Lifestyle in Mumbai
Mumbai boasts a good variety of leisure and lifestyle activities to entertain just about any expat’s idea of a good time. From restaurants that showcase the country’s regional cuisines, to bustling marketplaces and annual events, there’s a surprisingly large selection of nightlife and entertainment venues to take advantage of.
Nightlife in Mumbai
Mumbai’s social scene is deceptively big and lively parties can be found most
nights of the week. With the Bollywood scene based in and around the city, don’t be surprised to spot local film stars at one of its trendy nightclubs or bars.
For a roaring night out on the town, expats can opt for a cocktail on any of the many rooftop bars that overlook the Arabian Sea, or an evening stroll on the bustling Colaba Causeway. They can enjoy the delights of the city's dance clubs and hard music in Churchgate or Juhu, or a sophisticated glass of wine in the chic and stylish Bandra area – where looking good and being seen are all in a day’s work. On the dancefloor, expect bhangra and R&B, and even some Hindi house music for good measure.
Don’t forget to take in a Bollywood movie or two as this is all part of being a Mumbai local.
Shopping in Mumbai
Mumbai is a shopaholic’s dream come true, and with everything from quaint little markets to shopping malls and haute couture around almost every corner, Mumbai is a great place to spend a lot of time and, if residents aren't careful, a lot of money.
For clothing, M Ghandi Road is the place to start and department stores like Shopper’s Stop and Globus are good bets too. The markets are the place to exercise haggling skills, so visit Chor Bazaar and the silversmith's bazaar to pick up jewellery, while Crawford Market is a good place to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables.
For the expat who prefers a one-stop shop rather than the experience of sifting through stalls, most of Mumbai’s malls have hypermarket chains such as Big Bazaar, Hypercity, Star India Bazaar and more. Some of the best areas for convenient shopping are South Mumbai; the western suburbs (Bandra, Andheri, Borivili Malad), and Navi Mumbai.
Shops are generally open from Monday to Saturday from 10am till 8pm, but markets and street vendors often open earlier.