1. Fully immerse yourself in nature while having a refreshing drink – Fuk-Kaew Cafe & Bistro
Always wanted to visit a nature-themed cafe like Jungle De Cafe in Bangkok, but find it too crowded? In that case, you’ll love Fuk-Kaew Cafe!
You’ll definitely spot the cafe from far, upon seeing the giant pumpkin house near the entrance. Located near a small waterfall, Fuk-Kaew Cafe has both indoor and outdoor areas for visitors to enjoy their drinks.
The indoor area is cosy and clean, perfect for those who prefer admiring the scenery while hiding out from the sun.
However, the outdoor area is the real highlight of the cafe, where you can chill and have your drinks on a small terrace within the lake, with a parasol providing you shade from the sun!
Creatively furnished like a water playground, there’s also a small swing and a little bamboo boat for everyone to have fun in the water – perfect for families coming along with kids!
Ahh…fresh waterfalls, beautiful greenery, and a cup of ice cold coffee…can the day get even better?
Fuk-Kaew Cafe & Bistro
Price: From 80 Baht / USD $2.50 Address: 1096 Tambon Pong Yaeng, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 85 038 2265 Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 5.30pm
Welcome to the Smurfs’ hometown (or the closest we’ve ever found to it)!
Tucked away in the countryside, you can live the life of a Smurf in the little mushroom clay houses in Leafy Greens, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
While Leafy Greens is first a place travellers can stay at, their cafe is definitely worth a visit if you’re just dropping by too. The quaint little houses make for great backdrops to capture the beautiful memories you make here. 🙂
At night, the place lights up, casting a magical atmosphere on the entire area, which is made even better with the tender steak and wine in the cafe!
While we haven’t found the Smurfs’ actual hometown, this is as close to it as it gets. After all, it’s supposed to be a secret haven, undiscovered by humans…
Price: Drinks from 45-160 Baht / USD $1.40-4.90); Mains from 220-1200 Baht / USD $6.75-36.80 Address: 71 Chotana Rd, Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 92 252 8558 Opening hours: Wed-Sun from 11am to 8pm; Closed from Mon-Tue
3. Find your zen in a Japanese Bamboo Garden – Nekoemon Cafe Chiang Mai
How does spending time in a little Japanese bamboo garden with some yummy mochi sound to you?
If you like that, you’ll love Nekoemon, a small Japan-themed cafe with its very own bamboo forest and garden that looks similar to the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine from Kyoto!
Step in and you’ll find bamboo trees along the pathway to the cafe, followed by a small, calm lake lined with rocks with a beautiful Japanese bridge arched over it.
Inside, you’ll find a variety of delectable Japanese treats! From snacks (like Strawberry & Red Bean Mochi) to mains (like Tonkatsu), the food comes from homemade recipes by a Japanese chef himself – so you’re getting authentic Japanese dishes right in Chiang Mai!
Don’t forget to try their iced drinks with the cutest 3D neko (meaning ‘cat’ in Japanese) coffee art to cool off from the afternoon heat!
Nekoemon Cafe Chiang Mai
Price:From 35-175 Baht / USD $1-5.40 Address: 107/3 หมู่ที่ 2 Chumphu, Saraphi District, Chiang Mai 50140, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 98 585 2866 Opening hours: Thu-Tue from 10am to 10pm; Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm
4. Get your Matcha-needed rest in a Japanese Teahouse – Magokoro Teahouse
Love everything Matcha? This is the place for you.
As the shop name implies (Magokoro refers to ‘true heart’), one can trust the friendly staff to make your visit an enjoyable one.
Opened by a young couple in 2017, Magokoro Teahouse is the first Japanese teahouse in Chiang Mai that offers authentic Japanese teas and desserts like Matcha and Houjicha.
Furnished with low roofs and earthy tones to make up the traditional Japanese teahouse, the cafe also has an outdoor area where visitors can enjoy the greenery and bamboo trees outside.
