One of the best places to buy Indian ethnic wear and handicrafts at reasonable prices. Located right near the Gateway of India, it has an impressive and an exotic collection of products made of brass, wood and silver that are hard to find anywhere else. They have a spectacular range in shawls, dress material, ready-to-wear, accessories, saris, furniture, home linen as well. Great place to buy souvenirs and high-value artifacts too.
Located within the bustling High Street Phoenix (Phoenix Mills), Palladium is a beautifully constructed building. With lush marble floors and a high ceiling housing luxury brands, Palladium is a sight for sore eyes. It houses the largest Landmark bookstore in a single floor space of 42,000 square feet, with one of he largest collections of books, movies, music, games and more. Also home to the Manchester United Cafe Bar, Palladium is a must-visit destination in central Palladium. Be there and live the experience!
Named after Bombay's first Municipal Commissioner Arthur Crawford, the elegant and covered Crawford Market faces the crowded inner city, dominating the skyline with its clock tower and steeple. A mix of Flemish and Norman architecture, Crawford Market was designed by Lockyard Kipling (father of Rudyard Kipling), whose cottage still stands at the J. J. School of Arts across the road. The spaces inside are divided into sections for fruits, vegetables and meat; a middle-class household's answer for inexpensive products. Over the years, Crawford Market has extended into the neighboring streets and also earned itself a new name- Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market. Stepping into the over congested alleys is sheer madness, photo opportunities are plenty and needless to say, beware of the lurking touts.
Lose yourself in the world of books as you visit the Kitab Khana. This spacious store is known for housing a wide range of books pertaining to different genres. Whether you like romance or fiction, the place has something for every taste. In addition to the bestselling English novels and other books, the Kitab Khana features works by several regional language authors. While you browse through your newly bought books, you can sit back and relax at its in-house cafe and munch on the scrumptious delicacies served here.
Claiming to be the first concept store in Mumbai, the Bombay Electric is now recognized as a cutting edge store, with collections of famous designers available to pick from. This store regularly holds exhibitions in different types of arts ranging from paintings to photography and keeps encouraging new talents by featuring them in their store. The place exudes a special charm, promulgating a desire to become extremely fashion conscious. Their limited editions from various brands, designers and the hand woven art pieces should be enough to entice you into buying them. A must go for all those who love fine and tasteful wear.Â
South of the Gateway of India is Colaba Causeway, the commercial thoroughfare that is extremely popular with the tourists and locals. Glorified in all guide books, from the Lonely Planet to Gregory Roberts' Shantaram, Colaba Causeway passes close to Sassoon Dock, which is the picture of hectic activity every morning as the fisher women unload and sort the catch that would be sold throughout Mumbai. The Causeway has some great restaurants (Delhi Darbar, Piccadilly, Cafe Churchill, Basilico) and bars, and the veritable institutions Cafe Mondegar (Mondy's) and Cafe Leopold (Leo's) are both found not a few yards from each other. There are shops and vendors selling anything and everything under the sun and the variety on offer boggles the mind. This is the place to come if you want to taste the flavor of the city that never sleeps.