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…
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.
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.
Arts & Crafts in Chennai


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.
Clothing in Chennai


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, …
Clothing in Chennai


This nationwide fair-trade chain sells attractively contemporary, village-made crafts.
Textiles in Chennai

Kumaran Silks

Saris, saris (including 'budget saris') and plenty of Kanchipuram silk.