The Best Cafés in Chennai, India

Laddu, an Indian dessert
Laddu, an Indian dessert | Photo by Aditya Joshi on Unsplash

An old-fashioned little English tea-room, a garden café, a café for cycle enthusiasts—Chennai has an assortment of extremely good coffee shops that double up as a venue for events and pop-ups. Here’s our list of ten best cafés in the city.

The Brew Room

This quaint, European-themed, open-air cafe in Savera Hotel is a true delight to be in. They’ve got a mind-boggling range of coffees from South Indian Kaapi to French press. Try their eggs benedict or the cinnamon french toast from their specialty breakfast menu. A breezy little café right in the heart of the city is the perfect place to spend your Sunday brunches.

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Wild Garden, Amethyst Café

Wild Garden, the café inside Amethyst, Royapettah, is the kind of a place that will keep you coming back for more. With its uniquely themed Victorian indoors and classic ambiance, the café also has an airy veranda and a serene garden space. Amethyst also has a boutique called Upstairs, a flower shop called Bloom, and a display hall, The Folly. The café has a great menu serving some of the most delicious continental and Italian cuisines and desserts. Do not miss out on this beautiful garden café in the city.

Writer’s Café

On a joint venture with Higginbothams, one of India’s oldest bookstores, Writer’s Café is the kind of a place book aficionados make a beeline for. With rows of shelves stacked with books, Writer’s café beckons all the bibliophiles to sit back and relax with a book, a cuppa, and some delicious pastries. The café also has a children’s section and the space above has more titles to choose from. Don’t miss out on their thin crust pizza, or flammkuchen. In the thicket of their desserts range, do try their fruit tart and choco pie. Another interesting high point of the café is that it employs burn victims and survivors and its proceeds go to the NGO, and the PCVC (Crime Prevention and Victim Care).

Chamier’s Café

Known for its very British-inspired ambiance and beautifully framed walls, Chamier’s Café gets its name from the road it’s located on. In the midst of the city’s hustle and bustle, this café is a treat for the eye and soul. Serving some of the most delicious Italian and continental cuisines, the café is a perfect spot for a tête-à-tête or a rendezvous. The building also houses Anokhi, a fashion boutique, a gift shop, and the Amethyst room, a space that hosts pop-ups and events.

Ciclo Café

Ciclo Café has one too many bicycles mounted on walls and the café’s theme is brilliantly on display for everyone to see. A café for cycling enthusiasts, this place also offers bicycles from International brands for sale, in addition to mouth-watering dishes. With every inch of the café fashioned out of bicycle paraphernalia, this uniquely themed café also serves as an activity hub for cyclists. While you’re animatedly discussing your latest cycling record, do so over their signature filter coffee or a plate of soulfully flavored tart.

Ashvita Bistro

This charming open-air café, with artsy indoors, is the perfect place for you to spend the evenings. They serve both Asian and European fusion food that’s more than just yummy. The bistro also hosts a number of curated events, like open mics and workshops. Don’t forget to try their monster jars that are a hit among the locals.

Shiraz Art Café

This breezy, open-air Iranian café definitely stands out from the rest in the city. The café serves piping hot Mediterranean, Iranian, and Persian cuisines that make for spicy, flavored relishes. They also have an extensive platter covering Arabian and Lebanese cuisines. This artsy cafe on ECR is pet-friendly and a great place to spend Sunday afternoons.

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