Mumbai is known for three things- love for monsoons, vada pav and street shops. If you are on a budget and still feel like shopping, street shops are your solution. They sell everything for a very affordable price and the quality depends from shop to shop.
1. Colaba Causeway, Churchgate
This is the one-stop destination to shop for junk jewellery, shoes, clothes, watches, sunglasses, handbags and much more. It is also near to Gateway of India and the famous Leopold café. You can shop, roam, eat and have a fun day exploring Colaba. The only skill you require here is bargaining. If you are good at it, you can get stuff for very low prices.
2. Linking Road, Bandra
Another great place to shop for clothes, shoes and accessories. But, Linking road is mostly known for its varieties of shoes rather than clothes or accessories. You will get all kind of shoes and that too for a throwaway price. There are also many restaurants in the area where you can chill while shopping.
3. Fashion street, Churchgate
This is one of the oldest street shops in Mumbai and has a variety of clothes. You can also buy books at a lower price. People come here to buy clothes, footwear and accessories. The atmosphere here is very pleasant and calm. It is crowded throughout the day because of the awesome stuff that they sell.
4. Hill Road, Bandra
Hill road is an amazing place if you live for trends. You’ll get all the trendy things here- from clothes to backpacks. There are small designer boutiques which sell all the designer pieces for an affordable price. The shops also sell makeup and jewellery. And if you visit Hill road, you should definitely eat at Elco restaurant, try the famous sprouts pani puri.
5. Hindmata Market, Dadar
This market in Dadar sells beautiful Indian dresses and sarees. If you are looking for something traditional, you can opt for Hindmata. The quality depends on which material you choose, but they sell dresses and materials for cheap. You’ll be amazed by the variety that the market produces.
6. Chor Bazaar, Grant Road
As the name suggests, Chor Bazaar is a place where all stolen goods are being sold. This is the reason why they sell it for so cheap. You can buy anything and everything here- clothes, shoes, electronic items, accessories, brassware, hardware, tools, vintage items, furniture, cane good and certain artefacts. It is literally a paradise for all the shoppers.
7. Crawford, CST
Crawford is a different world in itself. The market is divided into two parts- on one side you’ll get clothes, home décor, accessories, footwear, stationery items, lingerie and on the other side you’ll get fruits, cosmetics, furniture, meat, spices, party stuff, etc. It is literally a one-stop destination for every possible thing that you want to shop.
8. Zaveri Bazaar, CST
From expensive to inexpensive and real to imitation, you’ll get any kind of jewellery here. It is one of the largest jewellery markets of India and also controls 60% of the gold’s trade. There are various stores which sell silver and diamond jewellery. Imitation jewellery is a major attraction here as they are cheap and doesn’t look like they are inexpensive. You’ll fall in love with the designs and patterns that Zaveri Bazaar has to offer.
9. Manish Market, Marine Lines
The market is known for fabrics, electronics and home décor pieces. If you have just moved into a new house, or are shifting somewhere or basically want to buy stuff in bulk, then, Manish market should be your number one option. As it is a wholesale market, you can shop in bulk for a lesser price.
10. Lokhandwala, Andheri
It is a perfect location for all fashion lovers. You get everything ranging from caps to footwear. They have a variety of clothes, footwear, scarves, accessories and bags. You can literally buy a complete outfit from here!
11. Natraj Market, Malad
If you are in the suburbs and don’t feel like travelling, you can shop for clothes, footwear, accessories and bags here. They also have a few bridal showrooms if you want to shop for something extra fancy. Natraj market also has a good amount of eateries that offer healthy as well as junk food. They are mostly known for bags and shoes.
12. Kalamboli market, Vashi
Street shopping also exists outside of South Mumbai. This market in Navi Mumbai sells apparels and accessories for men and women. It is best known for the casual dresses that they sell at an affordable price.
13. Urban Haat, Navi Mumbai
This market is best known for its home décor products. You’ll get a variety of artsy and antique pieces to decorate your homes. The Haat kind of provides an insight into Indian culture and is visited by many tourists. The market has a very calm, composed and relaxed atmosphere. You should definitely get your hand on some pieces from Urban Haat.
14. Lamington Road, Grant Road
Lamington market is all about electronics- branded as well as non branded. You’ll find mobiles, computers, laptops, cameras, parts of electronic equipment and much more. This market is famous because it sells all the electronic good at a lower price, much lower than the market value. You can also find transistors, cables, radio equipment and basically things that you will not get anywhere else.
15. Musafir Khana Market, Marine Lines
It is a small market which is filled with all the crockery and kitchenware items. You will get designed crockeries, classy trays, silver and bronze utensils at a very cheap price. You just have to bargain a little and you can shop a lot for less money.