Colaba Causeway is where most Mumbai residents and tourists gather to hang out, enjoy a light chat over a cup of coffee, walk around, and do a little shopping. It is a busy commercial street that is often jam-packed with teens, shoppers, diners, vacationers, and tourists. Because it never ceases to attract people to come together, it has become a cultural hub in the city of Mumbai. It is also popularly referred to as the ‘Culture Square’ of Mumbai. The street was constructed in 1838 to connect the island Colaba and Old Woman’s Island, two of the seven islands that make up Mumbai. The main attractions from end to end are the cheap stuffs for sale, delicious Indian foods, and scenic backdrop of old Bombay architecture. (‘Bombay’ is Mumbai’s old name.) It is located near other famous landmarks, such as the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace and the posh community of Cuffe Parade
Through the centuries, Bombay has played an important role in the economy of India. In the early years of the 19th century, the Causeway was built to improve economic trade between the islands and prevent the past boating accidents in the area from happening again. It was constructed in 1838 by the British East India Company during the British era, during the time when Sir Robert Grant was governor of Bombay. The island of Colaba, having finally connected with Bombay, immediately developed and prospered. Because of its initial success, the causeway was widened in 1861 and then again in 1863.
What are found along this famous commercial street? Causeway offers a number of up-scale showrooms and several small local shops selling cosmetics, clothes, electronic gadgets, fabrics, shawls, carpets, musical instruments, antiques, trinkets, and other interesting souvenir items. The famous street is home to footpaths, cafés, roadside food carts, and restaurants. The most popular restaurants in Mumbai — Delhi Darbar Restaurant, Piccadilly Restaurant, and Ming’s Palace, among others — are found along Causeway.
Today, Mumbai is the richest, most successful, and most productive metropolis in all of South Asia. It accounts for 5% of India’s total GDP. Mumbai is one of the top ten commercial centers in the world. It may be India’s wealthiest city, but it is also the most populous and so many parts of the city are riddled with very dense slum areas.
Mumbai gets thousands of tourists every day and close to 2 million every year. In addition to Colaba Causeway, other leading tourist destinations are the Gateway of India, Fashion Street and Chor Bazaar, which is Mumbai’s most loved flea market for its very cheap items on sale. Other popular destinations are museums, which include the Prince of Wales Museum, Nehru Planetarium, and Victoria and Albert Museum; art galleries, such as Jehangir Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern Art; beaches, which include Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach and Aksa Beach; religious structures such as the Haji Ali Dargah Mosque, Siddhivinayak Temple, and Global Vipassana Pagoda; and restaurants, bars, and cafés. None of these, however, is what makes Mumbai truly popular the world over. Mumbai’s sexiest, hippest and most glamorous attraction is Bollywood.