People who say 'money can't buy you happiness' have not discovered the joy of shopping. Walking past the clothes, shoes, jewellery accessories and everything that are yearning to be yours forever is bliss! And if it is a shopping mall, you have won big in life. Not only can you shop to your heart's content but also avail the different offers - movie, food, grooming all under one roof.
When you talk of shopping malls in Chennai, you must mention Express Avenue, the largest mall in Southern India. Express Avenue or EA as it is affectionately known has a unique blend of luxury, affordability and entertainment. The more prominent names include acclaimed brands like H&M, Global Desi, MAC, F21, Rado, Swatch, Seiko, etc. If you are a fan of cosmetics, do visit the grand showrooms of Sephora, The Body Shop and Bobbi Brown. Bags and shoes are a hot deal to grab at Clarks, Charles and Keith. If you do not wish to shell out a bomb and yet crave shopping, don't worry! Pocket-friendly shops like Pantaloons, Max, Reliance Trends, Bata are to your rescue.
Whether or not you're a movie buff, you would not want to miss the experience at Escape - one of the best movie theatres in the city. Enjoy a virtual reality show at Pix 5D Movies. Take your child for the perfect day out at Funcity, equipped with gaming facilities for kids from ages 0-4. It is a one of a kind 'learn while having fun' experience, that aids to the physical and mental development of the child.
Escape Movie Hall- One of the Best in Chennai
Enjoy the services of E-Hotel, a hotel within the mall or pamper yourself with a spa from O2
A trip to the mall is incomplete without food. Treat yourself (and your loved ones) with the delicacies of Entree Global Cuisine Restaurant, Chennai's largest vegetarian excellent dining restaurant- Kapila Dasa and Elixir Lounge Bar, in addition to the spacious food court.
Address: 2 Club House Road, Express Estate, Royapettah, Chennai Timings: Weekdays 10:30 AM- 09:30 PM Government holidays and weekends 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
2. Spectrum Mall
Formerly known as the Grand Venus Mall, Spectrum Mall is the first mall to be built in Northern Chennai. This mall located in Perambur is a hub of activities like shopping, adventure, food, dance and fun! If you have love budget-friendly malls, then Spectrum is your go-to place. Shops like Big Bazar, Gini and Johny, Archies, Health and Glow, Silver Touch, to name a few offers you grocery, accessories, clothes and cosmetics at affordable prices.
What else can you do? Enjoy the scares at the Scary House located on the fourth floor. Enjoy games with your family, friends and kids at the Play Games and Play Palace on the 1st and 3rd floor, respectively. Let your passion for dance find feet at John Bitto's Dance Company which offers you Jazz and Hip-Hop classes. Catch a movie at S2 for a perfect movie experience, enjoy games at Play Games and find your best match at the Carnival Food Paradise Food Court, with a variety of options to choose from like Dosakall, BBQ Destination Sigdee, Roti Wrap, Scoop and Straws, Dumm Biriyani and Veggie Table.
Address: 114A & 114B, Paper Mills Road, Perambur, Chennai Timings: Weekdays and food court -10:00 AM - 10: 00 PM Weekends- 10:00 AM-11:00 PM
3. Ampa Skywalk
This mall, which proclaims itself as 'Mall for All' (and rightly so) has it all. From luxuries like M&S, United Colors of Benetton, Van Heusen, Mufti, Adidas, Toni & Guy, Rado, Apple Imagine, (to name a few) to affordabilities like Bata, Westside, Bata, Health and Glow, Samsung Nikon, etc.- you name it, and they have it. Shop clothes, bags, shoes, watches, cosmetics, jewellery, electronics and everything you want till your heart is full of content. Given the variety of options at each level, you are bound to get tired and hungry. Drop in at an eatery on any and every floor you want for food and beverages.
Groom yourself at the Thai Sabai Spa or YLG Salon, located on the ground and first floor, respectively. Climb to the third level and pamper your taste buds from a host of eating joints- 19 to be precise, at the F3 food court or experience fine dining from among China Town, Pizza Hut, etc. Entertain yourselves by catching a movie at the PVR Cinemas or bring in your kids for a fun day out at one of the more popular destinations in town for kids 'Games and More'.
Catch a movie at PVR cinemas
Address: 1, Nelson Manickam Road, 627, Poonamalee High Road, Aminjikarai, Chennai Timings: 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM on weekdays and weekends
4. Phoenix Marketcity
This Velachery mall would surely leave you perplexed with its brand diversity. From Zara to Big Bazaar, from Adidas to Bata, from W to Biba to Ethnicity to Fab India, from Kushals to Caratlane- the list is never-ending. They probably have every name that comes to your mind when you think of shopping. Get your clothes, accessories, jewellery, shoes, bags, decor-only if you can successfully decide from which store to buy!
If all this hard work leaves you tired and hungry, grab some food from yet another assortment of dining options like Dominos, Burger King, Rajdhani, Mainland China, Subway, Chili's and a lot more. Don't forget to cheat your diet with some calories from the likes of Cream and Fudge, Cookie Man, Gelato, Dunkin Donuts, etc.
Enjoy a great variety of food in Phoenix. Not only shopping and food, but the entertainment segment of this mall is also one of the best in the city. Kids can now interact live with their favourite cartoon character 'Chhota Bheem' - a first of its kind experience in India. Entertain yourself at the game zone, enjoy the thrill and fun of Scary House and Fun City. For all the movie buffs (and not)- catch a movie with some popcorn and cold drinks at Luxe Cinemas on the 2nd Floor.
