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Markets in Mumbai, India

If you plan to go shopping in Mumbai like a Mumbaikar, you need to know what goods you can score for a steal at which market on what road and suburb. If you want to buy clothes, no doubt you can do it in style at the high-end boutiques in Bandra or the large malls in Worli, Andheri and Lower Parel. But nothing beats a Mumbai street shopping experience.

You can feel the adrenalin pumping as you bump into quality clothes, designer branded accessories, music and movie CDs and DVDs, priceless books and other such stuff on the street. It’s a huge high when you haggle your way into buying them for a couple of dollars at markets in the Fort area, Colaba Causeway, Fashion Street, Chor Bazaar and Linking Road.

Bear in mind that you’ll need to walk a lot, and that too in the stifling Mumbai humidity. The locals are prepared for it and they wear sensible shoes and clothes and carry handkerchiefs. Also make regular stops for drinks and stay hydrated all day while you shop. Another thing you have to be prepared for in these street markets is pickpockets. You’re constantly being shoved and bumped by people, just keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Better safe than sorry, right?

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Markets in Mumbai, India

  • Crawford Market – Mumbai’s most famous food and produce market. Located in Dhobi Talao, close to CST and also housed in a historic colonial building.
  • Chor Bazaar – Literally translated, this means “thieves market” in Hindi and Marathi. It’s a unique flea market located close to Mohammad Ali Road.
  • Colaba Causeway – Probably the best street shopping market in Mumbai, conveniently close to tourist haunts like the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Hotel.
  • Fashion Street – If you’re looking for clothes of any kind at bargain-basement prices, head for the hundreds of fashion shops near the Azad Maidan ground on MG Road in Marine Lines
  • Linking Road –Linking Road is where the yuppies and upscale shoppers in Bandra get their street shopping done when they’re bored with the boutiques and malls.
  • Mangaldas Market – This is Mumbai’s most famous textile and traditional wear market. Located on Janjikar Street in Lohar Chawl.
  • Zaveri Bazaar – This is where Mumbai buys all its jewelry, in Bhuleshwar, just a little bit north of Crawford Market. There’s probably more gold, silver, diamonds and precious jewels here at any given time than in any other place on earth.
  • Bhendi Bazaar – Bhendi means okra, but you can get a whole lot of other odd stuff here in the rickety old shops. Located close to Mohammad Ali Road, and may be gone soon because of redevelopment plans.
  • Manish Market – This is where you get cheap Chinese made electronics and other rip off goods with a no-return policy. Located on Senapati Bapat Marg in Dadar
  • Lamington Road – This is Mumbai’s electronics and computer parts market. If it has anything to do with electronics or computers, mobile phones, etc., then you can find it here. Located near Grant Road Station.

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Top Markets in Mumbai, India

  • Crawford Market – This is among the most famous food and produce markets in Mumbai. It’s located in Dhobi Talao, close to CST and also housed in a historic colonial building. This makes it a tourist attraction just as much as the dazzling range of foods, Alphonso mangoes and other fruits, vegetables and other fresh produce you can get a taste of at the market.
  • Chor Bazaar – Literally translated, this means “thieves market” in Hindi and Marathi. It’s a famous tourist attraction in one of the densely populated Muslim areas on Mutton Street, close to Mohammad Ali Road. There’s probably no other flea market in the world quite like this
  • Colaba Causeway – This link from Colaba to a nearby island is probably the best street shopping market in Mumbai where you can get almost anything at unbeatable prices. It’s also conveniently close to the Fort area, and easily accessible from regular tourist haunts in Colaba like the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Hotel.