Mumbai is a city known for its street food, slow traffic, and entertainment sector. It also happens to be known for a periodic offering of quaint pop-up shops, unique bites, and live music inappropriately deemed “The Lil Flea”. It’s anything but “little”.
This past weekend, Lil Lulu made her way to Bandra to experience the second weekend of the Lil Flea. Here’s a recap of what went down.
Aside: She will also write in the third person for the rest of this blog post. Mainly because it’s fun to switch it up. But also because she’s semi-committed to this narrative point of view as seen in her updated “About” page, where she just talks about herself for like, 2 whole paragraphs.
Tips for Going to the Lil Flea
Summer is upon Bombay and Lulu’s best tip to surviving the heat at the Lil Flea is to arrive sometime in the late afternoon. Around 4 to 5 pm is ideal. Visitors can expect to spend at least 2 hours checking everything out, although Lulu highly recommends dedicating a half-day for this special event! Although debit and credit cards are widely accepted, cash is preferred by vendors.
Quirky Pop-up Shops
For the eco-conscious hippie (aka millennials), the Lil Flea is the go-to destination for all things sustainable, fair trade, and organic. Like body lotion. And candles. And lamps. And clothing. And stationery. And literally anything else anyone could ever need in their lives. Western, ethnic, or fusion wear materialized using hemp is widely available in beautifully set up booths on the JioGarden grounds.
Fusion cuisine connoisseurs will get a kick out of the variety of offerings at the Lil Flea. From Mexican, to Japanese, to Indian, and pretty much any other dishes in between can be found amidst a plethora of food carts. Lulu cooled herself down with a refreshing cup of lavender lemonade from Lovecrumbs.
Delicious, and aesthetically pleasing enough for the ‘gram, as evidenced below.
The Lil Flea is home to good music and good vibes. Jazz and indie enthusiasts will never want to leave!
The space is also home to photo ops galore. Almost every square meter of space is bedizened with friendly reminders so carefully painted on wooden signs!
No wonder the Lil Flea is India’s happiest flea market!
(Oh, and if you’re in Mumbai and you’re looking for other cool stuff to do, make sure to try the street food! I created a post on my favourite ones here.)