12 Best Cafes in Chiang Mai, Thailand for Coffee & Design

12 Best Cafes in Chiang Mai for Coffee & Design

Grab your fellow coffee lovers and head to Thailand’s cafe heaven.

It’s no secret that Chiang Mai has become a cafe hub in recent years. In fact, Chiang Mai is known as the coffee capital of Thailand! From trendy themed coffee spots in the city to picturesque cafes in the countryside, there are just so many to choose from! That said, it can be hard to choose which one(s) you have to visit to get the best Chiang Mai coffee. So, read on for our list of the coolest cafes in Chiang Mai that you need to add to your itinerary — whether you’re mainly exploring the city area or venturing to the outskirts!

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Coolest cafes in Chiang Mai City centre that you need to visit

1. MARS.cnx

An (almost literal) out-of-this-world Chiang Mai cafe that deserves a mention on our list is MARS.cnx. Known as the Mars cafe in Chiang Mai, this wildly popular coffee spot sees long queues daily. From dazzling planet projections, to space shuttle-reminiscent seats and even a red rock wall — MARS.cnx takes its theme to the next level with such immersive decor. So, be sure to carve out some time to explore this space and take some awesome shots when you visit. 

Beyond the cafe design, MARS.cnx is known for its beautiful, planet-inspired drinks like their name-sake espresso: Mars. At night, the cafe transforms into a bar, serving up vibrant cocktails till 1am (except on Wednesdays). 

P.S. — MARS.cnx just opened their latest outlet in Pattaya, which is conveniently located near Bangkok. So, for those who are visiting the Thai capital soon, do include it in your itinerary!

Address: 27 Arak Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

2. Transit Number 8

Located a quick 15-minute cab ride from Chiang Mai International Airport, Transit Number 8 is one of the most popular Japanese-inspired cafes in Chiang Mai. Once you arrive, you will feel as if you’ve been transported to a little town in Japan! Transit Number 8 boasts eye-catching photo spots inspired by Japanese public transportation. Do spend some out exploring the outside of the cafe, where there is a bus stop set-up and a simulated underground train station entrance for you to pose alongside for pictures! 

And once you enter the cafe, feel free to take a seat at the tatami seating area or the Japanese train cabin section. Other than authentic matcha latte, the cafe is known for serving some of the best coffee in Chiang Mai. In particular, their Soft Landing — a cold brew with soft cream on top — is a hit amongst coffee lovers. So, spend an afternoon at this cosy cafe sipping on a cuppa with delectable cakes!

BTW, the cafe broadcasts a train arrival announcement in Japanese. That’s how immersive the theming is here!

Address: 56/19 Soi Mu Ban Khumkhon Phing 1 Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200

3. Millilit Cafe

We know, we know… retro is all the rage now! And Millilit Cafe is a coffee shop in Chiang Mai that just screams “vintage” with its funky vibrant furnishings juxtaposed with industrial grey and brick walls. You’ll easily recognise this cafe along the streets with its iconic orange rabbit mascot that is pasted all over the cafe space, from the door to the walls. Amongst their regular espresso offerings, their Oatmilk Vanilla Latte is a favourite amongst patrons — both for its taste and for how aesthetic it looks!

Moreover, the cafe also sells trendy lifestyle products such as stickers and keychains, which will make for great souvenirs to keep as a reminder of your holiday to Chiang Mai. Don’t forget to explore this space and take tons of selfies at their various photo spots, too! There’s even a photo booth for you to capture memories with your friends. So, enough said — Millilit Cafe definitely needs to be on your itinerary. 

Address: 235 Chang Moi Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

4. Playworks Shop & Cafe

If you love collecting cute trinkets on your travels, you have to make your way to this Chiang Mai cafe. Playworks Shop & Cafe is both a cafe and retail space — where you can pick up some posters, t-shirts, and bags, amongst others. This cafe is known for its bright, colourful drinks that rotate with the season. Expect fruit-based teas during summertime, such as their refreshing Sweet Summer: a sweet concoction of watermelon juice and lychee. 

After ordering your food, head up to the second floor which has a rooftop window; inviting the natural light in to brighten up the whole space. You’ll also find many on their laptops on the second floor, as it’s a popular working space amongst the locals.  It’s also located right opposite MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center, making it a superb place to make a pit stop in between shopping sprees. Plus, you can pick up some really quirky and unique souvenirs for your loved ones, or just to keep as a memory of your trip to Chiang Mai. 

