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Written by Fiona G Mokry
Co-written by Dawn Pillay

Locals and expats alike have a deep love for Chiang Mai, and it’s no surprise why.

Nestled in the peaceful mountains of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is an escape from the big city grind. Surrounded by lush greenery and gorgeous scenery, this city is praised for its natural beauty and unique atmosphere.

Contributing to the hip vibes of Chiang Mai are the abundance of chic cafes and coffee shops. At every turn, there is another more creative and unique than the last.

A trip to the “Rose of the North” (the local nickname for the city) is not complete without a visit to some of these unexpected and exceptional spots.

Wondering where to go? We’ve rounded up 29 of the coolest cafes around in Chiang Mai, just for you!

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1. Feel like you’re swinging between the trees at this waterfall cafe – Jungle De cafe

Come get lost in the wild at this cafe situated next to and above a giant cascading waterfall!

The seating area is breathtaking with the waterfall falling between two bridges of the cafe, and the natural views are unimaginable.

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Again you get to bounce around on nets (this time high, HIGH above water ), or enjoy inside-seating in a complete glass house – so you still get to feel like you’re within the canopy, with views to boot.

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Enjoy a chocolate latte as the sounds of nature fill your ears, oh we just love it here!

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PS: They also have a Jungle Coaster & Zipline tour for those wanting to have a bit of fun.

Jungle De Cafe

Price: Coffees from 80 Baht / approx. USD $2.47
Address: Pongyang Jungle Coaster Zipline Camp & Resort. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai  (Coordinates here)
Contact: 053 106 327
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm


2. It’s like Thailand’s version of Ubud? – Brandnew Field Good (Temporarily closed)

Coffee in fields of green anyone? Me, please! Come get lost among the rice paddies in this cute little outside setup as you surround your soul with beauty and the slow paced life.

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A wooden bridged pathway leads the way through the fields and we have to say, it makes for some really beautiful photographs.

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Their barista makes a good fresh, strong coffee so if you’re on the hunt for a real caffeine kick, this is the Field.

The place is quite quirky actually, from their cutlery to their desserts – try their Baffles – waffles in a bowl with yummy toppings!

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They are also a homestay, so if you’re looking for a night’s getaway, they’ve got you covered.

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Brand New Field Good

Price: Coffees from 70 Baht / Approx. USD $2
Address: 210, Tambon Ban Pong, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand  (Coordinates here )
Contact:  +66 97 978 8456
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm


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3. Live in a fairytale for a day – Whimsical Mermaid Lagoon (ambiance)

The first reason to visit, is that this cafe looks like it magically appeared in our reality… Straight out of a fairytale with its utterly dreamy ambiance. Just look at the comparison between the cafe and this painting of Peter Pan’s Mermaid Lagoon (by Michael Humphries)!

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Take a stroll around the garden grounds and you’ll feel transported into paradise. Gorgeous sights of the waterfall, the pond and the swimming koi, mossy rocks, fern glades and floating mist.

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You’ll regret not having an impromptu photoshoot here – so come dressed in your best.

Serving up a variety of Thai, Western and Seafood delights, you’ll find dishes like garden green salad, grilled seafood, freshly fried crisp fish, pasta, chicken wings and more.

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From shakes to smoothies, strawberry tarts and a variety of cakes. The desserts and drinks will leave your sweet tooth fully satisfied.

At the end of the day, with the stunning scenery, varied menu (and with the right company), Chom Cafe will be a fantastic place for everything from brunch (breakfast and lunch) to dinner.

Chom Cafe & Restaurant

Price: From 150 Baht / USD $4.80
Address: 2/13 ม.2 Somphot Chiang Mai 700 Pi Rd แม่เหียะ เมือง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 65 438 8188
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 10pm


4. Super trendy to say the least – Chic 39

It’s like this place was designed for photos – clean, naturalistic, modern-chic, what more could one *aspiring* photographer ask for?

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Think black and white, stripes, polkas, triangles, and big green Delicious Monsters at every turn and corner.

