2 Days in Mumbai: Places to Visit and Things to Eat!

Mumbai, a city that never sleeps, is one city that’s on everyone’s travel list. Be it for the places that you can visit in Mumbai or the food that you can eat, this city has something for everyone. Even though the city is now called Mumbai, Bombay is an emotion that still remains deeply etched in the hearts of Mumbaikars. If you are visiting Bombay but have only 2 days in the city, here are the places you can visit and everything that you can eat, during your time in Mumbai!

Places to visit in Mumbai:

1) Go street shopping in Colaba and Bandra-
Forget big brands for some time and hit the streets of Bombay with empty shopping bags. Mumbai has a lot of street shopping places that are full of sellers selling everything you need, right from clothes to antiques to Indian handicrafts, you will be delighted to see these street stalls selling things at throwaway prices. Make sure to put your haggling skills to some use when you go street shopping in Mumbai. Some very well-known street shopping places are the Fashion Street (Colaba), Hill Road (Bandra) and the Crawford Market (Fort).

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2) Take a tour of the Film-City
Mumbai, the city of dreams, is also the hub of the Indian Film Industry. Filmcity has a lot of different makeshift sets and studios where famous movie stars shoot for their films and quite a few television series are also shot. Filmcity opens its doors to tourists to have a look at the sets and studios that are inside the film-city area through designated touring companies. Hop on to the film-city touring bus and experience the filmy Bollywood life for a day, you might get lucky and meet your favourite celebrity, who knows?!

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3) Golden hour at the Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Hotel
As cliché as it may sound, your trip to Mumbai is incomplete without visiting the Gateway of India. Head to the Gateway of India early in the morning to avoid the crowds and get some fantastic pictures and a magnificent view of this monument that takes you back to the British colonial era in India. The Taj Mahal Hotel is one of the most famous 5-star hotels of Mumbai and has a beautiful architectural design that will appeal to all those who have an interest in design. You can also step in for a cup of coffee at the Taj Mahal Hotel when you are visiting the Gateway of India.

Mumbai's Gateway of India
Mumbai’s iconic structures

4) Visit the temples and mosques of Mumbai
Mumbai is a secular city and has lots of beautiful temples and mosques at every nook and cranny. Make sure to visit the Haji Ali Dargah mosque which is surrounded by water on three sides and makes for one of the best places to visit in Mumbai if you are looking to douse in some tranquil vibes. Don’t forget to grab a bite at Haji Ali Juice centre, located just by the Haji Ali Mosque. Next, visit the Mahalaxmi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and the Siddhivinayak Temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

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COURTESY: https://www.goibibo.com/destinations/mumbai/places-to-visit-in-mumbai/haji-ali-dargah-5332968164584011259/

Best Eats of Mumbai:
If you love spicy and tangy food, Mumbai has some of the best street food options that you can choose from:

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1) Ashok Vada Pav at Prabhadevi
Vada Pav is almost synonymous with Mumbai. A seasoned mashed potato patty coated with chickpea flour dunked into steaming hot oil, the batata vada is very filling on its own but when served as vada pav, takes on another character, altogether. Being the staple food for many, this ordinary snack becomes the most sought-after food when it’s raining. Steaming hot batata vadas (potato fritters?!) stuffed in buttered pav (buns) that are finally layered with green and red chutney is the perfect combination of something ‘hot and spicy’.

Isn’t that all you need, especially when you are in Mumbai? Flooded with college students and locals, Ashok Vada Pav makes freshly fried vadas in front of you that will satiate all your cravings for a Mumbaiyya snack.
Location: Off Cadel Road, Kirti College Lane, Prabhadevi, Mumbai.

COURTESY: https://lbb.in/mumbai/oldie-but-a-goodie-ashok-vada-pav-at-prabhadevi-is-where-you-should-head-for-mumbais-favourite-snack/

2) Anand Dosa near Mithibai College (Vile Parle)
Located bang opposite Mithibai College, Anand Dosa is an all-time favourite with college students. You have to try their Jini Dosa! If you are someone who loves fusion food, you are sure to love this mix of veggies sautéed in a tangy sauce spread on a dosa which is then layered with oodles of cheese served with green and red chutneys.

Anand Dosa also serves the best pizza dosas, paneer tikka dosas, pasta dosas, chinese dosas and chocolate dosas. Apart from their dosas, Anand stall also serves grill sandwiches and variants of vada pavs just like the mayonnaise vada pav.
Location: Gulmohar Road No. 1, Opposite Mithibai College, Vile Parle West, Mumbai.

