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Where to Find Chiang Mai's Best Cafes

Coffee in Chiang Mai is a big deal, and it’s as much about the beans as it is about the experience of sitting down in a carefully decorated cafe and snapping the perfect shot for Instagram. While you can grab a latte from just about any corner in the city these cafes stand out for their terrific treats and wow-factor.

This kitschy and colourful café is located near Wat Phra Singh which anchors the Sunday Walking Street to the west in the Old City. The cosy vibe of My Secret Secret Café in Town extends to the delicious pastries, which have a very homemade feel. While they have a varied lunch menu, you should definitely save room for the Oreo brownies and s’mores cupcakes.

Serve breakfasts, waffles, salads, noodles, toasties, sandwiches and a variety of delicious home baked goods. To boot we have a huge array of hot & cold drinks and a fully stocked bar. Live music by local musicians every Tuesday night from 7:30pm.

Open Daily 10:00 - 22:00

Offering a bit more seating room than the original Ristr8to just around the corner on Nimmanhaemin, Ristr8to holds up the café’s reputation for serious cups of coffee and elegant latte art. Each cup of coffee is roasted, ground, and expressed to perfection, and served with a flourish. If coffee isn’t for you, this café starts serving alcohol in the late afternoon and takes on more of a bar vibe. Popular with students and laptop-toting digital nomads, seating may be hard to come by, but Ristr8to Lab is well worth a stop for one of the best espresso coffees in town.

Open 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., closed Tuesdays.

This is by far the best local beans and roast you can experience in Chiangmai

Quality coffee that serves a bigger mission.You can buy freshly roasted beans of their own production.

Akha Ama is a Socially empowered enterprise with locally sourced quality coffee.

There are 3 locations for you to enjoy our coffee:

Open Daily 08:00 - 16:30

The Baristro boasts several location around Chang Mai. Each branch has a slightly different look and feel but each serves the same great coffee and some of the best desserts we've had at local cafes. Check out the cafe at The Barisotel by Baristro on Nimmanhaemin Soi 9 or the cafe inside One Nimman.

Or The Baristro At Train Station Call 065 354 1963

Open daily 9:00 a.m. -  7:00 p.m. 

Between Sois 13 and 15 Nimmanhaemin Road

While not technically a café, the Monsoon Teahouse is definitely heaven for any lover of chai, or in Thai, “chaa.” To complement a unique menu of Lanna Thai dishes, the café serves an astonishing variety of teas, many of which are grown in their very own plantations in the hills north of Chiang Mai. Housed in an airy space with a retro feel, Monsoon Teas creates the perfect atmosphere for lounging.

Open 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

328/3 Charoenrat Road opposite Embassy House Condo

Located on the east side of the Ping river, this lush café and art gallery seems more like a flower shop that just happens to serve delicious coffee, cakes and Thai food. A favourite of both locals and the hip Bangkok crowd, Woo Café is a great place to catch up with friends or to do a bit of shopping at their curated lifestyle shop.

You will find good taste food,cake and coffee here.

Further more, after your meal ,you can enjoy the art gallery and beautiful handmade products from this place. The shop opens 10 am. to 10 pm. and from breakfast to dinner. Visit Woo

Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

80 Charoenrat Road, Wat Ket

Another great Old City hideaway, the Fern Forest cafe is equally stunning inside and out. The outside garden area is stunningly lush and green, making you feel instantly cool and relaxed, while the clean, bright interior is tastefully decorated in a romantic colonial style. Their menu ranges broadly from Thai to Western favourites, but they are best known for their delicious cakes.

Open 8:30 a.m. -  8:30 p.m., closed Tuesdays.

54 Singharat 1 Alley

Chiang Mai's coffee scene is a great example of an imported culture flavoured by Lanna heritage to create a vibrant new tradition. Whatever your coffee or café preference, if you can pull yourself away from your private pool villa or Master Suite, Chiang Mai can provide for all tastes, and visiting the recommended cafés above is an excellent introduction to the caffeinated delights found in the city.

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