Consider three possible scenarios: one, you’ve eaten so much food that you have little money left for dessert; two, you want to eat more than one dessert so you need to keep your budget tight; three, you can afford to spend no more than Rs. 100 on dessert, for whatever reason. Fret not, if you fall under any of these categories, and still want to indulge your sweet tooth, here’s a list of 10 delightful sweet treats in Mumbai that can be enjoyed without burning a hole in your pocket.
Feel like royalty by opting for the Royal Falooda at Badshah, an iconic restaurant in South Mumbai. This creamy Indian version of ice cream, topped with delectable sweet syrup and falooda, could be yours for a reasonable price. For years, it has been the favorite dessert of weary shoppers, businessmen, students, tourists and shop owners, and now, it’ll find a fan in you, too! Sign up for a shopping tour in Crawford market using the Cleartrip app and enjoy the falooda at Badshah after a long day of retail therapy! Location: Crawford Market
Mewad ice cream carts can be found at every nook and cranny of Mumbai. It is tough to miss them—mostly because of the cute ice cream cones that dangle from the cart (and, of course, the little kids who surround it)! It doesn’t matter from which seller you decide to have your ice cream, you will still get that scoop of sweet and creamy goodness. And with an easy-to-afford price tag, why stop at just one? Location: Khaugallis and beaches
Kulfi is India’s answer to western ice cream. Usually served on a stick, it comes in several flavors like kesar, pista and even fruity ones like mango and strawberry! The beach and kulfi are best friends, and the real fun of eating it is while hanging out with your friends by the sea—it doesn’t matter if it’s summer or monsoon or winter, the feeling is just the same. Feel like it’s time for a kulfi reunion with your friends? Location: Juhu Chowpatty, Girgaon Chowpatty
The joy of eating Havmor’s Matka Kulfi is two-fold. Firstly, of course, you have the yummy kesar/pista flavored kulfi inside. Secondly and the equally, holding the frozen matka in your hand, while scooping out bite-sized kulfi and finally scraping its insides so that you don’t miss out on that last bite, is where most of the fun lies! Not only is that a two-in-one experience, but you get to keep the matka as a souvenir too! Location: Goregaon, Andheri, Juhu, etc.
Dairy Don serves up a different kind of sandwich: the ice cream kind! Didn’t get it? Here’s what it is: slabs of thick ice cream of your choice, cozily pressed together between two crunchy waffle-like, paper-thin biscuits. When you bite into it, first comes the crunchy texture of the ‘bread’ followed by the gooey sweetness of the ice cream to complement it and, trust us, it is a match made in heaven that can be yours in under Rs. 100. Sign up for a food walk in Matunga using the Cleartrip app to enjoy this treat and much more. Location: Matunga, Kandivali, Vile Parle, etc.
Mango and shots—the name itself exudes excitement! Head over to your nearest Café Coffee Day outlet to get a taste of this fruity treat that isn’t restricted to the summer months. It is served in small shot glasses and is filled with a creamy mango-flavored delight, topped with a mango jelly and some more cream. Mango, cream, mango, cream. Really, need we say more? Location: Malad, Mulund, Andheri, etc.
Cupcakes are the younger siblings of cakes. And the ones at Love Sugar Dough are absolutely divine! Red velvet, chocolate or plain vanilla—take your pick from these sweet delights that are basically mini cakes topped with icing, except that you can have more than one flavor without feeling guilty! Good things indeed come in small packages. Location: Vile Parle, Oshiwara, Khar, etc.
Blackforest Ice Cream Cake—there are so many things to love about it! Childhood favorites, blackforest cake and ice cream, come together to make for a blissful dessert that anyone would gulp down in under a minute. It almost feels unreal that these treats can come together for just Rs. 100, doesn’t it? Location: Andheri, Goregaon, Kandivali, etc.
Anarkali is a unique sweet that can be found at Mishty Bela in South Mumbai. It gets its name because of its exquisite appeal—like a flowering bud in different colors. When in Walkeshwar, make a pit-stop at this store for an Anarkali and devour its one-of-a-kind flavor! It is the perfect treat to share and enjoy with that special someone! Location: Malabar Hill
Bachelorr’s is an iconic eatery in South Mumbai and one of the many treats that make it famous is the Shahi Gulab ice cream. Rose-flavored ice cream topped with nuts and dried fruits is what makes this dessert akin to royalty (even though it costs just about 100 bucks). This one will satisfy your late-night dessert cravings as Bachelorr’s is open till the wee hours of the morning. It is also the perfect sweet treat to be had after a night-out partying with friends! Location: Chowpatty, Churchgate and Mumbai CST
Mumbai truly has something for everyone and every budget. So why should dessert be left out? We are sure that with this list, we have got you covered for many days (and nights) to come. As a plus point, now you know where to take your better half for a date or, for that matter, a visiting relative the next time your pocket isn’t that full!