Bombay: Food Guide

bombay street foodAs you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I have just come back from Bombay/Mumbai, where I spent a couple of weeks shopping, riding Rickshaws, eating all the food, oh and trying to cross the road without getting run over!

As I spent about 70% of my time eating, I thought I’d compile a post of my recommendations if you’re heading to India any time soon, or if you decide to book a trip to India after reading this post about all the great food (trust me it’s worth it just for the food) and for myself in the future, so I don’t forget all the best places to go.bombay street foodStreet Food

Quick tip – be careful with eating street food. To avoid getting the “Delhi Belly” ask other tourists whether it’s safe to eat and ask the owner if they use purified/bottled water.

bombay food guideRam & Shyam

Ram & Shyam isn’t a restaurant, but a little cart in the street that the owner wheels from his house to street every day. It’s hugely popular with locals and tourists and completely safe to eat. A must try is their pani puri, which is the reason for their fame. I’ve honestly never had such amazing pani puri in my life. We headed to Ram & Shyam in between shops almost every other day.

Shu-mazing factor – 9/10

sandwizzaSandwizza

We often got the shopkeepers to order these sandwiches for us whilst we shopped for saris. If only you could do that in Topshop eh? This place has the yummiest Bombay sandwiches in town. You can even buy the masala so you can attempt to recreate it at home. Goodbye boring cheese and lettuce sandwiches, hello spicy vegetable sandwiches.

Shu-mazing factor – 7/10

McDonalds

You might think I’m crazy for including good old Maccy D’s in this food post, but don’t shoot it down just yet, the Indian menu is slightly different. Try the veg masala grill burger. Yum.

Shu-mazing factor – 7/10

bombay food guide Indian authentic

When it came to Indian cuisine, we wanted to stick to the places where the locals go, instead of heading to fancy Indian places, which we have here in London.sabree mumbai Sabree

We had this on the first day we landed and I’m not going to lie, I was slightly put off by the aesthetic of the place but I’m so happy my tired jet-lagged self didn’t care enough to find another restaurant. This place has amazing pav bhaji and I would even recommend just ordering a few dishes of that and nothing else, it’s that good!

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

bombay food guideShiv Sagar

Another place where the locals go and it’s packed every day of the week.

Shu-mazing factor – 7/10

sanchos mumbaiNon Indian Restaurants

bombay food guideSanchos

A great Mexican restaurant which is a little more up market. Great atmosphere and food.

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

bombay food guideChina House, at The Grand Hyatt Hotel

Great atmosphere, service, food and cocktails. It’s a restaurant for special occasions and definitely one to try if you like Chinese cuisine. I’m not the biggest fan of Chinese food and I didn’t mind the starters, (which is big for me!) but my family loved this place.

Shu-mazing – 7/10

Mezzo Mezzo, at JW Marriott

An amazing Italian restaurant, which serves yummy wood-fire pizzas and is one of the only restaurants that imports Prosecco (result!). Great atmosphere but the pricing is similar to that of a restaurant in London.

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

bombay food guideLittle Italy

Another Italian restaurant, which is quite popular with the locals. The choices for pizza toppings are endless, with even an Indian spice topping available. That’s something you don’t see at Prezzo!

Shu-mazing factor – 7/10

24 Hours in Paris

pont alexandre iiiNow I’m no expert on Paris. I’ll leave that up to the regular Eurostar goers, and seeing as this was my first trip to France in 10 years, you might think I’m not qualified enough to a guide to Paris and nor do I. But I’m doing it anyway!

I spent a little more than 24 hours in the French capital, and although no amount of time would be enough, 24 hours is certainly a push for time. If there was ever a need for Bernard’s Watch, (the best 90s kids’ show ever!) it was my whistle stop trip to Paris. However, I actually managed to cram quite a lot in.

If you’re off to Paris for a quick trip like me, or just like reading guides to Paris to dream about your next trip there, this is the Parisian guide for you. How to do Paris in 24 hours. I’ll start with the most important thing….

