Co-written by Jiayi Ng
When you think of Thailand beaches, island hopping in Phuket or snorkeling in Krabi probably comes to mind. Otherwise, Pattaya might also seem as the perfect getaway from Bangkok.
Hua Hin, on the other hand, promises white sandy beaches and an exciting rustic getaway from Bangkok.
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With a rustic charm unbeknownst to many, this once quiet fishing village has transformed into a bustling vacation hotspot.
The rise of luxurious hotels, trendy spas and seafood night markets has also seen some really great cafes popping up. Without further ado, we bring to you some of the coolest cafés to check out.
And yes, we promise they are highly Instagrammable too.
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1. Bask in French-styled romance – The’ Tea House
Nature and elegance come together to create The’ Tea House, a classy establishment in FN Factory Outlet that serves French cuisine and tea.
You might be a little confused as you look around at the plush European furniture, hanging plants and the bronze turtles perching on the wall.
Just where are you, in a jungle or Paris?
Well, you’re in the perfect place to stretch out your legs, and have a relaxing time after so much shopping .
Sit back and enjoy one of the café’s savoury tea cakes, or sip at a cup of fruity Marco Polo tea – as you admire what can only be one of the best examples of interior design in Hua Hin.
2. Finding doggie haven – Inu Café
Iconically named after the Japanese dog breed, Shiba Inu, you would nonetheless expect to find many of these beautiful wolf-like dogs running about, or just wagging their tongues as the aroma of the food brings them near your table.
Expect to feel totally at ease and be at home as you dine in comfort food with your favourite human companion.
The exterior is nothing fanciful with old school exposed bricks and hanging ferns, and the shophouse setting combines perfectly with gourmet burgers (think melty cheesy cheese!), delightful pasta treats and classic Thai food.
For those looking to quench their thirst, be sure to order from a range of their flavourful sodas and fruit juices.
And oh, we recommend you give the owner a heads up first if you want to bring your own dog.
3. 3-in-1 for artistic souls – 1d+ Day Artist
Anyone who appreciates a fine piece of art will definitely love being at 1d+ Day Artist, a traditional Thai restaurant and café in Hua Hin.
1d+ Day Artist is tastefully decorated with a mostly monochrome interior, creating a charming contrast with the casual wood furniture that fills the establishment.
This quaint place is also separated into three different zones – the restaurant, café and garden area, all of which have distinct charms of their own.
Enjoy some cloud-watching, along with a cup of espresso at the outdoor cafe area – or dig into some deep-fried spicy Thai minced pork in the sheltered comfort of the restaurant.
If you’re more of a free soul, you can even choose to dine among the trees and some stick teepees out in the garden.
Or… you could come back three days in a row and try out all of these amazing options!
4. Have a cosy pony afternoon – Pony Café
This is the must go-to place for families with kids, and well, unfortunately there aren’t real ponies around.
Not to worry though, it’s beautiful vintage décor will more than make up for it. You will find cute colourful displays of little ponies, plates, and paintings.
Yes, this place reeks and smells of antique, teak and wood, but we don’t think it’s a bad thing though, especially when you can take photographs from every angle and corner. What do you say?
Of course, food is delicious and affordable. Nice ambience and great food, what more could we ask for?
Order penne pasta, cheesy pizza, and yes, stuff yourself silly with western delights – and then wash down the grease and calories with a cup of refreshing iced tea.
5. Have an afternoon retreat – Neem Trees Thai Bistro
If you’re nature lover and you’re sick of the blistering Hua Hin sun, make your escapade to this lovely bistro.
It is furnished with enough greenery and shade to make your time a comfortable one, and it certainly adds a lot of charm – perfect for snapping away some beaut photos will you enjoy your meal.
Also, if you’re looking for some authentic Thai food, try their Pad Thai. It’s just the right amount of chili and sauce. Be sure to order some of their cakes and wash it down with some refreshing iced tea.
And by the time you walk out of the place, you will feel ready to explore Hua Hin again!
6. Languish in enchanted elegance – Bliss Bakery & Café House
Located in European colonial settings, serving continental breakfast and fresh-baked pastries – this place will invigorate you and leave you beaming with bliss.
The cafe is beautifully set with modern furniture and vintage decorations. Serene and peaceful, you will be happy to relish in a great meal here.
Starters include the all-time-fave club sandwich as well as grilled sausage in a BBQ sauce. If you’re craving delicious meat, try the Spaghetti Pad Kee mMao, and ribeye baguette. You might also like the Tenderloin steak, as the meat is tenderly cooked to perfection.
Looking for something savoury and sweet? Don’t leave without trying the freshly baked chocolate and green tea muffin. Order some blueberry cheesecake, peach cinnamon pancakes, and homemade pudding to treat your sweet tooth as well.
Did we also mention you won’t have to break your wallet as you spend your cosy afternoon here? Oh and ladies, if you’re looking to throw a sorority party, this is the perfect venue.
