South Mumbai's thriving and historic Colaba neighbourhood is a sanctuary for foodies and coffee connoisseurs. Known for its diversified and attractive bars, cafes and restaurants, this neighbourhood has something for everyone from charming coffee shops to hip brunch spots. Colaba's cafes provide a warm atmosphere, wonderful meals, and an opportunity to take in the distinctive charm of this busy neighbourhood, whether you're a local searching for a cosy place to unwind, or a traveller seeking a delightful culinary experience. Colaba's café culture, abuzz with scrumptious delights, quaint bars, is just the perfect atmosphere to soak in the vibe of Mumbai.
Here are seven of Colaba’s most popular cafes
1. Mag Street Café
Mag Street Café is a hip and lively restaurant that combines a welcoming atmosphere with mouthwatering food and drinks. It is situated in the centre of Colaba. This café offers a laid-back setting to enjoy a variety of dishes, from sandwiches and burgers to refreshing beverages and decadent desserts, thanks to its colourful surroundings, comfortable seating, and cuisines that appeal to varied tastes.
Address: 4, Mandlik Rd, Apollo Bandar, Colaba
Famous for: Mag Street Café is well-known for its vibrant and upbeat atmosphere, Instagram-able design, and a large menu of delectable foods that appeal to both regional and global palates.
2. Leopold's Café
For decades, both locals and visitors have been drawn to the famed Café Leopold because of its old-world charm. A cup of coffee or food from the café's large menu of international and Indian favourites may be enjoyed in a warm and welcoming space thanks to its rustic furnishings and lively ambience.
Address: Police Station, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway
Famous for: Café Leopold became well-known for serving as a prominent location in the book ‘Shantaram’ and has since become a well-known landmark in Colaba. It offers a dynamic selection of cuisines and beverages as well as a lively atmosphere.
3. Bake House Café at Kala Ghoda
This charming café is a hidden gem for coffee lovers and art lovers and is tucked away in the creative neighbourhood of Kala Ghoda. Break House Café offers a cosy refuge to enjoy fine coffees, scrumptious nibbles, and mouthwatering sweets. Its lovely premises are decorated with local artwork.
Address: 10, Rope Walk Ln, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Famous for: Break House Café is well-known for its creative atmosphere, which features works of local artists', and a wide variety of speciality coffees that can satisfy even the pickiest palates.
4. Cafe Mondegar
Started in 1932 as an Irani cafe, Cafe Mondegar is as iconic as it gets. Close to the Gateway Of India, Cafe Mondegar was first started as a cafe in a hotel housed in the same building. Some years later, the cafe introduced a jukebox setting, making it the first in Mumbai to do so. When it got refurbished in the 1990s, Cafe Mondegar came back with iconic cartoonist Mario Miranda's murals on its walls.
Address: Metro House, Colaba Causeway, near Regal Cinema, Apollo Bandar, Colaba
Famous for: Its nostalgic simple setting, and we absolutely recommend fluffy omelette and keema ghotala.
A co-working, cafe, and community space in Fort, close to Colaba, KMC* is a treat for sore eyes. The stunning interiors are complemented by a conceptualised and curated menu by Chefs Niyati and Dhriti Mankame who showcase modern food and cocktails, but with a homely familiarity.
Address: Kitab Mahal, 1st Floor, Shop No.2, Azad Maidan, Fort
Famous for: Simple, inviting space in a heritage building, and contemporary cocktails with a twist.
Theobroma is a well-known bakery and café that has captured the hearts of dessert connoisseurs in Colaba. This cosy institution offers a great assortment of sweet and savoury goodies, perfect for indulging in a calm setting, and is well-known for its delicious cakes, pastries, and freshly baked bread.
Address: Shop No 24, Cusrow Baug, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba
Famous for: Theobroma is well-known for its delectable desserts, including the well-known brownies, and its commitment to using premium ingredients to make a delicious selection of baked goods.
7. Cafe Dori
Nestled inside the Naapa Dori outlet, Cafe Dori offers an extensive menu for both you and your furry friends. This pet-friendly cafe offers artisanal coffee, fresh cold-press juices, Italian fare, and specially crafted animal treats. You can also browse through stunning handcrafted leather goods at Naapa Dori, when you visit it.
Address: 2, Sunny House, Colaba
Famous for: Artisanal coffee, desserts, and pet treats.