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The local Mumbai guide to places around

Curated local places to see, eat and drink in Mumbai

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The local Mumbai guide to places around

Mumbai is the result of seven islands on the Konkan coastline that joined over time. The city’s eclectic nature is symbolized with the presence of the globally influential Bollywood film industry. Mumbai is truly an Indian cosmopolitan city with a sense of busyness that never sleeps.

Curated places to see

Elephanta Island — Large rock-cut caves in an island off Mumbai accessible via ferry
Kanheri Caves — Historical rock-cut Buddhist caves in the heart of a national park
Marine Drive — Seaside roadway and promenade along Mumbai's bustling shoreline
Jehangir Art Gallery — Famous gallery hosting exhibitions featuring top Indian artists

No FoMo by skipping these

Dhobi Ghat — Nothing too fascinating about watching people do their laundry 😉
Dharavi Tour — Unless you’re really there to help or for social / NGO related work

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Unique restaurants

One Street Over — Contemporary Asian restaurant serving innovative food and drinks
$ Koko — Upscale restaurant serving sushi and dumplings with vegetarian options
$ Souk — Authentic Orient restaurant serving Arab cuisine with panoramic views
$ Bastian — Modern seafood restaurant known for its lit brunch experience
$ Le Cirque — Upscale Italian restaurant at the Leela serving great pasta, meat, and fish
Mia Cucina — Chic Italian restaurant with great ambiance, karaoke nights and food
Bademiya — Street food restaurant serving paneer, butter chicken rolls, and kebabs.
Burma Burma — Contemporary Burmese restaurant with a pleasant dining experience
Khyber — Famous Indo-Mughlai restaurant in Kala Ghoda with great interiors
$ Peshawri — North-Indian restaurant serving a lavish dinner with tradition 💯
The Bombay Canteen — Fast food place offering local favourites like pani-puri & dosas
$ Dakshinayan — Restaurant at the Marriott serving a perfect South Indian experience
The Yoga House — Quaint café on Carter Road serving healthy meals and yoga lessons
La Folie Patisserie — French pastry shop serving great coffee, cakes and desserts
Mamagoto — Pan-Asian chain restaurant chain serving innovative fusion meals
Samrat — No-frills Gujarati restaurant serving scrumptious and large thali dishes
Goila Butter Chicken — Takeaway place serving chicken and paneer with naan bombs
Thalassa — Succesful Greek restaurant from Goa with great a ambiance and dining
$ Koh by Ian Kittichai — Authentic Thai restaurant serving curry and pad Thai noodles
$ Golden Dragon — Elegant Chinese restaurant serving dim sum along other classics
$ San Qi — Cosy Pan-Asian restaurant serving Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine
$ Olive Bar & Kitchen — Stylish Mediterranean restaurant with a posh crowd vibe 💯

Mirchi and Mime — Indian restaurant with a good cause towards the auditory impaired 💯
Candies — Cafe along a terrace offering the best of international bites in an artsy sitting
Heng Bok — Authentic Korean restaurant serving Bulgogi BBQ and Bibimbap
The J — Innovative joint serving the greatest varieties of french fries with toppings
Chocolateria San Churro — Sinful cafe serving churros, waffles and chocolate fondue
Lashkara — Punjabi no-frill restaurant serving a variety of tandoori and tikka items
Cafe Irani Chaii — Traditional Parsi cafe serving kheema pav, akuri and  raspberry soda
Gokul Refreshment — Fast food restaurant serving snacks, chaat items and fruit juices
Between Breads — Local joint serving hot dogs, burgers, and fries in Pali Hill Bandra
Greko — Greek takeaway restaurant serving wraps called gyros, sandwiches and salads
$ The Sassy Spoon — Chic restaurant serving a Continental and European kitchen
Pali Bhavan — Sepia-toned ambient restaurant serving great North Indian food
$ Romano’s — Upscale Italian gourmet restaurant with great ambiance and lighting
$ Yauatcha — Contemporary Cantonese-Chinese restaurant with private dining rooms 💯
$ Hakassan — Modern Chinese restaurant serving lunch and dinner with dimsum     
Koinonia Coffee Roasters — Independent brewery offering a venue for conversation
Burger bros — Fast food eatery serving fresh burgers, nachos and milkshakes in Pali Hill
Sweetish House Mafia — Small cosy cafe serving brownies, cookies and milkshakes 💯
Kala Ghoda Café — Well known cafe restaurant in Colaba’s art district with good food

Watch out!

