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Crawford Market, Mumbai

India's insider take:

Crawford Market—now officially known as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market—is a gigantic bazaar dealing in just about every kind of fresh food and domestic animal imaginable. Shopkeepers perch vertiginously atop piles of fruit and vegetables; they'll nimbly navigate these towering displays to fetch and weigh your chosen items. Keep an eye out, too, for the wholesale buyers and the cryptic handshakes that confirm their deals. Above the main entrance, you'll see a bas-relief frieze designed by Rudyard Kipling's father. Animal lovers should steer clear of the pitiful pet stalls. The market operates Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Lokmanya Tilak Marg and Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Rd.).

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