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Mumbai: Shop the Taj

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Some of Mumbai’s best shopping is at its five-star hotels, and the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower (1 Apollo Bunder; 91-22/6665-3366; tajhotels.com), a center of old-school hospitality, has stores selling everything from French pastries to tailored couture. In addition to top-tier Western brands, it offers a host of high-end, homegrown shops that define contemporary Indian luxe. We’ve highlighted our picks.

Ravissant

This luxury lifestyle brand, one of only a few in India, specializes in intricate silver objets and tableware accented with exotic woods and semiprecious stones. The enamel dome–topped boxes (three for $2,000) and framed Hindu image ($450), fuse a modern sensibility with traditional techniques. 91-22/2281-5227

Burlington’s

Besides its large selection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, this clothier is known for intricately embroidered pieces—like the blouse ($450), covered in metallic patterns. Its custom-made Western wear, like a silk-and-wool-blend men’s suit perfectly cut from an Armani three-piece original (from $475), is also tops. If you’re in a rush, the shop can turn some orders around in 24 hours. 91-22/2202-5593

DIA

This jewel box focuses on heirloom-worthy diamonds and pearls, plus the occasional designer timepiece from brands like Piaget. The goods aren’t for the budget-conscious, but for a showstopping diamond and pearl choker or a classic men’s Rolex Datejust (prices upon request), Dia is the mecca. 91-22/2204-4400

Nalanda

Stocking the city’s most eclectic selection of English-language art monographs, novels, magazines, and coffee-table books, this 35-year-old bookshop is also one of the few places where you can pick up international editions of favorite monthlies. 91-22/2202-2514

Ganjam

Indian jewelry is famous for its elaborate settings and lust-inducing stones, but often the pieces are too traditional to pair with Western clothes. Ganjam’s various collections place Indian ikat, paisley, and peacock motifs in a contemporary context, as in the onyx, sapphire, and tourmaline pendant (price upon request). 91-22/3264-8434

Joy Shoes

This shoe emporium, one of Mumbai’s oldest, has specialized in handcrafted men’s and women’s leather footwear since 1939. The metallic stilettos and Swarovski crystal–studded women’s sandals ($140) exemplify an exuberant Indian aesthetic. 91-22/2202-8696

Stylesetter

Ingeniously built under the bleachers of the Wankhede cricket stadium, the boutique Bungalow 8 is a Mumbai must-visit. Owner Maithili Ahluwalia curates a selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, linens, pillows, and tabletop items, all collected from flea markets and designers across India and the world. bungaloweight.com