Chiang Rai has many, many coffee shops. Some are easy to find, in the middle of town or along a main road. Others are known well, written about and visited by locals and tourists alike. While others, despite having beautiful gardens, delicious coffee and friendly owners, may only be known by a small group of locals.
So this is my list of the most beautiful, most peaceful, hidden coffee shops. Whether they are off the beaten path or they are so small you would have never noticed them, we tried to discover them all.
Why you should go: Tiny coffee shop that feels like a jungle. They also won the Roaster’s Choice Award for espresso in 2014 and 1st Runner-up for latte.
What to try: Espresso
Why you should go: One of the most beautiful, peaceful cafes in town. The perfect place to work or sit with close friends.
What to try: Hot latte
Why you should go: Organic, locally sourced restaurant and cafe with Doi Chaang coffee. It may be a drive from town, but it’s well worth it, especially if you want some food too.
What to try: Anything. It’s all tasty.
Why you should go: Beautiful little cafe right on the river.
What to try: Cold brew On ice signature DaMa
Why you should go: Adorable little coffee shop with amazingly friendly owners. You’ll find yourself relaxing here for half of the day, enjoying the escape.
What to try: Hot tea from Maesalong or a hot latte
Why you should go: Beautiful vintage-style bistro tucked away from the main street. Lush garden and comfortable setting.
What to try: Cafe white mocha or the matcha green tea latte
Why you should go: Cool and relaxed cafe with a vibrant vibe. Sometimes they even have live music.
What to try: Latte
Why you should go: After exercising at the Old Airport, head over to Sa Par Cafe. The owner, Bee, is so sweet and inspirational.
What to try: Mocha latte
Why you should go: Cute little coffee shop near Chiang Rai Rajabhat University. Friendly owner, relaxed atmosphere, and delicious treats.
What to try: Latte, green tea smoothie, or cocoa smoothie
Why you should go: Adorable little yellow coffee shop with homemade baked goods, just north of the bridge.
What to try: Americano
What did we miss? What secret coffee shops do you love?