11 Flea Markets in India Every Shopaholic Must Shop At 4

Shopping, they say, is something that the ladies love (Honestly, that’s just generalisation; I’m not a big fan of shopping and I know a few men wouldn’t mind spending the day buying furniture or trying out those new studs!). But come what may, it’s something we all have to do.

Yes, it is all a click away and then there are also the air conditioned malls making our lives easier and eating into our bank balance. But there is nothing like the traditional way, is there? Jewellery, clothes, spices, furniture and everything else you could want with yummy food that you can munch on; all in ONE place! And, wait for it- you can BARGAIN. Yes, you read that right.

Like seriously, what more could you ask for? So pick a day and hit these flea markets, already!

1. The Saturday Night Market, Goa:

If you’re in North Goa for the weekend, skip the beach for a bit on Saturday night and head to this flea market in Arpora. Situated close to Club Cabana, this market is perfect stop for your Goa shopping. It has a diverse collection of clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, home décor and much more. There’s also the delicious food and live performances to keep you alive. So, get shopping and keep bargaining!
Open only on Saturdays (6 pm – midnight) 

A woman selling accessories at the Saturday Night Market (Source)

2. Colaba Causeway, Mumbai:

Aamchi Mumbai is known to be the fashion hub of India; and, why wouldn’t it be? It’s the Bollywood land after all and you can see the pride reflect in their flea markets! An amalgamation of the traditional and the modern worlds, a plethora of things wait to fulfil those shopping craving that you have. Pretty dresses, funky tees, accessories, shoes, bags, and the list can go on.

Open all day, every day. 

Droooool (Source)

Droooool (Source)

3. Sarojini Nagar, Delhi:

I’m sure you would have had a glimpse of it in one of the many Bollywood movies and videos, now it’s time that you go check it out yourself. You know you’ve always heard of that place where you get amazing jeans that make your jaw drop, but never found it? Yes, this is THAT place. Clothes, books, bags, shoes, food, drinks, and just about EVERYTHING that you’ll want. Don’t blame me if you get addicted to this place; this one’s on you!
Open all day, every day; except on Mondays. 

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The Inner Lanes of Paradise :P (Source)

4. BK Market, Kolkata:

Feel like indulging in some sinful shopping? Get on your feet and head to this market in Kolkata! I cannot possibly list out what you get here because there is absolutely NOTHING that you do not get here.  It’s the best place to go bargain for that happy looking skirt or those jhumkas you wanted. This place is over-crowded for a reason, you know? So next time your friend goes to Bangkok, you can spare him the trouble and just come here to do your shopping, instead. Paisa vasool time! :D
Open all day, every day. 

The book lovers’ paradise (Source)

5. Parry’s Corner, Chennai:

This should be termed the Mecca of shopping in the city. Just about the entire city flocks this corner of Chennai to shop. Located near the Chennai Port, this is one of the busiest places in Chennai.  It is known for its varied collections and the rapid speed at which everything gets sold out.  It’s the best street shopping experience you can get! Come here and get lost in the colours (and the crowd!)
Open all day, every day. 

The Parry’s Corner – on a normal day (Source)

6. Kitsch Mandi, Bangalore:

Bangaloreans are known for known for being the easy going people that they are. They can work, party and relax all in the same week! This ease reflects in their lifestyle and their flea markets too. This market is known for promoting the works of new and up-coming artisans, musicians and entrepreneurs. You’ll find an eclectic collection of jewellery, clothes, bags, home décor, workshops and what not! So, the next time you get bored of the Commercial Street shopping sprees, you know where to head!
Opens only on specific days; so block your dates! 

At one of the recent Kitsch Mandi markets (Source)

7. Johari Bazaar, Jaipur:

This colourful market in the pink city is your one-stop jewellery shopping destination. Located near the Hawa Mahal, this place has any and all kinds of accessories that you’d want. Be it gold, silver, kundan or some kind of gem you didn’t find in another city, you’re sure to get it here. Though known for its jewellery, the vibrant market also has an eclectic collection of traditional Rajasthani sarees and lehengas along with everything else that you’ll ever want. What else could you expect from one of the dream wedding destinations in India?
Open all day, every day. 

A glimpse into the Johari Bazaar (Source)

8. Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad:

The City of the Nawaabs is known to be a laid back and royal. That’s exactly what this old-world market near Charminaar will remind you about. Famous for its pearls and gems, there is nothing that you will not find here. This is the place to shop in for that new Indian outfit that you just got tailored. You’ll find everything from your dupattas, jhumkas and bangles to those pretty looking footwear that make you feel like royalty.
Open all day, every day. 

The Laad Bazaar (Source)

9. Ravivari Bazaar, Ahmedabad:

Somewhere on the banks of the Sabarmati, you can hear the vendors and customers hassling and bargaining all day long. Almost 600 years old, this place is known for a shopping experience at throwaway prices. Now, with the parking facilities in place, it makes life so much easier. Also known as the Gujari Bazaar, Ravivari is the one place you’ll find everything from a needle to an age old antique furniture piece. You have food, entertainment and shopping all in one place; what more could you Amdavadis ask for? Do not forget to bargain!
Open all day, only on Sundays. 

The market is known as Ravivari because it happens only on Sundays (Source)

10. Anjuna Flea Market, Goa:

We started with Goa and we’ll end with Goa. The Anjuna Flea market is a must Goan experience as much as that beautiful beach experience. You have merchandise available from all over the country being sold in stalls that are sprawled all over. It started with the hippies selling things to fund their stay in the area and now has gone on to being one of the most popular flea markets in the country. You get possibly everything here along with munchies and great live performances. In fact, you get too much here; you’ll be exhausted by the time you complete a tour of the market. If you like shopping, then this your haven!
Open all day, only on Wednesdays. 

An array of accessories at the Anjuna Flea Market (Source)

11. Chor Bazaar, Mumbai:

One of the largest flea markets in India, this ‘thief’s’ market in South Mumbai is also called the Bhendi Bazaar. Like every other flea market, you’ll get everything here starting right from mysterious old antiques to the fancy Victorian furniture. There’s a famous saying that goes with this market – “If you lose anything in Mumbai, you can buy it back at the Chor Bazaar.” Oh, and be prepared for bargaining and haggling. It is mandatory here!
Open all day, every day; except on Fridays. 

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What do I buy? (Source)

 

 

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A Literature and Media post graduate, Deepika Singhania is a freelance writer, editor and a hardcore feminist. She is an avid reader and a football enthusiast, who loves cooking and travelling along with having a strong affinity for chocolates, Harry Potter and the Bangalore rains. In her free time, she writes for Holidify, the Highest Rated Travel App in India.