9. NimmanHaemin, Chiang Mai’s Cafe scene

At every corner of the street in Chiang Mai, you will have no problem finding a cafe or bar. Over supply of shops but  they are pretty much similar, predictable with identical price tags and interiors.

It is O.K. if you are only after the taste not the ambiance or theme. If you are looking for both, then look no further, NimmanHaemin will catch your heart.

Just outside the old city area on the way to Chiang Mai university, small residential area is slowly turning into a cafe ghetto with bars, restaurants and boutique shops. Tourists haven’t found this yet in their to do list, so only few farangs(foreigner) will stray here.

Apart from three coffee shops, all the shops listed here have been photographed  from outside only.

Table top in a coffee cafe.


Beautiful tea pot set ,yet functionalDSCF9068

Simple pancake with banana, just presentation.DSCF9071

One of well known coffee shop that uses locally grown coffee beans called, Doi Chang(literally meaning Mt.Elephant).

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Back street cafes, bars, restaurants, so trendy and themed.

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Among these cafes, a residential house wedged in. What the…

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We don’t turn the Open-Closed plate over, just follow the arrow.

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If you can’t read the Thai, it says Meow. DSCF9142 DSCF9143 DSCF9144 DSCF9145

If you can’t read the Chinese letters, it says High Mountain City.

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94 Degrees is said to be optimum when you brew your coffee. When I measured it, unfortunately it was only 92.5 degrees. DSCF9158 DSCF9159

Be careful with this, It is really series business here. Wawee (or sometimes spelt Wawi) coffee stands out from anything else. Makes up top 3 northern hill tribe arabica coffee shops along with Doi Chang and Doi Tung, but this one comes fiirst leaving other two way far behind humiliated  in terms of taste and cafe ambiance. You must, I repeat, you have to try this brilliant outset on the rose of the north. DSCF9160 DSCF9161 DSCF9162 DSCF9164 DSCF9166 DSCF9169 DSCF9170

This guy have mean coffee just for 50Bhat(less than $2) for a cup, and they also sell the prepacked 200g beans for $275Baht. I didn’t buy the beans because I do not want to taste coffee at home without feeling the air of  this cafe.DSCF9174

Perfect place to write a postcard to a lover.

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Now , one of  favourite Dessert shop for Chiang Mai university students.

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Beautifully decorated tiles outside a cafe.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not Little India, but Little Lanna, the ancient Thai kingdom.

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Unfortunately Doi Tung has closed down with a sign still  showing the glory of past.

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Even the big shopping mall outside the street is a brand new and trendy. Opened less than a year ago. Maya mall.


Next time, I will guide you through some more of Chiang Mai and then move further north up to Chiang Rai.


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