Old-World Charm: 5 Markets In India That Are Antique Paradises
India has come a long way as an organised retail market, but nothing beats the fun of going to a market that has been around for decades and specialises in things you won't find anywhere else.
MakaanIQ takes you to five such flea markets across India that are antique paradise. If you planning to decorate your home with some old-world artefacts, decorative, furniture or tableware, these are the markets to visit:
Chor Bazaar, Mumbai
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Considered one of the largest flea markets in India, Chor Bazaar in Mumbai tops the must-visit list of every antique buyer or collector. The market, located near Bhendi Bazaar of South Mumbai, is famous for authentic Victorian furniture and artefacts. Also, if you looking for some old Bollywood posters, you could find them here. Though most products sold here are second-hand, they are still worth your attention.
Here, you can find antique products from various states of India. Located in the heart of Delhi, close to the central business district of Connaught Place, Janpath has each shop representing a different state, ensuring authentic products. You could buy a wide range of jewellery, apparel, and decorative (metallic, ceramic, and wooden), besides home décor & furnishing products. You could also try your hand at the roadside vendors selling some interesting furnishings. Also, while you walk down this road, you could visit the Cottage Emporium, one of the best places in Delhi to find amazing handcrafted products oozing the culture of different states.
Jew Town, Cochin
Apart from being a tourist destination, Cochin is also famous for its antique market, Jew Town. Topping the list of every tourist and resident of the city, this could be your perfect destination to buy antique artefacts for your home, or antique jewellery for yourself. The market specialises in wooden carved statues inspired by the colonial era. The products available here are rare and high in demand.
Oshiwara Market, Mumbai
This market in Mumbai attracts visitors from across the city who come looking for antique furniture. Whether on a budget or planning to spend with both hands, this market fits every
one's bill. You could find some interesting Portuguese furniture, as well as Victorian decorative reminiscing the colonial era. Also, the market has something in store if you are looking for old Chinaware. Located near Jogeshwari (West), the market is a haven for those planning to give their home décor a colonial twist.
Sunder Nagar Antique Market, Delhi
This market is known across the world for antique furniture. An upscale market when compared with other antique markets listed here, it is located in the posh Sunder Nagar area, a 10-minute drive from Pragati Maidan Metro Station. Vendors here sell folk art, furniture, tableware, jewellery and other small artefacts that would add beauty to your home. Though the market is a little overpriced, you can always get a good bargain if you are persistent.