Just like a book lover can spend hours at a book shop, an art lover can go berserk at an art and craft supplies store!
The smell of paints, the stacks of canvases, the paper and the brushes and the nibs and the inks, there is nothing more inspiring to an artist than to visit an art store. And the best art stores are those that you feel a connection with. If you are an art enthusiast living in Mumbai, these 15 art stores must be on your bucket list to visit, even if it is to buy just a pair of scissors.
1. Art Lounge
Address: 3, Jamshedji Tata Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020. View location
A small cozy store at Churchgate, Art Lounge deals with a lot of imported art supplies. Apt for you in case you are a fan of international brands for your painting/drawing activities, the staff is well trained and very friendly. The categories the store caters to includes Illustrations, Creative Leisure, Fine Art and Extra Fine Art.
2. Himalaya Fine Art
Address: 2/3, Himalaya House, 79 Palton Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001. View location
Opposite the JJ School of Arts, Himalaya Fine Art store is the one stop destination for any of your art requirements. Not only will you find all that you need at this store, you will also be able to get yourself some amazing discounts as most of the merchandize at the store is sold below the MRP. The store has an extensive range of fine-art supplies, graphics, hobby, art instruction books, framing supplies and lots more to choose from.
3. Janata Book Centre - The Art Store
Address: Shop No 14, Gopal Mansion, Station Road, Opp Notan Heights (Old Copper Chimney), Bandra West, Mumbai - 400050. View location
Here you can buy everything related to arts and crafts! The store specializes in materials for fine art, architecture, interior, jewellery and fashion designing, stretch canvas frames, canvas boards, canvas rolls, tracing rolls, painting easel stands, display stands, drafting table and GT table, office and computer stationary, thermocol sheets, corrugated roll, bubble roll and packaging tapes.
4. Art StationAddress: Shop No 2, Ratnagar Society,Opp Kamdhenu JP Road, Four Bungalows, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053. View location
From craft sets to art supplies to gifting options related to art and craft, this store can leave you buying far more than you need. Everything at the store is stocked and displayed so well that resisting the temptation to buy is simply impossible. The store is one of the leading fine art and craft suppliers in Mumbai that stocks the best brands from all over the world. Here you shall find world renowned brands like Winsor Newton, Arches, Daler Rowney, Camlin, Liquitex, Golden, Staedler, Bosny, Joycraft and many more
5. ChimanlalsAddress: A-2 Taj Building, 210 D.N. Road, Wallace Street, Fort, Mumbai 400 001. View location
If you are looking to stock up on some exquisite range of papers, Chimanlals is a store you cannot miss visiting. Inspired from the myriad of traditional (ikkat, bandhani, ghumar, patola, warli etc.) as well as contemporary constituents of Indian culture, Chimanlals rewrote history in paper, for paper and about paper. Its easy to get mesmerized by the collection that is available at the store but extremely difficult to resist buying.
Hobby Ideas, promoted by Pidilite Industries Ltd has its stores across India with a few in Mumbai. Their flagship store at Kemps Corner in Mumbai is a destination in itself for art and craft lovers. From DIY kits to modeling clays to a range of 3D markers, acrylic colours, poster colours, crayons and just about everything that comes under the umbrella of art supplies can be found at the store. True to its name, it is indeed a hobby, arts and crafts megastore.
7. Itsy Bitsy
Address: Phoenix Marketcity, F-63, 1st Floor, L.B.S.Marg, Kurla (West), Mumbai - 400 070. View location
This one is another chain store for art and craft supplies. What makes shopping here fun is the fact that they have regular sales/offers on majority of their art and craft supplies and you can end up buying a bag full of supplies to last you a year! They also offer complimentary workshops at regular intervals for children and adults alike. So you can learn a craft sitting at the store and shop to your hearts content in one go.
8. A1 CraftAddress: Ghaswala compound, SIR Andheri-Kurla Road, Opp: Andheri Police Station, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400069. View location
Here you shall find fantastic deals on craft supplies and based on the customer reviews, this is a store that should be on your list to visit next time you go shopping for your craft supplies. Here you can find all kind of basic card making materials, scrapbooking materials, jewellery making supplies etc.
9. Craftbox India Pvt. Ltd.Address: 23, Kailas Darshan Near Kennedy Bridge Nana Chowk, 400007. View location
With a fantastic collection of art supplies, the Craftbox store is a small little store to shop for your craft supplies in Mumbai. But sometimes, big things come in small packages!
10. Arts De TrioAddress: Shop No. 183, Opposite Gaiwadi, Jagannath Shanker Sheth Road, Ambewadi, Girgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004. View location
At Arts de Trio, you will find a collection of art and craft supplies including a range of different craft papers. The staff at the store is very helpful and efficient.
Listed above are prominent stores in Mumbai but if you do have some time on your hands, then we suggest you also take a walk down Crawford Market to go to Abdul Rehman Street. The street is abuzz with a lot of human traffic but at every step you shall find a store dealing in art supplies and all of it being made available at a fantastic price. Happy shopping!