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Best free things to do in Mumbai?

I'm going to be in Mumbai next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!

11 Answers

top answer by
Gita from Mumbai

If you'll be staying in the southern part of Mumbai, near ColabaI'd say it's the best place to start your Mumbai trip. Gateway Of India Mumbai, near Colaba Causeway is a beautiful sight especially at sunrise and sunset, better still, first thing in the morning so as to avoid crowds. Take a walk around that area, covering the Colaba Causeway where there's a very colourful street market, where you can get really good deals provided you bargain, start with 50% or lower of the asking price. If you like walking, all you need is Google Maps to pin point the most stunning buildings in this area, University of Mumbai with Rajabai (Clock) Tower, Bombay High Court and David Sassoon Library and Reading Room. Near the Library, an area called Kala Ghoda you'll find Jehangir Art Gallery which is free to browse and around the corner is the Prince of Wales Museum or what is now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, just ask for the Prince of Wales Museum, most people still call it that. Do not miss the huge Gothic Structure which is called the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which was once called the Victoria Terminus. Most of South Mumbai's heritage buildings are a mix of Gothic, Victorian and Art Deco and a beautiful sight.

If you're interested in seeing something older and mostly forgotten even by the locals, head to the suburbs to visit the Mahakali Caves on Mahakali Caves Road. Once you're in this part of town, a visit to Bandra may be enjoyable as you have street markets and the most popular watering holes and restaurants in Mumbai. Use Uber to get around as some times it's cheaper than the other Taxi services, plus no fear of getting conned into a longer route.

My favourite free thing to do in the evenings is sitting on Marine Drive and watching the lights of Mumbai and listening to the sound of the waves. You could also enjoy this at Bandstand Promenade in Bandra, but personally, I prefer Marine Drive. Some times you get to see street performances if you get there when there's still light out. 

For some really good performances, be it Stand-up or Indie Music and some times some international acts, you could visit blueFROG, the cover charge is nominal and covers food and drinks. Another good place to catch a free show or a fantastic view of the city is the Bandra Fort

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Colaba (attraction)
  2. Gateway Of India Mumbai (attraction)
  3. University of Mumbai (attraction)
  4. Bombay High Court (attraction)
  5. David Sassoon Library and Reading Room (attraction)
  6. Kala Ghoda (attraction)
  7. Jehangir Art Gallery (attraction)
  8. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (attraction)
  9. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (attraction)
  10. Mahakali Caves (attraction)
  11. Bandra (neighborhood)
  12. Marine Drive (attraction)
  13. Bandstand Promenade (attraction)
  14. blueFROG (attraction)
  15. Bandra Fort (attraction)
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Hi! Welcome, and i hope you have a great time in Mumbai. Some of the best things to do in Mumbai, are in South Mumbai. You can take a stroll down Marine Drive, which is the edge of Mumbai and a promenade facing the Arabian Sea. 

Important : However, the first thing you should do after arriving at the Bombay airport, is to avail the services of a reputable Taxi Company - You can find 'Meru' or 'TABCAB' counters just before the exit gate, or its best to just ask around for them. They don't overcharge you and are a safe bet to get to your destination.

Free : The Gateway of India is very near the Marine Drive area, and you can have a view of the historic place from which the British retreated.

Not too expensive : Kala Ghoda area (literally, Black Horse) in Colaba (South Bombay) is a great area for going out, in the evenings. Irish House is an irish pub that is great to spend an evening with friends if you're tired of walking around. 

Free (mostly) : Kala Ghoda Café, in Kala Ghoda area is an arts cafe that is very popular. They host exhibitions, and art works. Also, National Centre for Performing Arts keeps hosting events that you'd probably be interested. This would be fine arts, and more traditional kind of music, you can book tickets yourself at this website called : - here's an example :

blueFROG in Lower Parel area hosts live music every Thursday, and thru the evening, although this may not count as 'inexpensive' but moderately affordable for a Westerner. I'd recommend going to Lower Parel since it has a big collection of night life places, and you may just find something great on FourSquare etc. when you're here. is the Yelp of India, so if you're looking for food joints especially, this is the place to go. 

Colaba Social serves all-day breakfast and doubles up as a good place to go in the evenings, although it can get crowded and you might have to wait to get in - and you an get western food too, so if you're craving home food, you can step in to Colaba Social, just behind the famous The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

I'd recommend going to Café Mondegar for some good, inexpensive food. You can get different cuisines there, or even go to Cafe Leopold, a few steps away from Mondegar. 

If you really need to travel, remember that the local trains may be quite intimidating, and super crowded, but are the fastest ways to get from Point A to Point B. However, it is better to avoid them especially if you're a foreigner, and you're not quite used to attention, stares. 

Juhu Beach is a popular, albeit crowded destination, there is a tiny number of stalls that serve 'Chaat' - local street food. Try if interested. Even if you're not interested in street food, they serve a dessert named 'Kulfi' that you'll love. 

My favorite chaat items are 'Bhel Puri' - a mixture of puffed rice, savory sauces, yogurt, topped with chaat masala, and Pani Puri - a crisp hollow ball of fried dough stuffed with spice filling, and topped off with a spicy water-based sauce. 

