The Coolest Neighbourhoods in Mumbai
Bandra | Satish Krishnamurthy / Flickr
Mumbai is a cool city, and we’ve investigated the city’s coolest neighborhoods for you to explore. From Versova to Colaba, each of these neighborhoods has something uniquely cool to offer.
As Mumbai’s art district, Kala Ghoda has earned a space for itself among the city’s coolest and most vibrant neighborhoods. From the Jehangir Art Gallery and the National Museum of Modern Art to streets lined with street artists who exhibit stunning paintings, handicrafts and more, Kala Ghoda is among the most artistically inspiring places you can go in this city. Make sure to stop by the bustling Kala Ghoda Cafe for a taste of the neighborhoods artsy vibe.
Jehangir Art Gallery: 161B, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai +022 2284 3989
National Museum of Modern Art: Sir Cowasji Jahangir Public Hall, M G Road, Fort, Mantralaya, Fort, Mumbai +022 2288 1969
Bandra may be best known for its association with Bollywood, as most folks from the industry reside here, but the hip and artsy neighborhood has much more to offer than celebrity sightings and Bollywood buzz. From some of the city’s most vibrant street art to its most historic churches – including the centuries-old Mount Mary Basilica, Bandra is a reigning cultural hotspot within Mumbai. It is also home to some of the city’s best cafes, fitness studios, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, easily making it one of the coolest neighborhoods in Mumbai. Stop by the the trendy Pali Village Cafe to experience the neighborhood’s laid-back feel, or the historic Candies for a taste of its old-world charm.
Colaba may be tourist central, but its rich history, celebrated eating and drinking joints and artistic connections prove that it is much more. Colaba Causeway, with its many street vendors and legendary eating outlets, is a hotspot of life, while the Gateway of India, among Mumbai’s most recognised landmarks, represents the city’s history like few other structures do. The neighbourhood’s many laid-back bars including the iconic Cafe Mondegar, and Leopold Cafes, and the dynamic crowds that flock there further add to the neighbourhood’s attraction.
Fort is undeniably among Mumbai’s most historic neighborhoods, and is also centrally located. From the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai’s most recognised railway station, to the historic Town Hall housing the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Fort reflects and preserves Mumbai’s rich past in ways that few other neighborhoods do. If you are in the neighborhood, make sure to taste one of Mumbai’s most celebrated thali meals at the landmark Chetana Restaurant.
Beachy, breezy Versova is the coolest getaway from the city you can find without actually having to leave the city. Though busy and dynamic, there is a distinct relaxed vibe in this green and airy neighborhood. Add to that the many restaurants, cafes and bars and Versova is undoubtedly among Mumbai’s coolest locations. Get a taste of the neighborood’s beachy, easygoing charm at the popular Jamjar Diner.
Jamjar Diner, 7A & B, JP Road, Aram Nagar II, Opp. Palm Beach Apartment, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai, +91 022 2636 8880
From iconic Juhu Beach to the acclaimed Prithvi Theatre, Juhu is home to much more than just posh residences and lush green lanes. The breezy, calm neighborhood is a hotspot of cultural activity, happening bars and must-visit culinary outlets. For a uniquely Juhu experience, head to Mahesh Lunch Home for one of the best seafood meals you can have in the city.
This quiet, upscale neighbourhood is quite cut-off from the rest of South Mumbai, making it one of the best areas to head to if you are seeking a little break from city chaos. From the lush green Hanging Gardens to quaint boutiques offering high fashion, there’s much to explore in this historic neighbourhood. Make sure to drop in to the famous Aza boutique, or the quirky Madison on Peddar for all the inspiration you need to completely revamp your wardrobe.