Long before Gregory David Roberts wrote his magnum opus called "Shantaram", Leopolds was a famous Mumbai institution. He still holds court here.
Not only is the restuarant downstairs a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is a cool bar area upstairs, with comfortable seats, low lighting and icy air-con. The bar area in particular is popular with the local crowd. We spent New Years Eve here in 2006, and it was packed with partying revellers, foreign and local. It was a fun evening.
Downstairs area has checked tablecloths, round tables and comfortable chairs. The service is sometimes a bit erratic, depending on time of day. Breakfast & lunchtime is very busy. Leopolds is also a great pit-stop after a hectic bout of sight-seeing. The fruit juices are fresh and icy cold. Being a great meeting place for travellers, Leopolds has many souveniers on offer-Tee shirts, caps & nick-nacks, all displaying the Leopolds Logo.
The food is standard fare- we ate many breakfasts here, and lunches too.
The menu is somewhat eclectic- think fried eggs & tomoto with baked beans done Indian Style.
The food is, however, tasty and fresh., and the toast for breakfast is ALWAYS perfect.
Menus are under glass on each table.
Favorite Dish: I love the breakfasts. eggs done any way- fresh toast with "RED" jam
Leopold Cafe is a real classic amongst travelers in Mumbai. This is the right place to meet travelers and locals who want to meet travelers.
Here you can have a quick lunch, a milk shake, a lassi (liquid youghourt), curry dish...
If you prefer to spend time with fellow travellers, I suppose this is the best place for you.
I had lunch here on occasion and the service and food is ok. It is quite an institution, so do visit at least once.
Not my favourite place to go/eat in Mumbai.
The exterior does not give much away but within you will find grand pillars, wobbling ceiling fans, decor of days gone and the bullet holes of more modern times (from the terror attacks of 2008). Nope you have not stepped into Bugsy Malones but Mumbai's infamous Leopold's!
A Mecca for those who have read Shantaram (Gregory David Richard) and a hub for everybody else.
The food menu is extensive and I thought expensive (with a large collection of more western dishes) and none too impressive (but then I was comparing with the more local places in which I had satisfied my stomach). The beer towers are a hit!
...you cannot really go to Mumbai and not venture through the door!
T.shirts and mugs are branded with LEOPOLD and for sale should you so wish for such a souvenir.
For me, my little sojourn into Leopold's proved to be my Mumbai highlight because I happened to stumble into Gregory David Richard's himself otherwise I would have simply left with my Leopold's curiosity sated and a 'must visit' place ticked from my list.
Leopolds is lively with a great atmosphere. A mix of people frequent here, travellers, regular locals and Gregory David Roberts author of Shantaram. There is an extensive food menu. Staff are friendly.
Favorite Dish: Reshmi Kebab. Delicately spiced with a great taste. Having tried Reshmi kebab through out various parts of India, Leopolds is the best.
Olympia is just opposite Leopold Bar and Restaurant. This is another of those treasures where the price is low and the quality is great. Magnificent in its ancient tables, antique posters and a menu card that drives home the point . its regulars comprise all sections of Mumbai - from taxi drivers, laborers, tourists, to industrialists, actors and other rich people. The Biryani here is to die for.
A must visit for all foodies.
Favorite Dish: Biryanis,Coffies Best
Mo to Su from 07:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Most travellers cant go to this city without hearing about this place and it has been a popular spot since the late 1800s and when I visited on a weekday night it was no different. I couldnt get over the amount of people that were filled into this place willing to pay over $4 US for small drink and it seemed like every young backpacker on a gap year was there making the vibe kinda of disappointing. I was expecting the place to filled with more locals but the place is a great meeting place for travellers.
Favorite Dish: There is a big Chinese, continental and India menu but the food was overpriced and I probably wouldnt visit again. It is a good place for one night but other than that it will break your budget.
Leopold's shares a some what similar menu to Cafe Mondegar down the street.