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Plus the food looks just as pretty as the place, adding pops of colour on the tables. I would really recommend trying their (deconstructed) banoffee pie – it comes in a mason jar and is topped with fresh figs and cherries – um, YUMMMMM!

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Chic 39

Price: Coffees from 55 Bhat / food from 85 Baht / Approx. USD $1.70 / USD $2.60
Address: Thailand, Chiang Mai, 240 M.4 Mueang Kaeo Sub-district, Mae Rim District  (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 92 275 3939
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 8pm


5. Mr Moon Face, take me to Topsy Turvy land please – Kaomakham Coffee (เก๊ามะขาม Coffee)

If you ever read The Faraway Tree as a child, you’ll relate to the reference of that dream treehouse transporting you to another land – and in this garden, that’s the analogy that comes to mind.

There’s remnants of a fairytale world with a garden swing adorned in flowers, and a winding staircase to the treetops.

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Woods are heavily decorated in florals and fauna and it’s almost like you’re just waiting for a pixie to pop out of nowhere and take your order.

Order a cappuccino and discover which forest animal art the barista is showing off today.

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Don’t forget to leave your mark – something us travellers love to do – and sign one of their colourful ice-cream sticks, sounds silly but it looks so sooo pretty!

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Kaomakham Coffee (เก๊ามะขาม Coffee )

Price: From 35 Baht / Approx. USD $1
Address: Khuang Pao, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai 50160, Thailand  (Coordinates here)
Contact:  +66 91 825 4877
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm


6. When comfort meets fine dining – Daddy’s Antique Cafe & Restaurant (Now closed)

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.

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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.

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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!

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Daddy’s Antique Cafe & Restaurant

Price: From 65 Baht / approx. USD $2
Address: 45/8 moo 1 ampoe muang Chiang Mai, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact:  +66 94 764 1441
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 10pm


7. It’s not all that meets the eyes – Zombie Cafe

Don’t be freaked out by the name, the only zombie around is the cute statuesque one greeting you at the door. The rest of the place is well, quite beautiful actually.

Set in luscious greens, sit in a beautiful open tree house or enjoy a scrumptious piece of colourful zombie brain *kidding*, cake with your feet literally in the water.

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Laze in the sunshine with friends, sipping on drinks with the refreshing and relaxing river water streaming past your toes – or lounge above water on nets and beanbag cushions.

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The interior of the restaurant is done in clays and whimsical colours, with a magical-world feel to it.

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The perfect little land to enjoy a good cafe and play in for awhile.

Zombie Cafe

Price: From 40 Baht / approx. USD $1.20
Address: WW74+G3J ทางหลวงชนบทหมายเลข1096 Mae Raem, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: 065 154 6936
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 7pm


8. Nothing but views all around – Phuffin Terrace (Temporarily closed)

On the hunt for even more scenic backdrops? Let’s be honest here, sometimes it’s not so much about the food really, but mmmaybe the Instagram shot you’re going to get….

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Their terrace delivers that in mountainfuls of greens, and a sea of trees stretches across horizons – think about the sunsets people!

Designed like a hollow box, the wooden floor runs completely around all four lines, as well as the terrace, so views for every seat is guaranteed!

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And again, they’ve adopted the netted seats trend to really make you feel one with nature.

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Try some their sweet treats from crepes to rainbow cake, or how about chocolate brownie cheesecake?

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Phuffin Terrace

Price: From 95 Baht / Approx. USD $2.90
Address: Nam Phrae, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand  (Coordinates here)
Contact:  +66 62 271 3699
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 9pm


9. A perfect spot for a coffee and some ‘me-time’  – No. 39

Talk about a hidden gem, or two, or three, depending what spot of the little lake you choose.

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Tucked away between trees, No.39 has built multiple ‘houses’ – if you could them that, so take your pick of where along the lake you’d like to be sipping on your cappuccino today.

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Each is different but all of them share an open and natural feeling.

It’s that place you’re seeking with a calm, relaxed and quiet atmosphere, ideal for an afternoon of reading or catching up on some work.

