As someone new to the city of Chennai, you’re probably looking for a reason to explore all that the city has to offer. And it really does have a lot – from beaches and cafes to universities and tech parks, this city is definitely one of the best places to be in South India. So, don’t stay holed up in your house for rent in Chennai. Get your group of friends together and head into the city for some fun. And to help you maximize on enjoyment, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best places for you to hang out with friends in Chennai. Check it out.
Get some sun at Elliot’s Beach
There’s nothing quite like a beach day with your friends and when it comes to Elliot’s Beach in Besant Nagar, you’re in for a wonderful experience. Relax amidst the sun and the surf or eat your heart out in the line of restaurants heading up to the beach front. And if you and your friends are in a state of perpetual broke-ness, don’t worry. There are a lot of street food vendors here too, so you can enjoy some great food without breaking the bank.
Relax and catch up at Writer’s Cafe
You know those days where you and your group want to hang out but without doing anything too energetic. Writer’s Cafe is the perfect place to do that. If you and your gang are book lovers you’re going to love this Gopala Puram cafe and its selection. The perfect venue for a daytime hangout with your friends. You can spend hours here just relaxing, catching up on each other’s lives, or even working together while enjoying their pocket-friendly menu. A great hit for a weekday hangout.
Entertain yourself at Express Avenue Mall
There’s a reason that malls were invented and it’s because they’re great places for you to chill with your friends. With the best of shopping, food and entertainment on offer, you’re assured of a good time here. Make an evening of it by catching a film at Sathyam Cinemas (it’s just a stone’s throw away), going for a round of bowling and then enjoying a great meal and some retail therapy. The perfect weekend spot for your squad.
Have a picnic at Dakshina Chitra
Want one of those weekend getaway vibes without leaving the city? Dakshina Chitra is the answer for you. Take advantage of a leisure day by heading to this East Coast Road destination and check out their village facade-based architecture. A great place for an Instagram photoshoot and an even better one for a picnic, you and your friends are going to love the serenity and silence that you find here. Great if you all want to unwind after a hectic week.
Catch a sunset at St Thomas Mount
You can’t have a list of places to visit in Chennai without including St Thomas Mount at Guindy. This hilltop offers you a panoramic view of the entire city and is great for a day-trek with your friends. You’ll forget all about rooftop cafes when you experience a sunset or a sunrise from this point, and you could even pack some food and spend your whole day seeing the sights.
Make friends with animals at Vandalur Zoo
Animal lovers, assemble! If your instagram feed is full of cute animal footage, you and your friends will love to spend a day at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur. This is the oldest zoo in India, having been around since 1885, and it also has a world-renowned conservation programme. Walk through the different enclosures and see how many of the two thousand different animals you can spot here, and fill up your phone gallery with some great shots too. Definitely a great choice for nature lovers.
Chill out indoors
There’s no shortage of fun places to visit in Chennai with your friends, but sometimes the best memories come from hanging out at home. And if you live in a great place like Stanza Living which caters to young people like you, you’re going to have a great time. Take advantage of their high-speed internet and stream your favourite movies, or take over the gaming zone in the building and battle it out. Or check out some of the vibrant events in their community programme that make it so easy for you to have fun with friends and roommates without even leaving your house.
And there you have it. These are just some of the best places to hang out with your friends in Chennai. So, get out there and start exploring!