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Santa Cruz Market

The term Santa Cruz comes from the Portuguese words meaning “Holy Cross”, a reference to a 150-year-old Cross located on Chapel lane in Santacruz. The then British Government set up RAF Santacruz, a military airfield, in 1942. It was home to several RAF squadrons during World War II from 1942 to 1947. The airfield was transferred to the Indian Government for civilian use upon Independence,[4] and came to be known as Santa Cruz airport, the city’s main airport.- WIKI Some of the best Mumbai shops for wedding wear dresses can be found in the Santa cruz Shopping Market . There is a row of popular shops at a particular junction. Roopkala, Kalki, MirrorMagic are situated in the main SV( Swami Vivekanand ) Road in the Santacruz Market . Samrat , Seasons and Aishwarya Design Studio are in the Station Road, which is perpendicular to the main road . There is also TribhovanDas Bhimji Zaveri, one of the top jewelery houses of India ,which is situated in SV Road . The main SV Road is a busy thoroughfare and parking is a challenge . There is the Sacred Heart Boys High School and Sacred Heart Church in this road. The Station Road is even more crowded with shops lined on either side of the road. There are shops for costume /imitation jewellery , cotton dresses & tops, cotton nighties and baby’s and children’s dresses and of course utensils and all household plastic goods. Mumbai shopping for footwear, shoes and sandals can also be done here . The jootis the traditional Indian footwear are available in plenty . They are closed shoes with some patterns on the top. While there are several street shops and the prices there are very reasonable ,the quality of the products is not guaranteed. Caveat Emptor is the policy that is practiced. The garments and sandals could last a season . There would be no guarantee beyond that . There are several autos that ply the route to & fro from the Santacruz station. The vehicles travel at great speed and pedestrians are advised to be carefull while walking here . This road is chaotic and noisy.

Hill Road Market in Bandra

Bandra is one of Mumbai’s popular and posh localities. One of the major attractions that makes Bandra popular is the Hill Road Shopping Market . This shopping market is similar to the Janpath and Sarojini Nagar street shopping markets in Delhi. Hill Road (officially renamed as Ramdas Nayak Road) is an arterial road in Bandra .It stretches from the Bandra Railway Station road and S.V(Swami Vivekanand ) Road to the Mehboob Studios, leading to the Bandstand Promenade, the Bandra Fort & the Mount Mary church. There are hardware shops and few small restaurants as you enter Hill road. Lucky restaurant known for its biryani and Happy Book Store are important landmarks . Starting from the Marks and Spencer store building to the St. Peter’s Church are some of the best shops on Hill Road . Hill Road can be divided into three prominent areas , namely , the Sona Shopping Centre, the Elco Market, and the standalone shops. The Sona Shopping Centre has readymade garment shops, lingerie shops and tailoring establishments .Shops in the back lane stock tunics and casual wear dresses that are primarily export rejects. The Elco Arcade Center has ethnic wear shops . They have restaurants and food stalls in between the shopping markets and these are always crowded . The area is famous for its paani puri and chaat shops . Like any other street market, Hill Road reflects the local culture of Mumbai and its people. What to expect in the Hill Road Shopping Market – International retail stores ,mini shopping markets and tiny street shops . All shops, markets and street vendors sell readymade garments for both formal and casual wear , lingerie , fancy party dresses , imitation jewellery and footwear at very reasonable prices How to get there The Bandra Train Station is a mere 1 km from Hill Road. Best time to visit – 4 pm to 10 pm on weekedays. It is very crowded on weekends. How to shop Bargaining is allowed in many shops. No trial room is available in several of the shops . So know your sizes before you go shopping. Check the refund policy before you buy. There is no exchange or refund policy in many shops. Read reviews about shopping markets in Delhi

Gandhi Market

Situated in the relatively quiet corner of Mumbai, Gandhi Market offers a shopping getaway to locals who are looking for bargain shopping options for clothes, jewellery and accessories. It is located right outside the Kings Circle train station and is a taxi ride away from Dadar or Sion. Gandhi Market is also located right opposite one of Mumbai’s most iconic auditoriums – The Shanmukhananda Hall. This hall has seen some of the best musicians, dancers, and artisans from India and abroad perform and entertain. The market is lined with several cloth shops and if you are visiting for the first time, it’ll take a little while to get familiar with the winding inner lanes. In that case, it is best to start with a full market survey and then start shopping. It will be good to remember the shop number of the shop you like. The cloth shops offer both ready stitched clothes and material that you can get stitched. Indian wear dominates the market to a good extent. You’ll find lehengas, Kurtis and salwar suits hanging around everywhere. Many of the shops will also show you ‘designer’ wear that was showcased in the latest movies. You can look at the catalog and instantly recognize which celebrity has worn which saree! You’ll not only get a replica but also get to choose colors for variety. This is a ‘street’ market so don’t expect a lot of cleanliness, especially in the rainy season. As you walk further on the main road outside the market, you’ll also find several lingerie and shops lined up. Because of the proximity to the G.N.Khalsa College, you might find students hanging out here, especially around the limited food stalls. From sandwiches to dosas to pani puris, you’ll find a lip smacking treat waiting for you after your shopping. Right next to these food stalls are open street shops for bags and shoes. They don’t come with a guarantee but work fine if all you need is a stopgap variety. The shops sleepily begin opening by 11 am and stay open until 10 pm. Getting there: The closest railway station is Kings Circle, which comes under the harbour line set of trains in Mumbai. You won’t find any autos as this falls in the area after Mahim. So you’ll have to take a taxi. You can look at a local site like this one to check out the BEST buses (local public transport buses) that’ll take you there

