The historic Leopold Cafe in south Mumbai’s Colaba area has been one of the city’s most iconic restaurants, both for travellers as well as locals. It was also one of the first sites to be targeted during the city-wide terrorist strikes on 26 November, 2008, which predated the recent Paris attacks by seven years.
The cafe was attacked with gunfire and grenades during its peak hours between 9.30 and 9.48 pm, that left ten dead and severely injured several others. It reopened just four days later, but was closed as a security measure. It opened its doors again after renovation a month later. However, retained its bullet-riddled walls and mirrors, which became a symbol of the city’s resilience after the attacks and a reminder of the night.