Fort area covers from Dockyard in the east to Azad Maidan in the west; Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus in the north to Kala Ghoda in the south. The area is indeed very large and covers almost entire Colaba area of South Mumbai. At the very heart of this immensely large area lie two most important financial institutions of our country, one is Bombay Stock Exchange and other is headquarter of Reserve Bank of India. Besides financial prominence, these two institution’s skyscraper buildings enjoy huge iconic status among locals and tourists and hence attract fair number of visitors on every day basis. The BSE or Bombay Stock Exchange building especially enjoys huge fascination among tourists. Speaking further about BSE, it is the oldest stock exchange of Asia, i.e. Asia’s first stock exchange was built in the very own Fort area of Mumbai.
However, Fort in Mumbai is much more about crass money power that it has become so synonymous with, it is also about what fun loving people always love doing: shopping and eating. In fact Fort boost of shopping destinations and restaurants that are considered amongst best in the country.
Shopping and food at Fort MumbaiFort’s shopping and food carnival activities are concentrated mainly at Dadabhai Naoroji Road or more popularly known as D N Road. The sidewalk at both end of this road is crowded with street stalls that sell all the popular items that you can associate with street shopping. Books, Pirated CDS and DVDs, cloths, imitation jewelries and many more popular items. But the stuff that is sold most here is pirated CDs and DVDs, especially software & game CDs & DVDs. In fact this place is considered as one of the Mecca’s for pirated CDs and DVDs in entire Mumbai city.
While shopping here is always fun & exciting, however what makes shopping here actually engrossing is the fact that this popular shopping precinct is located under the roof of many historical gothic buildings. It’s like history and shopping coming together at one place. A rare & unlikely combination indeed that will surely make you go nostaligic.
And as you start walking dead straight on this popular road, you’ll come across one of the most celebrated shopping destinations of Mumbai: Colaba Causeway. Colaba Causeway is one place that every diehard shopper of Mumbai and especially South Mumbai literally swears by. It brings together the charm of street shopping and of course bargaining.
If you’re commuting in fort area and you happen to be a diehard shopper, then you simply can’t miss this place.
Restaurants around Fort Mumbai
Khyber Restaurant: This restaurant serves one of the best Mughlai Cuisines in entire Mumbai. Do visit this restaurant if you’re a diehard non vegetarian food lover.
For reservations call: (022) 49422200.
Indigo: If you want to taste one of the finest European cuisines served in India, then head to Indigo. The food is so good that even top industrialists and Bollywood celebrities make a frequent visit here. Although very expensive, the food however is really worth it. it is located near iconic Gateway of India.
For reservations call: (022) 66368981, (022) 66368980 & (022) 66368999.
Royal China: The best Chinese cuisines are served here. It is located bang opposite Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
For reservation call: (022) 22072492.
Leopold Café: This restaurant enjoys a religious cult following among people of Mumbai. Although food is quite decent here, but its chilled pitcher beer is simply legendary. It’s immensely popular among hippies and back pack foreigners.
Cafe Mondegar: Just few minutes walking distance from Leopold is Café Mondegar. This is another favorite hangout place of hippies and young turks of Mumbai. It’s chilled out beer coupled with cool casual atmosphere makes it one of popular restaurants of Mumbai.
Bade Miyan: This is the most popular street food restaurant of Mumbai. Extremely popular for its Mughlai cuisines and Kababs. Located exactly behind iconic Gateway of India.
Britannia and Company Restaurant: One of the most famous Parsi restaurants of Mumbai. A die hard lover of Parsi food should not miss eating at this restaurant. It is located in Ballard Estate, Fort.