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13 Crazy Photogenic Chiang Mai Cafes & Restaurants Worth Booking A Plane Ticket ASAP For

Chiang Mai cafes & restaurants


An early morning trek to the famous Doi Thep mountain; A long day of shopping at the Warorot Market; A scenic ride down the Mae Ping River. You’ve conquered Chiang Mai. Now, you shall eat.

But after sitting on a 3-hour flight to get here, you want a feast for not only your stomach but also your eyes. That’s why we’ve curated a list of stunning restaurants and cafes in Chiang Mai for you to dine and pose at.

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1. Versailles de Flore


European-style castle


Tucked away in Muang District, Versailles de Flore is a relaxed and sophisticated haunt that’s inspired by none other than the Palace of Versailles in France.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - versailles de floreImage credit: @djazz89 via Instagram

From the gold-plated statues that line the space to the twisting vines and flowers alongside white stone walls, the cafe calls to mind an 18th-century Renaissance castle. To further boost those old-school European vibes, there’s a full menu of Western dishes like English Breakfast (฿169, ~ S$6.22) and Victoria Afternoon Tea Set (฿499, ~ S$18.37), as well as some local and Western fusion fare.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - versailles de flore diningImage credit: @tamma.dii via Instagram

Versailles de Flore
Google Reviews
4.4
(334)
Address
versailles de flore 225 Sri Poom Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM Show More Timings
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2. Ai Nara Cafe


Japanese countryside-themed cafe


​​You’d think you were in the countryside of Japan if you ever stepped foot in Ai Nara Cafe.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - ai nara cafeImage credit: Nadhakorn Dejacharoenwong via Facebook

Set on a sprawling green field near Mae Rim, this cosy cafe has plenty of neutral hues and light wooden carpentry. Whether you choose to sit on high stools, benches, or circular tables, you’ll get a pretty good view of the surrounding mountains.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - ai nara cafe seatingImage credit: Ittachai Chakpitak via Facebook

Pair that perfect backdrop with a coffee or smoothie (from ฿70, ~S$2.71) and slice of cake (from ฿85, ~S$3.29), all while petting cute cats lazing in the vicinity.

Ai Nara Cafe
Google Reviews
4.6
(107)
Address
Pong Yaeng, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings

3. PLUTO


Space-themed cafe


PLUTO can boast being one of the few space-themed cafes in Chiang Mai, which immediately sets it apart from the pack.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - plutoImage credit: @acksam via Instagram 

From the outside, its matte black circular structure looks like a space station that’s taken straight from a Stars Wars movie set. Once you enter the cafe, you’ll be swept off your feet by the sleek and modern interior. Some noteworthy elements inside include a larger-than-life model of Pluto, a long marble bar, elegant light fixtures, and suede seatings.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - pluto cake and coffeeImage credit: @tonnwann via Instagram

The cafe is known for its baked pastries and desserts such as the Crispy Caramel Toast (฿120, ~S$4.65) but if you’re in the mood for proper food, it doesn’t hurt to try the Double Crispy Skin Salmon (฿340, ~S$13.16). Apparently, it’s good.

PLUTO
Google Reviews
4.5
(646)
Address
Soi Mu Ban Lanna Villa, Tambon San Phi Suea, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings
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4. Atlantis Valley


Wooden lodge in the forest


A wooden lodge draped in twinkly lights in the forest screams romance.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - atlantis valleyImage credit: @coffeestory_th via Instagram

Hidden behind the thick ferns of Mae Lai Village forest, Atlantis Valley Chiang Mai gives guests a bit of everything: coffee, afternoon tea, Western dishes, Thai food, and even shabu-shabu hotpot. That way, you don’t have to make multiple stops for mains and desserts.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - atlantis valley seatingImage credit: @wanderwonderrr via Instagram

Grab a table indoors for warm and cosy vibes or park yourself at one of the benches outside by the stream for some fresh air. If you’re looking for a spot to hold hands across tables and whisper sweet nothing to your SO for hours, this is it.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - atlantis valley afternoon tea setAfternoon tea sets start from ฿999 (~S$38.67).
Image credit: @atlantis_valley via Instagram

Atlantis Valley
Google Reviews
4
(205)
Address
64 หมู่ที่ 2 บ้านแม่ลาย Tambon Huai Kaeo, Amphoe Mae On, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM Show More Timings
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5. Take A Walk


