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…
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.
Spencer Plaza is a bit downmarket from Chennai's other shopping malls, but has many smaller craft and souvenir shops.
This large branch of the fixed-price state-government handicrafts chain is good for everything from cheap technicolour plaster deities to a ₹200,000, metre-high bronze Nataraja.
This fair-trade, nationwide chain sells stylishly contemporary village-made clothes and crafts. Perfect for picking up a kurta (long shirt with short/no collar) to throw over leggings. This branch also has incense, …
This nationwide fair-trade chain sells attractively contemporary, village-made crafts.
Saris, saris (including 'budget saris') and plenty of Kanchipuram silk.