In Mumbai a lot of options are available for shopping. You can either go to air-conditioned malls or get great bargains at street markets. Rasta means road…Rasta shopping is what we suggest in Mumbai – its not just loads of fun but you can actually feel the pulse of the city in its markets.
Crawford Market – Famous for its flowers, fish, dates, imported goods, live animals, spices, vegetables and fruits is a fascinating place to visit. It was the first building in Mumbai to be lit by electricity. Running close to the Crawford Market is Mohammed Ali Road dotted with dargahs, mosques and Burqa stalls. It comes alive during Ramadan as the lanes turn into open air barbeques as thousands throng to break their fast in the evening.
Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market) – It derives its name from the fact that it was considered to be a place where thieves could fence stolen goods. An antiquelover’s paradise – this place boasts of an eclectic array of goods to chose from – from brass door knobs, hookas, grandfather’s clocks, old coins, postcards, film posters, old magazines, furniture, lamps, masks – anything you can think of! You just have to bargain your way through.
Colaba Causeway, Fashion Street, and Hill Road – these are main areas for getting good clothes at throwaway prices. You can also get wonderful faux jewellery in brass, terracotta and silver with other accessories like belts, hair bands, and footwear. Kolhapuris in striking colours in Colaba Causeway and Flip-flops at Hill Road are quite famous. The shopping here can be quite ‘haggle-full’. Linking Roadin Bandra is also a favorite with shopaholics.
Bhuleshwar – In the crowded lanes of Bhuleshwar you will find an array of bangles, saris, sweet meats and jewellery shops. The famous Mumba Devi Temple is also located here.
Leather shopping at Dharavi – if you are looking for some cheap yet good quality leather goods, the leather market at Dharavi is your best bet. With almost 150 shops selling everything from leather shoes, belts to purses, handbags and wallets, you are bound to find something.
Etcetera -Shops like Anokhi, Fab-India, OMOs, Contemporary Art and Craft, Tantra, Cottons, Moksha have always been favorites with the tourists. The city is also flooded with designer wear – you name the designer and we will take you to the outlet. Of late malls, sprouting in the city at break neck speed, promise respite from the heat, great stores under one roof, good food and a multiplex.