And of course, your Instagram story.

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No. 39

Price: From 60 Baht / Approx. USD $1.80
Address: 39/2 moo10 T.Suthep Amphoe Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 91 919 3939
Opening hours: Daily from 9:30 am to 7pm


10. Let’s go have a sit in the ‘English countryside’ garden, my love – The Ironwood

Now this place, is beautiful! There’s no other way to describe it, they’ve got the settings done perfectly.

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Whatever the chef dreams up for the day, using fresh, local products and ingredients – is what you’re going to find when stepping through all the greens and into this ‘English-countryside’ garden cafe.

Think plants dripping everywhere, antiqued furniture with a classic twist and a beautiful, natural courtyard outside, it’s the perfect destination for lunch in the English, we mean, Thai sunshine.

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The cuisine is Thai fusion and you can some expect some culinary cultural classics in there. From Tamarind Shrimp to Indian Fried Rice done with leg of lamb, and ending it off with panna cotta and fresh berries.

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The Ironwood

Price: From 80 Baht / approx. USD $2.50
Address: 592/2 Soi Nam Tok Mae Sa 8 Tambon Mae Raem, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
(Coordinates here)
Contact:  +66 81 831 1000
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm


11. Dine in an ultra modern barn as you adventure around – Thachang Hill Coffee & Café

You’ll only be able to find this beauty if you venture out into the Hang Dong Forest, and it’s a favourite among many cyclists along the way. So make it a perfect day adventuring around.

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This is modern, minimalist-naturalness done to the tee, and I’m going to call this a modern-barn like space – in the greatest sense of the word.

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Thatched roof-tops, glass exteriors, with a delightful mixture of glossed bricks and warm woods, this is anything from an ordinary roadside pitstop.

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Try their grilled pork chop, full of flavour and the meat is well cooked.

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Thachang Hill Coffee & Café

Price: From 60 Baht / approx. USD $1.85
Address: Ban Pong, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand  (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 935 8752
Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 9pm


12. It feels like a picnic in a field of flowers – Galae (Hillside) Restaurant Chiang Mai

At Galae Restaurant you can have lunch in a garden surrounded by a bounty of colorful flowers.

With picnic tables, colourful umbrellas and scores of blooms surrounding you, it’s a feast for the senses.

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Indulge in delicious Thai dishes like spicy fishcakes, soups and curries while you admire the view from the side of the lake nearby Doi Suthep Mountain.

If you’re wondering what’s a must-try dish here – feel free to order Gai Galae, Galae’s signature Baked Whole Chicken served in foil. The chicken is tender and well marinated with the gravy, a secret tomato and cashew nut sauce that balances sweet and savoury very well indeed.

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This is a great place to enjoy a relaxed lunch followed by a stroll through the beautiful garden.

Galae (Hillside) Restaurant Chiang Mai

Price: From USD $4.40-30 / approx. 150-1012 Baht
Address: 65 Suthep Rd, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200
Contact: +66 53 328 455
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm

13. Dine in a tree, in “birds’ nests” suspended over the jungle – The Giant Treehouse Chiang Mai

A long, winding drive through the hills of Chiang Mai yields a great reward.

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In the region of Mae On, you will stumble upon The Giant; a café/restaurant that is a tree house at its absolute finest.

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Huddled within a dense jungle, a massive, sprawling tree is literally the root and support of the “tree house.” Two suspended bridges cross the wilderness, and connect to a large, lofted platform constructed around the ancient looking tree.

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The surrounding rainforest casts a cool shade over the entire café and the views of the rolling hills, jungle and greenery are incredible. The bar, tables and chairs are all made from some form of wood; woven twigs, branches, planks, or tree trunks.

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Sit on the roomy deck or settle into one of the many “bird’s nest” tables suspended over the jungle.

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Tuck into a decadent dessert, designer coffee, or tea, served in fashionable glasses. The food menu is limited, but does the trick if you’re looking for a quick fix.

