When we were there:
Mid to late July ( low/monsoon season)
Where we stayed:
To be honest with you it wasn’t the best. But everywhere in Mumbai was so expensive it probably is what you would expect for the price. The room was air-conditioned, had a hot running shower and was reasonably clean. The location was approximately 5 mins drive or 15 min walk from Colaba (The gateway to India), if we had our time again in Mumbai we would stay in Coloba rather than Fort. If you’re on a tight budget Travellers Inn Hotel is fine.
Where we ate:
None of the restaurants or cafes we visited really stood out. There are some nice cafes around but they are super expensive, expect to pay $30 AUD for two coffees and two sandwiches.
Le15 Cafe- Coloba was a nice little place to have a coffee and croissant for breakfast and at a pretty reasonable price and only a stones throw away from the gateway of India.
The Pantry- Cute little cafe with good food and coffee with a price tag to match.
Coloba Social- Is a trendy little bar/restaurant in a great location in Coloba. The menu has a mix of Indian and Western style food. Prices were also pretty reasonable here too.
Samrat Veg Restaurant- We really enjoyed the Paneer Tikka Masala and Paratha were really nice here!
National Restaurant- Fort: If you do end up staying in Fort and want some cheap Indian food. This place is always packed and a good option for a quick, cheap dinner.
Sher-E-Punjab Restaurant- Another great place for dinner in Fort
Kitchen Garden By Suzette- Bandra West : There are some great cafe options in Bandra West, but expect to pay for it! We visited The Kitchen Garden by Suzette for lunch, the food is all organic and the vegetables are washed 3 times by filtered water! We enjoyed a great coffee and grilled vegetable cibatta. We had to tighten the purse strings after visiting here. Still worth a visit if you want to treat yourself.
Stuff we did:
The Gateway of India in Coloba. The archway was built for King George V and is something you should see when you’re in Mumbai. You can also catch the ferry from here out to Elephanta Island, unfortunately due to monsoon weather the ferry was closed and we were unable to visit. Next to the gateway is the Taj Palace the building itself is worth a look apparently the restaurant is nice also, but it was a bit out of our budget! 😉
If you have ever read Shantaram, a point of interest is the Leopold Cafe in Coloba, the cafe featured in the famous novel.
On Sundays the old city of Mumbai around Fort and Coloba is surprisingly quiet and its nice to wander around, instead of cars the streets are filled with locals playing cricket.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is a historic railway station and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building is quite beautiful and it’s a great place to do some people watching!
Chowpatty Beach and Marine Drive is another tourist hot spot. We went there in the evening, and although there wasn’t an amazing sunset when we were there – it was still a cool spot to visit and appreciate how lucky we are in Australia with the pristine beaches we have. From Chowpatty Beach you can catch a glimpse of Antilla, the residence of an Indian Billionaire and the most expensive private residence in the world – with 600 permanent staff, worth a whopping US$2b!!
Bandara West is the suburb where the Bollywood Stars and other rich people live. The cafes and shops are worth a look. Take the sea link to and/or from the old town. It’s no Sydney Harbour but is an incredible engineering feat being over 5km long.
The highlight of Mumbai was the Dharavi Slum tour with Reality Tours. It was an incredibly insightful experience and a must do for all visitors of Mumbai.
The Indian Govt has recently introduced 18% GST in addition to 10% service charge so be mindful that the price you see on the menu you can add another 28% to.
It was really easy getting to and from the airport using UBER. It takes approximately an 1-1.5hrs depending on traffic and will cost you around 400-500 IDR ($8-$10 AUD) .
What we thought:
Mumbai is one of those places that is so interesting to visit once – but not a place you’d rush back to. We loved our time in Mumbai, but feel we now ticked it off our list.