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COURTESY: https://www.zomato.com/mumbai/anand-stall-vile-parle-west

3) Shreeji Stall at Borivali
If you love chaat and you love pizza, you will definitely love the Pizza Sev Puri at Shreeji Stall in Borivali. A fusion of two mass favourites – pizza and paani puri, this delicacy consists of puris stuffed with capsicum, onions, paneer, olives and corn which is then topped with lots of cheese and a special red chutney (their secret ingredient) which is then blowtorched to get perfectly melted cheese on the puri.

Make sure you eat it then and there or it might become soggy and will not taste as good. Someone who loves fusion food will surely love this combination, it might sound a little odd but it tastes SO good!
Location: Chamunda Circle, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Road, Himmat Nagar, Borivali West, Mumbai.

3) Shreeji Stall at Borivali
If you love chaat and you love pizza, you will definitely love the Pizza Sev Puri at Shreeji Stall in Borivali. A fusion of two mass favourites – pizza and paani puri, this delicacy consists of puris stuffed with capsicum, onions, paneer, olives and corn which is then topped with lots of cheese and a special red chutney (their secret ingredient) which is then blowtorched to get perfectly melted cheese on the puri. Make sure you eat it then and there or it might become soggy and will not taste as good. Someone who loves fusion food will surely love this combination, it might sound a little odd but it tastes SO good!
Location: Chamunda Circle, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Road, Himmat Nagar, Borivali West, Mumbai.

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4) K-Rustom Ice Cream at Churchgate
K-Rustom Ice Cream is one of the oldest ice-cream parlours in Mumbai and is famous for serving sandwich ice creams in lots of different flavours. Ice cream bars stuffed between two crisp wafer biscuits is exactly what this famous ‘K- Rustom Sandwich Ice Cream’ is made of. You can get some unique ice cream flavours that the ice cream parlour has to offer, some of their well-known ice cream flavours include toffee crunch, rose ripple, candied cream among many others.

Location: 86, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai.

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COURTESY: http://www.mumbaifoodie.com/ice-cream-mumbai-dishticle/

5) Guru Kripa Samosas at Sion
Guru Kripa, a forty-one-year-old restaurant that serves freshly made steaming hot samosas might keep you waiting for a bit, but are totally worth the wait. Usually crowded with people who step in to get a taste of the samosas that are served with chhole, Guru Kripa is also famous for its Chhole-Samosa.

The restaurant serves some of the best samosas you will find in the city. If you are still hungry, you can finish off the meal with some cold lassi and grab some hot gulab jamuns for dessert.
Location: 40, Guru Kripa Building, Road 24, Near SIES College, Sion, Mumbai.

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6) Noor Mohammadi Hotel at Mohammed Ali Road
Mohammed Ali road is one of the most famous khau gallis and is a paradise of sorts for foodies, especially during the holy month of Ramzan.  Often known as the street that never sleeps, Mohammed Ali Road is very well known for serving Mughlai and Tandoori delicacies such as melt-in-the-mouth kebabs, masaledaar tikkas and mouthwatering mithais. When you visit the Noor Mohammadi Hotel, start your meal with their shammi kebabs and follow it up with the Nalli Nihari.

Noor Mohammadi Hotel also serves a dish called Chicken Sanju Baba, the recipe of which is known to be given by the Bollywood A-lister himself (Sanjay Dutt), in the year 1986. Chicken Sanju Baba is a masaledaar curry with a juicy chicken leg that tastes the best when you pair it with their freshly made tandoori rotis.
Location: 179, Wazir Building, Abdul Hakim Chowk, Bhendi Bazar, Near, Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai– 400003.

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7) Suleman Usman Mithaiwala at Mohammed Ali Road
After all the binging on spicy food, cleanse your palate with some piping hot malpuas or some chilled phirni at Suleman Usman Mithaiwala. Malpuas are an Indian dessert, consisting of deep-fried pancakes that are dipped in thick sugar syrup and are then served warm. Phirni is a creamy mixture of ground rice, cream, milk, sugar and saffron served in an earthen clay pot which adds to its authentic flavours.

During the month of Ramzan, they also whip up a rich mithai made with ghee, sugar, eggs, saffron, milk and desi mawa. This dish is called ‘Aflatoon’ and is one thing you have to eat if you are visiting around Ramzan. Suleman Usman Mithaiwala is one of the few places at Mohammed Ali Road, that serves treats that are veg. friendly (except Aflatoon).
Location: 167, Ibrahim Merchant Road, Below Minara Masjid, Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai- 400003.

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Besides these places, after a long tiring day, you must spend some time by the sea, hearing the waves hit the rocks at Marine Drive. Also, a stroll on Carter Road is recommended in the evening. This city has lots and lots of places to visit. It all depends how much time you have at hand. I keep exploring new places every now and then. Also, feel free to hit me up if you’re here, I’d be more than glad to show some places and explore some places with you.

You could also visit some places near Mumbai if you’ve got some more time at hand.

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