Your Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Chennai

Chennai, a leading metro city in India, offers travellers a host of shopping options. Right from the traditional silks, the local handicrafts to Auroville’s eco-friendly products, you will find the perfect blend of culture and contemporary, when you are shopping here! Choose hotels in Chennai that are closer to public transport or in central areas to easily gain access to the various markets in the city. Some of the most famous places to shop include:

T. Nagar
If you want to get a taste of being a local Chennaite, head to the T. Nagar market. It is home to Sarvana Stores, where you’ll find various kinds of household items. If you’d like to take home some authentic silk sarees for your family or friends, you’ll also find a number of leading saree stores in this area.
 
Sowcarpet
Missing the North Indian touch in Chennai? Head to Sowcarpet for a true North-style shopping experience. You can buy amazing lehengas and salwar suits at wholesale prices in this market. Also, you can indulge in some delicious chaat, when you get tired of shopping!

Cotton Street
If you’re visiting Chennai during summer, this is a great place to shop for pretty cotton fabrics, which are ideal for Chennai’s humid weather. There are nearly 60 stalls selling a variety of clothes in every possible colour and pattern. You can also shop for raw materials for home furnishing from here.

Spencer Plaza
This is India’s oldest shopping mall and one of Chennai’s largest shopping destinations. With over 400 stores, you will need almost an entire day to completely explore this mall and shop to your heart’s content from various local and international brands.

Pondy Bazaar
This is another great place to go to for street shopping. You can find a wide range of clothing and footwear in Pondy Bazaar at extremely affordable prices. Remember to bargain while you’re here!

Nungambakkam
If you’d like a more stylish touch to your shopping experience, Nungambakkam, with its neighbourhood, is the perfect area to visit. Here, you can shop for luxury items, branded clothes, premium quality handicrafts, and a lot more. Although this market is a little expensive compared to others, you can be assured of good quality items and a memorable shopping time here!

Ritchie Street
If you’re looking for some electronic items, head to Ritchie Street for cheap prices. However, the items here come without a warranty so it is recommended to go with a localite, so that you’re not cheated.

You can also speak to the travel desks in hotels in Chennai to advise you on the best shopping destinations based on your preferences. Remember to carry empty suitcases as Chennai shopping can be pretty much never-ending!

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