The distinctive tall chimneys at the High Street Phoenix mall complex, conveniently located in central south Mumbai, give away the fact that this area used to be full of textile mills before it was redeveloped. This diverse mall, which now measures 3.3 million square feet, was launched in 2008. It’s grown to incorporate the new high-end Palladium Mall and luxury St. Regis hotel (formerly the Palladium), swanky Skyzone shopping space with national and international stores, and Grand Galleria Zone that’s designed to lure impulse shoppers. You’ll also find a courtyard containing food outlets, bowling alley, gaming arcade, and sports bar. All together there are about 500 brands. In the evening, head to the nearby restaurants and bars for a meal or drink.
- Address: 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
- Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.
One of Mumbai’s newest mega malls and one of the largest shopping malls in India, Phoenix Market City launched in late 2011 in the city’s eastern suburbs. In contrast to the crowded area that it’s located in, this cavernous mall is serene and spacious — so much so that it often feels deserted. Measuring around 4 million square feet, it houses about 600 premium Indian and international stores, 100 food and beverage outlets, a 14-screen PVR cinema complex, and a massive entertainment area that often holds live performances of international artists. Key department stores and brands include Lifestyle, Reliance Trends, Pantaloons, Marks & Spencer, and Zara.
- Address: L.B.S. Marg, Kurla West.
- Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. during the week, and until 1.30 a.m. on weekends.
R-City mall is situated about 10 minutes up the road from Phoenix Market City mall. Phased development since the mall opened in 2009 has seen it expand in size to 1.2 million square feet. It now has more than 60 food and beverage outlets, many of them in its huge outdoor courtyard. Much-loved favorites include Indigo Deli and Moshes. The mall also has 10 major department stores (such as H&M, Globus, Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, Westside, Lifestyle, Shopper Stop, and Marks & Spencer), a food court, INOX cinema, and plenty of options for entertainment. These include Snow Kingdom, KidZania, Red Carpet Wax Museum, TimeZone, Click Art Museum, laser tag, and live escape games. It’s an impressive mall!
- Address: L.B.S. Marg, Ghatkopar.
- Opening Hours: Weekdays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Weekends, 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Infiniti, the “mall with infinite experiences” has a noteworthy claim to fame in Malad — it’s the first mall in India to have a roller coaster inside it! Launched in 2011, the mall measures about 1 million square feet and is one of the largest in the western suburbs. It has many high-end international brands such as Zara and Sephora, a good range of fine dining restaurants, a cinema with five screens, plus popular bar Hoppipola. Key department stores include Westside, Pantaloons, and Big Bazaar. Fun City launched its biggest kid’s playzone in India at the mall in September 2017, which is an added attraction for families. Live performances and special community-led events are often held as well.
- Address: Link Road, Mindspace, Malad West (outer western Mumbai).
- Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (food court open until 11 p.m., and midnight on weekends).
InOrbit opened their first mall in early 2004, in Malad. Although it’s not as big as nearby Infiniti, this mall has about 500,000 square feet of retail space, a cinema, a substantial food court, plus a large Timezone entertainment center that was launched in 2014. To add to its appeal, the mall was recently given a facelift with a new facade, and number of new stores were added including MAC cosmetics and H&M fashion. The Beer Cafe has also opened a branch there. Other key stores include Lifestyle, Project Eve, Jack & Jones, Levi’s, and Fab India. Indigo Deli, the Irish Times and Maharaja Bhog are the major food and beverage outlets.