Mall mania has hit Mumbai in recent years, with new malls popping up all over the city. Most malls are more than just shopping destinations. They've got huge food, gaming, and entertainment zones as well, offering fun for the whole family. Unfortunately, many of the big malls are located in Mumbai's outer suburbs. This makes them quite inaccessible to the average visitor.
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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 brands, and Grand Galleria Zone that's designed to lure impulse shoppers. You'll also find a courtyard containing food shops, bowling alley, gaming arcade, and sports bar. After shopping in the evening, head to the nearby restaurants and bars for a meal or drink.
- Address: 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai.
- Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until midnight daily.
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One of Mumbai's newest mega malls, Phoenix Market City launched in late 2011. 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 over 300 Indian and international stores, 55 food and beverage outlets, an eight screen cinema, and a massive entertainment area that often holds live performances of international artists. Its aim: to provide the best ever international brand
- Address: L.B.S. Marg, Kurla West.
- Opening Hours: 10.30 a.m. until midnight daily.
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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 has 66 food and beverage outlets, many of them in its huge outdoor courtyard. Much loved favorites include Indigo Delhi and Moshes. The mall also has 10 major department stores, a food court, children's entertainment area, and cinema.
- Address: LBS Marg, Ghatkopar, Mumbai.
- Opening Hours: Weekdays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Weekends, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Infiniti Mall, the "mall with infinite experiences" has an interesting claim to fame -- it's the first mall in India to have a roller coaster inside it! Launched in 2011, the mall measures nearly 1 million square feet and is one of the largest in the western suburbs. It has a good range of restaurants and a cinema, plus popular bar Hoppipola. Live performances and special events are often held there as well. An added bonus is that Inorbit Mall is nearby, and it's almost as impressive. A number of new stores have recently been added to Inorbit Mall, including H&M.
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- Address: New Link Road, Malad West (outer western Mumbai).
- Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
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The Oberoi Mall opened in mid 2008 and offers 700,000 square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment. It isn't as big as some Mumbai malls. However, with a motto of "Fun, Food, Fashion, Films", it's still one of the most popular ones. The main attractions are the Lifestyle Home Center outlet, and the Central department store. Find cosmetics, perfumes, and accessories on the first floor, and clothing and sportswear on the second floor and third floor. The mall's top level has a large food court, cinema and gaming area. It's also home to some excellent restaurants and bars, including the British Brewing Company, Goregaon Social, Olive Bistro, and Maharaja Bhog.
- Address: Oberoi Garden City, off Western Express Highway, Goregaon East, Mumbai.
- Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.