Their menu has garnered many positive reviews for their high-quality teas and fresh desserts – and not to forget how they make for aesthetic Instagram shots – so you could afford to go a little crazier and treat yourself to a few more desserts!
Price: From 100 Baht / USD $3 Address: 191/1 Sridonchai Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 81 583 2544 Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 9pm
5. When comfort meets fine dining – Daddy’s Antique Cafe & Restaurant
So let’s start by saying that I basically want, and need, to try everything on this menu.
Not only is the food on another level, with some of the culinary world’s greatest classics on the plates, all presented beautifully, of course.
As the name suggests, this place is all about antiques, which are all hand-picked and chosen by the owner’s father – who happens to be an avid antique lover with collectables from all over the world – and hence, the name.
You can always tell when someone has taste, and here, you can see it all over the walls – excuse the pun… Beautifully designed and spaced, truly.
They also make their own pasta, which changes the entire eating and food experience, if you’re a foodie like myself. All their pasta dishes are standouts and you have to try their Rotolo Bolognese and Lobster Fra Diavolo – done true Italian style – and their lobsters are imported fresh from the US every Friday.
Other mouth-watering dishes to be tried: Chicken roasted with apple cider; Cheesy truffle fries; Asparagus and pork chop with a buttermilk mash and don’t get me started on the sweets!
Creme brulee french toast, Triple chocolate cheesecake, no just stop it now!
Daddy’s Antique Cafe & Restaurant
Price: From 65 Baht / approx. USD $2 Address: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 94 764 1441 Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 10pm
6. Simple but delicious coffee and breakfast from a vintage trailer – Trailer Coffee
Kickstart your day with some delicious coffee from this little vintage trailer!
Every day feels like a lazy Sunday morning at Trailer Coffee’s, with their iconic little yellow trailer serving up quality coffee made from locally-sourced coffee beans. The vintage decor and friendly staff make up a great atmosphere at the cafe, especially on Sundays where live music is provided!
Feel free to pick up the guitar and strum away, or simply spend your time enjoying the ambience of the cafe. Time spent here will definitely be soothing for your soul. 🙂
If you’re looking to grab breakfast here, you could also try their hearty noodle soups that tastes extra comforting in the cool morning.
Price: From 40 Baht / USD $1.25 Address: Sridonchai Rd, Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100 (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 84 166 1821 Opening hours: Daily from 7.30am to 2pm (Closed on Saturdays)
[RELOCATED] 7. Your classic art museum with a twist – Thongma Studio Mae Rim
Art lovers unite! The great coffee and interesting art pieces at Thongma Studio will definitely pique your interest!
Set in classic red brick walls with unique art sculptures and pottery pieces, Thongma Studio gives off the feeling of a small European museum.
However, unlike usual museums, the cafe has a much more lively ambience, peppered with small potted plants and a small outdoor area full of lush, tropical plants!
The artistic atmosphere here even extends to their coffee art, where lattes are decorated with the face of a mysterious woman resembling a goddess!
Thongma Studio Mae Rim
Price: From 85 Baht / USD $2.82 Address: Relocated to 359 ม.1 ถนนแม่ริม – สะเมิง Mae Raem, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 94 639 2854 Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 5:30pm
8. Get whimsical with unique photo props and Chinese-style decorations – Koland Cafe
Rabbit-shaped paper lanterns, Chinese vases, and colourful lamps and pillows, these are some of the knick-knacks you can find in Koland Cafe.
Originally a Chinese-themed boutique, the cafe has expanded and included contemporary styles into their furnishings, such as chic lampstands, modern white wood table tops, and little potted plants.
While the cafe may not be huge, the entire place looks interesting and lively, and the different decorations blend well together as a whole – to make for pleasing shots for your Instagram feed!
An afternoon here can be fun and relaxing, exploring the different corners of the cafe while tasting delights from their menu offering Asian cuisines such as Chicken Rice and more!