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This café is all about the atmosphere, so come ready to experience nature at its best.

The Giant Treehouse Chiang Mai

Price: Drinks from USD $1.80 / approx. 65 Baht
Address: Baan Pok village, Huaykaew, Mae On, Chiang Mai province, 50130 Ban Pok Nai
Contact: 053-317677 / 086-7762946
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm (We recommend calling ahead to book first!)


14. It’s a one-of-a-kind luxury beach barbeque – Camp Meating (Now closed)

Camp Meating has defined itself as a luxury beach barbeque, and that description is pretty accurate. Located about 20km outside of town and right on the beach, the ambiance here is definitely one of a kind.

The first thing you’ll notice is the sandy area decorated with twinkling fairy lights, draped flags, and fun teepee tents.

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Guests can sit on cushions stacked on straw picnic mats spread on the floor to enjoy their meal as you cuddle up to an evening of laughter and hearty chats. Food and drink is served beach-side on low wooden tables making it a casually luxe experience.

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The BBQ is prepared directly by the lake as well – and meal options include beer, lamb, and chicken – all of which are excellent. Grilled vegetables and mushrooms, sausage, pasta, bread and salad are available too.

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Lastly, live music will serenade you in the evenings as guests kick back and relax under the starry night sky.

PS: If you’re up for it, horse-riding and boat rowing activities are available here too!

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Camp Meating

Address: Don Kaeo, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand. Coordinate here
Contact: 090-404-9500 (We recommend calling in to make a booking at least 2 days in advance.)
Opening hours: Daily from 4.30pm to 10pm
Price: Set meals from USD $28.40 / approx. 1000 Baht


15. Discover a secret otherworldly garden – Clay Studio Cafe in the Garden (Now closed)

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.

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Statues of elephants, Buddha and other sculptures are scattered about the grounds that only add to the otherworldly garden vibes.

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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.

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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!)

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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?)

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We sure would. *heart eyes*

Clay Studio Cafe in the Garden

Address: 36 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Contact: +66 53 278 187
Opening hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
Price: Drinks from USD $1.50 / approx. 55 Baht; Mains from USD $2.10 / approx. 75 Baht


16. The romantic waterfall cafe everyone needs to visit – KhaoMao-KhaoFang

Koi ponds and small pools, a seriously impressive man-made waterfall, and hundreds of colorful orchards adorning the grounds – this is one of Chiang Mai’s most romantic dining experience.

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With the option to dine by the lake, or beneath the falls in a stunning rainforest – it’s no wonder this restaurant is one of the top rated in the city based on ambiance alone.

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Even the bathrooms have been decked out in rainforest foliage and waterfalls!

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The menu consists of mostly Thai and Asian-inspired food and it’s definitely tasty.

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Although slightly on the expensive side, the price is more than worth it, to experience such a romantic and serene environment.


Address: Ratchapruek Rd, Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand
Contact: +66 63 665 5838
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm
Price: Mains from USD $ / approx. 100 Baht


17. Take a step back in time in this crazy vintage cafe – Cargo Cafe (Now closed)

Walking into Cargo Café is like taking a step back in time. The café décor imitates a 1950s American diner with black and white tiled floors, vinyl couches, and vintage car and motorbike replicas.

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Signs like Route 66, Shell & Gulf (gas station) and VW (Volkswagen) decorate every inch of the walls.

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There’s even the life-sized statue of Betty Boop, dated gasoline pumps and old-fashioned gumball machines coming together to tie the whole theme in!

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On the main menu try Western classics like the German sausage, pizza, pork steak, and veggie burger.

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The desserts here are truly a work of art. Must-try cakes include sweet cream vanilla with fresh fruit, double chocolate mousse brownie and banana caramel velvet.

Cargo Cafe

Address: Nong Han, San Sai District, Chiang Mai 50210, Thailand
Contact: +66 95 229 2356
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
Price: From USD $3.40 / approx. 120 Baht


18. Eat, drink and mingle IN the river – Kafe Ban Nok Coffee Roasters

This is simplicity at its finest – this back to basics café operates on the bare minimum, but still manages to pull off a super cool image.

