Chennai, an important hub in South India for trade and commerce is best known for its beach, posh shopping malls, idli - dosa-filter coffee, ancient temples, attractive tourist spots, and bustling lifestyle. Did you know that the city is equally famous for its wholesale markets and engaging bazaars? These, in fact, make the city even more dazzling and lively! Shopping can never get boring when you have a lot of attractive trinkets at discounted rates. And that’s what is being offered to all of Chennai’s thrift shoppers.
Listed below are the top 10 flea markets in Chennai which are worth exploring. So go ahead, indulge in some self-love without burning a hole in your pocket!
Who doesn't love to wear soft and comfortable cotton clothes in the sweaty Chennai weather? If you love wearing cotton then Pantheon street is for you. You will find a galore of cotton materials, raw silk, semi silk, blended mixed cotton of both branded and non branded and much more at a remarkably low price. Pick those unique and trendy materials to mix and match your salwar suits, shirts, tops, kurtas, for your bedcovers, cushions, and upholstery and for anything you think that has to be in cotton!
Also, fuel yourself by stepping into the renowned Middle Eastern style Palmshore Restaurant in Egmore and indulge in their North Indian and Mughlai food.
Where? Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008
Don’t forget to check out the range of attractive cotton blouse materials from here!
Why travel to North India when we have it all in Chennai?! Sowcarpet is popularly known as the ‘Rajasthan of Chennai’ and has all those things that you would love to own from the Northern parts of India. With an ample number of shops in this region selling lehengas, cholis, sarees, kurtas, salwar suits, accessories, fabrics, and other knickknacks, you are sure to be spoilt for choices. If you are an expert in the art of bargaining then you can settle for some of the best deals from these shops at remarkably low rates.
You can find a number of street food stalls here selling some of the best snacks in the evening which is an ideal time to step out to shop.
Where? Peddanaickenpet, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
The assortment of gorgeous lehengas here can be picked at marked down rates making it perfect for last minute wedding shopping.
Thyagaraya Nagar or T.Nagar is a vital hub for street shopping in Chennai which is filled with numerous shops selling a plethora of items from jewellery to saris to accessories to plastic ware and many more. All you need to have is a little patience to hunt for your favourite articles. Nevertheless, these shops are sure to bring in the joy of shopping as all it could give you some great value for money! Excited? Also, don't miss out the array of gold jewellery showrooms in the area!
There are a galore of restaurants in T.nagar that can help calm those hunger pangs. Stop by the famous Murugan Idli shop for a plate of hot idlis with sambar and chutney or go to Dindigul Thalapakatti restaurant for a plate of delectable home-style biryani.
Where? Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai, Tamilnadu 600017
Do check out the traditional sarees that are available here, they are the authentic Tamil gifts you can buy for your near and dear ones.
George Town is one of the oldest markets in the city, it’s filled with a number of shops selling authentic local sarees that are absolutely stunning. If you are on the lookout for sarees in Chennai then Goerge town is a must-visit bazaar. You’ll experience the chaotic and bright market that is sure to end your quest for sarees in the best way possible.
Tired of shopping? Step into Chennai woodlands, one of the finest restaurants in this area and gorge a crispy masala dosa along with a cup of filter coffee.
Where? George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
You can’t miss the bright coloured sarees here!
Pondy Bazaar is the Mecca of all shopping. It is a hub for non branded watches, imitation, mobile phones, fancy and cheap footwear, tops, kurtas, shirts, handbags, and so on. This ever busy street in the city of Chennai is all you need to fill your bag with all those interesting little trinkets. Buy these at an exceptionally low price if you have got those skills to bargain. Enter Pondy Bazaar and you can also find a buzzing flower market, the famous Naidu hall and Rathna stores.
Exhausted finding your favourite things? Step into the renowned Anjappar Chettinad restaurant and gorge on a plate of hot biryani or have a lip-smacking ice cream cake while at Ibaco ice cream parlour.
Where? Parthasarathy Puram, T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017
The trendy footwear here is an absolute must-have for college goers.
The posh streets and beachside views in Besant Nagar are to die for! The famous street shopping zones here are undoubtedly a bliss for all those who love economical shopping. The range of assortments here includes handlooms, cotton fabrics, the notable ikat, junk jewellery, earrings, fancy footwear, beads, funky rings, neckpieces and much more!
Feeling hungry? Try some of the freshly prepared beachside seafood from this place or gorge a plate of crispy dosa and walk down the beach to breathe in some fresh air.
Where? Elliot’s beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090
The collection of bohemian neckpieces here which are a must-have if you want to look chic.
The area around the Mylapore temple and the tank is yet another captivating street shopping region which will totally amaze you with its deluge of items. The hawkers and small shops around this place sell fake flowers, decor items, artificial jewellery, ceramics, earthenware, knickknacks, bangles, accessories, pickle jars, silk sarees, appalams (a local snack) and much more which will set your shopping spree ablaze!
Enter into the all-time famous Ratna cafe in this region to taste a plate of hot sambar idli.
Where? Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004
The temple jewellery from this region which is the best buy for dancers.
One of Chennai’s bustling shopping zones is located at Usman road. Panagal park which is near to T.Nagar and Usman Road attracts a lot of tourists and localities for its lush green pastures and for the umpteen number of shops in this lane. Here, you can find a lot of delightful stuff that will tempt you into spending some money. Step into this bazaar and you can skim through a lot of cotton sarees, handbags, handicrafts, and junk jewellery.
Head to Shyam Bombay’s halwa house or Virudhunagar Chettinad which is situated just behind Panagal park to satiate your taste buds.
Where? Nageshwara Rao Road, Parthasarathy Puram, T.Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017
Splurge on one of the trendy office handbags here, they’re so affordable you’d want to buy more than one!
Are you a bookaholic? If you just eat-sleep-breathe books, this place will quench your hunger for knowledge! Although majorly you can find a lot of second-hand technical and engineering books here in a random manner, the market also has a lot to offer to the fiction addicts and other genres. As the book vendors here would hardly help in searching for what you want, all you need to do is just probe into the entire stall of books patiently until you find your favourite book.
Has searching the book of your choice drained your energy? Stop by Sree Agarwal Bhojanaalay to enjoy a plate of delicious North Indian thali.
Where? Kannappar Thidal, Poongavanapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600003
We would recommend you check out a book called The History Of Madras Port which tells the story of the evolution of Chennai!
Want to have that perfect music player system at home? Head straight to Burma bazaar. This bazaar has all kinds of electronic gadgets and international products at reasonable rates and is spread in a line of hundreds of small shops. It consists of music stereo systems, DVD players, remote control systems, handsets, television and everything else under the sun! Situated in Parrys corner this bazaar seems to be one of the oldest bazaar’s. It’s been around since 1969 and was started mainly for the Burmese immigrants. Though this bazaar might cloud your judgement with what to buy and what to skip, you must be cautious to avoid duplicity.
You can try some of the appetizing Burmese food from this lane like Atho, Mohinga, Bejo or dine at one of the restaurants next to Chennai central railway station.
Where? Beach Rd, Chennai Port Trust, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001
If you’re looking out for home-theatre solutions, pick up one of the DVD players, they’re quite affordable.