Mumbai is a complex city with both a vibrant, modern downtown and an ancient history. Who better to draw up a local guide than Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai’s in-the-know staff? Tailor your itinerary with their picks; then explore, retreat and repeat.

Our Executive Chef's Favourite Vegetarian Spot

– Anupam Gulati, Executive Chef

“I love Thakkar Bhojnalay, a traditional Gujarati Thali place with the most delicious vegetarian food. It’s hidden in a laneway and they don’t take reservations. Go with an empty stomach, because they keep feeding you until you’ve had enough. The menu changes daily and seasonally. In summer, try the aam ras (mango pulp), or in winter, dig into some undhiyu – a traditional Gujarati speciality made with beans, yams and sweet potatoes. Amazing!”

A Local's Favourite Place to Shop, Suggested by Our Marketing & Communications Manager

– Radhika Mathur, Marketing and Communications Manager

“An eclectic mix of jewellery, artifacts and other handicrafts can be seen on display at the streetside shops at Colaba Causeway, making it a must-visit for first-time visitors as well as regulars to Mumbai. This ever-evolving marketplace also houses a few quaint boutiques, showrooms of popular Indian and international brands, and many eateries for a pit-stop while you shop.”

Where Our Director of Sales Cruises the Arabian Sea

– Neha Chowdhury, Director of Sales

“On weekends, I enjoy boating on the Arabian Sea. As you set forth on the open water, you can feel the thrill of the wind and you get incredible views of the city. Luxury boat operators at the Gateway of India offer a lot of water adventure activities like sailing, cruising and yachting.”

Where Our Director of Marketing Goes for a Night at the Theatre

– Stephanie Dsilva, Director of Marketing

“For a night on the town, I suggest the Prithvi Theatre, built by renowned actor Shashi Kapoor. Enjoy a great performance – whether in English or Hindi – then have a meal at the iconic Prithvi Café, a lush outdoor setting with bohemian lamps hanging from the trees. They have delicious parathas, biryani and samosas. Be sure to try the Sulaimani chai, an ambrosial sweet-sour drink made from black tea.”

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Where Our Assistant Director of People & Culture Goes Exploring

– Nabeel Paloba, Assistant Director of People and Culture

“On my days off, I like to head out into the countryside. I really enjoy the 16th-century Vasai Fort – the site of a major historic battle between the Portuguese and the Marathas. Spread over 45 hectares (110 acres), this imposing site is now in ruin, but that makes it more interesting to explore. We can arrange a tour guide to share the history for you too!”