Mumbai

Mumbai is a shopper's town: in the same day, you can sift through alleys full of antiques in Chor Bazaar, haggle for trinkets on the Colaba Causeway, and stop in at the Brioni showroom at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel for marked-up luxury goods (though we'd recommend you get your Chanel and Armani back home to avoid the huge import
Mumbai is a shopper's town: in the same day, you can sift through alleys full of antiques in Chor Bazaar, haggle for trinkets on the Colaba Causeway, and stop in at the Brioni showroom at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel for marked-up luxury goods (though we'd recommend you g
Mumbai is a shopper's town: in the same day, you can sift through alleys full of antiques in Chor Bazaar, haggle for tri

Mumbai is a shopper's town: in the same day, you can sift through alleys full of antiques in Chor Bazaar, haggle for trinkets on the Colaba Causeway, and stop in at the Brioni showroom at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel for marked-up luxury goods (though we'd recommend you get your Chanel and Armani back home to avoid the huge import taxes).

The Causeway, Kemps Corner, and Breach Candy are all trendy shopping areas in South Mumbai; the latter two are chic and pricey. A walk down Colaba Causeway will probably take you past most of the things you want to buy in India—shoes, clothes, cheap knickknacks, cheap cotton clothing, jewelry, and wraps—displayed at stalls lining the road; more expensive items are found in the air-conditioned shops and boutiques behind the stalls on this same road.

The arcades in top hotels offer a little bit of everything for a lot more money than anywhere else, but the merchandise is beautiful and the pace unhurried (and it's climate-controlled). If you're looking for the kind of stuff you can't get anywhere else in the world, and a more vibrant experience, throw yourself into the middle of one of Mumbai's famous bazaars. After all, odds are you didn't come to India to visit the Louis Vuitton boutique.

The city's department stores are good for one-stop shopping, and Fabindia and the Bombay Store both have a large number of branches in the city.

Throughout Mumbai many smaller shops are closed on Sunday (some of the suburbs are closed a different day: in Worli, up to Bandra, they're closed Monday; and in Bandra, up to the suburbs, they're closed Thursday, although many areas are also in the process of switching to Sunday). Malls, however, are open every day. They are especially crowded on the weekend (mall-gazing—that is, large-scale window shopping—has become a new Mumbai leisure activity).

Once you've exhausted Mumbai proper, you can venture out to the suburbs, where prices tend to be lower and the malls more numerous. Linking Road in Bandra is a trendy place to shop, and Juhu's main strip, Juhu Tara Road, is lined with cutting-edge new boutiques, shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

Some good and cheap Mumbai buys: silver jewelry, handicrafts, handloom cotton and silk clothing and household items, eyeglasses, DVDs, CDs, and books.

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  • 1. Amrapali Creations

    Colaba | Clothing

    Very prompt and efficient, Amrapali Creations usually makes Indian clothes, such as salwar kameez and sari blouses, but if you give them a...Read More

  • 2. Anokhi

    Marine Drive | Clothing

    Colorful clothes with block-print designs from Rajasthan. ...Read More

  • 3. Anokhi

    Hughes Road | Clothing

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  • 4. Christina

    Nariman Point | Clothing

    This is a tiny, classy boutique with exquisite silk blouses and shirts, scarves, ties, dupattas (long, thin scarves for draping), and silk...Read More

  • 5. Ensemble

    Central Mumbai | Clothing

    This pricey store has exclusive men's and women's Indian and Western fashions, and lovely costume jewelry, all by high-profile Indian designers...Read More

  • 6. Indian Textiles Company

    Colaba | Clothing

    In the Taj Mahal hotel, this store sells quality silks, as does the Burlington store here. ...Read More

  • 7. Khubsons Narisons

    Colaba | Clothing

    Fine cotton and silk can be made into excellent shirts, trousers, or women's outfits in one day if need be. They also sell ready-made women...Read More

  • 8. Nalli

    Malabar Hill | Clothing

    The Mumbai branch of the famous Chennai store has a fair selection of classic silk saris. Have a look at the authentic gold-embroidered saris...Read More

  • 9. OMO

    Bandra | Clothing

    OMO, short for On My Own, is a Bandra hotspot for women's clothing and silver jewelry. ...Read More

  • 10. Raymond

    Crawford Market | Clothing

    This is an outlet for Raymond Mills, which makes some of India's finest men's suits. They can tailor a first-rate suit for about Rs. 8,000 in...Read More

  • 11. Roop Milan

    Dadar West | Clothing

    Primarily a sari shop, Roop Milan also sells a huge variety of fine silks upstairs. ...Read More

  • 12. Sheetal

    Saki Naka | Clothing

    This is probably the best suit shop in Mumbai, with an extensive collection of fabrics and impeccable tailoring. You can get a full suit made...Read More

  • 13. Barefoot

    Bandra | Clothing

    The small Barefoot boutique has a tasteful selection of women's casual clothing and kurtis, as well as shoes and accessories at decent prices...Read More

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