Trilogy, Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu Tara Road, Santracruz (W), call + 9122 26469500,7USD for a beer, 20 USD for a cocktail, 320USD for a bottle of Moet (inclusive of taxes).
The Art Loft: Picture Perfect
The Art Loft is described as its namesake; an artsy and cozy loft space where the city?s cultural vultures like to congregate. From French ballet, improv acting, wine appreciation, to genealogy and art therapy, the schedule here boasts rare and interesting workshops specially curated by French owner and art therapist, Leila Tayebaly. She keeps it interesting with movements like The Art Conspiracy, where the walls of Mumbai?s bars and restaurants will serve as canvases for budding artists in the city. Get ready to make your mark!
The Art Loft, Valentino Rest, above Patel Stores, next to Mehboob Studio, Bandra (W), call + 91 9819132958, starts at 90 USD for eight hours.
You can?t swing a hanger in Colaba without hitting a swish multi-designer store housed in a century old building. Ogaan is the newest of these, stocking ruffled dresses by Gauri and Nainika, wispy chiffons by Nachiket Barve, and embellished jerseys by Kavita Bhartia. Some items you?ll fiind at other fashion hobs, so I suggest you focus on the unique vintage evening bags and oversized elephant rings by Ritika Sachdeva. Also, the uber cool tees by Sanchita sport treated leather strips and interesting shoulder pads. You definitely won?t be dissapointed here!
Getting there:5/5 Grants Building, first floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, call + 9122 22833576/7, 25 USD for a Ritika Sachdeva oversized ring.
Two One Two: Mumbai?s Hippest New Code
In a mid-town district starved for hip restaurants, Two One Two is a great new reason to visit Worli. Here, regal high back chairs, an all-wood exterior and a restrained bar take a back seat, allowing decadent Italian dishes to take center stage. Camembert baked to perfection, stormy mushroom cappuccino soup and flamboyantly colourful pizza verdure, all adorn the menu. Milanese chef Alex Bignotti is the master behind such dishes. Backed by Ketan Kadam, the man behind Fire ?N? Ice, Mumbai?s Two One Two is the equivalent of Studio 54. Far too indulgent for a working lunch, Two One Two is better for a week night dinner or weekend cocktails.
Two One Two Bar and Grill, 12 A, Hornby Vellard Estate, same road as Nehru Centre, Worli, call + 91 9920838529 / + 9122 24901994, 50 USD for a meal for two without alcohol.
When it comes to gold in Hong Kong,it?s a matter of tradition and custom. Luckily, our selection and prices will spoil you rotten. Hennessy Road in Causeway Bay will prove this ten times over. Well-known local jewelry boutiques line the street, competing for business. Endless window displays filled with modern and traditional gold jewelry will continually capture your attention, eliciting a response in the form of swooning. Step inside the shops and you won?t be disappointed. Shelves lined with ornate gold necklaces and bracelets, and drawers overflowing with gold chains, are a bit of what you can expect on your journey. And the big time bonus is that all of the jewelry is tax-free. How?s that for added incentive!
Often heavy and ornately designed, many of these jewels are made for sacred unions. Dragon pendants, along with floral necklaces and bracelets adorned with the Chinese character for ?double happiness,? are the norm as they symbolize good fortune and prosperity. Lucky for us ladies, these are gifts in which tradition requires the brides? parents and other elder relatives to give her as part of her dowry. A Chinese bride in Hong Kong is usually seen wearing a Chinese ?qipao? dress along with gold jewelry on her big day. What?s the gold standard of expectation in Hong Kong, you ask? The more the better! The number of gold bracelets worn by the bride translates to her wealth and how much she is loved by her family. Talk about competition!
You snooze, you lose. Rule the night, Mumbai-style. We let you in on the places that don?t stop, not even for a power nap.
No matter where you make merry in South Mumbai, Bade Miya is always the after party to the after party. In a seedy lane behind the Taj Mahal Palace & Hotel, this kebab king and his crew hand out the yummiest kathi rolls and Mughlai dishes until the wee hours of the morning. While posh partygoers prefer to pass through for a Seekh kebab roll, the more adventurous use their car hoods as tables, and bare hands to polish off a plate of chicken tikka and naan. If you visit during the 2 a.m. rush hour - bars and clubs in the city (officially) shut at 1.30 a.m. ? prepare to wait at least 30 minutes for your late night feast.
