eat out? Don't miss out on visiting Birdsong Cafe for their most sought after chocolate milkshakes in the city. 212 All Good is known for their tender coconut pad thai noodles; we've tried them and their delicious and healthy at the same time. Masque is one of the most sought out restaurants in the city, a perfect match for gourmet-loving couples.

Cafes

Shop 1-5, Off Hill Road, Waroda Road, Ranwar, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Shopping Haunts

You will find a little bit of Delhi's famous Sarojini {read budget shopping} at Hill Road in Bandra, Lokhandwala Market in Andheri, Colaba Causeway and Linking Road in Bandra for clothes. For home decor, head straight to Chor Bazaar and Lohar Chawl for lights of all shapes and sizes {some you wouldn't even have imagined}. At Oshiwara at the Furniture Market, you can buy really classy teak furniture to amp up your living room. If you're brand conscious, just cab it to Phoenix Marketcity in Kurla or Palladium in Lower Parel. Don't forget to keep yourself hydrated if you're out in the sun for too long.

Culture Trip

Mumbai is very rich in its culture and heritage and for those who'd like a dose of it, there are plenty of museums and art galleries to get lost in. For starters, there's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Kala Ghoda, Nehru Planetarium, Bhau Daji Lad Museum and more. If you bond with your friends, colleagues or parents over history and not coffee, you should be camping {not literally, of course} in South Mumbai.

Museums

159-161, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

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Khao Gallis And Food Trucks

Foodies would agree that this city would be incomplete without its khao gallis, be it in Sion, Churchgate or Ghatkopar. Every place has something unique to offer you. Food trucks at Shivaji Park, Andheri, Kandivali and Bandra will keep you going. There's a unique new opening called Bar Bank in Juhu that is a collective of multiple food trucks serving different cuisines {there's good music too}.  Visit them towards the evening, when the best stalls come out. Food trucks will be a delight to go with friends who you like to pig out with.

Travel Tales

Everyone deserves a break once in a while, and you can take one on any weekend {as long as you're not working}.There are a bunch of treks, camps and gigs that happen every weekend all over Maharashtra. All you need is the will to travel and a ticket to hop on to a bus or train {you can drive down too} and break the monotony of your weekday routine. Spots that easily accessible to visit with friends include Bhandardhara, Kolad, Prabalmachi, Saphale and more.Looking at taking your better half to some place nice? Try The Machan at Lonavala, it's only  a short drive away.

Gigs And More

If you ever have to soak yourself in good music, gigs are the best way to do so. There’s Anti-Social in Khar, Razzberry Rhinoceros in Juhu {don't miss the sunset}, Hard Rock Cafe in Worli, Bonobo, NCPA and more. There are also performance venues for comedy, plays and musical performances. Gather your friends in the city and hit one of these spots. Do check beforehand if any super fantastic gig is happening at any of these places.

Bars

Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, SV Road, Khar West, Mumbai

Late Night Call

There’s a burgeoning trend of bars and delivery kitchens that are open till about 4AM. There’s MT-64 and Ariess Cafe – you can drop by and get your fix of drinks till the wee hours. Don’t feel like going out? Midnight delivery services are a thing too. Try Late Night Munchies, Burgzooka, Francesco's Pizzeria and more. These options are for the couples or friends who live for ordering in.

Bars

CTS 1189, Opp. Vinay Industrial Estate, Near Cloudnine Hospital, New Link Road, Malad West, Mumbai

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Breather Time

It’s a myth that the city doesn’t have many parks. You can take a breather or go for run at Jogger’s Park, Priyadarshini Park, Shivaji Park, Hanging Gardens. There’s also forts to be hung at – Sion Fort and Bandra Fort are probably the two most visited forts in the city.