10 Quaint and artistic cafes in Chennai that you'll love spending time at!


Art is something that we see everywhere in Chennai. The temples, the malls, the buildings and even the cafes here have got this unique artistic vibe to them. There are many such small and quaint cafes scattered around Chennai in many of its lanes and each of them is built with its own little theme.

For many local Chennaites, these cafes surely are some of those places they really love spending time at. And if you’re visiting Chennai, spending time at one of these places and sampling their food should be an experience you’ll surely love. Go on and take a look at ten such cute little Madrasi cafes that show you the non Idly-Sambar-FilterCoffee side of Chennai. Probably that too, but definitely a lot more!

This beautiful little café is with its fences, furniture and cages – all in white and teal and all of its pretty décor is quite winning when it comes to the ambience department. One thing is for sure, the indoor as well as the outdoor setting can give you quite a few insta-worthy pictures. The food here is great too with Indian as well as continental cuisine and it’s no wonder that this place is such a hit with the locals.

Where is it : 146, Dr.Radhakrishnan Road

Book a table: 044 2811 4700, Zomato

Must-try : Most of their coffees, Lemon tea cake, Grilled Chicken

Cost for two : Rs.1100

There couldn’t have been a better duo than books and coffee and it’s even better when it is a bookstore such as the Higginbotham’s with its wide and beautiful collection of books. This beautiful café in Chennai serves some really yummy food too, along with all that. The ambience is good as well, quite simple and yet cozy.

Where is it: 127, Peters Rd, Gopalapuram

Book a table: Zomato, 044 4861 1604

Must-try : Their cakes such as the red velvet cake and the blueberry cake, pizzas, mac and cheese.

Cost for two : Rs.500

Their breads and all their food, the beautiful indoor and outdoor setting, the book collection that they’ve got, there are plenty of things that draw in crowds to the Tryst café of Chennai. 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 by yourself at.

Where is it : 359, East Coast Road, Saraswathi Nagar, Neelankarai

Book a table: Zomato, 72991 55222

Must-try : Apart from all their breads, their chocolate cake and burgers are quite a hit with the visitors to this café.

Cost for two : Rs.900

The artist in you is surely going to love the English tearoom as this quaint little café is located right within an art gallery. A visit to this place is going to be a gratifying experience to all your senses and that’s because amidst the beautiful art that you get to savour here, there’s great food and some mighty good tea (it really does live up to its name!) as well.

Where is it: 17, Kasturi Rangan Rd, Kasturi Estate, Teynampet

Book a table: 044 2499 6499, Zomato, Dine-out

Must-try : Tea, English breakfast, their pastas and the mushroom sandwich.

Cost for two : Rs.1000

This is easily one of the most beautiful cafes in Chennai with its setting and architecture.It has a very Mughal feel to it with plenty of plants and greenery around you whether you choose a table indoors or outdoors. For that fashion lover in you, there’s a clothing boutique in here as well. The food here is great as well and people come here often just for their filter coffee. That’s like sampling Chennai’s finest versions of coffee in one of their most chic and new café s – must be quite an experience. There’s a whole lot of great food here as well but it does get a bit heavy on the pockets. You’ll not complain as it is well worth it.

Where is it: No 28, Whites Road, Amethyst, next to Corporation Bank, Royapettah

Book a table: Zomato, Dine-out, 044 4599 1633

Must-try : Filter coffee, Pastas.

Cost for two : Rs.1500

All things Paris is the theme of this café and along with the food, there’s this charming Parisian beauty to this place. The glass walls and ceiling and all the greenery give an appeal to the café while the food’s great too. Apart from their breads and pastries, they are known for its American, continental and Italian cuisine too.

Where is it: 24, Cenotaph Rd, Teynampet, garden section

Book a table: 098848 15553, Zomato

Must-try : Nachos, Pizzas and their Broccoli soup

Cost for two : Rs.1100

When it comes to this cute little café, you probably shouldn’t go by the name – they have got some great food belonging to the European and Continental cuisine and no, they don’t really have much of the typical Madrasi cuisine to offer. The place is a delight to spend in with all its graffiti and colourful furniture apart from the great food. No surprise that it’s quite popular with the younger lot of Chennai.

Where is it: 34/29, 2nd Main Road, Kasthuri Bai Nagar, Adyar

Book a table: Zomato, Dine-out

Must-try : Desserts like Choco-mud and Theobroma, Chicken Lasagna, Mushroom Bruschetta.

Cost for two : Rs.800

If all the amazing food and coffees that Chamier’s café has got isn’t reason enough to draw crowds here, their beautiful décor sure is. With chandeliers, large white curtains and comfy beautiful chairs, Chamier’s café has an ambience that’s quite elegant with a certain charm to it. There’s a clothing boutique that is associated with the café as well so you can also go shop after savoring the food of the place.

Where is it: New # 106, Old # 79, Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Rd, RA Puram, Raja Annamalai Puram.

Book a table: Zomato, Dine-out, 044 4203 0734

Must-try : Their coffees, hot chocolate, risotto, glass noodles.

Cost for two : Rs.1000

Credits : Ciclo Cafe

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

The Ciclo café is one that is not to be missed out on when we are listing out cafes in Chennai. This cycling-themed café is one of the most popular cafes in town. You’ll notice a whole lot of cycles and cycle-related things in this café which also happens to have some really beautiful seating. The food’s great as well and people love the breakfast of the place along with the continental and Indian food they get to sample here. Whether you like cycling or not, you’re definitely going to love this place!

Where is it: Old No. 33, New No. 47, Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Chitra Nagar, Kotturpuram

Book a table: 044 4204 8666, Zomato , Dine-out

Must-try : Breakfast Panckaes, Pizzas, Bannoffee pie.

Cost for two : Rs.1100

Located by the Neelankarai beach, this art café is one that ensures you have a good time, be it because of the on-the-shore setting or because of the great food that you get here. They’ve got indoor as well as outdoor seating where you can get to sample their flavorful Persian, Irani and Indian food as well as their continental dishes.

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

Book a table: Zomato, 098405 72126

Must-try : Persian breakfast, Biryanis, Schnitzel, Teas.

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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