Shopping in Mumbai Thieves Market (Chor Bazaar)
Chor Bazaar goes by the secondary name of Thieves Market. This isn’t because you will be robbed but based on the fact you can find nearly anything here. Just make sure to take advantage of these shopping tips.
What Can You Find at Chor Bazaar?
When it comes down to it, you can find just about anything you might be interested in. This ranges from antiques to wood carvings, tools to silver coins, car engines, hardware, and really anything and everything else. If there is something in particular you’re looking for, just make sure to ask around. A large number of vendors do speak English, but if there is a unique item you want, it may be best to bring along an interpreter to assist.
Form of Currency to Use
A handful of vendors do take credit cards. However, it is far better to bring cash. If you find a location that does accept credit card, they likely will try to charge you more for it. For larger ticket items, you can agree upon a price and then return with the necessary amount of money later. Just remember the agreed upon price. Some vendors may try to change the price when you return.
An Antique Lover’s Dream
If you enjoy antiques, this may be the best destination on Earth for you. You can find antiques that span the globe all right here. It really is interesting what shows up in the Thieves Market. It can help if you have some knowledge on particular items though, as there are excellent forgeries on the market. Oftentimes it is better to assume something is a quality replica when buying it. This isn’t always the case, but unless you have a way of identifying it as authentic yourself, you’ll avoid disappointment upon discovering the authenticity of the item when you return home.
The Thieves Market is open every day except Friday. On all other days it is usually opened between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Some vendors may open a bit early and remain open later, but it is best to show up around lunchtime.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about the Thieves Market in Mumbai.