Shopping in Tamil Nadu

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    Kalki

    Dazzling, jewel-coloured silk and cotton fashion, as well as accessories, incense, oils, scented candles, handmade-paper trinkets and more, mostly made at Auroville, where there's another branch.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Chennai (Madras)

    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. There's a jewellery branch next door.

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    Higginbothams

    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.

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    Fabindia

    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 trousers. This branch is the brand new, two-storey flagship shop (opposite Kauvery Hospital), which has a top-floor cafe. Other branches are at Woods Rd, Express Ave, Nungambakkam, T Nagar and Besant Nagar.

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    Chamiers

    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 next door takes things upmarket with beautiful Indian-design couture. Upstairs is Chamiers for Men.

  • Shopping in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

    Geethanjali

    The kind of place where Indiana Jones gets the sweats, this antique shop sells sculptures, carved doors, wooden chests, paintings and furniture sourced from Puducherry’s colonial and even precolonial history. It ships to Europe for ₹20,000 per cu metre (check that your purchases aren't subject to export restrictions).

  • Shopping in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

    Fabindia

    Going strong since 1960, the Fabindia chain stocks stunning handmade, fair-trade products made by villagers using traditional craft techniques, and promotes rural employment. This branch has wonderful cotton and silk contemporary Indian clothing, along with high-quality fabrics, tablecloths, beauty products and furniture.

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    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). The multiplex cinema shows new release Tamil and Hollywood movies and has one IMAX screen.

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    Amethyst

    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 cafe.

  • Shopping in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

    Green Shop

    Run by Kotagiri's Keystone Foundation, this fair-trade, organic-oriented shop sells gorgeous tribal crafts and clothes (including Toda embroidery), and wild honey harvested by local indigenous farmers.

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    Fabindia

    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 women's Fabels collection.

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    Fabindia

    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 beauty products.

  • Shopping in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

    Anokhi

    A sophisticated Jaipur-born boutique popular for its beautiful, bold block-printed garments with a traditional-turns-modern twist, and gorgeous colourful bedspreads, tablecloths, scarves, bags, homewares and accessories.

  • Shopping in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

    LivingArt Lifestyles

    Breezy, boho-chic, block-printed dresses, skirts, trousers and crop-tops in fun-but-fashionable geometric patterns (all handmade at Auroville) sit side-by-side with beautifully crafted saris from across India.

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    Anokhi

    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.

  • Shopping in Auroville

    Kalki

    This branch of Puducherry's much-loved Kalki brand sells gorgeous, kaleidoscopic clothing, along with oils, incense, soaps, jewellery and handmade paper products, most of which are made at Auroville.

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    Amethyst Room

    Elegant Amethyst Room brings a colourful upmarket twist to the Chamiers-complex shopping scene with its beautiful Indian-design couture.

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    Naturally Auroville

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

  • Shopping in Chennai (Madras)

    Fabindia

    One of Chennai's bigger branches of this much-loved fair-trade fashion, accessories and homewares brand, a bit out of the way in the southeast of the city.

  • Shopping in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

    Re Shop

    Stylish jewellery, fabrics, cards and more, at reasonable prices, made by and benefiting marginalised village women around Tamil Nadu.