Colaba Causeway: Where Budget Shopaholics Go For Their Fix

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Antiques at Colaba Causeway Image: Garima Sharma
Indian Mojdis At Colaba
Indian Mojdis At Colaba

Colaba causeway happened to me when I was about 15. It was a lazy Sunday when my friends dragged me out of the house to get away from the upcoming board exam stress; when we decided we’d like some retail therapy (read: affordable retail therapy) to help us get some distraction – best decision ever!

Budget Shopaholics Unite
Over the past 6 years, Colaba has proved to be one of those places I go to when I’m in dire need to do extensive wholesale shopping for every day clothes, affordable and value for money gifts. Or even when I’ve simply needed some style inspiration; there’s nothing like going street style boho, I believe. This is that one stretch of the city that gives shoppaholics with a budget a place to go crazy, like the mini-paradise for those of us who’s wardrobe makeovers are quicker than Hollywood marriages and better than the average K serial heroines.

With small streets hoarding what they call ‘surplus maal’, you’ll often spot Zara and H&M collection pieces between regular Indian mojdi’s among many other things. The beauty of this place is the ability to bargain as much as you like! Almost every other ‘baakda’ stores similar stuff, so the stiff competition keeps the sales people on their toes and let’s us get happily carried away shopping – often a reason behind walking out of a shop with four bags instead of one.

Antiques for sale at Colaba
Antiques for sale at Colaba

The Thrill Of The Kill
Agreed, Bandra’s Linking Road and Hill Road and Andheri’s Lokhandwala market stock some great stuff too. But the sheer pleasure of being between the stalls of western T-shirts and Indian kurtas, Indian mojdi’s and Aldo’s patent suede knock offs, vintage antique pieces and quirky plastic sunglasses is enough to take me to Colaba. It’s really quite the thrill of it, apart from the fact that the variety is insane.

The Top Spots
And just a little tip for those of you looking out at running to Colaba first thing tomorrow: The Mondegar Café corner is great for jewelry; while the Souvenir Store corner is amazing for clothes. If you’re on the lookout for books, look around the stalls around Mc Donalds too! And while you’re that side, have a look at stores like Bungalow 8, Courio Cottage, Tappu Ki Dukaan, where you’re sure to spot interesting pieces that will make you want to pull your wallets out!

So for all you fashion people looking at re-styling yourselves, shopping with a budget or simply looking out for some fun style seeking, go ahead and give this stretch a walk with as little as Rs 1000 in your pocket. I can assure you, you’ll fit in a dress with matching accessories and maybe even comfortable footwear to go with your look. Worth taking the time out? You’ll never know unless you try!

All Photos By : Megha Magz Mehta

Photo courtesy: Megha ‘Magz’ Mehta Photography

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Guest Blogger, Aanam M R Chashmawala

Guest Blogger, Aanam M R Chashmawala
Apart from being a media girl, totally filmi, fashion writer & stylist, she's the princess that slays her own dragons