Chances are that if you have lived in Chennai for a reasonable amount of time, you have had your Amethyst moment. The de-facto meet-up spot in the city, there is nothing quite like this massive and verdant cafe. Practically, an island in the middle of the busy Express Avenue, tropical-greens and fountains nestle garden chairs at the Amethyst. Parking is not a problem with miles upon miles of dedicated space inside the compound, but mosquitos can be annoying in the evenings. The open-porch is done in beautiful colonial style. You can spend your time picking through 'Amethysts Bakeshop', competent 'Cafe Staples' and pours of 'French Press Coffee'.