Shopping Guide To Puducherry And Auroville

This guide explores unique shopping options in Puducherry and the nearby Auroville township.

Puducherry and Auroville Shopping Handbook

Discover an array of distinctive shopping experiences in Puducherry and the neighboring Auroville township.

Designer Apparel:

  • Naushad Ali (Surcouf Street): Explore sustainable, handcrafted garments reflecting Puducherry’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Galerie Surcouf (French Quarter): Browse through a curated selection of designer clothing, ceramics, art, homeware, beauty products, and accessories.
  • Chintz Boutique (French Quarter): Step into a multi-designer haven featuring vibrant prints, block-printed attire, khadi shirts, sculptures, wall prints, and a charming mini bookstore.

Local Crafts and Souvenirs:

  • Cluny Embroidery Centre (Rue Romain Rolland St): Admire high-quality hand-embroidered home linens crafted by underprivileged women.
  • Janaki (Auroville): Discover a variety of Auroville-made products ranging from Auroknits for kids, Hibiscus Heroes apparel, local ceramics, Maroma cosmetics, to Upasana activewear and dresses.
  • Taboo Boutique (Auroville): Indulge in Auroville-made block-printed clothing, Auroville Press books, pottery, bags, toys, hemp products, and more.
  • Auroville Visitors Centre: Take home souvenirs like fragrances from Maroma, Auroville stationery, Auroville Press books, pottery, clothing, jewelry, and delectable local food items.
  • Farm Fresh (Auroville): Sample and purchase local jams, pickles, chutneys, cheese, pizzas, and other Auroville-made treats.

Homeware and Decor:

  • Ateliers Courtin (website): Explore a collection of hand-woven leather bags, home accents, antiques, jute cushion covers, and contemporary chairs.
  • Art Brute (Auroville): Admire objets d’art crafted with mixed media by local artisans, including planters, tables, chairs, clothing, and bathroom accessories.
  • Studio Tolsta (at Books & Things): Find ethically made homeware pieces that blend tradition with modern aesthetics, such as quilts, backpacks, carpets, and cushion covers.
  • Wood’ N Design (Auroville, by appointment): Discover modern furniture crafted from reclaimed teak in a Scandinavian style.

Books and Stationery:

  • Books & Things (Tara Books): Delve into illustrated books catering to all ages, alongside a selection of stationery, art prints, and ethically made homeware items.

Food and Drink:

  • Farm Fresh (Auroville): Indulge in locally sourced jams, pickles, chutneys, cheeses, and pizzas.
  • Gastronomica (Auroville): Savor handmade pastas, bottled sauces, and other Italian specialties.
  • Mason & Co (Auroville): Treat yourself to ethical dark chocolates, truffles, nut butters, and indulge in chocolate factory tours.

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