Thailand is not exactly a coffee lover’s paradise, although it does hold its own when compared to most countries. While there aren’t as many amazing coffee shops as in nearby Vietnam, Thailand has an evolving coffee scene that’s moved from simple condensed milk street-style coffee to great quality lattes, cappuccinos and espresso over the last few years.
If you’re traveling in Thailand and feel tired of the usual Thai street coffee, popping into a Western style cafe can be a great refresher, both physically and mentally. We’ve listed our favorite places to enjoy high quality coffee in Thailand below, ranging from your home to some of the best cafes in the country.
Note: Before we get into the best cafes, it’s worth covering home coffee in Thailand. Thailand has a good variety of international espresso blends that are worth considering if your’e an expat. Doi Chang sells cheap, tasty coffee beans, some of which are available pre-ground. You can also now get Nespresso in Thailand (BestNespressoCapsules has a great guide to the best Nespresso capsules for lattes and cappuccinos here, in case you’re looking to buy).
Bangkok has by far the best selection of gourmet coffee cafes of anywhere in Thailand, which should come as no surprise due to the city’s incredible size. Our recommendations are:
- Roots Coffee, which is a small cafe located inside The Commons Thong Lor with excellent espresso.
- Phil Coffee on Sukhumvit Soi 61, which has a good variety of espresso-based coffee options, plus a relaxing atmosphere that’s good for working.
- Rocket Coffeebar in Sathorn, which is one of the area’s most popular breakfast and coffee spots.
- Kuppa on Sukhumvit Soi 16, which is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a filling international lunch.
Pattaya has a surprisingly diverse selection of high quality cafes, especially given its reputation as a nightlife hotspot. Be sure to check out our Pattaya activity guide if you’re visiting. If you’re feeling tired after a long night out, head to any of the following cafes for a good morning coffee:
- Bake n’ Brew is a small cafe with great breakfasts, tasty baked goods and some of the best espresso in Pattaya.
- Benjamit Coffee Roasters is a Thai-owned and operated coffee shop that serves excellent espresso, lattes and cappuccinos, plus the usual cafe snacks.
- Sketch Book Art Cafe is better known for its desserts than its coffee, but it’s still a good place for a morning or afternoon espresso.
Phuket has several great coffee shops, all of which are worth a visit, although you’ll want to stick to the ones closest to your location to avoid a long drive:
- Mac Chiato House serves excellent, fresh coffee in a setting that’s relaxed and peaceful, with a variety of books for you to choose from.
- HOCKHOELEE – The Original Phuket Coffee Roaster serves outstanding espresso-based drinks, as well as very high quality cold brew coffee.
- Bean & Gone in Patong is a small coffee shop with great quality, surprisingly inexpensive coffee.
In Chiang Mai:
Most of Chiang Mai’s best coffee shops can be found around the moat or in the Nimman Road area, which is where most of the city’s digital nomads hang out:
- Free Bird Cafe serves great coffee, as well as a good selection of tasty breakfast and lunch dishes.
- Ristr8to – Specialty Coffee is a little further out of the city but still serves great coffee and a selection of good Thai dishes.
- Librarista is a library-style coffee shop in Nimman that’s a great place to get your caffeine fix while getting some important work done.
What’s your favorite coffee shop in Thailand? Let us know and we’ll add it to our list.