Bandra is one of Mumbai’s popular and posh localities. One of the major attractions that makes Bandra popular is the Hill Road Shopping Market . This shopping market is similar to the Janpath and Sarojini Nagar street shopping markets in Delhi.
Hill Road (officially renamed as Ramdas Nayak Road) is an arterial road in Bandra .It stretches from the Bandra Railway Station road and S.V(Swami Vivekanand ) Road to the Mehboob Studios, leading to the Bandstand Promenade, the Bandra Fort & the Mount Mary church. There are hardware shops and few small restaurants as you enter Hill road. Lucky restaurant known for its biryani and Happy Book Store are important landmarks . Starting from the Marks and Spencer store building to the St. Peter’s Church are some of the best shops on Hill Road .
Hill Road can be divided into three prominent areas , namely , the Sona Shopping Centre, the Elco Market, and the standalone shops.
The Sona Shopping Centre has readymade garment shops, lingerie shops and tailoring establishments .Shops in the back lane stock tunics and casual wear dresses that are primarily export rejects.
The Elco Arcade Center has ethnic wear shops . They have restaurants and food stalls in between the shopping markets and these are always crowded . The area is famous for its paani puri and chaat shops .
Like any other street market, Hill Road reflects the local culture of Mumbai and its people.
What to expect in the Hill Road Shopping Market – International retail stores ,mini shopping markets and tiny street shops .
All shops, markets and street vendors sell readymade garments for both formal and casual wear , lingerie , fancy party dresses , imitation jewellery and footwear at very reasonable prices
The Bandra Train Station is a mere 1 km from Hill Road.
Best time to visit – 4 pm to 10 pm on weekedays. It is very crowded on weekends.
Bargaining is allowed in many shops.
No trial room is available in several of the shops . So know your sizes before you go shopping.
Check the refund policy before you buy. There is no exchange or refund policy in many shops.