Fashion Street

If you thought that with the arrival of Amazon, Myntra , Jabong & other e commerce sites in India , girls would prefer to sit at home and shop, then think again. A visit to Fashion Street in Mumbai can tell you a different story. Fashion Street in Mumbai – Well, the name says it all. It is every teenager and college goer’s dream shopping destination. It is similar to shopping in Janpath and Sarojini Nagar in Delhi. Located just a stone throw from the Churchgate Station and the famous Gymkhana Sports Club, it is a popular Mumbai shopping market among tourists and locals alike. It is a cluster of shops 300 + shops that stretch for over one km. Famous for its ready-made dresses & tops, it also boasts of a wide variety of imitation jewellery , cosmetics, bags, wallets & watches, belts, and shoes. From shopping for babies to shopping for modern women, Fashion Street can cater to a variety of shopping requirements. In the year 2011, Fashion Street also signed on to the green movement and stop using plastic bags. Now they use either paper bags or other bags which are biodegradable. Up until a few years back, it was only famous for the cheap clothing and bargain hunting. Fashion Street has upped its game now and branded apparel is available in plenty.Apparel from international brands that are manufactured in India and are probably export rejects are also available If you are interested to check out pieces of denim, the fabric that is universally loved by men,women& teenagers , then you should try the cluster of shops in the middle of this shopping market.It is directly opposite to the bus lane. They have rompers, jumpsuits, jeggings, dresses and also a variety of normal jeans. The leggings start from as low as Rs200/piece, jeans are at Rs 700/pair. You can bargain too. The only downside is that they do not have any trial rooms. You can always ask for a receipt if you wish to return the jeans at a later date after trying it on. Ahh now for imitation jewellery. Fashion Street has a lot of fashion accessories such as payal( anklet) and toe rings that are in vogue. Handmade jewellery is available at rock bottom prices.Men’s accessories & shoes here at extremely reasonable prices. Cross over to the other side of Fashion Street. That is where you are likely to find footwear and bags. From simple jute bags to funky bags, there are literally heaps of bags.One of the attractions on this stretch are the purses. Bags & purses in all shapes sizes & colours are available at the most reasonable prices.You can buy one for every day of the week. Look for ethnic sling side bags with traditional embroidery & embellishments. Again, it will cost only Rs 300/bag. Next, look for footwear at the beginning & end of the street. This is where they sell sandals for as low as Rs100 a pair. They may not last too long though. You would be very truly astonished by what Rs 2000 can do to boost your wardrobe after a trip to Fashion Street. You could have very well bought your wardrobe for half the year. But be warned that you will have to wade through crowds of enthusiastic shoppers, salesmen shouting at the top of their voices and not very comfortable surroundings . What to do after your Fashion Street shopping After all the handwork, if you are in need of some local refreshments, head to the main entrance of the Gymkhana Club, alongside Fashion Street . The Rs 30 pizza and a staple called vada Pav are the local favourites. Or if you walk towards the Gateway of India, there area a number of restaurants starting from McDonalds to fine dining. How to Reach Fashion Street is at a walking distance from the CST Station and the Churchgate Station.

Colaba Causeway

Visiting the area around Colaba Causeway requires that you take the day off to do it. Right from morning until late evening, you’ll find a bunch of activities around the area. Colaba Causeway is close to the Gateway of India, a popular tourist spot in Mumbai where you can just hang around. You will never know how minutes become hours here as you watch the crowds swell during vacations and weekends. Come rain or shine, you’ll always find people here coming to catch a glimpse of the sea. Besides, there are also ferry rides available if the sea isn’t too choppy and the weather is calm. After a bout of sightseeing comes the first round of eating. For a quick snack, you can head out to McDees, Kamaths or Cafe Coffee Day. After this replenishment, you are ready to shop at Colaba Causeway. A street lined up with the eclectic side of India, the market has both road-side shops and proper stores. Since the road is flooded with foreign tourists, the rates are generally kept higher than normal. Take someone local around who can bargain shop for you here if you want to buy from the streets. The road-side vendors have the latest in clothing and accessories and give stiff competition to branded stores. You’ll find, bags, accessories, jutis, belts, scarfs, stoles and more here. Among the stores, a few like Curio Cottage and Aquamarine have become very popular among locals and tourists. After a round of shopping, you can stop to catch a movie at either Eros or Regal. You can visit the museum or walk around the area to check out the majestic buildings from the British era. You can end your day at Cafe Leopold or Cafe Mondegar for dinner. Don’t forget to stop by at Theobroma for cakes and dessert. Going to Colaba Causeway is truly a day well spent.

About Mumbai Shopping Market

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Welcome to the markets of Mumbai. Vibrant, bustling and full of variety, you’ll find eye-catching merchandise spread all over. As you navigate the streets of Mumbai, you’ll find the latest in fashion hanging out of shops with the owners sometimes shouting interesting slogans to catch attention. A favourite with the vendors is “Seth mar gaya, loot mach gaya”... or some such lines which will at least make you turn around and give a full dekko. What will also come to light after you move in and out of a few Mumbai markets and shops is the ‘bambaiya Hindi’ - a dialect of Hindi spoken only within the city limits. It is fun, fast and an ‘all-absorbing’ language that pretty much is a reflection of everything that Mumbai is. Shop hard in Mumbai but bargain harder. Mumbai markets are filled with copycat fashions and duplicates. So look before you shop and check thoroughly before you pay. In our review of Markets in Mumbai, we take you down the winding streets and some of the best Mumbai Shopping Markets. Santa Cruz shopping Market, The Bandra shopping Market and the Colaba shopping Market are the most popular shopping Markets in Mumbai.