Price:From 100 Baht / USD $3 Address: Nimmanhaemin Soi 1, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000 (Coordinates here – Note: Koland Cafe is situated along the stretch of Nimmanhaemin Soi 1.) Contact: +66 61 274 2112/ Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm
9. Discover a secret otherworldly garden – Clay Studio Cafe in the Garden
The first thing you should know about this cafe, is that it’s located in a secret terracotta arts garden surrounded by a high brick wall, and featuring Cobblestone paths, moss covered statues, the sound of trickling water and birds chirping – you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped right into a secret world upon stepping in.
Statues of elephants, Buddha and other sculptures are scattered about the grounds that only add to the otherworldly garden vibes.
The spacious outdoor area is filled with large wooden tables, chairs, and benches to create a tranquil environment – beckoning you to stay for hours on end. Definitely a great place to spend an afternoon sipping on iced coffees or Thai iced tea.
Admire the intricate designs carved in the furniture and wall decorations. The attention to detail is very impressive. (Oooh, and the artwork is available for sale too!)
Listen to the birds chirping and the rustling of wildlife in the dense rainforest while indulging in a traditional Thai curry, fresh spring rolls or decadent dessert. Wouldn’t you love a day here feeling like you’re Mary in your own Secret Garden? (Frances Hodgson Burnett, anyone?)
We sure would. *heart eyes*
Clay Studio Cafe in the Garden
Price:Drinks from 55 Baht / USD $1.50; Mains from 75 Baht / USD $2.10 Address: 36 Pra Pok Klao Rd Soi 2, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 53 278 187 Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
10. Brighten up your Instagram feed with positive, pink vibes – On Cloud Nine
We wear pink on Wednesdays, but at On Cloud Nine, pink is an everyday affair.
With various Instagrammable photo spots here, your travel photos will look extra cute! The neon light decor and minimalist style ensure that your pretty, pink photos look classy.
Make it fun and dress up in pink! You’ll fit right in with the playful interior of the cafe. 😉
If you want a mix of hues in your photos, you could also head outside to include some of the greenery, blue shade, and flowers!
The sweetness in the cafe doesn’t just stop at the decorations – the desserts on the menu are as delightful as well. With their signature Unicorn Bubble Tea and colourful shaved ice desserts, the entire cafe atmosphere is 100% happy and uplifting!
On Cloud Nine
Price: From 100-250 Baht / USD $3-7.60 Address: 5 ซอย 9 Nimmanahaeminda Road, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 65 478 0688 Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 8pm
11. Loosen up with some live music outdoors – Slope Motion Studio & Cafe
If you’re an indie music lover, you’ll love Slope Motion Studio & Cafe. Live music performances are held at the cafe regularly, so you can jam to the best beats while having a latte!
The chill vibes here complements the coffee well, and the ambience is made even better at night when the place is lit up beautifully by a campfire and hanging lights.
Listening to music on the grassy porch is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience as if you’re attending a live concert – minus the crowd, heat, and noise! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your favourite cuppa in the cosy atmosphere. This will definitely make for a memorable night in Chiang Mai.
You wouldn’t want to miss out on the cinnamon rolls here – they’re highly recommended by past patrons!
Slope Motion Studio & Cafe
Price: From 55 Baht / USD $1.70 Address: Soi Suthep 5, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat, Chiang Mai 50200 (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 095 678 3940 Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm
12. An fairytale-themed adventure for those who never grow old – Into The Woods
Immerse yourself in your favourite bedtime stories in this fairytale-themed cafe!
Into The Woods has brought our favourite classic fairytale scenes to life with its wall mural. There’s Little Red Riding Hood in the forest, Hansel and Gretel’s magical gingerbread house, and Cinderella’s glass slipper in the corner!
Frolic around the ‘forest’ in the cafe and take some photos with the photogenic backdrops, or simply grab a book from the library corner – and jump right back into the wonderful fantasy tales.
