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There are tons of exciting places to visit while in Chennai. Here's a rundown of spots to hang out with your friends and family.

Best Places to Hang Out With Friends in Chennai

If you’re new to the city of Chennai, welcome and let us be the first to show you all that this city has to offer. With its beaches, cafes, universities, tech parks and more, Chennai is one of the most vibrant and happening cities in south India. 

So if you’re looking for a place to hang out with the new friends you’ve made in your ladies hostel in Poonamallee, there are plenty of options. But we bring you a list of some of the coolest hangout spots in the city. Check these out with your group and you’re sure to find a place that will soon become your go-to hangout venue. 

Elliot’s Beach

Sun, sand, and sea are never in short supply in Chennai and that’s the truest when it comes to Elliot’s beach in Besant Nagar. This road is packed with cafes and restaurants so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food or snacks. There are plenty of awesome street food locations in the vicinity too so you don’t need to worry about breaking the bank. Enjoy some sun and chill out at Elliot’s beach with your friends. 

Writer’s Cafe

You don’t need to be a writer to head to this cafe in Gopala Puram, but if you’re a book lover you’re going to be obsessed with their selection and decor. With a really pocket friendly menu and a calm and welcoming ambiance, Writer’s Cafe is the perfect venue for a daytime hangout with your friends and family. You could even come here with your laptop if you want to get some work done while in good company. 

Express Avenue Mall

Sometimes hanging out with friends just has to involve going to a mall and enjoying the best of food, shopping and entertainment. And Express Avenue Mall at Royapettah is the place you should go. 

It’s got a great selection and it’s only a stone’s throw away from Sathyam Cinemas where you can catch a film and head to their bowling alley. You’ll never miss out on fun when you’re at EA so check it out with your group. 

Dakshina Chitra

If you want to get out of the city without getting out of the city, Dakshina Chitra on East Coast Road is the perfect place for you. With a little village facade-inspired architecture, this very Instagrammable spot is perfect for you and your friends to head to for a picnic on a cool day. You’ll definitely love getting away from the traffic of Chennai at this destination.

St Thomas Mount

A list of places to visit in Chennai would be incomplete without St Thomas Mount at Guindy which offers a panoramic view of the whole city. Skip the rooftop cafes and head to this hilltop on a weekend with your crew and you’ll have one of the most relaxing and beautiful experiences. Sunrise and sunset are definitely the best times to visit as the view from the hilltop is spectacular and you can even pack a picnic and make a whole day’s outing here. 

Vandalur Zoo

If you and your friends are nature lovers then one of the best places you could check out is Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur. 

This establishment has been around since 1885 making it the oldest zoo in India and has a world-renowned conservation programme. You can spot over two thousand different animals in their natural habitat here and learn about eco-conservation too. Definitely a must-visit for nature and wildlife lovers.

And there you have it. These are just some of the best places to hang out with your friends in Chennai. This city has a lot to offer and you’re sure to find several hidden gems that are perfect for you and your friends. So, get out there and start exploring!

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