What is the best way to see Chor Bazaar in Mumbai?

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Rakhee Ghelani

Chor Bazaar means "thieves market" and has been a thriving market for over 150 years. If you love searching for treasure then this antique and vintage market is for you. 

The best way to see Chor Bazaar is to get right in the middle of it. Located amongst a very Muslim part of Mumbai, you will be surrounded by Masjid pillars and lots of busy and crowded market stalls.  It is organised chaos, and that is part of what makes it such a fun experience, but can also make it a little daunting.  There really is nothing to fear here, but do keep your belongings closeby and watch out for pickpockets. 

The market is open from about 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day except Friday. On Fridays, even though Chor Bazaar is closed the Juma Market takes over, and you can still pick up a wide range of bargains, although some may have suspect origins. 

As you wander through the market, be prepared to bargain hard.  The stall owners are seasoned, and you will need to show your best poker face and strong will to get the right price. Of course, all the fun is in just being part of the atmosphere, so take your time (and your wallet) and enjoy the experience. 

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