Bade Miya roadside stalls, Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, call +91 022 22851649. Opens at 7 p.m., Rs 150 ($3 USD) for a chicken tikka roll.
Leena Mogre Gym
This is where (most) Indian television stars go after their graveyard shoots wrap. The only 24-hour gym in the city, Leena Mogre?s treadmills also move to the speed of Mumbai?s corporate slaves, call center executives and sexy insomniacs. Nightcaps include chocolate whey protein blends.
Leena Mogre, 482, 3rd floor, Link Corner Mall, Linking Road, Bandra (W), call +91 022 26481796.
24/7 Coffee Shops
Mumbai?s five-star hotel coffee shops are open 24/7, and they?re usually packed on weekends with Mumbai?s party overflow. Here, you can snack on sandwiches that cost $25 USD (as if you hadn?t already spent enough on those swish cocktails). Get a yummy Fiamma pizza at The President Hotel?s Trattoria , and split it five ways. If you?re in the suburbs, drop by Vista at Taj Lands End for uncomfortably expensive comfort food (get the dal makhani) and an almost definite Bollywood czar sighting: Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan live in the neighborhood.
Trattoria, Taj President Hotel, 90, Cuffe Parade, call +91 022 66650808; Taj Lands End, Bandstand, Bandra (W), call +91 022 66681234
In a bylane of Mumbai?s glitzy Juhu suburb, behind a rundown bakery, you?ll find some of the best Indian rock bands (and groupies) practicing for their next gig. You and your friends can stop to listen ? or pay Rs 200 an hour and take the next jam room shift to play your own tunes. 3rd Step is a 24-hour music quarters that, in addition to a jam room, also houses an instrument store and a record company ? all squeezed into 350 square feet of space.
3rd Step, lane opposite Sea Princess Hotel, Kishore Kumar Ganguly Road, behind Rajput Bakery, Juhu
Even in a country flashing with gold ? you?ll find it on saris and stationary, temples and totes ? the city of Mumbai stands out for its obsession with the precious metal. From old Maharashtrian grandmothers, to women in the boardroom (and even some adventurous men), gold is everyone?s favorite way of spicing up an ensemble. A gold and onyx necklace is an example of what?s considered an important wedding symbol, and worn daily by a sub-sect of married women in Mumbai.
The best examples of traditional jewelry can be found in Zaveri Bazar, commonly known as a ?jewelry market?, where excited brides shop for their trousseau. Here you can score the likes of delicate rings and multi-tiered necklaces, to waist-belts and hairpins. Our favorite stop for baubles is at Dedhia Jewelers, conveniently located in Mumbai.
All that Glitters?
Although a lot of the gold jewelry you may discover on your journey contributes a vintage-cool factor to the most contemporary wardrobes, there are still plenty of young designers making more urban designs from gold. Tanishq, a pan-national jewelry store chain is a terrific one-stop-shop. Not only does it have a wide variety of price ranges, but it also guarantees authenticity. Often times, smaller stores are less reliable in terms of purity and weight.
Of course, if you?re not too fussy about buying the genuine stuff, try Bungalo 8. This lush, three-level store in Colaba, carries some of the most lust-worthy faux gold jewelry in the city. A true golden temple!
ZaveriBazar, Bhuleshwar, South Mumbai; Dedhia Jewelers, Shop No 3, SangitSagar Building,Matunga; Tanishq flagship, 365/C, Linking Road, Khar; Bungalow 8, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba.
Mumbai is a city of outdoor markets: flowers and furniture, meat and maps are sold in bazaars littered with junk and studded with jewels, thick with aggressive hawkers and sharp-eyed shoppers. For newcomers, even the most civilized of these can be overwhelming. Don your most comfortable shoes, hold your wallet close, and just dive in: even if you don?t end up buying anything, you?ll leave with stories aplenty.
Perhaps Mumbai?s most frequented street shopping destination, locals and tourists alike head to this ?Thieves Market;? its is name derived from the fact that a lion?s share of the goods on sale here are stolen. Most popular are the shops that sell antique furniture and old gramophone records, but visitors will also find more easily transportable goods like intricately carved ivory artifacts, kitschy Bollywood memorabilia, and even the meters taken off the ubiquitous auto rickshaws that zoom around the city.
