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“Mumbai Bazaar” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chor Bazaar

Chor Bazaar
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Mumbai in Motion: Mumbai Sightseeing Tour by Public Transportation
Ranked #102 of 483 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Mumbai Bazaar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

This extensive bazaar has everything under the sun but you may have to do some exploring to find it. Lots of odds and ends rather than standard tourist fare and bargaining is part of the experience. You just might find the perfect gift or unique souvenir hiding in the bazaar if you have the time and patience to wander and explore the shops and displays

Visited January 2014
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“Lookie Lookie.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

Just been there yesterday & how the time flies..Even a full day is not enough to see all shops. If you want a real bargain than visit on friday is a must but do not go there dressed as if your going for a party if not all prices will hit the roof.Whatever you want is available there...just keep a good eye for it & bargain well.
Shop keepers are very helpful too. HAPPY SHOPPING.

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“A different side to Mumbai”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

Chor Bazaar is infamous for being a thieves market, where stolen goods are sold at a cheap price. However, having visited Chor Bazaar recently, I've learned that many items bought and sold at Chor Bazaar are mainly pre-owned and often what would constitute as junk for most people, which is why it's easy to get a good bargain.

The most popular street at Chor Bazaar is Mutton Street; it's lined with dingy, little shops on both sides of the street selling used car/motorbike spare parts, antique clocks, classic 70s and 80s Bollywood posters, bronze statues of Hindu deities, statues of Buddha, old paintings, antiquated cameras, trinkets from around the world (you can find knick-knacks from Holland, France, China and several other countries), old coins; you get the gist.

Chor Bazaar is located in a predominately Muslim area; it's best to dress conservatively when visiting. If you have the time and energy to look and bargain, you can perhaps find something of value, however I suggest going it with no expectations of finding lost treasures, most of the stuff available at Chor Bazaar is junk really! International tourists will probably enjoy a visit to this local market; if not for the trinkets, then maybe for the cultural experience.

The market is closed on Fridays and many shops are briefly shut during namaz (prayer time) in the afternoon on weekdays too. Chor Bazaar is accessible from Grant Road station (east) on the Western line and is about a twenty minutes walk from there. If you're not up for a walk through the crazy streets of chaotic old Mumbai, a taxi ride would be more suitable.

Visited January 2014
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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014 via mobile

This is a place that you should allow 2-3 hours to wander around. There are different sections of the market. Furniture, old bottles, old taxi meters(!), gramophones, chandeliers, things to hire for film sets, car parts.....to name a few!
The owners are keen to show you their shop and the different goods they have on sale.
Occasionally, they will take you to their warehouses, which are 2-3 mins walk away. Ask how far before you embark!
Most things are reproductions and the shop keepers admit that they are that. However, every now and then you will stumble upon a jewel of an item.
Don't wear anything fancy as it will get dirty! Also wear closed toe shoes, it will mike your time more pleasant!
Browse, bargain and enjoy the experience.

Visited January 2014
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“Love It or Hate It”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

This is a very difficult place to rate or slot. You can either love it or hate it. Therefore, I am going to attempt to state many of the realities of the place, so that those who are put off by them can skip the place.

I returned here after a few years. The nature of the place has changed. Formerly, it was old furniture, junk, scrap, oddities, used items, etc. Today, in front of those stores and on the streets of the bazaar has sprung up a market within a market for cheap or used clothes, bedlinen, etc.

It is an absolute scrum there, filled mostly with young men who have come here from all over India, desperately seeking work and eager to have a "city" look. Body contact is unavoidable. Therefore, this place is only for the very determined.

Photographers, artists, seekers of old oddities, someone who wants to experience the craziness of it all will all be rewarded. The timid tourist is likely to find it bewildering, claustrophobic, unpleasant even. Therefore, go forewarned.

Visited November 2013
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