Navi Mumbai is a beautifully designed township. The town was developed in 1972 and is a prime example India’s urbanisation and rapid development over the past few years.
The locality has seen an influx of malls, restaurants and multiplexes, exposing its residents to exciting new activities and places to hang out. We scoured through the area to bring you the best places to hang out in Navi Mumbai.
1. Wonders Park
The Wonders Park is an attraction in Navi Mumbai that is cherished by its residents of all ages. You can see young ones playing here as well as the elderly relaxing. The main attractions of the park are the replicas of the seven wonders of the world.
The park also provides a well-equipped play area for children, an artificial lake and an open-air amphitheatre for events. There is a minimal entry fee of Rs. 25 that goes toward maintaining the park.
- Location: Nerul, Navi Mumbai
2. Central Park
Central Park in Navi Mumbai was opened to the public in 2010 and has a range of facilities. The park has a walking trail, jogging tracks, a sports club, a botanical garden, a cricket and a football field and an amphitheatre. There are also active and passive recreational areas for its visitors. The main attraction of the park is the 1.5-kilometre walking track that is a favourite with early morning exercisers.
- Location: Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
3. The Rock Garden
The Rock Garden is another little unique park. It is located very close to Nerul Railway Station. The rock garden is an artistic landscape carved out of rock caves. The garden has slides and swings and a children’s playing area.
Spread over 400 square kilometres of lush greenery, there is also a massive statue of the famous Saint Gadge Baba above the foundation stone. The various plantations in this garden are named after zodiac signs and star constellations.
- Location: Sector 21, Nerul, Navi Mumbai
4. Nerul Lake
The Nerul Lake is a famous hangout place for the residents of Navi Mumbai. It has also been called the Jewel of Navi Mumbai due to its beauty and splendour, which attracts a lot of people to the areas that surround it. There is an excellent 2.6-kilometre jogging track by the lake that is made entirely of stone. The jogging track is an attraction for people who like to take a walk by the lake as well as fitness enthusiasts.
- Location: Sector 18, Nerul, Navi Mumbai
5. Rajiv Gandhi Joggers Park
The Rajiv Gandhi Joggers Park, also known as jogger’s park, is in Vashi. The park was constructed by CIDCO (City and Industrial Development Corporation) with the intent to improve the attractiveness of Navi Mumbai.
As the name suggests, the place is frequented by plenty of fitness enthusiasts who enjoy the view while getting fitter. Mornings and evenings are the times when the park gets most crowded with walkers and joggers. .Adjacent to the park there is a bridge that leads to the nearby mangroves.
- Location: Rajiv Gandhi Marg, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
6. Inorbit Mall
The Inorbit Mall opened in 2008 and is a favourite with the residents of Vashi – it is well designed and maintained, and a pleasure to shop at. There are tonnes of shops and brands to entice every kind of shopper and it has an equally big food court to satiate its hungry visitors.
- Location: Sector 30A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
7. Seawoods Grand Central Mall
The Seawoods Grand Central Mall is your one-stop destination for everything fun and frivolous. The mall is spread across 40 acres of land and is at the centre of Navi Mumbai. It houses many retail stores selling top brands such as Globus, Baggit, Peter England and Shaze, as well as co-working spaces. There is a hypermarket and department store within the mall for grocery shopping and a plethora of food options with over twenty restaurants to dine at.
- Location: Seawoods Railway Station Sector 40, Navi Mumbai
8. Raghuleela Mall
Raghuleela Mall is a four-storeyed, air-conditioned mall that is an old favourite with the residents as it is one of the first malls in Navi Mumbai. Grab some friends and catch a movie at the mall’s famous Cinepolis theatre and then head to the nearby food courts for a nice meal.
Some major attractions in the mall are the theme-based restaurants such as Coconut Grove, Umrao Jaan and Village Restaurant where you can enjoy a meal surrounded by those respective ambiences.