Leopold's is a great place to halt for a bite to eat and a cool beer to get away from the whole noise and shopping of the colaba causeway. It's very popular with the tourists and the food is catered to their palette's.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Pepper and a nice cold Kingfisher. The Beef Chilly is to die for.
Leopold is a very busy but comfortable restaurant. The menu is huge but of all the things i tried i liked all and loved some. It is clean and although the cost may be a little above average it is still very resonable. The main cousre portions are large so don't order too much. Attached are some photos of the food and bill for what we ordered so you can get an exact idea of the prices.
Favorite Dish: I know it's India but the do some lovely Chinese food.
Leopold started life way back in 1871 as a wholesale oil store. Over the years it metamorphosed into a restaurant and store, then to a restaurant and pharmacy and finally, in 1987 it took its present form. 1991 saw the advent of the pub upstairs. It was the second pub to open in Mumbai, and was then the biggest. Today the restaurant below is a very popular place, especially with foreign tourists who could comprise 60 to 70% of the clientele in the tourist season of October to March. It is the typical Irani restaurant but better maintained than most. The pub functions in two sessions, from 1.30 to 5 in the afternoon, and again in the evening. In the afternoons, it has basically the college crowd and the music is very much with the times. Evenings, the music starts by 6.30, playing mostly soft romantic numbers to begin with, and picks up tempo into the night. The clientele then sports more variety, from teenagers to the elderly. And so does the music. Leopold plays all kinds of music and refuses to slot itself. There is a smallish dance floor, though it does not mean that dance music is predominantly played. Monday night is the 'request night' and the customer calls the shots. And Wednesdays are 'retro nights' playing old numbers.
Timings: 1:30 pm to 5 pm; 6:30 pm to 12 midnight
All credit cards except Diners accepted.
Leopold's, located at the northern end of Colaba Causeway Rd, is a very popular place and when I visited it was packed with loads of people eating and drinking beer out of large pitchers. It was established in 1871 and has been a popular meeting place ever since.
I loved being here, sitting for a time and drinking chai. If you enjoyed Mumbai or are anticipating going there, read the book "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts. I thought it was the most exquisite piece of literature I've ever come across. He's been compared to Hemmingway, whom I personally despised reading, and it's not just the story that is engaging. His writing style is poetic prose. He makes Leopold's famous, as it is a repetitive setting for the characters. The manager's name is Farzan and he's a great guy. The food was great, huge portions and priced low. I may be the only one who has gone to Mumbai and actually gained weight!
The food here was OK. Fresh juices were good. I tried about 3 of them. We ate brekky twice here. Since we didn't leave a tip the first time, so (I reckon) our food was below average the next day. I guess since Leopolds is mentioned in LP, they get a lot of tourists. The decor was interesting with some meorabilia. Surely worth a visit once. Of course, cataching up with the west, everything in India now attracts 12.5% VAT (value added tax) on top of the final bill.
The friendliest place I stopped in Mumbai, no hassle, got what I wanted. There is a real buzz in the place with locals and backpackers mixing. Normally there is a trade off, you know, nice place rotten food well that just isn't true of Leopolds. Real place to come and recharge your batteries.
Friendly staff always willing to take a phot of their customers. Really friendly a must for the lone traveller.
Favorite Dish: Rogan Josh and keema nan washed down with diet coke although they do beer if that's your fancy.
Even before I knew where Mumbai was, I knew where Leo's was, and what it was all about. It has always been a place for 'foreigners' or 'firangs'. I have had the good fortune to witness a few brawls as well. And the waiters are always non-committal. This place has its own charm, and they should not have renovated the first floor.
Leo's, which is what everybody calls it, is a place where you can go on your first date, or your tenth date, with your parents, with business associates, and definitely with friends. And you will always meet someone you know.
Favorite Dish: The onion steak here has remained the same for the past 15 years that I have eaten it. This is the one item on the menu that I always ask for. Sometimes, I eat the prawn curry with rice. I love the fresh lime water (sweet) and the glass that it comes in. A great alternative to the beer.