Chiang Mai, Thailand is a haven for digital nomads. People with laptops are everywhere- cafes, restaurants- you name it.
It’s no surprise- the wifi is strong, and in the case of cafes, the ambiance is great and coffee is excellent. Coffee culture taken seriously in this small city.
For a cold brew aficionado like myself, what could be better?
I loved Chiang Mai so much I’m considering a return there if I’m still travelling this fall.
The Best Cafes in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Ristr8to: True coffee lovers will enjoy this- it’s a place for people who take their coffee seriously. We’re talking award winning coffee.
They don’t do iced coffee but they have other cold coffee concoctions I enjoyed trying, and the latte is one of the best I’ve ever had.
Nine One Coffee: Most mornings in Chiang Mai started here. Whether staying in the cafe to work for a bit or taking my cold brew to go, I dug the size (medium, appropriate amount of ice) and appreciated how strong the brew was.
Aka Ama Coffee: I told myself I wouldn’t buy coffee beans anywhere I visited- because I don’t know how long I’m travelling for- but, I just couldn’t resist doing so here. The coffee is fantastic and I love how close their old town location is to a few of the best temples in the city- great place to pop in for a morning caffeine fix or if you need a break from the heat post-temple hopping.
Ponganes Espresso: The cold drip was ace, but I also enjoyed the iced Thai tea I had when I stopped by another time. You can work inside or take a seat in the front garden- the wifi extends outside.
My Secret Cafe: Hidden away from the hustle of old town, this place is a serious gym. It’s cosy, quiet and has a drink menu with loads of options- smoothies, coffees, teas, as well as food and free water. I came here one afternoon to relax with a Thai iced tea and read and found it hard to leave to check out another cafe.
Overstand Coffee Shop NIMMAN: Known for being a good breakfast spot in the Nimman neighbourhood, the coconut espresso is also worth popping in for.
Rustic & Blue: The coffee is good, but the breakfast is better. Reminiscent of something you’d find in Bali, the menu screams smoothie bowls and healthy breakfast options. I kept it pretty simple with a green juice and parmesan scrambled eggs, and loved it.
Graph Cafe: The cold brew is good, but it’s also the most expensive I had in Chiang Mai (and not any better than Nine One and Aka Ama, in my opinion). It’s also a small space, not somewhere you can really sit and chat or work from. Including it because the cold brew was good, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The Larder Cafe and Bar: I didn’t try the coffee here, although the menu was extensive. Instead, I came in for breakfast and wasn’t disappointed. Better prices than some of the trendier cafes in the area, and a bit quieter than them too.
My cafe roster really only scraps the surface of what’s waiting in Chiang Mai- there are more places than anyone could fit into one visit. That degree of choice is one of the things I enjoyed most about the city.
If you’ve ever been to the rose of Thailand’s north, which cafes did you enjoy? Does this list of the ‘best cafes in Chiang Mai’ include your favorite places?
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