Street shopping is one of the most fun and sought-after activities in Mumbai. From immemorial times, Mumbaikars have been indulging in street shopping. From groceries to apparels, there's almost nothing that you can't get from street hawkers in Mumbai
Buying footwear and clothing form an integral part of street shopping. Mumbai streets are filled with shops that are quite tempting to customers from all strata of society. If Mumbaikars like it, they will just buy it!
Mumbai is synonymous with the monsoons and every Mumbaikar likes to be well prepared for Mumbai rains when they come. Hence monsoon wear such as raincoats, boots, hats and especially umbrellas sell like hot cakes during monsoon season in the city.
The iconic Crawford Market located in South Mumbai offers almost everything under one umbrella. From wholesale fruits, vegetables and poultry, to electronics, artificial jewellery, cutlery and crockery, apparel and footwear - the market is a one-stop shopping destination for all Mumbaikars. Built years ago in 1869, the market is the first in India to be lit up by electricity.
In picture: A man selling eggs at Crawford market.
It is hard to beat the scorching sun in Mumbai during the summer season. Hawkers are often seen selling hats, sunglasses and other such summer wear to customers around Mumbai.
In pic: A man dressed up in sunglasses, not for him, but for people to purchase them. He is a walking store so to speak.
Selling newspapers on the street is a common sight across all cities, and Mumbai is no exception. Newspapers are a part of almost every Mumbaikar's life. Be it in the trains, buses, auto-rickshaws or even their own private vehicles, commuters always love a good read from the newspaper.
Since years, the fashion capital of India has taken pride in the concept of roadside shopping. The hub of Bollywood not only gave rise to on-screen heroes but also off-screen ones. Thanks to these hawkers who are contributing towards the changing fashion trends for generations.
Mumbai is synonymous with Fashion Street. Located at Churchgate, the open-air shopping arcade attracts people of all age groups. For years, people of Mumbai drop by Fashion Street to purchase dresses, accessories, fashionable shoes, and stylish bags for peanut prices. Fashion street, and Crawford Market have also been viable options to shop for films advertisements and television serial back in the day.
Hawkers in Mumbai are known to come to the aid of the Mumbaikar's hunger pangs during any time of the day. From fruits, vegetables to snacks, chats and even fast-food, hawkers have always managed to answer our tummy's requirements.
In pic: A fruit seller selling bunches of bananas to feed people-on-the-go.
The fun of shopping for footwear has always been on the top of the list of every Mumbaikar! This vintage photo proves how the shoe-selling business is dominating the hawker market in the city since yesteryears.
Mumbai's love for street shopping dates back to the glorious yesteryears. Take a look at these vintage pictures of Crawford Market, Fashion Street and other such places in the city that became a hub for Mumbaikar's to shop
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