Winnie The Pooh’s cottage in the woods


Take A Walk cafe in Chiang Mai had us at this wooden cottage that resembles Winnie The Pooh’s home.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - take a walkImage credit: Take A Walk via Facebook

This place is pretty much created for your IG feed. There’s the fairytale facade of the cafe, a stone bridge, a hanging rope bridge over a creek, and a giant treehouse. If you have kids in tow, feel free to let them roam around the play area that’s filled with obstacle courses, climbing structures, and rocking horses.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - take a walk coffeeImage credit: Take A Walk via Facebook

The desserts and drinks here have also been rated to be an equally strong match for the atmosphere. If you’re game, try a few creative beverages like the chocolate dinosaur milkshake or longan fresh milk smoothie. Or, play it safe and stick to the foolproof thai tea with sweet grass jelly.

Take a Walk
Google Reviews
4.6
(450)
Address
98 Baan Pongsamaki, ตำบล ป่าเมี่ยง อำเภอดอยสะเก็ด เชียงใหม่ 50220, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM Show More Timings
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6. Transit Number 8


Inspired by Japanese train stations


Transit Number 8 brings Japanese train station vibes to Chiang Mai.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - transit number 8Image credit: @transitnumber8 via Instagram

Decorated in true Japanese fashion, the cafe has clean white walls, wooden features, and grey accents. The space is bedecked with Japanese signage, a boarding zone with yellow chairs, and a ticketing counter where you can get a voucher to pay for food and drinks.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - transit number 8 interiorImage credit: @transitnumber8 via Instagram

Transit Number 8 serves all the standards like latte and cappuccino, as well as creative concoctions like their Welcome On Board orange coffee (฿98 ~S$3.60) or their Prepare For Landing rose milk and lemon coffee (฿98 ~S$3.60). The cafe is pretty popular on the weekends and during the holiday season, so make sure you plan ahead and show up early.

Transit Number 8
Google Reviews
4.5
(955)
Address
56, 19 Soi Sanam Bin Kao 8, Tambon Su Thep, เมือง, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM Show More Timings
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7. The Ironwood


Hidden cafe in a garden with cottages


​This laid-back spot called The Ironwood feels more like hanging out in an English garden than in the forest of Mae Rim.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - the ironwood

Once you venture through the rustic dining room that oozes French cottage feels, the back of the restaurant opens up to a peaceful backyard. Giant trees and vines overhead create an airy feel while sheltering you from the sun, and the greenhouse filled with mini cacti and potted plants adds to the garden vibes.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - the ironwood food

The restaurant serves up a selection of Thai fusion dishes like stir-fry spaghetti and shrimp paste fried rice along with seasonal drinks like lychee rose and lavender lemonade.

The Ironwood
Google Reviews
4.2
(837)
Address
592 1 หมู่ 1 ถนนแม่ริม - สะเมิง Tambon Mae Raem, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM Show More Timings
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8. Magokoro Teahouse


Japanese cafe in bamboo garden


Everything about Magokoro Teahouse is picture-perfect.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - magokoro teahouseImage credit: @magokoro_teahouse via Instagram

 From the classic Japanese tea garden with bamboo trees and the koi pond to the airy thatched-roof tea room and the matcha menu they specialise in, Magokoro Teahouse is as close to a traditional Japanese cafe as you can get.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - magokoro teahouse matcha drinksImage credit: @magokoro_teahouse via Instagram

Coffee is available but the herd seems to come here for its ceremonial tea sets (from ฿239 ~S$8.85), matcha lattes (from ฿119 ~S$4.41), and pastries (from ฿65 ~S$2.41). This cafe is great for meeting up with friends, but if you’re flying solo with just a book or a laptop, kick off your shoes and sit on a comfy cushion overlooking the garden for utmost zen.

Magokoro Teahouse
Google Reviews
4.5
(1,013)
Address
191, 1 Sridonchai Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings
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9. Chom Cafe & Restaurant


With a lagoon & waterfall


Tourists flock to Chom Cafe & Restaurant for its menu of authentic Thai food, but the secret garden out back is the reason to visit all on its own.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - chom cafe and restaurantImage credit: @n__wojciechowska via Instagram

You’ve got a dreamy waterfall, koi pond, and misty lagoon absorbing shards of light cutting through lush greenery. Now, all you need is a reservation so you can get some golden snaps.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - chom cafe and restaurant foodImage credit: @madam_jw via Instagram

Don’t forget to try the food that’s rated highly by discerning foodies. Some highlights include the tom yum soup, pad thai, steamed sea bass, and mango sticky rice.

