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This district covers Byculla, Parel, Worli, Prabhadevi, Sewri and Dadar areas of Bombay.

It started its modern history as a sort of backyard to South Bombay. In the late 19th century, many industries, especially textile mills, relocated here. The industries naturally attracted migrant labour from all parts of the country, but mostly from Maharashtra and its Konkan region. The influence of this migration is still seen today and the district is considered the home of Marathi culture in the city.

In the 1970s and 80s, high labour costs, industrial unrest, and the exorbitant price of land caused the closure of many industries and the district consequently went into a decline. Over two decades, the decrepit old mill area was regenerated into swanky office complexes. You will find many BPO operations, advertising agencies, film production houses, and banks here. Many old textile mills have given way to enormous malls like High Street Phoenix. Much of what is happening in Mumbai today is happening here, with the newest, largest malls (Atria, Phoenix), clubs (Shiro, Hard Rock), hotels (ITC, Four Seasons), and restaurants (Olive).

Get in[edit]

If you're in Mumbai city, you can get here just about anyway. There is excellent road connectivity and most bus routes pass through here. At night this place can be a traffic nightmare.

See[edit]

Map of Mumbai/South Central

Parel[edit]

  • 1 Palais Royale, Ganapatrao Kadam Marg, Upper Worli, Worli? (Lower Parel Stn). This is a skyscraper on the land previously owned by Shree Ram Mills Ltd. in Lower Parel. It is the first supertall in India to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum rating for environmental sustainability.

Worli[edit]

  • 2 Bandra-Worli sealink (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Bandra Railway Station or Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Elphinstone Railway Station). Long-awaited connectivity dream for Mumbaikars.
  • 3 Dhobi Ghat at Mahalaxmi, Anandilal P Marg, Dhobi Ghat, Shanti Nagar, Lower Parel, Mahalaxmi? (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Mahalaxmi Stn).
  • 4 Haji Ali, Worli (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Mahalaxmi Stn). A shrine to a Muslim saint on Worli Seaface, accessible only at low tide since at high tide the pathway to the shrine is submerged. More at Mumbai South
  • 5 Mahalaxmi Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple Rd, Mahalaxmi(W), (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Mumbai Central Stn). Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai. Built around 1785, the history of this temple is supposedly connected with the building of the Hornby Vellard (see Mumbai History). - See more at Mumbai South
  • 6 Nehru Science Centre, Dr. Edwin Moses Road, Worli (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Mahalaxmi), +91 22 2493 2667, +91 22 2493 4520, fax: +91 22 2493 2668, . [1]. A science museum, also contains the "Discovery of India", a show on India's History named for Jawaharlal Nehru's book. It is spread over a relatively large area and surrounded by greenery. Check the website for prices and timings of different shows. This is India's largest interactive science center.
  • 7 Nehru Planetarium, Dr. Edwin Moses Road, Worli (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Mahalaxmi), +91 22 2492 0510. Tu-F 11AM-5PM. This is next door to the Nehru Science Centre and has some interesting shows. Over the years, it has grown into a centre for scientific study of astronomy and space science. The planetarium is equipped with a Digistar 3 planetarium projector which was installed in 2003. Adult ₹35, children ₹20.
  • 8 Worli Fort (Marathi: वरळी किल्ला)), VB Worlikar Marg, Worli Tip, Worli (From Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Elphinstone Railway Station 1.5 km NW). This fort built by the British in Worli around 1675. The fort, built on the Worli hill, overlooked the Mahim Bay at a time the city was made up of just seven islands. It was used as a lookout for enemy ships and pirates. The fort is completely in ruins today and a slum has enveloped the edifice. A bell tower peeps out of the ruins and the ramparts are used to dry clothes.
  • 9 Worli Seaface, Worli Seaface Rd, Worli (Elphinstone Railway Station). A promenade in 2 parts.

