Mumbai in a day

Faced with the task of conceptualising and writing a newsletter for our college festival around the theme “Local” in August 2012, I decided to put my limited knowledge and extensive research to use, and compiled a budget friendly guide to spending one eventful day in Mumbai. 20,000 copies of the newsletter were distributed around Mumbai and I couldn’t have been happier.

This is what it looked like (Credits to my friend Flynn for designing this page so well)

This is what it looked like (Credits to my friend Flynn for designing this page so well)

Again this year, I edited the guide a tad bit for Travel Secrets Magazine’s official blog.   And the breakfast section made it in print in their September-October, 2013 issue.

As published in Travel Secrets

As published in Travel Secrets

You might like to note that since the guide was made during college days keeping St. Xavier’s College (which is near CST) in mind, most of the options are around South Mumbai. Also note that the prices could have changed over time.

Now, if laziness is keeping you from visiting the other blog or zooming into the scan of the newsletter, I feel you! You can scroll on to read the edited version of the guide below. I promise you wouldn’t regret going to one or more of these places.

7 am: Hire a cycle!

Happy Cycle Shop in Colaba opens at 6:30 am. They charge Rs. 30 an hour and insist you knock the shutter if you find them closed.

Good stretch:

  1. Ride around the empty morning streets of Colaba and onward to the Gateway of India.
  2. Worli Seaface to NCPA on Sunday.

9 am: Breakfast

Option 1: With Rs.200 to spend, Kala Ghoda Café is the place to go for Veg Morjim sandwich and a glass of fresh orange juice or Waffle with chocolate sauce and maple syrup.

Where: Ropewalk Street, Kala Ghoda, Colaba.

Option 2: Prakash. Their sabudana vada and Dahi Misal is a foodie’s delight.

Where: Shiv Sena Bhavan, Next to Kithe Hall, Gokhale Road, Shivaji Park,  Dadar West.

Option 3: For pineapple sheera worth Rs.35, plate of idlis worth Rs.20 and filter coffee worth Rs. 15, Café Madras is the place to go for authentic south Indian breakfast.

Where: 38 -B, Circle House, King’s Circle, Matunga

Travel Smart: Get a one day BEST bus pass at Rs. 70 which is valid for travel across the city.

11 am: Adventure

Option 1: Every shopaholic’s and travel enthusiast’s paradise Chor Bazaar is one place that you can’t not visit. Open from Saturdays to Thursdays, we suggest you get there as soon as the shops open at 11 am so that you could stroll for a few hours while you definitely pick something worth a buy.

Where: Get down at Grant Road (East) and take a cab. You’ll easily locate the market between S V Patel and Maulana Shaukat Ali Road.

Option 2: Bassein Fort in Vasai is a great option for a quick and easy get away from the city. The Portuguese buildings in ruin, chapels, and greenery around are all worth a visit.

Where: After taking a Virar local and getting down at the Vasai station, one can take a bus which is available every half an hour and charges Rs.7 for a ticket. Getting down at the last stop, one can walk around.

2 pm: Lunch

Taste of Kerala is popular in Mumbai among students and professionals alike for its authentic food that you could savor for hours without drilling a hole in your pocket. Try the Chicken Chettiandu for Rs. 123 and the Pompfret Masala Fry if you are a seafood fan.

Where: 6/A, Prospect Chambers Annex, Pitha Street, Near City Bank, Fort, Mumbai.

Post Lunch Siesta

Option 1: Even if you are 300 bucks rich, you could head to Hiranandani Gardens in Powai. Go Karting, Paintballing, Zorbing, Dirt Biking and Mini Golf are the many things you could do here.

Option 2: Leaping Windows Café and Comic Library is THE place to be for every comic and graphic novel lover. You could stretch away in the small library for hours.

Where: Corner View, Opposite Bianca Towers, Versova, Andheri West.

Evening Tea/Coffee

Option 1: If you are a tea lover and want to experiment with flavors, Tea Centre is the place to go. You could try the Masala Chai for Rs. 50 or Apple Butter Tea for Rs. 124. Trust us, it’s worth it!

Where: Resham Bhavan, 78, Veer Nariman Road, Church gate.

Option 2: Yazdani Bakery offers you Brun Maska and Chai for Rs. 30 and mouth-watering Apple Pie for Rs. 50.

Where:  Fountain Akbar Ally, Saint Thomas Cathedral, Fort

Post 6 pm: Enjoy the vast stretch of sea

Head to the MTDC Information & Booking Counter at Gateway of India during the weekend and you could take a one hour ride in an Open Deck Bus either at 7 pm or 8:15 pm. At Rs. 120, you could experience the perfect ride around the heritage centers of South Mumbai.

Post 7 pm:  Entertainment

Option 1: Shows at Prithvi Theatre are for only Rs. 80 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Once there, be sure to tuck into one of the many delights at Prithvi Café that plenty of theatre-goers and others swear by.

Option 2: Karaoke Nights with friends are always fun. We suggest you head to either Three Wise Men on Mondays or Soul Fry Casa on Saturdays. Yes, these are two different places but both guarantee good music.

Where: Soul Fry Casa, Silver Croft, Pali Mala Road, Bandra West.

Three Wise Men, Sujata Building, Opposite Santacruz Police Station, Santacruz West.

10 pm: Dinner

Café Universal that dates back to 1921 is still a lesser known restaurant in Mumbai. We suggest you head there to take in some old world charm and sip your draught beer worth Rs. 80 with Grilled Chicken or the Fish Sizzler while at it, both the dishes being totally worth the price. The menu is extensive and gives you plenty options.

Where: 299, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort, Mumbai.

Post dinner:  Indulge your sweet tooth

Option 1: Whether a paan lover or not, Muchhad Paan wala is one place you must go to for the Sweet Paan or the Ice Paan. It’s worth a try.

Where: Opposite ST Stephens Church, Near Oomer Park, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy.

Option 2: We believe no dessert or ice cream beats the legendary Gola. Head to the nearest beach and try either the most loved Kala Khatta or Milkmaid Gola. You could go to the famous Gola wala opposite the stretch of Marine drive. Situated a little after Girgaum Chaupati, the crowd around the stall will help you spot it.  Juhu Beach has great Gola stalls too that remain open till late hours at night.

What would your one day Mumbai guide be like? I am curious.