COLABA TO FORT

CAFES

The Pantry | Le 15| The Nutcracker | Kala Ghoda cafe | The Table | Suzette | Britannia | Basilico | Grandmamas breakfast cafe | K customs ice cream | Britannia | Sequel juice | Leopold | Bombay coffee house 

SHOPS

Le Mill | Artisans | Bombay Shirt company | Khadi Bhandar | Obaitamu | Nicobar | Parvati Villa | Bungalow 8 | Sabyasachi | Filter | Raw Mango | Design Temple | Cord | Sohum dave | Anand Prakash | Nappa Dori| Clove store | Payal Khandwala

IN BANDRA

Pali Village Cafe and Bhawan | Anavila

BOOKSTORES

Trilogy | Kitab Khana | Wayward and wise

CULTURAL SPACES

Prices of Wales Museum | Jehangir Art gallery | David Sasson Library( members only) | National Gallery of Modern art | Work from Ministry of new | Watch a play at NCPA | Dr Bhao Daji lad museum (Byculla) | Clark House Initiative | Tarq gallery | JJ school of art | Asiatic society public library | CST Station | Sakshi gallery | Chatterjee and Lal art gallery | Chemould Prescott Road gallery| Sassoon dockyard | Space 118 open studios 


OUTSIDE JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL

LUNCH/CAFE

Cafe Palladio | The kitchen at Jaipur Modern | Anokhi Cafe | Cafe Kothi

DINNER

Bar Palladio | The Foresta (Indian) | Spice Court(Indian)

CONCEPT SHOPS

Kashmir loom, Hot pink and Anantaya at Narain Niwas | Jaipur Modern | Dhora | Tokree | Kalee | Soma | Idli | Tholia House  | Gem Palace

MUST DO

Jawahar Kala Kendra for Art | Jantar Mantar | Bapu Bazaar and Hawa Mahal | Sculpture Park at Nahargarh Fort | Amer Fort and City Palace | Anokhi Museum and Block printing with Studio Bagru

STAY

Luxury: Rambagh Palace  | Boutique and Heritage: Alsisar Mahal and Samode Palace | Stylish: 28 Kothi and Jobner Bagh


WHEN IN ANDAMANS 

TO DO IN ANDAMAN ISLANDS

  • The Cellular Jail in Port Blair

  • Limestone Caves through the mangrove forest in a boat

  • Radha Nagar beach

  • British Ruins in Ross island

  • Havelock island for seaplane and scuba diving

  • The Museum of tribals in Port Blair


FOOD AND ARCHITECTURE IN LUCKNOW

Lucknow, known for Awadhi poetry, chikankari, its food and architecture is a perfect getaway for someone who appreciates culture and history. I spent 2 days exploring the city and here are my recommendations. 

FOOD

  • Tunday Kebabi in Aminabad: Ulta Tawe ka parantha or sheermal with mutton galouti kebabs

  • Prakash Kulfi in Aminabad: Kulfi Falooda 

  • Idrees Biryani in Chowk: Mutton Biryani 

  • Royal Cafe in Hazratganj: Basket chaat

ARCHITECTURE

  • Bara Imambara

  • Chota Imambara

  • Residency Kaiserbagh

  • Lucknow University 


ROADTRIP TO AGRA

The city of Taj is two hours drive from Delhi via the express highway. Start early to get to the city before breakfast.

1. Try Kachori - aloo and masala chai at Deviram sweets:  Kachoris are typical breakfast in all of Uttar Pradesh, but Agra offers a variety of kachoris and bedmi puri and can be found at every street and corner.

2. Visit the Red Fort: Even though the city is popularly known for Taj mahal, the red fort in my opinion is more exquisite fro architecture and even more glorious than the Red fort in Delhi.

3. Head to the old rail station from where one can see tombs of the mosque and the city landscape view. This station was built during colonial raj, and can be interesting for its architectural influences.

4. Taj mahal from Mehtab bagh: In the evening/ late afternoon, this can make for a great photo and one can see all the three tombs aligned. Mehtab bagh is also a great picnic spot.

5.Marble Workshop: The city has a cottage industry of marble goods usually bought as souvenirs.

6 . Old bazaar:  Visit the Shiva temple known for its evening prayers. Shop for petha (sweet) shops, spices and for zari work carpets, which is a famous from agra.

