Top Choice Books in Chennai


Open since 1844, this grand white building is reckoned to be India's oldest bookshop. It has a brilliant English-language selection, including Lonely Planet books, and a good range of maps.
Top Choice Textiles in Chennai

Nalli Silks

Set up in 1928, the huge super-colourful granddaddy of Chennai silk shops sparkles with wedding saris and all kinds of Kanchipuram silks, as well as silk dhotis (long loincloths) for the boys. There's a jewellery br…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Gorgeous, jewel-coloured silk and cotton fashions, as well as accessories, incense, essential oils, handmade-paper trinkets and more, mostly made at Auroville, where there's another branch.
Clothing in Chennai


On the ground floor of the popular cafe-cum-boutique Chamiers complex, Anokhi has wonderful, East-meets-West hand-block-printed clothes, bedding and accesories in light fabrics and at decent prices.
Mall in Chennai

Chennai Citi Centre

Athough it's less shiny than Chennai's newest shopping malls, Citi Centre has plenty of major international and Indian brans, as well as a cinema complex.
Arts & Crafts in Chennai

Naturally Auroville

Colourful handicrafts and home decor trinkets, including bedspreads, incense, scented candles, and handmade-paper notebooks, all from Auroville, near Puducherry.
Books in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)


Has a good English-language book selection (including Lonely Planet guides), with another branch on Commercial Rd.
Clothing in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Going strong since 1960, the Fabindia chain stocks stunning handmade products predominantly made by villagers using traditional craft techniques, and promotes rural employment. This branch has a wonderful collection…
Arts & Crafts in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

La Boutique d’Auroville

It’s fun browsing through the crafts here, including jewellery, clothes, shawls, handmade cards and pretty wooden trays.
Mall in Chennai

Spencer Plaza

Spencer Plaza is a bit downmarket from Chennai's other shopping malls, but has many smaller craft and souvenir shops.