Ever wondered how the iconic sweet treats in the stories tasted? Try those ginger cookies and colourful cream rolls for yourself here!
TripCanvas Tip: Get your own customised latte art from the barista! She specialises in animal-shaped latte art. 😉
Into The Woods
Price: From 85 Baht / USD $2.60 Address: 191 193 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 81 531 7793 Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 8pm
13. Let out your inner Picasso and doodle away – Bart Coffee
Pick up a marker and start doodling away on any empty space you can find on the walls! Yup, we promise you, you won’t get in any trouble for doing that here.
At Bart Coffee, the owner even provides you with the markers to let you do just that!
Perfect for those who just want to hole up alone and read a book, Bart Coffee can also be a place for you and your friends to have fun while leaving your scribbles on the walls and ledges.
With a friendly smile, the owner whips up a mean cup of coffee using single-origin locally sourced coffee beans that has a natural complex flavour. If you’re unsure of what to order, try their signature Dirty Mocha that has all his patrons raving about it!
While this place may be a hidden gem amongst the locals, the owner speaks relatively good English, so don’t be afraid of having to experience major language barriers here. 🙂
Price: From 60-85 Baht / USD $1.90-2.60 Address: 51 Moon Muang Rd Lane 6, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 099 049 4688 Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 4.30pm
14. Enjoy speciality coffee from a hip, environmentally-friendly store – RK Cafe by Omnia
Found in Chiang Mai’s trendiest street, RK Cafe has a cool shop front with an old vintage Vespa while Thai brand, Rubber Killer Flagship store, sells all kinds of fashionable bags and accessories made from discarded rubber tyres at the back.
Defining modern environmentalism, RK Cafe by Omnia offers a unique experience for visitors with its chill vintage vibes and minimalist hipster offerings – perfect for those looking for a statement piece that speaks of their love for the environment!
Sip on your usual cold brew, or take on the special menu from the barista if you’re feeling a little more adventurous! You might get some quirky drinks like the Mojito Mocktail that comes with an espresso shot too. 😉
Take some time off to enjoy your coffee, take photos, and shop around the store. You never know if you would find a little something to bring back home!
RK Cafe by Omnia
Price: From 60-150 Baht / USD $1.85-4.60 Address: Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 11, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200 (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 82 381 6644 Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 4pm
15. The art-lovers’ favourite hangout to read, relax, and enjoy – The Meeting Room Art Cafe
Talking to a stranger in the cafe sounds awkward, but at The Meeting Room Art Cafe, creative souls can easily break the ice by chit-chatting about the different art pieces on display – a great way to meet like-minded friends!
If you happen to spot the owner, Jo, feel free to ask him anything about the cafe! His knowledge of the arts will definitely impress you. 🙂
Don’t be surprised if you can’t find the art piece you spotted last month too, since the cafe refreshes the works on display every month to allow for new local artists to feature their work.
Those who can’t take spicy Thai food will rejoice for the fact that the menu offers Western dishes like paninis, salads, and homemade cakes.
Of course, when you’re done exploring all the exhibits, feel free to head over to the bookshelf and pick a comfortable spot to have a relaxing read by yourself!
The Meeting Room Art Cafe
Price: From 100 Baht / USD $3 Address: 89 Charoen Raj Rd, Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000 – opposite Ket Karam Temple (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 80 627 9219 Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 8pm
16. Tea time with a giant paper teddy bear – Kradas Cafe
At Kradas Cafe, they take the usual origami art up a notch by creating gigantic paper crafts up to the average size of a human!
The place is perfect for a high-tea session in the afternoons, taking photos with all the creative paper decorations and Instagram-worthy desserts. The cute paper decorations make for interesting photo props with their unique texture and appearance.
Foodwise, all the desserts here are made to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings – so go ahead and indulge yourself in the highly recommended coconut crepe and cake, which comes with generous portions of cream and coconut fillings!