7. It’s paradise on earth – Hua Hin Farm & Coffee
Located near the Hua Hin floating market, a cosy little hangout is where you want to be if you are seeking solitude, away from the city life.
Vibrantly inviting, you will feel like you’ve found paradise on earth the minute you step into the gates. You’ll instantly be greeted by the crisp smell of well-maintained grass and greenery.
Have a scoop of refreshing Thai ice cream to beat the insane heat, or try their Thai iced tea and/or freshly made fruit juices to quench your thirst!
You can also pay a visit to the farm and take photos with the lovely sheep. Don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs before you leave! Or if you’d like, linger around indoors and take photographs of the cute little plushies laying around.
Hua Hin Farm & Coffee
Address: 99/9 Moo 3 Soi Hua Hin 112, Nhong Hoi-Thab Tai Road, Thab Tai, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110
Contact: 0841823666, 0909853253
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 8pm
Price: From 80 Baht / approx. USD $2.60
8. Have a quintessential American afternoon – Wilaiwan Hua Hin
Walking down the street, one cannot help but to be charmed by this beautiful pastel-blue American inspired cottage house. If you’re looking for a posh afternoon with some tea and scones, this is the place to be.
Be greeted by the aroma of freshly baked breads and the smell of linguine whiffing up your nose.
If you’re not a fan of wheat, not to worry for you will be spoilt for choice by their selection of meaty delights.
On the menu? Crab salad sandwich, signature rib steak with their speciality sauce, smoked duck with mashed potatoes and salad, and so much more!
Remember not to walk away without ordering a dessert or two. We highly recommend their signature Orange Chiffon cake.
9. It’s a tea time delight – D Cat Café
If you’re not too fond of dogs but rather cats, then this café is absolutely, the place you have to be.
If you’ve always thought cats were cute but are afraid of their scratching and crawling, don’t be. These cats are pretty well-behaved and well-mannered.
Did we mention that they’re also very photogenic? That’s right, nothing like a good photo taken under the picture-perfect backdrop with these furry companions.
We fancy their fuss-free meals such as Pork Steak, Fish Steak Dolly and Spicy Chicken Rice. Once done eating, wash it all down with a refreshing cup of italian soda mixes.
Do also remember to try their cake of the day (best accompanied by their special coffee brew of the day) if you’ve room for desserts after!
PS: This place is also available for event bookings, birthdays and weddings. So if you’ve longed dreamed of realising your dream of being in cat heaven, this is absolutely where you need to be!
D Cat Café
Address: Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand Website
Contact: 66 93 969 4565
Opening hours: 10.30am to 9pm
Price: From 50-200 Baht / approx. USD $1.63-6.50
10. Where art meets people – Chub Cheeva (Permanently Closed)
This kid is quite new on the block but it has gained notable mentions on social media about its vibrant, lovely ambience.
Serving Italian-Asian cuisine and gourmet coffee, this is one place you wouldn’t want to miss. Try their all time-favourite signature brownie and blueberry cheese pie.
If you’re more of an outdoor person, the vast outdoor space is both rejuvenating and invigorating.
Expect to find quirky, chic furniture and decorations, making them perfect setup for a great instagram photo!
What a better way to spend a lazy afternoon with the comforts of tasteful greenery and fanciful decorations, yeah?
And oh, if you have some time to spare, check out the gallery for their latest art pieces before leaving.
11. Delight your tastebuds with ice cream! – Eighteen Below Ice Cream
If you’re looking for a cosy and unpretentious hangout to chill, then you’re at the right place.
As you walk into this inviting ice cream parlour, you will feel as though you’ve stepped out onto the most beautiful lawn garden. There are plenty of seats outdoor, coupled with swings and rocking horses if you want to soak up the atmosphere outside.
Eighteen below Ice Cream offers tasty rich ice cream flavors that are bound to get your tastebuds tingling. Prices start at 69 Baht per scoop but hey, you get what you pay for!
We recommend their signature coconut flavor. After all, what’s a beach vacation without some coconut ice cream, right?
You will also find delicious pastries and beautiful homemade cakes in this beautifully decorated space. Do try their highly raved about Chocolate Peanut-butter Cake and Rare Cheese Chocolate Pie and feel the chocolate oozing in your mouth!
12. Time for a coffee break – Hua Hin Coffee Station
Located in Hua Hin Station, this little red house is a striking resemblance of the train station. If you’re looking for a perk-me-up before your train ride, this is a good place to be.
Let your senses be guided by the aromatic coffee, made from the finest of beans you can find in Thailand.
Pair it with their all-time favourite chocolate cake, sit down with a good book and watch the world trains go by, literally.
If you’re not a coffee lover, fret not, you can always try their refreshing smoothies! And whoever said smoothies don’t go well with cakes, clearly have yet to find the right café!
What are some of your favourite cafes in Hua Hin? Let us know in the comments below!
PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
|PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you! |