Mumbai may be all bold, brash and business during the day, as temperatures rise and its citizens rush, but as the sun goes down and the city’s pace slows, unwinding into the evening, a gentle magic encompasses its expanse.
Mumbai at night can be one of the most romantic places – whether it is walking hand in hand on its amazing promenades, watching the sun set into the Arabian Sea, driving amidst the beautiful architecture of South Mumbai or having a quiet cup of chai at a roadside stall. If you are looking to explore the city with your special someone, here are our go-to romantic places in Mumbai.
Most Romantic Places to Visit in Mumbai: By the Sea
1. Marine Drive
Marine Drive is the perfect spot for an evening stroll with your better half. A three-and-a-half-kilometre boulevard is lit up by street lights that lend the stretch its nickname of being the Queen’s Necklace as it resembles a string of pearls.
The stretch is popular with couples, exercisers and people looking to relax after a long day. The sea breeze is romantic and refreshing and you can spot to the posh architecture of South Mumbai in the city’s most affluent area.
- Location: South Mumbai. Marine Drive links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill
2. Bandra Bandstand
Bandstand is hardly a quiet place in the evenings. It is bustling with walkers and lovers alike trying to make the most of the end of the day. However, it is precisely this energy that makes the sea facing promenade so appealing.
Its warm vibe makes it a super happy and romantic location to take a walk or just sit and watch the waves crash against the rocks. It also houses some of India’s most famous residents, Bollywood’s Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan reside at either ends of the walkway.
- Location: Bandstand Promenade, Bandra West
3. Powai Lake
A stunning man-made lake, Powai Lake may be in the news every year for its crocodiles spotting but the locality has so much more on offer. Its largesse is a breath-taking sight to behold and a must for nature-loving couples to visit – there are a whole variety of birds to gaze at in the early evenings among the serene green surroundings.
- Location: Powai
4. Carter Road
This 1.25-kilometre stretch overlooking the Arabian Sea is perfect to take your date for an evening stroll or a late night drive.
Carter Road is hugely popular in Mumbai’s suburb of Bandra and houses a lane packed choc-a-block with trendy eateries and food stalls with the delicious and fun fare on offer – from pizza to ice cream, rolls to momos, this area is a dream for foodie couples with so much variety to delight the taste buds.
- Location: Bandra West
5. Juhu Beach
Nothing says romance like a walk along the beach and Juhu Beach, with its beautiful view and tempting food stalls, is the perfect place to spend the evening. Take a leisurely walk on the sea-shore, watch the sunset and gorge on some delicious chaat at the stalls toward the start of the beach.
Here you will find Mumbai’s favourite and finest snacks, including bhel puri, pani puri, sev puri, pav bhaji, Mumbai sandwich, vada pav and sweet golas, kulfis and ice cream sandwiches.
- Location: Juhu
6. Madh Island
This village area on the North-Western coast of Mumbai houses small resorts and rooms for rent and is the perfect overnight getaway – relaxed and romantic yet easy and fuss free.
The serene beach is encircled by mangroves and you can reach the island by a short ferry ride from Versova adding a bit of adventure to your trip.
- Location: Madh Island
7. Worli Sea Face
Worli Seaface makes a fine backdrop for romance. The picturesque promenade gives you and your sweetheart the view of endless blue seas with the beautiful Haji Ali Dargah in the distance.
For those who like to get wet and wild, head to the promenade when the rainy season arrives to watch the huge waves tumble and crash, spraying water onto the roadside.
- Location: Worli
Most Romantic Places in Mumbai: Parks & Gardens
8. Hanging Gardens
Open till nine at night, the terraced Hanging Gardens is an ideal spot to have a romantic stroll and chat amidst lush surroundings.
With ample seating areas, Hanging Gardens makes you forget about the trials and tribulations of the day and you can your loved one can admire the plants and flowers and get lost looking at running squirrels and birds. Truly one of the most romantic places to visit in Mumbai.
- Location: Ridge Road, Malabar Hill
9. Chota Kashmir
Chota Kashmir is in Aarey Milk Colony in Goregaon East where you will find a small lake with row boats and paddling boats to enjoy with your date.
Besides this, you can walk around the lush area filled with greenery and flowers and see the variety of flora and fauna on display. This garden is open till 6:30 pm so it is perfect to go to early before heading out to dinner. There is an entry fee of Rs. 15 per person.
- Location: Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East
Most Romantic Places in Mumbai: Architectural Marvels
10. Bandra-Worli Sea Link
This architectural marvel is the pride of Mumbai, its beautiful lit up stretch along the ocean is the perfect drive for a party of two.
Whether you are heading to Bandra or Worli, both great date areas with plenty of entertainment, hang out and food options, the Sea Link bridge is the way to commute. With no traffic and a gorgeous view of the sea, the cable-stayed bridge is a relaxing and romantic drive – whether in the front seats or cuddled up behind in a taxi.
- Location: Bandra Reclamation/Worli Seaface
11. Gateway of India
When exploring the architecture and marvelous structures of Mumbai, the Gateway of India is not to be missed. This huge arched monument is the perfect location for some romantic selfies (there are also professional photographers on hand who will take and print your picture there and then).
Overlooking the harbour, this stretch has a variety of food stalls where you can get a beverage or snack. Add in a spot of shopping at Colaba Causeway nearby and you have the perfect evening out.
- Location: Apollo Bunder, Colaba
Most Romantic Places in Mumbai: Restaurants
12. Bayview Café
A romantic meal with stunning views of the Arabian Sea, Bayview in Colaba is an open-air terrace restaurant that is a fun and casual date place.
The place serves alcohol and is popular as it is easy on the pocket which makes it ideal for a laidback evening – sipping on a delicious drink and watching the sun go down with your special someone.
- Location: Colaba
13. Birdsong Café
Located in the quaint suburb of Bandra, dotted with old-fashioned bungalows and beautiful churches, Birdsong Café is the perfect stopover for a coffee date while exploring the area.
It is one of the few restaurants that boasts an organic menu featuring quinoa salad and pizza as well as delicious coffee and cakes.
- Location: Bandra
If an important birthday or anniversary is coming up, Dome is a posh, fine dining restaurant that you should make reservations at. It is the ideal place for a special occasion with your special person.
The terrace restaurant may be pricey but it gives you a stunning view of Marine Drive and the sea while you munch on delectable Japanese, Indian and Continental cuisine and sip on delicious cocktails.
- Location: Marine Drive, Churchgate
Get dressed up and ready to fly high at one of Mumbai’s highest hangouts. The view from Aer is simply breathtaking. Located on the 33rd floor, you literally get a bird’s eye view of the whole city from this amazing rooftop bar. In addition to the spectacular view, you can your partner can enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and the lively décor that sets the perfect mood for a fun night out.
- Location: Worli
These are our top picks of the best romantic places to visit in Mumbai. What is your idea of the perfect date? A day at the amusement park or an evening at the promenade? Do you have any suggestions you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.