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Best things to do in Mumbai

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Monument / Landmark
“The Gateway of India is an arch monument built during the 20th century in Bombay, India. The monument was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit to India in 1911. Great views of the Arabian Sea and you can also take a ferry ride to see the ancient Elephanta Caves or take a 2 day trip to Alibaug Beach. Gateway of India is 1 hour (21 kms) from Close to Coast Studio Apartment. You can take an Uber/Ola or local train from Santacruz to Churchgate station. Please note : Ferry rides are closed down during monsoons.”
19 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Just across the road (1 minute walk) from Close to Coast Studio Apartment. This sprawling suburban beach draws legions of Indian families and courting couples frolicking in the Arabian Sea for 6km all the way to Versova. As far as beaches go, it's no sun-toasted Caribbean dream, but it's a fun place to just hang out, watch the sunset or try some Mumbai street food from the nearby stalls - Pav Bhaji, Sev Puri, Bhel Puri, Gola. It's particularly vibrant during Ganesh Chaturthi.”
30 locals recommend
Park
“Squeezed between the suburbs of Mumbai and Thane, Sanjay Gandhi National park is ideal for picnics and weekends getaways offering respite from the chaos and buzz of the city. Famed to be one the most liked national parks, visitors throng in thousands to spot Leopards, Macaques, Boars, Lions, Flying fox, Kingfisher, Sunbirds and a significant number of butterflies here. Kanheri caves, which are more than two thousand years old are also a major tourist attraction inside the park premises. The caves have been carved out of the rocky cliffs. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, previously known as the Borivali National Park covers approximately twenty percent of Mumbai's geographical area and is home to a staggering thirteen hundred and more than five hundred species of flora and fauna respectively. Covering an area of 104 square kilometers, it is one of Asia's most visited National Parks with over 2 million visitors every year. The park is also said to be the largest park in the world located within city limits. There are two artificial lakes within the forest thriving with crocodiles and migratory birds all year. The lakes supply drinking water to the city. The park was first introduced in 1974 and helps to have a change from the usual sights, attractions, and rush of the big city. The Sanjay Gandhi National park is known for its evergreen dense forests, bird population, butterflies, and the small population of tigers.”
20 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Another amazing place with all the renowned brands. Good for shopping, entertainment, games, A ROLLER COSTER ride and what not! ”
12 locals recommend
Establishment
“8 minutes by rickshaw (1.9kms) from Close to Coast Studio Apartment. Iconinc Play Theatre started by Shashi Kapoor, famous Indian actor. Prithvi Theatre belongs to the Kapoor family, one of the most influential actor and director families in Bollywood. Prithvi Theatre has performances Tuesday to Sunday every week (closed on Monday). The adjoining cafe is open throughout the week.”
14 locals recommend
Establishment
“The Gateway of India, with its regal arches, stands guard facing the Arabian Sea at Apollo Bunder in bustling Colaba area of Mumbai. The most popular tourist attraction, it is the unofficial icon of the city of Mumbai and is a reminder of its rich colonial history as Bombay. The first structure to welcome visitors entering the city by sea, it is popularly called ‘Taj Mahal of Mumbai’. It stands at the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg at the water’s edge. Visited by tourists and locals alike, the gateway and its promenade affords a great view of the boat-studded sea and is the connecting point for boat rides to and from the famous Elephanta Caves. The ‘Elephanta Festival of music and dance’ which was earlier held at the Elephanta caves, is now held in front of the Gateway in March every year. It is often confused with the India Gate in Delhi built in the memory of the 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21”
15 locals recommend
Park
“Seaside park, good for getting some fresh air and take in some great views. ”
11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. You can take a ferry from Gateway of India. Ferry ticket is Rs.150 (USD 3) for a return fare. Tickets are sold at a kiosk near the ferry point next to Gateway of India. Entry fee for the caves is Rs.250 (USD 4). The ferry travel time is about an hour. The boat leaves from the Gateway of India for Elephanta at 9 am. And typically there is one leaving for Elephanta every 30 minutes, between 9 am and 2 pm. For return there's a ferry available every 30 minutes between 12 noon to 5pm. GOI is 1 hour (24.6 kms) from Close to Coast Studio Apartment. Please Note : Fairy rides are closed during monsoons. ”
11 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Castella de Aguada, also known as the Bandra Fort, is a fort located in Bandra, Mumbai. "Castella" is a misspelling for Portuguese "Castelo".”
8 locals recommend
Route
“This is one of the famous promenades in Mumbai. It's perfect if you want to go for a walk or a jog in the morning as you view the sun rising; it does get a little too crowded in the evening and the best part, we're right next to it.”
11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
7 locals recommend
Café
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“It was founded in 1871 by Iranis (a term used for Zoroastrians in Mumbai who arrived in India in 19th century, as opposed to "Parsis"). These Zoroastrian Iranians came to India in the late 19th and early 20th century, and many of them opened restaurants now often termed Irani cafés.[7] It first started out as a wholesale cooking oil store and over the years has variously been a restaurant, store and pharmacy (hence the name "Leopold Cafe & Stores"”
8 locals recommend
Establishment
“1. Great restaurants and bars (check on www.zomato.com for reviews) 2. A good movie theatre (Book your tickets online on www.bookmyshow.com) 3. Lots great brands available to shop from. 4. Canvas comedy club - for stand up comedy gigs.”
10 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Kala Ghoda Bar is a hidden gem at the back of Kala Ghoda cafe where locals meet in the evening for the exquisitely curated wine and sake. ”
10 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Nice place to spend an entire day within the mall, you can shop, relax, eat, drink, play all under one roof...”
8 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Fine Dining Continental and Italian fare. Thursday bar nights and Sunday brunches are recommended.”
10 locals recommend