Street shopping in Mumbai is a great way to shop at affordable prices. Some of the most trending outfits can be found easily at these places. For all those with great bargaining skills, street shopping may be the perfect way to shop in Mumbai. Be it clothes, jewellery or home decor, almost everything can be found on the bustling streets of Mumbai. Along with some of the best places for street shopping in Mumbai, I’ve listed some helpful tips that will help you street shop the right way!
1. Colaba Causeway, Colaba
Colaba Causeway, located in South Mumbai, definitely has to be one of the best places for street shopping in Mumbai. If you’re an accessories person, this place is paradise. You’ll find some of the best collections of Indian jhumkas, bracelets, rings, necklaces, etc. Apart from that, here you’ll find the coolest sunglasses and moonstone chains. Western clothes, bags and shoes are plenty here. At Colaba Causeway you can also find some rustic and antique artifacts and also personalize jewellery. If you’re heading here, make sure you have a strong bargaining game.
2. Hill Road, Bandra
One of the two famous shopping spots in Bandra, is one of the best street shopping destinations in Mumbai, Hill Road! Shoes, jewellery, dresses, tops, workout clothing, jeans and much more. Hill Road has a variety to offer in each category. Don’t be surprised if you see some of your favourite brands at less than half their price. Hill road has a lot of rip offs and first copies. It is one of the best places for students looking for a trendy wardrobe at a reasonable price.
3. Crawford Market, Fort
Another popular shopping street in South Mumbai is Crawford Market. Here you’ll get both wholesale and retail goods at the best prices. You can find everything you need here. Right from fruits, vegetables, fabric, toys, clothes, accessories, home supplies, occasional decoration, beauty stores and much more. The by lanes may be confusing and the place can be crowded, but it’s a one stop destination for most of your needs. Visit when you have enough time on hand so you can explore the area.
4. Linking Road, Bandra
Other than hill road, Bandra also has the famous Linking Road for Street Shopping in Mumbai. The variety you will find here will have you spoilt for choice. From the most colourful scarves and quirky handbags, to a wide range of shoes and clothes, Linking Road has a lot to offer. You’ll also find a few branded stores here where you can take a look. Whether you’re looking for traditional or western clothing, there’s sure to be something that you will love here!
5. Natraj Market, Malad
Another great place for street shopping in Mumbai, especially for weddings, is Natraj Market in Malad West. It’s one of the best places while shopping for traditional wear. Don’t let the narrow lanes trick you. There are both small shops and spacious air conditioned shops in the area. Whether anarkali suits, sarees, lehengas or Indian gowns, Natraj Market has some of the best variety. You’ll also find footwear, jewellery and handbags sold in stores here. So now you know where to head during the wedding season!
6. Lokhandwala Market, Andheri
Another street shopping favourite has to be the Lokhandwala Market in Andheri West. You’ll find this place crowded during the festive season, because of the variety and quality they offer. This market should be your pick if you’re looking for both casual and fancy clothes, footwear, accessories and even mobile accessories. It’s not only restricted to women, they offer a lot of variety even for men. Yes, Lokhandwala Market has got you covered!
7. Fashion Street, Marine Lines
Fashion Street is another go to street shopping destination, located opposite Azad Maidan in South Bombay. With over 300 clothing shops here, time might be the only thing you’ll be short of. This is another place that is great for college students who are looking for affordable outfits. You’ll find the trendiest graphic tees, jeans, tops, dresses and shoes here. Look out for the coolest hats, earrings and belts while you shop here, to put together a perfect look.
8. Hindmata Market, Dadar
Hindmata Market is a cloth Market located in Dadar. It has the collection of some of the most beautiful Indian wear at unbelievable prices. If you’re looking for lehengas, sarees, sherwanis of any fabric, you’re going to most likely find it here. You can also get it conveniently stitched in the vicinity itself at cheap prices. Whether you love full embroidery, plain fabrics or textured fabrics, this market will definitely have something that suits your taste. Head here for great traditional wear street shopping!
9. Gandhi Market, Kings Circle
If you’re looking for cheap ethnic wear, Gandhi Market in Kings Circle can be a great street shopping destination. The place is accessible from Sion and Matunga. It has a great collection of embroidered Indian suits and lehengas. You can also find beaded and plain fabric of different types. Do check out earrings, bangles and necklaces that will go along with your outfits. You’ll also find perfect Indian footwear to complete your look!
10. Zaveri Bazaar, Bhuleshwar (South Bombay)
A place well known for its jewellery, Zaveri Bazaar in South Bombay, should be on your list for street shopping in Mumbai. This popular jewellery hub has some of the fanciest earrings, dainty chains, chunky necklaces, beaded rings, sets of bangles and much more. It is also frequented by people for shopping gold jewellery. Right from traditional jewellery to the quirkiest jewellery, Zaveri Bazaar will have everything you’re looking for!
This is a key rule of street shopping. Clothes especially are always priced way higher than they should be. Quote what seems like a fair and reasonable price, and then negotiate a suitable price that works for both. If it’s not the price you like, try searching for it at another shop. Many shops have similar products.
Don’t show much interest
Avoid showing too much interest in the product, this might reduce your chances of getting a good deal. Have a neutral expression and bargain for a fair price. You can also try the walking away trick.
Do not buy cosmetics
While buying clothes and accessories is a good idea, stray away from buying counterfeit cosmetics you find while street shopping. The ingredients may be of poor quality and might not be suitable for your skin.
Check the clothing
Clothing found while street shopping can sometimes have defects. So always check before you buy. If it is a major problem, ask for another piece. If it is a minor defect that you do not mind, point it out to the seller and ask him for a reduction in price.
Although many places have now begun accepting cashless transactions, you might still find places that have a “cash only” transaction while street shopping. So it’s better keeping some cash handy. Also carry change so that you do not have to search for it in case the shop keeper does not have change.
Wear comfortable footwear
Street shopping in Mumbai means A LOT of walking. You might have to walk up and down twice in order to scan everything well. So wear comfortable footwear so that walking for a long time won’t be an issue.
So those were some of the best and my favourite street shopping places in Mumbai. You’re sure to find a perfect place to shop according to your requirements. The listed tips will also definitely help you if it’s your first time street shopping. Have a great time and don’t forget to try out mouth watering food that you’ll find around these markets!
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