Chiang Mai asides from being a beautiful charming quaint city filled with temples it also has its own share of unique cafes. To which I think it merits a cafe in Chiang Mai roundup.
When I first got to Chiang Mai I was more in the mindset of finding out what new path to take in my life. The last thing I was expecting was to become a digital nomad/remote worker. But as the universe decided to craft it here we are. What then became a priority was figuring out what are the best cafes for working in Chiang Mai. I found a few posts that were great starting points for me but the drawback was that I noticed quite a few of them are located within the Old City and not providing many options outside the ‘box’.
I wouldn’t say I’m super picky but after doing my fair share of coffee shop hopping I started to create a mental checklist of what I deem to be my perfect working cafe. Co-working options are available in Chiang Mai but from my personal preferences, they don’t usually offer foodie options. I will go to them time to time because of their 24-hour aspect.
I came up with a bit of a mental checklist when looking for the perfect cafe to work in Chiang Mai:
- Free water – if it is infused, even better!
- High tables – or at least option for standing
- Plug points
- Bathroom – preferably clean
- Comfy seating
- Delicious food
- Reliable fast-wifi
- Yum coffee!
With that in mind these following cafes all do offer, realiable wifi, free water, comfy seating and nom-worthy eats.
Here are my favourite cafes in Chiang Mai to get work done but also my foodie side satisfied;
If the name doesn’t say it all the delicious cake selection will do it. I like how it’s hidden within the Old City and not too far from Wat Prasigh. I actually wouldn’t have found this place if it weren’t by another local inviting me to lunch here. Since then I love Siripan’s cake creations! There is always a different selection going from a peach bamboo charcoal cake to a poppy seed zucchini muffin. They also have savoury options with my favourite being their noodle salad bowl.
Need to catch up on some work and treat yourself to afternoon tea with a scrumptious cake to go with it? This is it!
Cuisine: Thai fusion, Cakes, Tea, Coffee, Home cooked
Opening hours: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Address: 175/12, Rachadamnoen Road, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
If the name doesn’t tip you off that the food here is primo, here’s a thought: try out their breakfast wrap or their avocado smoothie. Either way its hard to go wrong with what is on offer on their menu. It’s one of my go-to places for brunch first, work later! Before 11 am they have a different menu for those early birds.
For those who want some drip coffee right next to it is Bay’s Cafe.
I like the open setting around here, nice wide tables and in a garden like setting. What is also cool Food4Thought also hosts monthly Chiang Mai Travel Club meetups along with other events. Check their Facebook page for more info.
Cuisine: Western, Salads, Wraps, Homemade pasta
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm (last meal at 8:30pm)
Address: 15/5 Moo 1, Soi Sudjai, Tanon Khlong Chonlapratarn, Tambon Chang Phuak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
If you ever feel like a blank page this cafe will re-inspire you.
It’s eclectic and kitschy. The area is an art gallery and they have annexed a cafe to it – hence the extra hint of inspiration. It’s not a big cafe and not a lot of plug points but still a lovely setting to have a meal. Consider me a little biased as I’m a big fan of egg’s benedict which they got there and their signature cappuccino.
Cuisine: Healthy breakfast & brunch
Opening hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Address: 22/1 Soi Nimmana Haeminda 17 Chiang Mai
Get here early – it’s quite the popular spot and the food is most certainly why! Great for brunch. They have individual tables and you can also sit on the counter. The indoor part is better for working as the outside tends to have larger groups so it can get noisy.
My top foodie pick for this place is the Breakfast Chorizo Hot Dog. If you feel like giving yourself an extra treat add some hash browns on the side.
Cuisine: Western, Healthy, Breakfast spot
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Address: 333/9 Sukkasem rd. Chiangmai
From the first time, I ate here I immediately fell in love with its vibe. Homely their food is home grown while the food style I would consider it to be like comfort food. Beautifully plated that the eating here is not only a feast for the palate but for the rest of your senses too. One of my favourites here is their Eggs Benny with Avocado Hollandaise and their Carrot Cake. There is a spectacular hot or cold tea selection.
They recently expanded into the garden area and a separate room. Across the garden area is where you can go get some reading, writing or work down in silence.
Cuisine: Artisan Teas, Rustic cooking
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 9:00 pm (Closed Mondays)
Address: Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 7, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai
All the cafes mentioned here are located outside the Old City except for My Secret Cafe in Town.
For a more comprehensive listing of all the cafes in Chiang Mai I recommend checking out Chiang Mai Coffee Culture. It’s the most updated and done by true coffee aficionada.
I’ve also done a similar list to this before but on Townske. Check it out!