7 New Chennai Cafes & Lounges You Must Try

Chennai’s cafes and lounges have long been one of the integral elements of the city’s evolving food scene. Long before the cafe wave happened, all-day diners in hotels were the default hangout if you wanted to stay in. Neelam can take some credit for the 21st century cafe wave in the city. In many ways, it contributed to the city’s cafe scene with its ‘loungy’ vibe and emphasis on sharing plates. Like most other F&B trends, the city’s latest wave of cafes has been shaped by Instagram. Places that are good for the gram and also offer dishes that are photogenic.
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The city has seen a new cluster of cafes and lounges that have popped up in the last few months. From photography-themed cafes to Bakehouses that offer ‘pocket-friendly’ menus and luxury lounges and grills, we’ve checked out some of the hottest new cafes and lounges in the city.

Here are 7 new cafes and lounges in Chennai that you must try:

1. Bistrograph


Bistrograph is located in a quiet residential pocket in Shastri Nagar

Not all cafes score on the food front, Bistrograph being that rare exception. Touted as one of the first photography-themed cafes in the country – you can even get your picture printed on your cappuccino foam, this cafe is located in a quiet residential pocket in Shastri Nagar. There are multiple locations including a landscaped outdoor area and a dedicated studio area for pro shoots. While the setting is serene, it’s the food that hits the right notes – their smoked chicken soup, burrata salad and panna cotta espresso are all worth checking out. Their well-trained baristas prepare a range of artisanal coffees throughout the day.
Where: 10th Cross Street, Shastri Nagar

2. Pelican Deck


Located inside the Sheraton Grand at Pelican Deck ECR

If you are looking for the best chicken wings in Chennai, your search might end here. Located within the Sheraton Grand, one of Chennai’s most luxurious beach resorts along the East Coast Road, Pelican Deck has been relaunched after a menu overhaul. The setting is awesome – an elevated deck with views of the Bay of Bengal in the distance. This nocturnal, al-fresco lounge (open Thursday – Saturday) offers some of the best international grill in the city.
Where: Sheraton Grand, East Coast Road

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3. Glen’s Bakehouse


Glenn’s Bakehouse has a well-priced menu that has made it a trending campus hangout.

Glen’s Bakehouse is the newest entrant in the fast changing F&B scene of Anna Nagar. After a dozen outlets in Bengaluru, Glen has now anchored in Chennai with the same template that has worked well for it over the decades. It’s that same white bungalow – Glen’s design signature, and a well-priced menu that’s made it a trending campus hangout. The food menu is simple – burgers, sandwiches and small plates that are easy to share. It is their desserts that are the big draw. We dig their small, bite-sized tarts; Many regulars also keep coming back for their signature Red Velvet Cake
Where: 5th Avenue, Anna Nagar

4. Coco Maya


You Must Try the Jumbo Prawns and Chicken Bulgogi at Coco Maya

This trendy F&B hotspot is one of the trendiest venues for sundowners in Chennai. This rooftop lounge bar and grill offers an eclectic menu – most regulars swear by their shakshuka. We also recommend their jumbo prawns and chicken bulgogi which make the perfect accompaniment to their wicked sundowners. Coco Maya’s convenient location and relaxed vibe add to its appeal as a lounge spot, whether you’re catching up with friends or making a pitch for your client.
Where: Nungambakkam

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5. Entrance Cafe


Pravesh Cafe occupies an area of ​​5000 sq ft and has an eclectic vibe

One of the busiest F&B locations in Chennai, Entrance Cafe with its large 5000 sq ft footprint raises the bar for cafe decor and cuisine in the city. A koi pond is at its center and the showstopper design detail is the entrance cafe. Everything from the lights to the crockery has an interesting twist. The menu takes you on a global journey of sorts – the spice-rubbed corn ribs are a house favorite. We also recommend the miso prawns and the vegetarian creme brulee.
Where: Taylors Road, Kilpauk

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6. Marmoris


Marmoris is Chennai’s newest beachfront cafe

Translates to ‘shining surface of the sea’. The aptly named Chennai’s latest beachfront cafe which is located within the Sea Breeze resort. It is close to the historic Mamallapuram shore temples which are a major attraction for locals and international travelers alike. This beach lounge is spread over three levels and includes a section with its own hammock. Apart from a variety of cocktails, the menu offers a mix of seafood, Indian and international favourites.
Where: Mamallapuram, ECR

7. Cyclo Cafe

When the first Cyclo Cafe opened in the Kotturpuram neighborhood it became one of the first bicycle-themed cafes in India. Chennai is not just a hub for cycling enthusiasts, but has also been one of the bicycle manufacturing hubs in India for decades. Siclo Cafe’s latest outpost started along East Coast Road, one of the popular weekend F&B areas of the city. The menu does not deviate from the Siclo Cafe template and offers a range of small plates, desserts and their fail-proof pizzas.
Where: East Coast Road, Uthandi (Near ECR Toll Plaza)


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