Situated to the north of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai, Crawford Market lies just opposite the headquarters of Mumbai Police. Officially known as Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market, Crawford Market is counted amongst the admired shopping areas of the city. The market has been named after Arthur Crawford, the first Municipal Commissioner of Bombay. It houses wholesale fruit, vegetable and poultry market, along with a pet store. If you want to purchase imported food items in Mumbai, Crawford Market is the place to be.
It was constructed in the year 1871as per the design of William Emerson. When finished, the building was donated to Mumbai by Cowasji Jehangir. The market was lit by electrical energy in 1882, and it became the first market in India that received electricity. After the Indian independence, the name of the market was altered formally to 'Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market’. Crawford Market has been built as per the Norman and Gothic style of planning. At a height of 50 feet above its ground is a skylight sunshade, which brings sunlight into the market.
The festooned outers with the wall paintings of the Crawford Market portray the images of Indian farmers in wheat fields. On the inside, visitors can find the stone fountains intended by Lockwood Kipling, father of the highly praised writer - Rudyard Kipling. Extend over an area of about 22,471 sq m (24,000 sq ft); Crawford Market has been constructed out of coarse buff-colored Kurla stone and red-stone from Bassein. Nestled between the British fort and the local town, this market is the ideal place to buy food items.