Chor Bazaar, Mumbai

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Coordinates: 18°57′37″N 72°49′38″E / 18.960321°N 72.827176°E / 18.960321; 72.827176

Chor Bazaar
Commercial, Shopping
DistrictMumbai City
 • TypeMunicipal Corporation
 • BodyBrihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (MCGM)
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code(s)022
Civic agencyBMC
Automobile springs being sold at Chor Bazaar
Dumbbells for sale at Chor Bazaar

Chor Bazaar is one of the largest flea markets in India, located near Bhendi Bazaar in Grant Road, South Mumbai,.[1] The area is one of the tourist attractions of Mumbai. The word chor means thief in Marathi and Hindi. According to popular legend, if you lose anything in Mumbai you can buy it back from the "Chor Bazaar".[2]

In modern times, Chor Bazaar is said to sell mostly second-hand goods rather than stolen goods. The market is now famous for antique and vintage items.[3][4] A store called Mini Market offers old Bollywood posters for sale.[5] Others offer authentic Victorian furniture, replacement parts for automobiles, etc. Although bargains are sometimes staggering, haggling is considered mandatory.[6] This is basically an "organized" flea market, where one has to rummage through junk to find what one wants.

A popular story about the origin of the name of the market is that a violin and some other belongings of Queen Victoria went missing while being unloaded from her ship while on a visit to Bombay, and were later found for sale in the "thieves' market".[7]

In Popular Culture[edit]

The market has been mentioned in popular novels, including Rohinton Mistry's Such a Long Journey,[2] where it is described as "not a nice place".[8] The Spool Man (2016)[9] - A short documentary about a Chor Bazaar shop-keeper, directed by Daniel Ifans,[10] produced by We Are Tilt. Official Selection at Ethnografilm Film festival 2019 (Paris, France).[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Abram; Nick Edwards (1 February 2004). The Rough Guide to South India. Rough Guides. pp. 114–. ISBN 978-1-84353-103-6. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b Brooks, Victoria (2000). Literary Trips (Illustrated ed.). GreatestEscapes Pub. pp. 36. ISBN 0-9686137-0-5. Retrieved 6 March 2009. chor bazaar.
  3. ^ Daniels, Matt (22 March 2012). "Mumbai's Chor Bazaar – downloadable map". London: Guardian Travel Network. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  4. ^ Cook, Sharell. "Photo Tour of Shopping in Chor Bazaar Mumbai". Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  5. ^ Giridharadas, Anand (22 June 2008). "36 Hours in Mumbai". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Chor Bazaar". Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  7. ^ India - Sarina Singh - Google Books. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  8. ^ Mistry, Rohington (1991). Such a long journey. Knopf. p. 92. ISBN 0-679-40009-5.
  9. ^ Tilt (8 January 2016), The Spool Man, retrieved 4 February 2019
  10. ^ "Daniel Ifans". IMDb. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Ethnografilm Paris | Profoundly Entertaining". Retrieved 4 February 2019.