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 -Feel Good Cafe- The Nutcracker

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This little feel good cafe serves breakfast all day. Friendly owner Anaheeta Bafna created her mostly vegetarian menu with chefs who have worked in well-known establishments such as The Taj Mahal Palace Tower. Their sandwiches and salads are also worth a try, new on the menu is the Chunky Mushroom Burger. Fresh food is prepared in house, and the coffee, using blends of Robusta and Arabica comes from plantations of the southern peninsula region. While desserts are made from fine Belgian chocolate. “The Nutcracker” is also a posh chick headquarter; If you prick up your ears and listen a little you might be able to catch up on the latest gossip, Delightful.

ASK: For their summer cooler and shakes, goes well with anything.

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Mumbai -Quirky- Chatterjee and Lal Art Gallery

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Housed in a Victorian era warehouse, the gallery formed in 2003 by husband and wife Mortimer Chatterjee and Tara Lal is an interesting spot if you want to discover the city’s art scene. They focus on the works of emerging and mid-career artists. For the curious ones.

ASK: For the event calendar of artist projects in other spaces within the city.

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Mumbai -Must go- Leopold Cafe

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Leaving Colaba without stopping by at “Leo’s” would be a mistake. Immortalized by Gregory David Roberts in his best seller Shantaram, this cafe, bar and restaurant first appeared in the city scene in 1871, and used to be a wholesale oil store and a pharmacy.

Being one of the first sites touched by the 2008 terror attacks, some walls still bear bullet holes. The place reopened 4 days after the tragedy as a symbol of survival. It has always been the place where locals and tourists meet. A legendary landmark.

ASK: For a Kingfisher beer, that’s what to drink here.

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