Get a taste of what keeps people coming back from around the world. Choose something more exotic, like jasmine tea blended with cardamom and honey or freshly ground beans with a hint of nutty sweetness. A cup of coffee at your favorite cafe is a journey into local culture's flavors and aromas.
Many local roasters offer light, fruity brews, while others provide more intense, full-bodied blends, making any morning coffee more enjoyable. Additionally, the city has various independent coffee shops serving drinks such as cappuccinos, lattes, frappes, and matcha teas.
The Best Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai
1. The Baristro
The coffee shop combines rich wood and stone to create a contemporary style. The well-designed interior of the restaurant offers a pleasant atmosphere. A great deal of natural light comes in through the surrounding glass walls, giving you the feeling of being outside. Whether it is a specialty or a creative drink, their signature drinks are excellent. The coffee is a combination of both award-winning local beans and imported beans from renowned origins. Spending a few hours there was very enjoyable for me.
Opening Hours: 08 h 00 - 18 h 00
The atmosphere is very funky and the place is super cool. You will feel as if you are in Berlin when you enter the hotel because of its industrial-style interior. We serve delicious coffee brewed in a La Marzocco machine using a variety of beans (light, medium, dark). However, the funky vibe, friendly staff, and reasonable prices make this place so enjoyable. Frappes were very tasty and all coffee was reasonably priced.
Opening Hours: 08 h 00 - 17 h 00
3. Koff & Things
The cafe displays traditional Japanese architecture from the outside as well as on the inside. There is a limited selection of drinks and desserts, however. The cafe space is relatively small, as in Chiang Mai. It is perfect if you are alone and want some quality personal time. They also welcome pets.
Opening Hours: 08 h 00 - 17 h 00
4. Bear Hug Cafe
Nothing is better than delicious coffee, yummy pancakes, and unique coffee art! Excellent ice cream, Korean cheese, egg and bacon sandwiches, waffles, and mango sticky rice. I also enjoyed the parilla seed cookies. Teddy bears were a favorite theme among children and my inner child.
Opening Hours: 09 h 00 - 18 h 00
5. Versailles de Flore
I found this place very different from the rest of Chiang Mai. This coffee shop offers quite the constrat with its French 19th century decor. I found it to be a bit on the expensive side for Chiang Mai standards. I recommend it to anyone wishing to spend a relaxing and enjoyable time and take memorable photographs.
Opening Hours: 08.00 AM - 5.00 PM (Close Wednesday)
6. Graph Contemporary
Graph opened its first café in 2014 in the Old City. Once you have entered the building, you can spend much time exploring. A gallery and a showcase are located on the second floor of the building. From coffee beans to fashion goods, a wide variety of house brand products are available. You can choose from various coffee beans, including local and imported origins roasted by Graph's roasting team. The atmosphere at each Graph branch is similar to a cocktail bar. Although it differs slightly from other coffee shops, I recommend trying their sweet cream latte - it is exceptional! They are also quite famous for their "Monochrome" drink, which is GRAPH's classic milk coffee with a vanilla aroma and a bottomless soft black color from activated charcoal.
Opening Hours: 09 h 00 - 17 h 00 (every day)
7. Chom Café & Restaurant
The experience at Chom Cafe exceeded my expectations in every way. I found the atmosphere here to be just right. There is just something soothing about the forest garden design. The location is ideal for taking beautiful photographs. You can come for lunch with a beautiful view or just for dessert and a coffee.
Opening Hours: 11 h 00 - 22 h 00 (every day)
8. RISTR8TO LAB
If you have time for only one cup of coffee, purchase it from Ristr8to. The team has won several world championships and knows what they are doing. Besides their incredible latte art, some coffees are served in skull-shaped glasses if you want something even more special. A Ristr8to cafe can be found in both Nimman and Chiang Mai. Ristr8to Lab is more spacious and nested in a calmer environment.
Opening Hours: 24 hours
9. Carp Cafe
It was a memorable experience with the koi fish and the surroundings. This type of environment is very appealing to me. You can relax and enjoy your coffee while a thousand fish swim around you. The table is part of the waterfall that cascades into the pond!
Opening Hours: 09 h 30 - 20 h 00
10. Bart Coffee
This is a very quaint and cozy hole-in-the-wall coffee shop. You are welcome to draw on the building and tables with a pen! I particularly enjoy the cold-dirty-chai. This is a beautiful place to spend time in the day's heat. The owner is a very kind and generous individual!
Opening Hours: 10 h 00 - 16 h 30
11. Gateway Coffee Roaster
The Gateway Coffee Roaster is located in an old concrete building outside the Old City walls. The entrance is a bit hidden, but getting a bit lost in this city is always fun. I enjoy the peaceful atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the streets below. In addition to the excellent coffee, there are plenty of comfortable seats where you can read or work on your laptop.
Opening Hours: 09 h 00 - 17 h 30
Frequently Asked Questions
Is coffee famous in Thailand?
YES! Thailand has many excellent coffee shops, each with a unique atmosphere. From Bangkok to smaller villages, you'll find everything from cozy cafes in winding alleyways to modern establishments in the center. The coffee culture is very much alive as they have their own coffee plantations.
How good are internet cafes in Chiang Mai?
It really depends on the coffee shops but we have been plaisantly surprised by the speed of the free wifi offered by THESIS COFFEE. Although all of these 11 chiang mai coffee shops on our blog article offer free wifi, the speed was good enough for emails, texting and looking at a map. For consistency and high speed 24/7, you are better off renting a desk at a coworking space like Punspace - $60.00 for a week and $120.00 for a month.
How much is coffee in Chiang Mai?
Most coffee shops will charge between 30 and 60 THB for a simple cup of cappucino, americano or iced latte. If you go to a more high-end coffee shop, it can range between 100 to 150 TBH.