STORES/ SHOPPING CENTRES, Mumbai
there is this chain of shops across mumbai, the one i know is located in Matunga (central) near the station (east) and one at chembur near diamond garden
they have these designer brands which gets exported from india .eg: tommy hilfiger, gucci, hugo boss, ck etc.
the best thing about it is that they all are sold under 10us$ price. NO it is not fake goods, its just the sample piece which are supposed to be exported. they do accept credit cards. They have everything from jeans, pants, shirts and tshirts. a lot of range for ladies too.
i find it a very cheap deal. and plus i get to wear branded cloths everyday.
What to buy: everything from mens wear to undergarments. they have it all
none are fake. all are original which are samples to be exported. so you will find only one piece of the same design.
most of my pics you will find the ***s and the tshirts which i buy from here
What to pay: within 30us$ you can shop a lot
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!!!
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!!!
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
Its goverment owned Emporium.
Near to Gateway of India,actully if walk to Museum,you can see this shop at rightside.
I have to say they have some good collection,few things i havnt seen anywhere.
Brass,Wood,Silver,Pottery.They have handicrafts cloths section too,from Shawls ,Dress Material, Sarees,
Ready to wear for men&Women.Accessories.
Price i felt reasonable.Wana buy Souvenires this is the place to buy :).
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!!!
Inorbit Mall was the first mall to arrive in the suburbs and was considered the king of Mumbai malls until the Oberoi Mall in Goregaon came along. I still think that Inorbit is much nicer with a better selection of stores if that's what you're looking for.
Inorbit has 3 floors of fun including the anchor department stores Shopper's Stop and Lifestyle. There's a Fame multiplex movie theater, food court, and a huge gaming center on the third floor. Inorbit is wi-fi enabled in the food court so you can synchronize your note-book and surf.
Restaurants: Nandos, Breadtalk(!), Ruby Tuesday's, Pizza Hut, Only Parathas, Pot Purri, Rajdhani, Bombay Blue, Noodle Bar, Barista, Birdys, China Joe, Dosa Diner, Roti!, Subway, Natural, Shamiana, Santinos, Kailash Parbat, Sanskriti, Dosa Plaza, Baskin & Robins, Gelato, Hot dog, Hot and Juicy (corn), Cafe Coffee Day, and more.
Partial Listing of Stores by name:
Planet Sports, Reebok, Hidesign (leather goods), Charles & Keith, the Bombay Store, Planet M (music), Levis, Revolutions, Pepe Jeans, United Colours of Benetton, Lee, Weekenders, Wrangler, Marks and Spencer, Nike, Adidas, Lacoste, Barbie and Lilliput (for children), Spencers Supermarket, Crosswords Bookstore, Wills Lifestyle, Provogue, etc., etc.
Partial List of Stores by type:
Men and women's clothing including Indian designers and Western wear, shoes, luggage, gift/card, baby clothes/supplies, children's clothing (including Barbie), jewelry, optical, computer/software, beauty salons, candy by the kg, home accessories, personal accessories, books/magazines, etc., etc.
There is usually some promotion - makeup application, talent show, etc. - going on. A nice place to escape the heat and spend an afternoon. Lots of parking (outside and basement). Gets very crowded on weekends and during holidays. Expect to go through metal detector and have handbags/bags checked.
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.
Grocery stores have sprung up all over Mumbai and its suburbs. Stores include Foodland, Spinach, and Food Bazaar and Big Bazaar (one of which is usually in every mall). One of the biggest and my favorite is Hypercity (next to Inorbit mall in Oshiwara/Malad). For those staying in the city for an extended length of time and craving food from home, these are the places to go. (Smaller, local shops may also have imported food but the turnover is not so high, therefore the food probably not the freshest.)
Grocery stores are a great place to shop for gifts to bring home - or a reminder of your trip. You can pick up mango jams, teas, papads, all kinds of masalas, chicken/veg mixes, etc. (For the freshest spices, head to a local market though.)
What to pay: Most items are under $1.
We first came across Fabindia while looking for material for curtains. The have a wide variety of materials (all colors, patterns) for curtains, bedding, etc. Also available are ready-made curtains, bedding, decorative pillows, table linens, etc.
In addition they have clothing - everything from kurtas and pyjamas for men to sawars and kurtas for women. New to Fabindia is an exclusive range of Indian inspired hand-crafted jewelry.
Fabindia has a good selection of quality merchandise and if your purchases are too heavy to carry home, they'll send it for you! You can also order online at their website.
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.
Colaba Causeway Road, which is now renamed Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg), is a good place to shop for clothes. Western shops such as Woodland, Reebok, Wrangler and Levi's are located here plus there's loads of stalls running down one side of the road selling the usual stuff you find in Indian markets.
Inorbit, the huge mall is located in Malad near Goregoan Sports Club and very close to the best grocery supermarket in Mumbai,D-Mart.
One can reach the mall by the buses 79 and 241.
One can even go by taxi and rickshaws too.
What to buy: This is probably my favourite thing about the mall! There are actually more than 35 clothes hangouts!!! The big names include Lifestyles,Pepe Jeans,United Colours of Benetton,Lee,Weekenders,Wrangler,Marks and Spencer,Revolutions,Planet Sports,Nike,Adidas,Reebok,Lacoste,Shopper’s Stop,etc.
There are shops like Lilliput and Barbie for clothes shops for kids. There are many designer stores like Sheetal,Ritu Kumar,Satya Paul,Be: and Jashan.
There are also stores for shoes like Catwalk and Regal. The other shops include Vision World for contact lenses,spectacles frames and glares. The mall also has many stores for electronics like Ipods,Playstation games,Xbox portables and other video games. There are also stores of artificial jewellery like Twinkles and Sasha.
What to pay: FOOD COURT,GAME ARCADE,PARKING Lot of features ....But It minimum Expensive ......
Shopping in Mumbai is a memorable experience as you wander through its Bazaars with striking names like Chor Bazar, Mutton Street and Zaveri Bazar. At Chor Bazar you'll find a phenomenal collection of antiques, jewellery, wooden articles, leatherware and general bric-a-brac.
Crawford market, famous for flowers, fruits, meat and fish, is certainly place worth capturing on your camera. Zaveri Bazar offers excellent range of jewellery items. For colourful and innovative carpets one should head for Mereweather Road behind Taj Mahal Hotel. Here the range is extensive, exclusive and the prices slightly higher. To be on the safer side, one could, however check at the Jammu and Kashmir Emporium first. Several state emporia in the World Trade Centre, at Cuffe Parade are an ideal place to buy souvenir, a rare artifact or textiles. The Central Cottage Industries Emporium (Apollo Bunder) and Khadi Village Industries Emporium (D.N.Road) with their fixed price tags, are genuine and of superb quality.
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.