Chor Bazaar, literally translated as Thieves Market, was initially called Shor Bazaar, given how noisy things would get in the bustling and busy markets along the arterial Mohammed Ali Road. It is located just about a few kilometers from Crawford Market in South Mumbai
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The market got called Chor Bazaar by the British who couldn’t pronounce the word correctly. Eventually, stolen goods and vintage items made their way into the market and the name stayed. Another tale about how the market got its name is related to Queen Victoria’s first visit to India. Some jewelry along with her violin went missing while unloading the ship she arrived to Bombay in. Locals say that all those items were then found on sale at the market on Mutton Street.
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The best time of the day to visit Chor Bazaar is as early as 11 am so that you get the best of the things you’re looking forward to purchase. Anything and everything from spare automobile parts, to vintage items, furniture, and antiques that’ll probably be available for a lot more anywhere else.
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Though the market is closed on Friday (Jumma the prayer day for Muslims), the streets are pompously decorated and people are usually found feasting and enjoying themselves after the prayer rituals are over.
Photograph courtesy: Shreekant Pattar
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