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Here’s How You Should Spend Your Day At Chennai's Pondy Bazaar

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Be it clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery, makeup, handicrafts or even home needs and quick décor fixes, Pondy Bazaar delivers on all fronts as there are shops and hawkers selling it all at this perpetually busy street.

If you’re looking to do some quick street shopping, head over to the Corporation Shopping Complex as all hawkers are now moved into this complex. Inside the three-storeyed building, you can find all things budget ranging from colourful hair clips (for as low as INR 10), bling earrings, statement neckpieces, printed skirts, bags, footwear, pooja items and even books. Just remember there is only one secret to shopping at Pondy Bazaar -  bargaining, bargaining, and more bargaining. 

Pondy Bazaar also houses a range of branded stores like Lee, Soch, Mochi, Levis, Nike, Fastrack, Wrangler and more if you’re not on a budget. But we’d rather head to our local favourites like Naidu Hall, Rathna Stores, Ramraj and Style One. Rathna Stores specialises in-home needs and Ramraj has all things cotton like shirts, dhoti, and sarees. Naidu Hall and Krishna Tulsi are quite famous for innerwear and lingerie, so ladies, make sure you check them out. If you wish to do some saree shopping, head over to Palam Silks or Shreenivas Silks for pure silk sarees.

Pondy Bazaar has a lot to offer to non-shoppers too. You can simply take a walk down the street and sip on some strong filter coffee at Saravana Bhavan. There are many vegetarian joints that you could eat at as well like Adyar Anand Bhavan, Hot Chips and Geeta Veg Restaurant. There’s also Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant, KFC, Madurai Pandian Mess and Ali’s BBQ & Grill for meat-eaters. You can also spot many juice centres in Pondy Bazaar that will help you cool off from the ever-persistent humidity. 

Overall, Pondy Bazaar is an integral part of the city’s shopping scene, so head out there and treat yourself to some much needed retail therapy. And more, of course!

For a complete guide to shopping and more in T-Nagar, click here.


Try your best to not get there by your own means of transport as parking is a pain, and ensure you’re carrying sufficient cash in hand as many tiny stores do not accept card payments.