Anna Salai, formerly known as St. Thomas Mount Road or simply Mount Road, is an arterial road in Chennai that stretches for 11 km.
Anna Salai is almost 400 years old and has its origins in a cart track which was used by the European employees of the British East India Company to travel from the factory at Fort St George to the holy town of St Thomas Mount where the apostle St Thomas was crucified. In the following years, the road became part of the city’s central business district. Several renowned corporations have their headquarters on Mount Road- The Amalgamations Group and the TVS Group to name two. Other prominent buildings on this road include, the LIC (Life Insurance Corporation ) building, the Spencers Plaza mall.
While Mount Road is not a typical shopping market, there are numerous shops on this road . As it is a long road, it passes through several areas in Chennai. In the Tenaympet area of Mount Road, there are shops selling lighting fixtures and modern lights and lamps for the homes. These shops are on the main Mount Road. Near the Gemni flyover are the Vummudi jewellery showrooms. Vummudi is one of the best shop for gold, silver and diamond jewellery in Chennai.
Further down, VTI and Poompuhar are well known for their bronze and brass handicrafts and have very prominent showrooms on this road. The best of Chennai shopping can be done in VTI. Higginbothams is and old book shop is closeby. The Old Madras Curiosity Shop, opposite the Spencers Plaza is a quaint shop selling curios. Spencers Plaza is a old landmark in Chennai. It is a Chennai Mall.
If one were to turn right opposite Spencers Plaza on Mount Road, there is the Express Avenue Mall in Royapettah. The Amethyst, nearby, is a stand alone shop in idyllic surroundings. They stock Indo western wear and contemporary jewellery. Further to the right on Royapettah High Road are many furniture shops.
See which are the best shops in Gemini, Anna Salai, Mount Road, Royapettah with our shopping guide on famous markets in Chennai.