Souvenir Shopping Part 2, Mumbai

Souvenir Shopping Part 2 (Self Guided), Mumbai

It would be a pity to leave Mumbai without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Mumbai, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: India » Mumbai (See other walking tours in Mumbai)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Author: Daniel
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Shah & Co

1) Shah & Co

What to buy here: Sula Vineyards Wine.

It may come a bit unexpected, but India produces highly-qualitative wines. Sula Vineyards are largely regarded as the starters of the Indian Wine revolution, which now can be found in some of the world's best restaurants and hotels. Situated northeast of Mumbai, Nashik is India's largest grape-growing region, which oddly enough has never been used for this purpose before. But everything changed when a Stanford-trained engineer named Rajeev Samant endeavored to create India's leading winery on his 30 acre family estate. The first wines release in 2000 have been positively received by wine lovers, being widely acclaimed as India's best white wines. Located near Crawford market, Shah & Co is a place where you can buy Sula winery wine, but also local wines sold only in the state of Maharastra. The wines are not cheap, but worth every penny.
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Crawford Market

2) Crawford Market (must see)

No visit to any city is complete without touring its busiest and oldest markets, and if you are in a mood for adventure, there is no place like Crawford Market. Located in South Mumbai, Crawford Market is one place, bustling with life and infused with its own blend of sights, sounds and scents.

Spread across an area of 22,471 square metres, the market is filled with fruit and vegetable vendors along with upscale shops that sell imported goods as well as exotic pets. It is here that one can truly appreciate the essence of the city and the regular routine of its denizens.

Built in 1869, the main market was designed Lockwood Kipling, father of the renowned novelist Rudyard Kipling. Boasting a Norman, Flemish architectural style, the building acts as a brilliant example of the addition of western architecture to the Bombay skyline. The building marks the center of the market. An interesting fact about the Crawford Market is that it was the first building in India to be lit up by electricity. Named after the first Municipal commissioner of Bombay - Arthur Crawford, the building was donated to the state by Sir Cowasji Jehangir, 2nd Baronet, a wealthy Indian industrialist. Be well prepared, for this place is a market in every sense of the word.
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Mangaldas Market

3) Mangaldas Market

What to buy here: Leather Goods (Purses, Wallets with traditional motifs).

Nowadays India is the largest livestock company and a source for 10% of the world's leather requirement. Apparently things have always been this way, as India has a very rich history when it comes to leather tanning. Dating as far back as the 3000 BC, Indians have developed indigenous techniques of working with leather, mainly for the manufacture of footwear and hand bags. Usually each product comes in various designs of traditional embroidery, brocade and bead-work. Special textiles in bright and unique designs are used. Being the capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai is especially famous for its kholapuri chappals, which are soft and very comfortable to wear. Besides comfy sandals, leather purses, wallets, belts and bags are also available. Silk and gold threads, along with metal embroidery and silk is used to provide all leather goods an authentic traditional touch. You can buy just about anything in the dense bazaars north of the Fort. Recommended however is Dhabu Street, where an array of local artisans exhibit their unique leather creations.
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Zaveri Bazaar

4) Zaveri Bazaar

For all the shopaholics at heart, Mumbai is just the place to be. Filled with age old markets, weekly bazaars and high-end air conditioned stores, Mumbai is a paradise for shoppers of all stripes.

Cramped with people in small alleys and dotted with shops all along the road, the Zaveri Bazaar, is a must visit if you love jewellery. Located just north of the Crawford Market, the Zaveri Bazaar, is one of the most famous jewellery markets in the whole country. It is estimated that a chunky 65% of all the gold trading in the country is done at this place. Along with gold, precious metals and stones, it is an excellent place for imported, custom made toys, high end dinner sets and other luxurious items.

One of the country’s most celebrated jewellers - Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ), first established their business at the Zaveri Bazaar in 1864. Spread across India and venturing into the overseas market, their main headquarters is in Zaveri Bazaar. It is the perfect place to get lost in the glitz and bling of the jewellery.

