IPL season is at its peak and all the cricket fans are thrilled with all the exciting matches. With the games being held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, people are traveling from all over the country to catch the live madness of these matches.
While you are here in the city that never sleeps, there are some exciting places that you can explore to have a fun time after the IPL matches. These markets or gullies are your best bet if you want to experience the authentic culture of Mumbai, be it shopping in the streets from local vendors or just grabbing a quick bite at some of the popular eating joints.
Here are a few places that one must visit while staying in Mumbai.
First thing first, let’s start with food-
The concept of Khau Galli is basically, a lane packed with street food stalls or in other words, the answer to all your cravings. And to your surprise, there isn’t just one Khau Galli in Mumbai, rather there are multiple areas in Mumbai where you can find Khau Gallis, with each having its own specialty. From dosas to pani-puri and pasta to momos, these lanes are every foodie’s delight.
The most famous ones are in Ghatkopar, Mahim, Princess Street, Carter Road, Mohammad Ali Road, and SNDT. While Mahim Khau Galli is a paradise for non-veg lovers, vegetarians can satiate their hunger at Ghatkopar. Some of the famous stalls are – WTC Pasta(Ghatkopar), Malpua at Tawakkal Sweets (Mohammad Ali Road), Chicken Shawarma at Carter’s Blue (Carter Road), Noodle Frankie at Sai Shabri Fast Food (SNDT).
If you are in Mumbai and visiting Gateway of India, you need to check the Colaba Causeway market to shop your heart out, that too on a budget. The market is a long lane which extends at a stretch starting from Regal theatre and offers a huge variety of junk jewellery, clothes, hookas, keychains, antiques and accessories like bags, shoes, belts, sunglasses, etc.. It is a true shopper’s paradise.
Just 7 mins away by taxi from Gateway, Colaba Causeway also has some vintage cafes which are popular for food. If hunger strikes you while shopping, these joints are a perfect spot to relax and grab a quick bite. Located right in the middle of the market, Leopold Cafe and Cafe Mondegar are very popular eateries and hence crowded as well. You can easily spot a huge number of foreigners here.
This is a huge wholesale fabric market in Mumbai which is almost like a maze as it has various small shops in narrow lanes. The area is a hot favorite of designers and boutique owners as one can find all sorts of fabrics here. These alleyways contain the best from the length and breadth of this country – there are phulkari and chickankari from the North of India, sambal silks and ikat prints from the East, kanjivaram, and chanderi from the Southand gotta kor from the West – and abroad.
If you are planning to get a garment stitched from scratch and looking for fabrics, this place is your best bet to source from. Two things that one must practice before shopping at this market are observation skills to find the right choice of fabric and bargaining skills to purchase it at the lowest best price.
The very old, iconic and famous wholesale market for Fruits and vegetables, Crawford market is also a preferred location to purchase various festive decoration, dry fruits, vegetables, home decor, etc.
Situated in South Mumbai near Victoria Terminus, this is a huge market which caters to multiple needs of customers. From stationery to household items and groceries to hand made chocolates, Crawford offers a variety of goods at throwaway prices.
The market is open from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am till 8:00 pm and the best timings to visit here is morning and afternoon between 3:30 – 4:00 pm.
HILL ROAD & LINKING ROAD, BANDRA
Linking Road and Hill Road are the go-to streets to shop for clothes, accessories, jewelry, etc. Located in Bandra, these areas are very happening and popular amongst youngsters. The market is interspersed with street-food sellers and restaurants as well to cure your hunger pangs while shopping.
One of the most famous eating joints here is the Elco Restaurant at Hill Road, famous for its pani-puri and other fast food.
DADAR FLOWER MARKET
The Dadar Flower Market, also known as “phool gully” which literally means “flower street”, is a market of fresh flowers, thriving right next to the station in a narrow lane under the flyover
The market is up and running before sunrise when vendors come in from around Mumbai with their stock of the freshest and most colorful flowers. From roses, jasmines, and marigolds, this place has a huge variety of fresh flowers that customers buy for either their early morning prayers or just for some special occasion.