Mumbai, being the city it is, is the cornucopia and profusion of an in-congruent juxtaposition of picturesque locations, heritage buildings, sites of architectural finesse that embody the grandeur of the Victorian remnants, those funky, ever thronging eatery places and pubs, those opulent and extravagant clubs and malls, those quaint little beaches and villages tucked away in the suburbs and of course that inexorably vivacious and ravishing throngs of the ‘fast life’ that literally grows on you like an epidemic . Here, we have encapsulated some of the best of the plethora of options and ventures, some heard of and others not so heard of , that this city offers for you to take up and revel in:
Marine Drive and Nariman Point
Marine Drive and Nariman Point Marine Drive is a 4.3 kilometre long boulevard in South Mumbai that curves lithely in a ‘C’ shape along the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace because of this boulevard emanating the scintillating lights and effulgence of a queen’s necklace. This panoramic view of the exquisitely lit up boulevard curving gracefully along the coast of the swaying and rustling sea juxtaposed with the blur of traffic and miniscule dots of thronging crowd as seen from an elevated point , is ineffably beautiful and breath-taking . This itself has earned it the unsurpassed reputation of being a clichéd location. Coming here at any point of the day , especially in the morning and in the evening , with the wind caressing your face and the placating sound of the waves soothing your ears is like a refuge for all students and others alike to seek solace from an otherwise fast and chaotic lifestyle, despite the blur of traffic whizzing behind you. If you are one of those who not just enjoys a moment of calm introspection taking in the scenic view but also enjoys the bustling and thriving happenings on the other side of the pavement , it will be quite a treat . Marine Drive, apart from being a mainstream choice for having those deep , “Marine Drive” talks and loitering around , also becomes a place that embodies the life of Mumbai, with people from every walk of life calling it their refuge and solace.The Nariman point , which can be called the ending point of Marine Drive, consists of a walkway on to the sea in such a way that you are surrounded by the sea on the three sides, although ensconced and protected by the rocks surrounding the walkway. The view of the sea ensnared and rimmed by the faint lights of faraway buildings and contours of trees and places is yet another enthralling site.
Bandra Bandstand or the Bandra Promenade and the Worli Sea Face
Bandra Bandstand or the Bandra Promenade and the Worli Sea FaceThe Bandra Bandstand is again, one of the crowded and lively haunts for everyone,especially college students. The proximity to Carters Road, which boasts multitudinous cafes, pubs and restaurants with a certain charm and feel of its own, makes Bandstand even more popular. It is a kilometre long walkway along the sea which simultaneously becomes a jogging spot, hangout spot and a leeway for all those discreet lovers. The feel and the setting of the place strikes a resemblance to Marine Drive leading people to often compare both and muse over which one is the best. Shah Rukh Khan’s sprawling bungalow overlooks this place, further adding to its popularity and charm. The Bandra Fort , located at the end of this walkway , was built by the Portugese as early as in 1640 and it offers an enthralling view of the Bandra –Worli sea link which is very reminiscent of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The fort, however becomes, out of bounds , after 7:30 in the evening, owing to the high tide .The Worli Seaface , again reminiscent of Marine Drive in its outlay is another popular haunts to relax and chill. It offers a more clear and picturesque view of the sea link.
Malabar Hills is a hillock in South Mumbai. Apart from being an upmarket residential area for VVIP’s , the Hanging Gardens, Jain Temple, Banganga Tank and the Kamla Nehru Park are some of the other places in Malabar Hills that are bound to woo anyone. The very feel of this place and the serenity and calmness that it exudes makes it different from other places in South Mumbai, which are more on the ‘fast’ and chaotic side . It is like a quaint little hill station tucked away in a beautiful corner of the city with more trees and greenery than the rest of the city. The Hanging Garden, with its voluminous bouquets of resplendent flowers and trees and other beautiful sights, can be exemplified as the best way to spend a quiet , cosy and comfortable evening with your friends. The Kamla Nehru Park, is less heard of , but is one of those beautiful places that goes unheard of under the splurge of other clichéd locations. Located at the very top of this hillock, it is from here that you get that captivating view of Chowpatty Beach , Marine Drive and the Queen’s Necklace. The Banganga Tank is another one of those unheard of,mesmerising, historic places that will leave you marvelling at its beauty and historical significance.According to local legend, it sprang forth from Lord Ram in the epic Ramayana. It is yet another one of those quaint, serine place so far removed from the upmarket Mumbai culture. It has always been an inspiration for poets and artists alike. The water being spring fed is very green and clear with ducks scurrying around and boys taking their occasional dips under the close scrutiny of the religious local crowd. Although a boisterous college gang will be highly incongruent with this setting, it can still be a popular choice for a quiet evening, especially for those artistic minds.
Amarsons Park, located near Warden Road , is a sea facing park, the sight of which at night is something that just should not be missed. Although there are people jogging or taking a walk , it is lesser known than Marine Drive ,but almost as enthralling. The night view of the reiterating waves with those tiny specks of light coming from all those towering buildings overlooking it along with the strong sea breeze and the wind slapping , soaring heart experience it induces is just pure bliss. Even though it’s not so heard of, spending an evening here is a must for all of looking for new places.
Some of the best of those tantalizing eateries
Apart from those mouth watering street food that you get by Juhu Beach and all those sandwhich waalas and pav bhaji counters, Mumbai also boasts a plethora of exciting eateries with sumptuous food and which proves to be more than just about eating but transcends into an experience , of sorts. After all, all hangouts for college students commence or culminate with taking out your phone and going through Zomato for all those coveted eateries. A food devourer always covers behind almost all students especially with all those places with their tantalizing aromas and ambience calling out to you. Theobroma and its delicious assortment of brownies and desserts, is one of those cosy little patisserie, whose brownies are well known elsewhere and is exclusive to Mumbai alone. The brownies ,pastries and the sandwiches are to die for .Cafe 145 Khala Ghoda is a delightful place for sumptuous food and drinks with its resplendent ceiling work and ambience making it the one of the most trending haunts ever for students. Pop Tates, Social, Hoppipola, The Nutcracker, Khala Goda Cafe, Cafe Churchill, Grandmama’s Cafe, Home Chef, Cafe Zoe, TGIF, Some Like It Hot, He Said She Said, Joey’s Pizza, Chillies, Rude Lounge, Three Wise Monkey etc are some of the other popular choices amongst cafes and pubs for the college going throngs wherein it transcends beyond eating and drinking to an experience . Foodies, you get it.