STORES/ SHOPPING CENTRES, Mumbai
We really enjoyed our visit to The Bombay Store. The shop has such a nice appearance inside; it is very smart but still has a traditional look too. The people working there were very helpful but allowed us plenty of time to browse without interrupting, so it was a relaxing place to wander round too. We bought some lovely stationery including note cards and writing paper, some with printed patterns and others with embossed designs, mostly with Indian themes and some stationery folders too.
What to buy: We loved the look of all the colourful household items, such as cushions and curtains and the carved wooden items were beautiful too but, with so many opportunities for shopping in the city, we had already filled or cases and had to limit ourselves to some incense stick holders and napkins!
What to pay: To be honest, I did find the prices rather higher than at some of the other places we had visited in Mumbai but everything was of such good quality and we were shopping only for small items so we didn't mind paying a little more for the items we liked there.
In big stores like the Shop No. 12, Indian Mercantile Mansion, Wodehouse Road - opposite Regal Cinema prices aren't to be bargained and in this store in particular I found them very low.
Prices a little bit higher but a wider choice at The Bombay Store, Sir P.M. Road, Fort
What to buy: palm leaf painting
gem stone stationery
wood desk accessories
hand made paper
and much MUCH more!!
The Tea Centre apart from being a refined place where to have a cup of tea, a snack, or a meal has also an attached shop where maybe at higher prices compared to the other ones you can find in Mumbai but I paid 55 Rs. (less than 1 euro) for a package of 100 gr. and you can choose among: Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, that's the FTGFOP Darjeeling, Assam, green teas, flavoured teas included a masala tea which I bought and have nicknamed the tea with the "tea with the smell of India", Oolong, Kashmiri and Nilgiri.
Designer's Choice sells Indian clothing and even if my master of bargaining said I should have discussed longer the price and reduce it further, I was very satisfied with the panjabi dress (loose trousers tightened at the waist and the ankles and on them a long tunic) I bought and then an Indian woman praised my purchase ;-)..
Lots of local and Indian gifts for souvenirs made by local craftsmen and artists for the tourism industry at cheap prices for good artworks!!! Very helpful staff and courteous service!!! Small shop with big bargain prices!!!
What to buy: Hand painted artwork on wood, silk, cloth or paper. Wooden handicrafts, pillboxes, jewellery boxes and souvenirs handcrafted and designed by village craftsmen from all over India!!! Palm leaf paintings / etchings with carvings too!!! Filigree work. Handwoven materials for dresses, shawls, etc. Postcards and all kinds of small and big souvenirs available at good prices for the tourist!!! Not like most other shops where they fleece the tourists!!!
What to pay: From as low as Rs30 for a handpainted silk cloth painting (well worth that price) to anything like Rs300 to 500 for many big and excellent souvenir / gift items that you would not get for that price anywhere else!!!
This store is inside a shopping maze near Santa Cruz railway station (west side). if you like good quality costume jewellery then this is the place for you. You will have a huge choice of colors, styles and you can even design your own set.
What to buy: Silver , gold plated , 1 gram gold plated , american diamonds, bangles, anklets, armlets, kundan, jaipuri and western style sets. "Devdas" style pieces also available.
What to pay: From $10 and up.
One of the most famous and reader oriented book shops in Mumbai started by the defatiguable Mr. Shanbag who started with an actually small stall in the erstwhile Strand movie theatre near Colaba, now shifted to the more spacious (still small) premises at Sir PM Road. All kinds of books and magazines are available on order at the greatest discounts possible in this field!!! The staff are very helpful and go about doing business but are more like a friend rather than shop owners!!!
Their once in a year sale of books is a geat bargain for here you will get books at upto 80% discounts and well worth the effort of going through all the books at your own free time!!! No questions asked and no strange looks or staring eyes!!! So go pick up lots of bargain books and enjoy the lost art of reading (books) in this internet age!!!
What to buy: BOOOOOOOOKS!!!!! What else!!! Well alright, you may find some music CD's as well at discount prices!!! And the best collection of travel guides too!!!
What to pay: Most books are at discounted prices and are also available by post!!!
The Bombay Store is one of the best places you can gift yourself or someone dear and special a lovely gift that they will cherish all their lives!!! It has a wide range of gifts and a lot more than just gifts too for everybody, no matter how old or young they may be!!! Drop in for a huge collection of art and handicrafts as well as clothes, jewellery, carpets, wall hangings, exquisite tea in gift packs, leather products, candles, writing instruments and accessories, wooden and stone carvings, etc. all for a very reasonable price and a wide range to select from!!! Come and take your pick for you will be left asking for more space to put all your purchases and your baggage allowances will not be sufficient for all that you buy here!!! HAHAHA!!!
What to buy: Tea, handicrafts, carpets, wall hangings, stone sculptures, wooden sculptures, jewellery, writing accessories, clothes, leather goods, gifts of all kinds!!!
What to pay: Comparatively reasonable prices and good bargains for a lovely selection of gifts, all under one roof!!!
Mumbai has many shopping places.Usally India we say Mumbais is Mecca of fashion.
That may be correct,anything new in fashion it comes to Mumbai,then goes to other places .
I asked whts hottest place to shop,aha all said "Crossroad"shopping mall,
thats its South Mumbai,so need of going out of way.Yah from cloths to jewels too all shpos at one place.
The entrance can see left side McDonald's Restaurent.But i dint eat anything there,next there was one Reastaurant "Subway",funny name,nah,at Cross road you will behaving Subway only ;))).they give lunch package.I had lunch from there.It was nice food,you can take the food,can sit in the open hall,
can watch TV at big screen :).It was week day,still the place was packed .
Tell you onething i,dint buy anything there,but just had window shopping.
I find price are high comparing to Delhi,the same thing here its less,so No buying there.
Window shopping is cool,had look of latest designer shops :)). But if anyone is not shopping any other places (i mean India),then you can shop here.
What to buy:
Mens cloths,designer dress,chek it out Nitu studio,if u try Indian designer wear ;).
Music shops,books ,Gift items etc.
What to pay:
what to pay,purse has to be fat hahahahhahaha
If what your looking for is ethnic Indian stuff, The Bombay Store is the only place to go. It has everything from Rugs to Leather Goods, all made in India at very reasonable prices.
I've always liked the wood statues and ornaments, they even carry ethnic Indian clothing is your heart so desires.
This is a Govt. / co-operative owned store and by buying here you are encouraging and empowering cottage industry in India.
What to buy: The Hand Crafted Ornaments and curios make prefect gifts for those back home as well as great memories and symbols of your trip to India.
What to pay: Mostly everything here is well priced. You'll see almost all of the same stuff you'd find at the hotel stores but at half the price. It's where the locals go for ethnic handicrafts.
this is one of many enclosed markets that have little aisles jam packed with clothes and handicrafts. Be prepared to haggle...you can get beautiful lenghas, salwars (ready made and stiched to order). I liked it cause it was across the street from my family's apartment building!
Philosophy : Modernity that draws inspiration from the past
What to buy: crockery, cutlery, candlestands, lamps, ashtrays, vases, etc...
What to pay: RS200-RS6000
I needed to buy films for my camera and someone who likes photography and is a good photographer too addressed me at the FotoCentre - digital imaging products
Shoppers'Stop is located in the northern suburbs but it's the city largest department store, and no doubt the shape of things to come.