On any boring day at work or college, a plate of crispy papdi topped with sweet curd, a mix of chutneys and some fresh sev can add that much needed spunk. Imagine getting back home after a drab day only to be greeted by a plate of panipuri or vada pav! While Chennai might not have the Dilli ka chaat or Bambaiyya vada pav, we do have our own versions of chaat at various nooks and corners of the city. So if you are looking to add a bit of tangy twist to your mundane day, here are a few options you can try out:

Sowcarpet Shops

The area is the hub of north Indian community in Chennai and the area has some of the best chaat options in the city. It is a no-brainer, right! From Kakada Ramprasad’s dahi-soaked chaats to Mehta’s crispy vadas in soft pav with a tempting spicy chutney; the place abounds in chaat options. If you can spare some time and come over to this part of the town, we promise you will be in chaat-istan.

Ajnabi Mithai Ghar, Fountain Plaza

This is one of the oldest shops in Chennai and was set up in early 1950s. Ajnabee Sweets is the one who started Mumbai chaats here in the city. Even if you walk in on a weekday evening, it is full of people waiting to get their hands on their delicious chaats. Crispy palak chaat, dahi bhalla, sev puri and pao bhaji, the place is pure haven for chaat-lovers.  Ajnabi now has branches in Alwarpet and OMR. So if you don’t have the energy to go all the way to Egmore, you might as well try out chaat at these two places.

Kolkata Chaat, Spencer Plaza

If you have been to Spencer Plaza recently, you would probably have been sad at how this old mall has lost its sheen over the years. Most of the old outlets have shut shop. But one place that has stood the test of time is the Kolkata Chaat shop located in the second phase. Office-goers, college students and tourists take a pit stop at this popular chaat shop to savour their panipuris, dahi papdi chaat and bhelpuri in the evening.


It is probably a name that needs not much introduction. Since 1990, Gangotri chats have been a staple for chaat-parched souls in the city. They have outlets in T Nagar, Cathedral Road, Adyar, Anna Nagar, Ascendas and Express Avenue. Their curd based chaats, dabeli, bread channa and samosa channa are simply yummylicious!

Mansuk’s, T Nagar

The place has been a mecca for Gujarati and Rajasthani snacks and thalis since 1947. But it also serves a great variety of delicious chaats. The place undoubtedly has the best dhoklas in town. They are airy, spongy and light. Not just that, go there for their dahi kachori, cheese pav bhaji and Bombay bhel puri. You will not be disappointed.