I had done a short list of experiences and places in Bombay in 2004 - a sort of 101. But that was too short a list to justify that Bombay is my favourite city in India. Here's another attempt to redraw a list of city's many charms. Should we say the 201 course?


100 Things To Do in Bombay

  1. Get high on qawwali at Haji Ali
  2. Spot a celebrity at Juhu PVR
  3. Sit down on the steps of Asiatic Society library
  4. Crane your neck to see the Bombay Stock Exchange building
  5. Spot a leopard in IIT Bombay campus. If you can't, then spot a girl
  6. Enjoy a play in Prithvi Theatre
  7. Enjoy the NCPA in a play or opera
  8. Find some calm around the Banganga tank
  9. Haggle for non-antiques in Chor Bazaar
  10. Face the high tide on Worli seaface
  11. Bet money on race horses at the Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalaxmi
  12. Dangle your feet, lean back on your palms and enjoy the sea from the Marine Drive promenade
  13. Go for a heritage walk in the Naval Dockyard (first Sunday every month, Indian nationals only)
  14. Explore the Sanjay Gandhi national park. A national park in city limits? Oh yeah!
  15. Soak in the Victoria Terminus
  16. Watch DDLJ at Maratha Mandir
  17. Party at Hard Rock Cafe and mourn for a minute the death of mills around Parel
  18. Jog on Juhu beach
  19. Sit on a tetropod at Nariman Point post midnight till police constables shoo you away
  20. Stand still on flyover bridge at Dadar station and watch the crowd whiz by you
  21. Find out who is grittier. You or Crawford market?
  22. Find the Fort wall
  23. Ride the Victoria on Marine Drive. Yeah, cheesy, we know
  24. Discover the city's Jewish connection at Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue
  25. Watch sunset over Aksa beach in Madh Island
  26. Discover the underbelly of Bombay in Dharavi
  27. Stay for a night at Taj Mahal Palace hotel. You definitely want to tick off this luxury address for the oh-I-stayed-there-for-a-while conversations, don't you?
  28. Catch the national madness of cricket in Oval Maidan
  29. Read a Bombay book (Suketu Mehta's Maximum City?) in Azaad Maidan
  30. Cheer a football match at Cooperage ground
  31. Bury your nose in books for hours at Strand
  32. Stroll in Bombay University
  33. Climb the airport boundary wall in Kurla to gain phenomenal views of Boeings
  34. Swoon at a concert in Bandra Kurla complex
  35. Gaze at the Queen's Necklace from the Hanging Gardens at dusk
  36. Hunt for antique furniture (real or fake?) in Oshiwara
  37. Hike up the Mazgaon Hill
  38. Buy books from roadsides around Flora Fountain
  39. Envy the private palaces of Malabar Hill
  40. Party on a ferry in the Arabian Sea off Gateway of India
  41. Take a break from the city. Vasai offers the ramparts of Bassein fort, ruins of Portugese churches and East Indian food
  42. Trek in Sahayadris
  43. Say hello to the fauna at Byculla zoo
  44. Buy a camera from D N Road's gray market
  45. Dare the red light district of Kamatipura
  46. Guess what RFID system they use to tag clothes at the Dhobi Ghat
  47. Take a power nap at David Sassoon Library
  48. Catch movies at art-deco cinemas: Regal (1933), Eros (1938), Metro (1938)
  49. Bow your head before city's famous deities: Mumbadevi, Mahalaxmi, Walkeshwar, Siddhivinayak, Iskcon
  50. Dine where Shahrukh Khans and Ness Wadias dine: Olive, Indigo
  51. Feel the sufi mysticism at dargahs of Haji Ali and Maqdoom Ali Mahimi
  52. Shop at the Bandra boutiques or if they are too expensive, give Hill Road or Fashion Street a shot
  53. Gape at famous residences: Shahrukh Khan's Mannat, Amitabh Bachhan's Jalsa
  54. Discover theatre scene in the city at venues other than Prithvi and NCPA: Sophia Bhabha Hall, Breach Candy; St Andrews, Bandra W; Rangsharda Auditorium, Bandra W; Ravindra Natya Mandir Hall, Prabhadevi; Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane W; Shivaji Mandir; Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, Chaupaati; Tejpal Hall, Grant Road
  55. Explore the Powai and Vihar lakes
  56. Visit the museums: Prince of Wales, Monetary, Modern Art, Mani Bhavan
  57. Admire the British era architecture in Fort: Churchgate station, Western Railway headquarters, High Court, General Post Office, Telegraph Office, Police Headquarters
  58. Learn about the rock-cut architecture: Elephanta, Kanheri, Mahakali and Karla caves
  59. Explore the churches: Gloria Church, Byculla, Portugese; Mt Mary Church, Bandra W, Portugese, 1640; St Michaels Church, Mahim, 1565, rebuilt 1973; St Thomas Cathedral, Flora Fountain, 1718; Wodehouse Church, Colaba, 20th century; Afghan Church, Navy Nagar, Colaba, 1858; Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar W, Portugese, 19th century; St John Baptist, Seepz, 1579; St Peter's Church, Bandra, 1852, rebuilt 1938; St Andrew's Church, Bandra, Portugese, 1575
  60. Check out an art exhibition: Jehangir Art Gallery, Fort; Tao Art Gallery, Worli; Piramal Art Gallery, Nariman Point
  61. Buy fish at Sassoon Docks, Cuffe Parade or Dockyard Road, Mazgaon
  62. Find the forts of Bombay: Bombay Castle, Fort; Castella de Aguada, Bandra; Madh Fort, Versova; Mahim Fort, Mahim; Sion Fort, Sion; Sewri Fort, Sewri; Worli Fort, Worli
  63. Buy a vintage bollywood poster in Mini Market or Lamington Road
  64. Get away to the beaches around Bombay: Alibag, Kashid, Murud, Nagaon
  65. Travel to places overnight: Goa, Ajanta Ellora, Mahabaleshwar, Pune, Khandala and Lonavala
  66. Discover the charm of marble tabletops, bentwood chairs and irani chai at Parsi cafes
  67. Catch behind the scenes action at a Bollywood studio
  68. Loft the ball for a six in your neighborhood 'galli' cricket but make sure you don't break any window panes
  69. Silently stare at the Towers of Silence and Agiaries
  70. Shadow the dabbawalas for one full day
  71. Walk through a koliwada
  72. Ride a vintage lift in a 100 year old building
  73. Travel in a local train. How about the peak-time Virar Fast?
  74. Ride a double decker bus. Isn't Bombay the only city where they still run them?
  75. If you have made it to a penthouse in Bombay, you might as well enjoy the view
  76. Drink cutting chai, eat vada pav
  77. Gorge on late night sandwiches in Juhu
  78. Sip some wine at an expensive seaside restaurant: Vie Lounge, Juhu; Dome, Intercontinental, Marine Drive; Aurus, Juhu; Salt Water Grill, Girgaum Chaupaati; Bayview Bar, Nariman Point
  79. Figure what all the fuss is about having a beer in Mondegar or Leopold
  80. Jack you car bonnet using a cold-drink bottle and eat kababs at Bade Miyan in Taj's back alley
  81. Walk the nostalgic streets of Kotachiwadi and pay a tribute to Anant Ashram - once the mecca of fine and authentic East Indian cuisine
  82. Eat a Gujrati-Marwari thali at Friends Union Joshi club in Kalbadevi
  83. Smoke a hookah at roof-top restaurant Koyla in the Arab quarters of Colaba
  84. Eat South Indian fare in Matunga
  85. Eat pav bhaji, pani puri, bhel puri, sev puri at Girgaum Chaupaati
  86. Chew a paan outside Shoppers Stop, Bandra W
  87. Indulge yourself with fruity flavors of Naturals ice cream. And if it's summer, try a cup of alfonso mangoes with malai ice cream
  88. Learn out the art of ordering tea in a streetside cafe. "Ek paani kum."
  89. Drink Kingfisher, Cobra or Zingaro in your neighborhood look-alike bar of Nightlovers
  90. Try the green chilli ice cream at Bachelorrs
  91. Swing to some live music as you enjoy your continental meal at Not Just Jazz By The Bay. Do pay attention to the witty hoarding outside as you leave the place
  92. Run the Bombay Marathon (Jan)
  93. Enjoy the Kala Ghoda arts festival (Feb)
  94. Cheer 'Mumbai Indians' in an IPL cricket match at Wankhede statdium (May-Jun)
  95. Get drenched to the bone while biking in the monsoons (Jul-Sep)
  96. Sing "Govinda aala re aala" as 40 feet high human pyramids take the prized matka (Aug-Sep)
  97. Get lost in the crowds of Ganesh Chaturthi (Sep)
  98. Watch thousands of pink flamingos in the mangroves at Sewri (Nov-May)
  99. Eat nihari, kababs and sweetmeats around Masjid on the eve of Eid (Ramzan)
  100. Run a 'free hug' campaign. This is Bombay, meri jaan!

