Singapore -Flower Couture- One Olive

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This little “flower couture” shop is worth having a peep at. Old French songs are playing (ones my own grandparents won’t even recognize). Even if you have no one to buy flowers to, let yourself go to the romantic atmosphere and floral scents. Prices are up to 5 times the Tiong Bahru market next door, but it’s (haute) couture isn’t it?

ASK: to meet Sunday, their star cat even has a soft toy in his image.

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Mumbai -Must shop- Bungalow8

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Since 2003, Mumbai’s beautifully styled first concept store spotlights the very best of Indian inspired design and fashion.  This is where Madonna and Sting shop when they are in town. From dining and living, bath, bed and fashion, everything is lifestyle connected. Walking thru the shop is like living in a dream house. Bungalow 8’s philosophy is to pair “Indian-ness with global-ness”. Charming.

ASK: For their house designed kimonos to bring some cosiness back home

At the time of writing, the Colaba store was about to move to Churchgate.

An organic pop up restaurant helmed by owner Maithili Ahluwalia’s mother is coming up in September.

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Mumbai -Cosy Brunch- Pali Village Cafe

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A 60’s European style restaurant with an Indian touch makes it one of the cosiest eatery in Mumbai. Heritage tiled floor and exposed walls, the decor itself takes you on a journey. Their menu is highly Mediterranean inspired so don’t expect to find typical local food here, for that you’ll have to go to Pali Bhavan next door. However, for brunch, this is the right place to be. Modern and old fashioned.

ASK: For their buttermilk pancakes. It’s just so good.

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Mumbai -Modern Nostalgia dinner - Pali Bhavan

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Tejal Mathur, who also designed Pali Village Cafe for same owner Mishali Sanghani, definitely has a taste for stylish interiors. Antiques, vintage Indian photographs she has hunted all over the country gives a chic and nostalgic feeling to this fusion Indian food restaurant. Menu gives a wide range of choice from north to south Indian dishes. Light yet delicious.

ASK: For “not too hot” if you fear spicy

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Mumbai -Hotel- Abode Bombay

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Literally “Bombay house”, the only so called “boutique hotel” in Mumbai and old restored guest house is tucked in the heart of Colaba historical heritage district. Tastefully designed and furnished with a vintage 20th colonial century and art decor, the cosy 20 rooms meet all budgets. Complimentary breakfast and Wifi. Very convenient for a first time in the city.

ASK: To meet Lizzie the owner. She has very good city and travel tips.

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Mumbai -Arty Café- Kala Ghoda Cafe

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Photographer and owner Farhad Bomanjee created this little café, bakery, and gallery in an early 20th century barn. Its intellectual vibe attracts many students of the area, and is well known for its coffee quality. The organic house blend sourced directly from plantation is made from south Indian Arabica and Robusta coffee varieties. Salads and desserts are also good. Breakfast is served until 13:00.

ASK: for an expresso and a dark chocolate cake, the perfect energy fix equation.  

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Mumbai - Local & global lifestyle- The White Window

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Former film actress Twinkle Khanna, ventured into interior designing and founded The White Window, a décor retailed store which aims to present items with timeless designs. Miss Khanna has won an Interior designer reward since then, and her shop provides a wide range of products from local artisans to globally sourced object and vintage pieces.

ASK: For the Buddha head candles. They never melt. Made in India.

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Mumbai -Must see- Bombay Electric

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Welcome to the coolest shop in Mumbai. If you’re looking for what Indian emerging talents and indie labels have to offer, it’s right here. Set in a beautiful heritage building facing the Taj Mahal, top names as respected fashion designers Manish Arora, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Sonam Dubal are also represented. The store also serves space for art projects, book readings and exhibitions.

ASK: to try some clothes on to feel part of Mumbai elite, who knows you might have saved enough to afford it in the end.

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Mumbai -Socialite spot- The Table

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It’s a serious affair here, Native San Francisco Alex Sanchez who has been awarded the Best Chef in India title, creates his international inspired menu around seasonal products. Nearly all is procured locally. Small or large plates will adjust to your appetite (and your wallet). The perfect place to dine among Mumbai socialite family.

ASK: For their spiced lamb mini burgers. Good enough to share and to fit into their “lively social atmosphere”.

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