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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Colourful handicrafts and home decor trinkets, including bedspreads, incense, scented candles, and handmade-paper notebooks, all from Auroville, near Puducherry.
Has a good English-language book selection (including Lonely Planet guides), with another branch on Commercial Rd.
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…
It’s fun browsing through the crafts here, including jewellery, clothes, shawls, handmade cards and pretty wooden trays.
Spencer Plaza is a bit downmarket from Chennai's other shopping malls, but has many smaller craft and souvenir shops.