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Where to Eat, Sleep and Explore in Mumbai

Make the most of your stay with a night in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel suite, where George Harrison took sitar lessons, and coffee and cake at Kala Ghoda Café.


The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Mumbai’s iconic luxury hotel has been hosting visitors on the shores of the Arabian Sea for 114 years. The opulent Ravi Shankar Suite is where George Harrison took sitar lessons.

What we loved The transcendently relaxing traditional foot massage at Jiva Spa, an hour-long antidote to a night spent walking.

Apollo Bunder, Colaba, 91-22-6665-3366,


In a city that has long lacked boutique hotels, Abode shines with its restored vintage furniture, art deco tile flooring and youthful energy.

What we loved The uniqueness of our room: No two are alike in this heritage building.

Lansdowne House, M.B. Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, 91-80-8023-4066,

Eat & Drink



This rooftop bar on the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in midtown offers panoramic views of Mumbai, making it the ideal place for a sundowner. Plus, the two-for-one happy hour means you can have a drink on both the east- and west-facing sides for a complete city picture.

1/136, 34th Fl., Dr. E. Moses Rd., Worli, 91-22-2481-8444,

Kala Ghoda Café

Kala Ghoda Café

Located on a little lane in the heart of Mumbai’s heritage neighbourhood, this café should be your coffee-and-cake stop. Or drop by at breakfast to start your day off with their akuri: Parsi-style spicy scrambled eggs bright with chopped tomato and coriander.

10 Ropewalk Lane, Kala Ghoda, Fort, 91-22-2263-3866,


Strand Book Stall

Strand Book Stall

From the Ramayana to Rohinton Mistry, Indian literature is more than 2,500 years old – and much of it is available in English. Expert recommendations and sweet old-fashioned biblio-love await at this hole-in-the-wall family-run bookshop in Fort.

15-C, Dhannur Bldg., Sir P.M. Rd., Borabazar, Fort, 91-22-2266-1994



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