Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra known formerly as Bombay, is the metropolitan capital of culture, fashion, and entertainment in India. I am fortunate to have traveled often to this bustling and modern city and beautiful country, ( I will write about other cities and adventures in other posts)but today I am going to focus on the shopping aspect of Mumbai because there is just so much to cover. So let’s get started.
- If it's your first time visiting beautiful India you will want to check the best place to buy the coolest souvenirs- Colaba Causeway. This is a charming, and EXTREMELY crowded market located 10 minutes walk from The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Remember you really must feel comfortable to bargain here, it's part of the experience. Another thing, people get surprised when I say this, but enjoy the street food, of course, be careful it is awful to get the “ Delhi Belly” when traveling, but be adventurous and enjoy those gorgeous flavors and spices. Live like Anthony Bourdain- get to know a culture through its food.
- A close friend of mine who lives in Mumbai recommended this, and I am really glad she did. Now I share this travel advice with you. If you love color, and flowers then you really must go very early in the morning and visit Mumbai’s flower market. You will get lost in the beauty and never forget the experience.
- Next, visit the Anita Dongre store in Khar with its sweeping archways and Warli art on the walls.
- If you want to get to know the real Mumbai, Bhuleshwar Bazaar and Chor Bazaar are also must-visits. Bhuleshwar is famous for its glass bangles, textiles, and silver jewelry, while Chor Bazaar is well known for its antique furniture.
- Hotelier Samyukta Nair has curated a collection of Indian fashion and housewares at Clove, a 19th-century building on a leafy street next to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Honestly, there is nothing more beautiful than the rich fabrics, Sari shopping is a trip on its own, if you ask me.
- Nearby, accessories brand Nappa Dori sells handmade leather totes and the upstairs café is a great spot for a chai latte.
- Shop at Le Mill- Founded by two French women, raised in Paris who are now settled in Mumbai, the brand was born from their collective dream for their adopted city to have a space worthy of its energy and global status. A multi-brand boutique where Indian fashion and design could dialogue with iconic international designers and storied fashion houses. The store, set in a heritage building in Colaba, houses brands like Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Chloé, Céline, and Jacquemus. As well as the best of Indian contemporary jewelry, fashion, and design; including Bodice, Eka, Péro, Casegoods, Phantom Hands, and more.
- Tarun Tahiliani’s luxurious showroom includes carefully curated garments from designers like Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal, Anand Kabra, and Monisha Jaising.
- Next up on my shopping guide is Ensemble, a must-go shop for fashionistas. The boutique celebrates India’s rich heritage by not fearing to reinterpret it with contemporary twists.
Most recently, Dior's Pre-Fall 2023 Mumbai Show Was a Celebration of Indian Craftsmanship. On March 31, Dior decamped from Paris to Mumbai where Maria Grazia Chiuri presented the house's stunning pre-fall 2023 collection against the historic backdrop of the Gateway to India. Also, Gigi Hadid, Zendaya, Penelope Cruz and Priyanka Chopra were just a few of the celebrities that attended the launch of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre. The exhibition explores the layered impact that traditional Indian dress, textiles, and craft have had on international fashion sensibility since the 18th century and features iconic Western couture and ready-to-wear designs inspired by India, from the 20th and 21st centuries.