Shopping in Chennai
Chennai has earned a status of being best shopping destination of South India. With opening of massive malls, lavish shopping centres, retail shops and street shopping options, Chennai has gained immense importance.
Main shopping areas of Chennai are; Egmore, Thyagaraya, Nungambakkam and Vadapalani.
Places to Shop in Chennai
Cotton Street, Pantheon Road, Egmore:
Cotton is the most preferred fabric, keeping in mind the weather of Chennai. Pastels, bright florals, rich mahogany and pristine whites, colours and patterns here are wide in range.
Fabrics for upholstery, table cloths etc all are available here. Bargain is one skill need to be carried with you when in Cotton Street.
George Town is another street shopping option. This is the area around the first British fortress in India, Fort St. George. During 1950’s a north Indian community called ‘Marwaris’ settled in this area.
Audiappa Naicken Street is for electronic products, Deva raja Mundali Street is for tailoring accessories, Nainiappa Naiken Street is for medicinal herbs, Mint street is to take a break from your shopping and enjoying best Badam milk of Chennai.
This street is known for its hustle and bustle. The roads are narrow and often packed with the shoppers, you get wide variety of goods for sale here it is a busiest street of Chennai. There are rows of textile shops which are interrupted by ‘imitation goods’ (as it reads) or fancy goods.
Hawkers selling ribbons or other small items, lingerie displayed on mannequins and even jewellery real and imitated, there is actually very little which u don’t find in this busy area.
Shopping Malls in ChennaiThere is no dearth of shopping places in Chennai. Markets are spread across almost all the important places. From jewellery to sarees to home and kitchen appliances, Chennai is a shopper's delight.
Markets in Chennai
This market is situated in T Nagar. It is one of the important hub of shopping in Chennai. Leather items like bags and footwares, toys, jewellery, stationary, cotton items, music accessories etc.
The former name of Anna Salai was Mount Road. There are many large stores all lined up occupying the stretch of around 8 Kms. You can get South Indian delicacies, jewellery and lot more in this market.
Located on Usman Road and Ranganathan Street, this market is known for jewellery and Silk Sarees.
Thyagaraya Nagar or T Nagar as better known have business establishments, shopping centres, accommodation providers and many other enterprises. Other shops are of garments, toys, jewellery and electronic products.
This market is located on the west side of Chennai and is better known for branded shops.
This place is dedicated to shopaholics as great shopping plazas, commercial centres and departmental stores. It is a tourist destination also.
This market is near Kapaleeshwar temple and is famous for classical dance shopping like costumes and jewellery etc. Kanchipuram silk sarees are also available here.
Exclusive Stores and Studios in Chennai
This is a multi brand boutique, truly international in every sense. It offers latest collection of all known brands. It is a male store and discerning shoppers can even dig labels like Canali, Paul Smith, Etro and Tumi etc.
This is a studio of a French borm designer, Rehane. Rehane has a talent of creating an eclectic range of clothing by fusing Indian tradition with modern taste.
Rehane has designed for some of the best celebrities of India like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. She has also launched her brand by the name of R.Y.D. The focus of this French designer is on femininity and exclusivity.
This exclusive store shelves an eclectic range of affordable designer wear from all over the country. Offering array of designer wear, Party wear, accessories, handbags, jewellery and footwear, this store will prove a one stop shop for your party shopping.
Living up to its Moto ‘a melange of all things chic’ this store has a lot to offer. Home furnishing, bags, shoes, accessories, clothes and a lot more, Store boasts a range of small designers.
Ambrosia is well known for its collection and variety of imitation jewellery. Very reasonably priced and easy choices will urge you to buy more.
The store has derived its name from the Road is founded on, Chamiers which meand Godmen in Tamil. The store has a cosy ambience of an art deco bungalow of 1950s.
Founded by Mathangi Srinivasamurti an Kiran Rao, the store has very cleverly carved out an exclusive place in the luxury retail market of Chennai. Writing the store off as just another ordinary store is a mistake as they also offer a place to relax with your friends, eco cafe’.
It is a collection of high end women’s ethnic designer wear. Jason Cherian, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Anshu Arora are just a few to name whose clothes are displayed on shelves. They have recently added a section of home accessories.
The store is a smooth blend of past with present, located in a beautiful building a colonial mansion rather, have a huge courtyard, checkered flooring reminds of some old South Indian bungalow, high ceilings with monotone fans all add up to the ambience.
It is a store of two sisters Upasana Asrani, a fashion researcher and journalist and Sabitha an entrepreneur. Holding an imoressive clientele of film stars and elite class of Chennai this sibling duo have a huhe impact on the fashion scene of Chennai.Evoluzione
Evoluzione offers the best hi-end designs. It offers designer dresses from all best known designers like Manish Arora, Rohit Bal, Abraham & Thakore, Anand Kabra, Gaurav Gupta, Tarun Tahiliani and also of some upcoming designers like Savio, Varun Sardana and Ridzyn.
Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers
Since 1900, Vummidi bangaru jewellers are traditional jewellers of Chennai. Also known as VBJ, they have their own brand by the same name.
Gold jewellery hand crafted with details, silver articles, high polished silver dinner sets and pooja articles all are available here. They have a team of experts to certify and grade the purity of the metal used.
With a Moto of ‘Practical design’, they were the first to launch the light weight jewellery concept. They have wide range of Platinum, Gold and silver ornaments.
They offer dynamic designs with the use of stones. They offer some schemes also to make jewellery easy to afford.
GRT Jewellers is a household name. They have regular customers and clientele. Also keeping in mind the women of today it has launched a new brand by the name of ‘GRT Silversmith’ offering contemporary silver jewellery from all over the country.
Nathalla Sampthu Chetty
This 60 years old shop offers largest quantity of hallmarked gold jewellery in Chennai. It also produces beautiful designs in Platinum and silver.
Best Buys in Chennai
Once a legendry treasure of second hand books was razed down by fire in the year 1985 and the building now sells meat, electronic gadgets, pet supplies and poultry.
However people still come here to buy books as there are many small book stores offering novels, comics and even prated books. You have to be patient and dig in the shops to find the real gem in best price.
Kanchipuarm silk saree is a must buy in Chennai. Although many stores sells Kanchipuram silk sarees but buying it from Nalli has become a tradition even for localities.
Nalliwas established in 1928 by a famous weaver of silk kanchipuram sarees, Nalli Chinnasamy Chetti. They offer unquestionable quality and unparalleled handwork but follow a no discount policy.
Cholamandal Artists’ Village:
This is the first of its kind in India and probably the largest. This artists’ commune was established in 1966 by K.C.S Paniker (Artist).
fostered and envisaged the movement in India, ‘The Madras movement’ in
the year 1950. This brought modernism to art. Artists’ became a self
supporting community, through the sale of its work.
The buyers slowly got familiarized with modern art. CCCA (Cholamandel Centre for Contemporary Art was opened in the village in Feb. 2009.
This centre has
a museum displaying the work of great artists of the famous Madras
movement. Laburnum and Indigo are two commercial galleries. There is a
craft shop, a garden and a guest house. There is a cafe’ run by an
Iranian family- Shiraz Cafe.