Apparels at Ahilaya,  Mumbai, India


A regular supplier to Bergdorf and, this pint-sized shop is worth seeking out for its hand-embroidered silk and cotton tunics and caftans in pastel hues such as lemon yellows, rose pinks and sea green. They will happily provide alterations for a tailored fit.

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Chor Bazaar

Translating to “Thieves’ Market,” Chor Bazar lives up to its finder’s keeper reputation. Search high and low for everything from hand-painted ceramic doorknobs to vintage Bollywood movie posters. Daily Boss, which is similar to the U.S.'s Daily Candy, has a helpful map of Chor Bazaar, which is worth downloading before a visit.


The best couture shopping in Mumbai is in the Courtyard. Behind an egg-shell–hued building lies a dozen designer boutiques (the who’s who of Indian design from Neeru Kumar to Rajesh Pratap Singh to Abraham & Thakore) anchored by a tranquil, central courtyard, making it a rare one stop-shop destination.

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Crawford Market

This sprawling marketplace is bustling during the early morning hours with fruit and vegetable vendors stacking okra and pomegranate in neat pyramid-shaped displays, and as the day goes on, everyone from spice stores to cookware shops open their stalls. During mango season the fruit's sweet aroma perfumes the air. Don't miss the lovely friezes on the exterior of the 1865-building, done by Rudyard Kipling’s father, who ran an art school in Mumbai at that time.

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Curio Cottage

Just off of Colaba’s main drag, this unassuming contemporary jewelry shop is a favorite of Bollywood A-listers. Browse everything from traditional earrings and trendy cuffs to gemstone encrusted rings and strands of turquoise and smoky topaz.

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Dhoop Crafts

In 2003, Aradhana Nagpal opened Dhoop with her husband, with the intention of showcasing pieces by weaving, bamboo craft, wood-carving, pottery and patchwork artisan communities across India. Look for everything from lamps made with recycled materials to craft kits to exquisitely woven chairs.

Merchandise at Goodearth,  Mumbai, India


Run, don’t walk, to this stunning homewares emporium, which can best be described as India’s answer to Crate and Barrel. The selection includes everything from tabletop pieces to furnishings to quilted infant blankets and hand-poured candles. The flagship Raghuvanshi Mills location also has an on-site café called the Tasting Room, which is an culinary spot in its own right.

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Joy Shoes

Joy Shoes at the Taj Mahal Hotel is no secret, but its fame is deserved. They sell leather shoes and make the best Indian sandals, from wedged kohlapuris to more contemporary golden thongs.

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Le Mill (Wadi Bunder)

Three fashionable expats came together to found this well-curated design boutique, housed in a former rice mill (hence the name) in south Mumbai. Along with big-name global designers such as Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang, you’ll find pieces by London-based Indian designer Saloni Lodha and stoles from Kashmir Loom. Le Mill recently opened a second location in more central Breach Candy.

Neemrana Chikankari

Tucked away amid a handful of sweets shops, this pastel-hued boutique specializes in clothing and linens adorned with chikankari embroidery, a style native to Lucknow in northern India. Choose from one-of-a-kind tunics and blouses as well as Indian garments such as saris featuring the embroidery.

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Phillips Antiques

Established in 1860, this fourth-generation family-owned antiques shop is arguably still Mumbai’s best. Along with French glasses, silver filigree dollhouse furniture and a growing collection of Indian tribal art, enthusiasts will find lithographs, engravings, old maps and photographs from the 16th to 19th centuries. The earliest map in the collection dates back to 1560.

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The Bombay Store

While Mumbai has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to shopping, it’s often hard to find everything under one roof. Enter The Bombay Store, a three-story emporium of Indian goodies perfect for gift giving and souvenirs, including peacock-motif tote bags, pop-art inspired coasters, mix-and-match tunics and shawls in a rainbow of colors and organic skincare by Khadi.

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The Shop

Set within a small bungalow along Bandra’s busy Ambedkar Road, this boutique specializes in block-printed wares, from tabletop items to scarves and tunics. Their children’s selection, from darling floral and elephant-motif printed tops to airy, adorable cotton pajamas, is of particular note. Stock up on Kama Ayurveda soaps, salves and hair care products while there.

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Viren Bhagat

Serious jewelry collectors should consider stopping at the boutique of India’s most revered living jeweler. Viren Bhagat only makes about fifty pieces a year and they are for serious spenders who value the art of jewelry making. He has been compared to such masters as Joel Rosenthal (aka JAR) and Faberge. Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team to make an appointment.

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