Coffee Culture in Chiang Mai Thailand

I am not a coffee expert nor a cafe enthusiast, I just LOVE coffee... and tea. I am not an authority to talk about cafes. But I do think the coffee culture in Chiang Mai is one of a kind and we have experienced it. We stayed in Chiang Mai for four days and I saw how locals and tourists adored the coffee culture in Chiang Mai. It's like a mushroom in the forest, every corner has a classic, chic, hippie, rustic, or oriental cafe concept. 

In this article, my goal is to show you the three cafes we experienced during our four-days stay in Chiang Mai. Actually, we only have one favorite in which I will reveal later on.

My fiance enjoying the cafe in Chiang Mai

On our first day, we decided to just stroll around the old city of Chiang Mai and feel the vibe of the place. 

Just in time when my soles were already complaining, I saw a cute coffee shop along Prapokkloa Rd. near Ta Pae Gate called Chiang Mai Coffee Bean. Then I remembered my friend who stayed in Chiang Mai for two months saying that I should try coffee in Chiang Mai.

It was an automatic destination for us. My friends and fiance did not hesitate to agree with me to have a cup of coffee before we hit the night market. I ordered Cafe Mocha, my favorite in any cafe. Prices in Chiang Mai Coffee Bean range from THB45.00 to THB55.00. 

All coffee beans came from the barista's own farm in Chiang Mai. Cool right?

Cafe Mocha

We decided to stay in Chiang Mai Coffee Bean for a while since we all wanted to rest. 

Credits also to the antique and rustic interiors of the cafe for the reason of our prolonged stay. Did I mention that they have free fast WiFi? All cafes in Chiang Mai has free WiFi by the way :)

One of my best finds in Chiang Mai was found when I was looking for a place to shelter because it was raining.

I biked around Chiang Mai one morning when the heavens started to pour her blessing. I entered an empty cafe where a sweet lady in her mid-30s approached me and ushered me to where I can park my rented bike. I was so wet and I started rinsing my head, my face, and my body when she started talking, I could not barely understand, peace! From what I understand, they are not really open yet and the barista was not yet around. So I just ordered Thai milk tea.

She ushered me on the second floor while saying that I can lay there until I can get food for lunch or brunch. The moment I saw the area, I was sure I'll stay there for long :)

When my THB70 Thai Milk Tea arrived, it came with cookies, two slices of bread, and one cup of soya milk with sweetener. I said I did not order bread and soya milk but she insisted that it's free and she was so apologetic because they are not yet open and they could not serve me food.

That was so hospitable.

I spread the good vibes of Baan Buri Cafe to my friends when I returned to the hotel. We decided to go there after our Chiang Rai Day tour.

We all enjoyed the hospitality of the staff and the oriental ambiance of the cafe. We lay there like we own the place, laughing and joking around. There were two Caucasian tourists beside us who were busy drinking beer and reading books. 
Baan Buri's Signature Hot Blue Coffee 

Baan Buri's Signature Iced Blue Coffee

We loved the place so much that we decided to go back on our last day while waiting for the time of our train departure. We ordered rounds of caffeine for an unlimited stay and laughter. 

By the way, I decided to do some work while my friends are chatting/gossiping about life. They have a good wifi!


In the middle of our (their) exchange of thoughts and opinions, the lady who ushered me when I first visit Baan Buri came to us to give us pineapple cookies for free. Awwww... What a nice way to say goodbye to us.

Just in front of Baan Buri is one of the most popular cafes in Chiang Mai at least in blogs and reviews. I did not have the time to stay in  Akha Ama Coffee because of our limited time in Chiang Mai and their limited space for big groups like us (we are six). 

I just needed an extra shot of caffeine before we finally board the train. I ordered Manee Mana as recommended to me by the barista, according to him, it's their specialty. It is a black coffee with honey and ice. I like it because it's what I needed to boost my sad mood because we were leaving Chiang Mai.

Manee Mana

This is the coffee culture we experienced in Chiang Mai. It is something I will tell, that is why I wrote it, to those who will ask me about Chiang Mai and Thailand. It is worth doing again. I can just go back to Chiang Mai and just do a cafe hopping.

Unanimously, our favorite among the three cafe presented above is Baan Buri. Although I think, Akha Ama is more coffee shop than Baan Buri and I think it has the better coffee and selections, still, without a doubt we will choose Baan Buri because of its ambiance, staff and food.


216/1 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Sripoom, 
Amphoe Muang, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

102 Rachadamnoen Rd, Tambon Si Phum, 
Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat 
Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

175/1 Rachadamnoen Rd, ตำบล พระสิงห์ 
Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat 
Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

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