Chor Bazaar is a popular market for shopping antiques in Mumbai where antique and vintage stores congregate. It is one of the most famous spots to find some Indian treasures for many people. If you become an expat in Mumbai, you often get asked if you have visited Chor Bazaar yet, a market for antique shopping.
Here’s a little introduction about Chor Bazaar in South Mumbai in the article.
“Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar, which literally means “thieves market”, has a fascinating history that spans more than 150 years. Apparently, it was originally called Shor Bazaar, meaning “noisy market”, but “shor” became “chor” because of how the British mispronounced the word. Eventually stolen goods started finding their way into the market, resulting in it living up to its new name! These days it’s famous for antique and vintage items.”
I am not much of an antique or vintage shopper, but I have been curious about the famous Chor Bazaar in South Mumbai. I knew that it wasn’t a place where you visit by yourself on a random day. Many tourists and expats go there with a tour guide. However, as a mom of a toddler who is not even 2 yet, many tours offered in Mumbai are not very susceptible to my schedule with my cute toddlemonster. Thus, I had not visited Chor Bazaar. Until recently. The other day my friend asked me if I was interested in joining her to go to Chor Bazaar. Needless to say, my answer was YES!
She has visited Chor Bazaar before and knows where to go. I was very lucky to be able to visit Chor Bazaar with her. Many times she said “Look! How cool!”, then I snapped some shots of the items she mentioned. Nothing like shopping with friends with a good eye for design!
Mutton Street is known as Chor Bazaar. This is the street you want to be!
My friend first took me to a store that came recommended from her local friend. It’s called TAHERALLY’S. It’s close to the beginning of Mutton Street where we started.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
Isn’t it so true?
MINI GUIDE FOR CHOR BAZAAR
WHERE TO GO
We asked to be dropped off on MS Ali Road by Mutton Street. The landmark on MS Ali Road near Mutton Street is Cafe Paradise in a red building which is on the other side of Mutton Street.
MY TWO CENTS
I recommend going to Chor Bazaar between October and February/March (it starts to get very hot in March/April). As Chor Bazaar is an open air market, I imagine that it would be tough to visit Chor Bazaar during the Monsoon Season. We went in January and it is a very cool season and not too hot, but still by the end of our hour-or-so-long strolling in the open bazaar, I was ready to go somewhere air-conditioned and cool. The Chor Bazaar does not open until 11:00 a.m.
2. What To Take
Water bottle, hat, comfortable walking shoes or sandals
I felt very safe. However, I wouldn’t let your guard down.
As it is in the conservative Muslim area, dressing conservatively (not showing much legs or shoulders) is recommended.
I had a fabulous time exploring on Mutton Street with my friend! I was eyeing on the antique cameras to decorate my home, but they were not cheap to me. I recognized that it was my “want”, not “need”. Especially I just received gifts for Christmas, I could not justify myself for getting something other than items that I need. There were a couple of things that I would have loved to get, but this time, I successfully contained myself.
As for photos, most places say that they do not allow photo taking inside the stores. When I asked the very first store if I could take photos for my blog, they were hesitant. However, they kindly allowed me to take a few photos only.
I hope you enjoyed the photo tour on Chor Bazaar in Mumbai on Chuzai Living and the information I listed on this post is helpful to my readers. Thank you for visiting!!
All the photos were taken with Canon Rebel T3 with a 35 mm lens.
Apparently Chor Bazaar does a lot of business with film makers to rent or sell props for movies. You can read an article written about the best place to source props here. I also noticed that Chor Bazaar shop keepers were not willing to go down on prices very much when I negotiated. According to a few sources, Chor Bazaar flourishes enough with the business that comes in from the film making industry, the shop keepers are not desperate to sell their items and thus, are not willing to give away good deals. Whether this is true or not, I find it fascinating. How fun would it be to have a job to come to Chor Bazaar to select props for a movie?
Other Antique Shopping In Mumbai
The Raj Company ☆ Antique shop in Mahalaxmi across the street from Mahalaxmi Race Course
Oshiwara Antique Market in Jogeshwari ☆ Antique market popular among locals
Magnolia ☆ A beautiful store with chic modern antique interior prodcuts in Lower Parel
Sanctum ☆ Shop for modern industrial style antique furniture and stylish decors
Moorthy’s ☆ Antique warehouse shop in Tardeo