The 10 Best Brunch Spots In Chiang Rai, Thailand

White Temple
White Temple | ©garycycles/Flickr
Sameer Ghurye

Relatively unexplored by the masses, Chiang Rai province and its capital of the same name represent a different facet of Thailand, far from the hustle and crowded tourist hubs of Bangkok and Pattaya. Buddhist monks and shrines dominate, while people are laid-back and happy. What’s more, there are some darn good spots to settle down for a bite to eat. Here are 10 great places to start the day.

Relatively unexplored by the masses, Chiang Rai province and its capital of the same name represent a different facet of Thailand

1. Nangnon Coffee

Nangnon Coffee

If you’re looking for a small place which serves great coffee and breakfast in a nice atmosphere, check out Nangnon on Jedyod Road. The coffee is rich in flavor and the breakfast offering is filling and eclectic, with options ranging from muesli with yoghurt and fresh fruit to cheese omelets. And to top it all off, there’s free WiFi throughout

Address: Nangnon Coffee, Jetyod Rd, Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai, Thailand, +66 877894066

Crepe Cake © Stuart_Spivack / Flickr

2. Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House

Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House

Set in a beautiful colonial-style house by the river, this place is a little out of the way. Definitely drop by if you’re looking for a relaxing atmosphere, great ambiance and some superb coffee. Their breakfast offerings include English breakfasts, French toast, home-made cakes and a variety of sandwiches. Brunch covers a number of dishes, including pork chops and Swedish meatballs.

Address: Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House, 179 Moo 2, Bannrongseatean Soi 3, Tambon Rimkok, Rim Kok, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai, Thailand, +66 81 984 2925

3. Polar Boulangerie and Patisserie

Bakery, Patisserie, Pastries, Dessert

Cheesecake
© zingyyellow / Flickr
Ranked as the best bakery in Chiang Rai, Polar has a pretty good menu for brunch, including snacks and a host of goodies. They do a fine eggs Benedict to boot, and can also rustle up a darn good scrambled and poached egg. Try their bagels with cream cheese for something a little different, and wash it down with a hot chocolate or coffee.

4. Melt in Your Mouth

Restaurant, Dessert

Opposite Ko Loi public park facing the river, a few steps away from the Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort, you’ll find Melt In Your Mouth Chiang Rai. While the place is a popular restaurant that’s known mainly for its dinner and desserts, the breakfast is worth a look in too. Come early in the morning and enjoy a relaxing breakfast while taking in a view of the river and the gardens all around.

5. Connect Café

Cafe, Coffee, European

Doi Chang Fountain
© The Coppercat / Flickr
The old bus terminal in Chiang Rai is a hub of activity, and many tourists can be found in the area, starting off or returning from their excursions out into the north. Many find their way to Connect Café for a quick meal before or after leaving or arriving. The breakfast set is a fair sized spread consisting of eggs, bacon or sausage, toast, orange juice and coffee, meaning it’s a top choice if you’re hungry.

6. Doi Chang Fresh Coffee

Cafe, Coffee

Another coffee shop that also does breakfast, Doi Chang is a great little café in the midst of Chiang Rai. It’s relaxing, chilled, uber-cheap and usually packed by noon. The central water fountain adds a unique element to the ambiance of the place, as does the soft music in the background. Located just 100 meters from the Central Clock Tower, you cannot miss this place if you’re in the area.

7. Baan Chivit Mai Bakery

Bakery, Dessert

Run to support a local orphanage that takes care of tribal kids, this bakery is a social meets entrepreneurial venture. It provides coffee, freshly baked cakes, sandwiches and a variety of breakfast items like pancakes. For brunch, the menu is mainly Thai and portions are substantial, while the décor has a stripped-down Scandinavian edge.

8. Sweet Mae Salong Café

Cafe, Coffee

If you’re visiting Doi Mae Salong for the sunrise, make a stop for breakfast on the way back at Sweet Mae Salong Café. This place is rustic, but the food they churn out is awesome, and combined with the scenery makes for an amazing experience. Their coffee comes highly recommended too, as it is grown locally and retains a freshness that you’ll not find anywhere else around town.

9. Oak & Awe Coffee House

Bar, Coffee, Thai

While the Clock Tower area of Chiang Rai has numerous restaurants to choose from, the Oak & Awe Coffee House offers something new and unique. Located on Jedyod Road, leading off from the Clock Tower, the café is ideally situated and offers a variety of breakfasts, including European and American options.

10. The Bistro at Chiang Rai Condotel

Hotel

The Bistro at Condotel represents great value for money for those who love a full and filling breakfast. The breakfast attracts even non-guests of the Condotel, and the praise is well-deserved. The English option comes complete with bacon, two eggs, coffee and orange juice, and is a good start to the day to say the least.
landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article