Surrounded by Bandra, Juhu, Khar and Vile Parle, Santacruz, Mumbai (also spelled as Santa Cruz) literally means Holy Cross, in reference to the 150 year old cross on Chapel Lane in the Mother Teresas Missionaries of Charity Trust for Destitute Women compounds. Heres your quick guide to all you need to know about this bustling locality of Mumbai.
Image by Karthik Nadar/CC BY 3.0
The locality of Santacruz is often considered to be one of the most significant areas in the city owing to a number of important landmarks it houses.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Domestic Terminal)
The domestic terminal of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is located in Santacruz, hence popularly referred to as the Santa Cruz Airport.
Image by Bernard Gagnon/CC BY-SA 3.0
One of Mumbai University’s campuses is located in Kalina, Santacruz East. Established in 1857 following the Woods Education Dispatch plan of the British colonial rulers, it is one of the first three universities in India that were established under the plan.
Hosting some of the best culinary delights, Santacruz, Mumbai, often becomes the go to place to grab a little something to soothe your taste buds. Some of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz include:
Reputed for its enormous delicious sizzlers, Yoko Sizzlers is one of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz and the place to head to if you are up for some juicy sizzlers with a glass of Rose wine.
Cost for two: Rs 1200
Ask for: Their Hamburger Steak with Pepper Sauce
Address: 10/11, West View 309, SV Road, Near Akbarallys, Santacruz West, Mumbai
Tip: Just order one sizzler and three people are good to go
Three Wise Men
A much loved place for its affordable drinks and music from the 90s, Three Wise Men will never disappoint you with this stupefying combination.
Cost for two: Rs 1500
Ask for: Beer, beer and more beer
Address: Sujata Rajpipla Building, Opposite Santacruz Police Station, Next To Talwarkar Gym, Santacruz West, Mumbai
Tip: Go for their Bollywood karaoke Thursdays
For all those who are often attacked by them Chinese cravings, Dynasty in Santacruz West is the solution to all your woes. Order yourself some greasy seafood starter with some fine buttery noodles to make life happy and taste buds happier.
Cost for two: Rs 700
Ask for: Their Tshing Hai Chicken
Address: 85, SV Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai
A name synonymous with pork delicacies, Imbiss is the place to be for all the pork lovers in town.
Cost for two: Rs 600
Ask for: Their Smoked Pork Fat and Rind
Address: Shop 4, Rathod Mansion, Kalina, Kurla Road, Santacruz East, Mumbai
Tip: Dont miss their Pickled Quail Eggs
King Chilli Chindian Fusion
Known for its spicy sea-food range, King Chilli servers the best Chinese-Indian fusion food in the whole of Mumbai. If you are up for something hot, King Chilli is the spot for you.
Cost for two: Rs 700
Ask for: Kung Pao Prawns
Address: 5, 179 A, Gabriel House, Opposite HDFC, Kalina Kurla Road, Santacruz East, Mumbai
Up for some cheesy desi-style pizza? Head straight away to Cheelizza and you wont be disappointed.
Cost for two: Rs 600
Ask for: Tango Paneer Pizza
Address: Shop 1/2, Pratap CHS, Near Jain Mandir Temple, Shivaji Nagar Road, Vakola Bridge, Opposite the Shiv Mandir, Santacruz East, Mumbai
Tip: Also order their Double Cheese Garlic Bread
Embodying the spirit of Mumbai aesthetically, Taj Santacruz offers the best stay experience to all its patrons. An architectural triumph in itself, the place is ideally located, only a few minutes away from the Mumbai Domestic Terminal and is one of the most favoured hotels by both leisure and business travellers.
Room tariff: Starting from Rs 10,384
Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Area, Vile Parle, Mumbai
Laurent & Benon Suites
A name well known in terms of offering the best serviced apartments, Laurent and Benon is a fully furnished, plush property with contemporary rooms for the new age traveller.
Room tariff: Rs 5100
Address: Pipeline Rd, Pratiksha Nagar, Vakola, Santacruz East, Mumbai
One of the best budget hotels in Santacruz, Aarya International blends comfort and convenience and offers the best to all its guests.
Room tariff: Rs 3841
Address: 75-C, Corner of 2nd Road TPS 3, Abdul Hamid Jafar Chawl, Golibar Rd, Hanuman Tekdi, Santacruz East, Mumbai
Health and fitness
Santacruz, Mumbai is also a home to a number of health and fitness centres. Some of the best include:
The Yoga Institute
Established in 1918, it is one of the oldest organised yoga centres in the world and one of the favourite spots to relax your nerves.
Address: Shri Yogendra Marg, Opposite Railway Quarters, Yoga Institute Rd, Prabhat Colony, Santacruz East, Mumbai
Timings: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
Awarded as ‘National Fitness Chain of the year in 2016’, Gold’s Gym is one of the best places to sweat out and Santacruz offers one of the most chic Gold’s Gym branches, quite popular with celebs like Sidharth Malhotra, among others.
Address: Near Reliance Mega Mart, Khira Nagar, Santacruz West, Mumbai
Timings: 6 am to 11 pm
The main image for this article was sourced from Pixabay