32 offbeat things to do in Mumbai

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One of the best things about Mumbai is the sheer number of things there are to see and do—and, of course, eat! Mumbai is also called the city that never sleeps. We did a ton of research prior in an effort to discover the best off-the-beaten-path restaurants, activities, shopping and attractions Mumbai has to offer for you.

1. Visit the Dhobi ghat, central Mumbai’s largest open air laundry located behind Mahalaxmi Station

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2. Take a walking tour of Chor Bazar

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3. Go to Bhuleshwar

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4. Study how the Dabbawala’s work

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5. Visit Sewri’s shibreaking yard, fort and watch flamingos while they last

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6. Visit the fish market of Dockyard, Bhau Cha Dhakka

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7. Take a walk from Victoria Terminus to Churchgate

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8. Give a feast to your senses by taking a walk in Dadar Phool (flower) market

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9. Take a walk on the Marine drive after sun down and enjoy the Queens necklace

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10. Visit Chowpatty beach and enjoy the street food sold there

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11.Watch a Bollywood movie in Eros or New Excelsior theatre

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12. Visit Dadar Kabutarkhana in Central Mumbai,  a 70-year old traffic island and olden landmark that feeds several thousands of pigeons. 

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13. Take a day trip to Matheran, one of the smallest hill stations that has no cars/bikes..only Horses

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14. Take a boat/ferry ride from Gateway of India to Elephanta caves, Alibagh or Madh Island

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15. Shop to your heart’s content at Hill road, Colaba causeway and Linking road

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16. Visit the ancient temple complex at Walkeshwar , “Banganga Tank

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17. Go for vintage book and clothes shopping on the streets around Churchgate and Fashion street on a weekend

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18. Visit the famous Kala Ghoda festival if you are in Mumbai in the month of February

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19. Pray at the famous Haji Ali mausoleum, Mahalaxmi Temple or Bandra Church to get a small glimpse of the city’s multicultural spirit

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20. Watch a cricket match at the famous Wankhade Stadium or Oval Maidan  in Mumbai

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21.  Do paragliding, kayaking or jet skiing at H2O, the city’s famous water sports club near Churney road

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22. Eat at one of the famous Parsi food joints like “Co/ Ideal Corner/Yazdani Bakery or Cafe Excelsior” that have been there since Mumbai was born.

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23. Admire the beautiful Art Deco Buildings around Marine drive

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24. Choose between a non AC Local train ride or travel in style on the Metro train /Monorail/ AC Buses within Mumbai

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25. Explore the little colorful streets adorned with street art on Chapel Street in Bandra

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26. Enjoy a drink or two at two of the most lively and energetic pubs/restaurants ” Leopold Cafe” and “Cafe Mondegar” located in Colaba

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27. Eat from Sunset to Sunrise (you heard it right) at Mohammed Ali road during the auspicious Muslim month of Ramadan

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28. Have the famous Mumbai Vada Paav while in Mumbai

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29.Remove some time out to watch theatre and plays at NCPA, Nariman point

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30. Enjoy a finger licking Indian Thali at “Rajdhani “( unlimited, be sure to skip few meals before going for this one)

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31. Go for a romantic date at Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar; “Aer” located near Worli

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32. Visit Dharavi, the biggest slum of Asia and watch in delight how the locals thrive a number of businesses ranging from leather to earthenware to artifacts living in the smallest and tiniest space possible.

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Have you been to Mumbai? Anything to add to our bucket list? Anything on this list that caught your eye?

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