MUMBAI

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    Mumbai has experienced a quick transformation recently and it is on its way to being the second most populated city in the world. The new airport is stunning and very efficient making arrival and departure effortless. That said, it's also a city that has plenty of well-kept secrets and contrasts. Its modernity and Bollywood traditions are complemented by its deep-rooted sense of faith. The Bollywood factor has given rise to a plethora of cool bars and restaurants that have had a positive impact on the economy. On the other hand, India has always attracted people in search of truth and spirituality. Mumbai will not disappoint those who know what they are looking for. The main challenge in Mumbai is the traffic and any visitor must organize their itinerary by factoring in the insanity encountered. Cars are still the cheapest and most comfortable way of moving around the city, which is why it is so congested. The first thing to decide is whether to stay in the north of the city (Bandra is recommended) or in the south (Colaba is best). Cars and tuc tucs coexist with Uber in Mumbai in seamless unison.

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    ABODE

    This Hotel Is A Little Oasis In The Heart Of Colaba / There Are Only 20 Elegant Rooms With Vintage Furniture, Original Artworks And High Speed WiFi / The Hotel Was Once The Home Of David Sassoon, One Of Mumbai's Most Successful Entrepreneurs / Abode Celebrates The City's Heritage And Bohemian Past / The Guests Are Assured Of Helpful, Personable Staff / It's Located Just Behind The Taj Hotel And It Is A Convenient Location For Walking To Stores, Restaurants And The Seafront / The Hotel Has Peaceful Treatment Room, Great Boutique, Cafe And Room Service

    First Floor, Lansdowne House, M.B. Marg (near Regal Cinema), Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Maharastra +918080234066 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE TAJ MAHAL PALACE

    The Taj Mahal Palace Is One Of The Most Iconic For Tourists In Mumbai / The Hotel Itself Is One Of The Big Sightseeing Attractions In A City Full Of Such Places / It Offers Splendid Views Of The Arabian Sea And Gateway Of India / The Art Collection Is Impressive And The Art Galleries Are A Few Steps Away / The Swimming Pool Is The Cherry On The Cake - A Real Pleasure In The Middle Of Colaba / The Old Building Of The Hotel Has Been Renovated And Keeps The Old Charm, Rather Than The New Tower / The Hotel Has A Shopping Arcade Also

    Apollo Bunder, Maharashtra, 400 001 +912266653366 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    NICOBAR DESIGN

    Nicobar Is Located In The Hip Kala Ghoda Area / This Boutique Sells An Enviable Selection Of Fashion And Lifestyle Goods Carefully Curated By Co-Founders Simran Lal And Raul Rai / Their Aim Was To Appeal To An Indian Who Is Free From Nostalgic Reference / Ease And Comfort Are The Guiding Principles In The Design With Long Cotton Shirts And Carelessly Chic Dresses / They Aim To Please Everyone From 20 - 60 Years Old With A Fair Pricing Range And Timeless Classic Mixed With Contemporary Staples / Nicobar Is Also Available Online And The Owners Plan More Pop Up Shops And Boutiques Over The Next Few Years

    Above Kala Ghoda Cafe 10, Ropewalk Lane, Kala Ghoda Fort +912222633888 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    LE MILL

    The Best Shopping Venue In Mumbai / Le Mill Is A Luxury Concept Store With An Indo-European Vibe / It Is Set Against The Backdrop Of An Old Victorian Mill In The Colaba District / Le Mill Comprises A Historic Jewellery Shop, Tea Bar, Home Decor Area And Fashion Boutique / Iconic International Fashion Brands Are Juxtaposed With Emerging Talented Indian Labels / Both Founders Cecilia Morelli Parikh And Julie Leymarie Come From Solid Fashion Backgrounds In The US And France / Indeed Their Aim Is To Emulate Iconic Places With Visitors Encouraged To Linger Here, Thanks To Its Laid-Back Atmosphere

    1st Floor, Pheroze Building Above Indigo Deli, Colaba Mumbai - 400005.Tel: +91 22 22041926 / 27
    +912223721646 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    BUNGALOW 8

    Bungalow 8 Was Mumbai's First Concept Store / Now It Is A Household Name In Colaba / It's Devoted To Showcasing The Best Of Indian Design From Tableware To Vintage Furniture And Fashion Accessories / Both Sting And Madonna Count Among Their Clients / There's A Romantic-Industrial Vibe To The Styling And Everychanging Displays

    Inside Wankhede Stadium, North Stand E & F Block, D Road, Churchgate, Maharashtra 400020 +912222819880 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SABYASACHI

