It’s time to ditch the cliched shopping sessions at malls and take a street shopping tour around the city. Mumbai, being a city of hopes and dreams is definitely fulfilling our shopping wishlist too as it has one of the best street shopping markets in India. If you’re new in town or holidaying in Mumbai then your trip is incomplete without a street shopping session. You just cannot miss out on what they sell the best as you’ll be spoilt for choices – Be it clothes, accessories, footwear, and the list never ends. We’ve made it easier for you by curating the best of the street markets you can explore and have a crazy shopping experience. Mumbai street shopping will definitely get excited as shopping places in Mumbai have their own charm.
A walking tour through the historic markets of south Mumbai will give you a taste of the real India. The wide streets and narrow alleyways are alive with activity. In front of colonial buildings and alongside temples and mosques, vendors shout from carts that sell everything from colorful birds and spicy snacks to flowers and Indian clothes.
Highlights: Antiques, Accessories, Clothes, Watches, Footwear
Location: Colaba, South Mumbai
2. Fashion Street
It’s a street every shopaholic could dream of with almost hundreds of stalls selling the best of clothing you wear on almost any occasion. It’s the go-to spot for college students when it comes to street shopping so taking a walk around the market is definitely a good idea. One can totally grab the finest of clothes when confined to a limited budget.
Highlights: Handbags, Footwear, Accessories, Mobile Covers, Clothes
Location: MG Road, South Mumbai
3. Chor Bazaar
The name says it all but to be precise second hand and stolen goods are usually sold here. It’s like a flea market altogether selling authentic handicrafts, spare parts of vehicles, antiques, shoes, and whatnot. They’ve literally got anything and everything and we mean it.
Highlights: Showpieces, Antiques, Idols, Watches, Sunglasses, Electronics, Handicrafts, Spare Vehicle Parts, Mobile Phones
Location: Mutton Street, Kumbharwada
4. Zaveri Bazaar
You’ll be spoilt for choices when you’ll reach Zaveri Bazaar as it’s a place dominated by jewelry vendors all around. It’s the hub for all kinds of pieces of jewelry you have on your wishlist – Name it and they’ll have it. You’ll find sales on the best gold jewelry here, be it artificial or real. This bazaar has got its bling game on point with fancy finger rings and necklaces to catch your attention.
Highlights: Artificial Cheap Gold Jewelry, Rings, Necklaces, Bracelets, Anklets, Wedding Jewellery
Location: Dana Bandar, Mandvi
5. Kala Ghoda Pavement Market
Highlights: Gift Cards, Paintings
Location: Kala Ghoda, Fort
6. Mangaldas Market
Highlights: Wedding Wear, Best Fabrics, Dupattas
Location: Lohar Chawl, Kalbadevi
7. Flower Market
Watching the colorful flower market in Dadar East (previously known as Phool gully) unfold at 5 AM every morning is a sight. It’s chaotically beautiful, and the colors can soothe your senses. If you want to know where all your tiny local flower markets get their bulk supply from, read on.
Right outside the station, under the Dadar flyover flourishes the wholesale flower market, possibly the only one in Mumbai. The tiny, narrow lane is lined with kiosks, stalls, and even wooden planks with one thing in common, flowers, and the sweet fragrance that awaits us. We found roses, lotuses, gerberas, crimsons, lilies, marigolds, chrysanthemums, and peonies to only name a few. There are vendors walking with heavy baskets on their heads and shoulders to catch the local train and supply flowers all over the city. You will get a basket full of marigolds (a kilogram) ranging from INR 50 – 80. A bunch of 20 white roses will cost INR 50 (say what?). While Indian flowers are cheaper, the prices of exotic ones like lilies and peonies might be on a higher scale.
Highlights: Vibrant, fresh flower market featuring early-morning auctions & a colorful variety of blooms.
Location: Senapati Bapat Marg, Dadar West
8. Crawford Market
It’s noisy, it’s crowded and it’s always buzzing. Yet, we love the Crawford Market, whose each and every lane is filled with loads and loads of things to shop. Enter the lanes and you’ll be welcomed by vendors selling table mats, Dustin bags, or scarves. (They are perpetually there at the entrance, literally). There is nothing you can miss here. Every turn you take, every move you make, you will find something that you would need or want. A traditional old-school market with labyrinths of different offerings, each lane will surprise you. They have dedicated lanes for home decor, Chinese crockery, stationery, perfumes (guitar), party lane (yes, they have it all), artificial flowers, fairy lights, and many more. We’d recommend The Bombay Stationery store for great discounts on stationery items and Beauty Center for some amazing discounts on makeup items. There are plenty of wholesale stores selling bags, accessories, and decor items. So, in case you want to buy in bulk, you can head to these stores.
There’s The Party Shop, which is literally a go-to for all your party essentials and needs. There’s an entire lane dedicated to artificial flowers, indoor plants, and decoration. If you’re looking to shop for something premium or branded you can head to Metros, Bata, or Roopam as well from where you can get your hands on chic shoes, clothing, etc. We won’t lie, shopping in Crawford can be really tiring. That’s why we’d say end your shopping by visiting Badshah, which is a pretty popular restaurant there known for its fresh juices, faluda, and pav bhaji.
Highlights: Good place for shopping for imported stuff and exotic vegetable fruits etc…
Location: Crawford Market mjp market
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