Street Art or Café Décor? We've Found Some Of The Best Instagrammable Spots In Chennai!

Gautham posted on 30 June

Chennai never fails to surprise you! Be it the cute little cafes tucked away in parts of the city or the eye-grabbing street art you might find, it certainly doesn’t disappoint in terms of pretty places to visit. Whether you’re new to the city or an old city dweller we found some lovely spots to get you Grammin’.

Amethyst Cafe

Sure the food here is fantastic but the ambience is probably even better! Be it a lazy Sunday or a busy work day, visit this heavenly café on Whites Road close to Express Avenue and get the best of both worlds. This old-world colonial style mansion is flanked by lush greenery and houses a cafe, a boutique and a flower shop. There’s classy interiors with checkered floors and illustrated walls indoors and the lovely garden cafe outside as well.

Cafes

Next To Corporation Bank, Whites Road, Express Estate, Royapettah, Chennai

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple

This temple in Mylapore is a popular tourist destination for cultural enthusiasts from all over the country. Originally on the shoreline, the temple was rebuilt in the 16th century at its current location and is quite a sight to behold. Don’t miss out on the 120 ft gopuram! Breathtaking!

Religious Establishments

Kapaleesvarar Sannadhi Street, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai

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Armenian Church

One of the oldest churches in the subcontinent, the Armenian Church is located inside the Theosophical Society in Besant Nagar. At its centre is the bell tower that houses six bells. For culture enthusiasts, the architecture and worn-out façade of the church can be quite fascinating. Although it is open today only as a heritage site, you can also walk through the Theosophical Society and spot a massive 150 year old Banyan Tree as well!

Monument

60/116, Armenian Street, Near High Court, George Town, Chennai

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Gusto Cafe

This café in Nungambakkam offers a range of different décor in each of its 7 chambers! You probably know about this café if you love hookah, but there is more to this joint. With its “eccentric” ambience, the interiors predominantly feel Egyptian and each wall is pretty unique and makes for an interesting photo. Don’t forget to see the street art work that has been done downstairs near the car park!

Cafes

13/6, Jaganathan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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Shore Temple

Aptly named, this temple overlooking the ocean in Mahabalipuram, is one of the oldest standing structural stone temple in South India. Dating all the way back to the 8th century AD when it was built, the temple has now been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With recent excavations revealing new structures surrounding the temple, do visit this temple for its stunning architecture!

Religious Establishments

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

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    Chamiers Cafe

    Considered one of the prettiest cafes in Chennai, the ambience here is incomparable. The vintage vibes and the décor stand out perfectly complimenting the rustic furniture. Also known for its very popular breakfast options, visit Chamiers for a quiet evening with a nice meal whilst reading a book! We’ll let the pictures do the talking.

    Cafes

    106, Chamiers Road, Opp. Adyar Park Gate, R A Puram, Chennai

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    ISKCON Temple

    Built on the desire of its founder Swami Prabhupada, the ISKCON Temple on the East Coast Road was opened in 2012, more than 35 years after when it was first proposed. The temple is built solely using the donations from the people of Chennai and is spread over an area of 1.5 acres. Also, the temple is constructed on five levels making it a lovely sight in the evenings.

    Religious Establishments

    Hare Krishna Land, Bhakti Vedanta Swami Road, Off ECR, Injambakkam, Chennai

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    Urban Desi House

    Known for its pocket friendly menu, this restaurant with its “whacky” ambience is popular amongst the younger crowd today. Giving out a raw feeling, the seating options maybe on normal steel chairs or even cut tree logs at this joint. With books to read and boards games all over, don’t miss out on the wall art and low rise seating on the ground floor! We like!

    Cafes

    1/343, 1st Main Road, Sri Sai Nagar, Thoraipakkam, Chennai

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    View From The Light House

    Scared of heights? This place might not be for you then but if you do get a chance, do not miss out. The gorgeous view of the ocean, beach and Chennai is stunning! Open in the afternoons from 3pm in the afternoon to around 5.30pm in the evening, you need to make a trip to The Lighthouse at Marina just to feel the lovely sea breeze and get a glimpse of a fab view!

    Tourist Attractions

    Marina Beach, Mylapore, Chennai

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      Kipling Cafe

      Known for its exotic ambience, Kipling Cafe is popular for its private seating outdoors with some soothing music always playing. With cabana like huts and a cocktail bar, the candle lit tables make for a perfect date! Make sure to visit in the evenings but make a reservation.

      Cafes

      16, L Jey Avenue, East Coast Road, Akkarai, Panaiyur, Chennai

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      The Farm

      An ideal getaway from the city, this restaurant is situated inside a lovely farm. You get to soak in the sun at this venue and taste the different cheeses { and more} that are produced at the farm. They conduct a tour of the farm where you can spot adorable animals too every half hour so make sure to get snapping!

      Casual Dining

      1/277, Semmancherry Village, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Semmancheri, Chennai

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      The Twin Dragons

      The “Conquer The Concrete” movement in 2015 aimed to use well-known public spaces for urban contemporary art. One of the participating artists Amitabh Kumar worked on his “Twin Dragons” just outside the entrance to the airport. Splashed across a blue background, you can’t miss this gorgeous piece of art when entering the airport.

      Berlin Berlin

      Similar the Twin Dragons, this painting was created during the Chennai Street Festival by a German artist. A riot of colours, it can be seen in many different ways. When crossing Egmore, make sure to drop by the Egmore Railway Station and see this work of art! Find more street art here.

      Other

      Egmore, Chennai

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        Flower Power Tea Room

        How we love this Brit-style tea room in Bessy for its gorgeous interiors. It seems like it’s straight out of an Enid Blyton book, complete with high tea, scones with lashings of cream, and a floor to ceiling wall decked with flowers. Your Instagram feed is going to look so good!

        Cafes

        18, 5th Avenue Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Besant Nagar, Chennai

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