Dadar[edit]

  • 1 Dadar vegetable market, Tulsi Pipe Road, Dadar West (From Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dadar Railway Station 100m West). This was the heart of the city and was responsible for distributing vegetables across all of Mumbai. It is said that one can get all possible things in Dadar. It is also famous for its underworld.
  • 10 Lokmanya Tilak Bridge, Tilak Bridge, Lokmanya Tilak Colony, Dadar (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dadar Central Railway Stn,). 24/7. One of the oldest bridges in Mumbai, built in 1923. This bridge is made of entirely of granite and hard English-made metal. The bridge is an important connection between east and west Dadar. Approximately 10,000 cars use the bridge each day. Free.
  • 11 Mumbai Mayor's Bungalow, Swatantrya Veer Savarkar Marg, Dadar West (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Matunga Road stn.). The official residence of the Mayor of Mumbai and the famous Sena Bhavan, headquarters of the political party Shiv Sena.
  • 12 Pir Bagdadi Mosque (Pir Bagdadi Masjid), NC Kelkar Rd, Dadar West, Dadar (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dadar Railway Station).
  • 13 Plaza movie theatre (Plaaza Cinema Dadar), NC Kelkar Road, Kasar wadi, Dadar West (Near Tilak Bridge. Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dadar), +91 22 2430 4704. This was damaged during the 1993 bomb-blasts/riots. It has now reopened and remains one of the theaters in Mumbai that show Marathi movies.
  • 14 St. Paul Convent, Kashaba Jadhav Marg, Dadar East.
  • 15 Shivaji Mandir (Shivaji Mandir Drama Theater), NC Kelkar Road, Dadar (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dadar Western Railway Stn.). Marathi plays are running in this theatre.
  • 16 Shivaji Park (Marathi: शिवाजी पार्क), Keluskar Road South, Dadar West (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dadar Western Railway Stn), +91 1800 22 9930. The park is named after the legendary 17th century warrior king of the region, Chhatrapati Shivaji. The park was created in 1925 by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, in the days of the British Raj. This is the largest park in Mumbai. - Like the Azad Maidan and August Kranti Maidan (formerly Gowalia Tank Grounds), it is of historical and cultural value because of the political and social gatherings it has witnessed, both in pre- and post-independence Mumbai. The walkway around the perimeter is crowded with people taking walks. The inner circumference of the park is 1.17 km - 11.29 ha in area, the ground is busy with young cricket players. Various attractions are spread over the grounds, including the Samarth Vyayam Mandir (gymnasium), Shivaji Park Nagarik Sangh (established in 1947), Shivaji Park Gymkhana (club), Children's Park, Nana-Nani Park (Grandpa and Grandma park), Scout's Pavilion (which is a popular venue for marriages), Udyan Ganesh Mandir (Ganesh temple), The Bengal Club with a small Kali shrine and a library. The walkway is lined with huge rain trees. The most prominent entrance to the park is the one on the east side, intended only for pedestrians. A bust of Meenatai Thackeray, late wife of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, has been placed at this entrance. A bust of Ram Ganesh Gadkari used to be present at the same spot.
  • 17 Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, SK Bole Marg, Prabhadevi (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Parel Stn.), +91 22 2437 3626, fax: +91 22 2422 1558. One of the most famous temples in Mumbai is a shrine to the Lord Ganesha (the elephant headed god who is said to be the destroyer of obstacles). Many devout Hindus walk from their homes to this temple barefoot, especially on Tuesdays, which is considered a special day. The queue to enter the temple stretches to eternity on Tuesdays, so visit some other day if you can.

Byculla[edit]

  • 18 A Patil Flyover, Chinchpokli, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Byculla (Byculla Stn). Byculla is also known for Mumbai's first Y-shaped bridge built across Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road which then splits further to go to Byculla East and West before the Clare Road intersection, thereby forming a Y shape when seen from the air. This was one of the oldest fly-overs built in Mumbai.
  • 19 Mumbai Fire Brigade Headquarter Building in Byculla, Sir JJ Road, Ashadham Colony, Agripada, Byculla (Opposite Y Bridge. Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Stn).
  • 20 Mustafa bazaar, 51, St Savata Mali Marg, Byculla (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Stn). A wholesale timber market is frequently visited by many from the city.
  • 21 Parsi colonies, Rustom Baug, Victoria Road, Mustafa Bazar, Byculla (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Stn). Jerbai Baug and Rustom Baug: are the two Parsi colonies where most of the Parsis of Byculla live.
  • 22 Seva Niketan hostel (The National Sodality Centre), Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy Rd, Byculla (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Stn), +91 22 2309 2934. A solar-powered Jesuit-run men's hostel that has served as headquarters for various NGOs.
  • 23 Veermata Jijabai Udyan (Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan Zoo), Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Byculla East, Byculla (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla), +91 22 2372-5799. Th-Tu 9AM-6PM; saplings are available from the Garden's Nursery. Th-Tu 8AM-11AM and 3-5PM except on Sunday and public holidays. A zoo in Byculla, it was established during British times and named "Victoria Gardens". After independence, naturally, it had to be renamed, so it is now named after Shivaji's mother Jijabai, though it is popularly known as Rani Bag (queen's garden — it is not clear whether the queen in question is Victoria or Jijabai). The place is not really worth visiting as it has been called more of a prison for animals than a zoo in the modern sense. Go there for the garden, not to look at the animals.

