Before you drop the ‘hey, is it even possible’ bomb, we’d like to tell you it is. All everyone talks about is how mad and chaotic Mumbai is, so we decided to turn things around and visit some quiet spots where we could ponder about the complexity (and simplicity) of life. Ah, a day without small talk and technology (we’ll try).
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Visit Raj Bhavan
Start off your day with a visit to Raj Bhavan, the Governer’s home situated atop Malabar Hill. Stretch, do some yoga or just zone out (we do it all the time).
What Makes It Awesome: The great thing about Raj Bhavan (for us introverts) is that people are literally banned from talking too much. It’s a place for silence, yoga, and maybe some table tennis. We advise that you book ahead of time, because they take on very few visitors at a time and are usually fully booked.
Browse Books At Kitab Khana
Kitab Khana is one of our favourite bookstores in the city. It’s huge and has books practically tumbling over our heads.
What Makes It Awesome: The big plus for this place is that because of its size, it’s very easy for a quiet person with a bookish bent of mind to find a corner to curl up with a book and not be disturbed for ages. We recommend that you curl up with a hot chocolate at Food For Thought, the cafe inside Kitab Khaana, and devour on your favorite book there.
Stroll At Hanging Gardens
The Ferozeshah Mehta gardens, also known as the Hanging Gardens, are one of Mumbai’s iconic, and rare green areas. The gardens are terraced and perched at the top of Malabar Hill.
What Makes It Awesome: The area is serene and laden with animal-shaped plant installations, which are probably going to be your only company at the gardens. We love this place for its greenery, how well-maintained it is, and the shady areas that provide a respite from both rain and shine.
Hike At Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Dodge Mumbai traffic (for a while) and rent a bicycle at Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Ride through the roads that lead to Kanheri caves and have yourself an adrenaline-filled yet a relaxed day. You can even take the bus if you’re not feeling the biking thing.
What Makes It Awesome: The park is again, one of the city’s few but sprawling areas which allow for people to have a quiet moment with their thoughts, yet get some sight-seeing done.
P.S: Do not head there too late, or wander off the trails, since some parts of the park are quite secluded and unsafe.
Photo Ops At Bandra Fort
This spot is a little ‘out there’ but it never fails to surprise. This fort is located opposite Taj Land’s End in Bandra West, so if you keep walking ahead of the posh hotel, and the crowds waiting outside Shahrukh Khan’s house, you’ll find this beautiful and serene spot.
What Makes It Awesome: The fort affords a great vantage point to see the waves crashing against Bandstand, as well as of canoodling couples (keep your eyes trained straight, as Mumbai etiquette demands).
P.S: This fort is also very close to a lot of eating joints (because Bandra), so after we’re done snacking, we’ll plug in our earphones and just think about nothing.
Enjoy The View At Marine Drive
Can't miss this, can we? The icon's our favorite in the city for grabbing a cup of cutting chai and looking at the endless sea while we're at it.
What Makes It Awesome: You're sitting on the parapet, there's traffic behind you, and you see the city going bonkers with the pace. But there's also the sea in front of you. Look at it, and stay calm. Maybe plug in and listen to an Iktara?
Explore Art At National Gallery Of Modern Art
Love art? Then head to the National Gallery Of Modern Art in Fort for an afternoon browsing their collection of art.
What Makes It Awesome: The gallery is housed in a colonial building with three floors of artwork, consisting of mostly paintings and sculpture. The second floor, which is more of a mezzanine floor is dedicated to sculptures. They have works by artists S.H. Raza, M F Husain, and more. They also regularly host thematic and temporary exhibitions here.
Have A Coffee At Candies Cafe
One of the most iconic cafes in the city, Candies is our go-to for a great cup of coffee, their amazing cheesecake and salad bar.
What Makes It Awesome: It's got plenty of nooks and corners where you can settle in with a drink and a book and just unwind and enjoy some well-needed me-time. If you've got a sweet tooth, don't miss out on their desserts either!
Dance It Up At Kitty Su
Kitty Su has got to be one of the more happening nightclubs in the city. If you're looking to let loose and dance off the week's stress we totally think we should hit this place on a Friday or Saturday night.
What Makes It Awesome: Kitty Su's got a regular roster of DJ nights and live acts that amp up the energy, often featuring international artists from around the globe. It's especially popular for those of you who love EDM.
Catch A Play At Prithvi Theatre
If you love theatre, why not spend an evening catching a play at Prithvi. An intimate venue with an interesting line-up, it's a great place if you love theatre.
What Makes It Awesome: Prithvi in Juhu has a great line-up of plays, plus they host theatre and arts festivals every year. You can also catch a workshops, musical performances and more here. Don't miss out on their famous Irish Coffee at the cafe.