7. Agra also a leather factories and workshops which can be of interest to someone who is keen to explore the crafts. One can shop for Jutis and chappals made custom.

8.  For history and architecture lover, fatehpur sikri and vrindavan are only an hour away. Guided walks are recommended.


MADURAI MUST DO

Visit the Meenakshi temple: Famous for its structure that dates about 2500 years ago, Meenakshi temple is a magnificent idol with sculpted Hindu gods celebrating the union of the god Shiva and goddess Parvati. Hand-painted murals further add to the beauty of this temple.

Buy yourself a silk sari: Tamil Nadu is known for its silk and Madurai can be the best possible place for authentic handloom saris. The main bazaar opposite the Meenakshi temple has many government handloom shops that are probably the best deal. Men can buy lungis, which is a wrap around fabric similar to saris that too comes with a silk border.

Visit the Jasmine fields and buy some for your hair! You would notice that all women are dressed in silk saris with jasmine flowers in their hair.  Outside every temple are vendors with different varieties of jasmine in a string of different patterns.  So buy yourself one and blend into the mix.


HIPSTER'S GUIDE TO OSLO

 

FOOD AND SHOPS

Creperie de Mari | Cafe cathedral | Granit | Habibi restaurant og Kafe | Supreme Roastworks AS | Tim Wendelboe | Fuglen | Stockfleths prinsens gate

TODO

Oslo Opera house | Munch museum | National theatre | Stortinget | The Royal Palace | National Gallery of Norway | Oslo Cathedral | The Vigeland park | Jernbanetorget


SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES

A DAY IN LA

Breakfast in Beverly Hills and shop at Rodeo drive | Culture and arts at LACMA | Silver lake boutiques and LAMill coffee | Venice beach | Drinks at Salvage Bar and lounge in Downtown | Dance at Exchange 

DAY TRIPS 

Napa Valley | Muir woods  | Santana row in San Jose | Stanford University campus 

SAN FRANCISCO'S NEIGHBOURHOOD GUIDE 

Spend an afternoon in crissy fields near Golden gate | Seed and salt cafe in Marina district high street | Le labo in Fillmore street | Walk the Lombard street | Walk through the San Francisco Botanical gardens for De young museum to the hidden staircase | Stanza coffee on Haight street and the Booksmith | Walk through the Almo square for a view of the painted ladies and sit for a coffee at the mill on Divisadero street | Craftsman and wolves for pastry, Dog eared books and Ritual coffee Roasters on valencia street in Mission | Blue bottle coffee on market street 


NEW YORK CITY GUIDE

SIGHTS

Staten island ferry Whitehall pier | South street seaport | 9/11 memorial | Columbus circle | Apple store | Empire state building | Rockefeller centre | Liberty statue | Brooklyn Bridge | Parsons | FIT | Brooklyn brewery | Times sq. | Grand central | Union sq. market | Bryant park market | Woodbury common | Chelsea market | High line | Penn station | Port authority station | Flat iron building | St Patrick’s cathedrals | Washington Bridge | The bowery hotel reception | Brooklyn flea | Lincoln centre | Columbia university | John’s catherdral | Hells kitchen | Stuvyant east river view | SVA college | Battery park walk

PARKS

Prospect Park | Central park | Astoria Park | Riverside park

WALKS /STREETS

Bleecker street | Fulton street | Water street | Lexington avenue | Madison avenue | 5th avenue | Broadway | Prince street | Mulberry street | Bedford avenue  Williamsburg | Hudson riverside pier | Dumbo | Little Italy and Chinatown | Chelsea galleries | Soho | Stone street and wall street | Houston

COFFEE

Amy’s bread | pushcart coffee | jacks coffee | petite shell coffee | fika expresso bar | the bean | Eatly | Balthazar coffee | Once upon a tart coffee | Atlas café grand street | Devocion | Little cupcake shop

