Everything from food to flowers to antiques to global designer labels, everything can be bought in Bombay often at much cheaper rates than a lot of other parts of the world. However, international designer brands and premium labels will typically be more expensive here except possibly for Zara.

Indian designers  (who design both Indian and Western outfits):

  • The Courtyard near Fariyas Hotel at Colaba
  • Tarun Tahiliani.  Near the Taj Mahal hotel
  • Ensemble near Lion Gate off Kalaghoda
  • Ritu Kumar  High Street Phoenix
  • Ravissant at Madame Cama Road near Cooperage.
  • Amara and Kimaya at Kemp's Corner
  • Aza at Altamount Road
  • Monisha Jaisingh at Pali Hill

Western or Indian music

  • Rhythm House at Kalaghoda
  • Crossword at Kemp's Corner

Indian handicrafts and other ethnic products:

  • The Bombay Store  at P.M. Road
  • Central Cottage Industries Emporium at Apollo Bunder.
  • Shopping arcade at World Trade Centre at Cuffe Parade has several government emporia from many Indian states incuding Chinar.
  • Khadi Gramudyog Emporium at D.N. Road
  • Avante Cottage Crafts opposite Regal cinema at Colaba.
  • Good Earth a smaller outlet at Colaba (near the Taj Mahal hotel) and the flagship outlet at Raghuvanshi Mills Compound at Parel.
  • Contemporary Arts and Crafts at D.N. Road.
  • Fab India at M. G. Road

Sarees: Kala Niketan, Roop Milan, India Emporium and Indian States among several other stores at Queen's Road (Maharshi Karve Marg) and Kayson's at Churchgate (Veer Nariman Road).

Indian sweets:

  • Sweet Bengal at Cuffe Parade, at King's Circle and at several other locations in the city.
  • Kailash Parbat at Colaba
  • Mishti Bela at Walkeshwar
  • M. Mohanlal Mithaiwala at Grant Road
  • Punjabi Chandu Halwai at Colaba, at  Walkeshwar, at Worli Naka and at several other locations in Mumbai
  • Brijwasi at Churchgate, at Worli, at Linking Road, Bandra and at several other locations in Mumbai
  • Tewari Bros. at Opera House
  • Tharu's at Khar

Also at some dry fruit stores such as:  American Dry Fruit Store at D. N. Road, H. Ramanlal Vithaldas opposite Sukh Sagar, Chowpatty,  Ramanlal Vithaldas at Breach Candy, FoodHall at the Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel

Indian jewellery: Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri at Zaveri Bazaar and at Opera House, Tikamdas Motiram at Cuffe Parade, Jaipur Jewels, Vijay Jewellers  and TBZ Nirmal Zaveri at Hughes Road,  Popley and Sons at Panchratna, Opera House and at Turner Road, Bandra, Anmol, Gehna and Notandas at Turner Road, Bandra.

Indian Fashion Jewelry : Jalparee Art Jewelry at Vile Parle Station Road

European designer labels and other international brands:

Taj Mahal Palace and Towers Hotel is the place to go. You will find Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dunhill, Corneliani, Zegna, Mont Blanc, and a watch store, Dia, which stocks among the best international watches including Chopard, Rolex  and Corum. Chopard in the lobby of The Oberoi Hotel at Nariman Point and Gucci,  Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace Collection  and Jimmy Choo at the Galleria in the  Trident hotel next door. Omega and Swarovski can be found at the CR2 mall at Nariman Point. The Vama Store at Pedder Road has Tommy Hilfiger, Ed Hardy, Esprit, Oakley, Puma, Eton, Pringle, Replay, Elizabeth Arden, Clarins, Guess, Lacoste, Miss Sixty, French Connection UK, Calvin Klein  and others.

For other international brands, go to Atria Mall at Worli for brands such as Tissot, Guess, Mango, Swarovski, Nine West, Promod, Aldo, Samsonite Black Label, Giordano luggage and a multi-brand international watch retailer called Swiss Gallery. You will also find Lladro - porcelain sculptors - with several Indianised products at Churchgate and at the Atria mall.

High-end international brands such as Burberry, Gucci, Zegna, Jimmy Choo, Paul Smith, Etro, Paul & Shark, Armani, DKNY, Canali, Hugo Boss and premium brands such as Tumi, Bally, Diesel, Miss Sixty, The Body Shop, Kiehl, Mac, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Chanel (cosmetics and fragrances), Clarins, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger and others can be found at the Palladium Mall at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel. This mall also has a large Zara.

The latest multi-brand international labels store is Kitsch at Rampart Row., Kalaghoda, behind Rhythm House.

For European labels in North Mumbai, you will find Hugo Boss, Corneliani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tag, B & O, Fratelli Rossetti, Bruno Magli along with multi-label stores stocking a variety of labels including Prada and Paul Smith, Givenchy  at the Shopping Mall of the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Kalina, Santacruz (East).

