As a matter of fact, people drive from Chennai to Pondicherry just to shop.
Firstly,it is an idyllic ride along the sea coast from Chennai to Pondicherry. In addition, Pondicherry has the Auroville shopping center,the French Quarters and the Tamil Quarters. In addition,
Auroville is the go to place for beautiful garments,furniture and household goods.
Janaki is the most well known shop that stocks beautiful furniture,home decor, garments and personal products. Above all, this shop is in the french Quarters. Further,when you are visiting the French Quarters,also check the Gitanjali and for some exquisite antique furniture and brass products.
Auroville manufactures candles and clocks, soaps and shampoos,conditioners and body creams, incense and potpourri. In other words, the list is endless. They also create beautiful table mats,lamps, stationery and other items made of paper.
Kalki,,La Boutique Auroville, Boutique St Laurent are some of the shops that particularly stock all the Auroville products.
Pondicherry is also well known for very trendy western garments such as skirts,tops, palazzo pants,jackets and the like. As a matter of fact, many foreigners have made Pondicherry their home and they have introduced new designs in new fabrics. For example, the Jamdani Tant Fabrics have been put to use in unique ways for tops and jackets. Further, beautiful cotton printed material and Chanderi material are used in a variety of ways to create stylish and trendy outfits. Finally, visit La Boutique,Meera,Kalki and Janaki to pick the best outfits of your choice.
Also, The Casablanca Store in theTamil Quarters has some exquisite home linen. Bed covers, quits, bed sheets, dining covers, dining mats ,cushion covers etc. This is a huge shop on 3 levels, The stock imitation jewellery & cosmetics on the ground floor. Garments for men,women & children on the 2nd floor and the 3rd floor is reserved for furnishings . Close to this shop is Kalki. There is also stock garments for men ,women & children footwear, candles,incense,insect repellants and a host of soaps ,creams, moisturisers, shampoos &conditioners .