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Top Choice Multicuisine in Chennai


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

Government Museum

Housed across the 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-century P…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Chennai

Kapaleeshwarar Temple

The Mylapore neighbourhood is one of Chennai's most characterful and traditional; it predated colonial Madras by several centuries. The Kapaleeshwarar Temple is Chennai's most active and impressive temple, believed …
Top Choice Church in Chennai

San Thome Cathedral

This soaring Roman Catholic cathedral, a stone's throw from the beach, was founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century, then rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1896, and is said to mark the final resting place of St T…
Top Choice Books in Chennai


Open since 1844, this grand white building is reckoned to be India's oldest bookshop. It has a brilliant English-language selection, including Lonely Planet books, and a good range of maps.
Top Choice Textiles in Chennai

Nalli Silks

Set up in 1928, the huge super-colourful granddaddy of Chennai silk shops sparkles with wedding saris and all kinds of Kanchipuram silks, as well as silk dhotis (long loincloths) for the boys. There's a jewellery br…
Top Choice Fort in Chennai

Fort St George

Finished in 1653 by the British East India Company, the fort has undergone many facelifts over the years. Inside the vast perimeter walls is now a precinct housing Tamil Nadu's Legislative Assembly & Secretariat…
Top Choice Indian in Chennai

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Dependably delish, South Indian thali 'meals’ at this famous Chennai vegetarian chain run around ₹80 to ₹100. It's also excellent for South Indian breakfasts (idlis and vadas from ₹33), filter coffee and other India…
Top Choice North Indian in Chennai

Copper Chimney

Meat-eaters will drool over the yummy North Indian tandoori dishes served here in stylishly minimalist surroundings, but the veg food is fantastic too (even some Jain specialities). The machchi tikka – skewers of ta…
Top Choice South Indian in Chennai


Widely considered Chennai's finest South Indian restaurant, Dakshin specialises in the cuisines of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Traditional sculptures and mirrored pillars set the temple-inspire…