Bandra’s Disabled-Friendly Eateries | MF Guide
Everyone knows Bandra has no shortage of delicious and adorable places to dine. Nearly every week you’ll stumble across a new cupcake shop or juice bar in the area. Despite the constant culinary buzz, you’ll discover that when searching for wheelchair-accessible eateries, options are much more limited though, as I’ve learned, not impossible.
After I moved from New York to India last year, it became clear that navigating Mumbai as a person with limited mobility would pose a true challenge. I have limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, which limits my ability to climb stairs or walk uneven paths. Socializing in Bombay required extensive pre-planning and more often than not, left me exposed to the city’s broken sidewalks and daunting stairs.
As you can imagine, venturing out for a meal or drinks was a colossal task. As I settled into the city, I found that searching for accessible places where I could enjoy myself comfortably became my accidental mission. I walk with a cane and work remotely, constantly exploring new places to wine, dine, and find that precious WiFi.
The requirements for a restaurant, bar, or cafe to be deemed accessible are simple. Both entrance and washroom should be on the ground level, and have no more than two small steps to enter (a small step is less than three inches in height).
Here are the eateries. Keep in mind that one might need assistance with curbs.
Eat Around the Corner
This time-tested eatery is one of the most accessible in Bandra. The wooden gates at the entryway can be fully opened (ask the guards), making it easy to walk or wheel into. A spacious interior and ample outdoor seating are ideal for those using assistive devices, wheelchairs, or simply needing extra legroom.
Washroom: Located outside behind the patio sofas, no steps.
Bombay Coffee House
Set right off a Linking Road junction, Bombay Coffee House is a convenient option for a casual outing. The entrance has one small step up and another down to get inside. Expect a level interior thereafter with a variety of indoor seating options.
Washroom: Located towards the back, no steps.
Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar
After conquering a steep curb (there are street-level slopes on either side for wheelchairs), it’s smooth sailing into Bandra’s health-conscious café. Sequel offers both indoor and outdoor seating, though during its busier hours the space can be quite tight, especially at a one-person table.
Washroom: Located inside, narrow and no steps.
The Bagel Shop
You can’t call yourself a true Bandra-ite without visiting The Bagel Shop in Pali Hill. Luckily, it’s one of the more accessible places around. There is no curb to navigate here, only a small slope at the entrance. The space has good access to move around and enough indoor and outdoor seating.
Washroom: Located outside, narrow and one small step.
Across the street from Sequel lies the hidden doorway of Eddies, an all-day dining bistro with a quality bar. An almost unnoticeable bump at the entrance can be wheeled or walked over leading to a flat outdoor seating area. There is a slope to enter the bistro’s interior, which has high-stool table seating for those with difficulty getting up from low surfaces.
Washroom: One located inside with two small steps and another outside with a much larger step.
Pali Village Cafe
The classic movies screened at this chic café aren’t its only appealing factor – it also ranks well as an accessible Bandra dining spot. There is a small step up at the doorway and a similar-sized step inside the restaurant. Dining areas are both ground level and upstairs. Chairs sit low here but there is enough space for a personal wheelchair to be seated at a table.
Washroom: Ground-level access, no steps.
If you’re looking for a posh (and accessible) evening, check out Reclamation’s Bungalow 9. Though the main entrance has steps, a side entrance through the neighboring gate (again, ask the guards) allows for an easy way in. Sufficient outdoor space and multiple seating options (booths, high-stools, tables) make this a great accessible choice. There is a small step to enter the interior space with ground level and upstairs dining spaces.
Washroom: Located outside, towards the back. One small step.
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