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Shopping in Mumbai, India

There are almost 20 million people living in Mumbai, and their shopping budgets range from next to nil to decadently affluent. In other words, you can get pretty much the same thing for many different prices, depending on what kind of shopping experience you prefer. From the glitzy malls and boutiques in the western suburbs to haggling on the Colaba Causeway or Fashion Street or Linking Road, you have a lot of shopping to do if you want to do it like a Mumbaikar.

Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, also known as the Colaba Causeway, is perhaps Mumbai’s most famous shopping street. It’s ideally located just a hop from the Gateway of India, so you can sneak it in as part of your sightseeing tour. Packed end to end with all kinds of shops and tourist traps, so your haggling skills will decide whether you emerge a victorious shopper or come out feeling totally ripped off.

No self-respecting shopaholic will want to miss the hundreds of shops at Fashion Street, on MG Road near Azad Maidan in Marine Lines. That, and also Hill Road shopping in Bandra. If you collect books, head for the Fort area or Flora Fountain. Mumbai is a big city, and there are shopping malls all over the place from Lower Parel to Worli and Kurla if you badly need to chill out at a mall and spend some of that pent-up shopaholic energy.

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Top 10 Shopping malls and Boutique shop in Mumbai, India

  • Oberoi Mall, Goregaon – One of Mumbai’s favorite shopping malls in the International Business Park on the Western Express Highway.
  • Orchid City Center Mall – Nice place to hang out if you happen to be in Kamathipura, and a pretty good place to spend your entire shopping allowance.
  • Phoenix Market City, Kurla – Huge mall spread across 2 million square feet with everything you could possibly want. Located on LBS road in Kurla West.
  • Inorbit Mall, Malad – Sleek and stylish mall for upscale shopping on Link Road in Malad West.
  • Ritu Kumar, High Street Pheonix, Lower Parel – If you could visit only one designer boutique in India, this would be it. Ritu Kumar is the one who kicked off the local fashion scene and designer culture in India, and no shopaholic should miss this boutique in the High Street Phoenix mall in Lower Parel.
  • Palladium, Lower Parel – If you’re done with the High Street Phoenix Mall, then you might as well hit Palladium and max out whatever’s left on your cards.
  • Atria The Millennium Mall, Worli – A family friendly mall on Dr. Annie Besant Road in Worli and a nice place to spend your whole Sunday with the kids
  • FR Mall, Andheri – You’ll be passing through Andheri a lot because it’s a transit hub connecting the airport with both the central and western rail lines. The Fun Republic Mall is where you can hang out if you find yourself with time to kill in Andheri.
  • R City Mall, Ghatkopar – Suburbs on the eastern side of the central line don’t have much in terms of fashion to boast about, but the R City Mall is a standout shopping center.
  • Heera Panna Shopping Center - If you’re visiting Haji Ali, don’t forget to pay your respects to the shopping gods at Heera Panna.

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Top 5 Local shops and Local Products in Mumbai, India

  • Clothes – Nothing sells in Mumbai more than clothes of all kinds. You can find everything from designer chic in the Bandra boutiques to cheap street rags for a few cents outside CST or in the street markets all over Mumbai.
  • Accessories – Apart from clothes, the next biggest market in Mumbai is for cheap accessories of all kinds. This includes bags, belts, scarves, hats, shoes, jewelry and pretty much anything which you might want to wear.
  • Books and Music – The two other things that Mumbaikars buy a lot are books and music. You’ll find a lot of street markets filled with used books piled high and being sold for shockingly low rates.
  • Fashion Street – A huge collection of hundreds of shops opposite the VSNL building on MG Road in Marine Lines, close to Azad Maidan.
  • Chor Bazaar – This market, which literally means “thieves market” in Hindi, is pretty much a must-visit tourist attraction for visitors in Mumbai.