The Mumbai Guide by Rahul Khanna, Actor
Rahul Khanna @mrkhanna is a Bollywood actor and style icon. In this guide he shares his favorite spots in the vibrant Indian city of Mumbai which also gave the inspiration for one of our Essential Packs.
"Mumbai is the city. Bombay is the attitude and the lifestyle. That’s what I was born into and that’s what the city will always represent to me: coastal, cosmopolitan, cool.”
For architecture enthusiasts, Mumbai has the second largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world (the first is Miami).
Art Deco Tour: https://www.artdecomumbai.com/
Soona Mahal building on Marine Drive
South Mumbai also has some great colonial and victorian architecture.
For a weekend away from the madding crowd, book your private speedboat or take the RoRo ferry to Alibag (the hamptons of Mumbai)! If you don't have the invitation to a friend's weekend home, there are lots of villa rentals and home-stays.
Eat and Drink:
My favorite Sunday champagne brunch is at Fenix at The Oberoi. Relaxed and elegant with great food and service.
Fenix, Oberoi ( photo: Oberoihotels)
I also love sundowners on the terrace at Aer, which floats above the city on the 34th floor of Four Seasons Hotel. After a couple of cocktails, it's not unusual to look for seatbelts on your chair because the breathtaking view really makes feel like you're in an airplane!
Aer rooftop bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
I'm really not a big shopper and prefer to make my acquisitions online but these are a few of the stores in Mumbai I always love visiting:
Chiki Doshi's Antique Showroom, Walkeshwar:
Incredible antiques with the bonus of a sweeping and spectacular view of the Queen’s Necklace/ Marine Drive promenade from Malabar Hill (@mahendra_doshi_est_1974)
The Hally Pacific Warehouse: mind boggling antique furniture from ceilling curated by the late collector/aesthete, Farida Hoosenall. (@hally_pacific_antiques)
The cool leather goods brand and cafe is inspired by Indian heritage and craftsmanship.
Nappa Dori, Mumbai (photo: Vogue India)
Mumbai one-stop shop luxury destination.
Le Mill, Mumbai
Make sure that you tick this one on your list. It sells a wide variety of products made using traditional and artisan methods from houseware, linen, candles, lamps, silk ornaments, glassware to very nice cotton and silk clothing. There’s also a charming cafe should you feel the need to relax amongst Good Earth elegance.