It takes days to sample Mumbai’s dynamism. So what can you do if you are in the area for just 24 hours? Fear not, for Culture Trip has compiled this handy guide; from iconic landmarks and historic monuments to legendary eating outlets, here is a simple 24-hour guide featuring the very best of Mumbai.
Start your day in the hip suburb of Bandra, with a walk by the iconic seaside Bandstand Promenade up to the historic Bandra Fort. If you are early enough, the area will be blissfully quiet, and you will be able to take in the stunning views of the South Mumbai skyline and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in peace. Afterward, you can grab breakfast at one of the city’s famous bakeries or at any of the vada pav stalls that line the streets. A stroll through the neighborhood—rich in street art as well as historic sites—will be very rewarding if you can spare the time. After finishing your walk through the area, hop into a cab and head south to Worli to visit the centuries-old Haji Ali Dargah.
You can grab a royal Mughlai lunch at Café Noorani by Haji Ali Dargah before heading down south to the historic neighborhood of Fort. From Mumbai’s most iconic railway station, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, to several museums, Fort is home to several landmark locations in the city. Heading further south of the neighborhood, you can stop by the famous Town Hall, which houses the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, and at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, a museum, for a satisfying dose of history. Further south in the city’s art district of Kala Ghoda, you can visit the famous Jehangir Art Gallery as well as the National Gallery of Modern Art. Stop by the quaint little Kala Ghoda Café for some of the city’s best coffee.
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Spend your evening in the bustling neighborhood of Colaba, located further south of Kala Ghoda. From the iconic Colaba Causeway—ideal for shopping—to renowned eating outlets such as Leopold Café and Bademiya, there’s much to see and do in the neighborhood. Make sure to stroll up to the Gateway of India—among Mumbai’s most recognized landmarks—as well as the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. End your day with fabulous kebabs from Bademiya, or if you would like a drink, have some cold beers at Café Mondegar.