Photo story: Globetrotting in Mumbai

Published: 24 October, 2013 09:38 IST | The Guide Team |

October 24, 1945 was when the UN Charter came into force, and the United Nations was officially formed to preserve world peace. On this red letter day in world history, The GUIDE decided to turn things on its head and went globetrotting in the city. Here's a look at a few obvious and lesser known establishments that have been inspired by countries' names

Their tagline ‘We knead your needs’ always puts a smile on our face as do their fresh breads.

Pics/Dhara Vora

91-year-old American Express Bakery, which also has an outlet on Hill Road in Bandra runs from its headquarters on Clare Road in Byculla. This Goan family-run business is said to have got its name due to its quick delivery of bread to ships coming from America and other countries. 

Canada Building in Fort served as the office for Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, hence the name.

The building’s façade, still bears the name of the company. We sure could do with this slice of cool in the city


Located near Haj House, the name Iran Like Restaurant is the literal translation of “Iran Jevu Restaurant” in Gujarati by the owners

Found on Duncan Road in Nagpada, Iraqui Bakery has been running in a neighbourhood that is steeped in city history.

Don’t miss the London Station store to its left. Talk about global bonding!


This Dutch dossier had us stumped. Our guess is that Holland House on Colaba Causeway (Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg) is named after the surname of a British official. It now houses a popular restaurant on the ground floor


Argentina store for readymade garments on Bhulabhai Desai Road. Pic/Bipin Kokate

We first spotted Turkish Hair Dresser on Ebrahim Rehmatullah Road on our way to Mohhamed Ali Road for a round of feasting during Ramzan.

Interestingly, there is also a Turkish Salon and an Arabian Express down the same road. Middle Eastern melee, this!

Did you know?
French bridge at Opera House is named after Colonel PT French who was the Royal Engineer when India under colonial rule. He was one of the founders of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI), now the Western Railway. His bas relief is at Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate.

Source: Deepak Rao, City Historian 

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