EAT

Gonsevolt market  |Don giovani ristorante | Lambardis pizza pie | va piana | Bocado café pasta | Umami burger | shake shak | Ramen burger| Pj clarks burgers | plaza food hall | Route 66 smoke house burger | Wendy’s Burger | Boxers Sports Bar | Flaming Saddles Saloon | Therapy | garage jazz | Jane hotel | Brass monkey: meatpacking | Levee beer | kazuza| Kenny Broome street bar | Wynth rooftop | Melt sandwich| Zigomanis | Cooper Hewitt café | Tutt café falafel | Brooklyn museum café | Tacombi at Fonda Nolita | chipotle| Trestle 10 ave  | All is well frittata | Marlow and sons pancakes | Eggshop | Astoria brunch | Dhaba: Lexington Avenue | The masalawala | Ramen: menkui tei | Sapparo haru sushi | Socrat | Cupcakes by Melissa | Mast brothers | Ice cream le art del | Magnolia bakery | Viva la crepe | Parlour ice cream | The butchers' daughter juice

MUSEUMS /GALLERIES

Swiss Institute | MAD | MOMA | MET  | History museum | Cooper Hewitt | Public library | Morgan library | Brooklyn museum and library | New museum | Guggenheim | Museum of American Indian | Drawing room

DEPARTMENTAL SHOPS AND CHAINS

Barnes and Noble bookstore | Bloomingdales | Saks | Macy | Nordstrom | Utrecht | Anthropology | Paper source | Wholefoods

SHOWS

Improve at UCB | Phantom of the opera | Comedy central

A WEEKEND IN UDAIPUR

MUST DO

  •  City Palace tour 

EXPERIENCE

  • A Boat ride to Jag Mandir

  •  Monsoon Palace

DINE

  •  Upre for a view of Lake Pichola the Palaces

  •  Royal Repast 

WALK

  • Around Bara bazaar for local shopping of miniature paintings and silver jewellery  

  • Udai Art Cafe for Coffee


PUNE IN A DAY

MUST EAT

  • George restaurant for Biryani 

  • German bakery 

  • The Flour Works

MUST VISIT

  • Turf club 

  • Lavale hilltop 

  • Shaniwada fort 

  • Pataleshwar caves

  • Agha Khan palace 

  • Osho Teerth Park 


GOA IN A DAY

 STAY The Leela

EAT at Thalassa on Vagator beach

SHOP at Paperboat collective

SEE the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral 


THE FRENCH QUARTER IN PONDICHERRY

STAY AT VILLA SHANTI

WALK ON THE PROMENADE AND AROUND THE FRENCH QUARTER TO APPRECIATE THE ARCHITECTURE

COFFEE AT THE LE CAFE 

SHOP AT JANAKI 

SNACK AT THE AUROVILLE BAKERY 

DINE AT LE DUPLIEX 

VISIT THE ST. JOHN'S CHURCH 

EXPERIENCE FERRY TO PARADISE BEACH


THE BLUE CITY OF JODHPUR

Food

  • Step well

  • Chokelao bagh

  • Raas hotel restaurant

  • Sheesh Mahal

  • Mishralal  

SHOPPING

Via Jodhpur- right opposite Raas. Perfect for Kamalan client. Sells kidswear, shawls, jewellery, bags and stationary. They also have a design studio. Owners name is Cathy. 

M.R Juti- very cute small shop. Local artisan not a boutique. Can custom make within 24 hours. 

Laxman -art- restores Vintage photos and paints and does 3D work on top. Very different from what I say in the rest of the city. 

Shri Manglam- delight for a textile lover. Does bags, potlis and pouches. Not expensive. 

Om Ganesh export house. two floor shop for just vintage and antique finds. very specialized. If someone likes to collect or wants to shop for home, could spend hours.


FOUR HOURS IN FORT KOCHI

Visit

  • Mattancherry Palace

  • Jew-town leading to the Jewish synagogue.

  • Santa Cruz Basilica and Bastian bungalow

  • Lunch at Kashi art cafe and gallery

  • Pepper house library and shop for design.

  • Walking around Kochi is nice for its Portuguese and French architecture influence as well as streets with graffiti art

  • Sunset at the Chinese nets is quite a sight. 

EXPERIENCE 

  • Kalaripayatu marshal arts 

  • Kathakali dance performance

  • Elephant Ride

  • Hiking in Jungle 

  • Ayurveda spa 

  • Houseboat Lunch

  • Waterfall spotting 

  • Spice garden walk

MUST EAT

  • Malabar parantha and appam with stew

    WHAT TO BUY IN KERELA?

