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Crawford market is a popular shopping destination in Mumbai and is a favorite among the locals. If you want to know more about this wholesale market, read on.



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Crawford Market

Location: North of CST, South Mumbai
Highlights/Famous For: Architecture, wholesale fruits, vegetables and poultry
Nearby Tourist Attractions: CST, Colaba Causeway, Rajabai Clock tower, Chor Bazaar
How to Reach: Local transport (Buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws)
Timings: 11 AM - 8 PM (Sundays closed)

Crawford Market is a popular spot for buying all the household items. Whether you are planning on buying vegetables or poultry, then Crawford Market is the place to be. Crawford Market was the main wholesale market till 1966. Spanning around 72000 sq. yards, this market is also famous for its splendid architecture. Norman and Flemish styles can be seen in the architecture, depicting elements of the old-world charm in a modern city. Situated just towards the north of Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus, the market is one of the most popular shopping areas of the city. If one wants to savor how the local dwellers shop, then there is nothing better than heading out to Crawford Market, which is open on 6 days of the week. The Crawford Market offers an exciting shopping experience for those who love to splurge. One of the most vibrant markets in the city, a whole array of dazzling fruits, vegetables and poultry can be found here. The mix of the fragrances vegetables, combined with the aromas of the fresh cheese and homemade chocolate, make it an interesting visit for tourists.

History
Founded in 1871, the market was initially known as 'Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market'. It got the name 'Crawford Market' after city's Municipal Commissioner, Arthur Crawford. The construction of the market building was completed in 1869 and businesses commenced in 1871. At the time, the British would often send their domestic help to buy the freshest produce from the market. The British were also the first to start selling hordes of important foods in one single place. Therefore, if you are looking for some good deals on fruit and vegetables and some imported food, then, Crawford Market is the place to be.

Architecture
Spread over a vast area of 72,000 sq. yards, Crawford Market is extremely famous for its architecture. The impressive frieze at the entrance of the market will astonish the tourists. The place is also designed in such a manner so that it receives ample sunlight during the day. One of the main features of this market is the Clock Tower, adorned with intricate Victorian carvings. Built in 1871, this market was designed and conceptualized by William Emerson. Another interesting fact is that the market first got electricity in 1882, and became the first market in India to receive electricity.

On some parts of the building, tourists will also be able to view Gothic styles of architecture. The stone fountains in the center of the market are also worth a visit. The exteriors of Crawford Market are also adorned with wall paintings, murals and pictures of Indian farmers working in fields. Spanning a colossal area of approximately 24,000 sq. m, the construction is made out of 'Kurla stone' and 'Red stone' from Bassein.

Crawford Market Goods
  • Fresh Fruit (includes important fruit)
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Pet food
  • Imported foods
  • Meat and Poultry
  • Imported Cheese
  • Homemade chocolate
  • Bakery Products
  • Party items (candles, balloons, snow sprays)
How To Reach

By Road
Tourists in the city can use the local transport to reach Crawford Market. MTDC Buses, auto-rickshaws and hired taxis are available aplenty.

By Rail
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is located very close to the Crawford Market. Tourists can get down at CST and walk to the market or catch local transport.

One of the best places to buy the freshest local produce and food items, Crawford Market is known for its beautiful architectural and local, alluring appeal. Whether you are looking for endive lettuce or Halal chicken, Crawford Market will surely leave you with a pleasant experience. Come and experience a bit of the old-Bombay at Crawford Market.



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