Tuesday, 11 March 2014


My Insider Guide to Mumbai, Condé Nast Traveller India

My favourite aspects of our city are the sea, architecture & food. It’s sometimes hard to see from within the tangle of indiscriminate over-development and lack of infrastructure but, surrounded by the mystical Arabian Sea, geographically, this is one spectacularly beautiful metropolis. Tune out the ugly concrete structures and focus, instead, on the stunning Victorian and art deco treasures that south Mumbai is home to. And, from street food to fine dining, Mumbai can satisfy the most fanatic foodie.


Le 15 Patisserie For Macarons
The beguiling, young debutante of Mumbai’s culinary scene caters to anyone with a chronic confectionary habit. Their offerings are simply world class. My personal favourites are the dark chocolate and the dark chocolate & orange macarons.

Camy Wafers for Potato Chips
Ground zero for any serious snacker. This vintage Mumbai institution has a variety of freshly made munchies and baked goods on offer but the star is their paper thin potato wafers (chips) that are like little crispy slivers of salty sunshine. I challenge you to find a better chip anywhere in the world.

The Willingdon Club
Step back in time and channel your inner viceroy by getting a member to sign you in for a round of golf at this tony colonial gem. Follow it with waffles, club sandwiches, sev puri & chilled shandies on the whitewashed veranda overlooking the lawns — a treat as much for its ambience, as for the quirky cast of characters that populates it.

The Hally Pacific Warehouse
The labyrinthine warehouse of antiques dealer, Farida Hoosenally is piled to the rafters with exquisite colonial, art deco & retro furniture and artifacts awaiting restoration and sale. You could easily spend hours wandering the multi-leveled space, discovering treasures from bygone eras.
Hally Pacific Pvt. Ltd.
522, Sayani Road
Prabhadevi, Mumbai-25
By appointment
Contact: Farida Hoosenally
Office: +91-22-65806004/5
Mobile: +91 98200 85947

A Parsi Wedding at the Colaba Agiary
Wangle an invitation to a Parsi wedding or navjote (the Zoroastrian initiation ritual) at The Seth Jeejeebhoy Dadabhoy Agiary in Colaba’s Navy Nagar, on the southern most tip of Mumbai. The sea-facing agiary (fire temple) grounds are charming and the mouth-watering, traditional feast, served on banana leaves on long communal tables, is well worth the trauma of finding a stately matriarch in pearls looming intimidatingly behind your chair, staking claim to your place for the next seating, before you’ve even started your dessert.


Although these horse drawn carriages have a kitschy, romantic appeal, the horses used to pull them through the terrifying Mumbai traffic are subjected to abysmal living conditions and cruelty

For the rest of my insider guide to Mumbai, including unmissable experiences and tips, check out: Condé Nast Traveller’s guide to Mumbai.


  1. Rahul, can you share your personal favourite desi places for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner please ?

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  3. oye ! the aam ras is yumm at golden star (charni road) too, prefer chetana's thali (kala ghoda) though :-) salli chips & fan biscuit (heart shaped dotted with sugar) at aga bros (next to cusrow baug) are favorites.
    love the walkway at US club and dockyard paintings are a pleasure to see upclose. paintings on the ceiling at holy name church (opp ymca colaba) are gorgeous . synagogue in between rhythm house and red light is pretty...just for its lovely blue color
    please do list the art galleries .....would love to know which ones

  4. miss this elegant event - navy ships lit up in december on display at gateway , beautiful when viewed from a height

  5. you're born and raised in mumbai,so you have so many ideas about the city,loved your blog.dying for your new tweets.where is colaba,i think it is interior bombayi i liked your film raqueeb so much.keep loving you and your smile.you are a sweetheart

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