Chor Bazaar in Mumbai

Earlier known as Noisy Market, this is one of the oldest landmarks

Earlier known as Noisy Market, this is one of the oldest landmarks | Photo credit: Wikimedia commons/Cory Doctorow

Chor Bazaar Overview

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Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market) is one of Mumbai's most interesting and oldest markets. There is an interesting story behind the naming of this ancient market, which dates back to the British rule in India. It is believed that earlier it was known as Shor Bazaar, which means Noisy Market. However, the British always pronounced it wrongly as Chor Bazaar and since then, this market has been known by its mispronounced name.

Gradually, stolen products started paving their way into this bazaar- a fact that finally justified its new name. There is another amusing tale associated with this market. According to this story, a violin along with some other products belonging to Queen Victoria went missing while she was visiting Bombay (Mumbai). Later, her belongings were found at the Chor Bazaar as products for sale.

This market is divided into two sections - Mini Market and Juma Market. The Mini Market is renowned for selling Bollywood posters while the other deals with hardware. At present, Chor Bazaar is popular for selling antique and vintage objects. The name of this bustling, crowded and noisy bazaar also finds mention in many best sellers including Such A Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry.

  • Opening Closing Time 11 am – 7 pm
    Open all days, except Friday

Don't Forget to Buy

  • Antique items
  • Hardware silver coins
  • Vintage stamps
  • Brass statues

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