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Crawford Market

Crawford Market © Bernard Gagnon
Crawford Market © Bernard Gagnon

The colourful indoor Crawford Market (Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market) is where locals of central Mumbai go shopping for their fruit, vegetables and (for the brave) meat. Rudyard Kipling was born just south of the market, in 1865. An ornate fountain designed by his father, Lockwood Kipling, sits between old fruit boxes at the market's centre. He also designed the frieze depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields that hangs above the main entrance. Visitors can find almost anything at the market, which is large and full of surprises, and will enjoy a stroll around the narrow lanes of Kalbadevi, north of the market.

Website: www.crawford-market.com/