    Sabyasachi Is A Very Well Known Indian Clothes Designer Who Has Enjoyed A Cult Following With Bollywood Celebrities / His Look Is For Regal Saris Of Velvet And Net, Gold Embellishment As Well As Striped Blouses And Lehengas With Dark For All Blooms / A Visit To One Of His Eponymous Boutiques Will Reveal His Dramatic Perspective/ Filled With Photographs, Extravagant Furniture, Gorgeous Bridal Gowns And Impressive Jewellery / One Visit The Boutique Is A Step Closer To Understanding Indian Craftmanship And Its Thriving Luxury Culture

    Ador House,6-K Dubash Marg,Fort, Maharashtra 400001 +912222044774 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    PHILLIPS ANTIQUE

    Phillis Antiques Offers An Interesting Selection Of Silver, Lacquer, Oriental And European Porcelain And Pottery, Brass Toys, Victorian Coloured Glass, Hanging Lamps, Wooden Writing-Boxes, Jewellery, Table-Lamps, Perfume Bottles, Candlesticks And Sconces, Decanters, Wine-Glasses, Tea-Pots, Coins, Brass Surveying Instruments And Lots More / It Has Another location 45 Mins Away Which Offers Only Furniture / They Sell Some New Items But Most Of Their Offering Is Old Pieces Coming From Different Parts Of India

    Madam Cama Road, Opp. Regal Cinema, Maharashtra 400001 +912222020564 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE GEM PALACE

    The Gem Palace Of Jaipur Is Rajasthan’s Best When It Comes To High Quality Precious Stones That Last A Lifetime And More / It's Enjoyable Erusing Through Their Valuable Collections, From Traditional Craftsmanship To Contemporary Designs / Originally From Jaipur They Opened A Boutique In Mumbai, In Colaba, Which Reflects Their Spirit And Old Jewellery Tradition / The Interior Design Is Exceptional And It Evokes A Rajasthani Tent / As For The Jewellery, Each Piece Is Unique And A Work Of Art

    M, Feroz Building, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Maharashtra 400001, India +912222041902 , send email, view on map

     

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    JEON EATERY

    Jeon Is The Brand New All Day Dining Restaurant / Located On The Ground Level Of Hotel Sea Princess Juhu, Mumbai / Designed By Pronit Nath, The Eatery Is Spacious While The Food Menu Has Been Designed By Gourmand Dharmesh Karmokar / Their All Day Specials Include A list Of Global And Indian Favourites - Balti Spiced Chicken, Bekti And Crab Cakes, Macadamia Rusted Lamb Rack, Mushroom Ravioli, Pizzas And An Elaborate Italian Menu / Jeon Also Offers A Rare Thing - A Midnight Buffet With An Uninterrupted View Of The Sea / It's A Relaxing Spot

    Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu Tara Road +912226469500 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    145 KALA GHODA

    Formerly Called Cheval, This New Restaurant 145 Is Superbly Located At Kala Ghoda - The Cultural Hub Of South Mumbai / The Casual Dining Venue is Buzzing Thanks To Its Vibrant Decor, Peppy Music And Spacious Ambiance / The Food And Bar Menu Is Appealing While The Milkshakes And Cocktails Are Also Something Of A House Speciality / Suitable For Both Families And Solo Travellers / The Bottom Line Is 145 Is Excellent Value For Money / Valet Parking Is Available As Is A Takeaway Option

    No.145, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Maharashtra 400001 +912240396632 , view website , view on map

     

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    CAFÉ ZOE

    There's An Industrial Vibe To Cafe Zoe Thanks To Its High Ceilings, Exposed Brick Walls And Big Glass Windows / The Cafe, Brasserie And Bar Is Clean And Chic And Offers Free Wi-Fi, Live Jazz Concerts, Photography Exhibitions And More / The Menu Offers Authentic European Cuisine And Is A Popular Location For Sunday Brunches / They Do An Amazing Eggs Benedict With Smoked Salmon / Their Burgers Are Described As Delicious By Many Critics / Though Prices Are Medium To High It's Definitely Worth It / The Restaurant Has Recently Been Named As One Of The World's Hottest Bars And Has Also Received Accolades Such As Best All Day Dinner, Best Debut Restaurant And Named As One of Asia's Top 500 Restaurants

    Mathurdas Mills Compound, N.M Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Maharashtra 400013 +912224902065 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SMOKE HOUSE DELI

