15 Places to Visit in Chennai With Friends: Updated List
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If you are planning a visit to South India with your gang and are looking for Places to visit in Chennai with friends, you will be delighted to know that there are many delightful and wonderful places to go in chennai with friends where you can enjoy each other’s company, conversations and great food.

Whether your group is the sophisticated kind that wants to dine on international cuisine at a place like the Cafe Mercara Express, or the laid-back type where you are happy munching on snacks and drinking coffee in The Writer’s cafe – Chennai has something for every type of gang.

 Cafes and restaurants are not all there is to explore in this vibrant city, you can also relax in the arms of nature at the pristine beaches of Chennai, or engage in some beach games. There is also the Vandalur zoo, and Guindy snake park where you can catch a glimpse of various wildlife animals. The bottom line – no matter what your group’s idea of fun and chilling out is – chances are Chennai has something that will fit your plans just right.

Here is the list of places to visit in Chennai with friends:

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Marina Bay

One of the most unmissable destinations in Chennai, Marina Bay is the most popular place in the city where people come out to relax and rejuvenate with their friends. The bay  is lined with groves of palm trees, and offers some of the most stunning views of the clear blue waters of the sea.

You can take a walk on the shore with your buddies, get some delicious snacks from the roadside stalls, or participate in beach activities like volleyball, kite flying etc. But most importantly, don’t forget to try out the seafood at the stalls near the shore, and get a pony ride on the beach.

Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

open all day

Covelong Beach

Also known as the Kovalam beach, cavelong offers some of the most stunning views of the pristine waters of the Bay of Bengal from its shores. The white-sandy beach is tucked away in a charming little fishing hamlet near Chennai called Cavelong, and that is why, it is far away from the hordes of tourists that generally crowd the beaches of Chennai.

Because of its untouched location and pristine surroundings, this beach is ideal for a quiet day out with your friends where you can enjoy the blue waters, the sea breeze and the serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of Chennai.

Location: Covelong, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

open throughout the day

Elliot Beach

Also known as Besant Nagar Beach or Bessie, this place is the end-point of the shore of the Marina beach and it has been named after Edward Elliot, the Governor of Madras when the British ruled India. The beach is one of the cleanest beaches in India, and its serene environment makes it one of the fun places to visit in chennai with friends.

Feeling the sand between your toes, soaking your feet in the sea waters, and enjoying the picturesque beauty of the waters – you and your group will lose the sense of time enjoying yourself in the lap of nature. There are also several restaurants nearby where you can get some delicious seafood at nominal prices.

Location: Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

open throughout the day

Grand Square

One of the best places to go in chennai with friends if you just want to chill, hang out or watch a movie is the magnificent Grand Square Mall. This place offers a perfect blend of shopping, entertainment, and dining. If your group like playing indoor games, you can also try bowling, snooker and VR world within the mall.

Fashionistas and shopping lovers will find a wide variety of brands as well as retail options here, whether it is apparel, accessories, shoes or home décor. And if you get hungry after your shenanigans, there are some budget dining options like McDonald’s and Noodle Doodle. Grand Square is the perfect place for an outing with friends without burning a hole in your pocket.

137, Velachery - Tambaram Main Rd, V.O.C Nagar, Doctor Seetaram Nagar, Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

10 am to 10 pm, every day

Vandalur Zoo

Also known as the Arignar Anna Zoological Park , Vandalur is one of the most fun places to visit in chennai with friends - especially if you love nature and are a wildlife enthusiast. The place was first opened in 1855, and it is the first public zoo in India. It is spread over nearly 1500 hectares and is well-known for its natural conservation program.

The center running the program aims to increase the population of the endangered species of animals from Western and Eastern Ghats by breeding them. You can witness nearly 2300 animals in the zoo in their natural habitat, and also learn about eco-conservation.

Location: Great Southern Trunk Rd, Vandalur, Tamil Nadu 600048, India

open from 9 am to 6 pm, from Wednesday to Monday

Guindy Snake Park

Located near the Children’s Park, the snake park is one of the best Places to visit in Chennai with friends, especially if your group is curious about reptiles. The park houses some of the most exotic species of snakes. Of the thirty species of these curious animals, most are Indian, but you can also see some non-indigenous ones.

Additionally, there are displays showing domestic and exotic crocodiles, turtles and tortoises. And if you want to find out more about these interesting creatures, you can also visit the library and museum located within the park grounds.

Range Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025, India

9 am to 6 pm, every day except Tuesday

Pasha Nightclub

Of the best places to go in chennai with friends if you want to have some fun exploring the nightlife of the city – then Pasha Nightclub is the place you need to be at. It is located within the grounds of The Park Chennai Hotel, and it is decorated primarily with heavy Persian style elements.

The nightclub is one of the major hotspots in the city for the young. The energetic crowd will make you want to dance on the catchy tunes of the club till late into the night. The dance floor is decorated with gorgeous, vibrantly colored LED lights, and you can also get some delicious cocktails here.

Location: 601, The Park, Near US Embassy, Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600006, India

open everyday of the week from 8 pm to 2 am

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Gatsby 2000

For the nightlife loving crowd, Gatsby 2000 is one of the most unmissable Places to visit in Chennai with friends because of the happening party scene of this club. The club is designed with contemporary elements and the dance floor is especially beautiful with neon coloured, vibrant lights flashing all over.

The nightspot also has options for delicious drinks and mouth-watering cocktails, along with some light snacks. The energy of the crowd in this club will keep you grooving to the tunes till late, and it is highly recommended to check out this place with your friends, especially if you are celebrating.

