Food, Shopping & Affordable Drinks: A Newbie's Guide To The Mills In Lower Parel

Bhavika posted on 04 November

Ten-Second Takeaway

New in Mumbai or in particular, Lower Parel? You might have heard snatches of conversation such as ‘let’s go to the mills’, and been quite confused at this idea of a fun activity. Here is an insider’s guide to all the mills in Lower Parel, so that you know the best of each.

High Street Phoenix

If there’s one place that most paths and plans seem to lead to, it’s High Street Phoenix. It houses the rather fancy and hoity-toity Palladium Mall {with your more high-end brands such Burberry, Zara, Coach, Louis Vuitton and on the top floor, Muji}. Along with that is the Sky Zone mall with a PVR, Jamie’s Pizzeria, Beer Cafe, Croma and other stores.

Grand Galleria is the mall with Dessange parlour, Cream Centre, Shopper’s Stop and Shizusan. In the main gallery, you’ll find a huge two-storey H&M store, Smoke house Deli and a space where many events take place.

Winning For: the existence of a McD right next to a Louis Vuitton store, the PVR Cinemas, Francesco’s Pizzeria & many other restaurants.

Malls

462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

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Todi Mills

Even if you’re new to the ‘hood, you must have heard the name Todi Mill Social dropped around you a few times. Just along the same stretch as High Street Phoenix, Todi Mills {and Mathuradas Mills} has limited but bars that people working and living around Lower Parel head to. Whether it’s Cafe Zoe, Summer House Cafe, Sweetish House Mafia, Super Happy Pop Up {which is residing inside Barking Deer}, and more.

It doesn’t hurt that there are office complexes such as Awfis and OML right within the compound, does it?

Winning For: 1 Tablespoon Pizzeria, Todi Mill Social, Cafe Zoe

Pubs

242, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Near Viva Centre, Todi Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai

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Kamala Mills

Kamala Mills is the party person of all the mills, and if nothing else, you will never be bored there. It started off with a few classics, your sentimental Grandmama’s Cafe for an evening with a friend or your mom, Bar Stock Exchange for when you need a place where you can bargain with your alcohol and The Bombay Canteen for its Neo approach to Indian food.

Since then, it’s seen its ups and downs, and has seen a lot of new places open up, Koko’s, Farzi Cafe from Delhi, London Taxi, 1Above, among others.

Winning For: Smaaash!, The Bombay Canteen, Koko’s

Other

Trade View Building, 2nd Floor, Kamala Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Raghuvanshi Mills

A fan of home decor? Raghuvanshi Mills is just the place for you. The whole compound is full of high-end design and furniture stores to check out such as Address Home, Good Earth, Zen among others. Amidst all this, there’s also a couple of lovely restaurants and even one of our favourite book stores & libraries, Trilogy.

Winning For: The Trilogy bookstore and library, Good Earth store {and cafe called The Tasting Room} and Gymkhana 91.

Other

Senapati Bapat Marg, Gandhi Nagar, Worli, Mumbai

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Laxmi Mills

This otherwise quite desolate mill has little that you and I would visit for, but the one thing that does make us want to visit is this amazing space called G5A Contemporary Culture Centre, where performances and gigs are oft held. We recently attended a Prateek Kuhad sit-down concert there, and loved the intimacy of the space. Right outside, is Port Cafe, where you can get a delicious cup of coffee and bun maska and a plate of pasta. {psst, if they let you, try and get a seat in the rooftop bar}

Winning For: Port Cafe

Other

Laxmi Mills State, Shakti Mills Lane, Off Dr. E. Moses Marg, Worli, Mumbai