Popular as ‘Queen of the Suburbs’ in Mumbai, Bandra West has drawn almost all the celebrities, musicians, models, hipsters and expats to the neighborhood.
To cater these cosmopolitan lifestyles, the area is today lined up with stylish new bars, restaurants and boutiques.
If you are a Mumbaikar and haven’t been to this multifaceted area, plan a weekend out as soon as possible and indulge in these fantastic things to do in Bandra West.
Planning a trip to Mumbai? Don’t you think of missing out Bandra West! Keep reading to know what’s there.
Witness Bandra’s Heritage
One of the most exciting things to do in Bandra West is admiring its rich Portuguese heritage.
The place was established by the Portuguese in the year 1534 as a decent fishing village which remained untouched
Even when the Bombay Islands was taken over by the British in the year 1662.
During the fishing occupation in the area, the Portuguese people constructed several churches and got thousands of villagers converted into Catholicism.
Some of their ancestral homes and old villages still exist amid the high rate of urbanization in the area.
These villages are Ranwar village, 400 years old and Chimbai fishing village.
Allure the Street Art
The streets in Ranwar Village have become popular for the quirky street art developed by artists from across the globe.
Most of the street art and images can be found in the areas starting from Chapel Road, Saint Veronica Road and Waroda Road to Mount Carmel Church.
Moving towards Pereira Road and Bandstand.
you will be amazed seeing the alluring murals of famous Bollywood celebrities like Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan.
Visit Bandstand and Bandra Fort
One of the best places in Bandra to hangout is Bandstand and Bandra Fort.
Bandra Fort was built in the 17th century by the Portuguese to be used as a watchtower.
The fort was strategically settled to have a watch over the Mahim Bay. Today, there are remains of the fort still attracting tourist visiting Mumbai.
The well-strategized location of the fort is now a vantage viewpoint of the beautiful Bandra-Worli Sea link Bridge.
Not very far from this place is the huge six-floor mansion of Shah Rukh Khan, the ‘King of Bollywood’ named ‘Mannat’.
It is right before the Taj Land’s End Hotel.
If you are a Shahrukh fan, Mannat is a must-visit for you in Bandra West.
Go Shopping in Bandra
Shopping in Bandra is an experience in itself. The shopping streets of Bandra West are the favorite of bargain hunters.
Go to Linking Road – it’s lined stalls brim with cheap bags, shoes, clothes and unique accessories.
Make sure you know the art of haggling to get it for a reasonable price.
Check out the amazing block-print clothing at Anokhi, groovy products at Kulture Shop, home décor and boho-chic fashion at The Shop and funky Indian clothes at OMO.
Observe the food scene
If you are a foodie, Bandra West is no less than a delight for you!
Over the past 10 years, the area has flourished to be the perfect dining locations in the city of Mumbai.
However, do not expect a chain of traditional Indian restaurants as Bandra sorts its trend in the cafes and restaurants offering contemporary cuisine.
You can even taste Mangalorean seafood at Ferry Wharf, an exception of Bandra West.
One of the perfect places in Bandra West for creative types is The Bagel Shop.
Eat organic food at Birdsong, delectable seafood at Bastian, relish a European meal at Pali Village Café.
If you want to have something Indian, try the Indian twist at Pali Bhavan.
Explore the nightlife
When in Bandra West, do not forget to get out exploring the nightlife.
One of the best things to do in Bandra at night is clubbing and attending the live music performances.
Head to Hawaiian Shack, a place attracting young crowd in large numbers – they are still open because of high public demand.
For live music performances, go to Bonobo on a Wednesday and on weekends for electronica gigs.
Some other happening pubs, bars and clubs in Bandra West include The Den, Olive Bar and Kitchen, Mixtaped.
Drop, Door Number 1, The Daily and Bandra Base.
If you are lucky enough, you might spot one of your favorite celebrities at Olive bar and Kitchen.
Have a reflexology treatment
Go for a relaxing reflexology massage at Mettaa Reflexology Spa in Pali Village of Bandra West.
The trained and friendly staff offers affordable reflexology massages.
The surprising part is the therapists are visually impaired and some even completely blind.
You won’t get a hint about their inability to see if we didn’t tell it to you.
Don’t worry, they are properly trained in reflexology treatment for over 6 months.
You will be in safe hands.
If you went for a trip to Mumbai but missed these things to do in Bandra West, plan a trip again and fulfill all your desires. Bandra West is a tourist destination in the city that suits every tourist.
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