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The center of the café is an actual river that cuts a path through the lavish jungle in a rugged outdoor setting.

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The café’s concept is literally to eat, drink and mingle IN the river.

The plastic tables and chairs are set up in several centimeters of water from a happily bubbling stream.

Soak your toes in the cool water while enjoying a hot drink or a cold beer, along with simple Thai food with your pals!

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Kafe Ban Nok Coffee Roasters

Address: Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand. Coordinate here
Contact: +66 62 549 5303
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
Price: From USD $1.70 / approx. 60 Baht

19. Looking for authentic Japanese food and Japanese zen? – Kouen Coffee & Bistro

This zen-inspired tea house is the best café in Chiang Mai – if authentic Japanese food and drink is what you’re after.

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The light from the tall windows, vaulted ceilings, and paper lanterns contrast beautifully with the dark-stained wood walls – and wall hangings and cheery indoor shrubbery complete the gorgeous theme.

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Traditional Japanese cuisine is available for those of you who love it! From sushi and sashimi, to miso soup, tempura and more, the menu will delight anyone’s tastebuds.

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Next, choose from classic drinks with a funky twist including the frothy iced green tea, orange blossom latte, and frozen peach lemonade.

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There’s also an outdoor garden, complimented by white lilies and plenty of foliage, boasts a rock garden, pond, and private gazebos – to add to that super zen Japanese vibes you’re going after!

Kouen Coffee & Bistro

Address: 104 moo6 chiangmai-lampoon road Chiang Mai 50000
Contact: +66 95 942 4755
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 9.30pm
Price: Drinks from USD $2.80 / approx. 100 Baht


20. Indulge in sweet treats in this idyllic French garden – Nakara Jardin Patisserie & Bistro

Nakara Jardin sits on a prime piece of real estate on the banks of Ping River, with the outdoor dining area overlooking the water.

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On a warm day the breeze coming off the water is simply idyllic and you’ll find yourself wanting to stay longer.

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The garden is sweetly decorated with fountains and bird baths, along with stone walkways that pave the way through the manicured lawn.

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But most of all, Nakara Jardin is known for their fabulous desserts. Tiramisu and chocolate macaroons are highly recommended! It’s the perfect place for a mid-afternoon tea or coffee and a sweet treat.

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If you’re after more than just a sugar fix, the Cordon-Bleu trained head chef creates excellent French-style dishes – and the presentation is almost as good as the taste.

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It’s clear the staff at Nakara Jardin take great pride in what they do, and customer satisfaction is of utmost importance!

Nakara Jardin Patisserie & Bistro

Address: 11 Soi 9, Charoenprathet Rd.,, T.Chang Klan, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Contact: +66 61 370 6466
Opening hours: Daily (except Wednesdays) from 11am to 7pm
Price: Cakes from USD $2.40 / approx. 85 Baht


21. Witness a beautiful sunset at this mountaintop cafe – Baan Mon Muan

High above the city is Baan Mon Muan, a mountaintop resort with a rustic restaurant set in the rolling hills of Chiang Mai.

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Bushy shrubs, ferns and flowers fill the garden, and tall trees cast shade on those dining below.

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The outdoor deck with wraparound couches has been built over the jungle and offers beautiful, uninterrupted views of the hillside and farmland.

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Seafood, fried fish, traditional Thai side dishes, and cute little Thai dessert cakes and coffee is what you can expect to find on the menu.

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If you visit in the late afternoon, you’ll witness a beautiful sunset over the mountains. An excellent place to come, to enjoy the sounds and refreshing scent of nature in a private setting.

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Baan Mon Muan

Address: 175 Moo 2, T. Pongyaeng, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai
Contact: 083 318 6444, 083 318 6555
Opening hours: Daily from 7.30am to 7.30pm
Price: Mains from USD $4.20 / approx. 150 Baht


22. Get inspired by the chic, artsy and imaginative – Woo Cafe & Art Gallery

A chic, stylish, yet casual weekend café, or any day of the week for that matter!

