Are Mumbai's Western Suburbs really Suburbs?

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The Western suburbs consists of the suburbs of Bandra (Queen of the Suburbs), Khar, Santacruz, Juhu, Vile Parle and Andheri in Bombay. This article does not include the suburbs of Northwest Bombay among the western suburbs, which are covered in a separate article.


The Bandra-Worli lake connection

These are some of the oldest suburbs in the city. In particular, Bandra has existed as a separate city for almost as long as Bombay. The area began its history as a series of fishing villages. Then it became home to a Christian population who built their churches, orphanages and monasteries. It later became a place where Bombay's beautiful people live, a status it has to this day. It's a very cosmopolitan place and doesn't have the shabby look of the other suburbs. There are still many old bungalows.

Bombay's only river, the Mithi, flows through this area and also serves as a sewer. In the 1980s, a well-intentioned attempt to build a new downtown area outside Nariman Point resulted in the establishment of the Bandra Kurla Complex. Most of the major financial banks and corporations moved to this place. This is a nice looking place, but it was built by filling in the mouth of the Mithi River. This is said to have worsened the effects of the worst flood in the city's history on July 26, 2005.

Bombay Airport is in this district. Most of the hotels are here. Many software and BPO companies have their offices in and around SEEPZ, Andheri. In the western suburbs there is also Juhu Beach, which was cleaned and freed by street vendors in 2006.

These suburbs can be extremely crowded in the evenings, with nightmarish rumbling traffic.

To get

This area is served by the western train stations of Bandra, Santacruz, Vile Parle and Andheri. Bandra and Andheri are important hubs. The western port line ends in Andheri. Bandra is also a terminus for long-distance trains.

The Western Express Highway runs through the district, as does SV Road (Swami Vivekananda Road). The Bandra-Worli sea connection offers high-speed connections from the city center. Connectivity from the central suburbs is poor. Getting in from Sion or Kurla is a pain, but with the development of the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Road ("JVLR"). It's now a breeze to get in via Powai.

The bus connections are very good. In general, the BEST series "200 & 300" serves the western suburbs.

Sights / sights

Map of Mumbai / Western Suburbs

    What you can actually do

    • Bullseye, Santacruz, just after the subway near SV Road and the Western Express High Way.
    • Mall - Multiplexes and food courts are built into many shopping centers. Examples are Globus, Shoppers Stop, Inorbit Mall, Oberoi Mall and Infiniti Mall. Many stores from around the world have also opened here (Hamleys, Clarks, Zara, Nautica, US Polo Assn., Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, CK, etc.)
    • Movies - There are many cinemas that sell films for £ 100 to £ 300. They usually have foods like popcorn, samosa, sandwiches etc for 25 to 100 pounds. There are many good theaters like Big Cinemas, Fame Adlabs, PVR, Inox, IMAX, etc.
    • Billiard halls - There are many pool halls in the suburbs. Inexpensive (usually £ 50) for 15 to 30 minutes. Billiards cost around £ 100. Many of them are not always on main roads. You can just ask someone on the street and they'll likely know. Most of these places also have air conditioning.

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      Chains can be found all over Bandra, such as Mocha, Barista, McDonalds, KFC and Cafe Coffee Day. New restaurants and themes keep popping up on Turner Road, Gaspar Enclave, and Union Park.

      Bandra and Juhu are full of restaurants, and new ones are opening every day. Most are inexpensive with decent food but ask for a menu before you sit.


        For street food there are some good vendors in the Bandra area. A guy named Karachi Sweets on Hill Road does a great job. For the Pani Puri, Karachi Sweets on Hill Road and Punjab Sweets on Pali Naka are highly recommended. For a great Bhel Puri and Sev Puri, you have to visit Bhel Puri Bhaiya on Pali Hill.

        There are also many restaurants in Udipi and Punjabi. For non-vegetarian tandoor, try Jai Javan on Linking Road across from the National College.

        You will find a lot of street stalls with questionable hygiene standards. If you don't have a cast iron stomach, look for one that uses bottled water with the servers wearing plastic gloves.

