Market: Mumbai's Chor Bazaar is the pride of the city in terms of shopping. Located i...
Market: Mumbai's Chor Bazaar is the pride of the city in terms of shopping. Located in South Mumbai, Chor Bazaar literally translates to 'thieves market'. One of the oldest markets in Mumbai, the place has a fascinating history that dates back to over 150 years. Initially, Chor Bazaar was known as 'Shor Bazaar', which means 'noisy market'. However, the British, during their reign in India, mispronounced the word and the market eventually became known as 'Chor Bazaar'. One of the most fascinating souks, Chor Bazaar is home to many stolen goods, just as the name suggests. You will usually find shopaholics rummaging for goods at throwaway prices. From antiques to Victorian furniture and fashion to electronics, a wide array of goods available here is staggering. Most of the shop-owners are used to the whims and fancies of the shoppers; therefore, if you are good at bargaining, then this might be the place to be! One of the main tourist attractions in Mumbai, Chor Bazaar is also one of the busiest places in this metropolitan city. To know more, read on. History And Surroundings Chor Bazaar has a history that spans over 150 years. The market was initially known as 'Shor Bazaar' and eventually got changed to 'Chor Bazaar'. Over time, illegal and stolen goods found its way to the market, vindicating the new name of the market. It is believed that this place was a favorite with the British during their reign in India. They would often purchase grandfather clocks, furniture, brassware and other household items at offbeat prices. These souks were considered to be the only place in Mumbai selling goods at such unusual rates. Once in Chor Bazaar you will find yourself surrounded by Muslim architecture buildings and surrounding. Located on Mutton Street, the area is full of dilapidated buildings, crowded streets and crumbling shops, retaining a bit of the old world charm. Most of the lanes are crammed with vendors selling all sorts of goods at very fluid prices. The closest railway station to Chor Bazaar is located at Grant Road. Popularity The popularity of Chor Bazaar has grown over the years. Several Bollywood films have been shot in the alleyways of this crammed street. Mini Market and Juma Market at Chor Bazaar are two small subdivisions of this famous market. At Mini Market, tourists can find posters and all other trinkets related to the Bollywood industry. At the Juma Market, hardware, tools and furniture can be found aplenty. The Chor Bazaar has also been mentioned in a popular novel by Rohinton Mistry, called 'Such a long journey'.
Famous For: Goods (fashion, furniture, gadgets, books, kitchenware) at off-the-cuff prices.
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Market: While it is the city of dreams and shocks, the city where Bollywood resides, ...
Market: While it is the city of dreams and shocks, the city where Bollywood resides, and the city where life is most uncertain, Mumbai is also the city with the most beautiful heart. And this heart houses innumerable places that are must-visits. Of course, to each his own, however, Colaba Causeway has a charm that anyone can rarely resist. If you are visiting Mumbai, or even better, living here, a visit to the Causeway is an absolute must. Shopping is the first reason why Colaba Causeway is famous, the next being food! From cheap, street clothes to fashionable boutiques, this lane, which houses old buildings from the British Raj, has it all. While you can stroll through the footpaths and look for clothes, shoes, purses, and even jewelry in the latest designs, you can also step into one of the boutiques and look at exquisite furnishings, clothes, etc. The street vendors sell the latest fashion at throwaway prices, which can be bargained for to a great extent. It is always good to spend some time here; you never know what steal you will find. If boutiques and exquisite things fascinate you, then you have the option of stepping into AAA, Aquamarine, Bunglow 8, Bombay Electric, Attic, Fuschia and Orange, Khubsons and Silver House amongst many more. Curio Cottage is an ideal place to stop over for trendy and antique silver jewelry. Right when you enter the Causeway (or at the end, depending on which way you are coming from), you have Regal Cinema to the left (or right) where you can catch a movie if you wish to do so. Very few old school cinema halls remain these days, so catching a leisurely show in such theaters can be fun at times. If you take a stroll in the lane behind Regal Cinema, you will find yourself walking into the sun as it sets on the Arabian Sea. Tourists and locals alike will be seen strolling on the Strand Promenade, which will lead you to the Gateway of India — and what a majestic sight beholds you there! Across the road, looming on the skyline, is the grand Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Although the security is tighter now than before, the experience remains the same as it did back in the 80s — grand. Back on the lane, you might be hungry, and with so many choices, you will be spoiled. Bademiya, Baghdadi and Delhi Darbar are ideal if you want to dig in straight away. Or you can hop over to Leopold Café & Bar, Café Mondegar or Café Basilico Bistro & Deli for a leisurely time, watching people passing by while you enjoy your food and drinks. To satisfy your sweet tooth, drop in at Theobroma. Apart from these, you also have the choice of McDonald’s, Kamath’s and Café Coffee Day. A day is not usually enough to visit every corner of the Colaba Causeway, though at some times, it is enough. Like most of the places in Mumbai, the Causeway too has a character to it — a character that molds with yours and accepts you as you are. You might go there one morning to shop with your friends, but you’ll return rich with experience and history.