  • Local coffee and tea from Munnar and Thekkady 

  • Silk Sari 

  • Cotton Lungis with border

  • Coconut oil


MYSORE IN A DAY

Mysore Palace: Pride of the Rajput history, this palace is surrounded by four temples on each side and fortification. One can see elephant parade on special days, rare photos of the royalty, extensive hand painting and patterned tiles inside of the palace with grand chandeliers.  A tour last about an hour and one could visit a museum and art gallery inside of the palace as well.

Have that ghee roast dosa and Mysore masala dosa: Famous for its crispy an fluffy dosas, Mysore is probably the best place to have these savoury crepes with coconut chutney. A staple diet for the locals, this is available on every corner of the city and don’t be surprised if you eat 4 at one time!

Shop for spices and sandalwood: Karnataka’s famous homegrown spices and sandalwood are available in all souvenir government shops in Mysore and probably the most authentic as well.


BRUSSELS IN A DAY

THINGS TO DO

  • Les Galeries Royales Saint Hubert

  • La boutique Tin Tin 

  • Aksum Coffee House 

  • Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon 

  • St Micheal and St Gudula Cathedral 

  • Karsmakers Coffee House 

  • Paleis voor Schone Kunsten 

  • Royal Palace of Brussels 

  • Manneken pis

  • Grand place


PARIS FOR THE FIRST TIME

SHOP AND EAT

Shakespeare and company | Chanel 51 Montaigne | Fabriano | Pizza chic | Le Bistro Syrien | Le bon Marche

MUST DO

Petit Palais | Statue de Clemenceau | Ladurée Champs Elysées | Pont Alexandre III | Louvre Pyramid | Grand Palais | Place de la Concorde | Moulin Rouge  | Catacombs of paris  | Cathedral Notre |  Dame de paris | Sainte Chapelle | Luxembourg Palace | Arc de Triomphh | Sacre Coeur | Eiffel Tower | Eglise saint- Sulpice | Elysée palace | L'eglise de la Madeleine | Tuileries Garden | Canal Saint Martin | Porte Saint Martin | Porte Saint Denis

SOUVENIRS

Hennessy Cognac | Hot Chocolate | Mustard | Marmalade | Spring flower Honey


SINGAPORE DESIGN GUIDE

Singapore is a city commonly perceived as a green city offering first class food and services like any other developed country. The cultural side of Singapore is hardly explored by tourists. There are many ethnic groups residing in Singapore, but mainly Malaysian and Malayalam apart from Chinese and English speaking.  We had a great time exploring the cultural side of Singapore visiting street markets, cafes and watching street art. Here is a guide to neighbourhoods offering extraordinary coffee and shops by local makers.

CHINATOWN

Chinatown Heritage Centre makes a great stop to learn about the history and development of the neighbourhood. Food Street is where you can find Chinese food at its best among a festive ambience. There are many teahouses and dim sum restaurants in the area as well. There are also many religious landmarks in this Chinatown like the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, which apparently contains a tooth of Buddha.

KAMPONG GLAM

This Malay-Muslim quarter breathes its ethnicity with its major landmark, the Sultan Mosque, and a Malay Heritage Center and Arab Street, where one can shop for Persian carpets, batiks, stones, and much more. It would be impossible to label Kampong Glam a Muslim Quarter without several shisha smoking spots that are easily found.

LITTLE INDIA

Smells of spices, sounds of bicycle bells, and sights of jasmine flowers all fill the ambience of Little India. There are heaps of stalls selling massage oils, incense, and gold, but the nearby gem is the Mustafa Centre, a 24-hour emporium of knick knacks, decor, electronics, spices, textiles, and much more. For a glimpse in Hinduism, a trip to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is highly recommended.

DESIGN SHOPS AND CAFES

Monocle shop | Bynd Artisans | Chye Seng Huat Coffee | Strangelets design store | Woods in the books in Tiong Bahru | Plain Vanilla Bakery | Kinokuniya Bookstore | Oriole Coffee and bar | koi plus tea |The populous cafe | Nylon Coffee Roasters | Nanyang old coffee house | Bao Yuan Trading for vintage | Kapoc Design store | Red dot fine art gallery

BARS, CLUBS AND DINING

Clark Quay | Keong Saik Road | club street

MUST DO

 Walk at night on Anderson bridge from Merlion to Victoria Theatre | Street food at Telok Ayer market

4 HOURS IN SINGAPORE

Shopping at Marina Bay Sands and walk in gardens by the bay

OTHER FAMOUS CAFES 

Common Man | Forty hands | Toby's estate