It might look like a tiny hole in the wall, but this simple takeaway has been serving Mumbai's best kulfi (Indian-style ice cream) for decades. The desert comes in a tantalising variety of flavours, including chocolate, banana, pistachio and dried fruit, and there is always a line of contented patrons out front. It's just across Marine Drive from Chowpatty Beach.
Locals and expats gather at Theobroma each morning for fabulous, freshly-baked bread, biscuits and brownies. Sweet tooths can take their pick from pastries, cakes, unusual breads, gourmet chocolates and good Italian coffee. Many people buy food to take away but there are a few tables inside where you can enjoy a sweet breakfast or afternoon snack.
Probably Mumbai's trendiest coffeeshop, Mocha serves a full range of teas, herbal infusions and espresso-based coffees, plus beers, wines, spirits and – the main attraction – an intoxicating selection of herbal tobaccos in tall shisha pipes. An evening of relaxing puffing will set you back around INR 200. The food menu runs to waffles, panini, tapas and omlettes.
A spin-off from the Barista coffee chain, Barista Crème takes the concept of the coffee-shop and adds in deli sandwiches, salads, cheese melts and sweet hot and cold desserts. People still come here to enjoy full-flavoured espresso and cappuccino, but the café-like atmosphere ensures that people take their time. It's a popular place for breakfast with friends or a working lunch.
Forget Starbucks – Barista is the leading coffee-shop chain in Mumbai. Locals and travellers come here in droves to sip on convincing cappuccino, espresso, European-style tea, sinful smoothies and coffee shakes. There are dozens of branches around Mumbai and some have high-speed wireless internet access, so you can browse while you sip.
One of India's leading coffee-chains, Café Coffee Day serves up real espresso, cappuccino and other Italian favourites, made with real Arabica beans. Locals flock here for coffee, smoothies and sweet cakes, plus the modern, international atmosphere. There are branches all over town, including near the New Capital Cinema in Fort and at Juhu and Chowpatty Beach.