    Smoke House Deli Is An All-Day Café And Delicatessen / This Award-Wining Brand Serves Everything From Pancakes To Pastas And From Burgers And Desserts To Cocktails / The Menu Is European In Essence And Is Just Splendid, While The Quality Of Food Is Even Better / The Staff Are Extremely Friendly And Courteous / As A Casual And Easy Place To Eat, This Is Best For Lunch Rather Than For Dinner

    Main Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Phoenix Mills Compound,Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel,MH 400013 +912265619618 , view website , view on map

     

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    BIRDSONG CAFÉ

    Located In A Quiet Village In The Suburbs Of Bandra / The Space Has Been Designed Using Concrete And Wood / It Offers A Rustic Vibe As Well As Housing A kitchen, Bakery And Small Cafe / There Are Only Seven Tables / The Organic Decor Style Is Reflected In The Menu / Their Concept Is Not To Have Any Processed Sugars, Refined Flours Or Artificial Ingredients On The Menu / That Translates As A Margarita Pizza In The Form Of Pizza Crackers, Almond Pesto Sandwiches, Cottage Cheese Steaks And Sauteed Vegetables / The Menu Is Written On A Blackboard On The Wall / They Pride Themselves On Their Vegetarian And Vegan Offerings, Everything Is Delicious / Their Coffee Is Great And With A Small Mezzanine Seating Floor Upstairs / This Is A Hidden Gem Off The Tourist Track

    Waroda road, off Hill Road, Bandra (W) +912226422323 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    PALI VILLAGE CAFE

    Having The Same Owners As Pali Bhavan, This Place Works A Vintage Vibe And The Charm Of An Old English-Style Cafe / It Is Complete With French Jazz And Country Music / Chef Conrad And His Team Have Something For Everyone And Their Budget / One Must Try The Goat's Cheese Pizza, Lamb Kibbeh, Their Salads And Also Desserts / It's Very Easy To Find And As It Occupies A Large Space, It's Quite Easy To Get A Table / There Are Two Separate Areas: One In A Covered Courtyard And One Inside

    Dr BR Ambedkar Rd, Khar West, Maharashtra 400050 +917023115845 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    PALI BHAVAN

    The Restaurant Is Home To A Split Level Bar / It Is Decorated With Traditional Indian Details Such As Ornate Doors, Chandeliers, Brocade Chairs And Lots Of Vintage Photographs / The Food Is Very Good And As Such Booking In Advance Is Recommended / The Menu Is Creative And Curated Concentrating On Flavour And Quality / They Serve Mumbai Street Food Like Pani Puri To Masala Mar With Elements Of Southern Touches Like Squid Masala Or Baigan Bharta From Gujarat / It's A Culinary Journey In One Evening

    10, Adarsh Nagar, Pali Naka, Bandra West, Maharashtra 400050 +912226519400 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    INDIGO

    Located Behind The Taj Mahal Hotel / It's A Fine Dining Restaurant That Combines Old World Charisma In A Colonial Bungalow Setting / Peaceful, Professional And Perfection Personified, This Is A Treat For Serious Food Lovers / As A Change From Indian Menus, Indigo Serves An Ever-Changing Selection Of European Dishes / Their Salads And Italian Dishes Are Highly Recommended Though Their Pork Ribs Are A Speciality

    4, Mandlik Rd, Colaba, Behidn Taj Mahal Hotel, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Maharashtra 400001 +912266368999 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    NEEL (TOTE ON THE TURF)

    This Hotel Comprises Two Floors With A Sprawling Al-Fresco Dining Space, Neel, And Upstairs Is Tote Bar / At Neel, The Specialty Indian Restaurant Is All About Paying Homage To The Rich And Evolved Cuisine Of Old Nawabi Families / Radically Modern And Truly Dramatic, The Tote Bar Is Located On The Upper Level Of The Tote Building / Designed With Intricately Faceted, Polished, Teak Paneled Surfaces Embracing A Forty-Foot, Vaulted Interior Space, Designed To Mirror The Trees Outside / The Music Is Contemporary And Cool, And The Attentive Bar Staff Serve Up A Fantastic Array Of Classic And Unique Cocktails

    Gate No. 5 & 6, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalakshmi, Maharashtra 400034 +912261577777 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    OLIVE BAR AND KITCHEN

    Olive Bar & Kitchen Never Disappoints And Has Managed To Retain Its Charm And Ambience Since The Time It Opened In 2000 / Since Then It Has Gone On To Spawn Other Siblings In Delhi / The Concept Behind The Brand Is Where Food And Fun Times Merge In A Mediterranean Melting Pot / The Menu Selection And Quality Has Always Been A Delight / The Best Value Are Their Sunday Brunches With Unlimited Cocktails (Especially Their Martinis) / They Offer Wide Array Of Starters, Pizzas, Salads, Main Course And Desserts / A Special Mention Should Be Made About Their Staff Who Are Extremely Attentive

