No trip is complete without shopping for a few souvenirs for friends, family, and even ourselves. But because it’s Mumbai, one of the two fashion capitals in India, you have a lot more things to explore and fill your shopping bags with! As we all know how vast and crowded the city is, exploring all the shopping spots and determining what things to buy in Mumbai city can be daunting.
To help you out, we have listed the best shopping places in Mumbai with a detailed description of the place and the things you can buy.
Zaveri Bazaar is the ideal destination for shopping jewellery and therefore its name ‘Zaveri,’ meaning ‘jewellery.’ This iconic bazaar has been in its place since the 19thcentury and is also equally cherished by history buffs and shopaholics. The entire area is lined with small stores selling myriad things from jewellery, gemstones, to handicraft goods for home decor. It is the biggest hub of gold merchandise and Zaveri Bazaar accounts for 65-percent of all gold trading in the country.
Location- Zaveri Bazaar, Kalbadevi, Mumbai
At Colaba Causeway, you can purchase jewellery, accessories, fashionable clothes, and even books. If architecture pleases you, you can witness some old but splendid Victorian buildings that have been standing from the time of the British era. The whole area is dotted with street vendors, but shopping options from branded boutiques are also no less! Famous celebrity designer Tarun Tahiliani’s boutique Ensemble also stands here.
If you love jewellery, this market is best for buying artificial jewellery from trendy to oxidised ones such as rings, earrings, bracelets, anklets, and necklaces. You can also find beautiful hair accessories that you can pair with your western wear. For those who love home decor, Colaba Causeway will thrill you with its splendid collection of antique goods such as clocks, sculptures, vases, etc. A number of fast shops are available here for making your personalized jewellery and accessories at smooth prices. Sometimes the sellers may price things high, but you can always have your bargain game on and for the best of what you want.
While you enjoy an exciting shopping day, you can also grab a cold beer from Leopard Cafe or the Cafe Mondegar. If you are in the mood of tasting lip-smacking street food, head on to Baghdadi. Finish your day with breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, which is a few minutes walk from the marketplace.
Location- Bakery Lane, Nofra, Navy Nagar, Colaba
There’s nothing you won’t find in the Crawford Market that was established more than 150 years ago. From fresh market produce to spices of all sorts, clothing and fabrics stores, shoes and accessories, Crawford Market is one of the most famous places to shop in Mumbai. Crawford Market is also renowned for its stock of party supplies, gifts, and cosmetics. It is most famous for its itar (perfumes), Chinese crockery and toys, flowers, and stationery.
While you shop, do not forget to taste the mouthwatering street food of Mumbai on offer in the many eateries here. In case you want to enjoy excellent dining, go to Usmania Hotel for some authentic Mughal food.
It is one of the most critical trading locations in the city and also in the entire country. The place derived its name after the first Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai, Arthur Crawford. Today Crawford is mostly known as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai.
Location- Dhobi Talao, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area
Mangaldas Market is more than a hundred years old and is a gallery of all things to shop in Mumbai ranging from fashionable clothes, trendy accessories and jewellery, and handmade goods to beautify your home. This is one of the best places to buy ethnic and traditional formal wear and is also famous for its fabric market. You will find all and many varieties of fabrics in this place.
Mangaldas Market remains crowded on all days, witnessing a footfall of one lakh people every day.
Location- 321, 3rd New Lane Mangaldas Market, 3rd New Lane, Lohar Chawl, Kalbadevi, Mumbai
Linking Road located in the heart of Bandra is one of the best shopping places in Mumbai. It is replete with designer boutiques, stores, malls, and mostly the street vendors and flea shops selling beautiful clothes, accessories at really affordable prices. Whatever your wardrobe size or style, Linking Road will not leave you disappointed!
You can easily find items sold from a range of INR 200 to 2000, everything on trend in the year or season. Despite the cheap rate of the things to shop, their quality is also satisfying. The street shops also sell branded goods at a much less high price without compromising on their quality. Naturally, the market remains crowded on all days and at all times.
It is, therefore, best to not go there by car, and instead take a regular auto or metro ride. You can avail of the best deals and choices if you walk around the whole area. And because it would be a long shopping day, you have plenty of good eateries to grab a bite and refuel. For brilliant food, check out places in Bandstand or Carter road.
Location- Linking Road, Mumbai
The Hill Road market in Bandra is the replica of Delhi’s Sarojini and Janpath Market. It is a paradise for all lovers of street shopping where you can bargain and buy almost anything you want! The market area is vast and begins from the Marks & Spencer Store up to St. Peter’s Church. Hill Road market is also divided into three certain sections such as the Elco Market, Sona Shopping Centre, and the street shops.
