Tamil Nadu shopping

Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


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 Choice Textiles 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.
Top Choice Books in Chennai (Madras)


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 (Madras)


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, …
Clothing in Chennai (Madras)


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 Roo…
Clothing in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


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 sil…
Antiques in Puducherry (Pondicherry)


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 shi…
Shopping Centre 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 mu…
Fashion & Accessories in Chennai (Madras)


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…
Handicrafts 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.