One could write an entire book on all the beautiful coffee shops in Southeast Asia. However, this is a list of 10 places that we went to and fell in love with!
Ristr8to, Chiang Mai
Ristr8to is THE coffee shop to visit in Chiang Mai if you’re looking for expertly crafted coffee. With their keen attention to detail and artistic imagination, these guys have coffee making down to a beautiful science! They’ve even got the awards to prove it, having won a handful of national latte art awards and placed 5th and 6th in international competitions. Though the food menu is a bit limited, it’s still a great place to come hang out for a few hours to people watch. Ristr8to is located just outside of the usual backpacker area in Chiang Mai so you’ll see a lot more young Thai faces here, taking selfies with their coffees and gossiping over a plate of scrumptious waffles. Click here for directions!
Akha Ama, Chiang Mai
Akha Ama is another gem in Chiang Mai. From what started as a small café on a quiet street, Akha Ama has grown considerably into, what is now, a bustling and lovely spot to spend an afternoon. It is considerably closer for more tourists than Ristr8to, located in the center of the old city. The Akha people grow Akha Ama coffee in the mountains of northern Thailand. The 14 families who make up Akha Ama Coffee have joined together to sell their product for a fair price. They avoid the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers in hopes of producing the best product possible. The roasting equipment that was visible from the café especially impressed us. There’s nothing like sipping on fresh coffee made with love! We definitely recommend visiting Akha Ama and giving their coffee a try! Click here for directions!
Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House, Chiang Rai
Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House definitely has the best view on this list. There, you can sit on their garden patio, located along the Kok River and sip on a tasty coffee or treat yourself to some delectable brunch. The service was excellent and professional and the atmosphere was even better. This is a must visit in Chiang Rai! Click here for directions!
Casa Lapin, Bangkok
Casa Lapin is a successful chain of busy cafes, with several locations in central Bangkok. The décor is beautiful, and the ambiance is charming. This is a great spot to come and surf the web with their free wifi and chilly air conditioning! We had a latte and an iced green tea latte and they were both awesome! Click here for directions!
Hands and Heart Café, Bangkok
The Hands and Heart café is located a couple hundred metres down Soi 38 from Thong Lo BTS station in Bangkok. It’s a hip little café with modern fixtures and plenty of tasty treats to try. If you’re in the neighbourhood, you’ve got to check out this cute little spot, you won’t regret it! Click here for directions!
Indigo Café, Luang Prabang
Indigo is an adorable café and guesthouse, located on the corner of a busy, touristy street in the heart of Luang Prabang. They’ve got a lovely rooftop patio and a cozy indoor café. The menu is a mix of Laotian and western-style food, and it is tasty! Plus there are many vegan and vegetarian options to choose from, which was a major selling point for us! We were delighted to stumble upon this little gem! Click here for directions!
Le Trio Coffee, Vientiane
Le Trio is a beautifully arranged café located in Laos’ capital, Vientiane. It’s a must visit in a city with a very limited number of original restaurants and cafes. The wifi is brilliant for Laotian standards and the service is friendly. Click here for directions!
Kep Coffee Shop, Kep
Kep Coffee Shop is the best spot in Kep for some western food and a nice cup of coffee. It’s a family owned spot that offers a nice break from the local cuisine. The owners are friendly and helpful, and the prices are fair. Make sure you stop here either before or after your visit to Rabbit Island, as it’s conveniently located close to the dock. Click here for directions!
Hanoi Social Club, Hanoi
Hanoi Social Club is a unique bistro located on a quiet side street in the city’s Old Quarter. Their brunch menu is full of wonderful options and the café itself is lovely. It is a great place to meet up with fellow travellers as they’ve got live music in the evenings and plenty of board games to convene around. We escaped the rainy streets of Hanoi for an entire afternoon with their playing cards and scrabble board. Click here for directions!
L’Usine, Ho Chi Minh City
L’Usine is a gorgeous café that has 2 locations in Vietnam’s former capital, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Half of the space is dedicated to merchandise (think Anthropology or Urban Outfitters) and the other half is a bustling French inspired café. L’Usine is part of a large trend in HCMC towards modern, westernized businesses and is a hotspot for stylish locals, expats and travellers, looking for retreat from the bustling streets of HCMC. We checked out both iterations and fell in love with the one overlooking Dong Khoi Street. Despite being on the pricier side, L’Usine was our favorite café in Asia. The food is divine, the open kitchen is clean and well equipped and the menu is expansive. In fact, the entire concept for this blog was born at L’Usine! Next time you’re in HCMC, stop by L’Usine for some good eats, great coffee and fast wifi! Click here for directions to their Dong Khoi location!