A prominent business hub, the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) is where most multinational companies are headquartered in Mumbai. Unlike the rest of the city, this is the only neighborhood that lacks “Mumbai charm” entirely. It looks like a generic big city with shiny skyscrapers and an abundance of bike lanes. The one advantage to this, however, is the plethora of coworking spaces and work-friendly cafes—not to mention bars and restaurants.
As far as coworking spaces go, there’s a 16-floor WeWork in the neighborhood, which is especially well-suited for remote workers looking for that consistency a familiar environment provides. The same people will also be happy to note there are three Starbucks outlets of varying sizes here. Other coworking spaces in the neighborhood include 91 Springboard, and the slightly more upscale Dextrus.
For work-friendly cafes, head to Blue Tokai, Poetry by Love and Cheesecake, Theobroma, or Capital Social. And for those who prefer tea over coffee, there’s Tea Trails (they also do bubble tea). As is the case with most places in Mumbai, be warned that these places are furiously busy on weekends and once the workday is over.
Still, perhaps the best part of working out of BKC is the variety of food and drink afforded to you after a long work day. A few classics are O Pedro, a stellar Goan restaurant that boasts delectable Goan chouriço and a refreshing selection of beers on tap, including a 'Nariyal Paani' (coconut water) ale. Other favorites are Toast and Tonic (check their Instagram for live jazz nights), Yauatcha, CinCin, and Nara Thai. Last, but not least, there are also several pay-per-use gyms and swimming pools, if that’s how you prefer to unwind.
Getting around BKC is exceptionally easy, and you can bike, walk, take the bus, an autorickshaw, a black-and-yellow cab or Ola and Uber.
Akanksha Singh is a writer and journalist based between Mumbai and Lisbon.
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