Coffee Walking Tour in Chiang Mai / Thailand

Posted in COFFEE TRAVEL
on August 7, 2017
Motto of one coffee shop in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand –

7 Coffee Places that should not be missed in the Old Town

 

Chiang Mai’s picturesque old town with its ancient temples and city wall can easily be explored on foot. Let’s walk on charming lanes and experience the city’s vibrant speciality coffee culture. There are many inspiring coffee places to choose from. Here are our 7 favorite ones.  

 

Starting Point:

We suggest to start the coffee-walk at the small local Ming Muang farmer market.  This market is a wonderful symbol for Chiang Mai’s deep roots in agriculture and entrepreneurship.

Address: 163 Mun Mueang Rd, Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

A short walk will bring you to a small street, which is the home of a wonderful and inspiring small coffee kiosk:

Nowhere coffee shop

Nowhere coffee shop

Nowhere Coffee Brewers

Trakool, an aspiring photographer and archaeologist, is the owner of this place. He is an exceptionally creative coffee-lover with a nice smile. Trakool knows a lot about coffee. He passionately roasts his own beans and focuses only on top quality beans that have rating of more than 90 points.

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/Nowherehandroaster/?rf=1249283288457975

Address: 33 Rajvithi Soi 2 (behind Sompetch Market),Chiang Mai

 

There is another excellent coffee shop only a few meters away from our first destination:

Graph cafe

Graph cafe

GRAPH CAFÉ

GRAPH CAFÉ is a small coffee shop specializing in espresso and espresso-based coffee drinks. It’s an icon among Chiang Mai’s local coffee shops. Located on a quiet alley, it offers a minimalistic interior design,depth and quality coffee. I come here to enjoy a great, flavorful espresso drink and the company of the inviting and friendly baristas. I appreciate the meaningful, small details of this place. When I visited this place last time, I noticed a small sign with a message on one of the tables: “Everything has beauty, but not everybody it can see it.” This message describes the inspiring, deep spirituality of locals in Chiang Mai.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/graphcafe.chiangmai/

Address: 25/1 Ratvithi Rd. Lane 1, T.Sriphoom, Muang, Chiang Mai,

 

Interior of cafe and roastery n

Interior of cafe and roastery n

Ponganes Coffee Roasters

Ponganes is one of the oldest speciality coffee roasters in Chiang Mai, which also serves as a coffee-shop. A friendly local couple, who used to work for several years as baristas in a coffee shop in Sydney is running the business. A group of local, passionate baristas and roasters that regularly meet for cuppings and discussions are connected to this business. Ponganes interior design is modern with light colours and natural materials.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ponganesespressobar/

Address: 133/, 204/5 Ratchapakhinai Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District

 

Barista are preparing espresso

Barista are preparing espresso

Pacamara Coffee

This coffee shop and roastery is named after after the El Salvadorean pacamara arabica coffee plant variety. The founder, Chatree Treelertsakul, has worked for many years in the specialty coffee industry and one of the leading experts of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Pacamara’s baristas are well trained and prepare excellent coffee drinks with a special focus on exceptional espresso shots from local and foreign coffee beans.  

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pacamara-Coffee/187765047931936

Address: 141/6 Rachadamnoen Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

 

We continue our journey towards Wat Muen Ngoen Kong to reach another great coffee shop:

Interior of cafe

Interior of cafe

Akha Ama

Ama translates to “mother” in the Akha language. The name of this coffee shop is dedicated to a mother in the Akha village of Maejantai, who motivated the people of her village to cultivate and market their own coffee beans. In 2010, members of the Akha community established the ‘Akha Ama Cafe’ in Chiang Mai to promote their specialty coffee. Only two years later, a second ‘Akah Ama Cafe’ had been added to the community’s coffee network. Did you know that the Akha People grow and process award winning organic coffee beans?

Website: https://www.facebook.com/akhaamacoffee/

Address: 9/1 Mata Apartment, Hassadhisawee Rd, Soi 3, Changphuak, Muang, Chiang Mai

Mix Kaffee

Main Barista with coffee lover

Mix Kaffee

This coffee shop is located next to a busy main road, but once you come inside, you will hear calming jazz music from a LP player and the friendly discussions of locals. The owner is very friendly and talkative. Mix Kaffee offers a homey atmosphere and  is well known because it does not use an espresso machine or drippers to prepare excellent coffee drinks. Instead, they are creating amazing shots of coffee with Moka pots. The atmosphere is like at home.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Mixkaffee/

Address: 29/ 50200, 65/2 Arak Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai

Let’s walk approx. 30 mins towards the North side of the old town to reach an inspiring, family run place called:

Barista in Farm story cafe

The cafe is run with family of Mr.Jeng

Farmstory House

This place is located in a traditional teak house and offers a cozy setting. The friendly owner roasts his own coffee beans and prepares delicious pour-over coffee drinks. If you are hungry, I recommend their incredible purple, brown rice with basil and mushrooms.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/farmstoryhouse/

Address: 7 Rachadamnoen Rd Soi 5, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Ma

coffee map

Route map of coffee trour

Cafee in Van on Chiang Mai street

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