Begin at Mini Market, 33/31 Mutton Street, Chor Bazaar, Mohammed Ali Road, call+91 (0) 22 2347 2427
Lining downtown?s most central road, one can?t help but pass by the chaotic Colaba market. You might as well pause and take a look around, rummage through countless tiny stalls for Wonderland-esque pocket watches, pop-colored wooden bangles and straw-bottomed flip flops made famous by the Osho Ashram in Pune. Remember to bargain fiercely for your spoils: start at under half of what the shop owners ask, and settle at about 60 percent of the original quoted price. Deal or no deal?
Starting point at Caf? Mondegar, Metro House, Colaba Causeway
Olive Bar and Kitchen and Vie Lounge
Tea lights flicker under a setting sun as you browse through pretty scarves and organic jams. You gladly fork over the exorbitant price for the woven straw bag that you just have to have. This is, after all, not the kind of place where you haggle over money. Catch the luxe flea markets hosted by swish restaurants Olive Bar and Kitchen and Vie Lounge between October and December every year, at the peak of the tourist season.
Olive Bar & Kitchen, 14 Union Park, Khar (W), call +91 (0) 22 26058228; Vie Deck and Lounge, 102 Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, call +91 (0) 22 26603003. Inquire in advance for dates and times.
They don?t call it the City That Never Sleeps for nothing. New York City excels in after-hours offerings. To get the full experience, the Big Apple must be savored by day and night ? and those bewitching hours in between. Pound a quad-espresso and get ready to see the sun come up.
The Spotted Pig
A down to earth gastropub located in the West Village, this is a great place to meet friends for a drink and some hearty fare. Don?t miss the amazing blue cheese burger with rosemary shoestring fries, which is even more delicious after some bubbly or brews at 2 a.m.
314 West 11th St. (between Hudson St. & Greenwich St.)
The Standard Grill
Located inside The Standard hotel and under the High Line, the latest landmarks in the cooler/richer-than-thou Meatpacking District. The kitchen is open until 4 a.m., which is perfect for the hungry souls that let out of nearby clubs like Tenjune ? or the penthouse party at the Boom Boom Room, right upstairs, where the crowd and views are beautiful and the door policy is unmercifully enforced.
The Standard Grill
848 Washington St. (at 13th St.)
Hair Party 24 Hours
You?re busy ? but your looks don?t have to suffer. Tend to all your beauty needs here: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Service between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. is by appointment only, however, so plan your late-night coloring and mani-pedis accordingly.
76 Madison Avenue (between 27th St. & 28th St.)
Serving up yummy French bistro fare along with an extensive beer and wine list. There is no reason not to dine well in the wee hours.
249 Park Avenue (between 19th St. & 20th St.)
The Brazilian-cuisine-inspired menu is extensive. And the wait staff: mostly models. Get the cheese bread and see for yourself.
29 Union Square West
New York Sports Club
Many New York Sports Club gym branches are open 24 hours. Inquire about their special ?Night Owl Membership,? which offers use of their 24-hour locations between the hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. at a special rate.
This New York-based drugstore chain seems to be on every street corner. And you never know when you?ll need one. Forgot to pack travel essentials like toothpaste, soap ? or mascara? No problem. Also useful for buying late-night snacks and six packs. Many locations are 24 hours.
A great Korean eatery in Midtown?s Koreatown. Rowdy late at night as many continue their post-club drinking here. The kimchi chigae and bulgogi are as authentic as they come. Expect a line, but service is always prompt and the wait is usually no more than 20 minutes.
9 W. 32nd St. (between Fifth Avenue & Broadway)
St. Mark?s Market
An unassuming but wonderful little deli and grocery store. Carries breads from Balthazar and Tom Cat, famous bakeries in New York. East Village locals and nearby NYU students love their fresh, delicious sandwiches.
21 Saint Mark?s Place
Sarge?s New York Delicatessen
An authentic New York deli where the meat to bread ratio is clearly skewed toward the meat. The extensive menu includes staples like matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and huge slices of cheesecake. Bonus: They deliver anywhere ? yes, anywhere ? in Manhattan, 24/7.
548 Third Ave (between 36th St. & 37th St.)
Sunac Fancy Foods
Often heralded as a cheaper alternative to Whole Foods, locals love their great selection of health foods and deli sandwiches. No need to derail your diet at 4 a.m.
765 6th Avenue (between 25th St. and 26th St.)
Sunny and Annie?s
A typical New York Korean grocery store with delectable deli offerings. The Pho Real sandwich is not to be missed ? and made even better with avocados. Wash it down with some consistently good coffee, too. Great value but cash only.
