Chennai has plenty of atmospheric street markets and shopping streets. Each shopping area in Chennai is compact and offers a unique shopping. The street is lined on either side with small boutique style shops.Here is a list of the top street markets in Chennai, which guide you to shop cheap goods and experience the real local life in Chennai.

1.  Pondy Bazaar


Pondy Bazaar has a wide variety of clothing, accessories and footwear stores in all price ranges within a two or 3 km radius. It is a one stop destination for the multi-brand Retail. Many commodities such as used books, buckets, ropes, soap cases, hair bands, bangles, bags, and other accessories are available from roadside vendors at Pondy Bazaar. These roadside shops form the chief attraction of Pondy bazaar.

2.  Sowcarpet 


Mint Street famous for Designer Sarees and Salwars, Chaat shops and eateries, Jewellery  shops, and Jain temples. Perumal Mudali Street famous for artistic bangles, plastic bangles, glass bangles, all types of bangle varieties. Kasi Chetty Street famous for imported items including candies and chocolates, electronic items like calculator, music systems, batteries, kids bicycles, shirts, trousers, shoes, etc.  People are attracted to this place because of the cheap rates and also because it is the main shopping centre for Chennai.

3.Pantheon Road, Egmore


Cotton clothes is the first choice of people in Chennai due to its sultry weather. It is the one place where people head to fulfill their needs. Be it bright shades, pastel shades or white’s one can find many eye boggling colors here.Good quality material, reasonable price, plenty of choices and good bargaining is what Cotton Street is all about. All the trendy colors, designs and pattern can be found at this place. Cotton Street near Pantheon Road is one stop place for all the cotton lovers.


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Tana Street, the heart of Purasawalkam, is one of the busiest streets in Chennai. It is famous for its jewelry, vegetables, Clay pot cooking and Pharmacies. It also features a busy grocery market. There are also many textile showrooms, including MadharSha, Deensha, Sree Krishna Collections, Textile India, Ranjanas, Rathna Stores and Saravana Stores

5.MC Road Washermanpet


Textile Market in MC Road (Maniyakkaarar Choultry Road) Washermanpet started in Mid 60’s gained momentum and this improved the economic conditions of the people of this area. MC Road is a hub for either retail and wholesale cloth materials. GRT Jewellers, Sri Veera’s Collection, Arihant are some of the leading showrooms.



Theagaraya Nagar, popularly known by its abbreviated form T. Nagar, conceived as a residential locality, it is now one of the principal shopping districts of the city. It is mostly famous for its plethora of Saree and gold retailers like Pothys, Nalli Silks and Saravana Stores. The neighbourhood is considered the biggest shopping district in India by revenue. The neighbourhood is served by Mambalam railway station of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network.

7.Moore Market


Located near the ever busy Central Railway station Moore Market is your hot spot destination for second hand books.   There are numerous book shops, including pavement shops selling old and used books. It is one of the perfect place in Chennai to buy books at the least price.

8. Triplicane


When the new academic year begins and book lists are handed out, students rush to second-hand book shops to buy at half the price it would cost in a store. Triplicane is city’s best-known second-hand book hubs where textbooks are available at reasonable prices. These shops deal in non-academic books too. Sellers say A P J Abdul Kalam, Barack Obama, Jeffrey Archer and Chetan Bhagat are all-time favorites.

 9.Burma Bazaar


Burma Bazaar is a market run by Burmese refugees in Chennai, India. It is located at Parrys Corner. The bazaar was set up in 1969 by the Government of Tamil Nadu. It is located just outside the Chennai Beach railway station, in the old financial district of the city at George Town. It is a row of about 200 shops that line either side of the road for about a kilometre. The bazaar extends to about a kilometre along the Chennai Beach railway station. There are an estimated 200 shops in the bazaar. With several passengers coming out of the station every few minutes, the market appears busy all the time. It is estimated that over 100,000 people pass through this corridor every week. The shops often deal with selling CDs, software, electronics, perfumes, and other goods.

 10. Ritchie Street


Ritchie street is the electronic shopping hub of Chennai city (earlier known as Madras) in India. All types of electronic goods imported from different part of world, especially from China and Korea, are available at moderate to cheap rates here. The market is spread through Narasingapuram Street and Wallers Road adjacent to Anna Salai (old Mount Road) near Ritchie Street. The street is always crowded, and very little space is available for movement of vehicles or pedestrians. It is also in famous for its sale of pirated digital content like Video Games and Movies.

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— August 29, 2016