Best Cafes Nimman Chiang Mai

Best Cafes in Nimman, Chiang Mai

In search of the best cafe in the Nimman neighborhood of Chiang Mai, Thailand?

Have no fear, we’ve tried some of the best cafes in the area (and there are A LOT!) and put this list together for you.

While there are always new cafes opening up in Nimman, some have been been around for a while and are great to work in or enjoy some social time with friends.

The coffee in Chiang Mai is absolutely amazing and some of the cafes below serve up organic, locally grown coffee that your taste buds will do flips for!

This post has been in the making for a long time now. It’s not a complete list of all of the cafes in the Nimman area, not even a scratch at the surface.

There are so many little cafes in this area and more and more are popping up daily.  

I’m guessing I might be adding to this in the next few months that we are still here so come back and check it out again later.

I originally wrote this article when we were living here, in Chiang Mai, back in 2016 and updated it in 2017.

Things have changed a lot since (and they keep on changing fast in the Nimman area).

We just got back to Chiang Mai after 7 years and have been checking out all the new cafes in the span of 3 weeks so we could give you an updated list!

Check out where we used to go and still love as well as some our new favorite cafes in Nimman! 

It’s a list of our most frequented locations. Our favorites. The ones we get our work done it. Where all the blog magic happens.

You might also like our article on best places to eat dessert in Chiang Mai and our list of best places to eat street food

I hope the pictures are a good representation of the feel of the place for anyone trying to pick a place for themselves.

I just wanted to give the essential basic details, but if you want to know more please drop us a comment.

Nine1coffee Chiang Mai

Pro-Traveler Tip: If you are in northern Thailand and you are a fan of coffee we suggest also visiting Chiang Rai as well as Chiang Mai for the ultimate experience.

1. Nine One Coffee

This cafe has been around for a long time and I think it will outlast everyone else because they are just THAT good! It is our ALL TIME FAVORITE and one we will always come back to.

The staff is wonderful and the coffee is DIVINE!! We love working on our laptops here because the interior is nice and cool and bright. It is a very comfortable and inspiring cafe.

People get a lot of work done here but they also come to journal and sometimes socialize. 

This place is an absolute gem! Oh, and did I mention, the coffee is the BEST! 

Coffee taste5/5
SizeMedium
Outside seatingYes
LocationSoi 11
BathroomDetached, has TP, no soap
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsOutside and inside
Best qualityNice staff, great indoor and outdoor seating options
Worst qualityThe inside of the cafe is small so space is limited if they get busy and you want AC

2. Barisotel

This is probably our second favorite cafe in the Nimman area of Chiang Mai.

Not only is the coffee pretty fantastic but the service is also very friendly and the space is open and inspiring.

The second level is perfect for a focused work session and there are plugs for your laptop.

Coffee taste5/5
SizeLarge
Outside seatingNo
LocationSoi 9
BathroomInside, has TP
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsYes
Best qualityGreat coffee, nice work environment
Worst qualityThe lower level is quite full
Barisotel best cafe in Chiang Mai

3. Ristr8to

Roast8try Flagship Store, Roast8try Lab, and Ristr8to coffee shops in Nimman area all serve the same quality coffee and pretty much have the same vibe.

The specialty coffees are skillfully crafted and presented more as an art piece than your average “cup o’ Joe.”

This is the original one and most popular.

Coffee taste5/5
SizeSmall
Outside seatingYes
LocationNimmanhaemin Rd.
BathroomInside, has TP
Price$$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsNo
Best qualityGreat coffee, best for socializing
Worst qualityVery busy almost all the time
ristr8to cafe Chiang Mai - Thailand

4. Roast8try

This cafe is located in an even more quieter area of Nimman.

It’s probably the best one if you want to take your laptop to and get some work done, but you’ll still see most people here taking photos for social media.

There is, however, a good amount of plugs around and it is very spacious.

Coffee taste5/5
SizeLarge
Outside seatingYes
LocationSoi 17
BathroomInside, has TP
Price$$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsYes
Best qualityGreat coffee, best for socializing, “instagrammable”
Worst qualityVery busy almost all the time, hard to focus on deep work
BonusThey have a vending machine outside if you want to buy their coffee beans
Roast8ry Cafe CM

5. Roast8try Lab

This one is a bit quieter and has mostly outdoor seating. It’s a great place to sit and people watch as it is located away from the busy Nimman soi.

Everything else is pretty much like Ristr8to.

Roast8try Lab cafe in Chiang Mai Thailand
Coffee taste5/5
SizeMedium
Outside seatingYes
LocationSoi 3
Bathroom?
Price$$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsNo
Best qualityGreat coffee, best for socializing and people watching
Worst qualityNot suitable for laptop work
Barisotel upstairs tables

6. Taste Cafe

This coffee shop simply tops the charts with their coffee! They have a specialty “silky latte” that is my absolute favorite! I would drink 3 of these if I could!

The cafe is a bit of a walk if you are staying in the heart of Nimman and you have to go to the “other side” of Nimman Road which is a bit of a pain.

However, the coffee is all worth it but don’t expect to have a comfortable workspace for working on your laptop. I do recommend buying their beans to take back with you!

Coffee taste10/5
SizeMedium
Outside seatingYes
Location2 Chiang Rai Rd.
Bathroom?
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsNo
Best qualityAMAZING coffee
Worst qualityNot suitable for laptop work

7. Cafe Rosemary

We loved the fresh, organic and well-prepared food here. On our last day in Chiang Mai we went to this cafe for brunch and it left us with the perfect memory of Chiang Mai.

Their coffee is delightful and we would go here for quick work sessions but not to stay very long.

