Chor Bazaar is one of the largest flea markets in India, located near Bhendi Bazaar in Kamathipura, South Mumbai. The area is one of the tourist attractions of Mumbai. The word chor means thief in Marathi and Hindi. The market is thought to have originally been called Shor Bazaar, meaning noisy market.
Mumbai's Chor Bazaar, which literally means "thieves market", has a fascinating history that spans more than 150 years. Apparently, it was originally called Shor Bazaar, meaning "noisy market", but "shor" became "chor" because of how the British mispronounced the word. Eventually, stolen goods started finding their way into the market, resulting in it living up to its new name! These days it's famous for antique and vintage items.
To find Chor Bazaar, you'll need to venture right into the thick of Muslim Mumbai. It's located on Mutton Street, in the busy market area between S V Patel and Moulana Shaukat Ali Roads, near Mohammad Ali Road in south Mumbai. The closest local railway station is Grant Road.
The area is full of crowded streets and crumbling buildings and can be a little overwhelming. Don't be daunted though, it's quite safe but do be careful of pickpockets.
Best Time Best Time to Visit Chor Bazaar? The market is closed on Fridays. Most of the shops open by 11 in the morning and closes by 7:30 pm.
All days from 5.00 am to 9. 30 pm, all days Monday to Sunday. Best day is Friday market is fully open
The shops in Chor Bazaar are open from 11 a.m. until 7.30 p.m., every day except Friday (which is Muslim prayer day). However, the area is still worth a visit on Friday when it comes alive with the Juma Market. This is the real thieves market. From sunrise on Friday morning, vendors cram the lanes selling all kinds of goods, many of them stolen. You'll have to get there early to get the best stuff though.
Prices at Chor Bazaar are very fluid and will depend on how good your bargaining skills are (or aren't!). The usual tips for bargaining at India's markets apply, and you should only aim to pay around half the price initially quoted for the goods. Shopkeepers are very savvy and will quote ridiculously high prices to unsuspecting tourists.
Near By Attraction
Mumba Devi Temple
By road, one can take the local transport. The MTDC buses, auto-rickshaws, and taxis will bring you straight to Chor Bazaar. It takes approximately 25 minutes from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The closest railway head is located at Grant Road, and tourists can get off here and walk towards Chor Bazaar.
Application Availability Which Saves Some Money
Zomato, Swiggy(best service for delicious food)
Uber, Ola(best service available for a cab up to 24/7 hours)
Interesting facts about Chor Bazaar - Thieves Market
Vintage goods are the highlight of chor bazaars and it’s here where you’ll breathe that old-world charm the most!
There are tiny streets that sell the most mouth-watering kebabs ever and you don’t want to miss that.
A visit to a chor bazaar will be a test of your bargaining skills.