Mumbai has a rocking culture of shopping with people adding fun while to loosen up their purse string to buy something they require or simply to pamper themselves and falling for some pretty looking trinket that fascinates one and hence readily purchased. Travel shopping in Mumbai has two faces to it, quite akin to the kind of culture the city has - either you go for a top-end marketing place or simply enjoy the hassle and heat of the street markets. Ultimately it's fun that counts. And be rest assured shopping in Mumbai has hell lot of fun.
If you love handicrafts and the rawness of these beautiful and intricate pieces of art, then downtown area of Mumbai is the place to be, which harbors most of the handicraft emporia and bazaars. You can visit Avante, opposite Regal Cinema for its collection of souvenirs at prices to die for.
Crawford Market is famous for flowers, fruits, meat and fish. So if you wish to pamper your ladylove this is the place to be for all the fresh flowers in Mumbai at one place. And sure foodies may find Crawford market equally heaven, with fresh fruits, meat and fishes. Get your liking and savor the delicacies at your leisure suiting your tastes.Hence Crawford Market stands high on your shopping binge when in Mumbai.
Colaba Causeway and Fashion Street are the prime areas for good clothes. Here you can have all kinds of clothes that will make your couture sense on a new high, thankfully for the bargaining when you can use your skills to get your style statements at prices you quote. Stretching along the Cross and Azad Maidan, these zones are hotspots where you will get jawdroppingly wonderful faux jewelry in brass, terracotta and silver for no more than US$ 2 apiece. And you can haggle as much as you wish till you are ready shell out your precious penny. However, the same cannot be true for the Government emporia or some of the elegant boutiques where you better stick to what the price tags state.
Breach Candy and Kemps Corner, down the hill from the Hanging Gardens are also favored hunts for shoppers for their trendy clothes. Here you get some indeed wonderful stuff for summer wear. Here you can also pick up some of the traditional Indian clothes with colorful and intricate works of sequined and embroidered silk blouses and skirts to wear in the evenings.
Chor Bazaar or Thieves Market is an antiquelover's paradise if you like to gamble. You get anything from brass door knobs to silver hookaas. It's all there; in fact you may have the illusion of being transported to some bygone era of the Raj. With some Maratha warrior's sword hanging out for some buyer or an age old clock waiting for someone to wind up its clogged key.
You can also wander inside the shopping arcades in five-star hotels like the Oberoi and the Taj Mahal, which are a treasure trove selling authentic antiques, silks and designer wear.
Mutton Street has local traders have an amazing range of goods that hover from teak and rosewood furniture to crockery, glassware, porcelain, paintings, beads, lamps, masks - and anything else you can think of.
Zaveri Bazaar or Jewellery Market is renowned for its diamond, gold and silver jewellery. Scores of jewellers line the narrow streets in Mumbai's oldest bullion market. Besides the markets, Mumbai offers great departmental stores for the tourist in a hurry. Apart from the above shopping places you also have the option of sending gifts to Mumbai through various shopping and gifts portals.