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Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and do list!

Mumbai City InsiderName: Anant Goenka

Email: [email protected]

Short bio: Head – New Media, Indian Express and Foodie

Occupation: Media

Born in: Mumbai

Live in: Mumbai (and on Go Air’s flights to and from Delhi)



Favorite World Heritage Site: Mumbai International Airport

Best way to the airport: Taxi (cool cab in the summer)

Best way from the airport: Private taxis available at the airport

Best way to get to/from train station: Riskshaws and taxis

Best way to/from port: Taxi

Favorite 5 – star ho 

Favorite budget ho 

Favorite fine dining restaurant:  at the Taj Mahal Hotel

Favorite casual restaurant: Indigo Deli, Colaba and Sanchos, Bandra

Favorite cafe: Pali Village Cafe

Best museum: 

Most popular local food: Vada Pao

Local fruit: Mateera

Local drink: GangaJamuna — a mix of orange and fresh lime juice with salt..

Movies filmed there: Too many to count but who can forget

TV shows filmed there: Lots of reality and news shows have recorded the Mumbai dabbawallas..

Best souvenirs locals can buy: Mumbai t-shirts, old British clocks at Chor Bazaar, and very cheap high-fashion clothing at Fashion Street. Also: kola puri chappals from Colaba Causeway

Recommended reading for your city: 

10 places visitors must see:

  1. Chowpatty Beach
  2. Taj Hotel
  3. JJ Flyover
  4. Juhu Beach
  5. Film sets at Film City
  6. Dharavi
  7. VT Station (Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus) during lunch hours
  8. Dhobhi Ghat
  9. Race Course
  10. Bombay Stock Exchange

Best place to volunteer: Welfare of Stray Dogs or Salaam Bombay

Biggest tourist trap: Don’t forget to bargain at Colaba Causeway

Best smartphone apps:  (excuse the plug) and Brown Paper Bag

Best websites: ,

Best travel tip for your city: Come December – February, do NOT visit during the monsoons! :)


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