Flavor of street markets, cheap but cool trendy stuff, hawkers’ is in the soul of Mumbai shopping and if that is what you are looking for the following places are a treat for you.

1. Fashion Street

If you’re looking for some non-branded, negotiable clothes and shoes, you should head first to fashion street in Mumbai’s Fort area.

Trendy T-shirts to funky caps, you are gonna find all here. A keen eye may also find a range of good kurtas for both men and women.

  • How to reach: 10 mins walking from CST local railway station. Nearest bus stop: Hutatma Chowk
  • Negotiable price
  • Closing time 9 pm
  • Best time to shop: afternoon or early evening

2. Colaba Causeway

Colaba Causeway on South Mumbai is the best place one can go to experience good street shopping for women. You not only get decent products but also at quite low rates if your bargaining skills are on point.

Oxidized jewelry is best here and readers may also find good books and magazines at a quite low price.

If you are a student and want to gift your friend something, this is the perfect place for you.

  • How to reach: 15 mins by cab or bus from CST and Churchgate local railway stations
  • Negotiable price
  • Brownie points: You can get vintage-look things here. For example a wall clock or a chess board with a rustic polish to it.
  • Other shopping / pricy alternatives: stores like Metro, Fab India and chumbak are nearby which provide you with an amazing range of a but pricy but good quality products.

3. Linking road  (Khar/Bandra)

Linking road in Mumbai’s prettiest suburb Bandra is famous for good quality girls western wear and handbags at reasonable prices. It also showcases a good ad wide range of footwear which will make every person ask you from where did you get it. Unlike, other places, this one is good for both men and women.

  • How to reach: 15 mins by cab /bus from Bandra and Khar stations
  • Negotiable price
  • Best time to shop: afternoon or early evening (less rush)
  • Brownie points: some very good places to eat are around the shopping areas (Mc. Donald’s and Burger King, linking road)
  • Other/pricy alternatives: Branded showrooms can also be found here,  e.g. Esbeda (for bags), Sketchers (for shoes)

4. Hill road

Again in Bandra, this place is a treat to one’s eye. Best things to buy include funky caps and cool crop tops. You can also get first copy cosmetics on the streets.

Price range starts from 50 INR. Jewelry, caps, and cosmetics can be bought at this price.

This place is good for women shoppers. However, men can find good jeans here.

  • How to reach: 10 mins walking from Bandra station, buses and share rickshaws also available for the journey
  • Negotiable price
  • Best season to shop: December – during Christmas, this place is lit up and is a treat to the eye. Cute winter clothing such as sweatshirts and hoodies are readily available at low costs.
  • Pricy alternatives: Marks and Spencer, Bata, nature’s basket all have stores here so in case you don’t wish to be on the streets, you can go in.

How to Bargain?

Since one needs to do a lot of bargaining when shopping on the streets, here are some ground rules you must follow :

  1. Do your homework or pretend that you have done your homework: no matter what the shopkeeper should know that you know the prices of similar products in competitive markets.
  2. Ask open-ended questions: ask the shopkeeper questions like: ‘how much will you take for this’, ‘how much will you lower the price’  instead of quoting the pricing that you want.
  3. Always quote the lowest price. If you want to buy something for 1000 rupees, never quote 1000. Start with 700. Only then you’ll be able to buy at 1000.
  4. Don’t show much of your emotions
  5. The shopkeeper will decrease the price drastically in every bargain, but you should remain adamant. Increase price in chunks of 50 rupees