“Colaba Causeway, a street side shopping destination which is famously named with originally called ‘Shahid Bhagat Singh Road’ is a linked commercial street/lane between island Colaba and the city area at South Mumbai. That said, Coloba Causeway is famous location also referred as ‘Colaba Market’ by locals. Citizens and foreign nationals are always seen spending quality time shopping and hangout around this famous shopping street. Apart from shopping, Causeway is also famous for restaurants / Cafes and Hotels like Leopard Cafe where dears meet and cheer with beer. A memory lane for many to get along and spend time with friends and others who have past memories of childhood, colleges around and many other stuff. But for tourists, its a shopping heaven and destination attraction with different experience of bargaining and shopping on streets of Mumbai. Below are details of this destination with pictures and video..”
Colaba Causeway Street Shopping
The main shopping market lane of causeway has all the varieties and shopping options, lots more on list compared to known Fashion street for clothings and Bandra Linking Road Shopping to list few more famous shopping places in Mumbai. It has elite class shopping stores, small medium shops and street stalls on footpath selling branded clothings, accessories and much more at reasonable rates. To list few of the shopping special to be kept on your list to hunt, bargain and purchase at shops and street side vendors are girls special Palazzo Pants, varieties of Accessories for your neck, ears, hands etc, Trendy and old time retro sunglasses, latest fashion shirts, t-shits, kurti, Women tops, Jeans and Other clothings, Artificial jewellery, Books, Gem stones and Precious Corals, Stylish trendy Bracelets for college going boys and girls, Bike and Car key chains, Kids wear, Kolhapuri Chappals (Shoes) and lots more.
Its one of the best bargain and buy options at most of the street shops and vendors on footpath, like one can get their favourite shorts and tops anywhere amounting in Indian Rupees. (Rs.150 to Rs.250). At around same price trendy floaters and slippers for male and female in attractive colours. Many foreign tourist go crazy seeing the Indian special shiny, glittery and other fashion bangals at causeway shopping. Calculating the rates in Indian Rupees, other fashion accessories are best buys for them as tourist pays in Rupess V/S (Dollars, Pounds, Ruble, Yen and Dirhams). Ver cheap right ? So do your bargain, but if you feel you got your best at a shop, you can bring on little smile on vendors face by not bargaining much and give away a little, as its not that easy to operate such street side shops during heated summer days, paying taxes and other charges, Paying transportation and getting all such beautiful products from wholesale markets far, decorating and giving the best display to those stalls that attracts you, closing and opening the way they do and time it takes (Street Vendors are not rich, Just a hard working middle class guy of beautiful city Mumbai). Adding little more, never bargain with street side cobblers, they take all the dirt of your shoes in their hand and gives back the comfort of walking easy again. Back to shopping, Not to miss the antiquettes on display at various shops inside market of colaba, a heaven, cheap and famous shopping paradise of Mumbai is what the speciality of this place is all about.
Taking of street shopping in Mumbai, We cannot missed out on the most frequently seen and visited street side book shops. Causeway market is heaven for book readers, find almost any book of any author you like. Brand new, second hand, old romantic, marketing, business and finance or any other category you say. Mingle around these beautiful location of south Mumbai and all that will be needed is little time to spend and checkout the book you want. Talking about bargain tips here in market, price and getting best deal, you must bargain to 40 to 50 percent of rate they quote randomly (which is already less the quoted MRP on books), finalize the deal anywhere giving about 55 to 60%.
Checkout this Video : My 1 minute walk through street shops may give you and idea on what the shopping experience here is like.
Address Reaching Causeway Market
With the term market, often possible the tourist who are new and looking for the famous shopping attraction which is causeway market, might get confused with coloba market (Fruits and vegetable market) which is located at Indumati Sakhharkar Marg & Hormusji Road. The exact location of causeway lane is at Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg (See both address below & use Map search on life side panel).
Market Address : Hormusji Road, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005.
Causeway Lane Address : Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Badhwar Park, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005.
