What to buy from Chennai and Where – Traveler’s Shopping Guide

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Chennai is one of the busiest cities of the country and one of the best places in South India where you can shop your heart out. So, what should you buy when in Chennai and from where? Let us check out.

Pondy Bazaar

This is one of the most popular market areas of Chennai. Located at T. Nagar, this place has fashionable footwear, designer leather bags, modern crockery, costume jewellery, colorful toys and boutique cotton apparels. You can also get modern musical accessories and stationery here, which are of high quality.

Pondy Bazaar in Chennai

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Anna Salai

This is another major shopping point of Chennai. Located at the Mount Road, this is a massive shopping area covering 8 km, lined with major retail stores. Buy glittering jewellery for wedding or parties from here; the jewellery of Chennai depicts the culture and tradition of the place. Anna Salai is also famous for lip smacking South Indian cuisines; hence afternoon a day long shopping spree, satisfy your taste buds with a variety of hot crispy dosa or soft rice cakes, known as idly, dipped in sambar chutney.

Anna Salai

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Panagal Park

Chennai is famous for its gorgeous silks. Panagal Park has an array of shops where you can get this dazzling apparels in bright and soft colors and unique designs. The market is also well known for traditional jewellery designs. Hence if you want to take back a piece of Chennai with yourself, buy jewelries from this market.

Panagal Park

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Anna Nagar

Are you brand obsessed? Are you in love with electronics? If the answers are yes, a visit to Anna Nagar is must when you are at Chennai. The place is stuffed with high quality expensive electronics and branded apparels.

Anna Nagar

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George Town

This place is a bit different from the other markets of Chennai. This place has a Burma Bazaar which sells pure Mulberry silk saris along with Kanchipuram saris. These saris can make you look special on your wedding or at any party with the glamorous look and beautiful designs.

 Burma Bazaar

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Chennai is a city of culture and dance. Mylapore market is a shopping destination for dancers. Located near the Kapaleeswarar Temple, this market has a huge collection of dance accessories and costume jewellery which is required during dance performances. The place also has large retail stores selling Kanchipuram and silk saris. The handicrafts of this market can adorn your home while the traditional items available here can serve as souvenirs; leaf handicrafts from Tirunelveli, bronze and brass castings, pattamara mats (mats made from leaves), traditional jewellery from Kumbakonam, metal works from Thanjavur and stone carvings from Mamallapuram, all are available here.


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Chennai has its own culture and heritage; the same gets reflected in the handicrafts and accessories available at the local markets. If you want to truly experience the rich life style of the place, just do not explore the city and its monuments but also fill your bags with the specialities of Tamil Nadu at its capital city of Chennai.

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