This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for quite some time now. There has been so much happening in the last few months that I couldn’t find the time to complete and post all about my trip to Chennai last October. Now that I have some time on my hands, I dug this one up, edited it, and published it.
Whenever I go to Chennai, I always make it a point to spend some quality time with my family in Amethyst. Located in Gopalapuram (on a parallel road to Satyam theatre), this place is ideal to spend some quiet time drinking coffee n having a snack after seeing a movie.
The ambience in Amethyst is one of the best. You can drink your coffee at your own pace lounging on wicker chairs on a verandah overlooking the garden. Amethyst is a spacious old colonial house (about 150 years old), well-maintained, and surprisingly very quiet and peaceful. I usually go there on weekday afternoons, and so avoid any crowds. I have no idea how it is during evenings and weekends, so I cannot comment on that.
The quality of the snacks and short-eats is quite good. The offerings are similar to those by Coffee Day and Barista – in type as well as quality. They also have a small shop where they sell over-priced trinkets, clothes, and shoes. These may be very attractive to expats who frequent the cafe quite often. Locals will mostly ignore the stuff. In addition, they have a nice flower-shop where they make you quite lovely bouquets.
When we go there, we mostly chill over cold coffees and pastries, talking desultorily, and watching the old fan rotate hypnotically on the ceiling. They used to offer hookahs earlier, but don’t do so any more. The little snub nose spends her time running around, exploring all the plants (there is a lot of greenery), and generally getting under the feet of all the waiters. Thankfully, no accidents this time.
This time, we visited the huge ballroom on the 1st floor where they were having an exhibition of antique furniture. Yes, these days, we are very much into furniture window-shopping. Shoot us, we are old !
Saw a nice sofa-set, which reminded me of the one we used to have when I was a kid. Got quite nostalgic for the good old days, I did !
If interested, Amethyst details are below :
#14/30, Padmavathi Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai