The Quarter at Mumbai’s iconic Royal Opera House is the newest entrant to the city’s live music scene – visit the jazz bar in the opulent 105-year-old baroque theatre.
Carrying a staggering eight million people a day, the local train system is the city’s lifeline – and not for the faint of heart. To understand the method to the madness, board at the fabulously Victorian Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and ride the Harbour Line.
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Catch the sea breeze on a morning run along the palm-lined promenade by the Arabian Sea. In the evening, grab a coconut-flavoured ice cream at Naturals and watch Mumbaikars come out in droves to see the sunset.
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India’s tinseltown is where the Hindi film industry’s top celebs were made and young hopefuls come with stars in their eyes. Watch a song-and-dance-filled Bollywood flick at an iconic theatre, like the art deco Regal cinema in Colaba.
Bite into a potato patty (vada) stuffed in a bun (pav), topped with a green chilli. Every evening, Mumbai’s street snack of choice flies off pushcarts and into the hands of hungry homebound office workers.
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Housed in an art deco building, Mumbai’s newest concept shop is a storehouse of contemporary Indian fashion, jewellery, and homewares by young indie brands. Ikka Dukka’s handcrafted stone kitchenware is particularly covetable.