        • Dcosta bakery 'Bazaar Road, Bandra West. They serve burgers, rolls, veggies and non-veggies, freshly baked cookies. Prices are cheap around £ 15 for burgers. Tel. 9892363346
        • Elco, Hill road. Serves an extensive selection of chaats and other fast food. Has an AC area (or you can eat like the locals do to stand the Pani Puri Walla). Their hygiene standards are decent (they use bottled water in their chaats), although they aren't dirt cheap by Bombay standards (£ 50-100 for a chaat).
        • Gajalee ', Malvani seaside seafood restaurant in VileParle (east). Nice food but usually has to wait for seats. Try the bombil (Bombay duck and actually no duck at all).
        • Hearsch and Co., Hill road. Bandra is a hole in the wall lining, which is an institute. For the past 25 years or more, breads, sandwiches, cakes, buns, and the like have been made and sold, with the chicken bun and plum cake being particularly good. If you're looking for non-vegetarian baked goods here, the cool chicken croissant is tender and juicy.
        • Shiv Sagar, Juhu. A fast food chain where you can find excellent Pav Bhaji and great South Indian dishes like Dosas.
        • Vows Snax, 16th Street. Their portions are very large. They also offer free delivery.


        • A-1 and American Express bakery have excellent varieties of breads and take away.
        • Andora serves fast food across from St. Andrews School.
        • Bombay Blue Serves a few all kinds of favorite Bombay dishes, including chole bhature, onion rings, and sizzling brownies.
        • Camy waffles - Waffles, delights and farsan.
        • Candies - Has excellent desserts, mini meals, sandwiches and snacks at Pali and Bandra Reclamation.
        • Hersh - Serves bread, candy, fast food, and snacks near the Holy Family Hospital.
        • Gomantak highway Serves excellent Konkani and Goan food.
        • happy - SV Road is famous for its biryani.
        • lucky star serves great Mughlai food on Bandra Bazar Road.
        • McCraig, serves good fast food, mini meals and snacks in the Gaspar enclave in Bandra.
        • Just parathas, Connecting road. Served in addition to Parathas Chaat (thick Indian rotis filled with all sorts of delicious things).
        • Persia Dabar, Link Road, Bandra, Mumbai (Next to shoppers stop). Indian and Chinese food. Their tandoori naan and crispy vegetables. is murderer. It's a cheap, clean, and friendly place.


        All airport hotels have excellent restaurants, especially those at ITC (a hotel chain known for its restaurants such as the world famous Bukhara in Delhi).

        • Celini Grand Hyatt, Kalina, 24 hours. This is where you'll find Bombay's most popular paper-thin pizza. Even kids from South Bombay make it to this site at 2am for a pizza and tiramisu after the club.
        • China house, Grand Hyatt, Kalina. One of the best and most expensive Chinese restaurants in town. Try the excellent Peking duck. Take a weekend and stick with it until the China House Club picks up (after 11:11 p.m.) for a taste of the posh party scene in Bombay
        • Dakshin, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Fantastic south indian food.
        • Dum Pukht, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Traditional Indian cuisine (a mix of Awadi, Luckhnawi food)
        • Global merger, on Linking Rd. On the top floor of a nondescript, avoidable mall. Nice ambiance but can get very busy. Has a good oriental buffet for £ 800. Includes decent sushi, lots of different types of dumplings and dessert. Skip the main course (very ordinary) and cram yourself on their starters. Or eat at the Olive or China House for the same price.
        • olive (off Carter Road). A beautiful, stylish restaurant that is very popular with Bombay's celebrities. The food is fantastic (try the pizzas and kebabs) for around £ 800 for a starter. Nice place for a long alcoholic dinner.
        • Pan Asian, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Oriental food.
        • Peshawri, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Among the best North Indian dishes in town. You have a one-page menu of around 12 items, each of which is a culinary masterpiece. Expect traditional Indian food (no cutlery) at international prices (up to £ 1000 per dish). Hours: noon - 2 a.m. 45: 7 am - 30:11 pm
        • Seijo and the judgment of the soulBandra has an interesting oriental menu.
        • Shatranj Napoli is okay for the price.
        • Soma The Grand Hyatt also has good Indian food.
        • Taj Lands End has a good selection of expensive but high quality restaurants.
        • West view, ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton. Go for sublime, marinated kebabs and grills.


        Bandra is also known as the "restaurant and pub district" of Mumbai and offers many options for different budgets and tastes ()

        • Toto's is the closest you will ever get to a western bar. The place is lit every night throughout the week, the beer is great, and the place is full of locals and the occasional tourist. But don't expect a seat. The tables are hard to come by even when they are empty. They are parked with "reserved" signs unless you are a group of four or six people.


          Accommodation options - hotels

          This is a very expensive area and it is a difficult task to find cheap hotels, especially near the airport. If you can, you might be wise to pick a hotel further away so as not to pay through the nose.



              • Sun N Sand Hotel, Juhu Beach, Mumbai 400049.


              • centaur, Juhu Tara Rd, Juhu 26113040.


              • Cook - From "A Bombay Tiffin" ... you learn authentic Indian home cooking in Bandra W. Spend an afternoon learning to cook and then enjoying the food.