Mumbai is a shopper's town: in the same day, you can sift through alleys full of antiques in Chor Bazaar, haggle for trinkets on the Colaba Causeway, and stop in at the Brioni showroom at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel for marked-up luxury goods (though we'd recommend you get your Chanel and Armani back home to avoid the huge import taxes).

The Causeway, Kemps Corner, and Breach Candy are all trendy shopping areas in South Mumbai; the latter two are chic and pricey. A walk down Colaba Causeway will probably take you past most of the things you want to buy in India—shoes, clothes, cheap knickknacks, cheap cotton clothing, jewelry, and wraps—displayed at stalls lining the road; more expensive items are found in the air-conditioned shops and boutiques behind the stalls on this same road.

The arcades in top hotels offer a little bit of everything for a lot more money than anywhere else, but the merchandise is beautiful and the pace unhurried (and it's climate-controlled). If you're looking for the kind of stuff you can't get anywhere else in the world, and a more vibrant experience, throw yourself into the middle of one of Mumbai's famous bazaars. After all, odds are you didn't come to India to visit the Louis Vuitton boutique.

The city's department stores are good for one-stop shopping, and Fabindia and the Bombay Store both have a large number of branches in the city.

Throughout Mumbai many smaller shops are closed on Sunday (some of the suburbs are closed a different day: in Worli, up to Bandra, they're closed Monday; and in Bandra, up to the suburbs, they're closed Thursday, although many areas are also in the process of switching to Sunday). Malls, however, are open every day. They are especially crowded on the weekend (mall-gazing—that is, large-scale window shopping—has become a new Mumbai leisure activity).

Once you've exhausted Mumbai proper, you can venture out to the suburbs, where prices tend to be lower and the malls more numerous. Linking Road in Bandra is a trendy place to shop, and Juhu's main strip, Juhu Tara Road, is lined with cutting-edge new boutiques, shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

Some good and cheap Mumbai buys: silver jewelry, handicrafts, handloom cotton and silk clothing and household items, eyeglasses, DVDs, CDs, and books.

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  • 1. Anokhi

    Hughes Road | Clothing

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  • 2. Anokhi

    Marine Drive | Clothing

    Colorful clothes with block-print designs from Rajasthan. ...Read More

  • 3. Bombay Store

    Fort | Department Store

    A must for souvenir shoppers, the friendly Bombay Store sells clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, silk by the meter, housewares...Read More

  • 4. Christina

    Nariman Point | Clothing

    This is a tiny, classy boutique with exquisite silk blouses and shirts, scarves, ties, dupattas (long, thin scarves for draping), and silk...Read More

  • 5. Contemporary Arts and Crafts

    Fort | Crafts

    There's a small but representative selection of Indian handicrafts at reasonable prices here. ...Read More

  • 6. Fabindia

    Fort | Department Store

    This store showcases the best of Indian fabrics— khadis (homespun cotton), muslin, vegetable-dyed silks, and embroidered materials. You can...Read More

  • 7. Fashion Street

    Fort | Market

    This is a trove of cotton bargains in a long row of open-air stalls, with mounds of colorful, cheap, mainly Western clothing for all ages. The...Read More

  • 8. Gallery Chemould

    Fort | Art Galleries

    An elegant gallery in the Fort district for those looking for a break, full of works by modern masters like Atul Dodiya and rolling exhibitions. ...Read More

  • 9. Ganko Optics

    Nariman Point | Other Specialty Store

    An old and trustworthy family-run optician with good frame choices. ...Read More

  • 10. Natesan's Antiqarts Ltd.

    Colaba | Art Galleries

    With branches in many Indian cities, this emporium sells magnificent but expensive curios, subcontinental antiquities, wood carvings, sculptures...Read More

  • 11. Phillips Antiques

    Fort | Art Galleries

    Established in 1860, Phillips has the best choice of old prints, engravings, and maps in Mumbai. It also sells many possessions left behind...Read More

  • 12. Rhythm House

    Fort | Music

    If you want to take home some Indian recordings, especially classical music, head for local favorite Rhythm House; along with pop, jazz, and...Read More

  • 13. Roop Milan

    Dadar West | Clothing

    Primarily a sari shop, Roop Milan also sells a huge variety of fine silks upstairs. ...Read More

  • 14. Sheetal

    Saki Naka | Clothing

    This is probably the best suit shop in Mumbai, with an extensive collection of fabrics and impeccable tailoring. You can get a full suit made...Read More

  • 15. Tanishq

    Churchgate | Jewelry & Watches

    Owned by the Tata Group, a venerable and enormous Indian conglomerate whose founder built the Taj Mahal hotel, Tanishq is a reliable place to...Read More

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