Mazagaon[edit]

  • 24 Mazagaon (Mazgaon, Mazagon, Portuguese: Mazagão) (From Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Station or from Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Station). It is one of the seven islands of Mumbai. Located in Mazagaon are maritime companies like the Bombay Port Trust and Mazagaon Dock Ltd., the Mazagaon Court and Anglo-Indian schools including Rosary High School, St. Peters School and St. Mary's School. Once very fashionable, Mazgaon lost much of its charm after the more affluent British and Parsi residents relocated to Malabar Hill. Since independence, the area is generally considered to be a Catholic enclave. However, even though Mazagaon is still home to a large population of Catholics, with Catholics, Hindus, Parsis, Jews and other communities also dwell here in Mazagaon. Muslims (particularly Dawoodi Bohras) are taking their place with most Catholics migrating abroad. Bohras are developing many places in Mazagoan. Huge skyscrapers are being constructed. It has virtually become a Bohra-Muslim neighbourhood. A Catholic East Indian village can be found in the "Mathar Pakadi" area. The migrants originally from Goa set up transit camps, which later became permanent residences. The Goan Clubs are an integral part of this part of town. Nearby lie the famous Mazagaon Docks, famed as a site of ship building since the 18th century. It still builds warships for the Indian Navy and nearby is the Mazagaon Dock Colony which houses Angre house, Sarine house, Curry house and P & O Terrace. The Harbour Line station of Dockyard Road is the nearest railhead. The area is peaceful and quiet, unlike other parts of the city.
Mazgaon Holy Places[edit]
  • 25 Chinese temple (Kwan Tai Shek? Kwan Kung?), 12, Nawab Tank Road (Dockyard Road Railway Station). The only one in the city.
  • 26 Christ Church, New Nagpada, Mazgaon (From Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Railway Station 0.8km South). This is a Protestant church.
  • 27 Former St. Peter's Church (St. Peter's school), S Champsi Marg, near Mazagaon Hill, Mazgaon (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Stn.). This is a Protestant church. Functional for school only.
  • 28 Holy Cross Church, 57, Noor Baug, Ramchandra Bhatt Marg, Dongri, Umerkhadi, Mazgaon (towards J.J. Hospital Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Sandhurst Road Stn), +91 22 2374 0348. This is a Protestant church.
  • 29 Imamiya Mosque (Imamiya Masjid), BC Patel Marg, Umerkhadi (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Sandhurst Road Stn.).
  • 30 Mahapurush Temple, Gun Powder Road, Rly Colony, Byculla East (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Stn.). Surykund CHS (only Hindus allowed in this society). One of the oldest and famous temple of Mazgaon.
  • 31 Mankeshwar Mandir, Barrister Nath Pai Marg (Hansraj Lane, Mazgaon) (near Darukhana Bus Stop or Mankeshwar Mandir Bus Stop). A well-known century-old Hindu temple.
  • 32 Methodist Church (Hume Memorial Congregation?), Doctor Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road, Byculla (near Victoria Gardens - Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Stn.).
  • 33 Mughal Mosque (Mughal Masjid), Imamwada Road, Umerkhadi (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Sandhurst Road Stn.).
  • 34 Nawab Yari Mosque (Nawab Yari Masjid Building), D Lima St Road, Dockyard Road, Dockyard Road (West), Wadi Bandar, Mazgaon (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Railway Station).
  • 35 Our Lady of the Rosary Church (Rosary School), Frere Road, Wadi Bandar, Mazgaon (opposite Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Station). This is a Roman Catholic church.
  • 36 Our Lady of Glory Church (Glora Church), A Patil Flyover, Byculla West, Mustafa Bazar, Byculla, Mazgaon (opposite Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla station). This is a Roman Catholic church.
  • Piru Lane Mosque (Piru Lane Masjid), Piru Lane, Umerkhadi (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Sandhurst Road Stn.).
  • 37 St. Anne's Church, Nesbit Road, Mazgaon (next to St. Mary's School). Roman Catholic church.
  • 38 St. Joseph's Church, Navroji Hill Road 4, Dongri, Umerkhadi (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Sandhurst Road Stn.). This is a Roman Catholic church.
  • 39 Saqlaini Masjid, Piru Lane, Umerkhadi (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Sandhurst Road Stn.).
  • 40 Seth Motisha Jain Temple, Love Lane or (Sheth Motisha Rd).
  • 41 Taylor Memorial Methodist Church, Clare Road, Ashadham Colony, Nagpada (opposite St. Agnes' School, from Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Railway Station 0.7 km south).
  • 42 Umar Farooq Mosque (Umar Farooq Masjid), Umerkhadi (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Sandhurst Road Stn.).
Other sights in Mazgaon[edit]
  • 43 Angre House, East Island Free Way, Mazagon Dock, Mazgaon. Named after the Maratha Navy Kanhoji Angre.
  • 44 Bhaucha Dhakka or Ferry Wharf, Malet Bandar Rd, Princess Dock (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Stn.). It used to be a harbour and the big and medium-sized boats were leaving to Konkan, Goa area. Now small boats, dinghies, barges, ferries are operated and plying to Uran and its nearby area. Not only this but Ganapati-deity of Hindus are also immersed here. This is now especially known for its Wholesale Fish Market.
