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“Chor Bazaar - The Garden of Five Senses!”
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Chor Bazaar
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Chor Bazaar - The Garden of Five Senses!”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Bargaining is an art acquired by the people of Mumbai and to learn the trick of this trade a visit to Chor Bazaar is a must. Located in the heart of the city, the area sells anything and everything under the sun. From paints to selling or renting out luxury furniture, or pre-owned treadmills, Chor Bazaar has it all! For the shutterbugs, Chor Bazaar is an ideal place to capture the hustle bustle of Mumbai City. For the intrepid travellers, this area is also a confluence of many cultures - the Minara Masjid, Mumbai's oldest Bene Israeli synagogue and Jain temple and much more...

Visited September 2013
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“A typically Indian old world bazaar”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

I went to the furniture street within Chor Bazaar, officially listed as Mutton Street. Firstly, to get there don't even think beyond either public transport or a motorbike if you can ride on. Park away from the auto-spare street to ensure your price doesn't get stripped for parts by the time you're done (kidding). It's a fantastic walk up and down the place, almost all the shopkeepers speak English (actually almost prefer that tongue) and are quite welcoming. Bargain hard and lots, even those guys expect it from visitors. Do the entire walk up and down Mutton Street before deciding on your purchase.

Visited April 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
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“''Thieves Market''”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Visited with a buddy recently and it is a real eye opener. The Bazaar consists of a few narrow streets where there are loads of car parts, hardware, tools and construction materials, lots of which which come from ''dubious'' backgrounds! the highlight to us was the auto recycling business that goes on at several different street side locations. Several guys beat the hell out of used, wrecked, stolen or whatever cars with hammers & chisels literally taking them apart all by hand. there is no electricity, airlines or whatever to use, and the temps were 34-35c(mid 90's) and they work 10 hours a day for a buck or 2 a day we were told. There is no regard for safety, and they literally take apart the entire car, right down to removing the pistons, rods, rings, tires, speakers and on & on!. it was hilarious to watch, as we both worked for many years at car dealerships, bodyshops, etc., and we walked around, beers in hand taking it all in. With our guides language assistance, my friend Ron took a few whacks with the hammer & chisel to the dogleg & rocker panel, quickly drawing a crowd of workers who had their turn to laugh at us, all in fun of course!
There are many tool sellers, hardware & construction stuff for sale or trade i suppose. Throw in a few goats, nuts on motor scooters, lots of people and you have the Chor Market. Probably of little interest to woman(not all i'm sure) and book worm types, but a reality check/comedy store all in one to curious people(especially in the auto business) Recommend going with someone who speaks Hindi for the full effect!

Visited February 2013
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“A great place to go when you are not on a mission!”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

After a nice lunch, nosy your way through this market. Try not to have an agenda - it probably won't be met. This is a great place to stumble onto something that speaks to you. I had no intentions of buying anything, but when I saw the a couple of window AND a buddha at the right prices, I bought. Try and see through the tires, speakers, and repair shops...it's like everything else in India. The beauty comes to you...let it find you, don't be too anxious. Stroll and enjoy the colour and the faces with character.

Visited February 2013
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London
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“Get pleasantly lost in Mumbai's past”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

I love this bazaar, so much so I went back the day after for more. It is huge and has everything from clothes, jewellery and bangles to linens and trinkets to car horns, spare parts, old furniture and treasured vintage pieces. Don't miss the vintage furniture lanes which sell huge lamps and light fittings from ships. There's a brilliant stall which sells old coins from around the world and it's a great place to buy classic indian glass bangles - 24 for £1.50! Everyone is super friendly and we felt perfectly safe here - we were 3 foreign looking girls. Best to go earlier as it's less busy, we went at 10/11am. Many will tell you to go at 6am, that's really not necessary unless you're a dealer of some sorts!

Visited January 2013
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