With a plethora of cafes, Chiang Mai is well-known for its coffee culture. Cafes are where you can relax, enjoy your favorite book, and for youngsters, get your instagrammable shots with nature scenery or a picturesque Japanese teahouse. Here’s a selection of the best cafes in Chiang Mai for café-hoppers.
Phufinn is both a restaurant and a café offering a scenic nature view from the mountaintop. It has 3 unique branches where you can enjoy 3 different atmospheres.
- Phufinn Doi Branch: This serene hidden gem sits on the mountaintop with a gorgeous treehouse and a skywalk, ,where you can have a breathtaking 360-degree view of surrounding nature while sipping a cup of coffee and indulging in lovely desserts. We highly recommend their Mango Sticky Rice.
- Phufinn Terrace Branch: Located in the middle of a valley where you can peacefully have a view of Chiang Mai – Lamphun. Phufinn Terrace is well-known for not only its bakery and coffee but also its Northeastern Thai food.
- Phufinn in the Lake Branch: A fabulous café surrounded by a lush garden and a small lake, where you can feed ducks and fish. The highlight is the hammocks alongside the lake for you to enjoy your laid-back day. Refresh your day with Thai, Chinese, and European food and a wide selection of beverages such as coffee, smoothies, and fruit juices!
Opening Hours: Every day
Phufinn Doi: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Phufinn Terrace: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Phufinn in the Lake: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Address: Hangdong, Chiang Mai
Phufinn Doi: Google Map
Phufinn Terrance: Google Map
Phufinn in the Lake: Google Map
- The Baristro at Ping River
The Baristro at Ping River is a minimalistic style cozy coffee place. Coffee and desserts are prepared under bare concrete walls, matching perfectly with a calming vibe, with unique rooms, furniture, and decorations, designed for photo-taking spots. There are also tables in an outdoor garden where you can sit to enjoy your moment beside the Ping River. For coffee lovers, a must-order menu is Black Latte, Double X Triple. We recommend Pink Panther for a non-coffee drink.
Opening Hours: Everyday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Address : 62 Patan Road, T.Patan, Muang Chiang Mai
Matchappen is calling for green tea lovers! A minimalistic 2-floor matcha teahouse is decorated in white tone with a wooden exterior.
There is a counter bar on the first floor where you can watch a step-by-step tea brewing process. On the second floor, there are many unique corners and seatings with different furnishings. This place offers you an open-air zone surrounded by greenery. It is a perfect place for spending a laid-back afternoon enjoying healthy and tasty green tea while taking beautiful photos.
Here, there are four matcha options: Superior Matcha, Ichibancha, Nibancha, and Sanbancha (each is of different tea grade and has a different harvest time). Don’t miss their signature menu, Matchappen. This milder and softer tea comes with 3 layers consisting of hojicha, milk, and matcha. For dessert, try the Matcha Cheesecake, full of creaminess and a pinch of sweet bitterness in every bite!
Opening Hours: Everyday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: San Phi Suea Subdistrict, Mueang District, Chiang Mai
- Jungle De Café
Jungle De Café is the answer if you are looking for an escape from a bustling Chiang Mai city. This cozy café surrounded by nature is located in an amusement park, Pongyang Jungle Coaster, where you can enjoy adventurous activities. With a giant cascading waterfall, wooden bridge pathways, and a lush tree zone, this café offers you a serene and tranquil atmosphere. The highlight here is the hammocks where you can lie while enjoying the breeze and a stunning natural landscape. Indulge yourself with a cup of coffee, cakes, and pastries!
Jungle De Café (Pong Yaeng)
Opening Hours: Everyday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Jungle De Café (Hang Dong)
Opening Hours: Everyday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- Brandnew Field Good
Let’s look at a hidden gem café where you can skip the overcrowded tourist spots and explorethe rice paddies. Brandnew Field Good is a casual café, restaurant, and homestay for those looking for a slow-paced life amidst a vibrant green field. One of the highlights here is the bamboo bridge connecting the cafe with the entrance. Walking along the bridge, you can enjoy the view of the fertile rice field on both sides.
This cafe serves a variety of drinks such as coffee, Thai iced tea, and desserts. At its restaurant, you can also find traditional Thai dishes. Some recommended menus are Tom Yum, Phad Thai, and Stir-Fried Basil with Pork and Rice. Don’t forget to complete your meal with Thai desserts such as Mango Sticky Rice or waffles with tasty toppings.
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. (Closed on Tuesday)