- Location: Sector 30A, Vashi, New Mumbai
9. Utsav Chowk
Utsav Chowk is a popular landmark in the Kharghar area of Navi Mumbai. It is located approximately five kilometres from the main city. The architectural inspiration of the chowk is a mix of Greek and Roman styles.
There is an also a fountain and a garden here that adds to the scenic beauty of the area. There are special spaces by the chowk for visitors who want to relax and spend some time admiring its beauty.
- Location: Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
10. Mini Seashore
The Mini Seashore in Navi Mumbai is definitely worth visiting. Very similar to the Nerul lake, it is a popular hangout in Navi Mumbai, particularly in the mornings and evenings when the weather is nice and cool. Fitness enthusiasts flock here for their daily jogs and exercise.
During the day, you will find teenagers from colleges nearby hanging out and spending time with their friends at Mini Seashore. There are plenty of local street food carts around in the evening to get a quick, tasty bite.
- Location: Sector 10A, Navi Mumbai.
11. Parsik Hill
Parsik Hill is located along the quiet outskirts of Navi Mumbai. It is a great spot for many trekkers and fitness enthusiasts who seek some calm and tranquillity. On top of the hill lies the residence of the mayor of New Mumbai. The hills also have a rail tunnel, called the Parsik Tunnel, which is one of the oldest in Asia.
- Location: Mahape, Navi Mumbai
Juinagar is a Sector 11 complex of Sanpada and is considered an external suburb of Nerul. The complex is a very attractive location that houses beautiful murals and glass sculptures. Its aesthetic appeal is the reason it is often used as a shooting location for films.
- Location: Sector 11, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai.
13. Palm Beach Road
The Palm Beach Road is one of the most popular hangout places in Navi Mumbai. It is a six-lane road that connects the areas of Vashi, Belapur and Sanpada. Due to the popularity and beauty of the road, the surrounding area has seen a shoot up in its real estate prices.
The drive is a magnificent 10 kilometres long stretch with a wonderful view. People are advised not to stop on the road after dark as it could result in accidents with oncoming traffic.
- Location: Vashi to Belapur
14. Rude Lounge
Rude Lounge is a popular chain of pubs which is known for its thunderous music and daily offers on drinks. It also happens to be one of the first pubs to introduce concepts such as ‘ladies night’ and have live performances.
It is quite famous amongst the youngsters as it is a trendy, cool place to hang out. The rude lounge has two locations in Navi Mumbai.
- Locations: CBD Belapur and Vashi
15. Brew House Café
This unique cafe is sectioned into two parts: one part provides a cafe-esque ambience that is complete with books stacked in the corner, the other part exudes a pub-like ambience that plays hip music and has dim lighting.
So if you aren’t sure while heading out what kind of vibe you’d like to chill at, this is the perfect place to make your decision. Just step in and choose a table that tickles your fancy.
- Location: CBD Belapur
16. The Angrezi Pub
The Angrezi Pub is a theme pub with vintage decor, dimmed lighting and loud music. The place is known for its amazing DJ night and is jam-packed on the weekends. If you don’t feel like mingling with the crowd, there is a separate section for private parties as well.
- Location: Sector 11, CBD-Belapur
17. The Fat Kid Deli
Known for its mouth-watering and humongous proportions, the Fat Kid Deli is a burger joint and a very popular hangout place in Navi Mumbai. The quality and portion sizes of the burgers can put famous international burger chains to shame. The place offers a burger challenge for voracious eaters who can really pack it in. Besides burgers, the place also offers a variety of freakshakes – an indulgent, over-the-top version of the traditional milkshake.
- Location: Sector 30A, Navi Mumbai
These are our top picks of the best places to hangout at in Navi Mumbai. Whether it’s a relaxing walk or a night out at the club, Navi Mumbai has great options for all kinds of interests. What would you do in Navi Mumbai to unwind? Tell us in the comments section below.