Breakfast in Chiang Mai
Exploring The Northern Thailand
I arrived in Chiang Mai after a hectic week in Bangkok. My expectations were already high for this northern Thai city, which is known for its temples, proximity to mountains, elephant sanctuaries (please choose yours wisely and do not support organizations that promote elephant riding or any other forms of abuse).
Shortly after arrival, I headed out to the hipster part of town otherwise known as Nimman where I lost myself aimlessly between the small streets, some of which were so quaint that all you could hear was the rustling of the leaves being caressed by the January breeze. Romance aside, it did not take me long to reach the first stop on my itinerary, Rustic and Blue where I had my first cup of soul-hugging coffee in the city. It did not take me long to realize that I will be having many cups of coffee in this town (5 in one day once to be exact) so I gave myself the freedom to serendipitously discover new places while also trying the ones I already had on my itinerary.
After one week in town, here is my list of recommended coffee/breakfast spots in Chiang Mai:
FAKTARA COFFEE & RESTAURANT
This place has a cute little garden in the back of the street on which it is located. It serves one of the best breakfasts I had in Chiang Mai — do not miss the French toast with fresh mango and cashews.
Do not be alarmed by the weird name of this café which is located inside a futuristic art gallery so double win. The breakfast was one of the healthiest I have ever had — could actually feel the nutrients going through my body — and the coffee is solid.
MALIPAI ROASTERY & CAFE
Probably the best breakfast I had in Chiang Mai. I mean why hasn’t anyone told me that an omelet with spicy shrimp on steamed rice would taste so good! And good luck going back to having regular eggs after that.
It has a couple of very small branches in town and I ended up stumbling upon the branch I didn’t intend to go to. The service is quick and friendly and the coffee is smooth but strong.
FOOD 4 THOUGHT
A very close second in the list of best breakfasts in town. They serve what they call “ugly” food, which means they include fruits and vegetables that were naturally deformed. The end result is surprisingly not any less delicious or instagrammable. I came back here twice. Their apple, granola, cinnamon, and raisin on toast is simply divine.
A DAY IN CHIANG MAI
When I walked into this place, I felt it was a bit pretentious, but my feeling quickly disappeared when I had my first sip of their coffee. They also serve small pastries — the small matcha cake was sublime.
WHERE TO STAY IN CHIANG MAI
I stayed for a few days in an Airbnb and then at the Shangri-La, which is ideally located close to the action but quiet enough for a good night’s sleep. You can check my review of the hotel below.
Hi! My name is George Rishan. I am a Dubai-based traveler with a passion for nature, short walks, history, and food. I have been to 39 countries and am very adventurous in culinary travel. I also write for Travel Junkie Diary occasionally on my food adventures so stay tuned for more! You can also follow my journey on my own blog.