Bandra West owes vibe to modern craft-beer bars and modern restaurants, as well as stunning cafes that serve chia juice by day and creative cocktails at night. The area’s old bungalows, chic fashion boutiques, wall murals, and street stalls are the main attractions. Restored 17th-century Bandra Fort, which hosts events, is at one end of waterfront Bandstand Promenade, a popular meet and chat point.
Bandra West is known as the "Queen of the Suburbs" in Mumbai. It is greatly influenced by western culture and liberal attitudes have drawn many celebrities, models, musicians, hipsters, and ex-pats to this multi-faceted neighborhood. It has many stylish new restaurants, bars, and boutiques that have opened to address their cosmopolitan lifestyle.
One of the defining characteristics of Bandra West is its pervasive Portuguese heritage. Tip of the Bandra West has the remains of a 17th-century fort that was built by the Portuguese as a watchtower. It was strategically located to look out over Mahim Bay but now provides an excellent vantage point for viewing the landmark Bandra-Worli Sealink bridge.