Location: Colaba Causeway, South Mumbai
Opening Hours: Daily from morning through night
What to Buy: Handicrafts, books, junk jewelry, crystals, brass items, incense, clothes
Colaba Causeway ? a place where you must be at least once to complete your trip to Mumbai. Located at proximity of Taj Mahal Hotel and the Gateway of India, the entire stretch of the area presents with a shopping experience like no other in Mumbai. The market complex is touted as a place which goes by the tagline ?everything is available? and it is literally so. With a large number of vendors selling junk jewelries, handicrafts, perfumes, apparels, and art goods, it is tough to control your inner shopaholic once you are here at Colaba Causeway. You will be prompted by several sellers trying to persist you buying maps, balloons, jewelries, key rings and many more. You can also get your name written on a grain of rice here. The best part of this market is that the price and availability of stock are both too good to be true. Handbags, shoes, watches, sunglasses, clothes ? you name it and they have it at the best possible price. Located nearby is the famous Leopold Caf? where you can go and take a break with a sip of beer before starting second round of shopping on the streets of Colaba Causeway.
Location: Between Crawford Market and Mumbadevi temple
Opening Hours: Morning to night (Sundays closed)
What to Buy: Indian-style gold, platinum and diamond jewelry. Silver and imitation jewelry are also available
The country?s biggest jewelry hub is here at Zaveri Bazaar ? Mumbai?s renowned gold market. It is one of the oldest and largest gold jewelry markets in India which accounts for 60% of the country?s gold trade, apart from diamond and silver stores, spread across thousands of shops. Many of these shops are more than centuries old which perfectly balances with the dilapidated buildings with its own glittering history. Not just gold items, there are several shops which sell silver and imitation jewelries too. Don?t fall for the small and claustrophobic size of the stores, as each one has its own stock of gold that is considerably quite a chunk both in number as well as in value. Besides expensive items like gold, diamond and silver, there are several shops and vendors that sell well-made imitation jewelry quite popular for their built which is almost impossible to tell apart from its real counterpart. Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai is the ideal place which caters both expensive and inexpensive jewelries that are tasteful, reliable and worth stacking up.
Dharavi Leather Market
Location: 90 Feet Road and adjoining Sion-Bandra Link Road, Dharavi, Sion, central Mumbai
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm
What to Buy: Leather jackets, bags, backpacks, wallets, belts, shoes
Stay low on pocket, and be classy with the picks from the Dharavi Leather Market. Dharavi is mainly known for its second largest slum in the world, but it is not everything that makes the area famous. Dharavi is, infact, the home to many flourishing small-scale industries where leather industry plays the most dominant role. It is the second largest of its kind in India and leather goods produced here are exported to all over the world. There are more than 200 shops at Dharavi which are famous for selling genuine quality leather goods. The best thing is that the price range is quite affordable and reasonable, especially for products that resemble close to high end designer leather goods. The streets of Dharavi welcome you with an overwhelming sense of chaos, contributed by the shops that are right on the streets without leaving much space for pavements. Leather jackets, shoes, bags, clutches, belts and travel bags are among the most popularly sold items in this market. Shops like High Design and Mozri are among the most trendy ones and must be visited.
Location: MG Road, south Mumbai, Near Metro Cinema and CST railway station
Opening Hours: Daily from morning until night
What to Buy: Clothes, shoes, belts
As the name suggest, the Fashion Street is a hub of street fashion, at affordable price tags. It is basically a cluster of clothing shops on MG Road opposite to Bombay Gymkhana. Counted among the biggest shopping destinations of Mumbai with over 385 street side shops, this local market promises you to offer with items that no mall can store. It is famous for trendy and latest fashion accessories, as well as for designer brands at throwaway prices. This vibrant flea market is a typically crowded affair with its own uniqueness of liveliness in the people and products available. This market is a tourist?s favorite and quite famous for its bargaining culture. The vendors tend to hike the price at a much higher range which needs to be trimmed down by effective bargaining by the buyers. All the latest and trendy fashion accessories are available in the Fashion Market ? the likes available at reputed and designer brands. Pick an item or two during your stay and take home few as souvenirs.
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