As you probably already know, Mumbai is a city which is larger than life. With the traffic that Mumbai has to offer, it’s near to impossible to explore a lot in one day. However, you can definitely do one area per day. One area in Mumbai is as big as a little island somewhere in Europe. Today we’re going to take you on a journey with us, where we explore Colaba.
When you think of food, drinks, and street shopping in Mumbai, you think of Colaba. With a plethora of things to do in Colaba, you might be confused about what you want to do first, and what you can miss out on. However, there are some things that you definitely shouldn’t miss out on when in Colaba.
From morning to night, here are a couple of things you can enjoy while in Colaba.
Brunching and munching…
If you’re planning to spend a day in Colaba, you might as well start out in the morning. There’s so much to do there, that we recommend you start your first meal in Colaba as well to waste no time and enjoy every inch of the area. Start your day out with a tummy-filling and mouth-watering brunch in Colaba. There are hundreds of places where you can end up, but we’ve pulled out the best of the best for you.
Le 15 Cafe
If you’re in the mood for a Parisian vibe, then Pooja Dhingra’s Le 15 is the spot for you to be at. With an abundance of cloud-like macarons, croissants, and some great coffee - you will enjoy the vibe, the interiors, and the food.
Location - Pavillion, Shop No. 18, Lansdowne House, MB Marg, Near Apollo Hotel, Opposite Lings, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
If you’re looking to start your day with a quiet and peaceful brunch, then Basilico is the place for you. Basilico is known for its Mediterranean brunch platters, along with a European fare. You can either opt for a to-go option or enjoy your brunch on the patio of the cafe. We recommend a patio brunch.
Location - Ground Floor, Sentinel House, Arthur Bunder Rd, Azmi Street, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005
Time to shop…
Once you’ve filled yourself up with some delicious brunch, it’s now time to explore street shopping. Colaba Causeway is where people usually find themselves and get dragged into the world of street shopping. Along the footpath in Colaba, vendors are selling everything from clothes, shoes, accessories, crockery, homeware, you name it.
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The best part about it is that they’re always up for bargaining. So your pockets are definitely not going to hurt, and you’re going to end up shopping a lot. And of course, if you’re shopping at Causeway, you definitely need to dive into the artificial Indian jewelry trend.
A little bit of high-end shopping needs to be done
Colaba Causeway is definitely a fan favorite, but that’s not all that Colaba offers when it comes to shopping. The area has a wide deal of high-end boutiques which offer one of a kind products, and those are ones you definitely don’t want to miss.
If you’re looking for homeware, linen, and more, then Good Earth in Colaba is the place to be. Aesthetically pleasing with a wide range of homeware, Good Earth offers customers exactly what they are looking for. And of course, if you’re looking for good quality homeware that will last you long, then Good Earth is perfect for that.
Location - Good Earth, 2 Reay House, Apollo Bandar, Colaba
Sarees, Kurtis, and Dupattas are a must! Dive into a little bit of your Indian side. Located right next to Good Earth, Raw Mango is a store that offers designer Kurtis, sarees, and dupattas for all occasions. And of course, the store is color-coordinated to please your eyes.
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Location - Raw Mango, 1 Reay House, Best Marg, Colaba
Let’s take a break and drink…
After shopping like crazy, you deserve a drink and some food! Now is the time you might want to get some good lunch. Colaba has a wide range of restaurants and bars that you can sit at and enjoy a meal with some great vibes.
An evergreen spot for tourists and locals, Leopold Cafe has been loved since it started. Standing tall since 1871, Cafe Leopold is known for its bohemian vibe. What makes Leopold rich with history is the cafe being a survivor of the deadly 26/11 attacks. The walls of the cafe still hold bullet marks, which is what piques the interest of most tourists. Along with all the history and interiors, Leopold Cafe offers a simple, yet delicious food menu along with chilled beer and a range of cocktails. You might want to try the onion rings with your chilled pint.
Location - Opp Olympia Coffee House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway
Similar to Leopold, but a slightly cheaper option, Mondegar is located just a little bit behind Leopold. The cafe is known to be a favorite for college students. The wide walls with artists gracing all around it is what brings the charm to the eyes. Along with that, the food is great, and drinks and cocktails are quite easy on the pocket and great on the tongue.
Location - Maha Kavi Bhushan Marg near cafe Mondegar Regal cinema, Colaba
Maybe a photoshoot…
As golden hour hits, you definitely will want to capture the beauty of Colaba, and yourself of course. The buildings around the area are from much older times, giving the area a vintage look. Lots of photographers and Instagrammers tend to love Colaba for a good photo shoot.
Some great spots for photoshoots in Colaba are: Outside the local train station, Colaba Causeway, Cafe’s and Streets, In front of buildings.
Kala Ghoda is also a great spot for pictures, and of course, to visit art galleries if you’re into that. The area is full of galleries and art installations that have left tourists and locals in awe every time someone makes a visit.
Get your drink on… and some dinner
Yes, it’s time to get your drink on once again. The sun is probably setting by now, and you’re looking to chill out a little. For your early nights, the ideal place to go is the Colaba Social. The Socials chain is quite a famous one throughout India, and the Colaba Social has a great name to it.
Colaba social is known for its quirky vibe, great food, and of course, the famous LIIT (Long Island Iced Tea).
Socials is the place where everyone goes to unwind, and it’s the spot for millennials to be at. With separate smoking rooms and a wide menu for both food and cocktails, the Colaba Social is one that you can’t miss. In fact, we guarantee that you won’t be able to get out of Socials for a long time.
Location - 24, Ground Floor, B K Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba
By roaming around Colaba all day, you might be extremely tired - but trust us, it’s going to be worth it.