The name ‘Chor Bazaar Mumbai’, the famously called Thieves market in Mumbai which is famous for any second hand and also stolen products. In Chor Bazaar Mumbai you can get product range simple, add anything means anything, from PIN to PIANO and much more than one expects.
It is now one of the famous attractions for Tourists. Speciality being as it is said that when you don’t get an old or outdated product in the regular market.
The Name Chor Bazaar:
The market was started in Duncan Road(First left from ‘Gol Deval Temple’) is thought to have been initially called Shor Bazaar, meaning noisy market.
The current name is said to have come from a British mispronunciation. Eventually, however, stolen goods started finding their way into the market, resulting in it living up to its new name. Later the market was shifted to the adjacent area of Grant Road.
In 90’s this market was called ‘Shor Market’ which means in Hindi ‘Loud Selling Noisy Market’ of the then called ‘BOMBAY’, where people use to sell any random products on footpath of those lanes and those shops of these Grant Road location which is quite adjacent to famous Bhendi Bazaar(Chor Bazaar Mumbai).
With the time, once when it used to sell second hand (Used) products, be it commercial or household item, it started attracting products which were stolen from multiple lanes, shops and homes, be it shoes from the temple, gadgets by thieves or some really bigger things.
It is said that famous CHOR’s (Thieves) of Mumbai city who wanted to make some quick money and were without jobs used this market as a medium of quick sell and earning via such stolen products, and so the name.
Chor Bazaar Mumbai – Thieve’s Market Shopping Guide
Today it is both a combination of Second-Hand goods and Stolen Goods. One needs to be very smart when it comes to buying products here, be it some old Bollywood posters, binoculars, gymnasium iron Dumbbells, multicoloured stones gem rings, or those old gramophones and their records and to list the latest mobile phones and much more which are all available here. The smartness to pick the correct working product at the right price as generally, they cost every product rates 2 to 3 times and then bargain.
Special Friday Electronic and Shoe Market:
There is a unique market which opened only once in a week on Friday. The market remains open from 4:30 AM to 7 AM. It is pretty odd timing for a market to do its business, but the reason is still unknown. It has two specialized markets inside the 3rd main Chor Bazaar Mumbai lane and Wagdi ground. By 3:30 Am all sellers unload their electronic goods at these Wagdi ground inside busy lanes.
Friday special sale ground is what this One Night Electronic Market is named with, ‘Wagdi Bazaar’(Chor Bazaar Mumbai)is a small open space inside busy colony and lanes of Chor Bazaar. About a few Hundred people can be seen at this limited capacity ground for Second Hand Electronic Products Sellers. It has a small Gate which gets closed just an hour before 4:30 Am when the market begins and as soon the vendors are ready with the unloaded trucks of electronic goods the gates are thrown open to Mumbai people.
Wagdi Bazaar attracts youth as major electronic high brands products from iPad to Drones and almost many / all others can be seen just thrown open on a small piece of plastic spread on the floor of this Wagdi ground, and people jumps in to check and get the cheapest deal (BARGAIN MUST).
TIP 1 : Before sunrise (7:00 Am Closing time of Market) the seller needs to wrap up and move, So the later you are around at sunrise the more cheaper are the deals, The earlier you are (4:30 Am) the hard to crack the cheap deals.
TIP 2 : Do Not get into argument or word war here, You may find good people and few worst ( ‘Shana’ as Mumbai Slangs says), So better grab your deal and move out quitely.
Another Night market (4:30 to 7:00 Am) on Friday. While Andheri is name of one of the famous Suburban Railway Station.‘Andheri Bazaar’(Chor Bazaar Mumbai) is another market specialized in selling Shoes, Jeans and Similar first hand apparels and stuff.
Many college going youths visit this market at this early hour odd timings to get great deals on all types of Branded shoes (Reebok, Nike and any other brand and costliest shoes) you say are available at as cheap as below Rs.1000.
It is not sure where, but how Branded Shoes are stolen from long distance trains, temples etc and how they reach this market for Friday morning sale. Great deals on TShirts, Jeans, Branded Under Garments are available in the dark moments.Taking pictures and videos is not allowed, Lucky if you take some quick clicks or clip, But sellers will keep watch on you and may stop you if seen. Keep calm, Don’t argue and move ahead with your mobile cameras and DSLR’s kept in.
The Main Bazaar
This is the main Chor Bazaar Mumbai which is what many people know about. From Monday to Saturday all day round all types of goods, products are sold here. Half of the market has vanished due to a new Mosque under construction in progress. Now these market lanes are at same location, this bazaar operates openly during day time and is not part of those 2 special Night Markets, So do not get confused and keep note of timings mentioned.
Best Day and Time to Visit Chor Bazaar
This Chor Bazaar Mumbai is open all 7 days of week, Except Sundays when only couple of lanes inside are seen selling limited products. So as said Sunday is the lowest selling day. So which day and time is the best to visit this famous ‘Chor Bazaar’ ?. Trust me if you want to have real fun and see what this Bazaar is all about Visit here on ‘FRIDAY’ starting early morning 9 Am till 1 Pm.
How to Reach Chor Bazaar Mumbai
Route 1 : Nearest station to Reach Chor Bazaar Mumbai is Grant Road, which is a 3rd station from Churchgate in Western Railway Route. Parking is a big headache here so is why i am focusing on how to reach via local trains, Or alternately you can hire a cab anywhere from South Mumbai and they will drop you here. Ok, so via trains once you get down at Grant Road station in EAST, follow the east-west flyover bridge with road called Maulana Shaukat Ali Road, If you want to enjoy the location around, you can walk for 20 minutes to reach or simply take a cab from station and reach in few minutes.
Route 2: Via the very Next station which is ‘Charni Road‘, get down in East and enjoy other famous locations like Khetwadi Lanes, CP Tank’s famous Madhav baug temple and take the same temple lane to reach Null bazaar which then goes to Chor Bazaar. Alternately also comes some old colonies of south Mumbai like Lohar Chawl, Gol Deval temple if you take that alternate lane. Its bit confusing, But if you are really excited and ready to explore the real south Mumbai with this tour and have fun, its highly recommended.
Chor Bazaar Video
Chor Bazaar Mumbai is a huge market to explore. Chor Bazaar Mumbai is something you should definitely visit.