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Get a taste of Mumbai’s vibrant Muslim culture with a guided food tour through the Mohammed Ali Road area, the epicenter of Mumbai’s Ramadan festivities.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which time Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset each day. The observance is one of the five pillars of Islam and is thus obligatory for all able adult Muslims.
Every night, Muslims gather in the busy street food markets of South Mumbai to take Iftar, the evening meal that breaks their fast. Vendors offer all kinds of culinary delights from fried starters to offal dishes to the sweetest treats you’ve ever tasted.
We will guide you through the centre of these festivities and show you the mouthwatering snacks eaten during this holy time of year.
We’ll start at Mumbai’s most famous beach, Chowpatty, where we’ll try an array of Mumbai’s best vegetarian street food as we watch the sun set. We’ll have classics such as dahi puri, pani puri and pav bhaji.
We’ll then get a taxi to Mohammed Ali Road, one of Mumbai’s most vibrant neighbourhoods which becomes the place to be for every Muslim celebrating Ramadan. After a day of fasting, Muslims gather in the area by the thousands to break the fast. Tables begin filling up hours before sundown in preparation and at the appointed time the crowd breaks the fast together.
Having led hundreds of hungry visitors on our Street Food Tour (as well as our Ramadan tour the past 4 years) our experienced guides know Mohammed Ali Road like the back of their hand and will help you negotiate your way around to all the tastiest treats.
Witness the buzz of activity surrounding Mohammed Ali Road, an area with several important mosques and the epicentre of the city’s Ramadan celebrations.
Squash a couple of fine mincemeat and garam masala balls into a bread roll, top with lemon juice and enjoy while standing outside the Hindustan Hotel and watching the world rush past.
A foodie’s visit to Mumbai is not complete without a stop at Chowpatty Beach – the best place to taste Mumbai’s (vegetarian) favourites such as pav bhaji, dahi puri and pani puri.
Sample hand churned ice cream in a variety of exotic fruit flavors from the 120 year old institution, Taj Ice Cream.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious, milky, aromatic firni, a traditional Indian rice pudding.
We eat food at Chowpatty Beach as well as at the Mohammed Road area.
Churchgate Railway Station (See “A” in Map below)
There are four entrances to Churchgate Station, including two subways. The first photo shows the station as you approach from Colaba and where the entrance is. Once inside the station, go to “Wheeler” Convenience Store, about 30 metres before the platforms (Photos: One, Two, Three).
Mafatlal Swimming Pool Entrance, Chowpatty Beach (See “B” in Map below)
This is very close to Charni Road train station. The pool entrance is located right next to the pedestrian bridge crossing Marine Drive
McDonald’s Restaurant, Mohammed Ali Road (See “C” in Map below).
Yes! Well, not always, but the vendors we have carefully selected are perfectly safe and hygienic (hundreds of happy guests and counting!). In fact, this is one of the main motivating factors in designing this tour: we wanted to make India’s incredible street food accessible to visitors.
If you do have any serious allergies feel free to let us know at time of booking and do also let your guide know on tour so that certain foods may be avoided. The range of food on offer means there is plenty for everyone generally however.
The first half of the tour (at Chowpatty beach) is entirely vegetarian. The second half of the tour is mainly meat but there are a few vegetarian dessert stops. If you’re vegetarian, eat a bit extra at Chowpatty and then spend your time in the Mohammad Ali Road area soaking in the electric atmosphere!
The first half of the tour is at Chowpatty Beach and the second half is spent exploring the Mohammad Ali Road Area and trying the best of Mumbai’s non-vegetarian street food.
At Chowpatty we will try some traditional Mumbai snacks like pani puri, sev puri, and pav bhaji. At the Mohammed Ali Road area we will eat snacks like chicken tikka and chota kebabs as well as a few desserts like fresh fruit ice cream and jalebi.
Yes, we welcome children 12 years and over on our normal tour at the responsibility of an accompanying adult. For visitors with children less than 12 years old, please get in touch in advance as we would recommend a private tour.
A private tour is for up to 4 people. If you are a party larger than 4, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We provide an evening tour as that is when the traditional street food areas of Mumbai we visit on tour come alive and the stalls open. The tour does not really work as well earlier in the day, when fewer food vendors are open and the atmosphere is lost.
The Mohammad Ali Road area is directly east of Chowpatty Beach and to the north of CST Station and Crawford Market. We will travel there by taxi and it takes about 15-20 minutes, just enough time to get hungry again for the next stops!