Akanksha Singh, author of The Best Digital Nomad Neighborhoods in Mumbai shares her favorite restaurants, bars, cafes, and coworking spaces for nomads enjoying the megacity of Mumbai.
The Best Restaurants in Mumbai for Digital Nomads
Britannia & Co., Ballard Estate: A quaint old-school Irani café with checkered red tablecloths and high ceilings established in 1923, Britannia & Co. is a Mumbai (or Bombay, rather) institution. Try the Sali Boti, a raspberry soda, and a crème caramel.
Pratap Lunch Home, Fort: An authentic Mangalorean restaurant, Pratap Lunch Home—which has been operational since 1961—serves excellent seafood in a simple, unpretentious environment.
China Garden, Kemps Corner: This Mumbai institution serves all the Indo-Chinese classics. This is where “chicken manchurian” was invented by a first-generation Indo-Chinese chef named Nelson Wang.
The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel: A menu that fully understands “Bombay,” featuring reimagined street food dishes and fresh takes on classic cocktails.
O Pedro, BKC: A Goan and Portuguese restaurant in the heart of Mumbai’s business district, O Pedro serves up all the classics, occasionally with a modern twist. Think prawn balchão, chorizo chili tacos, and pastel de nata.
Gustoso, Kemps Corner: A quintessentially Italian joint with wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and pastas. Go for the pizzas and stay for the wine and company.
The Table, Colaba: A fine-dining spot that emphasizes farm-to-table food, The Table features global cuisine and elegant decor. Reservations are a must, especially on weekends.
Bastian, Bandra West: A multi-cuisine seafood restaurant, this swanky joint features everything from lobster thermidor to tuna poké on their menu.
Americano, Kala Ghoda: A sophisticated eatery in the city’s historic Kala Ghoda area, with an impressive cocktail menu to suit.
Masque, Mahalaxmi: Number 21 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2022, Masque features an innovative ingredient-focused tasting menu. Reservations are required.
The Best Bars for Digital Nomads in Mumbai for Digital Nomads
Leopold Café and Bar, Colaba: A bar-and-café that’s been in business since 1871, Leopold’s is a key stop on the Shantaram tour of Mumbai (after the Gregory David Roberts’ novel).
Café Mondegar, Colaba: Opened in 1932, Café Mondegar is a hit with tourists and Mumbaikars alike (especially students). Weekends are incredibly busy.
Toto’s Garage, Bandra West: A garage-themed bar, complete with a VW Beetle on an auto-lift above the bar.
Café Panama, Lower Parel: A sophisticated tropical cocoon with an impressive cocktail menu.
Woodside Inn, Colaba: A cozy pub nestled in Mumbai’s historic Colaba neighborhood.
Aer, Worli: A chic open-air rooftop bar at the Four Seasons that serves cocktails, tapas, and tunes.
Bayview Café, Colaba: Tucked away in a small boutique hotel called Hotel Harbour View, this bar sits atop a roof, and looks straight on to the Mumbai harbor. Best at sunset with a pinot grigiot.
Toit, Lower Parel: A buzzing brewery in the heart of the old industrial mill area.
The Best Cafes for Digital Nomads in Mumbai
Blue Tokai, Khar: With excellent coffee, Blue Tokai is a favorite among remote workers. Expect rushes during lunch hours and on weekends, though.
Kala Ghoda Café, Kala Ghoda: A charming café in the historic arts district. Fair warning: Internet can be a bit spotty here, and crowds roll in at lunch time and on weekends.
Bombay Coffee House, Bandra West: Straight on Waterfield Road, a bright and airy environment with a menu that features recipes that pay tribute to the various communities within Mumbai.
The Bagel Shop, Bandra West: With both indoor and outdoor seating, this is a much-loved spot for those with four-legged friends.
Zen Café, Kala Ghoda: A swish venue featuring single origin coffee and an extensive menu. Hugely crowded at lunch and on weekends.
The Best Coworking Spaces for Digital Nomads in Miami Beach
Ministry of New, Fort: A bright coworking space with plenty of social activities for members.
Quest, Andheri: A state-of-the-art coworking space, with a range of membership plans for digital nomads.
Dextrus, Lower Parel: An elegant, upscale coworking space offering a plethora of services suited to remote workers.
The Boho Pad, Santacruz West: Ideal for freelance creatives, The Boho Pad offers a venue for artists of various backgrounds and media to mingle.
WeWork, BKC: A 16-floor coworking space that’s well-suited for remote workers looking for the consistency a familiar environment brings.
Akanksha Singh is a writer and journalist based between Mumbai and Lisbon.
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