When summer reaches its peak, Mumbaikars pray for the rain gods to bestow some kindness on them but rain Gods take their prayers a little too seriously. Traffic jams, pot holes, roads filled with water, this is what Mumbai looks like when it rains too much. For the ones hate staying indoors during the never ending monsoon period, we have something for you. We bring you 15 hangout places in Mumbai you must visit before it rains way too heavily.
Mumbai and street shopping go hand in hand, don’t they? Nothing sounds better than the street shopping hub of Mumbai, Colaba. All types of clothing and accessories in vogue are available here. But, who wants to shop when it is raining cats and dogs. So before monsoon comes in full swing, make sure you shop till you drop.
One of the best rooftop restaurants with a great ambiance and picturesque rooftop view. Wouldn’t heavy rain spoil the entire mood? And, as it is no one wants to sit in an open terrace when it’s raining heavily? Make sure you visit this great rooftop restaurant before the city is filled with rainwater.
Whether it is 4 in the morning or 4 in the evening, Marine Drive welcomes visitors with open arms. Bring out the writer in you while the waves rustle, or smile at the thought of an old joke shared with a loved one at that very spot, marine drive never disappoints you, but too much of rain does. You don’t want to catch a cold and get soaked in the rain.
Sea food, pizzas, Chinese, continental, you name it and the place has it. The cosy and romantic rooftop restaurant in Bandra is your best bet for a happy date. Again, the rooftop restaurant is no fun when it rains. So, feed your cravings before the many rainy days make an appearance.
Gateway of India
The city of dreams hosts the magnificent historical landmark, which offers great view of the azure sea and the Taj Hotel. Though, it is always said that the rainy season makes the view even better but do you want to get drenched in the rain? Well, I don’t!
Who doesn’t love going to Juhu Chowpatty for some good beach fun and of course the mouthwatering food. A great hangout spot in Mumbai for people of all ages, but the rain, doesn’t it spoil the fun? Make sure you plan a visit before a series of days with pouring rain comes into play.
To the north of Bandra Bandstand, you'll find its sister promenade, Carter Road. The place is full of coffee shops and restaurants, and if you are lucky you may even get a glance of the Bollywood Glitterati. A rainy day may sound fascinating but water filled roads, the never ending traffic jams and the mess makes it uninteresting.
A big bungalow converted into a café with numerous storeys and a Mediterranean look makes candies a must visit. A place where you will definitely not burn a big hole in your pocket. The ambiance is to die for, unless it is not a rainy day. There is no fun in eating the savoury treats inside the four walls, so go before it rains over you!
The long ocean front promenade lined with savoury snack stalls is the place to visit for a hangout. And who wouldn’t love to enjoy some toothsome treats, a meaningful chat and the ocean front view and King Khan’s home behind. You would, right? But only till it doesn’t rain.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
A protected forest located right within the city, Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts a lot of tourists. Morning walks, family picnics and the lovers paradise, the park is a bliss for those living in Mumbai. Boating, trekking, and sitting on a toy train, there is so much you can do. However, the park is nothing less than a dirty mess when it rains.
Need some peace of mind and a break from the daily chaos? Visit Haji Ali located amidst the sea. If you don’t know, the road from the sea to the mosque gets submerged in water when it rains too heavily. So, make sure you plan your visit when it isn’t raining too much.
Dome – Intercontinental
If you are looking for a place for good food as well as great rooftop ambiance, Dome is the place to be. Although, you may be burning a hole in your pocket, it is definitely worth it. Make sure you choose sunset as the time to visit this serene place. Before planning, check the weather forecast so that rain gods don’t spoil your plan.
Summer and Ice creams go hand in hand. And when Mumbaikars scream for Ice Cream, Bachelors is the next word. Ginger, Green Chilli, Watermelon, Sitafal, you name it and Bachelors has it. Whether it is 12 pm or 12 am, the place is filled with food enthusiasts. But, a rainy day can spoil it all.
The Marina Rooftop
Colaba is not only popular for street shopping but it also hosts the beautiful rooftop restaurant, The Marina Rooftop. Fabulous view, great food and good retro music is what Marina Rooftop Café is all about. The place is definitely worth a visit but make sure you don’t choose a rainy day.
An hour away from Mumbai, the place is a great weekend getaway. Go via road, rail or simply take a ferry from the Gateway of India. Natural surroundings, beautiful beaches and a great view of the Arabian Sea, Alibaug is a great place to stay away from the city life for a few days. If it rains, you mostly will have to stay inside the hotel, so it would be better to choose a day minus the rain.
Make the best of the days before the messy monsoon announces its arrival. Explore Mumbai without the rain, it is as spectacular as it could be.
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