Chiang Mai, Thailand –
6 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 6 favorite ones.
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.
Address: 25/1 Ratvithi Rd. Lane 1, T.Sriphoom, Muang, Chiang Mai,
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.
Address: 133/, 204/5 Ratchapakhinai Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District
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.
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:
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?
Address: 9/1 Mata Apartment, Hassadhisawee Rd, Soi 3, Changphuak, Muang, Chiang Mai
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.
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:
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.
Address: 7 Rachadamnoen Rd Soi 5, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Ma