Cross the iconic Worli Sea Link bridge from Mumbai proper to the quintessentially hip Mumbai suburb, Bandra West. Often dubbed the “Queen of Suburbs,” Portuguese influence in the area is prominently displayed in the residential and religious architecture. Lanes are bursting with colorful street art, outdoor shopping is plenty (especially along Waterfield road), and there is a lot to keep you busy.
For a creative coworking space, head to Adagio, a small but unique venue that doubles as an event space, which is especially geared towards creatives. Other coworking options include Social, 603, and The Boho Pad (technically in the neighboring Santacruz), another coworking space especially well-suited to those in more creative fields.
What Bandra lacks in coworking spaces, however, it more than makes up for in work-friendly cafes. Bombay Coffee House on Waterfield Road is consistently a solid bet for anyone looking to park themselves in one spot with a good flat white beside their laptops and work undisturbed for hours. The Bagel Shop is another local favorite, offering New York-style bagels with both indoor and outdoor seating (which is pet-friendly). Likewise, Sabko, a hole-in-the-wall which offers excellent coffee and baked goods is always a good bet, especially on weekdays, and pet friendly too. Other work-friendly cafe staples include Blue Tokai, Birdsong, Pali Village Cafe, and Method Bandra which has lovely beignets and doubles as a tiny art gallery. There is a cafe in Bandra for every mood and every mission.
Once you’re done with work, wind down with a walk along the Bandstand Promenade, which features a jogging track and a park. Alternatively, head to Bonobo, a popular rooftop bar or Toto’s Garage, a garage-themed bar with a VW Love Bug hoisted above the island and staff dressed in mechanics’ overalls. And if you’re looking for something more authentically Bandra, try Janta, a typically Indian dive bar, complete with local lager, unabashedly greasy dal fry and curry, and pillowy naan.
Getting around Bandra is exceptionally easy, since there are auto rickshaws (which don’t operate south of the Worli Sea Link) and the neighborhood is quite pedestrian-friendly.
Akanksha Singh is a writer and journalist based between Mumbai and Lisbon.
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