Sona Shopping Centre is replete with beautiful and fashionable things to shop for, such as La Judi(the most famous footwear shop) offering loafers, heels, and flats of both Indian and Western designs. There are also plenty of trendy and stylish apparel, lingerie shops and jewellery items to choose from. Sona Shopping Centre is also famed for its readymade clothing stores offered at really discounted rates.
You must visit the Elco Arcade and taste the famous street food of Mumbai such as its chaat and pain puri. Elco arcade is dotted with multiple stores and standalone shops in the streets filled with beautiful ethnic garments. People also visit Elco Arcade to get their clothing tailored. You can also stop by the Cheap Jack store, which offers you mind-blowing fabric trims such as colourful tassels, gorgeous laces, and embellishments. Anything needed for embroidery or DIY hand-made items are freely available here with lots of options at affordable price.
Location- Hill Rd Bandra West, Mumbai
The famous Chor Bazaar meaning “thieves market” is a unique spot for shopping in Mumbai. Chor Bazaars are unique to India and is located in various parts of the country including Hyderabad, Delhi, and Chennai. The most famous of all Chor Bazaars is situated in Mumbai. It was first called the “Shor Bazaar,” but because of incorrect British pronunciation it became “Chor” Bazaar, after which people started selling stolen goods in this market
Chor Bazaar will give you the most unique shopping experience for you as you can find things here that you may have never seen before, some antiques dating more than 100 years. You can shop some really unique and rare antiques, excellent street-food, and even automobile parts.
The Chor Bazaar in Mumbai is also famous for its old music records, Bollywood posters, vintage instruments like guitars and other musical instruments, speakers, typewriters, etc. Chor Bazaar is no doubt a historical place to visit in Mumbai for shopping and teeming with various types of stores and great streetside kebab stalls.
Location-Mutton St, Ajmer, Kumbharwada, Mumbai
Fashion Street is the ultimate destination to go for shopping in Mumbai, situated in South Mumbai. It is a flea market with standalone shops offering you the most unique and fashionable things to buy. Fashion Street has more than a hundred shops with beautiful trendy garments, footwear, and jewellery in stock.
Most youngsters love to visit the place to buy in-fashion clothes at pocket-friendly prices even though most of the styles are export surplus. Apart from western wear, it also has brilliant Indian wear shops selling striking ethnic Indian wear at great deals. You can freely bargain in most of the stalls and grab your next best wardrobe piece!
You do not need to worry about getting tired or hungry as Fashion Street houses the best street food stalls all over the place.
Location- Mahatma Gandhi Road, New Marine Lines, Marine Lines, Mumbai
Hindmata Cloth Market is situated in Dadar, South Bombay. One of the most iconic shopping places in Mumbai, it is the one-stop destination for shopping Indian wear. The whole marketplace is replete with flea stalls and stores offering you with readymade designs in salwars, lehengas, and sarees. Hindmata Cloth Market is famous for its gallery of ethnic Indian handloom sarees that are collected from all states of the country such as Bhagalpuri silk, Chiffon Induri, Supernet Kota sarees, Chanderi, and Mangalgiri cotton sarees. For women who love a collection of beautiful sarees, it is heaven.
You can also shop beautiful semi-stitched cloth material for western or ethnic gowns, sherwanis, and suits for men and women. All goods in this market can be bargained without having to worry about their quality.
Some of these shops have iconic names like Kishor Kumar, Kareena, Harsh, and Bharat Kshetra. One of the greatest attractions here is the duplicate gorgeous Banarasi sarees sold at unbelievable prices starting from INR 1500.
If you want to shop for sprucing up your home, Hindmata Market is your place. You can also buy goodies for your friends such as Turkish bath towels, fabrics for windows, carpets, and upholstery fabrics.
Location- Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Dadar East, Mumbai
Lokhandwala Market is one of the best shopping places in Mumbai. If you are looking for clothes, electronics, accessories or household things to shop, Lokhandwala is the place! It is famous for shops offering costume jewellery, junk or everyday jewellery, a variety of belts and bangles, hats and accessories, craft shops, bakeware, and baking items. The market is also filled with eateries offering mouth-watering delicacies to visitors.
Location- Main Rd, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West, Mumbai
Now that you know the best shopping spots and things to buy in Mumbai do not delay for the much needed retail therapy that you deserve. As the city is densely crowded, it is ideal that you separate one day for shopping, as it can take up quite some time. And with a good bargaining deal, Mumbai makes it to the heart of all shopaholics. Have a beautiful trip and a rewarding shopping experience in Mumbai.
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