Here’s How to Explore Chennai Like a Localite

Want to feel the uniqueness of Chennai, a perfect blend of orthodox and modern cosmopolitan culture? Then take your backpack, book a budget hotel in Chennai and get ready to experience Chennai like a locality. Because you cannot see the real Chennai unless you keep your tourist’s shades away!

The first thing you’ll need to explore Chennai like a locality, is sunscreen! And it’s not a joke. Chennai knows only three types of climate – hot, hotter and hottest. So don’t forget to keep sunscreen, sunglasses and cotton clothes in your backpack for a comfortable Chennai trip.

Now let us have a look at the tips to be a ‘locality’ tourist at Chennai.

What and where do the locals of Chennai eat?

  • Breakfast of Idli and Medu Vada at Ratna Cafe, Triplicane High Road. People love Idli Sambar, Filter Coffee, Pongal, Jalebi, Plain Dosa, Vada Sambar and Ghee Masala Dosa at this pure vegetarian and no alcohol restaurant.
  • Hot Filter Coffee at Hot Chips, Adyar.
  • Biryani at Charminar Biryani, Royapetah.
  • Hot Samosa, Jalebi and Lassi at Bombay Lassi, behind Devi Theatre, Ellis Road.
  • Kher Lassi at Anmol Mohit Lassi, Elephant gate, George Town.
  • Cold Rose Milk at Kaalathi News Mart, Vinayaka Nagar Colony.
  • Bread Omelette, grilled sandwich, Chilli Cheese Toast at a small food stall outside the Alsa Mall on Egmore.
  • Bajjis and Bondas at Jannal Kadai at the Vinayaka Nagar Colony.
  • Badam milk along with verities of chaats and sweets served at Kakada Ram Prasad food joint at George Town.

What are the places of attraction for locals in Chennai?

  • Marina Beach, Elliot’s Beach and all other beaches – locals love to start their days jogging on the beaches and also spending their evenings at the beaches.
  • George Town – It is home to one of the busiest market places. Roaming around the place still reminds the 16th century colonial era.
  • Santhome Church – This neo-gothic style church is very popular among local Catholics.
  • Pulicat Lake – it is India’s second-largest lagoon after Chilka Lake. Cuddling love bird and pink flamingos attract locals to this pristine beauty of nature.
  • Cholamandal Artist’s Village – This village of artists mesmerize and inspires the locals of Chennai.
  • East Coast Road (ECR) – This is a stretch of well-maintained 690Kms road along the coast of Bay of Bengal. This road is considered a paradise for bikers. All local bikers love riding along ECR.
  • Higginbotham’s bookstore – The bookstore situated at the Mount Road is not only the oldest bookstore in India but also the most favourite spot for book lovers of Chennai.

Where do the local shoppers of Chennai go shopping?

  • Nagar Market – Localites visit this market for taking all kinds of household items as well as for Silk Sarees.
  • Sowcarpet – This market is visited for lahanga and salwar suits at wholesale prices.
  • Ritchie Street – It is famous for locally made electronic items that do not come with a warranty however they can be as good as the branded electronics (but its not guaranteed).
  • Nungambakkam – This market is popular among the brand lovers. This place is famous for its luxury and branded items.
  • Spencer Plaza – This is Chennai’s largest shopping destination and the oldest shopping mall of India. It houses more than 400 stores.
  • Pondy Bazaar – It is a great bargain bazaar where locals of Chennai go for street shopping. Clothes and footwear can be brought here at extremely affordable rates.
  • Cotton Street – As the name suggests this is a hub for best quality cotton fabrics, an ideal thing for the Chennai’s humid weather.

Prepare your itinerary and to-do list of your Chennai vacations based on these favourite spots of locals of Chennai.  Hope you have the most wonderful experience exploring Chennai like the localites.