10 Awesome Things To Do In South Mumbai

Miss Wanderlust shows you how to experience South Mumbai like never before.

Every time I see lists of interesting things to do in South Mumbai, I can’t help cringe a little. It’s the same old things that show up – restaurants, pubs and shopping malls.

There’s much more to this part of Mumbai – from the quaint Irani cafes and the world’s most delicious brownies to offbeat heritage structures. From riding a historic life to a bumpy double decker bus, Miss Wanderlust shows you how to experience South Mumbai like never before.

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1. Grab a beer at one of Colaba’s most iconic watering holes.

Your best options: Café Leopold (Claim to fame: Shantaram and 26/11) or Café Mondegar (Claim to fame: The giant Mario Miranda mural). Other lesser known (but equally awesome) options include Alps (Colaba) and Harbour View (Apollo Bundar, it has a spectacular view of the sea). Sit back and watch the world go by!


Read: Seven Reasons To Love Cafe Mondegar


2. Ride a double decker BEST bus

The double decker bus is a dying breed. Hop onto one of these massive buses that ply from Churchgate to CST. Sit in the front seat on the upper deck – and enjoy the best view in the house!

Double decker bus

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3. Stop by an Irani café for a meal
Irani cafes are a lovely way of taking a trip back in time. Good options are Kayani’s at Flora Fountain, Britannia at Ballard Estate (where you must meet the delightful owner of the Cafe Britannia),  Military Café near the Bombay Stock Exchange. Soak in the good food and old world charm. Don’t miss out on the caramel custard dessert!


Irani Cafe

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4. Wander through the crumbling Esplanade Mansion at Kala Ghoda

Formerly known as The Watsons Hotel, this was the city’s most celebrated hotel in its heydey, with no admission for Indians.  What makes the building special from architectural standpoint is that it is India’s oldest surviving cast iron building. However, given the present condition, who knows how much longer it will be around? Explore the structure and piece together some interesting stories of the city’s past.


Watsons Hotel

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5. Admire the beautiful Art-Deco buildings that line Marine Drive.

For the uninitiated, Art Deco is the predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s. Interestingly enough, Mumbai has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world (after Miami).

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6. Walk around the beautiful Oval Maidan at Churchgate

The Oval Maidan is a green oasis amid the city’s concrete jungle. The Rajabai Clock Tower and Bombay High Court (both buildings with glorious architecture) sit tight along its fringes. If you’re game, join in for a few overs of cricket with the local kids.

Oval Maidan

7. Feast on the best brownies in town:

Your destination: The iconic Theobroma at Colaba Causeway. Food for the Gods indeed!

Read: Around The World in 20 Desserts


8. Ride in the grand, historic elevators of Fort
Riding in these heritage elevators is an experience in itself, with some of them dating to more than back a century. Notable elevators include those at Ripon Club (Fort), Kodak Building (DN Road), Army & Navy Building (Kala Ghoda) and Mumbai GPO.

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9. Bring out your arty side


Kala Ghoda is well known as Mumbai’s art precinct. Explore the numerous art galleries that dot Rampart Row or have your portrait painted by an artist outside Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda.

Jehangir Art Gallery

10. Admire the Knesseth Eliyahoo Synagogue


Nestled behind Rhythm House in the lanes of Kala Ghoda, this powder blue synagogue is a beauty. Did you know It’s over 125 years old?


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A journalist, intrepid traveler and occasional doodler, I love wandering off the beaten path. Is it any wonder then that my favourite place in the world is the window seat of an airplane?


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