Mid market foreign apparel stores:

Marks and Spencer at Skyzone, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel

Zara at the Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel

Forever 21 at the Oberoi Mall, Goregaon

Specialised Retail

Mother Earth at Sobo Central  is full of furniture and decor shops. It is a shop dedicated to home, fashion and food. The emphasis here is fair trade and products are sourced directly from rural artisans of India, they also have a high content of natural fibre products. The shop has been designed to reflects its eco friendly sustainable living values.

Natural Beauty Brands:

Forest Essentials: A well known 10 year old brand, operating in the Luxury Ayurveda domain. Good for their luxury sugar and butter soaps, luxurious body velvet creams and excellent face washes. Good quality albeit expensive. Find them at: Foreshore Apts, Juhu, at Inorbit Mall, Malad, at Palladium (2nd Floor) Phoenix Mills, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Opp Mahalaxmi Temple.

Body Shop: The iconic brand known for its ethical products and ground breaking campaigns. The all famous body butters, lip balms, soaps and accessories can be found here as well. Find them at: Inorbit Mall (Vashi & Malad); Palladium Mall at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel; Oberoi Mall, Goregaon E; Orchid City Centre, Mumbai Central; Vama, Sobo Central, R City Mall, Ghatkopar

Lush: Fresh handmade cosmetics, with quirky and fun soap shapes, solid shampoo bars and massage bars, this natural brand is increasing finding favour among swish Mumbaities. Find them at: Inorbit Mall, Vashi & Grand Galleria at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.

Fab India: Not only do they have economically priced ethnic wear using natural dyes, they also have organic food and a natural line of products including soaps, lip balms, body butters and moisturisers among others. Find them at: the flagship FabIndia store at Jeroo Building, M. G. Road at Kalaghoda and other outlets at R-City Centre, Ghatkopar; Oberoi Mall, Goregaon; Inorbit Mall, Malad; Gulmohar Cross Road No.2, Juhu; K-Star Mall, Chembur; Noble House, Khar W, Korum Mall, Thane; Nirmal Lifestyle, Mulund; Pali Hill, Next to HDFC Bank; Grand Galleria, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel; Hirandani Business Park, Powai; Plaza Asiad Shopping Centre, Santa Cruz, Inorbit Mall, Vashi.

Khadi Naturals: A part of KVIC, their simply packaged natural range of soaps, toners, and moisturisers is hugely popular due to the economical pricing and good quality. Khadi stores are spread all across Mumbai, the notable ones are at Kora Kendra Borivli, near VT station and at Vile Parle among others.  

Kama Ayurveda: A well-known brand available in hotel chains, it has some excellent cleansers and products, though in the expensive range and not very readily available. Find them at: The Bombay Store, Good Earth, Hypercity, Premsons at Breach Candy and at Westside, M.G. Road at Kalaghoda.

Auravedic:  A small upcoming brand but with some good quality products at affordable prices. Good quality oils especially the Skin Lightening and Foot and Hand oils. Find them at: Dhoop, Khar; Tresorie, Santa Cruz, Grand Galleria, High Street Phoenix at Lower Parel

Bargain hunting local markets are as below. Word of caution to foreigners: They are very, very crowded, have to haggle a lot, risky with a lot of pickpockets around. Maybe be not worthwhile the money to shop there, maybe if u just want to see how the local markets are.

  1. Crawford Market (now officially known named Mahatma Jyothiba Phule Market) which was established  in the 1800s. Indian vegetables, fruits and related products are available here in plenty. The market is a typical Indian bazaar, albeit indoor. Unfortunately, the building is in a state of neglect and now only offers a poor and run-down glimpse of what it must have been in its heydays.
  2. Fashion Street on M.G. Road has over 100 street vendors in makeshift shops selling garments at a fraction of the price you would expect to pay in a proper store. Most are export surpluses or rejects; some may be secondhand. Hard bargaining expected.
  3. Zaveri Bazaar For gold, silver or diamond jewellery (jewelry to Americans), go to the old Zaveri Bazar. You can also find gift items like silver picture frames and napkin rings. These are old parts of Mumbai and get really crowded so avoid it if you dislike crowded places.
  4. Chor Bazar, also known as Thieves' Market, is a good place to find used items and antiques in the city. It also has lot of junk, so be sure you know exactly what you are looking for. Please also watch your belongings and pocket while walking at Chor Bazar, as snatching and pick pocketing is not uncommon here. In earlier days, one could pick out real bargains in antiques and artefacts. Tradesmen are smarter now and you are now more likely to overpay than to get a genuine bargain. Imitation antiques are more the rule than the exception. Chor Bazar located on Mutton Street, between S V Patel Road and Moulana Shaukat Ali Road.