Shopping Streets in Mumbai for a Splendid Experience!

(Last Updated On: October 4, 2017)

The dream city of Mumbai is enticing for its gorgeous coastline, intriguing history and imposing colonial architecture and soaring skyscrapers of the modern metropolis. For those of you who don’t know Mumbai is a city in the Maharashtra state of India. There is so much to explore in this city that never sleeps. Mouth-watering street food, sandy beaches, culture, history, heritage, and shopping are a few to name.

There is no dearth for gigantic swanky shopping malls in Mumbai which are great for the world-class brand and high-end boutiques shopping but the street shopping in Mumbai are compelling enough to give these lavish malls a run for their money. The shopping streets and wholesale markets in Mumbai abuzz with shoppers offer everything and anything to buyers delight from traditional wear to western wear, accessories, jewelry, furniture, antiques, leather, home decor items you just have to name it. We believe street shopping should be one of the top things to do in Mumbai. Exploring these wonderful markets would be fun. Here is a list of best shopping streets in Mumbai for your shopping splurge!

Best Shopping Streets in Mumbai

1. Fashion Street Mumbai

The single stretch of 400 shops offers you a wide range of latest fashion trends from apparels, small backpacks, handbags, and shoes. The hawkers lined opposite the street shops sell a variety of jewelry items, toys, bags, and trinkets. You will even find cheap handy electronics like headphones, small table lamps, and range of cosmetic items, perfumes, and other household items. Though the clothing items available are for all ages they are mostly casual and daily wears.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Landmark: Opposite Azad Maidan
Nearest Station: Church Gate Station

2. Colaba Market or Colaba Caucseway Market

The cluster of small street shops lining the footpath mostly sell enticing trendy jewelry items, handicrafts, crystal and brass items. You can also find hawkers and shops selling an assortment of shawls, apparels, bags, clothing, and books. Done with your shopping spree take a break in one of the popular hangouts of Leopold’s Cafe or Cafe Mondegar.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India
Landmark: Fort area
Station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

3. Hill Road Bandra

Bandra in Mumbai is home to several Bollywood stars and celebrities. The streets of Bandra are lined with branded boutiques which are always bustling with shoppers but you will find almost equal or even more crowd in the Hill Road shopping street. The street shops sell latest fashion trends be it the girls tops, t-shirts, skirts or dresses. Most of the times you will stumble upon the factory seconds and branded clothes so keep your eyes wide open. The shops are closed on Monday and most of the shops open late during the festivals.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

4. Linking Road Bandra

Linking Road is another popular shopping street in Bandra which also sells latest fashion trends but is much bigger than the hill road and sells much more variety of items for both men and women. Here apart from western wears you will find traditional Indian dresses, party wears, a wide real wide range of fashionable shoes, sandals, and slippers at throwaway prices. At other of the street are eateries like Mcdonalds and KFC where can take a shopping break, refresh and continue with your shopping splurge. It is here that you will find several shops selling Tshirts with amazing prints and sporting interesting mottos something which you should definitely check out.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India
Landmark: Opposite R.D. National College
Nearest Station: Bandra

5. Flora Fountain Book Market

The pavement opposite the Flora Fountain is a bibliophile’s heaven. The stretch of pavement is bedecked with books piled on each other forming huge walls where book lovers can browse for all kind of books ranging from thrillers and romance, academic or encyclopedias and some rare and real old classic gems. Take your time, browse through the collection and we are sure you won’t leave without some great favorite companions.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Landmark: Flora Fountain
Nearest Station: Churchgate

6. Crawford Market

Crawford market is one of the oldest markets of Mumbai housed in a historic colonial building. The building built in 1868 in Flemish architectural style has interesting friezes on facade depicting Indian farmers. The market is a popular wholesale market in Mumbai for imported dry fruits, fruits, spices and even pets of varied sizes and breeds. You may also find some exotic fruits and spices. The best time to visit the market is in the morning as by noon the market clears off almost all the goods. The market is closed on Sundays.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Landmark: Opposite Mumbai Police headquarters
Station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

7. Mangaldas Market

Mangaldas Market is located in a huge building in the street opposite to the Crawford market. The market is famous for over 100 cloth shops selling gorgeous netted and embroidered dress materials, sarees, unstitched kurta, salwar, trouser and shirt materials. The maze of alleys is stuffed with a wide range of dress materials and fabrics that will spoil you for choices and will make it impossible for you to pass through them without bumping into the piles. The market is also great for party and wedding shopping for the rich variety of fabric for Ghagras, Sherwani, and sarees.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

