8 Places To Go Street Shopping For Home Décor In Mumbai
Shopping at Guess and Zara on a tight budget is next to impossible, which is why street shopping is the way to go for fashion-forward Mumbai girls on a budget. But what about home décor? Often going shopping for tapestry and furniture means burning a big hole in your pocket. But not anymore. To help you become a street-smart Mumbaikar and save a few bucks along the way, we bring you a list of street shopping places in Mumbai where you can buy affordable things for your home.
1. Chor Bazaar
The literal translation of Chor Bazaar is ‘thieves market’—so you can only imagine what you will find here. From antique clocks to old gramophones, bronze statues and second-hand furniture, there’s pretty much everything to catch your fancy. Just make sure you bargain hard to avoid getting ripped off.
When to go: The market is open everyday, from 11am to 7.30pm. However, we suggest you visit on weekday afternoons to avoid the crowds.
How to get there: Take a train on the Western line and get off at Grant Road station, east side. From there you can take a taxi to Bhendi Bazaar, which is between SV Patel and Maulana Shaukat Ali Road.
2. Oshiwara Market
If you don’t wish to travel to south Mumbai to get your home ware, this is a great option. Known as mini Chor Bazaar, it has vintage products second-hand furniture, grandfather clocks and even fancy retro Chinaware.
When to go: Just like its SoBo counterpart, this one is open all days till 7.30pm.
How to get there: Take the Western line train to Jogeshwari and get down on the west side. Take an auto to Oshiwara market, which is about 10 to 15 mins away.
3. Bandra Station
If you’re in a jiffy and looking for something affordable and durable for your apartment, head over to Bandra (West). The lane near the station has many furniture shops that offer a range of items at rock bottom prices. Get almost anything, from huge cupboards to functional beds and tables. However, double check anything you buy to make sure it’s bug-free.
When to go: The shops near Bandra station are open till 8pm all days of the week.
How to go: Take a train on the Western line and get off at Bandra station, west side. Walk towards SV Road and you will find these stores there.
4. Bangur Nagar
While shopping at Oshiwara Market, don’t forget to visit the line of home décor stores at Link Road in Goregaon (West). It stretches from the start of InOrbit mall to the next signal (towards the Andheri side). Here you can find readymade as well as customised options for upholstery and home enhancements at almost a fourth of the cost in a high-profile showroom.
When to go: The market is open on all days except Wednesdays. You can go any time between 11am to 8pm on other days.
How to get there: Get off at Goregaon station, west side on the Western railway line and take an auto to Link Road. Walk in the direction of InOrbit mall and you will find large furniture shops on the way. Alternatively, you can get off at Malad station (West) and take an auto to Link road and walk towards the Andheri side (opposite of the mall).
5. Colaba Causeway
Looking for a vintage lamp or a small piece of art for your desk? Then Colaba Causeway is the place to go. The small stalls on the main road as well as quaint gullies hide some gorgeous home treasures. However, you are unlikely to find furniture or upholstery items here. Be prepared to haggle hard for a good price.
When to go: Colaba stalls are open till 9pm to 10pm, but don’t open before noon.
How to get there: Hail a cab from Churchgate station if travelling on the Western line, and from CST station if travelling on the Central line.
Bhuleshwar market is conventionally famous for ladies’ accessories, clothing and lace enhancements. But you can also find a host of cheap options for pillows, pillowcases, bedsheets, fabrics for curtains, home accessories and much more here. Ensure that you combine your trip to this place with other locations around like Crawford Market and Mangaldas Market.
When to go: It is shut on Sundays and the stores are open till 7pm.
How to get there: You can get off at Charni Road station on the Western railway line and take a taxi to Bhuleshwar. Alternatively, you can take a cab from both Crawford Market and Mangaldas Market.
7. Crawford Market
While this is largely a grocery market, you will find many types of home accessories in and around it. From quirky China imports to everyday household items, you’ll get almost everything here. We recommend you check out their range of kitchen essentials, which are practical, compact and look good. This is ideal if you’re doing a day trip combining Bhuleshwar and buying goodies for your kitchen and living rooms.
When to go: It is open on all days, except Sunday, till 8pm.
How to get there: Take the Central line train and alight at Masjid station and walk up to Kazi Syed Street. Follow this street to Lokmanya Tilak Marg till you reach Sir JJ Bridge. Right near the bridge is the market.
8. Mangaldas Market
If you’re a Mumbai woman, you know that this market is ideal to buy saris and dress materials. However, what you don’t know is that you can also get quirky materials in animal or aztec prints, sheer fabric and bright colours to create your own designer-inspired upholstery here. The salesmen are helpful and friendly and will suggest a range of fabrics for your home. This market has over 15 entry and exit points, so ensure that you find the right one on your way in and out. Don’t forget to bargain here.
When to go: You can this place visit between 10 am to 6pm on weekdays.
How to go: Get off at CST station, the last stop of the Central or Harbour line, and take a taxi to Lohar Chawl, Janjikar Street. It is about 15 minutes away from the station.
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