When you need downtime to get projects done in Chiang Mai, you have three options.
First, go to a co-working space. There are many diffent co-working spaces in Chiang Mai now, But, you need a membership, or you can pay for the day.
Second, you could stay home and spend all day working. While this is nice occasionally, the lure of Netflix is strong and you know you won’t get as much done in your pyjamas. You really need to leave the house.
Third, go check out one of Chiang Mai’s MANY (and I mean MANY) cafes with free wifi, buy a coffee, put on your headphones, and work for as long as you want.
One of Chiang Mai’s areas with the most cafes is Nimman.
The number of cafes, tea rooms and wine bars crammed into and around Nimman is impressive. You could be there for months and never go to the same cafe.
Here are a few of our favourites.
Librarista is a very sophisticated coffee shop. It’s a bit of a cafe / art museum combo. Things look very modern and expensive. The chairs are very comfortable. There’s an attached library which is impressive, with books in both Thai and English, as well as a meeting room.
Location: 16/2 Nimmanhaemin, Soi 5
This place is for coffee lovers. There are so many coffee options here! Prices reflect how good these guys are with coffee – their head barista does great latte art!
This place is probably just for coffee or a short work as there are no electrical outlets visible in the walls.
There’s indoor and outdoor seating here, and lots of scientific looking coffee making utensils.
Location: 15/3 Nimmanhemin Road
Facebook: Doppio Ristr8to
Coffee bar is one of Chiang Mai’s most popular place for digital nomads to hang out. It’s also a hip place to go for Thai students – it’s a good place to study, and no one minds if you hang out there all day. There’s no rush pressure. Lots of quirky decorations.
Location: Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 7
Facebook: The Coffee Bar
Lots of decorative tributes to London’s Marble Arch, which is only slightly bewildering but still, has a great atmosphere. This is a popular place to work, because unlike somewhere like Ristr8to, this place is ready to help you get some work done. Lots of outlets, couches and desks.
Location: Nimmanhaemin Soi 9.
Facebook: Marble Arch
This place has a lot of mismatched chairs and sofas, which give it kind of a homey feel. They don’t serve food here, except for a few sweets, so you may need to go on a snack run.
Location: Nimmanhaemin Soi 9.
There are so many places in Nimman for you to try coffee, it’s ridiculous. Coffee lover or not, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better working environment, plus there are lots of foods to try. Nimman is the hub for digital nomads in Chiang Mai. Try working from a different place every day to give yourself some variety!
This is just our view and believe me we have not tried them all yet. Please let us know about your favourite coffee shop. Or your views on the ones listed here. We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below.