Find groceries at Hypermarket; apparels at Westside, Max, Biba, Arrow, Global Desi, Levi's; electronics at Lenovo, HP; jewellery at Damini; bags and accessories at Ayesha, Bata, Colorbar, Estelle and a lot more! A small tattoo booth will fulfil your desire of getting inked. Have a spa day at O2, get your muscles relaxed at Relax 'N' Go and get a funky makeover at Tony & Guy. With its incredibly long list of shops and categories, Forum will keep boredom and monotony at bay.
Satisfy your sweet or savoury cravings; choose from around 42 food joints including MacDonald's, Arabian Hut, Chopsticks, KFC, Cookie Man, Cream World, etc.
Food Court at the mall
Play a game FunCity, experience virtual reality at Trix 7D World Cinema, drop into Scary House or catch your favourite movie at Imax or SPI Cinemas.
Perhaps the oldest mall in Chennai, Spencer Plaza's reputation is now on a decline. This mall is still, however, preferred for items like leather goods, silver jewellery, mobile covers, handicrafts and cameras. You might go crazy with the variety and designs of jewellery like earrings, bracelets, pendants, nose pins, etc. spread across a fair number of shops throughout the mall; the most notable of all is Santhi Jewelers on the ground floor. Leather goods are yet another attraction of this mall, provided you find the right quality by negotiating prices. For all those large feet who struggle to find the perfect shoe size, some of these shops also sell custom-made leather shoes.
Find that perfect handicraft gift in the form of Pashmina shawls, carpets, bags, Tibetian jewellery, bed sheets, and others- but make sure you have bargained enough. The shop MASK sells a variety of wig, masks, caps, hookah stands, ashtrays and loads more. Pick your favourite mobile cover at reasonable prices throughout the mall. Shetala Cameras - an authorised Sigma lens dealer on the first floor of Phase I acts as a service centre, fix lenses at an affordable price and also offer a camera for rent. If all this shopping awakens your hunger pangs, grab some food at small eateries or the McDonald's.
Address: 769, Mount Road, Anna Salai, Chennai Timings: 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM
7. Bergamo Luxury Mall
Named after an Italian city Bergamo, this luxury mall is Chennai's first of its kind. Visit this place, and you will find brands that are meant for people who want the 'finer' and luxurious things in life. Find a few European brands like Llardo, Louis Bitton and Harman/Kardon that will leave your pocket a little more empty than normal. Drop in at Barbeque Nation or Starbucks for a food break.
Chennai Citi Centre is one of the oldest malls in Chennai. Located near Mariana Beach, this hub is an amalgamation of shopping, food and entertainment under one roof. The stores of Lifestyle and Landmark occupy half of the total area. The mall also houses popular brands like Mochi, Titan, Health and Glow, etc. Make your way up to the top floor and catch a mesmerising view of the Mariana Beach.
For food, some small outlets serve coffee, samosas and other snacks. The food court; apart from serving a wide variety of cuisines, also provides for a large play area for children to have fun.
Watch a movie at Inox and grab some food, though the menu here is strictly vegetarian.
You might not find plenty of shops in this mall. There are Ritu Kumar and Jealous 21 for clothes, Art karat and Anmol Palace for jewellery, Hide Design and Giordano for accessories, Imprints and Florsheim for footwear, Bose and Mobile Store for electronics and Archies, Swarovski for gifts and decor.
There are, however, a lot of other options to have fun. Drop in at India's largest gaming cafe, Arknemesis for high tech games such as Virtual Reality. Come to Bounce Salon for a quick (or long) makeover. Enter Desi Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi for fun ambience, delicious North Indian food and mocktails like Shikanji, Kala Khatta, Aam Panna. Visit Caffe Coffee Day or Marrybrown for a casual hangout.
Address: 123, Nungambakkam High Rd, Tirumurthy Nagar, Nungambakkam, Chennai Timings: 10:00 AM-11:00 PM
10. Abirami Shopping Mall
Talking about where to shop, find a variety of stores for clothes, accessories, mobile shops, salons, gaming hubs, eateries etc. The more prominent names include Karishma Collection, Work Olo, Bliss Lounge, Estelle, Rockrz, Silver Touch etc. Eat to your heart's (not only stomach's) content at McDonald, Jigirthanda, Chennai Snacks, Banana Leaf, Amul and a lot more. Head to Fun games, Jungle Safari, Abirami Games for games and fun.
The most remarkable feature of this mall is perhaps the presence of four theatres:
Abirami-the 7-star theatre of India with a Spanish Opera house theme
Shree Anna Abirami- a Chinese themed theatre
Robot Bala Abirami- spaceship themed theatre
Swarna Shakthi Abirami- Egyptian themed theatre
All of the above theatre houses not only have unique themes but also houses world class infrastructure and amenities like recliner seats, top-notch sound system, food counters and superior silver screens. The Abirami theatre also has pickup and drop facility with limousine!
Address: Purusalwakkam High Road, Chennai
Timings: 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM
Chennai has a host of shopping malls that allow you to shop, eat, get entertained or simply hang out with your gang. Choose to shop, dine, watch a movie (or everything) and hop in for a fun-filled experience!