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Pai, a tiny town situated in northern Thailand has now become one of the top destinations for backpackers in the country, attracting people with its mysterious surroundings and beautiful mountain setting. There’s also a curious hippie vibe here that means plenty of thought-provoking restaurants. We take a look at some of the best spots for breakfast.
The best of Pai’s hospitality is captured in this cozy café with plush seats and teddies dotted around. Satisfy that sweet tooth with a piece of savoury cake, or chose from a wide selection of delicate breads, ranging from cranberry buckle to apple caramel cake to green tea scone. Innovative beverages for that morning fix include brownie coffees, blueberry white malts, caramel lattes and more.
Carrot on the Moon, 69/4 Moo 1, Viengtai, Pai, Thailand, +66 80 125 3151
Set in a bamboo cottage hidden in bushes, this cafe is an oasis in the midst of Pai. Guests can opt for the restaurant decorated with paintings and statues of Ganesh, oozing authentic thai ambiance, or the garden setting outside, draped with foliage and strewn with potted plants. The extensive menu features a variety of cuisines, including fresh mango pavlova with strawberry sauce, chicken with rice and mint yogurt, and burgers with French fries.
Situated around the corner from the popular Muay Thai Gym, Joy Café is the best spot to boost the energy levels before a spot of intensive training, Thai style. Offering an impressive collection of local cuisine, international delicacies and breakfast delights, Joy Café houses an amazing array of dishes. Cheese burgers with poutine here, fish and chips with tar tar sauce there, all freshly made every day.
Joy Café, 174/1 Moo 1, Pai, Thailand, +66 81 568 1853
To step into Art in Chai is to enter a delightful and whimsical world. The colourful interior is dominated by paintings, antique collectibles and mats that showcase the artistic leanings of Pai, and at the same time overwhelm patrons with a kaleidoscope of interesting features. Live music performances contribute to the conviviality of the bar, while the range of cakes is vast!
Art in Chai, Moo 4, Vieng Tai, Pai 58130, Thailand, +66 86 19 1757
This little green house with ceiling windows bursts with an impressive variety of local and international breakfast options. The chic design of the restaurant and the cute chalk broad drawings relax patrons from the get go. Light delicacies on the menu include eggs Benedict, muffins, tuna sandwiches, bruschettas and macaroons, while pasta options like carbonara are also available.
Lemon Thyme Café , 63 Riverside Corner Road, Pai, Thailand, +66 88 185 9602