Many people in Chiang Mai stick to cafes they know for fear of the unknown (or bad coffee), but while no one can deny the awesomeness of Ristr8to or Akha Ama, local javaficionado Laura Gibbs is here to present you with seven great new cafes worth checking out this year.
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(www.chiangmaicoffeeculture.blogspot.com) and check out her new coffee blog on CityNews!
With a prime location and great coffee, trendy Dolcetto is sure to steal some of its nearby competitors’ customers. Try and get a seat while you still can!
Nimmanhaemin Road 43/1
083 925 5624
02 8 Days a Week
Ain’t got nothin’ but love for this hip little concrete café! It’s hard to find but worth the effort for a perfect place to chill in one of the busiest parts of town.
33 Chomdoi Road
If you are serious about coffee then this is the place to go for some of the finest quality coffee you can find in Chiang Mai! Don’t miss the double cappuccino.
Lakeland Moo Baan, Canal Road
04 Neo Cafe
A quirky building and lovely garden tucked deep away in the Chang Khian area – no backpackers or noisy tourists here!
116/23 Chang Khian Road
05 Coffee Villa
Located inside a big white barn with high ceilings, this is one of those unique Thai cafes complete with a theme (reindeer in sunglasses!), photogenic desserts (chocolate lava cakes!) and interesting décor (antler chandeliers!), and definitely worth the extra miles.
Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road (opposite Big C)
06 Pongnes Espresso
This tiny but busy cafe is tucked away on a small soi in the old city and serves truly excellent lattes, with coffee blends handcrafted onsite.
Moon Muang Soi 5
07 Sode Cafe
This student hangout, located just behind CMU, offers great value for money (coffee is around 30 baht a cup), is open late, and has a buzzing vibe with plenty of outdoor seating.
Suthep Road, Soi 5