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Top 5 Cafes in Chiang Mai

If i could live in any South East Asian city, Chiang Mai would win hands down. It just feels very familiar even though it’s obviously foreign. I couldn’t figure it out and I realized it’s in the cafés. From the decor to the quality of the roast, you could place these spots in SF or NYC. I mean, they even have avocado toast. Check out my favorite places to get caffeinated and don’t forget to bring your camera. Now bring on the list, maestro!

 

#1

Woo Café - This is my favorite café in Chiang Mai. Tucked behind a dirt road, Woo Café is both a lifestyle shop and a café. Ceramics, hanging pieces, plants - you can have it all here. Towards the back, they even have a retail shop - think Anthropologie and textiles on fleek. Once you’re in the café, it feels like you’ve been transported to Byron Bay with tons of greenery and style. They have both savory meals and delicious desserts. I literally took pictures of every nook and cranny in this spot - you won’t be able to control yourself. 

Woo Café 80 Charoenrat Road, Watgate, MuangChiangmai, Chiang Mai 50000

 Jungalow vibes at Woo Cafe

Jungalow vibes at Woo Cafe

 

#2

SS1254372 Café - I know...you’re like what is up with this name? But what’s in a name, right? (If you get the reference, let's be besties). Like Woo Café, this spot has both a lifestyle shop and a coffee shop. This was the first café I visited in Chiang Mai, and the minute I saw avocado toast on the menu, I gasped and ordered it immediately. I have been missing avocado so much while traveling. I'll admit it wasn’t the best, but it satisfied the craving. And these tiles just made me smile so much.

SS1254372 Café22/1 Nimmanhemin Road, Soi 17, Suthep, Chiang Mai 50200

 Color tiles and cappuccinos at SS1254372 Cafe

Color tiles and cappuccinos at SS1254372 Cafe

 

#3

Ristr8to - If you appreciate a solid, curated cup of joe, this place is for you. You can get your drank in a gnarly skull glass. For me, the drinks in those glasses weren’t strong enough. Their menu tells you strength level ranging from 1-10. Let’s be honest, I need an 8 or higher. They don’t have food here, but luckily, there’s a tasty brunch spot right down the street - which leads me to my next favorite café.

Ristr8to 15/3 Nimmanhaemin road, Suthep, Mueang, Chiang Mai 50200

 

#4

The Larder Cafe - When you’re backpacking SE Asia, you tend to have a lot of Asian breakfasts like congee or noodle soups, or you get a ton of eggs. A ton. Like any normal person, sometimes you just need something different after awhile. We were staying right across the street from The Larder Café and it was so refreshing to have different breakfast options. They always use fresh ingredients and often times, their menu will change slightly based on what's available. But you won't be disappointed!

The Larder Café - 3/9 Sukkasem Rd, Suthep, Chiang Mai 50200

 Photo by @dj_tode

Photo by @dj_tode

 

#5

Graph Café - When I’m walking around trying to find these cafés, you often trek down dirt roads, winding in and out of the old city. At some point, you question whether you’re lost because there’s no way a chic café is going to pop up out of nowhere. But with Graph Café, that’s exactly what happened. And I effing loved it. It’s like you have to know what you’re looking for to find it on this random street. I ordered their matcha cappuccino and it was stunning. The taste was authentic and the buzz was clear as day. 

Graph Café - Ratvithi Lane, 1, T.Sriphoom, Muang Chiang Mai 50200

 Matcha Cappuccino at Graph Cafe

Matcha Cappuccino at Graph Cafe

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