An Afternoon at Amethyst Cafe, Chennai

24 Jul

On my recent trip to Chennai, my friend Sridhar introduced me to a coffee shop that I can only equate to being an oasis in a desert. After spending an entire morning outside in the Chennai sun (whose heat you actually have to experience to believe it) I was at my snappy best, when Sridhar suggested that we visit the Amethyst Café.

Amethyst Cafe, Chennai

Amethyst Cafe, Chennai

This Café is built-in an old building (was earlier a mill) and situated right in the middle of a bustling section of the city. However when I walked in into the Cafe, it felt like having time travelled into an another era altogether. This café has been beautifully designed as a colonial style building in the center – with round tables & wicker chairs, and a huge garden all around it. The gardens are beautifully designed with numerous trees,  smaller zen gardens, fountains, numerous birds and even has an in-house cat.  Though the café is right in the city center with traffic all around, somehow this café seems insulated to all the noise, chaos and general city sounds.

Cute Lamps, Amethyst Cafe

Cute Lamps, Amethyst Cafe

We reached here around 3pm (afternoon) which I believe is the best time to visit. We entered the Café and chose to sit outside in the gardens amidst the trees instead of the covered corridor. Even though there is no aircon here, the temperature here was definitely much lower than outside as we sat comfortably for quite a few hours and did not miss the aircon or a fan.  We ordered a couple of rounds of coffee and brownies and they were both really nice. However the best part was that we just sat here for 4 – 5 hours and didn’t even realize the time. Also, this seemed like an ideal place to even spend hours by yourself just people gazing or reading a book or working.

Beautiful Flowers, Amethyst Cafe

Beautiful Flowers, Amethyst Cafe

Numerous people tell me that their earlier building was in a colonial building which was better. But I loved this one too. Apart from the café, they also have a flower shop, an antiques store and a boutique for fashion clothes and accessories. However I didn’t shop here as I felt it was quite expensive.

My verdict on the cafe is –

Things that I really liked about the Café –

  1. Beautifully designed and created ambience right in the city center.
  2. You can sit here as long as you like and no one will disturb you or drop hints to leave.
  3. The service is pretty quick.

The not so nice things about the Café –

  1. It’s definitely an expensive place.
  2. The menu is pretty limited and I felt needs more variety.

In case you plan to be in Chennai anytime soon and are looking for some respite from the city views, then do visit the Amethyst Café at Entrance, Next to Corporation Bank, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai-600 014. 🙂

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25 Responses to “An Afternoon at Amethyst Cafe, Chennai”

  1. aladybird July 24, 2013 at 20:42 #

    Based on a Chennai resident’s suggestion, we went to the Amethyst Cafe in Chennai. Loved the place, although, yes, I must agree that I found it to be expensive.

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    • getsetandgo July 24, 2013 at 21:10 #

      It definitely is expensive 🙂 Did you try any food here?

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      • aladybird July 25, 2013 at 00:30 #

        Yes, we did! I remember that everything that we tried tasted good :). Unfortunately, I do not remember what “everything” was.
        (This was about a couple of years ago…)

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      • getsetandgo July 27, 2013 at 13:03 #

        🙂

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  2. B July 24, 2013 at 21:27 #

    I’ve started to think differently about limited menus since Giles Coren (Times of London food critic) held it up as something he always looks for to try and assess whether a place will serve good quality food. Apparently short menus are correlated with specialisation and high standards? In his experience around England at least! Anyway, I thought it was an interesting take and it gave me food for thought.

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    • getsetandgo July 27, 2013 at 13:02 #

      Thats an interesting point and I had never thought of limited menus with that logic. But I don’t think that is the case here.

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  3. trendbytes July 24, 2013 at 22:04 #

    I have been to Chennai many moons ago, when it was still Madras…loved it, but didn’t have much free time due to business commitments. Would love to go back to India, as well as Goa on the west coast…thanks for sharing this lovely spot!

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    • getsetandgo July 27, 2013 at 13:03 #

      Thanks. And both these places are beautiful in their own ways. Also, if you have time do try and visit Kerala and Rajasthan too 🙂

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  4. vagabondvirginia July 24, 2013 at 23:41 #

    I would’ve loved to known about this cafe when I was in chennai. I will have to agree with you and the heat in Chennai though!

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  5. V. Sridhar July 25, 2013 at 09:07 #

    Once again honoured to be mentioned here! 🙂

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    • getsetandgo July 27, 2013 at 13:03 #

      As i said you shall be mentioned in all Chennai posts 🙂

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  6. Lakshmi Loves To Shop July 25, 2013 at 13:14 #

    I am really looking forward to visiting this cafe in October. I have visited their sister store in Pondicherry called Caravelle. Thank you for this great post.

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  7. ileneonwords July 26, 2013 at 01:58 #

    Enjoyed article on the Amethyst Cafe. Are there any other places you’d suggest to eat in Chennai, in Tamil Nadu or Neelangarai?

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  8. sharu4ever July 26, 2013 at 22:19 #

    Being in Chennai, I’m yet to visit the place 😦 Will sure visit this weekend.
    Beautiful pictures 🙂

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  9. seductivevenice August 9, 2013 at 07:51 #

    I like the idea of blogging about vegetarian restaurants while you travel! I think I’ll add that to things I post about.

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    • getsetandgo August 9, 2013 at 23:55 #

      Thanks and it helps other vegetarians on their travels too 🙂

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  10. Still a Runner August 14, 2013 at 18:35 #

    What a great find. I have not traveled to this city but you never know where life will take you. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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