Chiang Mai is the gateway to the mountains and temples of Northern Thailand. With so much adventure ahead of you, the first thing you need to know is where you can start your day with a hearty breakfast in Chiang Mai.
Because the city is a magnet for tourists and digital nomads, you’ll find that you’re never too far from an amazing cafe. As the cafe scene is burgeoning, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go. To help you navigate the city, in this article I’m going to share all my favourite cafes for the best breakfast in Chiang Mai!
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Where to Find the Best Breakfast in Chiang Mai
Cafes in Chiang Mai are usually kitted out with speedy Wi-Fi, refreshing air-conditioning and a selection of hot and iced drinks. Most of them provide free drinking water alongside your meal as well!
Breakfast and brunch menus typically feature a mix of Thai classics and Western dishes so you can choose between a piping hot bowl of Tom Yum, a protein-rich egg and avocado combination or a buttery croissant.
As part of my Southeast Asian trip, I spent one month in Chiang Mai so I got the chance to try many amazing cafes in the city. The ones you will find below are my personal recommendations for the most scrumptious breakfast places in Chiang Mai! Whether you’re vegan, veggie or partial to a bit of everything – you’ll want to hit up at least a couple of these spots.
1. Rustic and Blue: The Farm Shop
Address: Nimmana Haeminda Road Lane 7, Tambon Suthep, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening hours: daily, 8am – 9pm
Many happy diners consider Rustic and Blue to be the best cafe in Chiang Mai and let me tell you, it certainly lives up to the hype! The concept behind this cafe is serving simple fresh food that uses locally sourced produce – nothing is imported and everything is seasonal. You can either gorge on French toasts or tuck into one of the three breakfast sets, you simply can’t choose wrong!
Rustic and Blue are a top contender for the best breakfast in Chiang Mai for vegans. Choose their yummy set that includes falafel dressed with mango and fruit salsa or savor the green-goodness from one of their vegan smoothie or granola bowls. If you’re visiting Southern Thailand you can also check out Rustic and Blue: By The Sea in Phuket.
The cafe is really popular among locals and tourists alike so it’s better to arrive around opening time or reserve a table in advance. They have a huge terrace outside but only a small seating area inside so if you want to enjoy the air-con, it’s best to get there early!
2. Ember Coffee & Eatery
Address: 14/1-2 Nimman Soi, 4 Amphoe Muang Chiang Mai, 50200
Opening hours: daily, 7.30am – 5pm (currently closed for renovation)
If you’re hankering for something scrumptious but can’t decide what you want, then Ember is one of my top choices for your breakfast in Chiang Mai. The cafe serves a range of everything from morish baked eggs garnished with herbs, quinoa and granola buddha bowls loaded with greens and avocado-hummus vegan crepes.
Want something with more tang? Then check out their twist on your Thai favorites! The portions are generous, the air-con is amazing and the interiors are funky. Trust me, you’re going to love this place!
Over the one month that we’ve spent in Chiang Mai, we visited Ember Coffee at least half a dozen times and it quickly became our top favorite cafe in Chiang Mai. They have a spacious seating area with many plugs and fast wifi, so if you’re looking for a cafe where you can work in peace, this is your place!
Update: As Ember is closed temporarily for maintenance, you can get your fix for now at their sister cafe, Bread Brasserie, which is 700 meters down the road. Watch this space and I’ll let you know the second Ember reopens!
3. Artisan Cafe’
Address: 149-153 Wua Lai Road, Tambon Hai Ya, Chiang Mai 50100
Opening hours: daily, 9am – 5pm
First and foremost a coffee shop, Artisan Cafe’ serves some of the best coffee in Chiang Mai. Their food menu is a tad limited compared to other breakfast places on my list but what they do serve, they do extremely well and they continue to expand with new dishes.
You will find melt-in-your-mouth pastries, waffles blanketed with exotic fruits and perfectly poached eggs. They also have a couple of breakfast sets that dish up a combination of fluffy pastries with eggs, greens and a hot drink.
