Mumbai is the largest city in India and fondly called as the “City of Dreams”. Mumbai City is one of the cities offering students great opportunities to study and explore themselves. The high quality of education in Mumbai has made it the most preferred educational hub among aspirants. Students from all over India flock to the city seeking admission to its colleges.
One such college is NMIMS. (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies) which serves the motto of transcending horizons. NMIMS has grown over the years and expanded into a multi-campus deemed university. It nurtures over 17 Schools and 9 centres of excellence, with each school operating as an independent business unit with individual infrastructure. Students all over the country who aspire to step into the management world wish to get admission here.
Mumbai’s Orchid, Vile Parle is the most important and posh area surrounded by other posh areas. The area has the most important offices and business hubs. Vile Parle is quite famous for its huge number of shops and vendors on the so-called Market Road, which is always buzzing with activity. From the best Cafes to the most popular parks, students have a lot to explore in Mumbai.
Here is a list of places near NMIMS that every student must check out!
1. Bandra Bandstand
Salty water, ocean breeze and cold air. Bandra bandstand, a 1.2 km long walkway along the sea on the western coast of Mumbai is a highly popular place for jogging and hanging out with friends.
You will find tea, coffee, corn, and kulfi vendors here which you can try when taking a nice walk along the sea.
People usually visit this place for sunsets and morning walks. Many youngsters visit this place with their friends during their day off.
It is a 20 mins drive from NMIMS.
2. Chai and Games Cafe
Chai and games Cafe is the perfect alternative to all our routine outings. This is the place where you can sit, play games with a hot cup of coffee/chai with your friends. The place provides you with varieties of games. From easy-going party games like Game of Life, Sequence, Blocus to the challenging ones like Catan, Scythe, Ticket to Ride, this place caters to almost everyone. They also have some niche games that you might have never even heard of.
The cafe can cost you approximately Rs. 500 based on what you order.
Located at Vile Parle, it is a 15 mins walk from NMIMS campus.
3. Bandra Fort
The Bandra fort extends over several levels, from sea level to an altitude of 24 m. The fort has been seen in several Hindi films, such as Dil Chahta Hai, Wanted and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. The fort offers a beautiful sea view, especially during sunsets. Many locals including students visit this place to spend their quality time.
Timings: 10 AM to 8 PM.
Image Credits: Film Companion
4. Juhu Chowpatty beach
On the shores of the Arabian Sea, the southern end of the beach is lined by several luxury hotels. The Juhu beach is one of the busiest beaches in Mumbai and also one of the most popular. It is most famous for its street-side food like Pani Puri, Sev Puri, Pav Bhaji, and more. Water sports like Banana Ride, Jet Ski, Bumper Ride, and Flying Fish–have also started here. Those travelling with a large group of friends can avail of any three or five rides at Rs 600 or Rs 1,000 respectively.
It is a fun spot that everyone loves to visit after a long tiring week.
5. Action paintball
Action Paintball has several activities such as Paintball, Lazer Tag, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Flying Fox, Bunjee Run, Body Zorbing, Archery, Rifle Shooting, Team Building Games, Corporate Packages with outdoor Treasure Hunts for people of all ages.
This place tops in the weekend lists of all the youngsters and college students. Timings and days one can visit this place are Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. at Andheri (west)
6. The Prithvi Cafe
Prithvi Cafe which is right outside the famous Prithvi Theatre has the coziest interiors and ambience. It has open seating with an artistic touch. This is every Mumbaikar’s favourite spot to hangout. They also serve great food here.
You must enjoy the Suleimani Chai and cheese chilli toast here with your college buddies. This place is one of the favourite places among youngsters, Prithvi cafe is in Juhu and is only 7 mins away from NMIMS.
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7. Khau Galli
Mumbai has many Khau Gallis. One for each region. Khau Galli near Ville Parle station is one such lane that is full of street food. From varieties of dosas, sandwiches, juices, and Chinese dishes, this place is one of the best places for street food at a reasonable price, which is one reason why youngsters and college students love to come here. From light brunch to heavy dinner, this place has a lot for your taste buds. This is just a 10 mins walk away from NMIMS.
8. Cycling at Marine drive
Marine Drive is one of the key spots of Mumbai. The beautiful coastline is surrounded by iconic landmarks and places. The major highlight here is the midnight cycling, starting at Colaba Causeway and ending at Colaba with multiple stops on the way. The route passes through some iconic places of Mumbai like Marine Drive, Haji Ali, Worli, Sea-face etc. There are various stores from where you can either hire/rent a cycle or bring your own. Not only during the night but even during the early mornings, you can rent a cycle for about an hour.
Image credits: Mid-day
9. Sanjay Gandhi national park
Mumbai is a city full of buildings, traffic, and pollution, etc. and after a tiring week, everyone needs peace and relaxation. Some like to go clubbing and some like to stay back home and chill, and for those who love nature, they can visit the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It takes around 40 mins drive from NMIMS. It is the best place for a nice nature walk and a quick weekend trip with friends.
Image Credits: SGNP gallery
10. Girgaon Chowpatty
This is a public beach along the Queen’s Necklace adjoining Marine Drive in the Girgaon area of Mumbai. The beach is full of food stalls and is noted for its Ganesh Visarjan celebrations when thousands of people from all over Mumbai and Pune come to immerse the idols of Lord Ganesh in the Arabian Sea.
Image credits: Dnaindia.com
11. Shopping at Colaba causeway
An upmarket neighbourhood in South Mumbai, and close to Mumbai’s famous landmarks, the Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, this is a commercial street and a major causeway and a link between Colaba and the Old Woman’s Island in Mumbai. It lies close to the Fort area, and to the east of Cuffe Parade.
From upmarket retail showrooms to small shops dealing in electronic goods, cosmetics, clothes, and music, you will find everything here. It also has a pavement bookstall dating back several decades.
The restaurants, cafes, and roadside eateries make the street popular with tourists and locals alike. The Indian Mughlai fame Delhi Darbar restaurant, Piccadilly restaurant, Cafe Churchill, Mings Palace, Kailash Parbat, and Gokul are some must-try options. Cafe Mondegar and Cafe Leopold which were founded in 1871 are still full on most days.
Colaba Causeway can be your perfect weekend outing for shopping and good food with your college buddies.
All these hangout spots near NMIMS are worth spending a weekend at. You can spend a great stress-free evening hanging out with your friends in all these amazing places which are not very expensive and also close to NMIMS. So check out these places and tell us what you think?
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