is a great place to visit on your Muslim-friendly tour to India. The culture is modest and respectful, the people are friendly, there are so many great places to see, and let's not forget all the mouthwatering Halal food you can eat. For the best Halal restaurants in Chennai
, check out our other article, but for now, let's get to desserts!
1. Mithai - Indian Sweets
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When in India, eat as the Indians do. Yes, this bustling city has a lot of amazing dessert options, but you cannot miss out on the rich, delectable Indian sweets known as “Mithai”. There are so many amazing local sweet shops all around the city, but for now, let's focus on the best ones:
A2B – Adyar Ananda Bhavan
A2B is one of the most iconic sweet shops in the city. A2B is also a vegetarian restaurant that serves some of the most delectable south Indian fares, but their sweets are to die for! Walk by and the smell of sweet treats made of ghee is sure to fill your nostrils and make your mouth water. Just writing about it is making mine!
Total 37 outlets.
Another iconic local sweet chain store is Shree Mithai. It too doubles as a vegetarian restaurant, but you cannot leave without a bite of sweet mithai. The badam (almond) milk, although technically not a dessert, is one everyone raves about. And make sure to also try their kadju (cashew) barfis.
Total 4 outlets.
Phone: 044 28369999
Sri Krishna Sweets
If someone brings you a box of Indian sweets, the name on the box most likely says Sri Krishna Sweets. This store is so famous and widely available that there's probably one very close to where you are right now, wherever that may be! You can pick up a wide variety of sweets here: from gulab jamuns and barfis to jalebis, Mysore pas and so much more!
Total 34 outlets.
Phone: 044 42136370
Who doesn't love brownies? You might not be able to decide whether fudgy or cakey brownies are better, but one thing you do know is that all brownies are the best! Here's where to get the best brownies in Chennai:
Just as the name says, this place is every brownie lover's dream come true! They've got a wide range of varieties like the classic, almond, red velvet, white chocolate, cheesecake brownies, brownie shakes, doughnie (a doughnut brownie, how ingenious!), and more! With thick hunking slices, you'll also be getting value for money
Total 8 outlets.
Phone: 044 3083 3520
Cafe Coffee Day
While you can definitely enjoy a cup of capuccino and a slice of cake here, one of their best items is the sizzling brownie. And yes, it is as amazing as it sounds! A warm brownie plated on a sizzling platter with chocolate sauce and ice cream. What more could you want?
This cozy little cafe is a great place to get some of the best (and most affordable) brownies in town. It also has an amazing variety of brownies including white chocolate, cookies and cream, Nutella, and more.
3. Ice Cream
Ice cream is a classic dessert all around the world, but it is always just a little bit different to reflect the local cuisine and tastebuds. That's why Chennai is one of the best places to get ice cream, because you can find the famed Indian kulfi as well as international ice creams like gelato and more.
Here are some of the best ice cream shops in Chennai:
Who hasn't heard of this premium ice cream maker? Their ice creams might be a bit on the pricier side, but hey, quality doesn't come cheap and your wallet shouldn't feel too empty if you indulge just once in a while!
Total 3 outlets.
Amadora Gourmet Ice Cream & Sorbet
This gourmet ice cream shop takes inspiration locally and internationally to create some of the most delicious and fascinating flavors, like the s'mores or filter coffee ice cream, ghee cake, tresleches and more. Let's not forget the “Underbaked”, a gooey under baked cake/brownie, that no one can stop raving about!
Total 3 outlets.
This is the best-rolled ice cream joint in Chennai. And the novelty of the way their ice creams are served isn't the only thing that makes them special, but also the amazing flavors and generous servings.
Total 2 outlets.
Phone: 044 30853630
Another great place to get ice cream in Chennai is Cold Stone. The vibrant display of ice creams and toppings draws you in, but the flavors will keep you coming back! You get to choose your flavors and toppings and watch them get hand-mixed on the cold stone before being served in a waffle cone. Yum!
Total 6 outlets.
Phone number: 044 30205510
4. Cakes & Cupcakes
Ah yes, how could we leave out the most popular form of dessert anywhere in the world? Cakes and cake-babies!
The Cupcake Company
Craving cupcakes? You cannot go wrong with the cupcake company because many of their customers claim they have the best cupcakes in town! Classic and unique flavors fill their menu, and we recommend trying their Lady in Red, Pineapple Express, or the Cookies 'n Cream.
Total 2 outlets.
This trendy new online bakery has brought the trendiest new trend to life – cakes in a jar – and it's so, so good! Feast on classic flavors like chocolate mud cake and red velvet cream cheese. They also get bonus points for being super Instagram-worthy! They only do deliveries, so hit them up and get a cake to your doorstep.
Phone: +91 9962076600
Scoffing down an entire slice of cake from cake walk? Oh, that's just a cake walk, cause their cakes are so good. If you're looking for dessert places in the Nungambakam area to get an entire cake for a special occasion, cake walk is where you should be! They have delicious flavor combos and it's pretty affordable too.
Total 2 outlets.
Phone: 044 28252829
5. Ice Cream Cake
So, you want dessert, but can't decide between cake or ice cream? How about both!
Ibaco is the best ice cream cake spot in the city. They have some of the most delicious and unique flavour combinations that are sure to keep you coming back to try more. The bill is calculated based in weight, so you can have as many scoops of ice cream and as many toppings as you'd like – and you'll never be overcharged (or undercharged either, I guess?).
Total 17 outlets.
Chennai's pastries might not be as good as the ones you'd get in Paris, but they're surely more than good enough to satisfy your taste buds while you save up for a trip there!
Nicky's Cafe & Fine Pastries
This cafe is a great place to head to with friends and family for breakfast or brunch, but you'll definitely want to stay for dessert. Although not as extensive, their dessert menu consists of amazing dishes like the brownie rocky road, frozen masala chai, fruit trifle, and more.
Address: Fagun Mansion, 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai.
The French Loaf
The French Loaf is another popular chain of dessert shops in Chennai where you can enjoy a delectable variety of pastries and other baked goods. If you're looking to find dessert shops near you in Chennai, you'll probably be able to spot one of these!
Total 38 outlets.
Yes, the doughnut craze has arrived in Chennai as well! From international brands to local ones, there are plenty of places to sink your teeth into those delectable, fluffy, fried balls of dough!
Krispy Kreme is a doughnut brand that needs no introduction because it is already made a name for itself all around the world. Well, now its captured the hearts of Chennaities as well!
This is another multinational donut franchise that is just as famous as Krispy Kreme. We can't tell you which is better, but we can tell you their donuts are delicious!
Address: G-13, Ground Floor, Phoenix Market City, Velachery Road, Velachery, Chennai.
Phone: 044 33011690
Now, this one's a local chain of donut shops that you can find in Chennai. A good variety of flavours and donuts that are soft and buttery make them just as good as the seasoned veterans. Try their triple chocolate donut, you won't be sorry!
Total 7 outlets.
Phone: 044 48574400
NOTE: None of these places are Halal-Certified, although most of these places have assured us there are no animal products or alcohol in the preparation of their desserts. Many of them are also vegetarian only. So please do check with the staff beforehand.