  • 45 Bombay Port Trust or BPT, Mansion Road, Princess Dock, Mumbai Port Trust, Mazgaon (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Sandhurst Road Stn.).
  • 46 Central Railway Colony, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Railway Chawl, Parel (From Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Station or Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Reay Road Station. - Elphinstone Railway Station?). Between Dockyard Road Station and Reay Road adjoining to Gunpowder Road in south and Mathar Pakhady Road in north.
  • Chinatown in Mazagaon. After the 1962 Sino-Indian War, most Chinese were viewed as traitors, and left the town. Mumbai has a small ethnic Chinese population of 400 families. The Chinese temple and cemetery are both located at Mazagaon. The oldest Chinese temple in Mumbai is a shrine dedicated to an army Nobel Kwan Tai Kwon. The shrine is located in a two storey building. It is thronged by devotes and the local Chinese population during the Chinese New Year and Moon festival.
  • 47 Former Joseph Baptista Garden and Reservoir (Bhandar Wada Water Reservoir), Hussain Patel Rd, Ekta Nagar, Mazgaon (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Stn.). Built in 1880. Locally known as the Mazagaon Gardens, is a 0.6-ha park. It lies atop a hill, the Bhandarwada Hill, and offers a panoramic view of the Mumbai harbour and the southern business district of the city. Beneath the gardens is a water reservoir, constructed between 1880–1884. The park is frequented by neighbourhood residents. It is mostly patronised by couples, joggers, senior citizens, and students who find peaceful corners to study. Cycas, ixora, musanda, bougainvillea, and hibiscus are some of the plants found in the garden. Here was the Mazagaon Fort, which was a British fort in Mazagaon.
  • 48 Framji Patel Parsi Agiary, Dockyard Road (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Stn.).
  • 49 Ganpati Mandir, Reay Rd, Rly Colony, Railway Colony, Byculla. This area is also known for its industrial estates and small and medium scale industries.
  • Ghodyacha Tabela-Horses Place. Where horses used to be kept. Now, instead of horses, we can see most of the area is occupied by garages and small industries.
  • 50 Islamic International School, Mujawar Pakhadi Rd, Mallet Bunder Junction (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Sandhurst Road Stn), +91 22 23780104. Operated by the Islamic Research Foundation under the direction of Zakir Naik.
  • 51 M.D.L. (Mazagon Dock Limited), Dockyard Road, Mazgaon, . Ship-Builders To The Nation. Oil Rig Area. Wet Dock. Dry Dock. Training Center. Ship-Builders Campus. Plater and Assembly shop. Machine shop. Design
  • 52 Maharana Pratap Chowk, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Tadwadi, Mazgaon (opposite Sales Tax Office). A circle from where various bus routes are starting to ply to other parts of Mumbai.
  • 53 Mazgaon Court (Judges Quarters), 27, St Mary Rd, Tadwadi area, Byculla (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Stn). Here in Tadwadi a B.I.T. Chawl's big Colony is also situated. This Tadwadi area is also famous for its Dahi-handis. From this area only the world’s most famous second manual tower forming Mandals are operating in Mumbai.
  • Mazagaon Fort (Near to Dockyard Road railway station). Built around 1680. The fort was razed by the Siddi general, Yakut Khan in June 1690. The fort was at the present-day Joseph Baptista Gardens, atop Bhandarwada Hill. In 1884, the British developed Bhandarwada Hill as a major water reservoir. It supplies water to South and Central Mumbai. A popular recreation ground, the ground is named after Joseph Baptista, a freedom fighter and close aide of the Indian freedom movement activist, Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
  • 54 Mazgaon Telephone Exchange, (Love-lane) Sheth Motisha Road, Mazgaon (Byculla Stn.).
  • 55 Mazgaon Tower, 496,Mathar Pakhadi Rd, Railway Colony, Byculla (next to Central Railway Colony). At Mazgaon Hill there are two towers.
  • 56 Retail Fish Market, Dockyard Road, Wadi Banda (near Mazgaon Dock Ltd.).
  • 57 Sai Niketan Tower, DN Sindh Road Number 2, Mazgaon (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla Stn).
  • 58 Sales Tax Office, Nesbit Road, Mazgaon (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg:Dockyard Road Stn.). Government Office
  • 59 Second Agiary?, Dockyard Rd, Railway Colony, Byculla (opposite to Meenakshi Apartments Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dockyard Road Stn.).
  • 60 Shah Hasan Ali's Maqbara (Hasan Ali's Mausoleum), Hasanabad Dargah, Rambhau Bhogle Marg, Mustafa Bazar. Inside of Ismail Habib Masjid.
  • 61 Sir Elly Kadoorie School, Kailash Baug Mandir Road, Mazgaon, - Nagpada?. The only Marathi school in India which is run by a Jewish Trust. Second one only in the Nagpada area.
  • 62 Viewpoint in Mazgaon (Mazgaon Hill, Joseph Baptista Garden, Bhandarwada Water Reservoire). Joseph Baptista Garden from where we can see over up to CST area in South and up to Mumbai Central are in West.

