Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai
Concierge.com's insider take:
Situated north of the city center, near Malabar Hill and along Marine Drive, this is a Mumbai institution, which really comes to life at night and on Saturdays. People don't come here to swim, since the sea is polluted, but instead they wander, sit on the beach, have a massage, get their ears cleaned, picnic, and people-watch. You'll see astrologers and snake charmers, as well as children riding the rickety Ferris wheels. Bhelwallahs sell addictive bhelpuri, the local snack of puffed rice, vegetables, and fried noodles laced with chili, mint, and tamarind, then scooped up with a puri, or deep-fried bread.