Taxis and rickshaws can charge higher if you're a tourist; use Uber or Ola apps
You can bargain prices while in street bazaars and markets
Avoid drinking tap water and carry bottled or filtered water to stay hydrated
Certain areas of the city can be very busy and also traffic jams are fairly common
Public places most commonly trains have gender segregated zones

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Bars, Nightlife and Parties!

$ Aer — Upscale open-air rooftop bar serving cocktails and tapas at the Four Seasons 💯
$ Asilo — Exclusive open-air rooftop bar and club offering views over Mumbai's skyline
Opa — Exclusive Bar and lounge with a mediterranean influence also serving sheesha
Social — Trendy cafe and bar chain serving unique cocktails and quirky food dishes
Summer House Café — Lively bar from Delhi with high ceilings and music
China House — Cocktail lounge with a dance area serving Chinese dishes and electronic
The Bar Stock Exchange — Trendy pub where beverage prices fluctuate with demand The Little Door — Cosy cafe and bar hosting live music performances with a great crowd
Tamasha — Bollywood inspired bar playing retro music with a decent crowd turnup
Kitty Su — Nightclub at the Lalit with electronic music events featuring famous DJs
Su Casa — Bar club with great plant decor offering tunes while catching up with friends 💯
Escobar — Tapas bar offering a perfect spot to unwind after a workday with a view

Networking and social events in the city

The Hive — Unique co-working space hosting events with artists, comedians and plays. Bombay Exhibition Centre — Get more information about large expos and conferences
Prithvi Theatre — Cultural theatre with regular drama and dance performances

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Exclusive moments and luxury

Ziya — Indian restaurant offering a fine dining experience with views over Arabian sea
Masala Library — Upscale dining restaurant offering a molecular food experience
The Table — Fine dining restaurant serving San Francisco-style globally inspired cuisine
Wasabi by Morimoto — Contemporary restaurant serving the finest of Japanese kitchen
Indigo — Modern restaurant serving a 3-course meal layered with creative ingredients
Dome — Open-air cocktail lounge with a spectacular view over Marine Drive
IPL Cricket GameBuy tickets for Mumbai Indians T20 cricket to watch a live IPL game
Yacht Charter — Message us on the bottom right for more information about this
Helicopter Ride — Message us on the bottom right for more information about this

Shopping and gift guide

Palladium — Large shopping mall featuring luxury brands and many restaurants
The Bombay Store — Traditional Indian household décor store with a modern touch
Inorbit — Indoor shopping mall featuring high street brands and departmental stores
Phoenix Market City — Large shopping mall with cinemas, food courts and bowling
The Moja Club — Locally designed socks for those with a taste, order online here
Strey — Mumbai’s very own street wear fashion brand offering great designs online 
Chumbak — Alternative home and lifestyle store inspired by the cultures of India
Contemporary Arts and Crafts — Home decor store offering locally sourced handicrafts
Filter — Designers collective showcasing the very best from artists across Mumbai
Kulture Shop — Gift shop with great collection on art, stationery and clothing
Nicobar — Designer studio with a lovely collection of apparel and homeware

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Road trip ahead

Aamby Valley — Township on hills with a man-made beach and resort activities
Mahabaleshwar — Evergreen forest region and old summer capital of Bombay
Lonavala — Scenic hill town featuring great local food and a getaway
Pune — The sister city of Mumbai nestled close to scenic parts of MH
Goa — Arrive at this beach town right after a long day's road trip

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The World You See (TWYS) is an off the beaten path guide to Mumbai.

We offer hidden and local recommendations that have been curated by those who seek something more extraordinary than those places offered in Yelp or Tripadvisor’s top 10 city guides. We also list outdoor experiences that allow you to get off the track to enjoy a city in its natural state. So go ahead and enjoy the recommendations above!

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