Wondering what to eat in Mumbai’s Colaba neighborhood? Here’s where you’ll find everything from authentic north Indian Mughlai cuisine to locally brewed craft beer. Some of the restaurants are more than a century old, while others have been more recently established, reflecting the diversity of Colaba’s dining scene.
Colaba’s most iconic restaurant, historic Leopold Cafe, serves up decent Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine. Most people go there for the fame factor though. The restaurant dates all the way back to 1871 and has a prime position on Colaba Causeway. However, it really rose to notoriety after featuring prominently in Gregory David Roberts’ epic novel Shantaram, published in 2003. Leopold’s was also a target during the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, and it’s still possible to see the bullet holes in the restaurant’s walls. Along with nearby Cafe Mondegar, Leopold’s is one of Colaba’s popular hangout places. Kick on into the night in the cozy upstairs area, where a DJ often plays.