Address: 165 Thinkpark Huaykaew Rd. Suthep Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200

5. Koff & Things.th

Amongst the many pet-friendly cafes in Chiang Mai, Koff & Things.th stands out for its cosy interior and eye-catching bakes. The shoji doors and wooden frameworks of the cafe are reminiscent of a traditional Japanese home. And when the afternoon sun seeps through the windows, the large interior space is given a warm, inviting glow that will instantly make you feel relaxed. So, it’s not surprising to see many patrons there quietly reading while having a delicious cup of coffee.

But what really makes this one of the best cafes in Chiang Mai is its selection of adorable bakes and drinks. Under their roster of aesthetic and delicious pastries, their famous bear-shaped cream buns are must-tries. Remember to snap photos of them before digging into your meal! 

As this cafe is highly sought-after, expect long lines. But if you want to beat the crowds, schedule your visit early in the morning to get a seat immediately!

Address: 64 Ratchiangsean, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

6. PLUTO.cnx

When it comes to trendy coffee shops in Chiang Mai, PLUTO.cnx is probably at the top of every coffee connoisseur’s list! And we totally get it — this space-themed cafe transports you to the inside of a space shuttle; giving a new take on the popular industrial cafe design with its cool textured walls. As you walk into this UFO-shaped building, you’ll notice the abundance of natural light seeping into the cafe space. So, get your cameras ready and take advantage of the great lighting by taking some pictures for the ’Gram! 

Plus, this cafe serves up a great variety of dishes; whether you’re famished and craving some hearty pasta — they serve a variety of squid-ink, Japanese-style, and regular pasta! Their Pasta With Truffle Sauce and Seared Scallop is a best-seller there! Meanwhile, the iced Honeycomb Milk and Strawberry Cheesecake drinks are both sweet and pleasing to the eyes! Also, do try their namesake dessert: a beautiful slice of Oreo cheesecake. So, make sure to bookmark this on your bucket list of Chiang Mai cafes to visit!

Address: Mu Ban Lanna Villa Alley, San Phi Suea, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

7. Woo Cafe

This next recommendation might be one of the prettiest cafes in Chiang Mai! Woo Cafe is a botanical-inspired cafe that serves up quality Western and Thai dishes. If you’re a fan of food that are both sweet and salty, do try their watermelon with sweet powdered fish and fried shallots. And don’t miss out on their Thai-Western fusion dishes such as their Capellini (angel hair pasta) With Tom Yum Kung Sauce. 

When you walk into the cafe, you’re welcomed by rows of vases; containing flowers of various colours, shapes, and sizes! But that’s not all; head to the art gallery on the second floor for more interesting finds. From abstract art sculptures to expressionist paintings, the artworks here will surely amaze you. BTW, if you happen to like an art piece that much, you can actually buy it — how cool is that?

If artworks are not your thing, check out Woo Cafe’s lifestyle shop, which sells a variety of decorative items like vases and handpainted plates. Between the shop and art gallery, you’ll definitely find something that you’d love to take home! 

Woo Cafe Chiang Mai is located in the popular Wat Ket neighbourhood — making this cafe a highly convenient spot to rest in between activities.

Address: 80 ถนน เจริญราษฎร์ Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

8. Glin Cafe

With its arched walkways, cream walls, and whitewashed wooden furnishings, Glin Cafe is a Santorini-inspired coffee shop in Chiang Mai! While their menu is relatively simple compared to other cafes on this list, their food and drinks are highly aesthetic — perfect for your next Instagram update. Cafe-hoppers are going to love their baked goods like baque burnt cheesecakes, white chocolate madeleines, and even a natural yeast bread set! And you’ve got to get their signature drink: Sunny Side.

Did we mention that this Chiang Mai cafe also has a spa? Other than that, the entire space exudes such serenity with its bright, clean design and indoor plants. It’s no wonder this is one of the trendiest cafes in Chiang Mai! Oh — and you can bring your furry friends here, too. 

P.S. — If you want to get some massages done, book an appointment ahead of time as they are often fully booked. 

Address: 4/2 ถนน หัสดิเสวี Si Phum Sub-district, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Other unique cafes in Chiang Mai outside the city centre

9. Fleur Cafe & Eatery

This recommendation is a tad further than the main area of Chiang Mai City, but it’s worth the trip. Stepping away from the industrial and vintage themes, Fleur Cafe & Eatery is the perfect Chiang Mai cafe for flower lovers. Many flock to this hidden countryside gem for its beautiful garden with roses in bloom all year round, it’s truly a sight to behold! 

