Low budget shopping in Mumbai
Women and shopping go hand in hand. As do shopping and Mumbai. And so, five girls in Mumbai on a shopping spree is the perfect definition of fun, frolic and what is typically termed 'masti' in India!
Shopper (Source: Francesca)
Fashion Street is the most amazing shopping destination in Mumbai, and you are right to zero in on it for an amazing shopping experience.
Here is more information about those shopping areas in Mumbai where you can let yourself loose among clothes and accessories, albeit keeping a rein on your purse-strings!
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If this is anything to go by, you can rest assured you're going to have great fun shopping! Here are the places that you should definitely not miss.1. Fashion Street (Recommended)
Fashion Street is one of the top destinations that you can visit to stock up on stylish clothes, bags, shoes, jewelery and what not - and, at amazingly low prices! Fashion Street has over a hundred stalls that are stocked up with export reject clothes with minor issues, maybe a crooked button or so ... which is usually so minute that you will not ever notice it!
Trendy Clothes on Fashion Street (Source: flickr.com)
Here are a couple of reviews on this interesting place:
Readymade garments are one of Mumbai's chief exports - and the surplus lands up at Fashion Street, a huddle of little shops on Mahatma Gandhi Road. They cost only a fraction of the price in foreign stores however, and are grabbed by fashion conscious collegians fresh off the rack. Haggling, of course is half the fun of buying. Begin at half the quoted price and work your way gradually upwards, then follow though with a thorough appraisal of the goods: much of the stuff here is rejected by quality conscious importers and likely to have a missing button or crooked collar. But by and large the clothes are of good quality, trendy, and probably the cheapest anywhere in the world.
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Fashion Street is actually a market flooded with export surplus clothing. It is a group of more than 100 shops, where you can get chic clothes and fashion accessories at very cheap rates.
Apart from clothing, here you can find shops selling shoe and costume jewelry too. Haggling is 'mantra' of shopping at Fashion Street, where shopkeepers generally quote higher prices. You can really enjoy buying cool stuff, while bargaining and cracking pretty good deals. Essentially ask half of the price, what has been asked by the proprietor, haggle a bit or move forward and eventually, you will get the selected things at the price quoted by you. On your visit to Mumbai (Bombay), definitely pay a visit at Fashion Street to get some really nice stuff.
Want a fantastic knockoff Metallica T-shirt or pair of sandals? Or do you want to upgrade your purse/hat collection?
Fashion St is an unbelievable array of market stalls. Bargain early, bargain often, bargain hard.
(Source: Lonely Planet)2. Linking Road (Recommended)
Linking Road is located in Bandra, the heart of the city's suburbs. Here, you can shop for everything under the sun, right from footwear to bags to clothing at really cheap prices. The road dazzles in the evening with a wide range of stalls and the experience gets even better if you are good at bargaining! Adjoining Linking Road is Waterfield Road where you can shop at some hip clothing stores. Click here for more information.
Linking road market, Mumbai (Source: Will Luo)
Location: Linking Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai.
Here are a few reviews I found online from shoppers who loved their Linking Road experience:
Linking Road is a shoppers mecca for all budgets. There is an excellent range of cheap and chic Indian and western trendly fashion garments, shoes, bags, jewellery and all other accessories available at dirt cheap prices from the numerous street vendors, subject to heavy bargaining of course. Mid range to designer label stuff is also available for the more discerning shopper, at the various stores and malls that abut the main Linking Rd area. There are also several home furnishing stores that are worth a visit. Dont miss the Koliwada fish and Prawns fry from the Jai jawan stall. There is a Mac Donalds for those who prefer that kind of food, and even better, a Frankie stall that has been around for decades. Highly recommended shopping destination for visitors and residents alike. Avoid evenings as it gets very crowded with heavy traffic. Parking is a problem so go by auto. Afternoons though hot, are the best time to get good bargains and not be overwhelmed by the crowds.
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THE ENTIRE stretch of Linking Road, Bandra (Mumbai) is lined with stores selling all sorts of things. Right from shoes, clothes, trinkets, decorative items, purses and bags to belts, footwear, jewellery and artefacts - everything you crave, you can find here.
(Source: Linking road Bandra: A shoppers paradise)
A few tips for the shopaholic include:
(Source: A shoppers paradise)3. Colaba Causeway (Recommended)
Colaba Causeway, located at the Southern tip of Mumbai is also a famous shoppers' Mecca. Whether you're looking for cheap foreign fakes or exquisite originals, Colaba Causeway offers you all that and more!
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The reviews that I found online are mind-blowing and make me want to go to Mumbai just to shop at Colaba Causeway:
Colaba causeway aka colaba flea market is the best place for a great bargain in Mumbai.
Shop for trinkets, artifacts (you even get old world, working gramophones here), woolen stoles, trendy footwear, bags, casual clothes here. A bargaining tip: Start with 50% of the cost informed by the shopkeeper. You never know, you might just get the stuff in that rate. I have bought stuff like that.
For beautiful silver trinkets shop at Curios. This shop is just across Cafe Mondegar. It is run by a friendly Gujarati Uncle who will give you a discount if asked for.
Colaba Causeway is a dynamic shopping suburban area, visited by all shopping tourist freaks. All varieties of clothing materials, electronics equipments, Indian and imported high values items and cosmetics are available plenty in the shops of Colaba Causeway.
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The everyday carnival that is the Colaba Causeway market is a shopping experience like no other in Mumbai. Geared especially towards tourists, that infamous Indian saying of "sab kuch milega" (you'll get everything) certainly applies at this market. Dodge persistent balloon and map sellers, as you meander along the sidewalk and peruse the stalls. Want your name written on a grain of rice? That's possible too.
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Apart from these most-visited and recommended shopping destinations, there are a few more iconic destinations in Mumbai where you can head. Chor Bazaar (where you get stolen goods dirt cheap), Zaveri Bazaar (which is the exclusive jewelery market where you can source everything from real gold to imitation ornaments), and Crawford Market (which is the haven for electric and electronic items) are also places that you can check out.
Another place you can check out is Hill Road. Here is a review that recommends it:
Hill Road in Bandra is a great place to do any and all shopping. The roadside markets and shops offer great bargains for everything. Make sure you talk all the vendors down or they will rip you off. It is very easy to get everything cheap.
Shoes - $1
Shirts - $0.25
Belts - $0.75
Experience - Priceless!!!
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