Although the market may be the place to get carried away, it is best to do a little research before purchasing any item. Brush up on your communication and don’t be shy to do a little haggling yourself, tenacity is encouraged here!
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Mohanlal S Mithaiwala

5) Mohanlal S Mithaiwala

Mohanlal S Mithaiwala is one of Mumbai's top retailers of sweets, in business for 75 years, catering for generations of sweet toothed locals and visitors. The shop offers a wealth (25 sorts) of supreme-quality Indian sweets including laddu, burfi, kheer kadam, balu shahi, raj bhog, gur sev, sohan papdi, kala jaam, gulab jamun and many many others. In addition to these they sell extremely delicious namkeens, among which are those Bikaneri style and dry fruit mix. The sweet shop is open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM and provides free delivery for orders of more than five kilogrammes.
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Brijwasi Sweets

6) Brijwasi Sweets

What to buy here: Indian Sweets.

Mumbai is the food capital of Maharashtra. Coconuts, peanuts and cashew nuts are staple ingredients in the Marathi cuisine, which remains a mystery to most Westerns. Deserts have a special place in India's kitchen and heart and come in a variety of shapes, flavors and of course .. colors. Quintessential to the Marathi sweets is puran poli, a traditional type of sweet flatbread. Mostly served during auspicious occasions and festivals, the puran poli is basically a sweetmeat with an interesting stuffing made out of chickpea lentils, jaggery (molasses or gur), saffron, cardamom and nutmeg for additional flavor. Also popular is modak, Lord's Ganesha favorite food usually prepared only for the Ganesha Festival. Karanji

is a deep friend dumpling with grated coconut filling, which is especially made for the Diwali festival. Other common desserts are kheer, basundi and shrikhand. Try them all while in Mumbai, and take a bag of karanji back home with you. It can be stored for weeks and consumed both as a desert and snack.

Hours: Monday-Sunday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
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Mini Market

7) Mini Market

What to buy here: Original vintage Bollywood posters.

Most of us have seen at least one Bollywood movie in our life. They are truly like no other. Bollywood, unlike Hollywood is not a physical place, although it derives from the former name of Mumbai – Bombay. As color is the word of the day, Bollywood posters exude in the richness of detail, in the brightness of compositions and creativity. Many collectors and simple movie lovers find an original vintage poster to be a veritable treasure, with its own story and soul. Some popular choices include Barssat (1949) painted to resemble the free and untainted spirit of the old Hollywood; Mother India (1957) which perfectly captures the strength and struggles of India, personificated by Nargis; Sawan Bhadon (1970) featuring a gorgeous Indian woman and her lover on a brown, dusty looking paper; Umrao Jaan (1981) cherished for the extravagance and refinement of details, as well as for the beauty of the female lead. In the old days, all posters were only hand-painted. Now, printed posters are commonly found, although if you're lucky you might land a gorgeous, authentic hand-painted one. Choor Bazaar is the place to go to. Not only the vendors here are passionate collectors themselves, but they are also walking encyclopedias of the history of Indian movies. Price: Rs 300 for one poster.

Saturday-Thursday: 10:30-19:00
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Anokhi

8) Anokhi

What to buy here: Traditional block-printed fabrics.

An ancient tradition, blockprinting has been known as far ar 2000 BC. At first, fabrics were a day-to-day life necessity, but the creative processes flourished as the fabric received royal patronage, being a must in all royal processions and festivals.

Today, even though modern technologies have had their say on the matter, this craft is still practiced in Rajasthan and the neighboring regions, from the sole efforts of those who are passionate about preserving the Indian cultural heritage. Block printing is now becoming increasingly popular because of the astounding colors and patterns such a simple process can produce. In the past, only natural dyes were used, but they have slowly been replaced by artificial colors. In this exquisite technique, dyes are still applied with a wooden block, carved in various designs and usually featuring traditional Indian motifs. Blockprinting is especially popular in the production of wall hangings, canopies and furniture and floor spread in vibrant, rich colors. A bed-spread, for instance, could be stamped as much as 14,000 times!

Monday-Saturday: 10:30–20:00

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Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Mumbai without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Mumbai, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

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