    14, Nargis Dutt Road, Union Park, Khar West, Next to Tourist Hotel, Union Park, Pali Hill, Maharashtra 400052 +912243408229 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    YAUATCHA

    The Michelin-Starred Restaurant That Transformed Britain's Perception Of Dim Sum Opened A Second Outpost In Mumbai And Has Had Rave Reviews Ever Since / It's Owned By The Hakkasan Group And The Restaurant Is A Modernist Design Dream With Sleek Communal Tables, A Slim Aquarium And Gack Lighting / The Ambiance Ils Busy And One Can Choose From Quite A Range Of Whiskeys At The Bar If Waiting For A Table To Open Up / The Quality Of Its Food Never Disappoints / Dim Sum And Their Tea-Based Cocktails Are Something Of A House Speciality / There Is Also A Fair Selection Of Meat Dishes, Wok Creations And Vegetarian Options / It Has A Bakery Downstairs Where Macarons And Chocolate Eclairs Are Further Temptations

    Raheja Tower, Banda Kurla Complex, Bandra East +919222222800 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SALT WATER CAFÉ

    As An All-Day Dining Establishment Salt Water Cafe Delights From Breakfast To Dinner / There Is An In House Deli And Bakery / The Menu Is Classic European / Boasting A Pleasant Outdoor Terrace And Indoor Space There Is A Cocktail Bar Upstairs / Because Of Its Location In The Bandra District, It's Often A Prime Location For Spotting Bollywood Stars

    87, Chapel Road, Rose Minar Annel Church, Reclamation, Bandra West, A Block BKC, Bandra West, Maharashtra 400050 +912230038129 , view website , view on map

     

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    THE TABLE COLABA

    "Best Restaurant In India", "Best Chef In India", "Best European/Global Cuisine" And In The Miele Asia's 500 Best Restaurants, The Table Has Racked Up Numerous Accolades / The Ingredient Driven Menu Focuses On Simplicity And Flavour And The Chef Alex Sanchez Plays Up His Californian Background / Social Dining Is The Go Here With Large And Small Sharing Plates As Well As A Menu That Tempts From Dawn To Dusk / The Interiors Are Sleek And Monochrome With A Bar Area, Mezzanine Floor And Sense Of Space / Though Large, It's Best To Book In Advance As This Gets Very Busy On Weekends / If In The Colaba Area This Is A Definite Must-Visit

    Ground Floor, Kalapesi Trust Building, Opposite Dhanraj Mahal, Below Hotel Suba Palace, Apollo Bunder Marg, Colaba, Maharashtra 400039 +912222825001 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    AER BAR

    The Four Seasons Is Hardly A Secret, But It Definitely Has One Of The Best Views Over The City / It Is An Exceptional Vintage Point To Watch The Sunset With A Cocktail / Though Busy At Weekends, There's A Good Mix Of Locals, Expats And Visitors / This Is Not A Secret Place But Still One Exceptional Place In Town From Where To Watch The Sunset

    1/136, 34th Floor, Hotel Rooftop, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, Maharashtra 400018 +912224818000 , view website , view on map

     

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    BABULNATH TEMPLE

    This Is A Very Old Shiva Temple In Mumbai / Situated On A Small Hillock And Is A Haven Of Peace And Tranquility / There Are Steps Leading Up To It But There Is Also A Lift / The Current Temple Structure Dates Back To 1890 / Its Height Was Considerable When Built But A Lightning Strike In The 1960s And Damage To The Spire Lowered The Height Of The Present Temple / Till The 1980s Babulnath Temple Was One Of The Tallest Structures And Locations In Mumbai

    16, Babulnath Road, Charni Road, Malabar Hill, Near Chowpatty, Maharashtra 400007 +912223673602 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    ONE STREET OVER

    This Small Gastro-Pub, Known Locally As OSO, Is In Bandra / It Is Run By Kelvin Cheung Who Serves Up Flavoursome Dishes Such As Burratas, Chilli Lamb Tacos, Noodles With Finely Minced Portobello Mushrooms / The Fusion Of Tastes Is As Eclectic As The Drinks Menu / One Must Try The Fantastic Pisco Sours And Dairquiris / At Night, Ambiance Is Created With The Dimly Lit Interiors And Sense Of Cosiness