The streets and alleys lining the Mangaldas Market and the other parallel streets are great for shopping home decor and household items. The street stalls cramped into one another sell everything and anything you would imagine for home from curtains, decorative items like artificial flowers, bonsai plants, vases, glass candle and lamp holders, Fengshui items, ceramic bowls and crockery items, lanterns, fancy lights and lamps, antique items and much more.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Landmark: Opposite Mumbai Police headquarters
Station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

8. Zaveri Bazaar

Zaveri Bazaar is a large jewelry market in Mumbai located north of Mangaldas Market and has shops of some of the jewelry giants like Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri, Tanishq and Dwarkadas Chandumal. You can head here on all days except Sundays and shop for a variety of jewelry, gems and other precious stones from more than 100 shops tucked away in the narrow lanes of some of the oldest buildings of the city. Zaveri Bazaar is also famous for different miscellaneous luxury lifestyle items made of rare metals and street food.

Landmark: Opposite Mumbai Police headquarters
Station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

9. Dadar Flower Market

This bustling wholesale flower market of Mumbai is located next to the busy Dadar station under the flyover. The market which starts getting active at the break of dawn teems with vibrant colors and fragrance of a large variety of flowers a delight for the senses. The lanes lining the flyover are jampacked with baskets and boxes overflowing with enchanting hues of flowers both local and exotic. The market offered roses in colors of pink, red and yellow, lotuses in pink and purple, bunches of Gerbera and lilies, baskets of marigolds in yellow, white and red and several other floral supplies for bouquets. The major buyers are the garland vendors and florists and the market generally wrap up in a couple of hours and much sooner during the festivals.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Nearest Station/Landmark: Dadar

10. Leather Market

Dharavi Leather Street is lined with numerous leather shops selling a wide range of leather items from jackets, bags, wallets, boots, and shoes. Though these items aren’t very cheap but are worth the money. The items are of very good quality and durability and even here a little bit of bargaining skill does work out the best deal. The shops also offer an option for custom made items as per your size, design, and color.

Landmark: Dharavi
Nearby Station: Sion

11. Lamington Road, Grant Road

Lamington Road named after Lord Lamington is a busy street lined with shops selling electronic items and is popularly known as the “IT hub of Mumbai”. If Fashion street and Linking Road is fashionista haven Lamington Road is techie’s haven. The shops sell a large range of items from electronic gadgets, laptops, mobile phones, music systems, hardware items, and peripherals. You will definitely need to rummage through the shops looking for the options and prices until you strike some great deals at very low prices.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Nearest Station: Grant Road railway station.

12. Chor Bazaar

Chor Bazaar which literally means ‘thieves market’ is one of the oldest flea markets of Mumbai which sells outdated, second hand and stolen items. The market is packed with rare and interesting antiques and vintages which are sure to bring up some nostalgia of good old days. The 150 years old market is said to be originally named as Shor Bazaar which means ‘noisy market’ but the mispronunciation led to it being renamed as Chor Bazaar.

This is another market which comes live with the break of dawn and closes well within few hours so the best time to visit the Chor Bazaar for best of collections is early morning. The market is often crowded and choc a bloc of items and requires a lot of patience to scour through until you unearth some good finds. The market is closed on Friday but if you happen to visit on Friday check out the equally interesting Juma Market.

Nearest Station: Grant Road railway station.

13. Hindmata Market

Hindmata Market in Dadar is similar to the Mangaldas Market and is best wholesale the market for items of clothing and fabrics. The market offers several shops selling rich embroidered dress materials apt for wedding and party wears both for Indian traditional and western outfits. There are various shops which specialize readymade wear, sarees, and sherwanis.

Nearest Station: Dadar

14 Kala Ghoda Pavement Gallery

The pavement on either side of the Jehangir Art Gallery in the area Kala Ghoda is lined with paintings and artwork from artists who exhibit and sell their work. The pavement also has artists specializing in caricature and live painting. So take a seat and let the artist paint you onto a canvas.

Shopping Streets in Mumbai India

Landmark: Jehangir Art Gallery
Nearest Station: CST or Churchgate

Tips for Shopping in Mumbai

The marketplaces are generally crowded you need a lot of patience to elbow your way through the crowds to look for the best pick.

Haggling and bargaining skills are definitely a must.

Sometimes the prices, design, and color may vary from shop to shop so it is better to check in a couple of shops before you decide on an item.

The markets are closed on particular dates so it is better to check before you plan a visit. Avoid festivals and public holidays when it’s usually more crowded.

The crowded places are more often best hides for pickpocketers so take care of your belongings.

You will easily find eateries, restaurants, cafes and even street food options around the shopping streets but make sure to carry enough water.

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2 thoughts on “Shopping Streets in Mumbai for a Splendid Experience!

  • October 4, 2017 at 3:46 am

    That book market is for me! What great shots you got of the flowers in the market.


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