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Written by: Shannon Osztonits

Let’s be real here, when your days are filled with lazing on tropical beaches and basking in the sun, swimming in the ocean and sipping on endless cocktails, who needs a phone?

Sounds like the South of Thailand right? But not all of us can spend forever with the sand between our toes, and that craving for a bit of city life creeps in.

Well, luckily for you, we’ve found a hidden gem that’s perfectly in between, or what some refer to as ‘Little Bangkok’. Interested yet?

Just as the metaphor suggests, Hat Yai is a city that’s starting to burst with trendiness. And the more we explored, the faster our phone chargers were back in action.

Oh, hello Instagram, my dear old friend, I forgot how much I love you. But I’m back and have so much to share.

So to make life easier, here’s our list of our 10 most instagrammable cafés in Hat Yai to keep us trigger-happy!

Read more: 3D2N HatYai weekend itinerary with stays, dining and activities

1. When was the last time you enjoyed a meal on water? – Sea Bass

Feeling a bit like a fish out of water amongst the hustle and bustle of city life? Searching for a bit of natural ambience? Not to fear when Songkhla Lake is near, which just happens to be the next location of our trendy spots!

Photo Via Hatyaifocus, Ohsiss, Auniiz_lovelove

You may consider yourself quite the photographer, but sometimes the location of a place really does make an impact – when was the last time you enjoyed a meal on water?

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Innovatively set up, here your food is served off land and on ship, with a live band playing some sweet tunes in the background.

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Watch the sun set over the water whilst indulging in some local seafood.

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Sip on cocktails under the natural moonlight, whilst fairy lights adorn the ship’s surroundings.

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And it’s the perfect spot for misleading your Instagram followers (mom, dad, exes). Did I just really jump onto a cruise-liner? Where am I jet-setting off to now?

Sea Bass Bar & Restaurant

Price: From 100-300 Baht / approx. USD $3.50-10
Address: Bo Yang, Mueang Songkhla District, Songkhla 90000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 90 226 6054
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 12midnight

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2. Awaken the senses, rejuvenate the soul – ALIVE

I don’t know about you, but after watching Tarzan (like, a billion times) as a kid, I so wanted to be Jane, and live and play among the trees with monkeys too! Swinging from tree to tree, weeee!

Well, here’s your moment to relive that childhood dream. Set among the treetops, like, literally, this two story restaurant is more like a tree house.

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Photo Via Kookkiez_suvipha, Noklr

Climb up onto big bean bag-like-cushions on tented nets, or hop onto a swing made from palettes, all set up between the trees. All I’m thinking is…EPIC jungle photos!

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Photo Via Eat, Hatyai, Aon_oranong_in

Of course there are TONS of greens, flora and succulents decorating the restaurant and it’s designed to give a very ‘naturalistic’ feel.

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Photo Via Surarak_kung28, Thatcha, Juice_me, Chanissy

Naturally, it’s super ambient and come night time, it’s all lit up and adorned in twinkling fairy lights – because we all know fairies live in trees.

Alive

Price: Food from 120 Baht / approx. USD $4
Address: 10/10 Poonnakan Rd, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 83 242 6391
Opening hours: Daily from 11.30am to 11pm

3. SUNSET SPOT, I REPEAT SUNSET SPOT – Jibfae Laele

So you’re telling me I can enjoy a piece of delicious cake, AND a delicious view too? SOLD.

We’ve found a real something here, a two-in-one and one more, place for you that is on the Songkhla Lake.

Photo Via S_saowarot, Pangsopitapang
Photo Via Milkpoko, Yamtostory

It’s also the perfect spot for you to silence the mind and ‘find your Zen’ after a busy day exploring the city.

Photo Via _a.tit, Goonging_naiyapak

Its deck stretches out and over the lake, enjoy the Koh Yao viewpoint whilst delighting yourself in that much-needed Iced Coffee.

Photo Via Aranciia, Mr_triple_x

This is seriously THE place to get that sunset photo, I mean, it’s on the water, so make sure your batteries are fully charged when the sky turns from blue to streaks of pinks and purples!

Jibfae Laele

Price: From 100-250 Baht / approx. USD $3.50-6
Address: Ko Yo, Mueang Songkhla District, Songkhla 90100, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact:  +66 81 690 7978
Opening hours: Thu-Tue, 11am to 7.30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

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4. Calling all Hipsters! – SAMO

Are you secretly part of the Hipster cult *ahem*, I mean, craze?

