Crawford Market is one of the most famous markets and one of the oldest markets in India. Located in Mumbai’s Fort area, it is situated to the north of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Crawford Market was opened to the public in 1869. In fact, Crawford Market is said to be the first building in India to be electrically lit. The market is one of the most important markets in Mumbai and is surrounded by a lot of other markets that collective get called Crawford Market. After India won Independence, the market was renamed to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai, however, locales yet prefer referring to it by it’s old name.
In the market, there are lanes that sell specific items, fruits, vegetables, imported toiletries, imported chocolates, dry fruits, pets, wholesale gift packaging material, hookahs, party essentials and a lot more. The Crawford market is surrounded by busy markets on all directions. On the other side of the JJ Flyover, there is the Manish Market which is known for electronics and gadgets available at a much cheaper rate, anything from cellphones to cameras and all the accessories you may end up needing for them. Across the street from Crawford Market, are the famous markets.
At Abdul Rehman Street you’ll find anything from stationary, toys, gifting options, fashion accessories among other things you need on a daily basis. Lohar Chaw is an entire street dedicated only to lights of whatever shape, size, color combinations and patterns you’ve probably not seen before. Sutar Chawl has everything you need to host a fabulous party, right from streamers and balloons to the festoons that’ll cost you a bomb at the nearest mall! There is also the Mangaldas Market where you can find good quality fabric, sarees, dress materials and drapes too. Further north, you can also visit the Zaveri Bazaar which is predominantly a B2B jewellery industry, and is home to hundreds of jewellery shops you could probably get a good deal at.
Mohammed Ali Road is located close to Zaveri Bazaar. Chor Bazaar is just about a kilometre from the street which is definitely a meat-lover’s paradise!
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