Full disclosure: There's more to Mumbai than meets the eye! Amidst the glitz and glam of Bollywood, Marine Drive, and fancy hotels, lies some of the most iconic eateries as old as the city. These classic restaurants have been creating history... and decadent delicacies in the background for years, and it's the perfect time to check them out.
But first, take your pick from this list.
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Here's an iconic eatery in Mumbai that survived time and 26/11 attack with a bullet on its wall. And yet, their real fame lies in the cool, laid-back Bohemian decor, decadent preparations (like Chicken Pot Rice) and the famous beer tower. The café also attracts curious tourists and foodies from all over the world.
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Serving the best keema pav in Mumbai, Kyani's is a part of a 100-year-old legacy we can't get enough of. Their menu is packed with comfort dishes and mind-blowing breakfast yummies. Quick bites like chicken samosa, bun maska, and Irani chai along with their caramel custard and other desserts complement the rustic charm, that is this Parsi café,
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Old is gold... and delicious! Much like the scrumptious ice cream sandwiches at this iconic eatery in Marine Drive. Standing proud since the 1960s, check out this ice cream parlour in Mumbai for not-your-regular varieties like Walnut Crunch, Kesar Pista and Sitaphal.
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Identified as Mondy's by locals, Café Mondegar is a time capsule that takes you back to 1932. Yes, to the simpler times when retro ambience, peppy murals (handpainted by Mario Miranda), a super cool jukebox and food was all the rage. And if you enjoy burgers, their special steak burger is highly recommended. Also try their chicken tikka, keema pav, bacon-wrapped prawns while sipping on your fav beer and wine.
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You know you're at this iconic eatery in Mumbai when you see chequered tablecloths, bentwood chairs and charming run-down interiors. Established in 1923, this is one of the oldest Irani cafés in town. They serve some signature delicacies like Salli Boti, raspberry soda, brown rice and Mutton Berry Pulao with berries literally imported from Iran.
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Mumbai didn't know fine dining until Gaylord introduced it in 1956. Since then, this iconic restaurant has been satiating all your sweet and savoury cravings with finesse. Their artisanal bread selection is to die for and the Mughalai preparations are pure bliss. It's a true jewel in the city with a top of the line bakery.
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Vegetarians in Mumbai, meet your new BFF - Cafe Madras! Spreading joy since 1947, this Udipi joint serve the best breakfast meals, ranging from fluffy idlis to vada, and filter coffee. You can recognise the place from their "7 am rush hour" and affordable prices.
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A city that never sleeps is bound to have an iconic restaurant that's open until midnight. Mostly known for the kebabs and non-veg platters, this street food joint in Mumbai is literally a dream-come-true for a 13-year-old foodie with 12 bucks in the pocket. If you're in around, take care of your hunger pangs with their mutton keema roll, Baida Rotis and ethnic curry of your choice.
These iconic eateries in Mumbai are waiting for a gastronome like you. Visit them today!