10 Quaint and Artistic Cafes in Chennai That You'll Love Spending Time At!

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Art is something that we see everywhere in Chennai. The temples, the malls, the buildings and now even the cafes. There are many such small and quaint cafes scattered around Chennai and each of them have their own unique theme.

For locals, these cafes have turned into cool hangout spots while they offer tourists an insight into Chennai's burgeoning international culture. If you’re visiting Chennai, take some time out to visit these quaint and artistic cafes and sample their delicious food.

This beautiful little café with its picket fences, contemporary furniture and bird-cage decor–all in the colour palette of white and teal–will definitely give you #InstagramGoals. The menu here boasts of Indian and continental snacks and fast food, making it quite the rage among locals.

Where is it

146, Dr.Radhakrishnan Road

Book a table

 044 2811 4700

Must-try

Coffees, Lemon tea cake, Grilled Chicken

Cost for two

Rs 1100

If you're the kind who likes to sit with a cup of coffee in a quiet corner while you read your favourite book, then this is the place for you. With a Higginbotham’s bookstore in the restaurant premises, this place boasts of a huge collection. So grab your favourite read, order yourself a cuppa and some yummy food along with it as you prepare yourself for a cozy evening.

Where is it

127, Peters Rd, Gopalapuram

Book a table

044 4861 1604

Must-try

Red velvet and blueberry cakes, pizzas, mac and cheese.

Cost for two

Rs 500

Tryst Cafe draws in the Chennai crowd with its selection of breads, beautiful decor, and huge collection of books. Their pastries and baked goods are known for being among the best in Chennai. It sure is a great place to spend some time with your friends or even by yourself

Where is it

359, East Coast Road, Saraswathi Nagar, Neelankarai

Book a table

72991 55222

Must-try

Breads, chocolate cake, burgers

Cost for two

Rs 900

The artist in you will fall in love with the quaint decor and in-house art gallery at The English Tearoom. And while you look at the beautiful artwork, satiate your taste buds with the great food and a huge selection of teas.

Where is it

17, Kasturi Rangan Rd, Kasturi Estate, Teynampet

Book a table

044 2499 6499

Must-try

Tea, English breakfast, pastas and the mushroom sandwich.

Cost for two

Rs 1000

This is easily one of the most beautiful cafes in Chennai with its Mughlai style architecture and natural setting, with plenty of greenery all around. There's even a fashion boutique in the premises where you can shop for bespoke outfits. Locals often come here for the filter coffee, which is amongst Chennai's finest coffees. But they also have a great selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items.

Where is it

No 28, Whites Road, Amethyst, next to Corporation Bank, Royapettah

Book a table

044 4599 1633

Must-try

Filter coffee, pastas.

Cost for two

Rs 1500

This Parisian-themed cafe is like a quiet haven in the bustling streets of Chennai. The glass walls and ceiling and all the greenery make this a very chic place to visit with a date or a friend for a quite dinner. The food here is also inspired by the French cuisine but apart from their breads and pastries you can also find American fast food if you're looking for a quick bite.

Where is it

24, Cenotaph Rd, Teynampet, garden section

Book a table

098848 15553

Must-try

Nachos, pizzas, broccoli soup

Cost for two

Rs 1100

Besides the name, there is nothing about this cafe that speaks of Madras. With colourful, contemporary decor and a menu boasting of European and continental dishes, it's a great place to hangout with your friends and colleagues. Its artsy vibe also makes it very popular with Chennai's younger crowd.

Where is it

34/29, 2nd Main Road, Kasthuri Bai Nagar, Adyar

Must-try

Choco-mud pie, chicken lasagne, mushroom bruschetta.

Cost for two

Rs 800

This quaint cafe offering both outdoor and indoor seating is a great place to try French cuisine while you listen to jazz music. It's a great place to unwind with a good book and a cup of coffee or spend some quiet time with friends. You can even go shop at the boutique for some retail therapy.

Where is it

New # 106, Old # 79, Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Rd, RA Puram, Raja Annamalai Puram.

Book a table

044 4203 0734

Must-try

Their coffees, hot chocolate, risotto, glass noodles.

Cost for two

Rs 1000

(C) Ciclo Cafe

Photo of Ciclo Cafe And Bicycle Shop, Gandhi Mandapam Road, Chitra Nagar, Kotturpuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India by Anila Kopparapu

This cycling themed cafe is one of the most popular destinations in Chennai. The quirky decor makes it stand out from other cafes in the area. People often come here for breakfast and coffee. The Indian dishes here are quite popular.

Where is it

Old No. 33, New No. 47, Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Chitra Nagar, Kotturpuram

Book a table

044 4204 8666

Must-try

Breakfast pancakes, pizzas, banoffee pie.

Cost for two

Rs 1100

Located by the Neelankarai beach, this art café is located right on the beach. So you get the best of sea, sand, and sunshine while enjoying delicious food and refreshing drinks. They also have indoor seating for days when it's too hot to sit outside. The highlight of this cafe is the food–which is a mix of Persian, Irani and Indian cuisines.

Where is it

Door No 359, 9th South Cross Street, SH 49, Near Raymond showroom, Neelankarai.

Book a table

098405 72126

Must-try

Persian breakfast, biryani, schnitzel, tea

Cost for two

Rs 1100

Have you been to any of these cafes? What was your experience? Do you know of more such beautiful little cafes in Chennai or elsewhere? You can share your experience here.

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