5 Must Visit Stores in Chennai

16 Aug

I love shopping and have to buy something from every place that I visit. Hence my trip to Chennai was no different. While Chennai was always known for its traditional sarees and gold ornaments, there is now a lot more to it’s shopping than just that. Chennai is evolving and has some interesting brands that you must definitely check out on your next visit here.

Naturally Auroville Boutique.Photo courtesy -http://naturallyaurovillechennai.com/.

Naturally Auroville Boutique.Photo courtesy -http://naturallyaurovillechennai.com/.

Naturally Auroville Boutique – A visit to Auroville is a must for everyone visiting Chennai or Pondicherry. The Auroville boutique stocks products that are made in Auroville and are natural, artistically designed and ecologically sustainable. They have a wide variety of products in home décor, aroma & fragrance, handmade paper deco, organic food etc that make beautiful gifts for yourself and for everyone back at home. I bought a lot of cosmetics, essential oils, fragrant candles, organic food etc for my friends and family and each one of them loved their gifts.

You can check more on them at – http://naturallyaurovillechennai.com/

Anokhi Store at Chamiers

Anokhi Store at Chamiers

Anokhi and the Eco Cafe

Anokhi and the Eco Cafe

Anokhi – Anokhi is a fashion label that was setup about 40 years ago in Jaipur and has revived the ancient craft of hand block printing in Rajasthan. The Anokhi label is all about traditional Indian prints and hand work used in contemporary products and designs. They stock a collection of Indian and western garments, home furnishings and accessories such as jewelry, bags, scarves, etc. I loved their clothes and had a great time shopping for various tops, kurtas and bags. Though they have stores in other cities, I felt their Chennai collection was the best. In Chennai, their store also has a very nice café on the first floor to rest after a hectic bout of shopping on the ground floor 🙂

You can check more on them at – http://www.anokhi.com/anokhi/

Brass Tacks Store

Brass Tacks Store

Brass Tacks – This is a fashion label established by Anaka Narayanan, that uses natural and hand woven fabric to create stylish and comfortable clothes with major emphasis on the fabric, the fit, and the tailoring quality. They stock both Indian and Western clothes and I loved the intermixing of various prints in their designs.

You can check more on them at – http://brasstacksmadras.com/default.aspx

Azure Fashion. Photo courtesy -http://www.azurefashion.com/pages/about_us -

Azure Fashion. Photo courtesy -http://www.azurefashion.com/pages/about_us –

Azure Fashion – This is a women’s fashion label set up by Dipu Krishnamurthy that was made to capture the feeling of optimism, cheerfulness, elegance and innocence in women. They offer a wide variety of dresses, pants, tunics, kurtas, kurtis, tops and skirts in vibrant prints and colors. The clothes here are stylish, comfortable and the same thing can be worn in quite a few ways for a number of events. I especially loved their innovative designs, their unusual colors and I must say the most cheerful staff.

You can check more on them at – http://www.azurefashion.com/

Calonge Store

Calonge Store

Calonge Bags - photo courtesy -http://www.calonge-group.com/index.php

Calonge Bags – photo courtesy -http://www.calonge-group.com/index.php

Calonge – Despite my mom’s utter despair, I love leather and have a big time fetish for leather bags. And if a brand offers me bags in hand braided leather that too in all kinds of trendy colors and designs, then I am definitely sold. So it was no wonder that I loved everything at Calonge. Calonge has uniquely hand-crafted leather bags in all kinds of bold colours such as bright yellow, orange, green, blue, etc . They have bags in all sizes, clutches, wallets, shoes etc. These bags are absolutely gorgeous and completely irresistible.

You can check more on them at – http://www.calonge-group.com/index.php

So the next time you are in Chennai, do visit these places. If you feel there are some other shops that are a must visit here, then please do comment below or tweet at traveler_budget. Happy Shopping 🙂

30 Responses to “5 Must Visit Stores in Chennai”

  1. njoyeverymoment August 16, 2013 at 22:33 #

    wow…i love shopping n dats a good info on boutique stores in chennai 🙂 🙂


    • getsetandgo August 16, 2013 at 22:39 #

      And I am sure you will love shopping in these stores too 🙂


  2. V. Sridhar August 17, 2013 at 21:44 #

    Come again and you will be shown more stores :-p


  3. foreveryouforeverme August 18, 2013 at 10:11 #

    have you been to studio saks? one of my favourites when i loved there!!!


    • getsetandgo August 20, 2013 at 21:06 #

      I havent been there yet but will definitely look it up the next time I am in Chennai 🙂


  4. motivatingria August 20, 2013 at 15:01 #

    I am definitely visiting that bag store the next time I am in Chennai…everything is so pretty !!


    • getsetandgo August 20, 2013 at 21:17 #

      Oh, that it is. I felt like buying everything 🙂


  5. Neeta Mukerji June 29, 2014 at 13:30 #

    Shilpi in Alwarpet


  6. ncgfjb November 12, 2014 at 10:58 #

    Love it, I’d love to visit Anokhi and Naturally Auroville Boutique!


  7. psychologistmimi November 28, 2014 at 02:31 #

    shopping! 🙂


  8. wanderingsilk December 14, 2014 at 22:53 #

    What about Amethyst?


    • getsetandgo December 16, 2014 at 18:10 #

      I didn’t add Amethyst as they didn’t have a lot of stock when I had visited… I have done a separate post on their cafe…


  9. Antony Pratap December 17, 2014 at 11:26 #

    I’m from Chennai and personally haven’t visited a few of this list. Gotta try ’em. Thanks for bringing this out.


  10. nekaaar December 20, 2014 at 21:09 #

    Beautiful pictures.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog…
    Bless youuuu.


  11. Michelle July 10, 2015 at 01:30 #

    What are prices like at these stores?


    • getsetandgo July 25, 2015 at 14:26 #

      Hi, you can check out their website for updated prices


  12. Annika Perry July 12, 2016 at 15:27 #

    Love the shops and I can’t go past a handbag shop without popping in so a visit to Calonge would be a must!


  13. TxPepper August 8, 2016 at 03:41 #

    Thanks for stopping by my newborn blog and ‘liking’ my Antarctica post!

    Love your Chennai shopping post. Pondicherry via Chennai is on my radar screen for India….along with Amritsar, Himachal Pradesh, Assam/Darjeeling and Kashmir if those areas ever settle down. And lets not forget the Pushkar Camel Fair 😊.

    Can you tell that I love to visit India?!


    • getsetandgo August 27, 2016 at 22:50 #

      It’s so good to see India and so many of my favourite places are on your travel wish list. I hope you can visit India soon 😀


  14. allbloggersden November 4, 2016 at 21:12 #

    Reblogged this on all bloggers den.


  15. flahertylandscape November 24, 2016 at 16:09 #

    Absolutely great insider’s view of Chennai–excellent photos and thank you for the links! 🙂


  16. allysonyj December 29, 2016 at 01:13 #

    Thanks for liking my blog post on driving in France. Looking forward to exchanging tips via our blogs


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