The list above is sorted like this: Places at the top, experiences next, followed by eats, and seasonal events at the bottom. Other specific eatings will be moved to a separate list below.


10 Books on Bombay

  1. Bombay, Meri Jaan - Jerry Pinto and Naresh Fernandes
  2. Bombay Time - Thrity Umrigar
  3. City of Gold - The Biography of Bombay - Gillian Tindall
  4. Family Matters / Swimming Lessons and Other Stories From Firozsha Baag - Rohinton Mistry
  5. Love and Longing in Bombay - Vikram Chandra
  6. Maximum City - Suketu Mehta
  7. Midnights Children - Salman Rushdie
  8. Parsis - Sooni Taraporevala
  9. Rediscovering Dharavi - Kalpana Sharma
  10. Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts


10 Movies on Bombay

  1. Aamir, 2008 - Raj Kumar Gupta
  2. Black Friday, 2006 - Anurag Kashyap
  3. Bombay, 1996 - Mani Ratnam
  4. Mithya, 2008 - Rajat Kapoor
  5. Mumbai Cutting, 2009 - Various
  6. Mumbai Meri Jaan, 2008 - Nishant Kamat
  7. Page 3, 2005 - Madhur Bhandarkar
  8. Salaam Bombay!, 1988 - Mira Nair
  9. Satya, 1998, Company, 2002 and Sarkar, 2005 - Ram Gopal Varma
  10. Slumdog Millionaire, 2008 - Danny Boyle


