Full of life and vigor, Mumbai is one of the busiest cities in India. With tons of places to visit in the city, there isn’t a dull moment here and is perhaps one of the most fun places to explore with your tribe. Besides, Juhu Beach, Bandra, and Gateway of India, let’s take a look at some of the coolest places to visit in Mumbai with friends.
1. Imagica Theme Park
Rides, entertainment, food, and friends – what’s there not to love about Imagica? Off Mumbai-Pune Express Highway, the Imagica Theme Park has quickly grown to become one of the best places to visit in Mumbai with friends. The rides here are some of the finest in India and really get the adrenaline going. Imagica is also known for its absolutely amazing water park with huge slides and wave pools and is a perfect way to beat Mumbai’s humidity.
You must try Scream Machine, Deep Space and Dare 2 Drop!
- Location: Off Mumbai-Pune Express Highway
- Timings: 10:30 am to 8 pm
- Cost for two:
Adult – INR1499 (weekends); INR 1299 (weekdays)
Child – INR 1299 (weekends); 1099 (weekdays)
Though a little far away from the city, Rajmachi is a great place for a one day trip. Around 5 hours away from Mumbai, this place offers great trekking routes and stunning views of the Sahyadri hills. A popular spot for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers, the area gets a tad bit crowded during weekends.
One can say that the difficulty level of the Rajmachi trek is medium but if you are a beginner, it’s better to start from the base village of Udhewadi. If you are climbing at a constant pace, it should take you about an hour to reach the top; however, if you take too many pit stops, the time may slightly vary.
At Rajmachi, besides the stunning adventure trails, you can also explore the fort and the gorgeous waterfalls. While most travelers would suggest that monsoon is the best time to visit Rajmachi, we suggest you go during winter or summer season since, for first timers, monsoon can be a little overwhelming.
- Distance from Mumbai: 320 km (5 hours)
- Best time to visit: Monsoon; Winter
We’ve all heard of Lonavla and some of us have been lucky enough to visit this stunning getaway from Mumbai. Enveloped by lush hills, this small hamlet is home to a number of tourists during summer and monsoon season. From the lake, Duke’s Nose to Tiger’s Leap, the viewpoints in Lonavla are unlike any other you may have seen before. As is with all hill stations, Lonavla is known for its hot cup of teas and piping hot bowls of maggie and you should definitely try them during your visit here.
Lonavla is easily a one-day trip and is only about 2 hours away from Mumbai.
- Distance from Mumbai: 85 km (1 hour, 40 minutes)
- Best time to visit: Monsoon; Winter
4. Bandra Fort
Castella de Aguada, more popularly known as Bandra Fort, is a perfect place to spend an afternoon admiring the sea. If you are going with a big bunch of friends, there is little you’ll need besides the yum food from the stalls here. Though the fort is generally packed with tourists, it’s huge enough for everyone to find a spot. If it happens to be your first visit here, ensure that your camera has enough memory and is fully charged because the views from here are worth many pictures!
- Location: Bandstand Road
- Timings: 6:00 am to 6:30 pm
5. Café Mondegar
An iconic café, Café Mondegar has been around for almost 15 years and is one of the first cafes of Mumbai besides Café Leopold. The first impression of the café instantly puts you at ease and you are taken in by the quirky graffiti covered walls. Painted by the famous painter and cartoonist Mario Miranda, the art here is an added reason for its popularity. The ambience, interiors and the vibe of the café are addictive, to put it mildly, if you visit here once, you’ll definitely come again. The food here is definitely beyond your expectations, especially bacon fritters and the English breakfast.
- Location: Colaba
- Timings: 7:30 am to 11:30 pm
- Must try dishes: Beer, Pasta, Chicken Grilled Sandwich
6. Mohammad Ali Road
Ask any foodie what is the best place in Mumbai for non-veg food and this will top their list. Lined with small dhabas serving delicious Mughlai food, Mohammad Ali Road is a culinary journey and a peek into another side of Mumbai. All the dhabas serve finger-licking food and if it’s your first visit here, you must figure out your favorites on your own. Each restaurant is an experience in itself but we definitely recommend you try the kebabs and Sanju chicken.
- Location: Kurla West
- Must try dishes: Mutton kebabs, Mumbai special chicken mix
7. Ghatkopar Khau Galli
Another gem that tops the list of must-try food experiences in Mumbai is Khau Galli. We all know that the best way to make friendships stronger is by sharing meals and this food street is just perfect. Thankfully serving yum food for vegetarians, the dosa from Sai Swad Dosa is definitely the most popular, especially Gini Dosa which is prepped in Szechuan sauce and cheese. Other than that, you can try the chole bhature from Jai Durga Center and the milkshakes from Blossom Juice Center.
The best part about all the dhabas here is that they are reasonably priced and easily fit most budgets.
- Location: Ghatkopar East
- Timings: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
- Must try dishes: Chinese dosa, Milk shakes
8. Manori beach
Situated about 2 hours away from Mumbai, you can reach Manori Beach via Borivali or Malad by ferry. Contrary to Juhu Beach, this beach is quite isolated, and in fact, rarely sees throngs of crowd which makes it a perfect spot to unwind with friends. You can either visit for an overnight stay or spend the day here depending on how much time you have. It’s suggested you carry your own food since the place doesn’t offer many options for food.
Also, the beach is quite famous for its mesmerizing sunsets, so, make sure you spend enough time to catch a glimpse.
- Location: Malad West
- Distance from Mumbai: 62 km (1 hour, 50 minutes)
9. Chowpatty beach
Chances are that you have already been here but the energy of the place is altogether different when you visit it with your friends. Buzzing with activity, you’ll see Chowpatty lined with busy restaurants, ice candy and bhel puri vendors, and amusement rides for children.
It’s best to head to the beach early morning or late evening since it is quite crowded at other times of the day. Also, Taraporwala Aquarium is barely at a 10-minute walk from Chowpatty. So, after you are done relishing lip-smacking snacks at the beach, visit the aquarium to admire the exotic collection of fish.
- Location: South Mumbai