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Label : Must Visit

Tags : Commercial Street

Time Required : 2-3 hrs

Entry Fee : No entry fee

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Colaba Causeway, Mumbai Overview

One of the most exciting and eclectic places to visit in Mumbai is the Colaba Causeway, famous for being a shopper's paradise. Iconic at best, ask any Mumbaikar and they will tell you that the Causeway is pretty much the heart of Mumbai. Resurgent, even after the terror attack, this shopping street stood up on its feet in no time. Apart from gorgeous clothes and accessories, especially earrings, you can also find great bargains on home decor stuff such as lampshades, curios and antiques. If designer stuff is your calling, there are a number of options for that as well. If you do feel like catching a bite and a beer, there are a number of restaurants that offer great food and booze at very affordable prices and Cafe Leopold and Cafe Mondegar are pretty much the best!

Colaba Causeway acts as the land link between Colaba and the Old Woman's Island. It lies close to the Fort area which is a business sector and the heart of the city since the British era. From roadside vendors to glamorous boutiques, the street sells everything you can think of buying – in different quality and prices. Catch the old world movies charm at Regal Cinema. Behind Regal Cinema, the Causeway leads you to the Gateway of India overlooking the Arabian Sea. Here, the majestic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel dominates the city's skyline. Colaba Causeway is the heart of Mumbai and it's the liveliest you will ever see the city!

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Colaba Causeway Market and Shopping

Shopping is the first and foremost reason to visit Colaba Causeway. The street greets you with stall-after-stalls of stockpiled things. While stuff like shawls, t-shirts with popular superheroes, slogans and logos, bags, bangles, earrings, hair accessories, sunglasses, amusing toys, useful domestic items and decorative pieces are found on the road at steal-worthy prices; there are exquisite galleries, boutiques and outlets also to lend you a taste of some fine and sophisticated shopping.

There is Le Mill for posh designer wear, Good Earth for offbeat home décor and apparels with a rustic feel and for unique costume jewellery, there is Curio Cottage. There is also a lovely trinket shop Parvati Villa, beach fashion store Oak Tree and souvenir shop - The Bombay Store. If you are an impulsive shopper, you need someone to keep an eye on you. The very paradise of a shopaholic, Colaba Causeway literally sells everything you can think of buying.

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Colaba Causeway Restaurants 

All this walking can easily call for delectable food craving and for that you have too many choices to pick from. There you can find the legendary Delhi Durbar, Café Mondegar or the Leopold Café and Bar, which is mass-favourite and frequented by most tourists. The famous Theobroma, adjacent to Oak Tree is for those who have a very distinct and posh sweet tooth. The shop is a stylised boutique of European pastries, tarts, croissants, shortcakes and a huge range of many such products.

History of Colaba Causeway

In 1796, the southern-most tip of Mumbai had been declared a cantonment area and as a result, the heart of the city - the Fort area and the surrounding parts were getting overcrowded. More and more people shifted there for better access and employment and soon it headed towards encroachment. Many accidents of boat-capsizing due to overloading led the Government to decide on the construction of the land-link. Added to the dire necessity was that the then Governor of Bombay, Lord Elphinstone built his residence on Malabar Hill and it became urgent to complete the construction of the Causeway.

The Colaba Causeway was built by the British East India Company connecting the last two remaining islands of the seven which were yet to be connected with the mainland. The construction of the Colaba Causeway was completed in 1838 under the command of Sir Robert Grant, yet another governor of the city. It was later modified and widened in 1861 and then again in 1863. In 1873, Stearns and Kitteredge introduced horse-drawn tram-cars were introduced to ferry people across.

Tips For Visiting Colaba Causeway

  1. Do not give in to first-time prices with the hawkers. Dig in deeper because the roadside stalls have a brilliant and diverse stock, but do not forget to bargain. Half of the originally quoted price will typically be the selling price.
  2. Also, carry cash because the temporary shops will not accept any plastic money.

How To Reach Colaba Causeway

The easiest way to reach Colaba Causeway is to take the train from Bandra station to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Mumbai is a city well connected with local trains, but Colaba does not have any immediate train station next to it. The CST Terminus is the nearest one, from where you can take a cab to reach the place or walk it taking Dr Dadabhai Naoroji road which is also dotted with shopping stalls. In any case, the Colaba Causeway is a popular destination and cabs will take you here from any part of the city.

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Mrunal Mahadik

on Colaba Causeway 5 years ago
Remember that bargaining is the key here, so take someone who is good at bargaining if you aren't because the vendors might be a little tough to negotiate with. There are also a lot of famous cafes l (Read More)ike Mondegar and Leopold close by so head on over there after your shopping excursion and relax with some good food and drinks.

Mrunal Mahadik

on Colaba Causeway 5 years ago
Colaba Causeway is a budget shopper?s dream come true. It hosts a plethora of things, you could find everything that you think of here from clothes to shoes to accessories and even home decor. It is (Read More)a vibrant alley with shops everywhere. You will find the trendiest of pieces in these shops at really affordable prices.

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