Famous For: Colaba Causeway houses some of the most popular and world-famous restaurants of Mumbai. These include Leopold Café, Café Mondegar and Bademiya. Additionally, you can find the city's landmarks such as the Taj Mahal Hotel, Sassoon Dock, Afghan Church and th
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Market: Crawford Market is a popular spot for buying all the household items. Whether...
Market: Crawford Market is a popular spot for buying all the household items. Whether you are planning on buying vegetables or poultry, then Crawford Market is the place to be. Crawford Market was the main wholesale market till 1966. Spanning around 72000 sq. yards, this market is also famous for its splendid architecture. Norman and Flemish styles can be seen in the architecture, depicting elements of the old-world charm in a modern city. Situated just towards the north of Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus, the market is one of the most popular shopping areas of the city. If one wants to savor how the local dwellers shop, then there is nothing better than heading out to Crawford Market, which is open on 6 days of the week. The Crawford Market offers an exciting shopping experience for those who love to splurge. One of the most vibrant markets in the city, a whole array of dazzling fruits, vegetables and poultry can be found here. The mix of the fragrances vegetables, combined with the aromas of the fresh cheese and homemade chocolate, make it an interesting visit for tourists. History Founded in 1871, the market was initially known as 'Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market'. It got the name 'Crawford Market' after city's Municipal Commissioner, Arthur Crawford. The construction of the market building was completed in 1869 and businesses commenced in 1871. At the time, the British would often send their domestic help to buy the freshest produce from the market. The British were also the first to start selling hordes of important foods in one single place. Therefore, if you are looking for some good deals on fruit and vegetables and some imported food, then, Crawford Market is the place to be. Architecture Spread over a vast area of 72,000 sq. yards, Crawford Market is extremely famous for its architecture. The impressive frieze at the entrance of the market will astonish the tourists. The place is also designed in such a manner so that it receives ample sunlight during the day. One of the main features of this market is the Clock Tower, adorned with intricate Victorian carvings. Built in 1871, this market was designed and conceptualized by William Emerson. Another interesting fact is that the market first got electricity in 1882, and became the first market in India to receive electricity. On some parts of the building, tourists will also be able to view Gothic styles of architecture. The stone fountains in the center of the market are also worth a visit. The exteriors of Crawford Market are also adorned with wall paintings, murals and pictures of Indian farmers working in fields. Spanning a colossal area of approximately 24,000 sq. m, the construction is made out of 'Kurla stone' and 'Red stone' from Bassein.
Famous For: Famous for Fruits and Vegetables, Spices, Stationery Items, Clothes, Handbags and Other Knick Knacks, Funky Jewellery Items, Imported Candies and Chocolates, Stunning Home Decor Items, Baadshah.
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Market: Watching the colorful flower market in Dadar East (previously known as phool ...
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, 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 the 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 whaaaat?). While the Indian flowers are cheaper, the prices of the exotic ones like lilies and peonies might be on a higher scale. How To Get There: The market is right outside the Dadar station, thus it's best accessible from the Dadar train station.
Famous For: Vibrant, fresh flower market featuring early-morning auctions & a colorful variety of blooms.
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Market: SCENARIO No matter how much ever we shop in malls and boutiques, street sh...