Market Timings : No Official timings declared, But shops and vendors at this street starts opening by 10:00 Am till late evening 9:00 PM.
How to Reach : Nearest 2 stations to reach and enjoy causeway shopping are Churchgate (Western Railway Route) (14 Minutes, 3.8 Kilometres) & CST (Centrail Railway Route) (19 Minutes, 4.6 Kilometres). Take a taxi and get down near regal cinema from where the market lane starts with all glitters and best deals to catchup with.
Car Parking : If you are coming in your own vehicle, parking options are road side. You can park outside shops on market lanes and enjoy shopping. Since, its the only option here for parking, please park in best possible way so that other vehicle get enough place in adjacent and your car do not obstruct shoppers and other passing by vehicles.
Restaurants / Cafes at Colaba Causeway
Walk around shopping with filled stomach as Causeway and surround locations like Apollo Bunder has many food joints, famous restaurants and bars, hotels and lounges for luxury treat for special Indian dishes, Chinese, Continentals, Italian and Special American food items listed on list. Below listed are all restaurants and other food joints operating till late night at colaba.
Leopold Cafe : Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Near Electric House, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001. This is the very famous restaurant as beer joint too. (Timings : 7:30 AM till 12:00 AM).
Moshe’s Restaurant : Minoo Manor, Building 7, Captain Prakash Pethe Marg, Cuffe Parade ( Open till Late Night 1:00 AM).
Thai Pavilion Restaurant : 90/Cuffe Parade, Hotel bistro for Thai cuisine (Opening Hour 12:30 PM).
Koyla North Indian Restaurant : 3/23, Kamal Mansion, N A Azmi Road, Next To Radio Club, Colaba known for Rooftop restaurant & north west dishes (Opening Hour 7:00 PM).
Indigo Restaurant : 4/Mandlik Road, Colaba, Behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Known for Refined colonial space for European food (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
Bagdadi Restaurant : 11/Tulloch Road, Behind Taj Hotel, Colaba (Closing Time 12:30 AM)
Konkan Cafe Restaurant : Vivanta by Taj, President 90, Famous as an Upmarket hotel venue for Konkan cuisine (Opening Hour 12:30 PM).
Shakti Restaurant : Located at N A Sawant Marg.
The Family Restaurant : At B/24, Alipore Trust Building, Opposite Colaba Market, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road.
Busaba :A Southeast Asian Restaurant located at 4, Mandlik Road (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
Cafe Basilico : A Famous Cafe at Ground Floor, Sentinel House, Arthur Bunder Road, Azmi Street, Colaba (Closing Time 1:00 AM).
Paradise Restaurant : Located at Sind Chambers, S B S Causeway Road, Apollo Bandar (Closing Time 10:30 PM).
Wasabi By Morimoto : A Japanese restaurant at The Taj Mahal Palace, B K Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bandar (Opening Hour 12:30 PM).
Trattoria Restaurant : At Vivanta by Taj President, GD Somani Road.
New Martin Hotel : A Restaurant inside at 11/Glamour House, Strand Road, Apollo Bandar, Colaba (Closing Time 3:00 PM).
Bademiya : A Restaurant at Tullock Road, Apollo Bandar run by a family famous for Non Veg like kebabs and curries (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
Sizzling China : A Chinese restaurant at Ground Floor, Meherzine Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
Mad Over Donuts : At 23/B, Cusrow Baug, known as Dessert Parlor and Veg.
Masala Kraft : Specialized Indian restaurant at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder known for Indian classics (Opening Hour 12:30 PM).
The Table Restaurant : At Ground Floor, Kalapesi Trust Building, Below Hotel Suba Palace, Opposite Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bandar Marg, Colaba, known for Refined bistro for global cuisine and wine. (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
Starboard Restaurant and Bar : At The Taj Mahal Palace, P J Ramchandani Marg, Apollo Bandar visited by elite group major for its Maxican food and bar side (Opening Hour 5:00 PM)
Aquarius Restaurant : At Taj Mahal Palace, P J Ramchandani Marg, Apollo Bandar. Frequented by elite citizens of Mumbai and famous for poolside restaurant.
