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Life Beyond The Glass Cabins In India Inc's Favourite Places

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Published: Mar 1, 2014 08:43:52 AM IST
Updated: Mar 4, 2014 11:29:39 AM IST
Life Beyond The Glass Cabins In India Inc's Favourite Places
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London

  • Quiet spots/quick getaways: Daunt
  • Bookshop, Marylebone High Street
  • Must-see: See London’s famous museums by night; May 15-17
  • Quick lunch/street food: Borough Market (right) at London Bridge or Real Food Market at Waterloo (weekends only)
  • Different way to see the city: Hire a public bicycle from—and return it to—any of the 500 docking stations around London

 Tip: Don’t eat on the London Underground trains


Life Beyond The Glass Cabins In India Inc's Favourite Places



Hong Kong
  • Quiet spots/quick getaways: Zoological & Botanical Gardens (above)
  • Must-see: Ming and Qing Dynasty Art
  • Exhibition, April 25 to September 28, 2014, Hong Kong Museum of Art
  • Quick lunch/street food: Sing Kee in Central or Happy Veggies in Wan Chai (for vegetarians)
  •  Different way to see the city: Mid-Levels escalator  the effort out of the slopes takes

  • Tip: It’s common to give gifts (even cash in red envelopes) at meetings, but rude to open them in front of the giver

Image: Corbis

Life Beyond The Glass Cabins In India Inc's Favourite Places

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New York
  • Quiet spots/quick getaways: St John the Baptist Church, West 31st Street, near Madison Square Gardens
  •  Must-see: Musicals on Broadway
  • Quick lunch/street food: Hot dogs with “the works” (below); or grab organic lunch boxes from any of the Whole Foods outlets.
  •  Different way to see the city: Walk. Start at Wall  walk up street, 5th Avenue to the Upper East Side (that’s a good six miles!)

 Tip: Don’t miss the subway performers. Some say the real New York life lies
under ground.



Life Beyond The Glass Cabins In India Inc's Favourite Places
Image courtesy: Vlaamse Opera House

Antwerp
  • Quiet spots/quick getaways: The medieval alley of Vlaeykensgang, seemingly untouched by time
  •  Must-see: Performance at Vlaamse Opera House (above)
  •  Quick lunch/street food: Authentic kosher (Jewish) food  Hoffy’s
  • Different way to see the city: Take a stroll around Antwerp’s Oude Stad ('Old City')

Life Beyond The Glass Cabins In India Inc's Favourite Places
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Rio de Janeiro
  • Quiet spots/quick getaways: A peaceful walk in Santa Teresa, a hillside neighourhood
  • Must-see: World Cup soccer matches, June 12-July 13
  • Quick bite/street food: Cheese pastels
  • (pastries stuffed with beef, shrimp and pork) with sugarcane juice; Acai berry smoothies
  • Different way to see the city: Train to the top of the hill with the Christ the Redeemer statue (above) for a bird’s-eye view of the city

 Tip: Beware of petty street crimes


Life Beyond The Glass Cabins In India Inc's Favourite Places

Dubai
  • Quiet spots/quick getaways: Safa Park; or a trip to the desert for some dune bashing (below) for the adventurous
  • Must-see: Dubai lit fest, March 4-8; Dubai International Film Festival, December 10-17
  •  Quick lunch/street food: The restaurants in the  area of Dubai Mall, overlooking thefountain Dubai fountain, and the lovely Souk Al Bahar; also the canal-facing restaurants in Dubai Festival City and Dubai Marina.
  •  Different way to see the city: Take the abra  ferry) from Bur Dubai to Deira creek (traditonal

 Tip: Do not take the non-RTA Lexus Taxis

(This story appears in the 07 March, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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