Coffee taste4.3/5
SizeSmall
Outside seatingYes
LocationSoi 3
Bathroom?
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableYes
PlugsInside
Best qualityBEST BRUNCH, very peaceful and quiet location
Worst qualityMore of a restaurant than cafe
Cafe Rosemary in Chian Mai Nimman area

8. Durianism Cafe

We love that there is now a cafe with a kids play area in Chiang Mai. The place is usually empty and quiet so you can go even if you don’t have kids.

Our daughter loved playing there for a couple of hours while we got some work done. It is fun for the whole family!

Coffee taste3/5
SizeLarge
Outside seatingYes
LocationSiri Mangkalajarn Rd.
BathroomInside, first level
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableYes
PlugsInside
Best qualityPlay area for kids!
Worst qualityCoffee and deserts are not that great (but good if you love durian fruit)
Durianism Cafe play area and work space

9. De May

Coffee taste3/5
SizeMedium
Outside seatingYes
LocationSoi 15
BathroomDetached, has TP and soap
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsInside
Best qualityVery peaceful garden and outside seating area, cute interior
Worst qualityNo plugs outside
De May Cafe Chiang Mai

10. Shift Cafe

Coffee taste4/5
SizeSmall
Outside seatingYes
Location25/9 Soi 15
BathroomInside
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableSome breakfast options
PlugsYes
Best qualityVery good coffee, nice and easy to get to, food available
Worst qualityA bit small
Shift Cafe Nimman Coffee shop

11. Not,_,Sofar Coffee

Coffee taste4/5
SizeSmall
Outside seatingYes
LocationSiri Mangkalajarn Rd.
Bathroom?
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsYes
Best qualityVery good coffee
Worst qualityA bit small

12. Wabi Sabi

Coffee taste5/5
SizeMedium
Outside seatingYes
LocationSiri Mangkalajarn Rd.
Bathroom?
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsInside
Best qualityCentrally located, great tasting and inexpensive coffee
Worst qualityA bit cramped space
Wabi Sabi Coffee Nimman Chiang Mai

13. Mingmitr

Coffee taste3/5
SizeMedium
Outside seatingYes
LocationSiri Mangkalajarn Rd.
Bathroom?
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsInside
Best qualityBig drink menu
Worst qualityNo plugs outside
Ming Mitr Coffee Chiang Mai

14. Roastnyom

Coffee taste4/5
SizeMedium
Outside seatingYes
LocationSiri Mangkalajarn Rd.
BathroomDetached (have to go to the apartment building lobby bathroom), has TP
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableNo
PlugsInside
Best qualityGood place to work
Worst qualityFinding the plugs inside can be challenging

15. Jeab Cafe & Thai Food

Coffee taste2.5/5
SizeLarge
Outside seatingNo
LocationSoi 13
BathroomInside, level 2
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableYes
PlugsInside
Best qualityGreat food, very big inside, nice decor, comfortable, great staff
Worst qualityCan get a bit busy

16. Pai Yan Yai Coffee

Coffee taste1/5
SizeMedium
Outside seatingSome
Location12/13 Soi 15 (where Soi 15 ends turn left)
BathroomYes
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableYes
PlugsPlenty of availability
Best qualityTons of space, it is surprisingly spacious and seats a lot of people, three stories, very quiet work environment
Worst qualityThe coffee tastes like the powder instant stuff, internet is super slow
Pai Yan Yai Coffee Nimman Chiang Main

17. Roastnyom Cafe

This is a popular one and offers a lot. It’s on one of the other major roads so it gets a lot of folks in.

If you like having a lot of people around and busy coffee shops, this is good for you. The coffee is pretty solid. 

Coffee taste4/5
SizeLarge
Outside seatingLots all around
LocationSiri Mangkalajarn Rd.
BathroomYes, inside
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableSome snacks
PlugsPlenty of availability
Best qualityInternet is great, quiet place to get work done, staff is very nice
Worst qualityThe AC could be turned up a bit more, but other than that, it’s a solid place
Seascape Cafe 1254372 - best cafe Nimman, Chiang Mai, Thailand

18. Seascape Cafe 1254372

Coffee taste4.7/5
SizeMedium
Outside seatingYes
LocationSoi 7
BathroomYes, outside, has TP and soap
Price$$
Open 24 hrs.No
Food availableYes, great breakfast and lunch
PlugsNo
Best qualityGreat garden and outdoor seating area in the back, great menu for breakfast and lunch, a real nice place for a weekend treat, lots of different kinds of drinks and cocktails, beautiful and deliciously prepared food
Worst qualityIt’s a great place to socialize and enjoy a huge variety of food and drink, but not really recommended as a place to work on your laptop for long periods of time
Best Cafes in Nimman, Chiang Mai

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  1. Justin Becker Avatar
    Justin Becker

    Man, Iโ€™ve gotta get out more. What a great list of cafes.

    1. Taiss Nowrouzi Avatar
      Taiss Nowrouzi

      Thanks Justin! This is the result of all our “cafe hustling”

  2. Margy Avatar
    Margy

    I have been to JEAB Cafe 5 times in past 2 weeks and they have excellent food. My husband has celiac and they adjusted their recipes so he could have a delicious meal. They adjusted their recipe for Khao Soi so I could have it mild with white chicken meat.

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      Taiss Nowrouzi

      oh that’s great to hear! I am thrilled you enjoyed it so much! So nice of them to accommodate their guests!

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Hi! Weโ€™re Rob and Taiss. We set off to live a life in as many places as possible. To actually live in locations around the world long enough to get to know the locals, the culture, and the food, not just a taste of it.