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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