Don’t be fooled, Chiang Rai
is no rural backwater – it is the majestic hub for some of the best coffee spots in the north. Chiang Rai’s proximity to Thailand’s famous hill tribe coffee plantations ensures your caffeine fix will not only pack a punch, it will also be locally sourced. We’ve compiled our favourite coffee shops for you to check out while you are in town.
Cat 'n' A Cup Cat Cafe
Cafe, Fusion, Thai, $$$
This gorgeous cat cafe
offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a huge selection of delicious cakes and invigorating coffees. You might think you’re just popping in for a quick caffeine fix and then leave hours later as the cute felines are likely to keep you entertained. This cafe is vegetarian-friendly.
Coffee Shop, Fusion
Think local coffee in super comfortable chairs with delicious cakes and you have the Pangkhon Coffee experience! This socially and environmentally aware coffee shop also claims to save one tree for every cup of coffee served. Pangkhon Coffee also has branches in Chiang Mai.
Doi Chang Coffee Shop
Cafe, Fusion, Pastries, $$$
Doi Chang is a well-established coffee shop with locations all over Thailand. Serving a delicious selection of coffees, shakes and pastries this coffee shop is a popular go-to for many a happy customer. Also on offer is a menu for quick and tasty meals. This Chiang Rai branch has a stunning interior, including a jungle-inspired water feature.
Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House, Bistro & Bar
Hands down the most stunning place to have coffee or tea in Chiang Rai
! Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House or “The Simple Life” Coffee House is a family run cafe set in a beautiful colonial style house right on the banks of the Kok River. There are numerous places where you can sit and enjoy a coffee, tea, freshly baked goods or home cooked meals and marvel the natural surrounds or peruse the antique items, the family have collected over the years. Not done relaxing, why not check out their in-house spa?
Coffee Shop, Fusion, European, Thai, $$$
Spend the afternoon relaxing with your friends or loved ones at this beautiful riverside cafe. Manorom is situated amongst stunning and tranquil English-style gardens and serves delicious cakes, European and Thai dishes, and of course, refreshing drinks. This is one not to miss!
Cafe Number Ei8ht
Cafe, Fusion, $$$
This trendy joint deserves its excellent reputation as the cafe’s barista Umpaul was the 2016 World Latte Art Champion. These guys take coffee seriously, the perfect place for those who love great coffee culture. Cafe Number Ei8ht is also a lovely place to meet and relax with friends or to work for a couple of hours.
The Roast Coffee
Cafe, Fusion, $$$
The Roast Coffee does indeed roast their own coffee beans and create beautifully fresh masterpieces in a cup. The central location of this quaint cafe is handy and you can even buy your favourite roasted beans to take home as a souvenir. Try their flat white, its a winner!