Expat friendly locations in Mumbai

Mumbai being the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India, there are a number of business opportunities and there is a lot of potential to have a high standard of living, hence Mumbai attracts people not only within India but people from all over the world to relocate here.

Sandeep Sadh, CEO, Relocation Mumbai

Mumbai is home to a good number of expats and most of them prefer living in expat friendly locations. Below mentioned are 5 recommended expat friendly locations in Mumbai:

Bandra is "The" place to be! In terms of convenience. It is the hub of the city full of activities, restaurants, gyms, and night clubs and of course the beach; you will never feel lonely in a place like this. Band Stand, Carter and Pali Hill are the most posh areas in Mumbai.

It is easy to commute if you live in a place like Bandra since it lies between South Mumbai and North Mumbai. Bandra also has good commercial office buildings which are located in Bandra Kurla Complex which is not too far from the both the airports as Bandra is well connected to the highways as well as the train station.

Some of the most popular and best restaurants are situated in Bandra such as Olive, Nido, Indigo, Basilico, Mamagoto, Yauatcha, Hakkasan, Ping Pong, Royal China etc.

For shopping there’s Linking road where you have all your premium brands like Nike, Addidas, Vero Moda, Mango, Bebe and an electronics store called Croma and also a number of Indian high end designers. Hill Road is also a good option if you are in the mood for some street shopping. There are a number of grocery stores like Godrej Natures Basket, the Organic Garden and so on.

The best gyms you can choose from are, Watson Fitness, Leena Mogres Gym, and Gold’s Gym.

Bandra is close to a few good International schools like, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Ascend International School and Tree House International School.

Hotels: Grand Hyatt, Sofitel Hotel Bandra Kurla, Trident Hotel Bandra Kurla.

Popular Buildings- La Paloma - St Cyril Road, Bandra West, Sterling Diamond - Mt Mary Road, Bandra West, Wilnomona - Pali Hill, Bandra West, June Blossoms - Manuel Gonsalves Road, Bandra West

Powai is now one of the most upcoming and commercial as well as residential areas in Mumbai. The number of official buildings have increased over the past 5 years since Mumbai has become one of the most important cities for business and trade.

Hiranandani is a major township which has all kinds of facilities like hospitals, parks, clubs, malls and schools. It has some of the posh buildings of this locality. One of the best international school – Hiranadani Foundation School is also situated in this area.

There are a good number of pubs and restaurants in Powai- Rude Lounge, the Yellow Chilli, Mantra, Saffron Spice, and Café Mangii, Out of the Blue etc.

The only drawback of staying in Powai would be that you might feel cut off from the southern and western suburbs.

Hotels: Hotel Renaissance, Hotel Ramada Powai, Meluha The Fern

Popular Buildings: Lake Castle - Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Glen Classic – Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Lake Florence- Chandivali, Powai

Juhu is one of the most affluent areas in the suburbs. It’s famous for the Juhu Beach and its street food and Juhu has some of the brand new buildings and best buildings which you can find in Mumbai and is home a good number of NRIs and Expats.

It is a quaint locality with some of the best hotels and restaurants and also shopping boutiques. It is also home to a few Bollywood stars, Amitabh Bachchan, Hirthik Roshan.

The schools which are within the vicinity are: Ecole Mondiale World School (JVPD Scheme), Bilabong High International School (JVPD Scheme), RIMS International School and Junior College (Juhu Tara Road)

Popular Hangouts: Aurus, Le Mangii, Sheesha Sky Lounge, Gada Da Vida (Novotel), Trilogy (Hotel Sea Princess), Bora Bora, Starbucks, Costa Coffee etc.

Shopping and Cinema: Shoppers Stop, Godrej Natures Basket, Juhu Market where there are smaller grocery stores which have various food and beverage items, and Juhu Tara Road for clothing, PVR Cinema for movie lovers.

Juhu is a small neighborhood and everything is just stone’s throw away from wherever you live.

Popular buildings: Parasmani - 10th Road, Juhu, Megh Apartment - Mittal Park, Juhu, High Tide - Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Raheja Haven - 10th Road, Juhu

Worli is one of the busiest office areas in Mumbai. There are major companies that have their offices here. But lately Worli has also become a prime location for residential properties. Worli Sea face has some of the best and most expensive buildings with a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea.

