Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Chennai

Government Museum

Housed across the striking British-built Pantheon Complex, this excellent museum is Chennai’s best. The big highlight is building 3, the Bronze Gallery, with a superb collection of South Indian bronzes from the 7th-…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Chennai

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Mylapore is one of Chennai's most characterful and traditional neighbourhoods; it predated colonial Madras by several centuries. Its Kapaleeshwarar Temple is Chennai's most active and impressive, believed to have be…
Top Choice Cathedral in Chennai

San Thome Cathedral

This soaring Roman Catholic cathedral, a stone's throw from the beach, was founded by the Portuguese in 1523, then rebuilt by the British in neo-Gothic style in 1896, and is said to mark the final resting place of S…
Top Choice Fort in Chennai

Fort St George

Finished in 1653 by the British East India Company, the fort has undergone many facelifts. Inside the vast perimeter walls (the ramparts are 18th-century replacements) is now a precinct housing Tamil Nadu's Legislat…
Top Choice Indian in Chennai

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Dependably delish, Chennai's famous vegetarian chain doles out epically good South Indian thalis and breakfasts (idlis and vadas ₹15 to ₹35, dosas ₹20 to ₹40), filter coffee and other Indian vegetarian fare. This br…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Chennai

Amethyst

Set in an exquisitely converted warehouse with a wraparound verandah from which tables spill out into lush gardens, Amethyst is a nostalgically posh haven that's outrageously popular with expats and well-off Chennai…
Top Choice North Indian in Chennai

Peshawri

Perfect for a five-star splash-out, the ITC's signature Northwest Frontier restaurant serves inventive, flavour-popping creations at intimate booths alongside a glassed-in kitchen that gets you right in on the culin…
Top Choice North Indian in Chennai

Copper Chimney

Meat-eaters will drool over the yummy North Indian tandoori dishes served in stylishly minimalist surroundings, but the veg food here is fantastic too. Jain specialities mingle with biryanis, chicken kebabs, chargri…
Top Choice Textiles in Chennai

Nalli Silks

Set up in 1928, the enormous, supercolourful granddaddy of Chennai silk shops sparkles with wedding saris and rainbows of Kanchipuram silks, as well as silk dhotis (long loincloths) for men.
Top Choice Books in Chennai

Higginbothams

Open since 1844, this grand white building is reckoned to be India's oldest bookshop. It has a brilliant English-language selection, including travel and fiction books, and a good range of maps.