Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, is famous as the biggest cultural and economic centre down south. The city has a lot to offer to tourists, from its cultural heritage to beaches, churches, museums, seafood, and markets for shopping. The markets in Chennai retain their cultural essence, giving shoppers a feel as if they are taking a part of the city to keep as a souvenir.
The city’s markets are famous for stone carving arts as exquisite as the temples in the city. And also for traditional products such as Pattamadai mats, bronze and brass castings, and leaf handicrafts.
If you are looking for some of the best wholesale markets in Chennai to shop for clothes, groceries, furniture, utensils, or any home decor items, this list may guide you.
1. Pondy Bazaar
Pondy Bazaar, officially called Soundarapandianar Angadi (named after a renowned politician), is one of the principal shopping districts of Chennai. This market offers a wide range of clothes, utensils, home decor items, and other accessories.
This market is commonly referred to as the “Mecca” of shopping. This market will fulfil it no matter how long your shopping list may be. This bazaar is known for traditional clothes for women. It is also home to Chennai’s favourite Naidu Hall and Ratna stores. Pondy Bazaar also hosts many restaurants offering mouthwatering food to refuel you after a long day of shopping.
Location: Parthasarathi Puram, Thyagaraya Nagar (T. Nagar) 600017
Opening Hours: 10 AM - 9 PM (Monday to Saturday) & closed on Sunday
How to reach:
Taxi/private vehicle: 30-minute car ride from Chennai Central Railway Station via Anna Salai Road
Metro: Nearest stations are Nandanam and Tenyampet on Corridor I
Train: The nearest station is Mambalam
Bus: Nearest stations are T. Nagar Bus Stop and Pondy Bazaar
2. Cotton Alley
The hot and humid weather of Chennai leaves the residents with no choice but to wear cotton. Cotton Alley is the best place to buy cotton in a range of quality and products reasonably. The price of cotton fabric starts at a paltry INR 25/meter.
Location: Pantheon Rd, Sulaiman Zackria Avenue, Egmore 600008
Opening Hours: 11 AM - 9 PM (All days)
How to Reach:
Taxi/private vehicle: 4 km from the Chennai Central Railway Station via Grand Southern Trunk Road or Anna Salai
Metro/Train: The nearest station is Egmore
Bus: Nearest stations are Egmore Bus Stop and Cooptex (Pantheon Road)
3. Mint Street, Sowcarpet
If you are looking for North Indian food in Chennai, then head to Mint street in Sowcarpet. Also called ‘Mini Rajasthan’, the market is famous for its lehengas, churidars, salwar suits, and Kurtis.
Most of the residents in this northern part of Chennai are from North India. It is recommended not to take any vehicle here as the street is relatively narrow and can get crowded after 2 PM.
Location: Peddanaickenpet, George Town, Chennai 600001
Opening Hours: 11 AM - 8 PM (Monday to Saturday) & closed on Sunday
How to reach:
Taxi/private vehicle: Car drive of 2.2 km via mint st.
Metro/Train: Nearest metro stations are Mannadi and High Court
Bus: The nearest bus stop is Flower Market.
4. Royapettah High Road
This is the best wholesale market in Chennai for buying furniture. Most of the shops offer average-quality furniture goods at reasonable prices. If you are adept at haggling, you may walk away with a good deal. Only a few well-known shops have high-quality products.
Location: Royapettah High Road - Mylapore, Chennai, - 600014
Opening Hours: 10 AM - 10 PM (All days)
How to Reach:
Taxi/ private vehicle: 8 km or a 15-20 minute ride from Chennai Central Railway Station.
Metro/Train: The nearest station is the Thirumayilai metro station.
Bus: The nearest bus stop is the Ajantha bus stop.
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5. Parry’s Corner
Parry’s corner is a marketplace where you can find almost anything you want—clothes, stationery, flowers, accessories, utensils, and home decor items. The market is divided into streets offering varied products. Bunder street sells paper and paper-related products at wholesale prices. Next to Bunder street is Badrian street, which sells various local and imported flowers for decoration and puja. Godown street sells inexpensive fabric and saree material from all across the country. Mint Street is also part of this huge marketplace.
Location: Parry’s corner, George Town, Chennai. - 600001
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 8 PM (Monday to Saturday) & closed on Sunday
How to reach:
Taxi/private vehicle: 10 minutes drive from central railway station via Grand southern trunk road.
Metro: Nearest metro stations are Manadi and High Court.
Bus: The nearest bus stop is Broadway MTS bus terminus or Flower Market.
6. Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex
Koyambedu wholesale market complex is one of Asia’s largest perishable goods markets and the largest “mandi” of Chennai. It is spread over 295 acres (1.19 sq. km), with more than 3,000 shops selling groceries, vegetables, fruits, and textiles. The market receives about 100,000 visitors and 500-600 vehicles every day.
Location: Koyambedu, Chennai - 600092
Opening Hours: 2:15 AM - 10 PM (All days)
How to Reach:
Taxi/private vehicle: 20 minutes drive from central railway station via Villupuram - Trichy Road.
Metro/Train: Nearest metro station - Koyambedu Metro station
Bus: The nearest bus stop is Rohini Theatre.
You can also choose to book a cab or take a private vehicle via Villupuram - Trichy Road. Your journey will be of about 20 - 30 minutes depending on the traffic.
The following summary of Chennai’s market will help you out to choose which wholesale market in Chennai would be best for your shopping list and requirement.
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Q. What is the best way to visit the wholesale markets in Chennai?
Ans. It is advisable not to take personal vehicles into the marketplaces as they are heavily crowded no matter the day or time. Use public transport or park your vehicle in the vicinity and walk to the market.
Q. Is bargaining possible in these wholesale markets in Chennai?
Ans. Yes, most of the shops in the wholesale markets of Chennai are open to haggling, and with the right skills, you can get yourself a pretty good deal. The markets have a wide range of products, and the prices fluctuate.
Q. Which language do the shopkeepers use to communicate with customers?
Ans. Most of the shopkeepers and shop owners communicate in Tamil. However, they understand a bit of Hindi and English. It is best to take a resident or a tour guide with you.
Q. What is Chennai famous for?
Ans. Chennai is famous for its cultural heritage, temples, beaches, South Indian food, and wholesale markets. Stone carved art, Kanchipuram silk sarees, cotton wear, and other items are available at low prices.