Located near Crawford market, it is a place where you can buy wine from Sula winery (Nashik). These wines only sold in the state of Maharastra. Although the service is very indifferent, they have a good range of local wines, which is not always easy to find.
What to buy: Wine
What to pay: Not cheap
Try Avante, a fixed price shop at Colaba just opposite the Regal Cinema. It has one of the cheapest prices for really good quality stuff from all over India so you don't have to visit all the different regions to procure the handicrafts. The staff there are not pushy and speak English too. They have a huge collection of different types of handicrafts in different price ranges so you may select what you like according to your budget.
What to buy: Handicrafts from all over India are available here and the different types and price ranges make it easy for one to select according to their budget.
What to pay: Anywhere between a few tens to thousands of rupees depending on the item.
It is to the side of a newsagents (most convenient). Run by very friendly people and most importantly has a erliable connection.
You must produce some ID (as per the police requests) which will set you up with an "account". The rates aer cheap and the owner of the café did not seem obsessed with time watching!
There is a nice department store worth trying - 'Shopper's Stop', on Linking Road in Bandra West. Very well-stocked & modern, just past the MacDonalds.
Pali Hill (Bandra) is worth checking out too!!
Further away, you could look around Mahalaxmi.
At the far end of Colaba (away from the Taj) is The Courtyard (Minoo Desai Marg, Apollo Bunder. These hot designers have some real gems stocked.
What to buy: Clothes, fancy show articles, perfumes, toys.
What to pay: How fat is your wallet ;) ???
The Heera Panna Shopping Center is one of the most popular shopping centers in Mumbai. It is situated in Worli near another famous landmark of Mumbai the Haji Ali Mosque.
Famous for its accessories and electronics goods, the shopping center attracts tourists from far and wide.
This shopping center houses about a 130 shops, which sell high quality products at reasonable price tags. However, most places do not bargain here and unless you are very luck to get a discount, you'll have to pay the fixed tag rates.
What to buy: accessories and electronics goods in Reasonable Rates
What to pay: They Will Surely Increses Amount How You Look . So be Smart Consumer .
There are some great book stalls on the streets around Flora Fountain and at the University.
The variety is endless, anything from academic books to magazines.
Very good prizes. Do check the quality before you buy.
What to buy: Books
What to pay: Less than average
This shop stocks all the latest CD's and DVD's. The staff look quite a bit older compared to those at PlanetM - dressed in red jackets - but are very helpful and knows their stuff.
Most CD's and DVD's have the price in Rp printed on the label in India.
Seems to be better than PlanetM.
What to buy: DVD
What to pay: Normal prices
The Strand Book Store is a great place to buy books. It is on two levels, and have a huge variety of books. It seems as if is a bit disorganized, but its not. The staff are unobtrusive, but if you needs them, they are there to help and very knowledgable.
Prices are VERY good.
Open: 10am - 8pm, daily
What to buy: Books
What to pay: Inexpensive
Planet M is a very good store to buy cd's, dvd's etc. It was a very big store in January 2008, but during my last visit (Oct 2008), there is a much smaller version of the shop. The staff are friendly and very helpful.
I could not find the dvd's I was looking for during my last visit (Oct 2009), it seems that it is not going all that well with Planet M.
What to buy: CD's
What to pay: Inexpensive
This shop sells handicrafts, clothing, carpets, rugs etc from all over India. Although the prices are more expensive, the quality of the stuff on sale is high.
The service in the shop is very good, and you can shop without being hassled all the time.
Monday to Saturday : 10:30am to 7:30pm
What to buy: Tea
Rugs and carpets
What to pay: A bit more expensive than average
Crawford Market is one of the prominent markets of Mumbai. It is located in South Mumbai, to the north of Victoria railway station and opposite the Police headquarters. The market is called so, after the City's Municipal Commissioner Arthur Crawford. Though it is now officially known as the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market, it is still popular by its former name. The construction of the market building was completed in 1869. One of the main features of the building is the Clock Tower, which is adorned with beautiful Victorian carvings.
Crawford Market was the main wholesale market of the former city of Bombay till 1966, when it was shifted to Navi Mumbai. The market is spread in an area of around 72000 sq yards and is famous for its architecture, which is a blend of Norman and Flemish architectural styles. The impressive frieze on the main entrance is a treat for the eyes and depicts Indian Peasants in wheat fields. It was designed by Lockwood Kipling, father of the famous novelist Rudyard Kipling. The place is so designed that it receives ample sunlight during the day.
This specific sweet shop is close to the mosque near Crawford Market. This area reminds me of a souq. Many sweet and spice shops.
This is the very first shop as you enter this souq-like area.
Very friendly staff. You may be offered some sweets to sample.
Remember most sweets contain milk or milk products and cannot be kept for a very long periods.
I included a few photos to tickle the taste buds.
A very nice shop on more than one level.
The upper level sells very good quality home decor, textiles etc
They have ready made curtains, beadspreads, pillows, etc
Also a nice selection of rugs.
What to buy: Home decor
Mumbai has a lot to offer for the shopper.
From street markets on Coloba to shops in modern shopping malls - you are spoilt for choice.
Cooking utinsels, spices
You will find emporiums or shops selling goods from areas all over India (eg Orissa etc)
You will find the entrance to the Colaba Market from the Colaba Causeway.
It is a very colourful market selling mostly fresh produce, spices, rice etc.
If you wander a bit into the surrounding area, you will find many different shops, workshops and small temples.
This market is worth a visit, even if you don't want to buy anything
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