Sewri[edit]

  • 63 Sewri Fort (Sewree Fort, Marathi: शिवडी किल्ला), Sewri ford Rd. ~15, Sewree (Sewri Stn 500 m W). This is a fort in Mumbai built by the British at Sewri. Built in 1680, fort served as a watch tower, atop a quarried hill overlooking the Mumbai harbour. Up to the 18th century, Mumbai consisted of several small islands. In 1661, seven of these islands were ceded by the Portuguese to the British as part of the dowry of Charles II of England. The harbour proved eminently apposite, and the British planned to shift base from Surat to Mumbai. The Siddis, who were of African descent and noted for their navies, had allied themselves with the Mughals. The British, under the East India Company and the Mughals were constantly waged war on each other. As allies of the Mughals, the Siddis also declared the British as enemies. Faced with relentless attacks by the Siddis in 1672, several fortifications were constructed in Mumbai, and in 1780 the Sewri fort was complete. It stood on the island of Parel, on a hill overlooking the eastern seaboard and Indian mainland. It had a garrison of 50 sepoys (Indian soldier) and was managed by a subedar (Pakistan lieutenant). It was also armed with eight to ten cannons. After the decline of the regional powers, the fort was subsequently used to house prisoners. It was later converted as a Bombay Port Trust godown. The fort was built primarily for defence, and embellishments are absent. It is bordered by high stone walls, including an inner ring for added protection. It is landlocked on three sides, and sits atop of sheer cliff of about 60 m. The entrance is a stone doorway that leads into a courtyard. To prevent a frontal assault from the main entrance, the inner entrances were placed perpendicular to the main entrances. There is also a pentagonal room along with a long domed corridor, and linear vaulted structures. Because the area overlooks the Sewree mudflats, that are frequented by migratory birds, particularly the lesser flamingoes.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool, Swatantrya Veer Sawarkar Marg (स्वातंत्र्य वीर सावरकर मार्ग), Shivaji Park, Dadar., +91 22 24452062. In addition to swimming, canteen and gymkhana facility is available

If you can get members to sign you in, do go to Bombay's old British-style clubs- Willingdon, CCI, NSCI.

