Shopping in Mumbai



The amazing Avinash Punjabi has tailored suits for Vogue India’s fashion director and Bollywood star Imran Khan. Choose from hundreds of rolls of fabric, give him your specifications (he can work from magazine cuttings or sketches) and measurements, and one of his nimble-fingered team will replicate your favourite designer dress or pin-sharp suit overnight. 4 Mandlik Road, Colaba Causeway (+98 2202 8327)


A great place to get made-to-measure clothes (they run up a mighty-fine silk dressing gown), or bring your favourite item to be copied, which they will send to you in the post. When it arrives, beautifully packaged in layers of tissue paper interspersed with sequins, it’s the best pass-the-parcel ever – worth the wait just for the excitement. The Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder, Colaba (+91 22 2202 5593;


Some of the most interesting stores are in the Oberoi and Taj shopping arcades. At the former, look out for Shawlsons: this is pashmina central and you’ll soon be buried in the most exquisite styles – plain, embroidered, double thickness – in every colour. At the Taj, Maharaja sells excellent, good- value linen shirts. 60 New Oberoi Shopping Centre (+91 22 2284 5736). The Taj Mahal Palace (+91 22 2202 8452)

Mumbai consists of two distinct regions: Mumbai City district and Mumbai Suburban district, which form two separate revenue districts of Maharashtra.


For antique bargains head to Chor Bazaar (Thieves’ Market), where finds include crystal chandeliers and elephant seats. Dealers from New York and London come here to buy in bulk before adding an extortionate mark-up. It’s great fun to visit. The Colaba Causeway street market has an exotic array of clothing. Haggle hard.


Monica Vaziralli understands that shopping in Mumbai is not just a pastime, it’s the main event. An interior-designer-turnedpersonal-shopper, she knows everybody, is impossibly glamorous and exudes such an imposing presence that no hawkers come near. She is a brilliant companion and guide, tracking down everything you desire and, dangerously, much more.

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