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Street Shopping in Mumbai to Hangout

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Mumbai, the ‘city of dreams’ as it is dearly called by Indians is one of the oldest centers of business and trade. We have compiled best Mumbai street shopping market to hangout.

The designer brand outlets and shopping malls are aimed to attract the upper class/celebrities, while the street markets are meant for the average or middle class. These street markets attracts middle aged people and youngsters equally as in the present scenario irrespective of age everyone prefers to follow the latest fashion trends in work places and colleges.

If you are yet to explore the shopping alleys of this fashion city, read on to get introduced to some good budget shopping destinations for clothes, fashion accessories, household stuff, etc.

Crawford Market
This is the biggest wholesale market in South Mumbai where you can see traces of British Bombay. The market is an ideal place to buy fresh produces (fruits & veggies), dry fruits, spices, poultry, decorative articles, home decor, crockery, toiletries, cosmetics, imported goods as well as pets.

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During summer, don’t forget to feast yourself on the Alphonso mangoes available here on affordable rates. You will return home satisfied with the buys if you manage to do some bargaining here.

If you just thought about some cloth shopping too, then don’t let your hopes down because the Sheikh Memon Street in Crawford area known as the Mangal Das market has some terrific stalls which sell a variety of fabrics.

If travelling by local train get down at CST station and catch a cab to the market. The market is open from morning to late evening Monday-Saturday; on Sundays the market is open only from morning to noon.

Hindmatha Market
Just because you heard that Dadar is so crowded doesn’t mean you should skip visiting this market especially when you are on an ethnic wear shopping spree. This is the favorite destination for the middle class Mumbaikars for wedding shopping as well as festive season shopping.

You get colorful sarees, dress materials and matching imitation jewelry in affordable rates and various qualities as per your choices. The shopping here is not limited for women, but men can also find good options in suits and fabrics.

Apart from clothes the market displays cheap household stuff, footwear and bags. Reaching the market isn’t a big deal as its just 1 km away from Dadar station. Some of the shops will remain closed on Mondays but you can still do street shopping on all days.

Linking Road and Hill Road
Bandra is one of the bustling spots in Mumbai where youngsters flock in to grab trendy clothes at throwaway prices. The Linking road is just the right place to satiate your shopping desires for fashion clothes, bags, footwear and accessories.

When you are here don’t forget to switch on the bargaining mode because with just an extra word, you could save a 100 bucks. Get down at Bandra local station and catch an auto to reach this market in 5-10 minutes.
If you are looking for more variety of imported branded clothes and antique jewelry then you must explore the hippy style market in Hill road which is less than 2 km away from Linking road.

The distinctive feature about Hill road is that you can either walk up to small boutique shops looking for dresses/accessories or choose to do street shopping all at one place. If you want to grab a snack while shopping don’t forget to try the chaat at Elco Arcade.

Fashion Street
This flea market is a hit among students because of the variety fashion clothes and footwear sold here at slashed prices. There are more than 150 shops in this array. You can reach the place either by getting down at Churchgate station or CST station. Visit the food outlets in Khau Galli near Cross Maidan premises to fill your tummy.

Vashi Market
Well, tired of street shopping in Mumbai markets? Or maybe if you are residing in Navi Mumbai, check out sector 17 markets in Vashi. Fresh fruits and veggies are sold here. If you go further inside the vegetable market there is a hidden set of shops selling meat, fabric, night wear, laces, beads, etc.

You can also get your dresses stitched in the shops here. The street shopping in this area comes alive during weekend evenings when huge piles of clothes are sold in cheap rates.

If you are looking for clothes on weekdays/daytime then you should explore the cloth market just opposite the vegetable market. You can either get down at Vashi bus stand which is only a 5 min walk from the market or get an auto from Vashi railway station. Food options around this area are Bikaner outlet near bus depot and Hotel Navaratna.

(c) Sreedevi Jeevan

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