It’s the season to pull out your wallets and splurge. Festivities or not, we like to hoard anyway. So, grab your shopping bags and head to these markets.
Clothes, Decor & More: Shopping Hotspots Every Mumbaikar Swears By!
One of Mumbai’s largest flea markets, Chor Bazaar caters to audiences from different walks of life. If you’re into anything that’s vintage, you’re sure to find it here. From antique décor and furniture to leather-bound books, LP albums to extremely old movie posters, they’ve got it all.
Best For: Movie posters, old wood furniture and home décor
Tip: Get antiques for your home or gift them to your loved ones. They’re cheap (indulge in some fun bargaining) and shall be cherished.
Don’t Miss: Grab a bite (or three!) at nearby Mohammed Ali Road, known for its gastronomic delights. And yes, you MUST try the ice cream at Taj Ice cream parlour.
To know more about some quirky things we purchased, take a look at this.
At the heart of Colaba lies this long stretch of road that is a shopper’s paradise. From jewellery to clothes, food to home décor, you’ll find everything and much more here. Bargaining is a part of their vocabulary, so go ahead and have some fun. Once you’re done, don’t forget to enjoy some street food on the roadside.
Best For: Junk jewellery, clothes, home décor, food
Tip: Enter the narrow lanes as they lead you to places that not many except the locals know of. Discover streets with leather goods and fine jewellery.
Don’t Miss: South Mumbai’s iconic eating joints like Leopold Café, Mondegar Café, Café Churchill and our pride and joy, the Gateway of India.
Linking Road and Hill Road
Both these roads in Bandra West have enough and more on display. From bargain deals to high-end street shopping, you can happily take your pick and grab a bite to eat on the way! Both these streets have the trendiest clothes and can help you revamp your wardrobe.
Best For: Clothes, junk jewellery, shoes and food
Tip: Carry lots of change with you while shopping – things are reasonable and you also don’t get change very easily.
Don’t Miss: Make sure to visit the shoe stores near McDonald’s for some great deals on party wear.
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Popularly known as the ‘electronic hub of Mumbai’, this tech heaven boasts of selling almost any electronic item that has hit the Indian market, and fixing it. If you’re a techie, this is probably your sweetest dream.
Best For: Computer parts and accessories, electronic items – buying and repair
Tip: If you want to replace your phone screen or even get your laptop repaired, head to these experts who will do it for half the price.
Don’t Miss: One of the oldest shops in Lamington road – Visha Electronics, that keeps both household electronics and even industrial standard electrical equipment.
One of the oldest and most loved markets in Mumbai, Crawford is basically the opposite of a black hole, where you can find anything that you could possibly think of. While it is widely known for its fruits market, it can surprise you with anything that can help change your life.
Best For: Fruits, vegetables, clothes, toys, stationery, home décor and kitchen ware.
Tip: Most of the market is usually shut on Sundays, so plan your trip in advance. Make sure to ask for what you want, because the market is huge and one can easily get lost.
Don’t Miss: If you love animals, make it a point to visit the animal section in Crawford and help find some animals a new forever home.
Opposite Mumbai’s iconic Bombay Gymkhana, this long stretch of shops is famous for its surplus clothing. From top end designers to matching rip offs, this place has it all! This is one place where you can get a full outfit, from head to toe (We mean belts, accessories, and shoes as well).
Best For: Designer clothes and accessories
Tip: Hone your bargaining skills right here. You can get lucky and strike a great deal.
Don’t Miss: A fun day sitting in nearby Azad Maidan and then heading out to try some delicious Parsi food in Fort.
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If you’re looking out for any kind of bling, this is the place you must visit. From precious stones to uncut jewellery, gold, silver and even fashion jewellery, this street is famous all across the city.
Best For: Gold and precious jewellery, wedding jewellery
Tip: Big brands such as Tanishq and TBZ have opened their stores here, so you have multiple options when it comes to design and cost.
Don’t Miss: Traditional Indian designs like Kundan and even modern designs are all on display here. Apart from this, you can find dinnerware and furniture in this market as well.
High Street Phoenix Palladium
Located in Lower Parel, this mall is probably one of the swankiest places to hang out if you’re into shopping from big labels. While you can shop from more than 500 brands in the area, you can then give your tired feet some rest by sitting in the courtyard and enjoy all the activities around you.
Best For: Clothes, electronics, accessories, home décor, food, luxury brands
Tip: If you’re planning a movie, it’s best to plan your day in the mall around it. Grab some food, watch your movie and then walk around and feast your eyes on all those magical shop displays!
Don’t Miss: There are a lot of weekend activities and flea markets in the courtyard during weekends; find out in advance and have fun!
Inorbit Mall, Malad
Opened to the public in 2004, this mall has been the epitome of classy since then. With a wide range of shops to cater to your needs, this mall has something for everybody.
Best for: Clothes, accessories, lifestyle, décor, food, entertainment
Tip: Visit nearby Infiniti Mall for an equally entertaining experience.
Don’t miss: The numerous discounts on apparel and décor and sometimes, free parking tickets!
R- City Mall, Ghatkopar
Probably one of Mumbai’s leading entertainment and lifestyle hangout, this mall houses a mix of local and international brands that can truly change your perspective on shopping.
Best For: lifestyle, apparel, décor, movie experience, food
Tip: It’s not the easiest to find a parking spot here, so we’d recommend you shop during lean hours or if you must visit it over the weekend, make sure you cab your way.
Don’t Miss: Catch the latest flick in their nine-screen multiplex, it’s awesome fun.
Seawoods Grand Central
One of Navi Mumbai's largest malls, the Seawoods Grand Central has an eclectic mix of local and international labels, plus an array of restaurants, salons, and entertainment options all under one roof. If you're in the mood for some retail therapy, this one comes recommended for a fun day out!
Best For: lifestyle, apparel, food
Tip: Keep an eye out for events and retail offers at the mall
Don’t Miss: Head to Smaaash for an afternoon of gaming fun with your friends