Mumbai is the land of numerous mall and luxury shopping centers. However, if you want to buy exciting souvenirs, haggle for a better price and enjoy the cultural life of the locals, it is best to try the street shops of the city. Mumbai is the city of a port area.
Thus, products from different part of the world reaches India via Mumbai and products from different states reaches Mumbai to be exported to other countries. Hence, Mumbai is the hub for shopping.
Here are the Best Street Shopping Places in Mumbai.
1. Colaba Causeway
This is the street market, where every day is a carnival. This is one of the important street shops for tourists. Starting from balloon vendors to high class café, you can find different styles of shops in this market. This market is located in south Mumbai and is open from very early in the morning to late night.
Top things to buy in this market are brass items, incense, apparels, jewelry, handicrafts and others. You can find tasty street foods in this region during evening.
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2. Chor Bazaar
This is a Muslim-populated area of Mumbai and is famous for a history street shop. It gets its name from Shor Bazaar, which means noisy bazaar.
As its current name indicates, it is a market for stolen goods. You can find interesting items like old movie posters to outdated cameras here for collectors.
Apart from vintage items, you can also buy bronze articles, electronics, spare parts, jewelry, apparels and others. The market is located in Mutton Road of South Mumbai. It is open from 11 am to 7:30 pm. If you visit on Fridays, you can enjoy Juma market.
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3. Crawford market
Located near the Victoria Terminus railway station, this market is very famous for its colonial architecture. Starting from local produce to imported toys, you can find numerous items here.
The specialty of this market is its involvement in pet items. A large area of the market is dedicated to pets, pet food items and others. It is open from Monday to Saturday from early morning to night. It is the best place to buy local produce, spice, flowers and pets.
4. Zaveri bazaar
This is the best place to buy gold articles. Mumbai gets credited for more than 50% of the country’s gold trading. In this market, you can find many shops that are more than a century old.
Although the shops might look outdated, the beauty of ornaments and reputation of several decades make the market, a delight.
Beware that some of the stores sell fake products too. This market is located closer to Crawford market. The market is open from Monday to Saturday from morning to night.
Apart from gold articles, you can find imitation jewelry, silver articles, platinum jewelry and diamonds.
5. Dharavi Leather Market
Dharavi is one of the largest slum areas in the world. As a way to improve the living standards of the residents of Dharavi, the local have started many cottage industries and leather tanning is one of the main industries here. Their products can be bought in this market region.
There are more than 200 shops with leather articles at attractive prices. The market is open from 11 am to 9 pm.
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6. Mangaldas Market
This market is also called as MJ Market. This is the market for clothing purchase. Starting from unstitched materials to designer dresses, this is the right place. This wholesale market is one of the largest textile market areas in Asia and it is easier to get a bargain price for most of the items here.
You can find matrix of fabric types, styles, print styles and much more. The market is located near Zaveri Bazaar and closer to Mumbadevi Temple. The market is open from 11 am to 8 pm, from Monday to Saturday.
7. Hill Road or Elco
This is a small market region in Bandra for boutiques and designer stores. You can find vendors selling everything related to fashion starting from make-up items to designer dresses.
The region is very famous for Elco restaurant (the street gets its name from the restaurant).This restaurant sells Mumbai street snack, PaniPuri. You ought to try the delicacy at least once during your stay in Mumbai.
8. CP Tank market
This is the bangle market. Among the souvenirs you should buy from Mumbai, bangles of various styles would top the list. Locals bring their outfit to this market to find the right match of bangles. Bangle purchase for wedding and other ceremonies is quite common here.
This market is located in Bhuleshwar road of South Mumbai, closer to Mumbadevi temple. The market is open throughout the day from Monday to Saturday. Apart from bangles, you can also find different types of imitation jewelry in this area.
9. Kala Ghoda Art Plaza market
Jehangir Art Gallery is one of the top art spots of Mumbai to explore the painting world of the land. If you are planning to buy something that would fit your budget, you should try the street shops around the gallery. This market sells paintings done by promising budding artists. Who knows, you might end up with a painting of an amateur painter, who would grow up to be a great success in the future.
You can also see artisans in live action in the streets. This market is located in MG Road of South Mumbai. The shops are open throughout the day from 11 am.
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10. Book Street
As the name mentions, this street is for bookworms. Starting from college books to commercial novels, you can find almost all types of books; both second-hand and brand new. The vendors are very knowledgeable in books and authors.
You can ask for their opinion in choosing a good book in a specific genre. If you are ready to buy old books, you can find killer discounts. The market is located closer to Victoria Terminus Railway station in South Mumbai. The market is open from 10 am to 8:30 pm.
11. Fashion Street
As the name indicates, this street is lined with small stores selling fashion items like clothing, accessories, imitation jewelries and others. Do not fall for the brand names as most of them are fake ones. This is the place to buy items at deadbeat rates.
The market is open throughout the night. It is located closer to Victoria Terminus Railway Station.
12. Sassoon Dock fish market
What would a tourist do in fish market? Apart from fish trade, this is one of the liveliest places to witness fish auction. You can watch fishermen in action and it is one of the best places to take photographs.
There are many shops in the market for selling fish delicacies made with fresh catch. The market is open only for a few hours from 5 am to 9:30 am. This market is located closer to Colaba Causeway.
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13. Dadar flower market
This is the most colorful and fragrance market to enjoy. Just walk around the market early in the morning to get the glimpse of the local life. Located closer to Dadar Railway station, this market is quite famous among locals and very crowded during religious festivals.
14. Linking Road
This is one of the most promising markets for tourists who are into fashion. The entire road is lined with shops selling local and international styled clothing, accessories, leather articles and others.
The market is open from 10 in the morning to 10 at night. This market is located on the Linking Road in Bandra West. If you get hungry by shopping, you can find many street shops and branded food outlet to enjoy.
15. Lalbaug Market
This market is famous for Mirchi Galli (Chili Lane), which has numerous style of chili for sale. Apart from chili, this market is famous for selling fresh and dried spices of the country.
You can find shops that are almost a century old in this market. Apart from spices, you can also find pickles, customized blended spice powders and many street food shops.
The market is very close to Dadar Flower Market. It is open from 9 am to 9 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday.
Since it is the street market, it is best to bring someone who knows the local language with you. Haggling is very important. The vendors increase the mark-up of their product several times, when they see a foreigner walking into the shop. Keep your belongings safe in these areas.