The Best Dating Spots in Chennai

A couple enjoying some alone time on a rainy day in Chennai's Marina Beach |
A couple enjoying some alone time on a rainy day in Chennai's Marina Beach | | ©VinothChander/Flickr
Photo of Arun Venkatraman
11 December 2017

Between its fast-paced social life and Tinder-era dating scene that revolves around quick coffees and brunches, Chennai’s romantic spots have taken somewhat of a beating. Nonetheless, they still remain some of the best places to go for couples, and also make one hell of a spot for a date. So if you are looking for some old-school romance, here are some of the most romantic dating spots in Chennai that are a must visit.

Broken Bridge

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Adyar’s Broken Bridge has served as a quaint and romantic evening getaway to Chennaiites across several generations. Staying up late after sundown might not be the safest option, but walk down the bridge in the evening hours with your partner and you’ll get a better sunset view than anywhere else in Chennai. And while Broken Bridge does attract a lot of people in the evening, there’s space enough there for some solitude, too.

Marina Beach

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Marina Beach
Crowds enjoying the sunset at Marina Beach in Chennai | © DARSHAN SIMHA / Flickr
Talk about romance in Chennai and you can’t help but bring Marina Beach into the conversation. The city’s most popular landmark is a couple’s paradise, and has served as a romantic spot ever since the times of the British Raj. While the beach doesn’t boast of fancy restaurants that offer candle-lit dinner platters, it more than makes up for this with sumptuous street food options and a breathtaking moonlit ambiance.

Azzuri Bay

One of Chennai’s best-known restaurants, Azzuri Bay is popular primarily for its great rooftop view and romantic ambiance. Located right on the Adyar Riverbank, Azzuri Bay boasts of a multi-cuisine menu with specialties that include seafood, pan-Asian, and Chettinad delicacies. With a view of the scenic Adyar estuary on the one side and the city’s green pockets on the other, Azzuri Bay is perfect for a romantic night out.

Azzuri Bay, Cres Park Road, Gandhinagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Elliots Promenade

If you’re looking to choose a destination with a wealth of options for your next date, then it doesn’t get any better than Elliots Promenade. Hugging the beautiful Besant Nagar Beach, the promenade is one of the busiest places in Chennai and can be found buzzing with couples and youngsters on any given evening. Unlike the much bigger Marina just north of it, the Elliots Promenade has a more youthful and cosmopolitan flavor to it. Whether you want to have a quiet and romantic dinner at Mash or enjoy the sea breeze sitting at Cozee’s, this is one destination that will definitely not disappoint you, no matter what your needs.

Elliots Promenade, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India


The famous Schmidt Memorial at Besant Nagar Beach, Chennai | © B Sandman/Wiki Commons

Amethyst Café

In Chennai, romance is most often associated with its long and beautiful beaches and coastal areas. However, if you want to have a romantic date within the city, there are few places better or more popular than the Amethyst Café in Royapettah. One of Chennai’s best-known cafés, Amethyst boasts of both indoor and outdoor seating, with the latter settled right in the middle of a beautiful garden. Amethyst is popular among not just the city’s youngsters and foreigners visiting Chennai, but is also a preferred haunt of celebrities and famous personalities.

Amethyst Café, Express Estates, Royapettah, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, +91 994 040 1455

Lover’s Lanes ECR

If a scenic evening drive along the ECR isn’t romantic enough for you, then stop your car by any of the bylanes towards Akkarai/ECR Beach along Sholinganallur and take a walk to the beach to have an experience unlike any other. Along with a sea breeze in the evening, these empty lanes provide some of the best walking spots for couples at dusk, and courtesy of this have earned the name Lover’s Lanes. There are more than a dozen of these beautiful lanes leading to the beach along ECR, and they hardly ever see any vehicles so there’s space enough for all. But while it’s a great option for a date in the evening, staying long after sundown is not advisable.

Sholinganallur, East Coast Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India


Take any lanes leading towards the beach at Sholinganallur along ECR and you’ll be treated to a view of Bay of Bengal unlike any other | ©KrishnaManoj/Wiki Commons

Kipling Café

If romantic to you means spending an evening with just your partner for company and far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then Kipling Café is your best bet in Chennai. This hidden gem located along the city’s scenic East Coast Road boasts some of the best views you can get of the Bay of Bengal while still having a roof over your head. Whether you want sumptuous Indian fare or just want to down a couple of cocktails with your partner after a busy day, Kipling Café is a great destination for your next date.

Kipling Café, East Coast Road, Akkarai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, +91 730 522 0330

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