Despite being the abode of many celebrities and VIPs, Panampilly Nagar, which is considered to be one of the posh areas of Kochi, is also a place that houses some of the most stylish boutiques and eateries of the district. This area has a unique elegance that makes it stand out from other housing societies and has evolved into a favourite business hub.
Commercial spaces that comprise branded shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and hotels have flourished in Panampilly Nagar over the last two decades. Praanah, the boutique owned by celebrity fashion designer and actor Indrajith’s wife Poornima Mohan; Dejavu, the boutique owned by fashion designer and actor Jayasurya’s wife Saritha; Tamanna; Salt Studio; Thread Clasilks, etc. are some of the noteworthy boutiques in the area. Also, eateries like Waffle Street and French Toast need no introduction.
Of late, the situation has changed with the residents filing a complaint against the increasing commercial spaces in the area. Fourteen residents of the area have filed a petition demanding the eviction of offices and shops from Panampilly Nagar. They are of the opinion that there are many commercial establishments that are operating from residential buildings and that too without any licence.They argue that Panampilly Nagar, which is a typical residential area built by Greater Cochin Development Authority, has a dedicated shopping complex and that the commercial establishments should also be restricted to operate from there.