A Helpful Guide to Shopping in Chennai

Celebrated for its rich historical presence and culture, Chennai attracts a large number of tourists. Travellers come here to explore the city by visiting some of the most renowned Hindu temples, churches, museums, and of course, shopping markets! Chennai has a lot to offer to shopaholics. It produces a good collection of products that are sold on busy shopping streets as well as high-end malls, ranging from low to high prices.

Thyagaraya Nagar

Thyagaraya Nagar, also known as T. Nagar, is the most vibrant shopping destination that sells a myriad of things to buy in Chennai. T. Nagar is ideal for ardent shoppers and has endless retailers of jewellery and sarees. Guests can find stores dealing in indigenous designs of fabrics, a wide range of ornaments, and household items such as crockery and utensils here. Due to its affordable prices, it experiences a heavy footfall throughout the day.

a close up image of a Stacks of saris at a shop
a close up of many Sneakers at Pondi Bazar

Pondy Bazar

Pondy Bazaar is considered to be the Mecca of shopping destinations in Chennai! Famous things to buy here are trendy apparel, footwear, accessories, and mobile phones. Apart from this, you can also buy toys, household items, appliances, fragrances, music and movie DVDs and CDs. Undoubtedly, this is the liveliest bazar that attracts shoppers.

Moreover, it also homes several delectable restaurants where you can try out a few local dishes!


Sowcarpet, also known as mini Rajasthan of Chennai, is a one-stop destination that emits a unique vibe of its own. It is a multi-lined shopping market housing a plethora of small shops that sell lehengas, sarees, churidars, kurtis, and fabrics at jaw-dropping prices.

Sowcarpet is located in the northern part of Chennai and is filled with north Indian shops. You can also buy sling bags, fun jewellery, boho dresses, and other souvenirs at pocket-friendly prices.

Accessories and other things to buy in Chennai at Sowcarpet
Toy cars and other things to buy in Chennai at George Town

George Town

Chennai is known for producing the renowned mulberry silk in bulk. One of the visible places to get your hands on it is George Town. It is the place shopaholics visit to purchase mulberry silk and Kanchipuram sarees. Apart from sarees, the street is dotted with several other shops selling toys, accessories, readymade garments, perfumes, electronic goods, bags and more.

Ritchie Street

Ritchie Street is the hub of the best electronic goods in Chennai. It is one of the oldest markets in the city and is home to over 2000 shops. This market is also called the Radio Market among locals.

Here you will find all sorts of electronic items such as computers, electronic devices, mobiles, CCTV cameras, and music equipment. You can also grab attractive deals on the latest electronics at almost every shop in this market.

many Music CDs in the genre Jazz kept for sale at Ritchi Street
overview of Phoenix Market City with clothes and other things kept for sale

Phoenix Market City

Phoenix Market City is considered to be one of the most modern shopping complexes in the city. It houses a range of national and international retail brands. Furthermore, this mall offers some good food and beverage joints, an IMAX theatre, and a play arena. It is located at a distance of 4.5 km from one of the best business hotels in Chennai - Hablis Hotel. So indulge in some last-minute shopping near Chennai airport at Phoenix Market City!

If you wish to stay at Hablis, you will be blessed with immaculate accommodations, grand dining outlets and banquet facilities along with a range of cutting-edge amenities.