Chennai shopping

Top Choice Textiles in Chennai

Nalli Silks

Set up in 1928, the enormous, supercolourful granddaddy of Chennai silk shops sparkles with wedding saris and rainbows of Kanchipuram silks, as well as silk dhotis (long loincloths) for men.
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 travel and fiction books, and a good range of maps.
Clothing in Chennai


On the ground floor of this popular cafe-and-boutique-complex, Anokhi has wonderful, East-meets-West hand-block-printed clothes, bedding, bags and accessories in floaty fabrics, at good prices. Elegant Amethyst Room…
Fashion & Accessories in Chennai


Hidden away in a revamped warehouse surrounded by tropical greenery, Amethyst stocks luxury Indian fashion with ultracolourful contemporary flair. Downstairs, there's a dreamy flower shop and an insanely popular caf…
Clothing in Chennai


Founded in support of traditional village crafts, the nationwide Fabindia chain stocks elegant textiles, fabrics, linens, and clothes in all kinds of colourful Indian prints. This branch also sells the more modern w…
Clothing in Chennai


In a beautiful old building, this popular outpost of the fair-trade India-wide Fabindia chain sells all the usual attractively contemporary, village-made crafts and clothing, plus homewares, accessories and natural …
Shopping Centre in Chennai

Phoenix Market City

Chennai's newest, most luxurious shopping mall hosts all the big-name Indian and international brands and chains, from Chanel and Zara to Bata, Lifestyle, and Global Desi (plus the city's original Starbucks).
Arts & Crafts in Chennai

Naturally Auroville

Colourful handicrafts and home-decor trinkets, including bedspreads, cushions, incense, scented candles and handmade-paper notebooks, all from Auroville, near Puducherry.
Fashion & Accessories in Chennai


Tucked inside the ever-popular Chamiers shopping-and-coffee complex, Anokhi deals in gorgeous, well-priced East-meets-West hand-block-printed clothes and accessories.
Clothing in Chennai


Arguably Chennai's best and biggest branch of this much-loved fair-trade fashion, accessories and homewares brand, a bit out of the way in the southeast of the city.