94 Avenue B (between 6th St. and 7th St.)
Fall in New York is the perfect time to flea. Local artisans, DIY craftspeople, independent designers and vintage collectors bring you some of the most unique shopping you?ll ever experience. Keep your eyes open, bring plenty of cash, and practice hailing a cab with your arms full.
Hands down the best flea market in New York and a wonderful way to spend a few hours/dollars on the weekend. Indie designers, vintage dealers and eccentric collectors provide the cool finds, including everything from NASA jumpsuits to ?70s sundresses. Saturday is outdoors, and the Sunday session is indoors at the former Williamsburg Savings Bank, which is a beautiful space complete with vault and mezzanine levels. Refuel with amazing food, from rustic Italian roast pork sandwiches to fresh-from-Maine lobster rolls. If you?ve only got time for one market in New York, make this the one.
Saturdays: Fort Green, 176 Lafayette Ave (between Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)
Outdoors, 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m. (Moves indoors after November 21 to Skylight One Hanson)
Sundays: Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Pl. (at Flatbush Ave.)
Indoors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hell's Kitchen Flea Market
This flea is not for the faint of heart ? and is also NYC fashion icon Lynn Yaeger's favorite. Antiques dealers haul in the weird, sometimes awesome, but always interesting. Expect a lot of vintage jewelry, fur and a random mishmash of items, from home goods to vinyl records and handmade African chairs.
West 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenue
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. ? 6 p.m.
Hester Street Fair
Nestled in a less trafficked area of the Lower East Side, this small market is worth the trip. Beyond the printed totes, vintage items and ethnic-inspired goodies, you?ll also find some very on-trend items at reasonable prices. Arguably the best market for food, it also features yummy, hard-to-find snacks such as Japanese fish-shaped waffles and artisan ice cream.
Intersection of Hester Street and Essex Streets
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. ? 6 p.m., April through December.
The Market NYC / Young Designers Market
Many young local designers from Parsons and FIT present their wares at this indoor market. Expect lots of handmade jewelry and T-shirts with interesting graphic prints. A pretty affordable selection, and a great place to pick up a gift or two.
268 Mulberry St., near Houston St.
Hong Kong is notorious for its nightlife, and while it may not be overflowing with 24-hour haunts, after-hours there are aplenty. From all-night shopping to karaoke and authentic Hong Kong eats, there?s always something for the night crawler to get into.
For the true shopaholic, Hong Kong has APM, a 24-hour, 7-story mall in Kwun Tong (the MTR stops running around 1 a.m., so getting there by mass transit any time after is a challenge). APM houses a variety of well-known local and international stores that sell clothing, beauty products, books and electronics. There are also supermarkets, restaurants and a cinema. The perfect place to go when there are simply not enough hours in the day.
The Lan Kwai Fong and Soho areas are perfect for hours upon hours of barhopping; if you?re game, try Dragon-I, Volar, Halo, Drop, Gecko and Yumla, to start. Hookah lounges have enjoyed a recent surge in popularity here; Kasbah, Marouche and Sahara are top choices that also happen to serve delicious Middle Eastern meals. For karaoke, CEO at Causeway Bay is the place to go, especially as they?ve expanding their collection of both old and contemporary US and UK hits. Get ready to get your Gaga on.
Of the handful of places in Hong Kong that do stay open 24 hours a day, The Flying Pan, Caf? O (on weekends only) and Tsui Wah are your best bets. The Flying Pan is a cozy diner with an extensive menu of big, hearty Western-style breakfasts. Be warned: its convenient location makes it a go-to place for those with the drunken munchies. Caf? O offers a quieter, more comfortable experience and healthier cuisine. However, for a true local experience, Tsui Wah in Central is a must for its huge selection of reasonably priced local delights: wonton noodles, peanut butter and condensed milk toast and curries. Partygoers descend on all 3 floors around 4 or 5 in the morning. Dig in.
418 Kwun Tong Road, Millenium City 5, Kwun Tong
The Flying Pan
G/F, 9 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong
No.2, Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
15D-19 Wellington St., Central, Hong Kong
60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
44 D'aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
B/F, 10-12 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
Basement, On Lok Mansion, 39-43 Hollywood Rd., Central, Hong Kong
LG/F, Ezra Lane Lower Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
79 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
4-8 Arbuthnot Rd, Central, Hong Kong
G/F, 48 Cochrane Street Central, Hong Kong
11 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
2-8 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong