Full-on, fast-paced Mumbai has come a long way since Portuguese traders first stumbled on the bom bahia – or ‘good bay’ – that gave the city its former name. The cluster of fishing villages on a spit of land poking out into the Arabian Sea is now India’s modern-minded economic powerhouse, bristling with shiny office buildings and apartment blocks, and the centre of a high-profile film industry to boot.
Some of the stories of those intervening 500 years can still be found in the architecture of this ever-evolving city, especially in the buildings the British left behind, from the over-the-top-gothic main station to the Nash-influenced houses of Horniman Square. Others reveal themselves in the cuisine, whose array of influences from throughout the country and beyond is the legacy of the days when imperial Bombay’s harbour thronged with ships from around the world. Savour the tales its dishes tell in home-style cafés frequented by Bollywood stars or in street-food markets adored by all.
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