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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