Mumbai Travel Guide
with Rey Vakili
A former assistant to influential editor Anna Wintour, Rey has long been a major style muse of ours at the s t e e l e . studio. We love her playful, yet perennial style that fuses bright hues with adventurous, feminine silhouettes.
Rey profiled Mumbai for us during her recent travels to the effervescent, Indian city. India is close to our hearts, as we have many suppliers and artisans based here, so we absolutely could not wait to get some insight on the vibrant city of Mumbai from Rey.
What brings you to Mumbai?
One of my classmates from Stanford is getting married here. If you’ve ever been to an Indian wedding you will know they are quite the extravagant affair with festivities that span over several days.
What do you love about India?
There are so many things to love; the food, the textiles, the jewels, the spices, the colours, the endless hustle and bustle. My favourite thing about India however has to be it’s warm and hospitable people.
Taj Mahal Palace
This historic landmark has interiors are next-level luxury, with marble-clad floors and chandeliers dripping from the ceilings.
A more relaxed vibe boutique hotel. Photos by Flash Anthology
The rock-cut temples on Gharapuri, are an absolute must. These ancient monuments are now listed as a World Heritage Site and host some of India’s most impressive temple carvings.
Gateway of India
The colonial-era archway that stands at the heart of Mumbai harbour.
The city is full of markets. Find everything from food to textiles and gemstones.
An ultra-cool modern concept store that features a curated mix of international fashion designers as well as more traditional Indian womenswear.
This impeccably designed Flagship store is more about the experience than anything else. Elaborate bridal dresses, ready-to-wear saris, as well as Indian and western clothing.
India is renowned for their beautiful gemstones. This jewellery store is beautifully designed and is worth checking out even if you leave empty handed! Photo by @katiearmour
Other places to visit include; Bungalow 8, Begani, Aza, Ensemble, The Palladium and San Cha for lovely teas.
EAT / DRINK:
Modern American dining with an eclectic menu that is known for its modern global cuisine. The atmosphere is buzzing too.
Wasabi by Morimoto
Located at the Taj, it is a beautiful dining experience. It was recently voted one of the world’s top 50 restaurants.
AER at the Four Seasons
Up on the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, this rooftop bar has the best open-air views of the city with a delicious tapas menu and a vibing DJ
Mumbai is one of the most fashion forward cities in India, opt on the side of comfortable and conservative. Long, flowy dresses are best and keep it lightweight because it gets hot and humid. I will be packing my favourite steele. Summer dresses. The air is muggy and the pollution is heavy so a good face wash and skincare products are a must!
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