It’s the type of place you can come with a good friend (or a good book) and hang out for hours. The interior is imaginative with shelves full of pots and planters decorating every corner.

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One of the fun things to do here? Browse through the Lifestyle Shop and art gallery (connected to the café), while you wait for your food or drink.

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The menu has typical Thai dishes and Western options like salad and sandwiches. There are, however, a few original and creative dishes that stand out, like the colorful rice salad (khao yum)!

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Don’t forget to check out the decadent desserts – the cakes, cookies, and brownies all presented in posh glass displays are simply irresistible.

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Woo Cafe & Art Gallery

Address: 80 Charoenrat Road, Watgate, MuangChiangmai, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
Contact: +66 52 003 717
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
Price: Mains from USD $5.10 / approx. 180 Baht


23. Literally hang in a hammock by the lake – Phuffin in the Lake (Now closed)

Just as the name suggests, the café is located on a peaceful lake on the outskirts of Chiang Mai.

A wide deck runs along the lake where framed hammocks have been strung in a continuous line over the water. The comfortable cushions and tranquil scenery makes it easy to lounge lakeside for hours.

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Bamboo walls and thatched roofs creates a simple, laid back atmosphere that anyone will enjoy – its the supreme chill-out sanctuary to visit with friends.

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If you opt not to hang (quite literally) at the water’s edge, the inside of the café is just as welcoming. The vibrant green jungle plants nicely compliment the dark-stained wood furnishings.

Thai favorites (like fried rice and mango inspired desserts) and Western options (like French fries and chicken nuggets) fill the menu. Thai iced teas, coffee and smoothies are also available.

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Phuffin in the Lake

Address: San Phak Wan, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Contact: +66 93 151 1041
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
Price: From USD $3.40 / approx. 120 Baht


24. Deep in the valley… have your coffee with feet in the river – The Valley Coffee by Lanna Resort

You’ll find suspended birds’ nest swings and picnic tables atop rolling green hills at The Vallu Coffee.

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It’s the very definition of easygoing, situated next to a babbling brook and tucked within a dense forest. Settle into a sweet, wooden gazebo or grab a table by the water.

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You’ll find this is one fabulous place to come for an unbeatable atmosphere and delicate cup of coffee or tea. On the menu are snacks, cakes, coffees and other drinks to complement your valley daydreams.

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The grounds are quite expansive and provides a relaxing environment for a stroll around after your coffee break.

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The Valley Coffee by Lanna Resort

Address: Ban Pong, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand
Contact: +66 93 161 8886
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
Price: Drinks from USD $1.40 / approx. 50 Baht


25. It’s super chill with modern style and vintage flair – Cerebrum & Friends (Now closed)

Modern style and vintage flair contrast beautifully inside this popular and hip café.

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The indoor section has funky decorations with a dated vintage feel – and the outdoor patio is complete with wood and wrought iron furniture and an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage.

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The super chilled ambiance makes this an easy place to hang out for the afternoon.

The food is a mix of Western and Thai, and the presentation is beautiful. Every detail is attended to and it almost looks too nice to eat! Whatever you’re up for, choose from salads, sandwiches, wraps, coffees, smoothies and fresh juices.

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When you’re here, lean back and admire the beautiful interior walls of exposed brick and dark stained wood – coolly clashing with the antiquated items that furnish the rest of the café.

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Cerebrum & Friends

Address: 95 Samlarn Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Contact: +66 95 037 9824
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am to 6pm; Sat-Sun 8.30am to 9pm
Price: Drinks from USD $1.80 / approx. 65 Baht


26. Be the forest wanderer you’ve always dreamed of being – Forest Bake

Opened by Nalinnali of ‘Forest Wanderer’ Instagram fame, this cosy little cafe exudes forest vibes coupled with artsy aesthetics with a homey quality.

The cosy design and homemade baked goods at Forest Bake are the only two reasons you need to pay this place a visit.

