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Explore Mumbai's Markets & Bazaars

By Viator, April 2014

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No visit to Mumbai is complete without losing a couple of hours and spending a few rupees browsing the cornucopia of sights, sounds and wares in the city’s markets and bazaars. India’s markets are legendary, and Mumbai’s are the best in the country.

There are several market areas to target on a shopaholic visit to Mumbai. Start your foraging in Colaba Causeway, the best place to rifle through stalls laden with the latest electronic gadgets and gizmos. It’s also the spot to browse hawker stalls of knock-off perfumes and jewelry, watches and knick-knacks – in fact, you’ll find just about anything you’re looking for at Colaba Causeway, in the streets radiating out from the Flora Fountain.

Of course, one of the city’s most famous markets is Chor Bazaar, otherwise known as Thieves Bazaar. Suitably exotic, crammed and crowded, this is the place to hunt for antique bric-a-brac from the era of the Raj, along with repro fakes and miscellaneous trash and treasure. Chor Bazaar focuses on Mutton Street.

Crawford Market is the place to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, and to grab a slice of everyday life in the metropolis as locals go about their daily business.

As the name suggests, Fashion Street Market is your best bet for clothing – come prepared to bargain hard for inauthentic brands of clothing, shoes and belts. It’s on MG Road in south Mumbai.

If all that glitters is on your shopping list, head to Zaveri Bazaar, at Bhuleshwar in south Mumbai. Your eyes, senses and credit cards will be dazzled by the array of gold, gemstones and semiprecious stones, tempting you with rings, bracelets and necklaces. This is also one of the best markets for more restrained window-shopping.

The term Bhuleshwar Market is the grab-all name for several of Mumbai’s bazaars, including Crawford Market, the silk and cloth Mangaldas Market, the jewelry Zaveri Bazaar, Dhabu Street’s leathergoods and fruit and vegetables at Bhuleshwar itself.

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