Sunny Sistems- The Gallery- Gandhi Nagar Adyar
Unique affordable art, paintings, sculpture, prints. The artists may not be well known but the paintings can be picked up for their sheer beauty and put-up-ability. My favourites- A wooden carving of hounds, painting on ancient parchment, a collage art using industrial metals, glue etc, a series of paintings that depict Laxmi, Saraswati and other Hindu Gods using symbolisms
Design Store, Alwarpet
Furniture, artifacts, bamboo, jute, wooden decorative stuff, limited collection of Madhubani paintings, cushions, scarves
You can find all types of crockery here starting from cups & glasses to cooking vessels & cutlery organisers
Anmol Palace, Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam
Affordable fashion jewelry in silver, 1gram gold and other metals, funky watches. The designs are unique and don’t get repeated often.
Stone & Strings
You can find the counters in Lifestyle, shopper’s stop, Odyssey, SriLankan TradeCentre- Spencer’s Mall, 3rd Phase- Fashion jewelry especially in precious & semi-precious stones, pearl etc, also cuff links & Tie pins
Sixth Sense Gallery, Adyar
Gift items like Artificial flowers, Pot pourri, candles, ceramic, photo frames, vases, paintings- even though you may not get very affordable stuff but the atmosphere is quite relaxing and feel good factor is great
Books, CDs, Gift items, perfumes, even paintings. The new store has a very spacious layout, 3-level shopping experience and valet parking too.
Pebbles Besant Nagar
Books, CDs, Gift items
Titanic, Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam (also in Pondicherry)
Export surplus western wear for men, women and kids. All depends on your luck. Sometimes there wouldn’t be a good stock of stuff. Average price of shirt/ ladies’ top- Rs 250-350.
Fashion Folks, Adyar, Chennai
Export surplus western wear for men, women, kids, shoes, bags, leather coats.
Clothes Encounters, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam
Export surplus western wear but not very cheap- makes sense to wait for the sale that usually happens twice a year.
Dollars & Pounds, Adyar- Gandhi Nagar & Sardar Patel road
Export surplus men’s wear. The new store at Sardar Patel road is huge- some say the quality has gone down after that but its up to the shoppers to explore and find out for themselves
Kataria’s, Cathedral Road
Designer saris in georgette, crepe, chiffon. Wide range in terms of price – use their catalogue- you will get a better idea of how the sari looks when draped- extremely good service
Gotewaala, Cathedral Road
Georgettes, Crepes, Chiffons, cottons – sari, lehenga, salwar-suits- collection is good but the prices on the higher side
Manmandir , Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam
Unique designer Saris- you can shop according to the budget you have rather than sleect and then ask for the price. Chiffons, Georgettes, Crepes again
Soles, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam
Ladies’ footwear- you can find a good range of office wearable footwear here and you will definitely get something that you like
Footwear – again a good range of casual/ office footwear but I have not yet explored it well
Trendy, Spencer’s Mall, 3rd Phase
Wide range of footwear, especially for weddings
Mochi, Chennai City Centre
Trendy, jeweled footwear, the kind that gets advertised in Femina
Modskins, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar
You will find leather bags here – can buy incase you are looking for casual office use and not in a mood to spend lots- may not find good stuff always
Jang Leather Planet, Besant Nagar
Not yet explored but the print ads in Femina indicates that it’s a hip place.
Witco- Adyar, T Nagar
Bags only- luggage, handbags, toilet kits, wallets
Auroville aromatherapy candles, agarbatti, women’s wear, International label men’s wear, sunglasses, Hidesign label leather goods, junk jewelry, shoes, silk shawls, scarves, cushion covers, bedspreads, curtain, cutlery, ceramic cups, mugs, vases, kid’s stuff. You have a mini outlet in Ispahani centre Chennai – but it does not have a great range