I hope you have a great time, and i couldn't include the tons of stuff you could do while in Bombay, do try 'Pav Bhaji' a spicy dish that is famous for being Mumbai's staple. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mumbai (city)
  2. Marine Drive (attraction)
  3. Irish House (restaurant)
  4. Kala Ghoda Café (restaurant)
  5. National Centre for Performing Arts (attraction)
  6. blueFROG (attraction)
  7. Colaba Social (restaurant)
  8. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (attraction)
  9. Café Mondegar (restaurant)
  10. Cafe Leopold (restaurant)
  11. Juhu Beach (attraction)
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answered by
aakrutie from Mumbai

1. Visit the Gateway Of India Mumbai

2. visit marine drive. especially at early evening / night or early morning

3. go to the beach. any of them :)

4. visit carter road in Bandra East or Bandstand Promenade in bandra.

5. go to St. Michael's Church at mahim or Mount Mary at bandra.

6. visit Pali Hillfor the winding roads and architecture.

7. visit the The Taj Mahal Palace.

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  1. Gateway Of India Mumbai (attraction)
  2. Bandra East (attraction)
  3. Bandstand Promenade (attraction)
  4. St. Michael's Church (attraction)
  5. Mount Mary (attraction)
  6. Pali Hill (attraction)
  7. The Taj Mahal Palace (hotel)
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answered by
Akhil from Mumbai

Dear Katie,

Some of the places worth visiting in Mumbai are as follows Marine Drive, Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Amphitheater, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Gateway Of India Mumbai, The Museum Cafe,Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Churchgate,Kala Ghoda,Jehangir Art Gallery.


For food, you can consider going to the following - Bade miyya,Chetana Veg. Restaurant, Café Mondegar, Cafe Zoe, Palladium Social, Hoppipola, Lower Parel, Mumbai.


Well, hope these give you a general idea of things you can consider doing in Mumbai on a budget. Would be glad to assist you further if required.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Marine Drive (attraction)
  2. Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road (attraction)
  3. Amphitheater (attraction)
  4. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (attraction)
  5. Gateway Of India Mumbai (attraction)
  6. The Museum Cafe (restaurant)
  7. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (attraction)
  8. Churchgate (attraction)
  9. Kala Ghoda (attraction)
  10. Jehangir Art Gallery (attraction)
  11. Bade miyya (restaurant)
  12. Chetana Veg. Restaurant (restaurant)
  13. Café Mondegar (restaurant)
  14. Cafe Zoe (restaurant)
  15. Palladium Social (restaurant)
  16. Hoppipola, Lower Parel, Mumbai (attraction)
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answered by
Surajit from Mumbai

The Museum area is your best bet. Do visit Jehangir Art Gallery and Goethe-Institut Mumbai next door. Both are free of charge. There is the museum next door, the National Gallery Of Modern Art opposite it, they have a small entrance charge. The Gateway of India and the harbour is a small walk away (free). There are a lot of cafes on the Colaba Causeway nearby.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Jehangir Art Gallery (attraction)
  2. Goethe-Institut Mumbai (attraction)
  3. National Gallery Of Modern Art (attraction)
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answered by
KAUSTUBH from Mumbai

Hi Katie, suggest you go somewhere in South Mumbai. Mumbai frankly is a pretty new city and doesn't have as much history or culture as say Delhi. But it is very safe and you could check out the Jehangir Art Gallery, Shivaji Park all in downtown South.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mumbai (city)
  2. Delhi (attraction)
  3. Jehangir Art Gallery (attraction)
  4. Shivaji Park (attraction)
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answered by
Joy from Puri, Orissa

Hi Katie

Mumbai is a lovely city although very crowded but the people are always full of energy. Most of the places are free and you go everywhere using train or buses and more importantly when you go with the dollars and convert to rupees you'll find it very easy in your budget to accommodate taxi's and food at decent places.Please see here more details :  

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  1. Mumbai (city)
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answered by
Arpit from Jaipur, Rajasthan

Gateway Of India Mumbai and the nearby places is the best place to be at. Also you can go for a Bollywood tour.

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  1. Gateway Of India Mumbai (attraction)
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answered by
Radhina from Dubai

Hi again Katie. Here are a few of my favourite spots in Mumbai. The restaurants of course aren't free :) but all pretty inexpensive... but most of the sights listed under each sub-head are colourful areas to get a real taste of Mumbai. They are great for people-watching and taking in the atmosphere of South Mumbai which was the old British area of town.

Hope you enjoy Mumbai! It's a crazy city but definitely worth visiting.

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answered by
Zaid from Bangalore

Hello Katie!

   There are many places within Mumbai which are at a zero cost. Places like Marine DriveGateway of India, beaches like Juhu and GirgaonByramji Jeejeebhoy Road to name a few.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mumbai (city)
  2. Marine Drive (attraction)
  3. Gateway of India (attraction)
  4. Juhu (attraction)
  5. Girgaon (attraction)
  6. Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road (attraction)

answered by
Sagar from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Mumbai doesn't have a proper beach, but places by the bay make for a good getaway.

So, you could pick Marine Drive or Bandstand Promenade or Carter Road (Marine Drive is quite a bit from the other two) and spend a good few hours just sitting around or listening to music.

The morning, evening and night experiences are different, with mornings filled with people out for a quick exercise run or walk, and evenings and nights see office crowds.

Try the local "dish" Vada Pao, followed by tea at Marine Drive is a nice way to fill up while watching sunset (or sunrise) - which, given its price is as good as free.

It's been my favorite thing to do in Bombay since forever!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mumbai (city)
  2. Marine Drive (attraction)
  3. Bandstand Promenade (attraction)
  4. Carter Road (attraction)

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