Buy[edit]

  • 2 Adacks, NC Kelkar Road, Matunga West (near Sena Bhavan. Opp. Shivaji Park Post Office.), +91 7819870253, fax: +91 22-66625199. Reasonably priced shirts.
  • 3 Atria mall, 2A/1, Dr Annie Besant Rd, Worli (Bus 111 to stop 'Nehru Planetorium'). One of the nicest, best maintained malls in the city. For upscale there's Mango, Nine West, Aldo, Promod, Guess, La Senza (all sold at slightly inflated prices in India). There's also your regular Nike, Reebok, Levi's, along with some cheaper local brands. Be sure to check out the Rolls Royce dealership next door.
  • 4 Benaras Silk House, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Mahavir Nagar, Hindu Colony, Dadar and Ranade Road (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: eastern Dadar Stn. near to Khodadad Circle), +91 22 2413 7455.
  • 5 Central Mall (Sobo Central Mall), Tardeo Rd, Malviya Nagar, Tardeo (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Mumbai Central Stn). At the site of Crossroads, what used to be Mumbai's first mall. Nothing to write home about. Chinese Food: China Gate Restaurant (Heavily Indianized, spicy Chinese food. ₹300 per person.)
  • 6 Dadar Emporium, NC Kelkar Rd, Dadar West, Dadar (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dadar Railway Station). For sarees and more.
  • 7 Phoenix Mall, Lower Parel (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Parel). Phoenix Mall is one of the largest, most popular malls in Mumbai. You can find international designers and brands (from Burberry to Guess, Nike, Zara, Body Shop, etc.) to local brands and Indian designers. Check their website for the store listing. It can get extremely crowded on weekends. Also has a multiplex, food court, supermarket, restaurants, pubs, and even a nightclub. You can easily kill an entire day here if you choose. Multiplex, mall, food, booze, entertainment, all in one place.
  • Sarees — The best place to buy them is Dadar. The place is buzzing 12 months a year. Good shops to buy sarees are Dadar Emporium, Lazaree, and RoopSangam.
  • 8 Vegetable Market, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Byculla (Byculla Stn). The Byculla Vegetable Market is the largest vegetable market in Mumbai even larger than Crawford Market. South side vegetable market (wholesale), north side fish & meat market.

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Mahalaxmi Race Course Restaurants, Keshav Rao Khadye Marg (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Mahalaxmi). Mediterranean food (including kebabs, meats, seafood, and pizzas) at spectacular prices (expect to pay ₹1000-₹2000 a head with drinks). Beautiful, romantic ambiance, and if you sit inside you can see the horses stabled in the race course. Tote on the Turf: Uber-chic and trendy place, go just to check out the modern decor. Excellent Mediterranean food. Dishes between ₹500-₹1500, and an excellent bar too. Reservations must.
  • 2 Palladium Food Court, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Lower Parel Stn). Veda Newest Indian restaurant: The food is good and decor bling. Spaghetti kitchen: decent Italian food. Try their thin-crust pizzas. Average ₹500 a head. Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra: Good Indian food at slightly inflated prices. Copper Chimney: The original Copper Chimney at Worli serves perhaps the best butter chicken in the city. Go for their chaat and buffet lunch, or simply for their smashing North Indian food (at reasonable prices- expect to pay ₹400 a person for a very large and filling meal). The one at Phoenix, while the same compy, doesn't quite compare. Gajalee: A cheap Indian seafood restaurant. Manchester United Cafe. ManU themed bar. Getting a table on game days is near impossible. Thank God it's Friday. Like every other TGIFriday in the world.

Authentic Marathi cuisine[edit]

  • 3 Aaswad, Opp. Sena Bhavan, Shivaji Park, Dadar(W) (next to the petrol pump towards Mahim, at Gadkari Chowk?).
  • 4 Dattatray (Pure vegetarian restaurant), Ranade-Gokhale Road Junction, Dadar(W) (Dadar Stn.).
  • 5 Diwa Maharashtracha, Kataria Marg, Takandas Kataria Marg, Dadar(W) (Matunga Road Stn), +91 24440202.