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The interior is decorated in a simple, sweet country style and the desserts are simply to die for.

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Strawberry shortcake, berry and cream vanilla cake, and almond muffins are just some of the homemade goodies waiting to be indulged in.

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Sit outside in the nature, enjoy a sweet snack, and take a load off.

The homey interior of the cafe is also a lovely place to slow down and unwind with a cup of Joe.

PS: If you really dig the mori mori girl style, pay Forest Bake a visit and drop in to chat with Nalinnali!

PPS: Forest Bake is situated at the popular Hinlay Curries, so if you’d like, feel free to have lunch there too!

Forest Bake

Address: 8/ NHA Wat Kaet 1 Alley, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
Contact: +66 91 928 8436
Opening hours: Daily from 10.30am to 5pm


27. Light, airy and truly charming with gorgeous paned windows – The Barn Eatery & Design

Set in a building that was once an actual barn, The Barn Eatery & Design is cosy, cute and inviting. Boasting marvellous paned windows and a high ceiling, the space is light and airy – perfect for a casual coffee date or an afternoon study session.

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The mismatched furniture exudes comfort, and is reminiscent of what one might find at a garage sale – in a good way!

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This café gives off a totally laid back vibe; students (and the young at heart like us :P) will feel right at home here.

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You’ll find a good selection of Western food like fish & chips and spaghetti. Of course, coffee, teas and other beverages are served from morning ‘til night.

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But what sets this place apart from all the other run-of- the-mill coffee shops? The chilled-out ambiance, friendly staff, and the truly charming, one-of-a-kind décor.

PS: It’s opened till late for all the night owls who just want a cool place to hang!

The Barn Eatery & Design

Address: Srivichai Soi 5, Thesaban Nakhon Chiang Mai, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Contact: +66 94 049 0294
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 1pm; Sun 10am to 12 midnight
Price: From USD $1.10 / approx. 40 Baht


28. It’s a magical garden filled with whimsy and teepee tents – Rustic & Blue Nimman (Now closed)

Whimsically adorned with draping greenery, the magical garden setting at Rustic & Blue is what gives this place its appeal.

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…Wooden tables and comfy couches furnish the outdoor lawn…
…White linen umbrellas shade the tables…
And hand-woven dreamcatchers blow gently in the breeze…~*

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In the evening, the warm white lights give the whole area an enchanting glow that will help create the perfect mood for your night.

The food is excellent and gorgeously presented. Hearty, healthy and generous portions ensure you won’t be disappointed.

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Choose from items like the warm brie sandwich, duck prosciutto croissants, and beef chili.

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PS: Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly options are available too!

Rustic & Blue Nimman

Address: Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 7, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Contact: +66 53 216 420
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am to 9pm; Sat-Sun 8.30am to 10pm
Price: Mains from USD $4.40 / approx. 155 Baht


29. The jungle cafe for all wannabe Tarzans and Jane – Fahtara Coffee

This indoor/outdoor jungle café opens at 7am for all the early birds. The friendly staff and peaceful setting will ease you gently into your morning.

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Fahtara Coffee serves up delicious coffees, desserts, and fresh fruit juices.

For those feeling a bit more peckish, order one of the excellent Thai or western options from the menu. Choose from items like eggs benedict, muesli, whole grain toast, roti, and curry.

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Enjoy your food and beverages on the outdoor patio in the company of the tropical plants and palm trees.

The cool shade provided by the lush greenery makes this a great place to relax and hang out for the day.

Fahtara Coffee

Address: 57, 57/1 Wiang Kaew Road At the corner of Jhaban Road Sripoom, A. Muang Chiang Mai 50200
Contact: +66 (0)84 – 623 – 5999
Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 9pm
Price: Drinks from USD $1.40 / approx. 50 Baht; Mains from USD $2.70 / approx. 95 Baht


There are waaay too many extraordinarily unique cafes in Chiang Mai, we are simply spoilt for choice! But if you had to choose, which cafe would you most like to check out?

Let us know in the comments below!

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