    Navrang Building, Ground Floor, 35th Road, Off of Linking Road, Khar West +912226002224 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    JHAVERI CONTEMPORARY

    The Jhaveri Sisters, Amrita And Priya, Are Respected Art Dealers And Consultants / They Have Carried Their Passion Into A Practice, Establishing Amrita And Priya Jhaveri's Project Space / It's A Small But Engaging Gallery With All The Rigor Of A Larger Establishment And Well Worth A Visit

    58, Walkeshwar Rd, Raj Bhavan, Malabar Hill, Maharashtra 400006 +912223693639 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    PROJECT 88

    Gallerist Sree Goswami Personifies Everything Mumbai Art Gallery Project 88 Stands For: She Has Style And Vision And Is Vociferous And Articulate About The Art She Presents / She Brings In Fresh, Unseen, Innovative And Sometimes Perplexing Shows To This Gallery / A Former Printing Press, The Curved Metal Beams And Iron Pillars Stand Resolutely In Project 88's Superb Contemporary Conversion Of Space / The Visual Mix Is Stimulating: From Drawings To Video, Sculpture To Graphic Novel Art, Installations, Or Even A Book Reading / There's Something For Everyone Here

    Ground Floor, B.M.P. Building, Narayan A Sawant Rd, Azad Nagar, Colaba +912222810066 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    CHEMOULD GALLERY

    This Is The Oldest And Most Enduring Gallery In Mumbai / Is Known As An Adda For All Visitors That Means An Informal Intellectual Gathering Place To Exchange Ideas, Rather Like An Arabic Majlis / The Original Quaint Semi-Circular Walled Chemould Gallery, On The First Floor Of The Jehangir Art Gallery, Was Started In 1963 By Kekoo And Khorshed Gandhy / Now With Daughter Shireen Taking Charge, It’s Morphed In Name And Space Into Chemould Prescott Road / Modern And Younger Artists Have Exhibited With The Gandhys, And The Programme Is A Mix Of Old Stalwarts And Contemporary Stars

    Queens Mansion 3rd Floor G. Talwatkar Marg Fort, Maharashtra 400001 +912222000211 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    CHOR BAZAAR

    Chor Bazaar Is One Of The Largest Flea Markets In Mumbai And Can Be An Intense Experience / The Word 'Chor' Means Thief In Hindi And Marathi / Legend Has It That If You Lose Anything In Mumbai, It Will Turn Up At The Market In Due Course / There Is A Large Choice Of Antiques And Vintage Items And Mini Market Offers Old Bollywood Posters For Sale / When Visiting It's Best To Start From Mutton Street And Don't Forget To Bargain / Also Avoid Visiting On Friday As It Will Be Closed / It's Located In A Muslim Area Of Town

    Mutton St, Kumbharwada, Maharashtra 400003 +919657250890 , view on map

     

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    KALA GHODA CAFE

    Set In A Barn In The Heart Of Mumbai's Historic Art District / Kala Ghoda Cafe Is Part Cafe, Part Bakery, Part Gallery / For The Coffee Lover Though This Is A Must-Visit / They Make Their Own Organic Blend With South Indian Arabica And Robusta Beans Which Are Spicy, Bold And Smooth / They Offer Breakfast, Light Lunches, Hot Food, Desserts And Takeways / The Emphasis Being On Fresh, Locally Sourced Ingredients / Though It Only Has Five Tables, Free Wifi Is Offered And It Is A Friendly, Local Hangout

    10, Ropewalk Lane, Opp Krishna Restaurant, Kala Ghoda Fort, Maharashtra 400001 +912222650195 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    CRAWFORD MARKET

    One Of South Mumbai's Most Famous Markets / It Was Named After Arthur Crawford, The First Municipal Commissioner Of The City / It Was Later Renamed After Mahatma Jotirao Phule / As Well As Fruit And Vegetables, The Market Also Sells Dogs, Cats And Birds / One Must Have A Look At The Architecture - Designed By William Emerson In A Blend Of Normal And Flemish Style / There Are Friezes On The Outside Depicting Farmers While On The Inside / There Are Fountains By Lockwood Kipling - The Father Of Rudyard Kipling

    Dhobi Talao, Fort, Maharashtra 400001 +918452886814 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE DOME

    Good For Sunset And Cocktails / This Is A Chilled Space In Ocean View / Close To Colaba With A Great View Over The City And Sea / It Has An Open Air Rooftop From Where One Can Enjoy The Sunset And The View Over The Sea

    Intercontinental Hotel, 135, Marine Drive +912239879999 , view on map

     

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