Well, we may have found your playground. Home to a generation of today’s hipsters, this space / place is the definition of cool, and it has a real architectural, yet earthy vibe to it.

Photo Via Hatyaifocus

It’s contrasting in textures, tailored but layered. We talking your language yet?

The Glass House shelters you inside but if you feel like sitting among the sunshine and trees, their gorgeous outside courtyard will definitely sway you.

Photo Via Ben_cisze, Silentbear

It’s classic and modern, with so much natural light and greens, being camera-shy here just ain’t a thang.

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And sometimes it’s the small things that count! Their attention to detail is so on-point. From the interiors to the food, even a slice of cake on the plate looks good.

Photo Via Crizlai, I_am_nning, Xiaomeiung, Joeenn0511

When a place just looks this good, I can guarantee you’ll be snapping before indulging!

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SAMO Coffee Bar

Price: From 80 Baht / approx. USD $2.50
Address: Poonnakan Rd, Tambon Kho Hong, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 74 800 773
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm

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5. I’m really quite certain I’ve been here before, maybe in another lifetime – Café De Roo

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the saying, ‘there’s more to it than meets the eye’. Well, in this case, it’s quite literally true! Tucked away amidst the tiny alleyways, you’ll find our next hidden gem.

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Oh Aliceeee! Take a step through a derelict hole in the wall, and you’re in business.

Welcome to the world of vintage-retro. Bicycles hang from the ceiling and walls, and old-school gasoline boards decorate your space.

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There’s a crazy-cool bookshelf of televisions – probably the ones our parents used to use – and wonderful amounts of collectables!

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Don’t you just love funky presentation? Order their De Roo Coffee Shake, mixed with cinnamon sticks.

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Take your followers to a flashback through time! The whole place has that distressed look & feel to it, with reworked and refurbished interiors.

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And lastly, I personally love to find large, groovy murals to pose alongside with in my photos, and they didn’t disappoint!

Cafe De Roo

Price: From 100-250 Baht / approx. USD $3.50-8
Address: 106/1 ถนน นคร ใน ตรง ข้าม พิพิธภัณฑ์ บ้าน นคร ใน Tambon Bo Yang, Amphoe Mueang Songkhla, Chang Wat Songkhla 90000, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 81 690 6640
Opening hours: Everyday, except Fridays, from 12pm to 1pm

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6. The Minimalist’s dream – Lyn’s The Shanghai Café

Retro-Chinese.

Never heard the two words in one sentence? Let us introduce you to Lyn’s café. Inspired by ancient Shanghai, this minimalist and honest space is seriously worth unwinding in. Rose Latter, please!

Photo Via Lily_somsom, 21.15.93

Classic and clean, it’s an eloquent mix of post-colonial China, but still exudes a modern vibe. So it’s got a super light and airy feel to it and I mean, we all know natural lighting is the.best.lighting.

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Cakes are served in pans on wooden boards and in bamboo baskets – all the raw and natural accessories for those crisp, clean photos.

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And da da da dummmmm, lastly, what really adds that trendy aspect, is ALWAYS, some really cool art! I’m talking paintings of Lucky Cats to Geisha murals.

Photo Via Mepeachyme

Lyn’s The Shanghai Cafe

Price: From 70 Baht / approx. USD $2
Address: 144-146 Nakornnai Rd. Amphoe Muang Songkhla, Songkhla, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 83 243 9977
Opening hours: Daily from 9.30 to 11pm

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7. Dynamite really does come in small packages – A Little

A little bit of dimsum here, a little bit of bao there. A little bit of minimalism here, and a little bit of geometry there.

A Little – and this time we actually mean the place – is super intriguing in its design and is enough to draw you from the outside, inside. (If I saw a geometric-style glass house, I would definitely wanna know more, wouldn’t you?)

Photo Via Kinaddhatyai, Zijun_lim

Step inside to a minimalist haven and…dimsum! All the delicious, glorious dimsum!

It’s like the bare cemented floors, high ceilings and wide tables were designed to make sure you get that clean and crisp foodie shot!

Photo Via Prhthchrt

Speaking of the food, here you’ll find a different take on traditional-style dimsum, and we’re obsessed!

