Mumbai preview


You will find a wealth of products in the markets, malls, and shops of Mumbai, from haute couture to street-side bargains. Modern stores and boutiques saturate the tourist hot spot of Colaba, air conditioned mega malls reign in the northern suburbs, and outdoor markets are dotted everywhere in the city.

Clothing and shoe stores in Mumbai carry Indian saris, kurtas, and chappals or western style jeans, tops, and sneakers. Furnishings and kitchenware are also available in either Indian or Western styles, though locally made items are usually better bargains. When it comes to electronics, you can purchase all kinds of gadgets and machines from simple coffee makers to washing machines and laptops. Books in the English language are easy finds, and cheap, too. Of course, you must not miss the lively and colorful outdoor markets and bazaars thick with stalls of various trinkets and knickknacks.

Prices are reasonable in most cases. Fresh produce is dirt cheap. Clothing and shoes bought from markets are also inexpensive; home goods and most electronics are reasonably priced. What will break the bank is buying imported alcohol and food items. If you stick to an Indian diet and drink only moderately, then you can easily get by on a budget.

Most markets and stores in Mumbai are open from 10:00 in the morning until very late in the night, and many are open on the weekends.