Shopping I didn’t spend a great amount of my two days in Paris shopping as I wanted to see the sights and eat macaroons (obviously!) instead of just spending my 24 hours inside of a shopping centre, but a the well known department store, Galeries Lafayette was very near our hotel, so we decided to pop in. And I’m so glad we did! It’s basically like the French version of House of Fraser but with stunning architecture. As soon as you walk in you see this beautiful dome that surrounds the shops and the top floor also has a stunning surprise waiting for you (see below). I’m sure many people just come in to have a look at the dome, and even if you’re not keen on shopping, it’s worth going to see!Galeries LafayetteShopping doesn’t always mean buying things, it’s also is a history field trip (yes, really mum!). A history on a woman who changed fashion forever, Coco Chanel. The first ever Chanel store is a must see in Paris (if you like fashion, oh and history!), however we didn’t have enough time to head there, so this is my excuse for my next Paris trip! However, we did manage to visit the first Christian Louboutin boutique, but sadly left empty handed, having spent all of our Euros on macaroons. Boo.There’s a reason why every beauty blogger raves about French pharmacies, and it’s not because of their antibiotics! Cheap, big bottles of Bioderma! I needn’t say more.

TOP TIP – Shops are not open on Sundays, so if you’re planning a weekend away, make sure you schedule shopping in on the Saturday, to avoid disappointment, or tears!

 

Views of Eiffel Towerpont alexandre iiiEven though the iconic sight looks a little like a massive piece of scaffolding, I am in utter awe of it. When I saw la Tour of Eiffel for the first time this trip, I actually, gasped! Many tourists choose to go up the Eiffel Tower, and while you get a fabulous view of the whole of Paris, you don’t actually get the Eiffel Tower in the shot. Therefore, we decided to skip the long queues and check out the view from the rooftops of the Galeries Lafayette, which I don’t think many people know about. A rooftop view of Paris and the show stopping Eiffel Tower in the view for you to enjoy. Plus the department store is a lot less busy, so you can spend time taking those great ‘wish you were here’ shots of Paris.Galeries LafayetteTrocadero. No, not the fun one in Leicester Square, the Parisian one, with a great view of the Eiffel Tower and where I took my outfit pictures in my first post.

If you want to check out the Eiffel Tower at night, I would really recommend walking over to the Pont Alexandre III bridge, which is about a 30 minute riverside walk from the tower itself. A very romantic walk if you’re with your other half and for the rest of us, a great time to grab those night-time Paris snaps. eiffel tower night

 

FoodMost street corners have cute cafés, so they aren’t hard to come by but I would recommend Claus, an adorable, hidden little café with the best croissants ever.claus clausWhen bloggers go to Paris (or stay in London even) we must consume a boxful of macaroons. Preferably from Laudree. The salted caramel ones are to die for!laduree That’s it from the Paris posts, I hope you enjoyed reading them and hope to blog about it again soon (someone get me another Eurostar ticket!). And Paris I have a feeling I’ll be visiting again soon and I promise to not leave it another 10 years.

Au revoir mon cherie!

Paris, An Indian Summer

ashumiJardin des Tuileries mulberrry tillie Jardin des Tuileries Jardin des TuileriesI don’t know about you but when I’m packing for my trip away, my iPhone weather app stays open for the entire stressful process as obviously all outfits must match the weather. While I was going through my packing ritual for Paris, I was annoyed to see ‘sunny and 24 degrees’. Normal people would rejoice, sing their ‘Hallelujahs’ and dig out the summer sandals. Me? Not so much.

I thought that heading to Paris in the middle/end of September was guaranteed autumn weather. Well, the weather gods proved me wrong. I wanted to wear my new knits, which some, poor things (yes my clothes have feelings!) haven’t seen the light of day since I bought them. Anyway I had to leave my new clothes back in London, make the most of a “bad” situation and wear my trusty little white dress, which I bought from a random Vietnamese market for a few pounds!

We spent the day shopping, eating (but more on this later, keep those eyes peeled!) and went for a stroll in the famous Jardin des Tuileries, a perfect way to spend an hour in Paris. I would say a day, but we had to rush off to finish off our must-see/do things before it was time to head to the Gare du Nord for the Eurostar home.

paris styleJardin des Tuileries mulberry tillie Jardin des Tuileriesdress – Vietnamese market | shoes – Topshop | bag – Mulberry | sunnines – Miu Miu

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