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.
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 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.
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!
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.
Shah & Co Wines: Wine
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
Colaba Market: Shopping in Colaba
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
Various: Shopping in Mumbai
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)
Fabindia (fab india): Beautiful Textiles etc
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
Street Stalls: Books
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 averageRelated to:
- Budget Travel
Planet M: CD's, DVD's etc
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: InexpensiveRelated to:
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.
Bombay Store: Good quality
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
Strand Book Stall: A great Book store
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
Rhythm House: CD's, DVD's etc
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
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