Market: SCENARIO No matter how much ever we shop in malls and boutiques, street shopping never loses its charm. Whether its the bargaining, the colourful display of trendy clothes and accessories, or the possibility of finding a gem in the lot, street shopping as its own fun and character which cannot be replaced by malls and the likes of it. Hill Road, Bandra is one such shopping paradise which will lure you in with its full of life and every bustling energy. WHAT IS IT? Starting from the intersection between the Bandra Railway Station and SV Road, the market is very conveniently located, accessible to all. Spanning up to the Mehboob Studio and ending at the Bandra promenade, Bandra Fort. Post the Bandra police station, the city takes its shopping avatar. Hill Road market is a mix of all - shopping, entertainment, food. Right from street style shopping to premium brands outlets like Marks and Spencer and more, you’ll be amazed by what this street shopping paradise in Bandra has to offer. ACT ON IT! If you are a crazy shopaholic, fashionista or someone who loves to roam around the colourful markets - Hill Road, Bandra, street shopping should be on your list. Begin from one end and keep moving gradually checking out the clothes, jewellery and footwear displayed. Finding a perfect pair of jeans is something we all struggle with but at Pallavi Collections, it becomes so easy! Rows and rows filled with jeans in all shades of blues and blacks, including some colourful ones. Get that perfect pair starting at INR 600 only! A little down the road you’ll find the Sona Shopping Centre, that is known for its readymade garments shops, lingerie shops, and even tailoring establishments. You can also find shops that keep an amazing collection of export rejects here. If all the shopping and haggling tires you, you can always rest your feet at Elco Arcade, apart from numerous ethnic shops, Elco has a selection of restaurants and food joints. The legend has it that the Elco Pani Puri is the best place to enjoy, while here. Hill Road Shopping experience is something you should definitely experience once if not more!
Famous For: Hill Road market is a mix of all - shopping, entertainment, food.
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Market: Zaveri Bazaar is one of the most popular jewelry markets in the island city o...
Market: Zaveri Bazaar is one of the most popular jewelry markets in the island city of India. One of the biggest hubs for B2B and B2C merchandizing, Zaveri Bazaar, as the name suggests, is a jewelry souk, just north of Crawford Market. Here, tourists will find thousands of small jewelry shops selling precious stones, uncut jewelry, gold, silver, brassware and even platinum jewelry. Some of the biggest jewelry brands in India have also established their stores in this crowded market. Brands such as 'Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri' and 'Tanishq' can be found at the Zaveri Bazaar. Over 60% of all gold trading and dealing happen at Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai and that is a fact. With a muddle of narrow lanes and enthusiastic shoppers, this bazaar should definitely be visited at least once while in Mumbai. Zaveri Bazaar is not only known for its jewelry, but also for its archaic old-world buildings, street food and photo frames. It is worth visiting this Bazaar during the festive season, as the rates for ornaments come down and the market is always filled with multifarious hues, dazzling gold and chirpy faces! Architecture The crowded sweatshops at Zaveri Bazaar are some of the oldest buildings in Mumbai. Built in the 19th century, these dilapidated buildings have witnessed the changing times, people and surroundings. However, the bazaar still manages to retain its old-world Victorian charm. Many of the buildings were designed according to Victorian-Gothic styles, which are still visible in flaky bits and pieces today. The main jewelry buildings are surrounded by local food waters and a restaurant or two. Zaveri Bazaar Goods The market houses some of the most prestigious jewelry names on the unassuming, crammed streets in this island city. Some of the top quality gold and silver coins, as well as gold bars with 100% quality are sold in the many sweatshops at Zaveri Bazaar. Here, the shopper need not worry about the quality and the price of the ornaments. As the market is one of the oldest ornament souks in the country, the prize and the quality are believed to be one of the best in the country. All kinds of precious stones, gems and precious metal are also sold in the market. For those looking for traditional Indian designs, Kundan and Jadau work on the jewelry, there is no better place to do the shopping than Zaveri Bazaar. If you are not very interested in jewelry and you want to pick out goods that are not too expensive, then there are a wide variety of wood and brass photo frames that this market is famous for. Apart from the photo frames, tourists will also find dinnerware sets, toys, lifestyle goods and furniture in a few shops around the market. An interesting fact is that Zaveri Bazaar gets the maximum appreciation and credit for the jewelry and gems around India and is also one of the largest exporters of gold to countries in the Middle Eas
Famous For: Famous for Indian-style gold, platinum and diamond jewelry. Silver and imitation jewelry are also available.
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