THIEVE'S MARKET (CHOR BAZAAR), Mumbai
Chor Bazaar(Thieves Bazaar) in South Mumbai is a flea market that possibly lives up to its name. Here bargain hunting tourists can wander around, and just about anything can be found. The authenticity of the 'antiques' on sale is questionable, but there are no doubt some to be found.There are clocks and old gramophones-and china tea-sets that could have been owned by some English memsahib. Art-Deco lamps, jewellery and trinkets are in abundance.
One little store sells Bollywood memorabilia, and another has bits and pieces of Victorian furniture.
Take time to rummage through the many bargains at this flea-market-there are 'fixed' prices, but bargaining is acceptable, and can even be quite fun. The maze of alleys are full of treasures- one just needs the patience and time to find them.
Because Chor market is situated in a Muslim area, most of the stalls and shops are closed on Fridays.
There is a saying in Mumbai- "If you lose anything in Mumbai, you can buy it back at the Thieves Bazaar". This is not re-assuring for any tourists, but it is said tongue in cheek-
What to buy: Antiques ( or fake antiques!) Clocks Glassware Brassware
What to pay: Bargain- everything is very reasonably priced anyway
Also called Thieves market.
Some very interesting antique shops.
This part of Mumbai is worth visiting. It is much less touristy. Around the bazaar there are many mosques, and it seems as if it is a predominantly muslim area.
You will also find many street markets in the area with many different goods to offer.
What to buy: Antiques
What to pay: You have to decide for yourself
Chor Bazaar, also known as Thieve's Market, is one of Mumbai's most famous markets. It is over 150 years old and is located on Mutton Street, in the heart of the Muslim area.
The streets are crammed with shoppers and the shopkeepers are savvy so you will need to use your best bargaining skills here!! Never show too much interest in an item, start at 1/3 the asking price, try to settle for no more than half the asking price.
Originally a market where stolen goods were sold, today Chor Bazaar is full of shops selling some real, but mostly fake antiques, paintings, and knick-knacks. Be sure to know your stuff if you're buying any antiques. There are some really great items here and among my favorites are antique cameras and various nautical items.
Chor Bazaar is closed on Fridays but this is the day when Juma Market - the real thieves market - takes over. Vendors crowd into the lanes selling all kinds of merchandise, including stolen goods. Be sure to get there early for the best selection.
Beware of pickpockets!
Take care to dress appropriately since the market is located in a Muslim area.
*Tip: Shopkeepers consider the first sale of the day to be lucky. Get there early enough and you may get a real deal!
Chor Bazaar is open Sat - Thurs 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Juma Market open Fridays from sunrise.
Simply meaning is thieves market. You will find each and every type of article, such as antiques, hardware, tools, wooden carvings, statues, figures, silver coins, engines, you name it and they’ll probably have it and sell it a reasonable price.
Practise your bargain skills. (more for fun than getting bargain)
Because it is centrally located you can easily spend hours here. Some vendors are also accepting credit cards (but then you need more bargaining skills). Maybe you will find an old piece of antique belonging to the Maharaja's or a reproduction of it. Check it out for yourself!
What to buy: CRAP! Seriously so much stuff, you won't be able to decide...
Antiques are becoming the style statement of today's drawing rooms. And a trip to Mumbai (or Bombay) could unfold some of the best antiques you might have ever seen. Chor Bazaar is the place poised on the Mutton Street, where you can grab vintage assortment of curios. Literally meaning Thieves Market, Chor Bazar is a chaotic street flanked by numerous antique shops, where anything, varying from old ship parts, grandfather clocks, gramophones, old English tea sets to crystal chandeliers, could bargain your interest.
It's absolutely not a problem, if you just want to browse and have glimpse of this bizarre market. Open between 11:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs on usual days, the market is closed on Fridays. Being centrally located, one can easily reach here and spend hours while checking out some hand crafted sword or royal dress of a King in the marketplace. In precise terms, Chor Bazar is certainly a dreamland for antique lovers and one should never miss this atypical market on a tour to Mumbai....
What to buy: All the Imported Goods Secondhand OR New ....
What to pay: Whatever he is telling try to give Half or 30% of Amount ..