Best Places in Mumbai – 5 City Favorites

The city of Mumbai is an enigma at best. Originally a sleepy little fishing village, the city today is one of the greatest metropolis’ in the world with a blossoming foodscape, a vibrant nightlife and a thriving cultural scene. Discovering this maximum city with its population of over 21 million is no easy feat; however, we have shortlisted five must-do things for when in Mumbai (from an insider’s point of view of course) to help you navigate your way through the hustle and bustle a lot better. A blast is guaranteed!

Stay

The iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (Apollo Bunder, Mumbai) overlooking the stunning Arabian Sea has long been a Mumbai landmark. Steeped in history and extravagance, the gorgeous 560-room hotel with its beautiful interiors and world-class art collection has played host to hundreds of royals, important foreign dignitaries and legendary A-list celebrities from around the globe and unsurprisingly still continues to do so.

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The rooms at the gorgeous hotel are best known for their luxurious old-world charm – think high ceilings, Italian marble bathrooms and Rajput bay windows. Our favourite, however, is the mesmerizing Rajput suite. Designed keeping the Rajputana royals in mind, the heritage suite is the epitome of opulence. A treasure trove of all things grandiose, the interiors of the suite boast of exquisite mother of pearl chessboards, gold chests and brass urns, an intricate mirrored, shamianaesque roof, a regal hand-painted image of a peacock and, of course, the famous antique swing. A visual treat unlike any other, we say.

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Eat

Breaking the stereotype that quintessential Indian food can neither be refined nor elegant nor go beyond the average Joe Butter Chicken is Jiggs Kalra’s most recent offering – The Masala Library (Ground Floor, First International Financial Centre, Bandra – Kurla Complex (BKC), Bandra E). Fusing modern day cooking techniques with traditional robust desi flavours, the dishes at the massive, well-lit restaurant can be likened to a mini gastronomical experience in themselves.

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What stands out for us the most is the effortlessness with which science and art have been merged on a plate – our favourites are the pesto-infused Kabab, wholesome sarson ka saag Quesadillas, the Wild Mushroom Chai made out of dehydrated mushrooms and truffle oil and of course, the decadent Ghevar Cheesecake.

Shop

Once an old Industrial mill-land in Lower Parel, High Street Phoenix (Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai) has now transformed into the go-to destination for shopping in the city. Spread over 3,300,000 square feet, the mall is divided into three sections: the SkyZone, the Grand Galleria and Palladium. While the complex houses over 500 stores and brands with something for everyone, Palladium caters exclusively to the city’s elite.

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High-end luxury labels such as Emporio Armani, Burberry, Clinique, DKNY, Chanel and Gucci comfortably share space with popular high-street brands like Accessorize, Aldo and Zara. Besides the shopping centre, the vast compound is also home to a plethora of charming little eateries and pubs, a five-star hotel, a nightclub, spas and salons, the city’s most well-known comedy club and a multiplex.

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Nestled near the clouds at a height of 500 feet, occupying the 37th floor of the dazzling Palladium Hotel is Mumbai’s tallest bar, Li Bai (462, Tulsi Pipe Rd, Lower Parel, Mumbai). Named after an 8th Century Chinese poet, the expansive bar with its spectacular view and romantic lighting is ideal for an evening of delicious Oriental cocktails and conversation.

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Molecular mixes, foams and smoking guns are all used by the bartender to add an edge to the drinks on the menu, out of which we highly recommend the strong Du Fu (sake, orange liqueur, lime and sugar) and The Poet (vodka, green apple Juice, star anise syrup and lime). The soul-soothing House, EDM and hip hop tunes almost always being dropped by a live DJ at Li Bai, add to the atmospheric set up of the bar.

Pamper

Retire to the otherworldly Four Seasons Spa (114, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai) at the Four Seasons Hotel for some much-needed pampering. An oasis of calm, the serene white spa consists of eight treatment rooms including two VIP suites which also double up as private spas, and a Chi Studio to meditate and practice yoga in.

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One of their most popular treatments is the deeply relaxing Ku Nye – a combination of ancient Tibetan techniques and acupressure using Himalayan herbs and a special blend of five essential oils. The 90-minute massage costs Rs. 6500.

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Roxanne Genier

Luxury Brand Management Consultant at Roxy Genier
Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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