From Bollywood to the best street food, here are top things to do in Mumbai – one of the most dynamic cities in the world

The remarkable city of Mumbai, with its ever growing population, livelihood opportunities and attractions is a hive of activities and boasts of great beaches and fantastic weather. This city welcomes people from across the world and is a wonderful, multicultural city. You can enjoy incredible food, shopping and other fun activities, but what if you’re short on time? Here are the 5 best things to do in Mumbai if you’re only in the city for a day.

Among the many things to do in Mumbai is to head to Bandra to see the beauty of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, visit the Gateway Of India and take a ferry ride to enjoy the view of the iconic Taj hotel from the water. Sample the street food, shop for local handicrafts or simply people watch – the energy of the city is palpable! 

Here is your bucket list of things to do in Mumbai in just one day:

Take a Bollywood Tour

 Mumbai is best known for its colorful Bollywood productions. Head to Goregaon’s Film City to get a taste of the glam. Spread over 350 acres, Bollywood embraces almost 20 indoor studios as well as outdoor setting for films shoots.

To take a Film City tour, you can book a two-hour guided bus tour. On the tour, you may witness some ongoing shoots and if you are lucky enough, you might get a chance to appear as an extra in a scene! After exploring Film City, you can also hire a cab from one of the local tour operators to take you to multiple famous places associated with Bollywood like Mannat, Jalsa and residential buildings of famous celebrities.

Shop at Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market)

This place should be high on your things-to-do list in Mumbai. The market is 150+ years old. Located on Mutton Street, near Mohammad Ali Road in south Mumbai, Chor Bazaar is famous for antiques and vintage items like handicrafts, trinkets, bronze statues, gramophones, art deco clocks, antique colonial-era lamps and coins. You can also find several spare parts for vehicles or other household items like chairs, tables and power tools at the cheapest rates. The market runs from 11 am to 7.30 pm. However, it remains closed every Friday. From Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport you can reach this market in about 30 minutes.

Marine Drive 

This 3.6 km-long boulevard is the most well-known landmark in Mumbai. Starting from the southern end of Nariman Point, this arc-shaped road goes along the South Mumbai coast and reaches Chowpatty Beach. The best time to visit here is dusk when the sun is setting. In the night, under the moonlight and the street lights, the beauty of the road mesmerizes travellers and locals alike, as it looks like a string of pearls which is why it is also called the Queen’s Necklace. The road has a scenic sea view and perfectly lined palm trees. This quintessential experience is unforgettable and is also one of the best nightlife activities in Mumbai.

Marine Drive--Mumbai, India

Photo: A.Savin via Wikimedia Commons

Taste The Street Food 

After Bollywood, Mumbai is highly known for its street food variety. Across the city, you are likely to find hawkers with their food stalls offering multiple street food options like dosa, pav bhaji, vada pav, paani puri, Chinese bhel and more.

If you are near Marine Drive and feeling super hungry, you can find many food stalls nearby. You can also try the nearby restaurants that serve street food-style dishes. There are a lot of restaurants that provide excellent vegetarian meals.  Restaurants like Chowpatty Chaat Stalls, The Bayview Restaurant, Kebab Corner, Bachelorr’s, Crystal,  Ramlu Bhaiyya Snacks Corner, and H.B.S.B Famous Chinese center are among the best street food restaurants.

Dabheli. street food mumbai

Dabheli. Photo: Vaydehi K.

Visit a temple in Mumbai

Mumbai is home to some astonishing temples, mosques and synagogues. The most famous is Siddhivinayak Temple in Prabha Devi, and you must see Haji Ali mosque. The mosque is in the middle of the sea, and only accessible by foot at low tide.

In Bandra, don’t miss the serene Mount Mary Church. An annual Bandra Fair takes place here every September and is cause for much festive cheer.

Final Thoughts 

These are the city’s top highlights you should not miss even if you’re here just for a day. The city always gives you a reason to smile and fall in love with its extraordinary spirit and warm people.

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