Artisan Cafe’ is only a 5-minute walk from Wat Sri Suphan, one of the most beautiful temples in Chiang Mai. Otherwise referred as the Silver Temple, Wat Sri Suphan is one of the temples you absolutely have to include in your Chiang Mai itinerary! Try to schedule your visit early in the morning so that you can pop into Artisan Cafe’ after and have a delicious breakfast in Chiang Mai.
4. SS1254372 Cafe
Address: 22/1 Soi Nimmana Haeminda, 17 Chiang Mai Amphoe, 50200
Opening hours: 8am – 4pm from Friday to Sunday (closed from Monday to Thursday)
Start your day right with a plate of fresh avocado on the most perfect Eggs Benedict at one of my favorite breakfast places in Chiang Mai. Besides the food, what makes SS1254372 Cafe so unique is that it’s located within the Gallery Seescape which sells some of the coolest arts and crafts in town and is worthy of a rummage around.
All the food is artistically presented using fresh ingredients and a kaleidoscope of colors. If you want to branch out you can order a ‘blue’ latte – it’s butterfly pea with a sprig of lavender!
5. Ombra Caffe (Pyur O’tel)
With its abundance of plugs, slick Wi-Fi and strong coffee, Ombra Caffe is one of the best coffee shops in Chiang Mai if you need to catch up on work. But you don’t have to be a digital nomad to gorge on their incredible breakfast bagels, pastries and granola bowls!
You can either lounge in the cozy interiors or perch on a stool in the garden surrounded by foliage. The cafe is tucked away down a peaceful street and attached to a boutique hostel. A great place for either a productive breakfast in Chiang Mai or if you want somewhere quiet to read before you start your day.
6. My Secret Cafe in Town
Address: 175, 12 Rachadamnoen Road, Tambon Si Phum, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening hours: daily, 10am-6pm
As My Secret Cafe in Town is a short walk from Wat Phra Singh and Wet Chedi Luang, it’s one of the best cafes in Chiang Mai for a central breakfast while seeing the best sights in the city. They serve a mix of light granola, waffles, fresh fruit salads and pastries.
Alternatively, you can always grab something more substantial like a tasty sandwich or steaming bowl of noodles. If you have a sweet tooth you should definitely make a pitstop here for a slice of cake! This is a handy spot to know about for breakfast in Chiang Mai in between temple hopping.
7. See You Soon Cafe
Address: 97 Phrapokload Road, T. Phrasingh, Chiang Mai, 50200
Opening hours: daily, 8am – 5pm
See You Soon Cafe is another option that is right in the center of the Old Town. The menu is loaded with fruit and veggies; think waffles and pancakes drenched in mangoes and dragonfruit and avocado-stuffed croissants. If you’re after an adventurous breakfast in Chiang Mai you can also dive into a dish of Tom Yum.
See You Soon Cafe is connected to a lovely boutique hotel if you need inspiration for where to stay in Chiang Mai. The seating area is the perfect place to take a break while you sip on a chilled frappe or smoothie with a view of Wat Chedi Luang.
8. .fresh Cafe
Address: Nimmana Haeminda Road Lane 9, Suthep, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening hours: daily, 7.30am-7pm
.fresh Cafe makes some of the most nourishing and energizing breakfast bowls in town. Wash down one of their acai bowls topped with flakes of granola and fresh fruits with a green smoothie and you’ll be ready for your day exploring the city!
You can also tuck into avocado toast, falafel bowls and bagels. .fresh Cafe is one of the best places to eat in Chiang Mai if you’re on a plant-based diet or if you want a healthy meal to balance out all those Pad Thais and curries.
9. Smoothie Blues
Address: 32/8 Nimmanhaemin Soi 6, Chiang Mai, 50200
Opening hours: daily, 7.30am-8.30
Right in the heart of the lively Nimman Road district, Smoothie Blues is one of the most popular breakfast places in Chiang Mai. They have an ample menu spanning muesli and granola bowls to eggs, wraps and sandwiches.
