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If you would like to go on local tours or short trips within India please see the options below
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Shopping, restaurants around South Mumbai
Within a 1-2 km drive of the ISDN hotels are local shopping places: Bargaining for a “good” price is not done in shops, but is part of standard operating procedure at streetside hawkers! Begin with a figure 50% of what they quote…or just pay up, as you wish.
- Colaba Causeway: streetside hawkers- costume jewellery, mantle display items, embroidery, curios, wooden carvings, brass objects. Regular shops (ie not streetside hawkers) along Colaba Causeway sell Indian fabric and clothes. Almost all have tailors on hand for alterations, and these are usually included in the price.
- A shop of repute that sells silver and semiprecious stone jewellery is “Curio Cottage” just off Colaba Causeway, at the Regal Cinema end. Turn into the lane that has Mondegar on the corner (a popular bar, see below).
- The Bombay Store: The Bombay Store Western India House, Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001 (022 2288 5048) high-price, high quality: Silk scarves, clothes, carved wooden objects; brass and wood hand-carved pieces, mother of pearl inlaid objects; scented candles and more. Elegantly packaged tea, sandalwood objects, incense. Good place to buy gifts.
- Clothes: Fab India, Chetana Arts and Crafts and West Side: located on either side of Mahatma Gandhi road (Kalaghoda area, near the “Museum” and Regal Cinema). These are high-quality shops for clothes (Indian prints in western style wear; Indian style wear; Khadi (handwoven) material; Kurtas.
For cheap casuals, go to Fashion Street where you will find a kilometer long row of streetside hawkers selling clothes of every design, western and Indian, at rock-bottom prices.
- Bars: “Gokul” is a bar with local flavor, frequented by working class clientele. Locally-caught fish appear on the appetizer menu. Ask for “Gassi” (spicy coconut gravy) with any seafood item…or just fried pomfret (sort of like trout), or surmai (a very tender fish).
“Mondegar” has creative wall art by Mumbai cartoonist Mario Miranda. His drawings are to be found all the way from school textbooks to newspapers. His characters- people and animals have their own unique perspective on the happenings around them, all set in Mumbai.
“Leopold” is frequented by foreign tourists, known for chicken lollypops and a touristy ambience.
- Restaurants: For excellent seafood, go to Trishna (Kalaghoda area). Pricey but worth it. Also excellent seafood but less upscale are Mahesh Lunch Home and Apoorva (Horniman Circle area). For the quintessential Parsi meal try Jimmy Boy (Horniman Circle area) or Brittania (GPO area). In this 90 yr old Irani (Persian) restaurant, the berry pulao is a must-have. South Indian style food is available at Status (Nariman point area). Coastal cuisine (spicy, coconut-based) at the Taj President’s Konkan Café.