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Chiang Mai Specialty

Establishment neighborhood
Ristr8to Coffee
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.
Woo Cafe
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.