Expect small, round, clean, pops of colour on the plate!

Sweet tooth? You MUST try their Pao, not only does it taste delicious, but they also look so good! The pig and chicken are filled with a red-bean salted custard lava, and the elephant and bear ooze with chocolatey-lava goodness.

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Their signature Jian Bao is a take on the classic steam bun, with contrasting textures of soft and crispy. Take a little look at this!

A little

Price: Dimsum from 38 Baht / approx. USD $1.20
Address: 93/3, Sanehanusorn Road T. Hat Yai, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 98 010 5599
Opening hours: Thu-Tue from 8am to 6pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

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8. Time for a blast from the past – Nunglennale Bistro Cafe’ (นั่งเล่นหน้าเล)

Talk about a collected space! Set up in a loft-style garden home, this retro-inspired bistro has all the quirky, vintage feels.

Photo Via _keerada, Hatyaifocus

It’s full of Instagram-worthy pics, from its lime-green Vespa, to all the knicky-knacky, old-school memorabilia sprawled throughout this bistro. Flashback to the 50’s or what?!

Watercolour paintings plaster the walls and if art is your attraction, the photo opportunities here are endless. I love a splash of colour and design through my Insta feed!

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Overlooking the Ramet Canal and Mangrove Forests, its front yard directly faces the Songkhla Lake. We all know that natural lighting, is the best lighting. Click Click Click.

Photo Via Blendandsquat, Khunji

Still looking for reasons to check this place out? The old-school posters are endless, ‘20’s inspired murals line the walls, with pin-up girls smiling down at you broadly.

And you just have to try their New-York Strawberry cheesecake.

Photo Via Hatyaifocus, Oatskatdown, Micky_sai ,Manit_90

Nunglennale Bistro Cafe’ (นั่งเล่นหน้าเล)

Price: From 50 Baht / approx. USD $1.50
Address: Ko Yo, Mueang Songkhla District, Songkhla 90100, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact:  +66 84 193 9343
Opening hours: Tue-Sun from 10am to 8pm (Closed on Mondays)

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9. Mermaids, unicorns, rainbows and more! – Kid’s Pantry

For some reason, life always feels lighter and brighter in pastel and we’ve found the perfect place to match the feeling.

This Japanese-style dessert bar is pastel (literally, everything!), minimalist heaven, bursting with bright and fun interiors! Talk about an amazing backdrop!

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Photo Via Kinaddhatyai

It’s totally got this Harajuku-inspired feeling – remember Gwen Stefani’s crazily colourful Japanese back-up dancers once upon a time? And the desserts pop with colourful mermaids, rainbows and unicorns galore! (No need to head to Bangkok for Unicorn Cafe or Mermaid Cafe!)

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Photo Via Jan.93s, Kidspantrybyjan, Kinaddhatyai

I just adore this place and the desserts are inspiring! Try their Milk & Brownies (brownies with milk and cereal!) or how about some Rainbow Pancakes?

Kid’s Pantry

Price: Desserts and treats from 60 Baht / approx. USD $2
Address: Jiranakorn Soi 1 Rd, Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact:  +66 83 242 6391
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 11.30am to 6pm (Closed on Mondays)

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10. I dreamt a dream of an English countryside – Billin Bistro and Café

Ever dreamt of dining in the English countryside? Love to get a bit fancy? Or is a gorgeous-looking plate of food just your thing?

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Typical to that of a bistro, you can expect high-quality everything, from its classical design, to the food, to the…price.

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We now live in this weird time where we LOVE to photograph our food and post it for the world to see, so with a menu that changes every 3-4 months, you can always expect the unexpected.

Confit duck leg with pomegranate, ravioli stewed chicken, chicken consommé (broth), the food is really beautiful and is rustic-meets-modern. Could you get more posh than that?

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Billin Bistro and Cafe

Price: Meals from 150 Baht / approxUSD $4.87
Address: 25 Supasarnrangsan Soi 4, Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact:  +66 87 689 8343
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, Lunch from 11am to 2pm; Dinner from 5.30pm to 10pm (Closed on Mondays

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So the next time you’re in Hat Yai, remember it’s a city that’s bursting to show the world how trendy it really is. Make sure you’re camera ready – both you and your phone that is.

We’d love to know how your snapping extravaganza went, drop us a comment below or don’t forget to hashtag #TripCanvas in your Socials.

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