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mumbai market Mumbai offers a dizzying array of places to shop, from multi-level department stores to crowded bazaars. Be sure to brush up on your haggling skills before hitting the street markets. (See Shopping Abroad: A Traveler's Guide for bargaining tips.) There isn't really any one souvenir that "says" Mumbai, but there are plenty of places to shop for things that will remind you of your time in town. Plan to use cash for small items when out shopping in the markets and bazaars. (Credit cards are generally only accepted in big outlets.) There are ATM machines in the main shopping areas, but they are not 100 percent reliable. Remember never to carry too much cash at a time.

If you are interested in jewelry, visit the Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai. Just remember -- all that glitters probably isn't gold, and you must bargain before buying. Chor Bazaar, also known as Thieves Market, specializes in antiques -- wood carvings, jewelry and furniture. Again, you'll need to haggle, and bear in mind that you need to get anything you buy home!

Shoppers Stop is one of the biggest department stores in Mumbai and offers a wide variety of apparel, accessories and housewares. More fun is Fashion Street, in Colaba, a street lined with stalls selling export-surplus clothing. Time for more haggling.

If you're looking for traditional Indian handicrafts, fabrics and decorative items, try the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, a government-sponsored showroom filled with goodies from around India. If you're concerned about finding genuine local articles as opposed to cheap fakes, this is a good place to look.
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