Amethyst, the iconic café boutique set in a beautiful heritage bungalow, burnished by the patina of time, evolved, over the years into a unique and, to many, unforgettable experience; one that has been described in myriad ways by a many visitors – from journalists to celebrities from many walks in life.
Last year, Amethyst quietly and seamlessly shifted its premises and proved, to the delight of its many clients, that Amethyst is, indeed, a movable feast. Its new avatar is both bold and gracious and stunningly individual. A large warehouse, charmingly converted into the café, flower shop and store, embraced by the classic wrap-around verandah that defined the earlier café and goes a step further here, offering a greater sense of space and greenery then anyone would believe possible, Amethyst’s new, and now permanent home draws people into its picturesque oasis of green, right in the very heart of Chennai. Here, as you step onto the winding walkway that leads to the café, you see the signature Amethyst garden..potted ferns, lotus ponds, a patio with tables and chairs, and the sprawling verandah with the same comfortable old tables and chairs beckoning you to forget your cares, or, at the very least, drown them in an iced tea or a sinful (whatever). For those who prefer it, there is an air conditioned section, a quiet, dim haven of peace, although many, despite the heat and humidity of summer, choose to lounge in the verandah. As you rediscover your favourite store, you will enjoy the ‘something old, something new’ mystique that offers you unexpected treasures that quite simply take your breath away….the familiar old black and white chequered floor, evocative not just of the old Amethyst, but of genteel cafes of yesteryear; thicket of dense greenery to one side of the building, offering the lucky onlooker a glimpse of a contented cat basking in the shade (yes, even the cats have shifted!); the beautiful, spacious flower shop, displaying its brightly hued orchids and flowers through an all-glass frontage. A sweeping staircase takes you to the store upstairs, a large, air-conditioned room with an eclectic mix of styles, both modern in appearance and ambience, and classic as seen in the old wooden display cabinets.. Looking up you are swept away by two large circular glass windows offering a wide sweep of sky, portholes to the world outside! Each section has its own niche, with open display and easy access….
Amethyst having wonderful stock of Amrapali Gold and Silver jewellery. Leading clothing designers like Neeru Kumar, Pero, Jason & Anshu, Sunita Shanker, Sonam Dubal, Vivek Narag, Kimono, Tarun Tahiliani, Anuradha Vakil, Christina, Haveli and many others……
Next to Corporation Bank
Whites Road, Royapettah
Chennai 600 014
T: (044) 42158062