50+ Places To Eat At in Bombay

  1. New Martins, Colaba - Goan
  2. Baghdadi, Colaba - Mughlai
  3. Bade Miyan, Colaba - Mughlai
  4. Cafe Leopold, Colaba - Indian, Continental, Parsi
  5. Cafe Churchill, Colaba - Continental, Parsi
  6. Cafe Mondegar, Colaba - Watering Hole
  7. Indigo, Colaba - Continental, European
  8. Busaba, Colaba - Thai
  9. Koyla, Colaba - Hookah
  10. Theobrama, Colaba - Cakes and Dessert
  11. Not Just Jazz By The Way, Marine Drive - Continental
  12. Britannia, Fort - Parsi
  13. Jimmy Boy, Fort - Parsi
  14. Mahesh Lunch Home, Fort - Coastal
  15. Noor Mohammadi, Masjid - Nahari
  16. Gulshan-e-Iran, Masjid - Mughlai
  17. Bhagat Tara Chand, Masjid - Indian Vegetarian
  18. Jaffer Bhai's Delhi Darbar, Grant Road - Mughlai
  19. Sardar Pavbhaji, Tardeo - Snacks
  20. Swati Snacks, Tardeo - Gujarati and Snacks
  21. Cafe Noorani, Worli - Mughlai
  22. The Tasting Room, Parel - Cocktails and continental
  23. Sushegad, Mahim - Goan
  24. Madras Cafe, Matunga - South Indian
  25. Mani's Lunch Home, Matunga - South Indian
  26. A Rama Nayak Udipi, Matunga - South Indian
  27. Hotel Ram Ashray, Matunga - South Indian
  28. Lucky, Bandra W - Biryani
  29. Candies, Bandra W - Potpourri
  30. Cafe Basilico, Bandra W - Bistro and Deli
  31. Pali Village Cafe, Bandra W - Continental
  32. Suzette Cafe, Bandra W - French
  33. Out of the Blue, Bandra W - Continental
  34. Barbeque Nation, Bandra W - Indian BBQ
  35. Totos, Bandra W - Pub
  36. Elbo Room, Bandra W - Pub
  37. Kakori House, Bandra W - Awadhi
  38. Jai Hind Lunch Home, Bandra W - Coastal
  39. Highway Gomantak, Bandra E - Goan Seafood
  40. Global Fusion, Khar W - Continental and Sushi
  41. Govinda, Juhu - Indian Vegetarian
  42. Vie Lounge, Juhu - Continental
  43. Alfredo's, Juhu - Pizza
  44. Del Italia, Juhu - Italian
  45. Il Terrazzo, Juhu - Italian
  46. Shree Gujarati Club, Santacruz W - Gujarati Thali
  47. Gajalee, Vile Parle E - Coastal
  48. Firangi Pani, Andheri W - Pub
  49. Sammy Sosa, Andheri W - Mexican
  50. Out of the Blue, Powai - Continental
  51. Aromas, Powai - Coffee and bites
  52. The Spaghetti Kitchen, Powai - Italian
  53. Zitar, Powai - Indian


Nightlife

  1. Prive/Ghost, Colaba
  2. The Ghetto, Breach Candy
  3. Hype, Atria, Worli - DJ Aqeel
  4. Hard Rock Cafe, Worli
  5. Canvas, Palladium, Lower Parel
  6. Irish House, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel
  7. Tryst, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel
  8. Blue Frog, Lower Parel
  9. F Bar, India Bulls, Lower Parel
  10. Royalty, Bandra West
  11. Escobar, Bandra West
  12. Hawaiin Shack, Bandra West
  13. Toto's, Bandra West
  14. Ren, Khar West
  15. Big Nasty, Khar West
  16. High Lounge, Sahara Star, Vile Parle East - 3AM
  17. WTF!, Seven Bungalows, Andheri West



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  1. Awesome compliation dude. Do you mind if I share it on my blog (www.bombaylives.com)? Lemme know. - Satish Vijaykumar
  2. Gorgeous post on Mumbai. Gosh man you've made me feel nostalgic. This list cannot stop at 100, it absolutely cannot. I think you should keep updating it .. well, I guess you have been. :-). We did a drive at 2AM from Powai to Colaba to Powai .. Mumbai by night is beautiful and eerily silent. The other simply awesome experience has been sipping beer on Manori Beach. And have you had the extra-chilled cold-coffee at Churchgate station - it's next to the Frankies booth. - Parul Raj Lodha
  3. Loved your bombay 100 things post - Ashish Goel
  4. I'm working on a travel guide on Bombay for Goodearth Guides. The list of 100 things to do is brilliant! I'm very keen to use some of your photos in the book. I'd also like to print a shorter version of your 100 things list, if you're agreeable. - Parvati Sharma
  5. Stupendous. Your lists are sort of poetry, wow! - Nimmi Rangaswamy