CREATIVE COCKTAILS, 6:30 P.M.
After introducing Mumbai to molecular Indian gastronomy with Masala Library a few years ago, the restaurateur Zorawar Kalra unveiled the city’s buzziest new cocktail bar in March, serving up more molecular magic with MasalaBar. Cocktails meet chemistry in the form of theatrical drinks like the Bollywood Bhang (vodka with basil smoke served in a skull-shaped glass). There is even a nod to MasalaBar’s seafront setting on Carter Road in the form of the ideal late-afternoon tipple: Sunset @ Carter (whisky with rosemary, orange, and almond foam). Meanwhile, snack on tasty tapas like ghee-roasted scallops and truffled shiitake steak burgers.
RETRO REPAST, 8 P.M.
The owners of Pali Bhavan scoured Chor Bazaar for their décor inspiration: You’ll have a hard time finding an inch of wall space that isn’t adorned with a framed image depicting vignettes from India’s past — family pictures, college portraits, scenes from aristocratic life. The Old World dining room sets the stage for a traditional feast from across the country: classic butter chicken, harissa-spiced chicken tikka, pumpkin kofta curry and galouti kebabs, washed down with a pomegranate lassi. Expect to spend about 2,000 rupees for two. Afterward, stroll to Punjab Sweet House for classic Indian mithai (sweets): pistachio ice halwa, kalakand milk cake and mango barfi.
BANDRA-BOUND, 9 A.M.
Before the British, the Portuguese came ashore — and the suburb of Bandra, popular for its trendy restaurants and Bollywood star haunts, is where you can see vestiges of the Portuguese stint in Mumbai. Book a walking tour with Raconteur, and a knowledgeable local will lead you through landmarks — the 1575 St. Andrew’s Church and the striking neo-Gothic Mount Mary — as well as through former fishing and farming villages, pointing out street art along the way. You’ll end at the 1640-built Bandra Fort (keep an eye out for Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s house — you’ll recognize it from the hordes at the gates), where an easy climb yields panoramic views over the Sealink bridge and the Mumbai skyline beyond.
TEATIME, 11 A.M.
Recuperate from your walk at the Taj Mahal Tea House. Last August, the Brooke Bond tea company transformed a Bandra bungalow into an elegant tearoom — complete with colonial-style rocking chairs, colorful tiles, cheery floral motifs on the walls — but the main draw is the extensive chai list. Choose from variants like Parsi mint (160 rupees) and a Karipatta Delight with curry leaves and citrus (140 rupees). Pair your poison with a triple-decker egg sandwich with fried herbs and chutney (400 rupees).
ART BREAK, 1 P.M.
The 128-year-old nonprofit contemporary art venue, Bombay Art Society, has a flashy new address. At the nebulous Sanjay Puri–designed structure in Bandra you can scope out the local art scene, with works by Laxman Shreshtha, Yusuf Arakkal, Anjolie Ela Menon and more.