Design Heat Maps: 12 High-Design Stops in Booming Mumbai

Stirling Kelso

Welcome to Design Heat Maps, wherein travel journalist Stirling Kelso—a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and the New York Times, among other outlets—breaks down that which an architecture and design junkie can't miss in can't-miss cities. For this month's column, she traveled to India with tour operator Micato Safaris and scoped out these 12 stops in the country's booming financial capital. Recommend Curbed's next destination by dropping us an email.
The dining room at blueFROG, a music venue and restaurant. Photo: blueFROG


A city of more than 12 million people, the Indian megacity of Mumbai boasts cultural attractions commensurate with its size, and has recovered admirably from the terror attacks of 2008, which struck at some of the city's finest hotels. Today, the city formerly known as Bombay is home to the historic hotels, like the newly renovated Taj and Oberoi, and colonial remnants, like the former Victoria station, but it is also nurturing some innovative newcomers, including the blueFROG restaurant and music venue (above), art galleries, and stylish boutiques.

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