The 10 Best Cafés in Chennai, India
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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
Cafe, European, Indian, Coffee, Tea , Fast Food, $$$
This quaint, European-themed, open-air cafe in Savera Hotel
is a true delight to be in. They’ve got a mind-boggling range of coffees from South Indian Kaapi to French press. Try their eggs benedict or the cinnamon french toast from their specialty breakfast menu. A breezy little café right in the heart of the city is the perfect place to spend your Sunday brunches.
Wild Garden, Amethyst Café
Cafe, Italian, Coffee
Wild Garden, the café inside Amethyst, Royapettah, is the kind of a place that will keep you coming back for more. With its uniquely themed Victorian indoors and classic ambiance, the café also has an airy veranda and a serene garden space. Amethyst also has a boutique called Upstairs, a flower shop called Bloom, and a display hall, The Folly. The café has a great menu serving some of the most delicious continental and Italian cuisines and desserts. Do not miss out on this beautiful garden café in the city.
Cafe, European, Coffee, $$$
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).
Cafe, Italian, Coffee, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Known for its very British-inspired ambiance and beautifully framed walls, Chamier’s Café gets its name from the road it’s located on. In the midst of the city’s hustle and bustle, this café is a treat for the eye and soul. Serving some of the most delicious Italian and continental cuisines, the café is a perfect spot for a tête-à-tête or a rendezvous. The building also houses Anokhi, a fashion boutique, a gift shop, and the Amethyst room, a space that hosts pop-ups and events.
Cafe, European, Italian, American, Coffee
Ciclo Café has one too many bicycles mounted on walls and the café’s theme is brilliantly on display for everyone to see. A café for cycling enthusiasts, this place also offers bicycles from International brands for sale, in addition to mouth-watering dishes. With every inch of the café fashioned out of bicycle paraphernalia, this uniquely themed café also serves as an activity hub for cyclists. While you’re animatedly discussing your latest cycling record, do so over their signature filter coffee or a plate of soulfully flavored tart.
That Madras Place
Cafe, Restaurant, European, Italian, $$$
Like its name, the cafée on Kasturi Bai Nagar in Adyar is quintessentially “Madras.” With doodles on the walls and furniture in bright, cheerful colors, That Madras Place is a cozy café to hang out at. Do not miss out on theobrama; they also serve some of the yummiest pastas in the city. A must-try place for a very “Madras” experience.
Bistro, Italian, European, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, French
This café is the perfect brunch spot. With bright colored walls and big French windows, L’Amandier is a quaint little French café in the city. The pastas and pizzas served here are truly mouth watering and the café also has an excellent assortment of desserts for anyone with a sweet tooth. There’s also an option to dine outdoors and the café should be on your must-go-to places in the city.
Cafe, Italian, Thai, Vegetarian, Indian, European, Fusion, $$$
This charming open-air café, with artsy indoors, is the perfect place for you to spend the evenings. They serve both Asian and European fusion food that’s more than just yummy. The bistro also hosts a number of curated events, like open mics and workshops. Don’t forget to try their monster jars that are a hit among the locals.
House #22 Café
Cafe, Italian, $$$
The vintage looking café goes well with the history of the 150-year-old building that houses it. House #22 is not just a café but also a place that hosts a flurry of other events. Do try their zucchini pizza bites and vegetable summer crepe that are famous among locals. The place also has seating in the garden and on the terrace and offers an excellent green view.
Shiraz Art Café
Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, $$$
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.