Worli was earlier a mill land and home to a lot of mill workers. But since most of the mills shut down and now being converted into malls and office buildings, newer residential buildings have now come up. Worli is also known for its crowded Promenade where people can go for morning and evening walks.

The Worli-Bandra Sea Link has become a boon for people and makes it easier for those who have to travel from the suburbs to the city.

Places to shop nearby: Godrej Natures Basket, Palladium Mall, Food Hall, Phoenix Mills.

Popular Hangouts within the vicinity: Palladium Mall, Aer Lounge, Two One Two Bar & Grill, Blue Frog, Hard Rock Café, Shiro

The international Schools which are in close proximity are: Ecole Francaise Internationale de Bombay (Pochkhanwala Road), DY Patil International School (Adarsh Nagar).

Hotels: Four Seasons, Palladium Hotel

Popular Buildings: Lokhandwala Residency - Behind Race Course, Worli, Aman Akaansha Heights- Worli, Madhuban - Worli

Andheri is largest suburb of Mumbai and has a population of 1,500,000. This suburb is divided into Andheri West and Andheri East and has a mix of commercial as well as residential properties. Also one of the busiest and liveliest localities in Mumbai with plenty of happening restaurants and bars since there are so many people living and working in the area.

Andheri station is the busiest stations of Mumbai. The expansion of the metro in Andheri, Versova and Ghatkoper are the upcoming projects by the government.

The advantages of living in Andheri is that it is close to the International Airport, Closer to the biggest malls in the city such as Hyper City, Infinity 2 and Oberoi Mall. Here you will find grocery stores, gyms and markets and cinemas not too far away from where you live as there are various options available.

Popular Hangouts: Fun Republic Cinema, Hard Rock Café, Café Mangii, Indigo Deli, TGIF, Woodside Inn, Little Door etc.

International schools: Ryan Global School

Hotels: Hotel Karl Residency, Svenska Design Hotel

Hotels near the Airport: ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Hyatt Regency, Sahara Start Hotel, Courtyard Marriot.

Popular Buildings in Andheri West: Raheja Classique - Near Infinity Mall, Andheri West, Dheeraj Gaurav - Opp Infinity Mall, Off Link Road, Andheri West, Bianca - Yari Road, Andheri West, Oberoi Springs - Off New Link Road, Andheri West, Evershine Embassy –Veera Desai Rd. Andheri West

Popular Buildings in Andheri East: Oberoi Splendor - Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road, Andheri East, Lodha Eternis - MIDC Opp Tunga International, Andheri East, Nahar Amrit Shakti Jomquill - Chandivali, Andheri East,

The crème de la crème of Mumbai, South Mumbai is one of the most expensive areas to be in with places like Colaba, Malabar Hill, Nariman Point, Nepeansea Road, Breach Candy, Lower Parel and so on. South Mumbai is filled with colonel architecture and the most expensive locations for apartments. After all the richest Indian Mukesh Ambani also resides in South Mumbai.

South Mumbai holds a lot of history making it such a memorable and special area and hence it is one of the top tourist destinations in India. Popular attractions: Chowpatty Beach, Gateway of India, Babulnath Temple, Flora Fountain etc, Marine Drive.

The best hotels can be found in this side of Mumbai- The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Hotel Trident, Intercontinental and so on.

Popular Hangouts: Leopold Café- Colaba, Dome-Intercontinental- Maine Drive, Flamboyante, Geoffrey’s etc. Tasting Room- Lower Parel, Punjab Grill- Palladium Mall, Smoke House Deli- Phoenix Mills.

Places to shop: Palladium Mall, Food Hall, Phoenix Mills

Hotels: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the Trident, Hotel Intercontinental, Four Seasons Hotel, Vivanta by Taj

Popular Buildings- Sea Face Park - Near Breach Candy Hospital, Breach Candy, Petit Towers - Near Bomanji Petit Road, Breach Candy, Ananta - Breach Candy, Suraj Millenium - Breach Candy, Maker Tower K - Cuffe Parade, Mermit Tower - Opp Marathon Futurex, Lower Parel, Raheja Atlantis - Off Senapati Bapat Marg , Lower Parel