If you are a coffee lover like I am and really enjoy visiting cafés during your travels, you might find this post very helpful.
In Chiang Mai I was working at a school, but my boyfriend was (and still is) a digital nomad, so he needs nices cafés with cheap and good coffee, reliable wifi connection and plugs.
Cafés in Chiang Mai had the wifi part pretty much covered, and finding reliable Internet was never a issue. We lived in Santitham, so most of the cafés he visited were around this area, but we also loved visiting Old town and Nimman for good coffee and cool hispter places.
1. Aom Coffee House
Located in Santitham, this a cosy peaceful coffee shop with yummy vegan brownies and delicious coffee. My typical breakfast there was green tea with milk and peanut butter and blueberry jam…
Wifi is superfast and there are two or three tables with plugs downstairs and the same number of them upstairs. The only problem is that they are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. more or less, so if you are planning on working till late this could be an issue.
2. Ab’Petite Cafe
If you are in Santitham and you need a coffee shop to work from around this area but that stays open the entire evening, you can go to Ab’Petite. They are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. but are closed on Tuesday.
Several plugs and good wifi, many drinking options and mouth-watering food. It is a bit more pricey than Aom, but lighting is better. Air-con is usually really high and you might get a bit chilly.
3. Café Mouthfeel
Between Santitham Road and Maya Shopping Center, this coffee shop is a quiet and peaceful place where you can work, read, have a snack and relax.
The building was from an old rice barn and the decor is all in nice wood. Whether you choose to sit inside, in the outside patio or the upstairs terrace, the calm environment will help you concentrate on your projects.
Also, what is the absolutely best part for me, they have a couple of cats that love to wander and be pet by the customers and even play. Playing with them is such a nice break from work!
Needless to say, they have plugs almost at each table in the inside, and wifi connection works just as good as in the rest.
4. Cube No. 7 Coffee and Eatery
Located around Nimman area, this place has a very nice setting as well: filled with plants. Although it can be a bit dark to work, it has plugs and Ineternet connection that work well.
I believe they have a great selection on their types of milk, vegan friendly, and they serve a delicious chocolate cube milk. But it is a bit pricey if you compare with other coffee shops.
A highlight of this café is the Bitcoin ATM which will make your life so much easier! I wasn’t able to use it because if was out of service for a long time, but I have recently received a message saying it was working again.
5. Pai-Yan-Yai Coffee
Such a cosy café! Great variety of coffees, teas, snacks and food… you will be well served here. It was actually the first coffee shop where Marc and I started working on our personal projects, so I have a special connection to this place.
It is in the heart of Nimman but it is not so crowded like the other ones in the area, you will be comfortable and with a reliable connection to work and focus on your tasks.
6. Wake Up Cafe
A 24 hour café so you can work whenever inspiration hit you. They have many option from where you can choose from, a nice environment and free Wifi that works quite well.
It is a chain, so you can find many Wake Up coffee shops around Chiang Mai. I usually went to one that is located North the moat. It has plenty of plugs but it is usually packed by other Digital Nomads or students.
7. My secret café in town
This is one of my favorites. Beautifil setting and a hipster environment, it is not much of a secret anymore.
It is located in the Old Town, Rachadamnoen Road to be more accurate, but it is a bit ‘hidden’. On Sundays the gate from the main road is closed, but doesn’t mean the cafe is closed as well, you can access from the street behind.
Although there aren’t as many plugs as the other cafés, you can still find a couple and Wifi connection works well most of the days.
The best part of this café is that it is also artisty: on Tuesday night you can enjoy live music and you can contemplate the art gallery on the second floor.
8. Fahtata Coffee
Fahtara Coffee is located in the heart of the old town with stunning decoration inviting you to enter. It is also a Spa and a shop, so the environment is supernice. Wooden furniture, aromatic smell, perfect display, indoor area and outdoor area… even the bathrooms are classy!
It is a bit more expensive than other coffee shops, but if you can splurge yourself and ask for a Chocospresso, order it. It-tastes-like-heaven. It’s their signature coffe with chocolate and cream, and it is totally worth it.
They don’t have tons of plugs, in fact I only recall two tables with them. But, if you are in Chiang Mai during low season, it is very likely that you are alone in most of the coffee shops out of the Nimman area.
Stay there for luch and you can enjoy a Thai fushion meal and one of the best brownies I have tasted in Chiang Mai.
9. Woo Café- Art Gallery
Another pretty and stylish coffee shop in Chiang Mai. This one is a bit far from the city center, it is located in the Riverside Area.
You have plugs, great connection and what is best, entertainment. I don’t know you guys, but I can’t stay put more than an hour. I need to move. Move a lot. So this place is awesome for me.
There is an Art Gallery upstairs that is worthy to visit, a eccentric bathroom, and a cute shop with ceramics and handmade stuff.
Like Fahtara, this café is a bit pricey, but we are still talking about Southeast Asia prices, so nothing like an expensive European cafeteria.
10. Art Roastery
And last, but not least, Art Roastery Café. I am a bit sad Marc and I discovered this Coffee shop/ Restaurant during our last month living in Chiang Mai. It is truly charming.
It looks like a green house and it is near a small pond with geese. It has two terrace places but you can spend time with a friendly bird in the inside. It is the owners pet and it flies freely around – although if your hair is long, it is not a great idea to go when it is nesting season, ha ha. You can only find plugs in the inside though.
Food is nice – specially Khao Soi- and you can have healthy breakfast there too: smoothie bowls, healthy blends and delicious coffee.
It is a good option if you are around the area of hillside, it is on Huaykaew Road, and it is near the Students Market, so you can pass by when you are finished.
Chiang Mai is a city full of coffee shops where Digital Nomads have plenty of options to work from. It is not difficul at all to find great connection and a nice looking place, there are basically several of them per area.
The most crowded area is usually Nimman, but don’t limit yourself. Nimman is not the only neighborhood with the most beautiful places and it is usually less cheap.
Hope this was usefull and you can find your perfect Digital Nomad Office!