Check out the paper huskies, owls, and unicorns for sale at the store if you want to bring back a special keepsake! It’ll make the perfect gift for your nephew/niece.
TripCanvas Tip: Head down on the weekdays instead to avoid the crowds!
Price:Drinks from 65-95 Baht / USD $2-2.90 Address: Ton Pao, San Kamphaeng District, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 053-386-666/ 081 881 3623 Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
18. Join the happy-go-lucky giraffes for a meal – Skati Island
Personally, I’ve never thought that a giraffe-themed cafe could exist.
Sure there are dog cafes, cat cafes, and all sorts of animal cafes out there, but it’s hard to bring a giraffe cafe to life when it’s impossible to bring the tall-necked creatures into a room.
Nevertheless, Skati Island has managed to solve that problem by letting every patron have fun, and don a giraffe hat to celebrate their love for the beloved animal!
Over here, you’ll always see the staff wearing bright smiles and dressed in their quirky giraffe hats, making your food and drinks fresh right in front of you.
One of the cutest concepts we have seen, the menu here also conveys the same bright, happy vibes with tropical iced desserts, fruity drinks, and the cheesiest sandwiches (hello, Instagram-worthy cheese pull!).
Don’t forget to bring your friends down so that everyone can dress up as giraffes and take a bunch of hilarious and candid photos!
Price:From 49-149 Baht / USD $1.504.60 Address: Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 17, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 81 711 7212 Opening hours: Daily from 12pm to 9.30pm
19. Get your art inspiration at a zero waste store – Free Bird Cafe
Way before sustainable living started being a thing (thankfully), Free Bird Cafe has been doing their part for the environment by providing vegetarian options (now completely vegan!) and reducing waste.
Operating since 2009, the cafe is actually a social enterprise where 100% of its proceeds go to helping Burmese refugees settle into their new lives.
Want to give a hand as well? Shop around the zero waste store in the cafe! The preloved items (there’s colouring books, vintage scarfs, and more) in the store come with a cheaper price tag, and encourages the recycling movement.
What a great way to help people pick up environmentally-friendly shopping habits!
Moving on to the food, the healthy menu consists of a wide variety of dishes, including Thai and Burmese food. The tea leaf salad here is famous for its unique taste and texture, so don’t leave without trying it.
Editor’s Note: On a more personal level, some of us at TripCanvas are trying to cultivate more sustainable consumption habits in 2019 such as reducing our plastic usage (no to plastic bags when buying groceries for example), and using recyclable tumblers for our coffees, etc. Cafes such as this are a gem. ❤
Free Bird Cafe
Price:From 75-210 Baht / USD $2.30-6.45) Address: 14 ถนนศิริมังมังคลาจารย์ Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 81 028 5383 Opening hours: Tue-Sat from 9am to 5pm; Closed from Sun-Mon
20. Have some of Grandma’s homemade cakes and sweets – Cozy Coffee & Bistro
There’s no place on Earth like Grandma’s place, endless mountains of fresh cookies and cakes, and the comforting feeling of being right at home.
At Cozy Coffee & Bistro, you can unwind from your hectic schedule and go back to your carefree childhood days while polishing off homemade sweet treats!
This sweet American cottage-themed cafe looks like it came right out of a movie from the ‘50s, bringing along with it a homely and – as its name implies – cosy feeling.
Relax on the porch under the trees or sip some tea in the indoor space decorated with sweet, floral wallpapers and pink curtains – both great places for you to savour a little afternoon snack.
Now that we’re talking about the food, their all-day breakfast has won the hearts of many patrons, and is definitely worth trying! You could pair it with their coffee that has also got many visitors returning for another cup!
With all that pampering at Cozy’s, you’ll definitely leave the cafe all charged up and ready for more travelling adventures. 🙂
Cozy Coffee & Bistro
Price:Cakes from 70 Baht / USD $2.15 Address: Hai Ya, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 85 956 5567 Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
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