Irani restaurants[edit]

  • 6 Byculla Restaurant and Bakery, Byculla West, Byculla (not far from Gloria Church, Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Byculla). A typical Iranian restaurant that has been in business for just under a century.

Punjabi[edit]

  • Aroma (Another traditional Punjabi restaurant for a quite drink), Dada Saheb Phalke Road, Dadar (E).

Udupi restaurants[edit]

  • Sadhana, Dada Saheb Phalke Road, Dadar (E).

Drink[edit]

  • Aer, Four Seasons. Poshest rooftop bar of the city, stunning decor and even better views of the city. Prices as to be expected from the Four Seasons.
  • blueFROG, D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound, N.M. Joshi Marg, Lower Parel (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Parel), +91 22 4033 2375. 6:30PM - 1:30AM. A great place to eat some fusion cuisine, drink some creative or conventional cocktails and enjoy an awesome atmosphere. Live music Tuesday - Sunday with a great Brunch on Sundays. More than just a dining experience - you get the added bonus of listening to a great range of music: jazz, blues, funk, soul, afro/Latin electronic, club, rock, and folk. Free before 9PM. ₹300-500 afterwards.
  • Hard Rock Cafe (Bombay Dyeing mills, Lower Parel). open til 1:30AM. More club-like than most other Hard Rock Cafes worldwide. Packed with the post-office media crowd (usually between 20-30 years old), with a fair share of expats. Drinks ₹300 up. Thursdays band nights. Don't expect to get a table for a while if you go after 11PM. This place is usually packed with office folk on weekdays and plays older music. Expect your Zeppelin, Hendrix, REM, etc.
  • 1 Hype, 2A/1, Dr Annie Besant Rd, Atria mall, Worli. DJ Aqeel's nightclub.
  • Shiro (Right next to Hard Rock Cafe). It is a beautiful bar, modeled after Buddha Bar. Shiro does some fabulous sushi on one day and yet somehow can mess it up so bad on another. Retro nights on Fridays are always packed to bursting, and it usually stays open til 3AM on weekends. Cocktails are ₹300 up. Alcoholic Sunday brunch.
  • Tote, Mahalaxmi Race Course. Beautiful, chic restaurant and bar by the Indigo people. Cocktails are ₹300 up. Alcoholic Sunday brunch.
  • Tryst, Phoenix Mills. Used to be called Ra then Play. Popular with the teenyboppers.
  • Zenzi, Todi Mills. Smaller than most other bars in the area, but well done up, and usually crowded with expats. Drinks between ₹400-500, Fridays hiphop.

Sleep[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • 1 Four Seasons, 114, Dr. E. Moses Road , Worli (From Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Lower Parel). Bombay's swankiest hotel. This is a five-star hotel and part of the Toronto-based Four Seasons luxury hotels and resorts. The hotel has 202 guest rooms, and also offers India's highest rooftop bar. Restaurants at the hotel: café Prato & Bar, Pool Deck, San-Qi. Double ₹11,500-12,500.
  • 2 Hotel Midtown Pritam, Sir Bhalchandra Road, Dadar(E) (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Dadar Railway Station, opp. Punjab National Bank), +91 24042501, fax: +91 24042792, . This is a decently good hotel and is very close to Dadar station. - Here is the Pritam Da Dhaba: a traditional Punjabi restaurant with a very warm interior ideal for a quite drink ₹5,000-7,000 (2014), suite ₹10,000.
  • 3 ITC Grand Central, 287, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Rd, Parel, 400 012 (Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Currey Road 0.2 km), +91 24101010, fax: +91 24101111, . This extremely posh hotel is also suitably expensive. Kebabs and Curries Restaurant: Spectacular Indian food. They serve the famous Delhi Bukhara curry at this ITC restaurant. Try their succulent kebabs, their thick-enough-to-cut dal bukhara, or their fantastic Indian breads. Expect to empty out your wallets at this place, each dish can be ₹1000. ₹15,000-22,000, ₹400-525 for foreigners.

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Yoga[edit]

  • Iyengar Yogashraya (The institute run by the renowned B K S Iyengar), Elmac House, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West (From Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg: Lower Parel 0.7 km north), +91 24948416. M Tu Th Sa 6:30PM-8PM. ₹111/day.

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