Lifestyle in Mumbai
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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 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.
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 Gandhi Road is the place to start and local department stores are good bets too. The markets are the place to exercise haggling skills, so visit Chor Bazaar to pick up jewellery and other trinkets before heading to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (previously known as Crawford Market) 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, there are plenty of excellent malls throughout Mumbai where hypermarkets can easily be found.
Eating out in Mumbai
Although its traditional cuisine is popular with Westerners, there are also many restaurants in Mumbai specialising in European and Eastern cuisine. From Tandoori and Punjabi to Gujarati and Mughlai cuisine, India’s scrumptious spectrum is well represented, and expats will be pleased to know that their favourite butter chicken and chicken tikka masala regularly feature on restaurant menus.