Burma Bazaar
Burma Bazaar
3.5
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
An interest in foreign-made goodies started the formerly popular market Burma Bazaar, a treasure house for DVDs, perfumes and tech products. Though the market is lackluster now, it still makes for a good walk to see if you might find something interesting from across the borders.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: George Town/Parry’s Corner
George Town is one of the busiest and most commercial neighbourhoods of Chennai. It may not boast of pubs or restaurants, but it surely offers something that the rest of Chennai can’t - a strong whiff of history. This historical area located in north Chennai is where the city of Madras was officially born in 1640 alongside Fort St. George. A walk here leads you to the well-established specialised bazaars and wholesale markets selling everything under the sun: fabrics, fruits, vegetables, spices, fabrics, camera, perfumes, jewellery, etc. Home to the High Court and other State institutions and famous for a large resident Sindhi and Marwari community, George Town is a rich congregation of shrines of different faiths within its boundaries – from Hindu and Jain temples to churches, mosques and synagogue. If you are craving some authentic North Indian food, head to streets of Sowcarpet for chaat, vada pav and other popular street snacks.
How to get there
  • High Court • 2 min walk

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nanuaa
Pune, India109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
You won't get to shop what it is famous for i.e. gadgets that are imported or through customs. instead, you will find tiny boxy shops selling cheap Chinese replicas etc.

However, it is fun to walk by the market due to A. See old architecture around and B. Fun experience since such small, old and famous markets will always have more to connect with city's culture, people, history and local old food joints (shabby though sometimes).
Written 6 January 2019
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RamGanesan
Chennai (Madras), India1,411 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Burma Bazar once used to be the place for people who are looking for cheap electronic items and imported perfumes, leather etc etc. You will get everything here. Located closed to Paris corner and parallel to the beach station rail line, it has many small shops all filled with anything you can imagine under the sun. One has to know how to bargain and get goods here. If you are a person who is not familiar with the place you will surely get cheated. Information spreads so fast that the shop owners know what you are looking for.. hand in glove... There is no guarantee that the products you buy, especially electronics will work or not. That is the price we pay for looking for cheap goods. There is also no guarantee that it is the brand you are looking for. Maybe fake too.... Just for fun, being an old landmark of Chennai one can visit this place. Place gains importance more from a heritage aspect and nothing more.
Written 17 August 2018
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Biju_Anabond
Chennai (Madras), India71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
When there was turmoil in Burma (presently Myanmar) the refugees were given a place in chennai and that ultimately became Burma Bazar. in the 1980s this big row of shops was an attraction of Chennai with imported goods. Now that India has developed a lot, most of these products are available freely in India. People no longer go to Burma Bazar to buy things. But still this is a lively place to visit and mingle with the shoppers as this is an historical place for Chennai. A visit to Chennai has to include a visit to Burma Bazar
Written 5 January 2018
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S V
Chennai (Madras), India69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Business
Anyone interested in buying imported items like cameras,TVs,perfume.mobile-phones,liquor bottles,cigarettes etc. can visit this place very near Broadway, Chennai(Madras).Started in 1960s for Indians,who returned from Burma to sell their belongings to make a living,this Bazaar continues till date.
Written 24 December 2017
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Sanath K
Chennai (Madras), India21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
Multiple number of shop were available were we can find different electronics shops we have to chose the best items at best price.
Written 13 December 2017
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Tan T
Singapore, Singapore120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Business
Don’t go too early as I did on Sunday morning. The shops open later closer to noon but did enjoy the local company around the tea and dosa stalls. Don’t miss the 1850s architecture is the buildings across the road. Magnificent examples of the Indian style arches, windows and porches in the SBI heritage building and few other buildings down the street. The area is an attraction in itself, so do visit with an open mind, exploring heart and good shoes. Take the train back as well...
Written 4 December 2017
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GrannyMaa
Chennai (Madras), India63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
Burma bazar - as it is famously called are a lien of shops near the Beach Railway station. They sell range of items - chocolates, mobile phones. gadgets, TVs and much more. Please check the authenticity before buying.
Written 30 November 2017
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HappyToTravel06
Chennai (Madras), India208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
In my recent experience this place become full of DVD shops. Although you get all new releases and adult contents, there are few places where you will get the world cinema which you can not even see in a movie theatre. Unless you go with someone who know the place, you need to be careful with price. Bargain hard and do not give in. Going there itself an experience, so give enough time to go around.
Written 7 November 2017
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Shanmugasundara... M
Chennai (Madras), India15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
It has many shops from where you can buy imported goods at affordable cost. Beware of the fake sellers and also check twice before buying an item. Some of the sellers are really genuine and its worth trying your shopping experience at this bazaar
Written 6 November 2017
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anjanapoo
Chennai (Madras), India77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
In those days when goods from abroad were a unique thing, which we get to see only when some of our benevolent relatives come from abroad land into India, Burma bazaar was the gateway to such goods sitting in our dear chennai. You get all kinds of imported goods. one should have the patience to go to many shops, discover the price, negotiate as if there is no tomorrow and lo and behold you would end up something that is good. I am sure, even today the same holds good as still we get goods only from burma bazaar much before it hits the normal market area.

This is a wonderful shopping experience - it tests your ability to pick out the best stuff (so that the shopkeeper does not load you with a bad piece) ability to negotiate. Sometimes you will land up with some fantastic deals. I do not shop much today and hence my awareness about today is very low, but we did one shopping ' an old time radio' for my mother and we could get a wonderful piece.

All our formative office years were spent in Parry's corner and one part also had gone to Burma Bazaar, this place stands dear in my heart.
Written 3 November 2017
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