If the weather is not too hot when you visit, why not have a seat at their picture-worthy outdoor seating and admire the numerous bushes, ponds, and pavilions in front of you? Apart from the charming landscaping and architecture, you will fall in love with their vibrant, handcrafted cakes and desserts. Or if you’re looking to have a more substantial meal, the main dishes certainly won’t disappoint. Many have likened the dishes here to five-star restaurant quality, such as the Fleur Salmon Wellington Spring Rolls and Coq Au Van (chicken on wine).

Address: Tung Lung Soi 4, Tambon Mae Raem, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand

10. Chom Cafe & Restaurant

Wait, this isn’t a rainforest — but a garden cafe! Chom Cafe & Restaurant is known all over social media for its breathtaking garden and waterfall setting. Many would come here during the daytime, when the sunlight and mist seep through the lush surroundings — creating a mysterious, yet dreamy backdrop for photos! You also have to make a stop by the waterfall and koi pond for even more amazing shots. Definitely a must-visit Chiang Mai cafe for photography enthusiasts!

Chom Cafe in Chiang Mai serves a wide variety of Thai and Western dishes that will certainly satisfy the various cravings you might have. Or if you’re not too hungry when you visit — why not try some of their coffee or dessert? You’ll be wowed by the set-up and taste of their speciality coffees: Chom Cloud Americano, Chom Secret Latte, and Premium Coconut Affogato. Meanwhile, the Chom Tian Tian Snow Ice is a sweet, shaved ice treat that every sweet tooth will love! And for those who are looking to eat cleaner: They have an impressive spread of healthier items, including interesting fruit juices and salads!

Address: 2 13 ม.2 Somphot Chiang Mai 700 Pi Rd, Mae Hia, เมือง Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

11. Box Box Dog Cafe

To all dog lovers, we know you’ll want to pin this recommendation. It is home to various breeds of calm temperament, so you’ll fall in love with every single one of them. Box Box Dog Cafe will simply bring a smile to your face with their adorable canines. As the stars of the show here are the dogs, expect a simple drink menu of coffee, teas, and juices, along with some cakes. There is an entrance fee of ฿350 (~S$13.24), which is inclusive of a drink and a dessert. 

This dog cafe in Chiang Mai is a little far off from the city centre but it’s so worth the journey out. It is located in the countryside, so you can enjoy the fresh air and clear skies while playing with cute dogs.

Address: 239 Tambon Nong Han, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand

12. Enough for life Village

Enough for life Village is a homestay and cafe that will remind you of the Korean countryside. From the rattan furniture to the beige walls and even the calming music, it will instantly put you in a relaxed state; much needed for a proper vacation. Enough for life takes advantage of the scenic landscape behind the cafe by offering picnic and afternoon tea packages in front of their lake.

As the cafe is run by Koreans, expect some Korean dishes with a little Thai twist. Or if you’re just looking for a place to grab something light, their coffee is a must-try! They even sell their coffee beans and filter packs so patrons can take their quality coffee home. You also need to visit their prop shop, which sells unique homeware pieces like utensils, mirrors, and glasses. They’re perfect presents for your loved ones, or to get for yourself!

Address: Thailand, Chang Wat Chiang Mai, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Thesaban Nakhon Chiang Mai

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And there you have it — a whole new list of cafes in Chiang Mai that you have to visit. Whether it’s themed cafes with impeccable decor that appeal to the photographer in you, or a place with tasty dishes that will satisfy your hunger — Chiang Mai is truly a cafe heaven! 

We love visiting cafes on our travels as is a great way to explore the country’s food and culture! Plus, they’re often super Instagram-worthy. So, don’t be shy and share some photos of the cafes you’ve visited overseas on our official Facebook and Instagram pages. We can’t wait to see where you’ve been and what you’ve tried!

Featured image credit: Fleur Cafe & Eatery | Official Facebook Page

Facebook image credit (right): koffandthings.th | Official Instagram Page

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Beautrice Oh
Beautrice Oh

Beautrice enjoys exploring new places and jumps at any chance to try something new. She loves learning about different cultures through their food, landmarks, and hidden local spots (if she can find them)! Always enthusiastic for an adventure, she plans itineraries that fully immerse herself in the destination’s culture, and will never forget to bring along her camera to capture the memories.