Sowcarpet where one can experience the living history of Chennais markets. Several years ago people from different parts of the country came to Chennai which was then called Madras. Since then this sprawling neighborhood in the northern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India has been full of colour and noise. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. This is evident from its narrow streets and vintage buildings. What can be put into the category of antique buildings in these streets are so close to each other that they look like they share a common wall! Today it has evolved into a bustling commercial area of the city where people from all over the state gather to purchase things. A range of wholesale markets are located here. Like every other typical Indian bazaar, there are a lot of people in this bazaar, particularly on weekends. From traders and artisans to street vendors, there are few things that you will not find here.
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Sowcarpet is the go to shopping destination for every festical and celebration. If you need a little snack while shopping, the street side vendors have a wide variety of chaat and Indian delicacies that will help you go on with your shopping spree without taking a break. Within this enormous market, there are sub sections in case you are looking for something in particular. Mint Street is your ideal wedding shopping destination. It is famous for Designer Sarees and Salwars and eateries (if you get hungry mid way). Mint street is also a place where you can find upteen Jewellery shops to pick that one piece that exactly matches your attire. If you have moved to a new house and need household stuff, Narayana Mudali Street is where you have to go. This particular region of Sowcarpet market is famous. You get everything from plastic products to chairs, tables, trays, tumblers, cups, gift articles; decorative lights etc; it is haven for household articles. Kasi Chetty Street is famous for imported items including candies and chocolates, electronic items like calculator, music systems, batteries, kids bicycles, shirts, trousers, shoes, etc. Whether you want to do some serious shopping or simply go window shopping, be ready to spend a good amount of time at Sowcarpet market.