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“A different side to Mumbai”
Review of Chor Bazaar

Chor Bazaar
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Ranked #106 of 502 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Chor Bazaar is infamous for being a thieves market, where stolen goods are sold at a cheap price. However, having visited Chor Bazaar recently, I've learned that many items bought and sold at Chor Bazaar are mainly pre-owned and often what would constitute as junk for most people, which is why it's easy to get a good bargain.

The most popular street at Chor Bazaar is Mutton Street; it's lined with dingy, little shops on both sides of the street selling used car/motorbike spare parts, antique clocks, classic 70s and 80s Bollywood posters, bronze statues of Hindu deities, statues of Buddha, old paintings, antiquated cameras, trinkets from around the world (you can find knick-knacks from Holland, France, China and several other countries), old coins; you get the gist.

Chor Bazaar is located in a predominately Muslim area; it's best to dress conservatively when visiting. If you have the time and energy to look and bargain, you can perhaps find something of value, however I suggest going it with no expectations of finding lost treasures, most of the stuff available at Chor Bazaar is junk really! International tourists will probably enjoy a visit to this local market; if not for the trinkets, then maybe for the cultural experience.

The market is closed on Fridays and many shops are briefly shut during namaz (prayer time) in the afternoon on weekdays too. Chor Bazaar is accessible from Grant Road station (east) on the Western line and is about a twenty minutes walk from there. If you're not up for a walk through the crazy streets of chaotic old Mumbai, a taxi ride would be more suitable.

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

This is a place that you should allow 2-3 hours to wander around. There are different sections of the market. Furniture, old bottles, old taxi meters(!), gramophones, chandeliers, things to hire for film sets, car parts.....to name a few!
The owners are keen to show you their shop and the different goods they have on sale.
Occasionally, they will take you to their warehouses, which are 2-3 mins walk away. Ask how far before you embark!
Most things are reproductions and the shop keepers admit that they are that. However, every now and then you will stumble upon a jewel of an item.
Don't wear anything fancy as it will get dirty! Also wear closed toe shoes, it will mike your time more pleasant!
Browse, bargain and enjoy the experience.

Thank rkgkrk
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

This is a very difficult place to rate or slot. You can either love it or hate it. Therefore, I am going to attempt to state many of the realities of the place, so that those who are put off by them can skip the place.

I returned here after a few years. The nature of the place has changed. Formerly, it was old furniture, junk, scrap, oddities, used items, etc. Today, in front of those stores and on the streets of the bazaar has sprung up a market within a market for cheap or used clothes, bedlinen, etc.

It is an absolute scrum there, filled mostly with young men who have come here from all over India, desperately seeking work and eager to have a "city" look. Body contact is unavoidable. Therefore, this place is only for the very determined.

Photographers, artists, seekers of old oddities, someone who wants to experience the craziness of it all will all be rewarded. The timid tourist is likely to find it bewildering, claustrophobic, unpleasant even. Therefore, go forewarned.

6  Thank GatherinNoMoss
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Chor Bazaar is fascinating! The most unique aspect to me was the "chop shop" where automobiles of all conditions are dismantled for parts. The area also has its own flavor, more Muslim than many other market areas. I found a shop selling various religious statues and icons, and was amazed at the bargain prices of beautiful pieces, many of which were gallery worthy. I bought an absolutely beautiful reclining buddha for a price about 10-20% of what I would have paid in the US. It made my day, if not my entire trip!!

2  Thank cafergy
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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...

5  Thank Travel-Logs
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