As you can probably guess, they also have a steller smoothie menu which will help you get your 5 a day while on the move! With such a broad menu, Smoothie Blues is a great option if you’re in a group and all fancy different things.
10. Graph One Nimman
Address: 1/6 One Nimman A103-104, Nimmanhaemin Road, Muang Chiang Mai, 50200
Opening hours: daily, 10am – 9pm
Technically Graph One Nimman isn’t a breakfast place but they do have some desserts and sweets. And as they do some of the best coffee in Chiang Mai, I couldn’t skip it! Their menu is wildly creative, with charcoal activated coffees, nitrogen infusions and pumpkin blends.
Graph One Nimman is legendary for its cold brew menu – basically, if you’re a fanatic about coffee then you need to come here. In addition to their innovative coffees, Graph One Nimman have a fantastic array of cakes!
11. Ristr8o – Specialty Coffee
Address: 15/3 Nimmanhaemin Road, Tambon Suthep, Mueang, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening hours: 7am-5pm from Thursday to Tuesday (closed on Wednesday)
To wrap up my list, I’m tapping on a plus one because if you love coffee you can’t come to Chiang Mai without sampling the goods at one of the best coffee shops in Chiang Mai. The award winning Ristr8o is a cult among locals and tourists, and serves the most experimental coffee in Chiang Mai. Try their signature Satan Latte which uses a blend of three different coffee beans and shows off coffee art at its finest.
Map for Finding the Best Cafes in Chiang Mai
On the below map you can see all the best breakfast places in Chiang Mai mentioned in this article with their retrospective number. Just for clarification, the numbers don’t reflect any ranking order, they are just simply there to make it easier for you to find the best Chiang Mai breakfast spots on the map! You can also save this map to your Google Maps app on your phone if you click on the bracket in the upper right corner. Super convenient, right?
Where to Stay in Chiang Mai
This popular city is teeming with hotels, hostels and guest houses for you to choose between. Because Chiang Mai attracts backpackers, honeymooners and families, there’s loads of variety in terms of accommodation.
For your Chiang Mai trip, I recommend that you stay either within the Old Town or in the popular Nimmanhaemin Road area. This way you’ll be close to all the best cafes where you can get the best breakfast in Chiang Mai!
Below you can find the top-rated places to stay in Chiang Mai based on your budget. If you would prefer to stay in an Airbnb then check out my guide to the best Airbnbs in Chiang Mai!
LUXURY – The Inside House
Situated in Chiang Mai, 700 m from Wat Phra Singh, The Inside House features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet or a à la carte breakfast.
MID-RANGE – Yantarasri Resort
Located in the funky Nimman Road neighborhood, this boutique hotel features evocative rooms spread around the pool complex. The ultimate oasis for couples! Guests can enjoy a traditional Thai massage during their stay. Thai cuisine is served at the resort’s restaurant, while refreshing beverages can be enjoyed at Pool Bar.
BUDGET – Chiangmun Boutique
Situated in Chiang Mai, near Chang Puak Gate, Three Kings Monument and Chang Puak Market, Chiangmun Boutique features free WiFi. Every unit has a private bathroom and shower, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. It’s central, clean, and friendly on the wallet – what more could you want? It’s also very quiet considering the location.
That’s a wrap on the best cafes in Chiang Mai where you can line your stomach for a full day of exploring! As most of these cafes open until later in the day, you can either plan to have breakfast, brunch or lunch during your ventures around the city. They’re also a great place to stop for a coffee and break up your Chiang Mai itinerary.
I hope you liked this post about the best Chiang Mai breakfast spots and you will be able to try at least one cafe from this list. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email, I always love helping you out! Do you know some other great cafes in Chiang Mai that you would like to add to this list? Let me know in the comments!
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