Crawford Market: Colonnial building
Named after the first Municipal Commissioner of Bombay, Arthur Crawford, this clock tower market dominates the skyline of the crowded inner city. The building, designed by William Emerson and completed in 1869, was donated by Cowasji Jehangir. The structure is a cross between Flemish and Norman architecture with a bas-relief depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields just above the main entrance. The frieze was designed by Lockwood Kipling, father of British novelist Rudyard Kipling. He designed the fountain inside the market as well, but today it is barely visible, squashed under mounds of apples and mangoes. Crawford Market covers an area of 72000 square yards and was built of coarse Coorla rubble, relieved by bright redstone from Bassein. The market was renamed Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market after a famous social reformer and houses a wholesale fruit and vegetable market, poultry, fish and meat stalls and is very busy but really worth while visiting.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Colaba causeway: Flea market shopping
Colaba causeway aka colaba flea market is the best place for a great bargain in Mumbai.
Shop for trinkets, artifacts (you even get old world, working gramophones here), woolen stoles, trendy footwear, bags, casual clothes here. A bargaining tip – Start with 50% of the cost informed by the shopkeeper. You never know, you might just get the stuff in that rate. I have bought stuff like that.
For beautiful silver trinkets shop at Curios. This shop is just across Café Mondegar. It is run by a friendly Gujarati Uncle who will give you a discount if asked for.
What to buy: Any and everything under the sun is available here!!
What to pay: Depending upon how much you like to shop. I went two colleagues of mine who ended up spending 6 hrs and 5000 Rs in this market alone.Related to:
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Hill Road shops: Hill Road - Bandra
Hill Road in Bandra is a great place to do any and all shopping. The roadside markets and shops offer great bargains for everything. Make sure you talk all the vendors down or they will rip you off. It is very easy to get everything cheap.
Shoes - $1
Shirts - $0.25
Belts - $0.75
Experience - Priceless!!!
Watch out for beggers, they are everywhere. An occasional Elephant will come along too so have your camera and stick of bamboo ready!
What to buy: Anything and everything. There are mostly shoes and clothes
What to pay: between 1 Rs. and 300 Rs.Related to:
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India is an extraordinary opportunity to buy various quality items and gifts but
even if you fly back from Mumbai, mumbai’s markets don’t offer the same excellent choice of shopping that you can get travelling around india.
A Variety of Shopping
Shopping can be anything from the street vendor, bazaar and market stalls to modern shopping malls. The World Trade Center at Cuffe Parade and the shopping mall at Nehru Centre are two of the most known shopping centres. There are also the Cottage Industry Emporiums (Apollo Bunder and D.N. Road) which are government run and probably a bit of a tourist trap. Probably the most exciting and a chance to bargain are the Bazaars (Chor, Mughal, Zaveri and Mutton Street) and street stalls and markets (Crawford). On Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg (Colaba Causeway) there are all kinds of shops from fashion boutiques to street stalls lining either side of the pavement. In hindsight I could have done more damage in Mumbai, but it was my first city to visit in India and I held off waiting to see what other cities held in store to tempt me.
If you are thinking of buying something which is more than 100 years old you will be required to obtain an export clearance certificate. You can check with the Archaeological Survey of India if you are in any doubt about the term ‘antique’.
Nalanda Book and Music Shop: Getting intimate...with books
The shop is located at the ground floor of historic Taj Mahal Hotel. Although the shop could use some more space given the good selection of books, I really don't mind the lack of ample space for lounging and more relaxed browsing (think Borders) - I always love the intimacy found in cramped spaces, specially when your company's as stimulating...as books (what were you thinking?).
They're open from 8 AM until midnight, so busy business travelers do have ample time to visit the shop after meetings and appointments.
What to buy: Great place to buy Indian books - from coffee table books, to fiction, to business, to dictionaries. Bought a pile of artistically illustrated pocket Kamasutras - great giveaways to friends.
Also found my 'dream' dictionaries for my Spanish and Arabic classes.
And don't forget to grab a copy of showbiz magazines (Stardust, etc.) as unique mementos from the city that is home to the world's most prolific movie industry - Bollywood.
What to pay: Hard cash or plastic
CRAWFORD MARKET: Evertyhing's got a price...
Mahatma Jyotiba Phule (Crawford) Market, just north of CST (VT), was the British-built food market with fruit, vegetables, meat and pungent piles of drying Bombay duck (fish).
What to buy: For a real thrill go to the back where the animals are for sale, not for the faint of heart. I could see certain friends opening cages freeing the poor things.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Very traditional: Sari
Sari is the tradinional women's dress. You cannot miss it...it's so colorful and marvellous! you find sari almost everywhere, but there's a street not far from Mankhurd train station where all sari's shops seem concentrated there.Related to:
- Women's Travel
Planet M Music: Har gadhi badel rahee....
Anything you might want in the way of Indian music whether classical, contemporary or latest from Bollywood, you can find it here. Prices are good as well, not much different from what you find on the street. Take credit cards, there is a nice bookshop and a coffee bar as well. Plus GREAT AC!
No shop in particular: Colaba is where you shop for clothes
The Colaba area in south Mumbai is perhaps the best place to shop for clothes. The serious shopper will be spoiled for choice from the very casual to formal suits. Quality-wise there Indian made clothes are comparable to their Italian counterparts, but at a fraction of the latter's price.
Crawford Market is definitely worth a look around, even if you don't have any shopping needs. It's an exciting and busy market, inside an equally interesting building (you can see the clocktower in the left of this photo, but the architecture is even better from the front).
See the Warnings & Dangers section for a small caution related to this market.
What to buy: Inside, the market largely consists of foodstuffs ~ I was starting out my trip here, so I didn't get any spices (but it would be a good place to pick them up before returning home), but I did get biscuits and fruit for a train ride, as well as mosquito coils for my travels.
What to pay: Bargaining is expected.
Tijori: A stylish local name :-)
Now, amongst the other known international names, e.g. Chopard, etc. I was over the moon to see a name like Tijori :-)
It made my day :-)
What to buy: You decide..
What to pay: What catches your eye??Related to:
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Oxford Bookstore: Books & more
Another great bookstore in Mumbai. It is very different to Strand Book Shop. They also have a selection of cd's and dvd's.
Proces are very reasonable and they have a wide range of books.
What to buy: Books
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