Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim homies!
For those who aren’t aware of the holy month of Ramadan, it’s a time of year when Muslims all over the world refrain from eating or drinking (yes, even water) during the day. At first glance, this time of year might not seem enjoyable at all! But in fact, it’s a very joyful time of year for Muslim Mumbaikars. They congregate at Mohammed Ali Road and other hotspots around the city to get together and break their fast.
I was lucky enough to share iftar with my friends at Mohammed Ali road. Okay fine, it wasn’t technically “iftar” since we were only able to meet up super late (Iftar and suhoor are meant to be consumed at very specific times of day). If you want to share a real iftar meal, I would recommend going to a friend’s home!
My Tips on Visiting Mumbai’s Mohammed Ali Road
1. Beware of the rain
Sometimes Ramadan (or Ramzan, as it’s sometimes referred to in India) falls during monsoon season. Dressing to the nines isn’t necessary. The streets are crowded and muddy, so I would suggest leaving your Louboutins at home.
2. Check out the Minara Masjid
The Minara Masjid (meaning “mosque“) is a popular mosque for Muslims in the area to pray. Its absolutely stunning design is a marvel for all architecture enthusiasts.
If you’re a fan of sweets, you’re gonna love this next tip …
3. Go out of your way to try all the sweets!
We gobbled up famous Indian desserts like jalebi on Mohammed Ali road. These sweets can be described as sugar-soaked pretzels. I also recommend trying masala milk if you haven’t already. It’s yellow in colour and contains chopped up bits of almonds inside. Masala milk is by far my new favourite drink (yes, I like it more than lassi and coconut water) and trying it is essential if you have a sweet tooth like me.
4. Warning for vegetarians and vegans
Heads up, there aren’t a whole lot of vegetarian or vegan options on this road. The restaurant we ate at, called Shalimar, had lots of meat on the menu. My friends even tried chicken tongue soup on the street!
5. Parking is a mission
If you can, use public transportation to get there. If you aren’t in the mood to brave the local trains, Uber and Ola (the Indian version of Uber) are your best choices for reaching your destination.