About Santacruz East
Santacruz is one of the prime locations in Mumbai that is divided into two parts by the suburban railway line – Santacruz East and Santacruz West. Both these parts are connected by Milan and Khar Subway as well as the recently built Milan flyover. Santacruz East is a commercial hub with big names such as Asian Paints and Microsoft, financial institutes like SBI and ICICI, and several premium and budget Mumbai hotels attracting travellers to this part of the city. Mumbai Domestic Airport (T1) is also located here, owing to which many visitors prefer to book hotels in Santacruz East, Mumbai. Besides, Western Express Highway, Nehru Road, Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and the Kalina-Kurla Link Road pass through this area, making it easy for tourists to travel to different parts of Mumbai and beyond.
Shopping and Dining in and around Santacruz East
There is no dearth of shopping and dining places around Santacruz East hotels, many of which lie close to the popular business district of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). Shopaholics can explore marketplaces, malls and brand stores within 10 km radius of Santacruz East. Some popular ones are Vakola Market, Santacruz Market, Phoenix Marketcity, DB Mall, R City, Infiniti, Seasons, Roopkala Heritage, Kalki Fashion and Society Stores, among others.
You can choose to dine in style at Grand Hyatt’s Celini, Fifty Five East, China House Lounge and The Bar, or pick from other popular options such as Garden Treat, King Chilli, Dumpling Khang, Cheezzila Vakola, Thotrin Café, Theeram, Dynasty, The Camp, Tiffany’s Restro Bar, X-Hale Lounge, etc.
Places to Visit in and around Santacruz East
While staying at hotels in Santacruz East, you can plan a quick tour of the prominent places in the vicinity. Some of the popular tourist attractions that can be reached within half an hour from this locality are Our Lady of Egypt Church, Mumbai Selfie Point, Love Mumbai, Mahakali Caves, Juhu Beach, Red Carpet Wax Museum, Hanging Gardens, Mahim Fort, Snow World Mumbai, Prabhadevi Beach, Dolphin Aquarium, Sion Fort and Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Temple. Besides, several landmarks that are synonymous with Mumbai are less than an hour’s drive from here, such as the Gateway of India, Haji Ali Dargah, Band Stand, Marine Drive and Colaba Causeway.
How to Reach Santacruz East
You will barely take 15 minutes by road to reach Santacruz East from Terminal 1 (Domestic) of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. However, you may take 10-15 minutes more if you are booking a taxi or cab at Terminal 2 (International). You can travel to different parts of the city from Santacruz East by bus from BEST bus terminus near the railway station. Though it may be hard for first-timers, you can commute by local trains from Santacruz station, which is served by both Western and Harbour lines that connect this locality to Churchgate, Panvel, Goregaon, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and various other prominent places in Mumbai.