Many cafés in Chiang Mai have a gallery attached to them, or might it be the other way round?
A strong long black is a birthright to be enjoyed in this coffee-growing region — especially while you’re dreaming up your next creative work.
A 10-year-old café-gallery in Nimman that supports emerging artists. They also make a better cortado than the more popular cafés and open early, from 8am onwards (the Google listing says 11am, which is incorrect). galleryseescape.co
A café in the artsy Rampoeng area that thoughtfully includes a reading room and library within its grounds. Come during the weekend to catch the craft market. The main building is worth a look if you appreciate modern architecture.
Baan Kang Wat
Only 10 to 20 minutes from town, this artist village near Doi Suthep is a cluster of buildings set among gardens where independent craftsmen showcase their work. Wander through studios, bookstores and cafés, or catch a performance in the open-air amphitheater. fb.com/baankangwat
Cube No 7 Coffee & Eatery
Shisa Chumpujun and Ying Maneekhat followed their passion five years ago to start Cube No 7 despite holding down full-time jobs. Their café, decorated in fun tropical kitsch and lots of plants, serves strong coffee and healthy meals. They host start-up meet-ups and language exchange evenings, making this a place where digital nomads congregate. They also have a Bitcoin ATM. fb.com/cubeno7
This article first appeared in the July 2019 issue of Smile magazine.