COLABA TO FORT
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
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
Pali Village Cafe and Bhawan | Anavila
Trilogy | Kitab Khana | Wayward and wise
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
Cafe Palladio | The kitchen at Jaipur Modern | Anokhi Cafe | Cafe Kothi
Bar Palladio | The Foresta (Indian) | Spice Court(Indian)
Kashmir loom, Hot pink and Anantaya at Narain Niwas | Jaipur Modern | Dhora | Tokree | Kalee | Soma | Idli | Tholia House | Gem Palace
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Prospect Park | Central park | Astoria Park | Riverside park
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
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
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
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
Improve at UCB | Phantom of the opera | Comedy central
A WEEKEND IN UDAIPUR
City Palace tour
A Boat ride to Jag Mandir
Upre for a view of Lake Pichola the Palaces
Around Bara bazaar for local shopping of miniature paintings and silver jewellery
Udai Art Cafe for Coffee
PUNE IN A DAY
George restaurant for Biryani
The Flour Works
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
Raas hotel restaurant
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
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.
Kalaripayatu marshal arts
Kathakali dance performance
Hiking in Jungle
Spice garden walk
Malabar parantha and appam with stew
WHAT TO BUY IN KERELA?
Local coffee and tea from Munnar and Thekkady
Cotton Lungis with border
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
PARIS FOR THE FIRST TIME
SHOP AND EAT
Shakespeare and company | Chanel 51 Montaigne | Fabriano | Pizza chic | Le Bistro Syrien | Le bon Marche
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
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 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.
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.
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
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