Chiang Mai Specialty
11 Soi 9 Charoenprathet Rd., Chang Khlan
Ping Nakara is a lovely, charming hotel and spa that offers a traditional English high tea in the garden. Come around 3 p.m. and sit at one of the tables overlooking the river. Order the afternoon tea set—biscuits, fresh jam, clotted cream, hot Assam—and take in the view. It's one of the city's most relaxing self-care offerings.
15/3 Nimmanhemin Rd., Chang Phueak
Its name comes from doppio ristretto, which is espresso's smoother, richer, less acidic cousin. That is the base of most of the coffee drinks at this artisanal café. The owner, Arnon Thitiprasert, sources some of the best single-origin beans in the world. He also does the most incredible latte art—and not just hearts, but animals, leaves, you name it—in the milk foam, which has earned him several awards. There are several outposts in Chiang Mai, but this one is our favorite because of the exciting location. We could spend an entire afternoon here.
80 Charoenrat Rd., Wat Gate
At this sunlit space adorned with tons of flowers and intricate, patterned ornaments, you can order one of the city's best lattes and Thai-fusion dishes made with locally sourced organic ingredients. But what really stands out is the art. The upper floor is home to a gallery that hosts Abstract Expressionist paintings. If you’re looking for a souvenir to bring home, visit the home-goods store in the back of the café. You can find everything from brass candlesticks to textile stamps, all crafted by local artisans.
Raming Tea House
158 Amphoe Muang, Chang Phueak
This is a stunning old colonial teak tea house that’s more than a century old. Owned by the Raming family (who have been cultivating and producing teas in northern Thailand since the 1940s), it’s a bit touristy but always relaxing. We love to go in the afternoon and order a pot of the oolong with a slice of the house-made light, fluffy butter cake. It’s a decadent late-day treat.