Location: No. 132, Chennai Adyar Park, T T K Road, CIT Colony, Austin Nagar, Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018, India

Timing: 8 pm to 1 am, every day

Viscosity Resto Lounge

If you have a party coming up and are looking for places to go in chennai with friends where you can enjoy delicious food, mouth-watering cocktails and a happening atmosphere with your friends, Viscosity Resto Lounge is the perfect place for you.

This club is known among the locals for its electrifying party crowd, amazing pub, and chic bar. The food and drinks here are a bit on the expensive side, but the sumptuous dishes make up for every penny, and the posh, high-class environment is simply unmatchable.

No. 5, Grande Arcade, Dr. Seetharaman Nagar Road, Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042, India

11 am to 11 pm, every day

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If you and your friends like a quiet day out with nothing but a cup of coffee and some coziness, Chamiers café is your best option in Chennai. The café offers a signature blend of their special coffee, but if that’s not your thing, you can also get the special juice drink of the day.

The chic and sophisticated space is extremely comfortable, and hospitable staff will make your outing even lovelier. The menu at the café also includes options like crisp Dynabites made of melted cheese and jalapenos, bruschetta, and sandwiches. You can finish off the meal with a tasty pastry, but whatever you choose – you will be craving to come back soon at this lovely place!

Location: New # 106, Old # 79, Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar Rd, RA Puram, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028, India 

8 am to 11.30 pm, every day

Writer's Cafe Gopalapuram

True to its name, the writer’s café is a comfortable space where people come to have intimate conversations and enjoy some of the most delicious snacks in the city. If you are planning to go the café with your friends, please note that the space is the most quiet and a lot of people come here to work, so anything loud is not encouraged.

The writer’s café is perfect for those days when you just want to enjoy simple food and a deep conversation with your friends. The décor of the café is heavily rustic with wooden furniture and indoor plants, and there is also a quaint bookshop next door.

Location: 127, Peters Rd, Gopalapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600086, India

9 am to 10.30 pm, open every day of the week

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Wild Garden - The Café at Amethyst

If you want to organize a chic and sophisticated event and are looking for the perfect place – the Wild Garden is ideal. Popular among the younger generation of the city as one of the best Places to visit in Chennai with friends, the café is decorated in an artsy way with haveli styled décor.

There are also gardens and verandas within its grounds where you can enjoy a coffee while soaking in the beautiful views. The café is also close to an Indian clothing boutique, and a flower shop if you and your gang want to explore the area later and spend some time shopping.

Location: No 28, Whites Road, Amethyst, next to Corporation Bank, Royapettah, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600014, India

10 am to 11 pm, open every day of the week 

Pantry D'or Bakery and Café

If you are looking for easygoing and fun places to visit in chennai with friends where you and your group can hang out without any worries, Pantry D'or Bakery and Café is the ideal spot. This sprawling café is well-known all over the city for its delicious baked goods, coffee and snacks.

You can also find a wide range of international dishes here that will make your mouth water and make you want to come back here with your gang over and over again. 

Location: 21/11, 6th Ave, J Block, Annanagar East, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600102, India

10 am to 11 pm from Monday to Thursday and 8.30 am to 11 pm on Friday to Sunday

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Ciclo Cafe and Bicycle Shop

If you or your friends love cycling and want to combine your love of cycling with coffee and snacks, Ciclo is the best place for you to be at. Indeed, it is one of the most unique Places to visit in Chennai with friends, even if you don’t like cycling much, purely because the café if so ingeniously crafted and offers such a unique blend of elements.

And of course, you can always get some delicious snacks, drinks, and international cuisine here. You can also buy premium bicycles, merchandise related to cycling and other accessories, plus some great advice on the sport – all within one café. What more could you ask for?

Location: Old No. 33, New No. 47, Gandhi Mandapam Road, Chitra Nagar, Kotturpuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600085, India

11 am to 10.30 pm from Monday to Friday and 8 am to 10.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday with a break between 10 am and 11 am.

Cafe Mercara Express

If you are looking for places to go in chennai with friends where you can enjoy the chic and sophisticated environment and good food – Café Mercara Express is the right fit for you. This vintage styled restaurant is located within the luxury hotel ITC Grand and it features beautiful décor with chandeliers and wooden furniture.

The menu of the café is primarily international and you can get almost any kind of cuisine here. All the food at the place are made with fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs, whose tantalizing aroma will make you and your friends hungrier than before.

Location: ITC Grand Chola Hotel, Little Mount, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600032, India

open 24 hours

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People Also Ask About Chennai

  1. Which are the historical places to visit in Chennai?

    Here are some of the best historical places to visit in Chennai that you shouldn't miss:

    1. Government Museum
    2. Valluvar Kottam
    3. Fort St George
    4. Alamparai Fort
    5. San Thome Cathedral
  2. Which places are famous in Chennai?

    Here are the most famous places in Chennai:
    -Marina Beach
    -Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar
    -Government Museum
    -Fort St. George
    -Birla Planetarium

  3. Where can I spend a day in Chennai?

    There is a lot to see and do in Chennai, but if you have only one day, then we recommend covering these destinations at the very least:
    -Sri Parthasarathy Temple
    -Government Museum
    -Valluvar Kottam
    -Santhome Cathedral Basilica
    -Kapaleeshwarar Temple
  4. Where can I go with my girlfriend in Chennai?

    Here are the best places to visit in Chennai with your girlfriend:
    -Marina Beach
    -Besant Nagar Beach
    -Cavelong Beach
    -Kipling Café
    -Wild Garden café 

  5. What is there to do in Chennai this weekend?

    Here’s what you can do in Chennai on weekends:
    -Watch the sunset on Marina beach
    -Go for a night safari at the Madras Crocodile Bank
    -Visit Mylapore and spend a day exploring the local legends and folklore
    -Go for a Catamaran boat ride
    -Explore the heritage of the city at the ruins of Alamparai fort

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