Late night hangout spots in Mumbai

Its 4 o’clock in the morning and you are craving some Chinese. Don’t know where to go? Keep on reading!

Most of the restaurants in Mumbai shut by 1.30 am, with the last of the orders taken around 11-11.30 pm. But it is not known as ‘the city that never sleeps’ for nothing! There are plenty of wonderful options for all the insomniacs out there. Some pretty well known and some not-so-famous-hidden-gems. So we decided to hunt for the best late night hangout spots in Mumbai.

The south Mumbai itself has a number of superb eateries that stay open well into the morning. These joints are popular not only with the townies, but also with Mumbaikars living in suburbs! Here are some of my favourites:

1. Ayub’s, Fort.

Cuisines – Mughlai, fast food, street food.

Ayub

2. Bachelorr’s, Marine Drive

Cuisines – Desserts, fast food.

Bachelor Juice Centre

3. Bademiya, Colaba

Cuisines – Mughlai, North Indian.

Bademiya

4. Sardar Pav Bhaji, Tardeo.

Cuisine – Fast food.

Sardar Pav Bhaji

5. Zaffran, CST area.

Cuisines – Mughlai, North Indian, Sea food, Hyderabadi etc.

Zaffran

Of course, the suburbs of Mumbai have a lot to offer too! These are some of the best hangout spots on the other side of the city:

1. Sigdi, Bandra west.

Cuisines – Mughlai, North Indian, Fast food.

sigdi

2. Amar Juice Centre, Vile Parle.

Cuisines – Fast food, street food.

Amar Juice Centre

3. Shiv Sagar, Juhu.

Cuisines – Fast food.

Shiv Sagar

4. Ice n rolls, Juhu.

Cuisine – Fast food.

ice n rolls mithibai college

5. Mumbai Tawa, Andheri west.

Cuisines – North Indian, Street food.

Mumbai Tava

Those of you, not so fond of street food, can head to the 24 hours cafes in five star hotels. Though a bit expensive, they make for great hangout spots for those long conversations over cappuccinos.

1. Shamiana, Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba.

Shamiana Taj Mahal Hotel

2. Vista, Taj Land’s End, Bandra west.

Vista Cafe Taj Lands End

3. Lotus Café, JW Marriott, Juhu.

JW Marriot

4. Aqua, Hotel Sun N Sand, Juhu.

Sun n Sand Hotel

 

Clearly, the diversity that the people from all over India have brought to Mumbai is reflected in the food culture here. Perhaps, this great variety available to Mumbaikars in all aspects of everyday life is what makes Mumbai so incredible! However, most of the late night hangout spots today stand the risk of shutting down. All thanks to ever growing competition, increasing inflation and strict action against the ‘1.30 am rule’.

Sameer Chhabria, an entrepreneur in the Industry, says “I think it’s time laws were made on par with international trends, where bars close at 2 am and nightclubs at 5 am. People want to go out more —whether it’s just to eat or party — as there is more spending power. The government should capitalise on that. If you want to increase tourism, you have to allow visitors to get a flavour of the city during the day as well as the night.”

Bharat Malkani, Executive Committee Member of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), agrees. “Since it is a stated national objective that we want to become a favoured tourist destination, we have to change these laws. Why should we confine tourists to their hotel rooms after dark? Mumbai is usually the first gate into India for tourists and our city is a brand ambassador for the nation. We believe in Atithi Devo Bhava, but when the day turns to night and the city comes alive with a million lights, you want tourists and locals alike to stay indoors and not party?”

The rules are there for a reason, true. But they need to take a step ahead keeping in mind the changing times and the growth we want to achieve. If the lawmakers fail to do so, it would be the end of the vibrant nightlife of Mumbai! So my fellow Mumbaikars, explore all that this city has to offer, go try something new and most importantly, stay safe 🙂

 

 

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