Shopping is the one word that can either bring utmost joy or utter dismay to people. Whether you like it or not, everybody has to shop. Although the internet has given a whole new meaning to the activity of shopping, there's nothing like the feel of going to a flea market, trying things on and munching on the food at the eateries that are settled by the side of the road.
And not to forget about the best part of shopping at flea markets - bargaining! We Indians absolutely love bargaining and the real experience of that is only found only while shopping in a market!
Here is a list of the best flea markets in India, that you must not miss.
Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Mumbai, the City of Dreams, the land of Bollywood and the fashion hub of India is every shopper's paradise! And the best place to shop at Mumbai is in the Colaba Causeway, the land link between Colaba and Old Woman's Island or Little Colaba.
Tee shirts, dresses, shoes, books, bags, accessories, food, drinks you name it! Colaba Causeway has it all in galore. The clothes and accessories that you find here is with no doubt the latest trending fashion items. With some good bargaining skills, you will get the best of stuff, all for a steal!
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BK Market, Kolkata
If you're at Kolkata, not going to the BK Market is the biggest mistake you'd commit! This shopping hub at Kolkata has absolutely everything you need.
From skirts to shoes, jackets to studded ballerinas, BK Market is the hub of shopping, especially amongst youngsters. Any imported item will be available for the price of flea market!
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Sarojini Nagar, Delhi
Needless to say, the list is incomplete without the entry of the most popular shopping centre in India, Sarojini Nagar of Delhi. Many expensive brand apparels can be found for almost the 1/4th of the original price in this shopper's haven!
Sarojini Nagar is perfect for college kids who are perpetually on a limited budget. In fact, after shopping to your heart's content you might be surprised to still find enough money left with you!
The Saturday Night Market, Goa
Just as the name suggests, this market is open only on
Saturdays from 6 pm till late in the night. Kashmiri carpets, silver jewellery, spices, tea selling stalls are some of the many things sold here at the the Saturday Night Market, located at Arpora in Goa.
Open for locals and tourists, the market also has a centre stage that hosts concerts of all sorts, be it rock or Indian classical music.
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Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad
The Laad Bazaar in Hyderabad is the place to go to when you want to accessorise an Indian wear. It lives up to Hyderabad's tag of "the City Of Pearls"!
Brimming with stores of bangles, jhumkas and more, the Laad Bazaar has that rustic old-world charm, perfect for those who absolutely love accessorising! It is situated near the Charminaar and a place worth visiting if you are at Hyderabad.
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Ravivari Bazaar, Ahmedabad
Located on the banks of River Sabramati, Ravivari Bazaar has items sold at such nominal prices that you might just get addicted to it!
This 600 year old place is famous for shopping and recently they've developed the area with the facility of parking, making it the perfect way to spend a Sunday. The market is open only on Sundays, for the entire day.
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Chor Bazaar, Mumbai
The huge and bustling city of Mumbai needs more than just one shopping centre and it definitely has a number of them. Literally translating to "Thief's Market", the Chor Bazaar is also known locally as Bhendi Bazaar.
Haven for those who love haggling, Chor Bazaar sells all sorts of antique articles that look like it comes from the Victorian era! The Chor Bazaar will be open on all days except on Fridays.
Kitsch Mandi, Bangalore
Bangaloreans go by the rule of work hard, party harder! This is shown even in terms of their shopping spree, which they love doing as well. Kitsch Mandi in Bangalore is slightly unique since it is a market that supports and encourages young artisans and upcoming entrepreneurs.
With musical performances to accompany, one must definitely spend a day at Kitsch Mandi. It happens only on certain dates which will be updated on social media so make sure to keep an eye out.
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Johari Bazaar, Jaipur
You don't want to miss out on the vibrant Johari Bazaar at Jaipur if you love accessories. All kinds of accessories like kundan, silver, gold, a rare gem can be found in this market.
Also, you must visit the market to have a look at the collection of Rajasthani lehengas and sarees. Its a one-stop location for that wedding which you never found the time to shop for!
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Parry's Corner, Chennai
Parry's Corner at Chennai is the most busiest and crowded street in the whole city, and for a reason! It has all sorts of goods and items getting sold for such reasonable prices that the entire city comes to this place to shop. The street is named after Thomas Parry, a Welsh merchant who established his business in 230 years ago.