Shopping is one of man’s favorite pastimes. One of the things travelers and tourists do when visiting a new place is shopping which means shopping in Chennai is no different. The city has a lot of shopping areas that offers a wide array of merchandise that caters to every person’s tastes. Just like in other metropolitan cities in India, Chennai has some of the best shopping centers to choose from.
The Express Avenue, located in Royapettah High Road, is the second largest shopping mall in South India found in Chennai. It showcases unique stores such as Global Desi and Hamley’s. Express Avenue also features international brand stores such as Diesel, Guess and Esprit. It also boasts of one of the largest food courts in India and several fine-dining restaurants for a traveler’s gastronomic experience.
Chennai is also known for the innovative “Stores on Doors.” It is an online grocery store where they deliver quality and fresh grocery items right at the customer’s doorstep as same day orders are made. This online grocery store is available all over Chennai and runs with the slogan: “Not just shopping but a lifestyle.” It is definitely a convenient way to shop for food without going through throngs of people and suffering the thermal equator heat, which can be excruciating during May and June. Delivery is also free, beating the tediousness of getting stuck in traffic jams or standing in long lines to pay the groceries.
One of the largest department stores in Chennai is Shopper’s Stop located at Harrington Road in Chetpet. The place offers almost everything a shopper needs – clothes, shoes and books. Prince Plaza is a shopping place that has been featured in many movies to date. It is located in Pantheon Road in Egmore.
Boasting of an INOX cinema, a supermarket, a food court offering both Indian and western cuisine, good Indian restaurants and mostly menswear brands such as Louis Philippe, Zodiac, Adidas and Parx, Chennai Citi Center is one of the newest establishments located in Radhakrishnan Salai. It just opened in March 2006 and features western clothing brands that mostly cater to men.
One of the newest additions to Chennai’s shopping havens is Ampa Mall which features both Indian and western merchandise and shops and a new PVR Cinemas Multiplex. It includes a food court, a boutique hotel and Star Bazaar grocery store. Ampa Mall also houses one of the select branches of McDonalds in the city. It is a one-stop place to get some shopping done and have some relaxation.
Ispahani Center is an early shopping area located in Nungambakkam Road that has a café and bar apart from the main shopping center and the various shops. Another shopping center which is considered as one of the earliest shopping malls in India, Spencer Plaza features the largest Landmark bookstore in Chennai. The original building was burnt down during the British colonial times but the oldest structure can be traced back to 1983. Spencer Plaza is the ideal place to buy handicrafts, authentic Indian jewelry and ethnic wear in Chennai with reasonable and affordable prices and good food court.
Shopping in Chennai wouldn’t be complete without checking out the wide selection of rare books and maps sold on a lot of secondhand book stalls around the city. Make sure to check out the secondhand book stalls located in the Central Station and on Mount Road just outside Devi Theater and the General Post Office or GPO.
Shopping in Chennai promises to be a fruitful and exhilarating experience. No matter what you are looking for, chances are you will find what you want with the many shopping districts and malls in Chennai.