Chennai is a major commercial destination in the peninsular India and has a lot to offer for shopping. In fact Chennai is a Shopper's delight. New plazas are springing up while traditional stores are having themselves refurbished to attract more customers. This competition between the traditional marketers and mall-owners is proving to be a boon for the buyers.
Chennai has various emporiums that offer traditional handicraft items
from all over the Tamilnadu. Among others, items like Pattamara mats,
Leaf handicrafts from Tirunellveli, Bronze and Brass castings and
traditional jewelry from Kumbakonam, Metal works from Tanjavur, stone
carvings from Mamallapuram, Silks from Kanchipuram are easily available
in Chennai. For conventional items and handicrafts, Government Emporiums
offer wide variety of choice at fixed rate. SIPA'S Craft link at
Kodambakkam is South India's first fair-price shop that supports local
artisans. You can buy variety of locally made handicrafts and papier-mâché
items at reasonable prices. Vardharams at Harrington Road Chetput has
good collections of Kanjivarams.
Some of the famous malls in Chennai are Spencer Plaza at Anna Salai,
Shopper's Stop at Harrington Road and Globus or Emerald Plaza at MG
Road. All of these malls have range of shops selling famous brands of
clothing, books, music, children toys and accessories etc. For
ready-made clothes and accessories try Lifestyle at TTK Road, Westside
at Spencer Plaza and Saga Departmental stores. The famous Burma Bazaar
has all sorts of imported goods that can be purchased at discount price.
For books, CDs, cards and other novelties, visit Landmark at
Nungambakkam or Fountainhead at Mylapore. The most popular bookshops in
Chennai are Higginbothams and BookPoint at Anna Salai.