Whether it’s movie night with bae or a shopping spree with the girls, we do love our time at the mall. And Chennai is peppered with shopping complexes that cater to our every need! From gaming cafes to cinema theatres and luxury brands, take your pick, peeps. Here’s our list of some of the best malls in Chennai.
Go Mall Hopping With This List Of Best Malls In Chennai
This is a mall we’ve been to a gazillion times. EA, as it is fondly called, located at Royapettah, has everything under one roof. While we spend most of our time at H&M, Global Desi, Levis', and F21, check out other brands like Sephora for cosmetics, All Things Sundar for bags and shoes, Max for affordable tees and shorts and Westside for cool, casual kurtas. You can even catch a movie at Escape (one of the best movie complexes in the city) and pamper yourself with a massage from Oryza, right next door. Need we say, their food court has all the iconic food outlets for you to hog in.
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Shopaholics! This is your place to go. Because Phoenix at Velachery has a few extra stores that we can’t find at EA. There’s Zara for chic dresses and trendy blouses for women and Chumbak for your dose of quirky décor and accessories. Hungry from all that shopping? Tuck into fiery peri peri chicken from Nando’s and fish and chips from Chili's American Grill. And cinema lovers, you can also catch a movie at Luxe Cinemas right here. You can even spend a good two hours in Palladium in the same complex as Phoenix.
Bergamo - Luxury Mall
Named after an Italian city, this is one of the lesser-known malls in Chennai. Bergamo, at the ritzy Khader Nawaz Khan Road in Nungambakkam, will give you a slice of Europe as soon as you walk in. Spread across 30,000 sq ft, it houses high-end labels like Lladro, Harman Kardon and more.
Forum Vijaya Mall
Located near the Vadapalani Metro, The Forum Vijaya Mall caters to all the peeps who find EA and Phoenix too far to visit. Find everything from a hypermarket for groceries to Toni & Guy if you’re looking for a funky new hair makeover. Get your cosmetics from Health & Glow and festive wear from Soch. Personally, we think that the Lifestyle showroom here has a better collection than the ones in EA and Phoenix. There’s also a small tattoo booth if you’re looking to get inked and a food court offering Burger King, Tibbs Frankie, Kobe Sizzlers and Taco Bell. They also have Fun City for games and a Scary House that really needs no explanation. And if you need to relax after entering that House of horror, drop by O2 spa for a massage.
This mall in Poonamalee High Road really does have it all. From PVR cinemas to even a hotel, stop by if you want to shop and more. M&S for lingerie, smart formal wear and amazing perfumes, Naidu Hall for affordable garments, and bath and beauty products from The Body Shop – shop till you drop! Oh wait, there’s more. They regularly host concerts, comedy gigs and exhibitions as well!
Can’t have a list without one of Chennai’s oldest malls now, can we? We remember when back in the day we used to get lost in each phase of the mall, it was so big and confusing! We loved the place for buying cool silver jewellery and browsing through books at the old Landmark. Sure, Spencer Plaza is a bit run down and isn’t as bustling as it used to be but we did find some cool stuff at some of the shops here – jewellery, leather goods, cameras and more. For more details, you can check out our recommendation here.
Chennai Citi Centre
Another oldie but goodie, the Citi Centre Mall used to be a hot favourite especially because of its proximity to Marina beach on Radha Krishnan Salai. Now, not as lustrous as it used to be, you can still drop by to do some shopping at Lifestyle, munch on KFC burgers or catch a movie at INOX.
If you stay in Perambur, check out this mall that has SPI cinemas onboard. Looking for something else to do? They have a scary house on the first floor and if you love to dance, check out the popular John Britto’s Dance Company on the second floor. Try your hand (and feet) at their jazz and hip-hop classes. For shopping, you can check out Chota Bazaar, Shopper Bee and Style Zone for some pretty affordable men's and women's fashion.
Located on Nungambakkam High Road, here’s where you come for more than just shopping. Drop by the quirky desi Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi for a fun ambience and delish mocktails like Shikanji, Rangeela, Kaala Khatta, and Aam Panna. There’s also India’s biggest gaming café Arknemesis Gaming for cosplay events, high tech gaming, and even snacks. Oh, and if you want a makeover, drop by Bounce Salon. Not the best mall for shopping, but you can always chill at CCD for as long as you want. It's one of the cosiest ones in the city!
The most happening mall in Chennai, VR Mall has everything you need all under one roof. Shop the most luxurious and newest brands in the city and let loose in the food court where you can chow down on the best food. You will find outlets like House Of Candy, Aldo, Taco Bell, Latt Liv and Rareism which are not easy to spot in Chennai otherwise.
Alsa Mall is every hardcore shopper's first destination. Filled with stores which sell everything from clothing and jewellery to shoes and cosmetics, this mall is the place to be if you're looking to fill up your shopping bags but not spend too much money. Head to Alsa Mall at Egmore and with a bit of haggling, we bet you will get the best deals! Don't miss trying the very famous sandwich from the makeshift sandwich stall right near the entrance of the mall.
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Chandra Metro Mall
Chandra isn't much on the shopping radar, as it has a limited number of stores, but it is worth visiting for its huge Dmart store. Also, Chandra Mall is the perfect place to get your game on as it has a bunch of gaming zones, as well as kids' play zone. You can play the coolest PlayStation games at budget prices here.
To have a good time shopping and eating, head to Grand Square mall in Velachery. One of the lesser-known malls of Chennai, Grand Square has apparel brands such as Shoppers Stop, Max and Nalli. Additionally, they've got a good gaming area with snooker, bowling, Virtual Reality games, and PlayStation! Don't forget brands like Diya (activity centre for kids), Hover, Zeb's Perfume, The Cango Store, Hast Shilp and Zakka (Japanese books). Yes, they house a pretty good collection of offbeat brands.
The Marina Mall
OMR folks love The Marina Mall as it's the only proper one they have. This mixed-use lifestyle mall is spread across 1.5 million sq ft on the IT corridor of OMR and has leading brands like Lifestyle, Spar Hypermarket, Pantaloons, Reliance Trends, Max Fashions, and Home Centre. They've got Inox too, so grab a popcorn bucket and settle in!
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