Chom Cafe and Restaurant
Google Reviews
4.3
(3,223)
Address
2 13 ม.2 Somphot Chiang Mai 700 Pi Rd, Tambon Mae Hia, เมือง Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Show More Timings
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10. The Giant Chiang Mai


Treehouse cafe in the jungle


Before you sink your teeth into juicy grilled meat and wood-fired pizzas, you’ll have that “is it real?” moment as you marvel at the views from The Giant Chiang Mai where you sit.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - the giant treehouse

Perched atop an enormous Bodhi tree, the restaurant offers breathtaking views of rolling hills, trebles of mountains, and endless blue sky. Take it all in while munching on mains and desserts. We hear the rainbow crepe cake (from ฿125 ~S$4.63) is a must-try.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - the giant treehouse bridge

Getting to the cafe takes roughly an hour and requires some solid driving skills on steep and bumpy terrain. But, as soon as you arrive, it’ll be worth it.

The Giant Chiangmai Thailand
Google Reviews
4
(2,560)
Address
หมู่บ้าน บ้านป๊อก ห้วยแก้ว Amphoe Mae On, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday Closed Show More Timings
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11. Stay Wild And Cafe


Riverside cafe & homestay


chiang mai cafes restaurants - stay wild and cafeImage credit: Stay Wild & Cafe via Facebook

Chiang Mai’s outdoorsy vibe can be addicting and Stay Wild & Cafe takes it up a notch with their riverside cafe. About a 90-minute drive from the city, you can indulge in local dishes like Roasted Pork with Thai Spicy Dip ฿150 (~S$5.51), all while river rapids gush beside you.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - stay wild and cafe dining
Image credit: Stay Wild & Cafe via Facebook

Come with bae and the seclusion will make it feel like you’re in your own forested getaway. That romance doesn’t have to end after dessert though, as you can stay the night in their tents from S$140/night, with activities like Elephant bathing and river rafting included in the rate.

Stay Wild & Cafe
Google Reviews
4.3
(551)
Address
6RG7+3X3 ชม.3052 Tambon Kuet Chang, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings
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12. Much Room Cafe


Cafe in a mushroom-themed cottage


chiang mai cafes restaurants - much room cafeImage credit: Much Room Cafe via Facebook

Super Mario Fans can get a taste of Mushroom Kingdom at the punny Much Room Cafe. This mushroom-shaped eatery is tucked away in the greens of outer Chiang Mai and looks realistic with mossy roofs and “gills” under.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - much room cafe foodImage credit: Much Room Cafe via Facebook

You can live out your cottage core Tinker Bell fantasy here and get some snaps at their waterfall and pond. Food here spans different cuisines like pizzas and pasta from ฿129 ~S$4.74), or northern Thai dishes like Miang Kham – Betel leaf rolls – from ฿129 (~S$4.74).

Much Room Cafe
Google Reviews
4.6
(650)
Address
110/2 MuchRoom cafe Tambon Pa Daet, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings
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13. Mars.cnx


Martian exteriors & galaxy-themed drinks


chiang mai cafes restaurants - mars.cnxImage credit: Mars.cnx via Facebook

Alert! Alert! The mothership has now landed on Mars.cnx, Chiang Mai’s martian space cafe. This cafe has an abundance of IG stunning backdrops that’ll make you feel like you’re wandering on the red rock, with rocket ship interiors, glowing craters, and a realistic rocky backdrop.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - mars.cnx nebula drinkImage credit: Mars.cnx via Facebook

Once you’re done taking pictures all over, you can go further into the galaxy with their space-themed drinks like Nebula (฿120 ~S$4.41), a butterfly pea and lemon drink, that’s served with a gradient and asteroid-esque discord.

chiang mai cafes restaurants - mars.cnx mars photo spotImage credit: @khunchaipae via Instagram

MARS.cnx
Google Reviews
4.3
(907)
Address
27 Thanon Arak, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening Hours:
Monday 08:30 AM - 01:00 AM Show More Timings
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Restaurant & cafe hop around Chiang Mai

Being a great cafe isn’t just about the quality of the food. Sometimes, it’s also about the views that are worthy of your attention. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and compiled this list of stunning cafes and restaurants in Chiang Mai for you.

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Cover image adapted from: @n__wojciechowska, @acksam via Instagram
Originally published on 1st May 2023. Last updated by Ezekiel Sen on 31st May 2024.