All Stir Fry : An Asian Restaurant located at 5, Battery Street, Apollo Bandar, Colaba (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
Central Lunch Home : A Restaurant at Meherzine Building, Opposite Ajanta Apartment, Near Colaba Bus Station, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Cuffe Parade (Closing Time 11:30 PM).
Sancho’s Restaurant : At Ground Floor, Hotel Apollo, Brightland Building, Landsown Road, Colaba (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
The Verandah Cafe : Towering hotel’s stylish 24 hour (Overnight) lounge.
Alibabas Klay Oven Barbecue : At Dhanraj Mahal, Near Gateway Of India, Apollo Bunder Road, Colaba, Mumbai (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
Cafe Mondegar : A/5, Metro House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Near Regal Cinema, Apollo Bandar, Colaba Causeway (Closing Time 12:00 AM).
The Zodiac Grill : A Famous European Restaurant at Lobby Level of the Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder, Best for Gourmet European dining and fine wines (Opening Hour 7:00 PM)
Shamiana : A Coffee Shop at The Taj Mahal Palace, P J Ramchandani Marg, Apollo Bandar, Best know for its informal global dining room inside hotel.
Olympia Coffee House : At Rahim Mansion 1, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Next to Colaba Police Station (Closing Time 12:00 AM).
Vivanta by Taj – President a 5 star luxury hotel at 90, Cuffe Parade, with dining, pool and gym.
Tendulkar’s Chinese Restaurant : 1st Floor, 34 Chatrapati Shivaji Marg, Apollo Bunder, Above Cottage Industry.
Tamarind : A Poolside Restaurant at Fariyas Hotel, D Vyas Marg, Apollo Bandar.
The Gordon House : A 4 star Hotel at 5, Battery Street, Apollo Bunder, Behind Regal Cinemas, Colaba. A boutique hotel with dining and bar options.
Village Restaurant (The Soul of India) : At Indian Court Yard 2, Arcade Bldg, World Trade Centre Complex, Cuffe Parade known for Indian food at a cultural centre (Opening Hour 12:30 PM).
Flamboyante Restaurant : 7, The Arcade Gate 2, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade. Its a famouos Open air restaurant (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
Ellipsis :A American restaurant at B1, Amarchand Mansion, 16 Madame Cama Road, Colaba known for traditional American bistro and bakery food.
Colaba Restaurant Hotel : At 37/Rudy Terrace Building, SBS Road, Opp Dena Bank Colaba.
Faaso’s Meal Take away : Shop 10 and 12, Narayan Building, Colaba Market, Next to Kailash Parbat (Closing Time 11:00 PM).
Laxmi Hotel : At Sassoon Dock, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Badhwar Park, Apollo Bandar.
Samrat Restaurant : A Vegetarian food joint at Ground and 1st Floor of Prem Court, Jamshedji Tata Road, Churchgate. (Opening Hour 12:00 PM).
Sassoon Dock Bus Station : Is another option for food at Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Badhwar Park, Apollo Bandar.
Chandu Halwai : A famous shop at Gift Shop 4, Sheila Mahal, 1st Pasta Lane,, Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba (Closing Time 8:30 PM).
Vetro : A Italian restaurant at The Oberoi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Nariman Point (Opening Hour 7:00 PM)
Other Attractions and Places to See Near
In the heart of South Mumbai, near by this shopping heaven (Colaba), their are lots many options to hangout for locals and tourist getting attracted to this city. Below are just some of them you might like to visit.
- The nearest, history and famous place to be seen is Gateway Of India, Very close to Colaba market.
- Have a day more to spare and explore historic caves ? Elephanta Caves must be on your list of Mumbai attractions. Its a ferry ride from gateway of India.
- Shivaji Museum (Formerly Prince of Wales).
Nariman Point (Queens Necklace), A beautiful sea front. See Nariman Point Monsoon video and Queens Necklace at Night.
- Charni Road is just a 2nd station adjacent to Churchgate with many attractions.