Shruti posted on 15th June

The 10 Best Malls Of Chennai You Need To Check Out Right Away

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 most popular malls in town.

Express Avenue

Well, obviously, no Chennai mall list would be complete without this one. A mall we’ve been to a gazillion times, EA as it is fondly called has everything under one roof. While we spend most of our time at H&M, Global Desi, MAC and F21, check out other brands like Sephora for cosmetics, Charles & Keith for bags and shoes, Max for affordable tees and shorts and Westside for cool, casual kurtas. Oh, and did you know that The Hindu has recently opened its own lounge on the second floor? 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.

Want to know how we shopped here under a budget?. Check out the full story here.

Phoenix Marketcity

Definitely another favourite, you’re going to want to fill your shopping bags here, people! Because Phoenix 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 that’s not all, they host special performances and have even got comedian Vir Das to tickle your funny bone on Sunday, January 14! And cinema lovers, you can also catch a movie at Luxe Cinemas right here.

Bergamo - Luxury Mall

For those of you who love living it up, this luxury mall is for you. Expect a slice of Europe as soon as you walk in, after all it is named after an Italian city. The mall spreads across 40,000 sq ft with black marbles and crystal chandeliers. Sure, you don’t find too many Chennaites walking around with LV bags, so quite obviously this mall is not very crowded. Find a few brands like Lladro and Harman Kardon if you’re in the mood to splurge. And if you’re not, there’s always the Starbucks coffee shop you can check into for a drink. Also the Peek A Boo store here has an adorable range of furniture and gifts for your kids.

Forum Vijaya Mall

If you’re familiar with The Forum in Bangalore, you’ll love The Forum Vijaya Mall in Vadapalani. Brought to Chennai by the same company {Prestige Group}, find everything from a hypermarket for groceries to Toni & Guy if you’re looking for a funky new hair makeover. Grab some Italian grub at The Pasta Bar Veneto, get your cosmetics from Health & Glow and festive wear from Soch. There’s also a small tattoo booth if you’re looking to get inked and the food court has Burger King, Tibbs Frankie and Kobe Sizzlers to name a few.  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.

Ampa Skywalk

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 recently hosted a pet adoption camp, a few concerts and comedy gigs and you can soon look forward to a couple of competitions and show off your talent – there’s singing, dancing, carroms, and even a picture treasure hunt coming up! The mall is always buzzing with activity so keep a track of their Facebook page to know what’s up.

Spencer Plaza

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 mallit 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, this mall used to be a hot favourite especially because of its proximity to Marina beach. Now, not as lustrous as it used to be, you can still drop by to do some shopping at Giordano and Lifestyle, munch on KFC burgers, slurp on fresh juices at Fruit Punch or pick up a sub from the food court or catch a movie at INOX {although the menu at the food counter here is strictly vegetarian}.

Spectrum Mall

If you stay in Perambur, check out this mall that has SPI cinemas{the peeps behind Sathyam and Escape} on board, so catch a movie at S2 Perambur. Looking for something else to do? They have a scary house on the fourth floor and if you love dance, check out the popular John Britto’s Dance Company on the second floor — try your hand {and feet} at their jazz and hip-op classes. For shopping, you can pick our affordable clothes and groceries at the Big Bazaar here and wellness products from the Health & Glow.

Ispahani Center

Located on Nungambakkam High Road, here’s where you come to for more than just shopping. Drop by the quirky desi Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi. For a fun ambience {they even have a truck on the third floor!} and delicious 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. We’d say skip shopping at this mall {there’s nothing much to boast of} and drop by these places instead.

What Else?

Ramee Mall in Teynampet  now has a Decathlon for good quality, affordable sports wear and goods. There’s also The Grand Mall in Velachery where you go to for movies in PVR, bowling, and shopping at Shopper’s Stop. For more budget shopping, check out Alsa Mall in Egmore which is a shopping complex that houses a few shops for cosmetics, footwear, handicrafts and fabrics. But we love heading there for the old sandwich shop outside. Read more about it here.

Also, we hear that a huge mall called The Marina is coming up in OMR, which will have a multiplex, hypermarket and even a hotel! It should hopefully be completed in the coming year, so OMR folks, watch out!