You can say a lot about a woman by looking at the way she street shops! While a wide-eyed college girl will grab three pairs of crop tops in under five minutes, a fashionable young woman in her 20s will pick up one palazzo after browsing the streets for fifteen minutes. Regardless of what kind of woman you are, street shopping is an activity that comes naturally to women of any age. It is fun, interactive and easy on the wallet, the trifecta of a great weekend spent. What better place to hone your bargaining skills than to do it in Mumbai, a benchmark of low-priced goods and bargaining prowess!
Whether you are low on cash or just need a few novelty item, the streets of Bombay are always welcoming to any of your shopping need. From bridal trinkets to 100 bucks denim shorts, we have rounded up the best places to street shop in the city. You’re welcome!
The corner where the best hawkers hang out, Fashion Street is older than all of the random teenagers in your Facebook friend-list. With over 150 shops lined one after the other with everything on sale from dresses to gadgets and furniture. My college days were laced with jean shorts bought for a 100 bucks right on these streets!
Forte: Incredibly cheap items meant for short-term use.
How To Get There: Fashion Street is within walking distance from the CST and Churchgate local train stations.
Come for the beer, stay for the bags! Adjacent to the very popular Cafe Mondegar, Colaba Causeway is a stretch of pure shopper’s paradise. The alley is laced with palazzo pants, imitation jewellery, books, gemstones, trendy bracelets, vintage cameras, shoes and much else. You are bound to find tourists from different countries revelling in the goodies being sold here, the merchandise is a mix of affordability and quality.
Forte: Affordable jewellery you can pass as expensive ones!
How To Get There: Hail a kaali peeli taxi from the CST station and you will be at Causeway in under 15 minutes!
One of the places that get super lit around any major festival is the Dadar Hindmata market. A haven for the overs of all things desi, this market is will satisfy all your ethnic wear needs, from different dress materials to readymade wear. Sarees, salwar kameez and sherwanis will leave you and you and your mother in awe!
Forte: Affordable and chic ethnic wear, festival decorations and interiors.
How To Get There: The market is a short auto ride away from Dadar and Parel local train stations.
The Linking Road is home to some of the quirkiest clothes and accessories you can wish to find while out street shopping. The only organised street market in Mumbai where the shops are categorised according to the merchandise so you don't have to spend all day looking for a trendy scarf or oxidised jhumkas.
Forte: Offbeat clothes & accessories perfect for shoppers who crave something new!
How To Get There: The linking road market is a short auto ride away from the Bandra local train station.
Shopping during the wedding season doesn’t have to be all fancy! If you are just a lowly wedding guest looking for something to update your outfit, this is the place to be. We can guarantee you will find fab wholesale wedding jewellery sold at unbelievably low prices. Kadas, latkans and saree pins, bridal necklaces, mangalsutras, payals and kamarbands, the Bhuleshwar Market is like a Rajasthani theme park for wedding shopping!
Forte: Awesomely priced bridal merchandise for the cousin of the bride!
How To Get There: The market is a quick hop & skip in a taxi from the Charni Road local train station.
A shopping experience at Hill Road, Bandra can be compared to a quick trip to Narnia, sans the wooden wardrobe! Housing the famous Elco Market and Sona Shopping Centre, this enchanting place is a treat for all fashion and beauty lovers. Some of our favourites from this stretch are stylish daily wear shoes, a bunch we invest in before the Bombay rains wreak havoc on our expensive footwear.
Forte: Trendy shoes and cheeky pyjamas!
How To Get There: Hill road is one of the busiest spots in Bombay and very easily accessible from the Bandra station.
Taking a detour from the overly cheap alternatives we presented above, the Lokhandwala market is a street shopping experience for the snob in you! The prices are slightly higher than the other entrants of this list, this market is good for affordable items without compromising too much on the quality. I often head to this market to check out the stock of work trousers, denim and gifting materials.
Forte: Moderately priced and good quality separates.
How to get there: The market is easily accessible by cab or auto from the Andheri metro and local train station.